What Mystic Writers Are Reading

What Mystic Writers Are Reading

When we aren’t actually writing (or thinking about what we’re going to write) there’s a good chance that the Mystic Writers are reading. This past year, with many libraries closed, and some bookstores temporarily shuttered, the books we chose carried even greater...

One-way Conversations

One-way Conversations

The second most common question I’ve heard in the last year – the first being “Are you okay?” – is “Have you watched any good shows on Netflix?” I’ve asked this question, too, when talking with friends and family, all of us on the hunt for something to do when the sun...

Writers, bridges, and rivers

Writers, bridges, and rivers

Some people might think that a group called the Mystic Writers has a kind of mystical or spiritual connection, so we wanted to clear up any confusion right from the start. We needed a no-nonsense link to Mystic, CT on our website, and the image of the Mystic River...

Battling Writer’s Blasé

Battling Writer’s Blasé

I don’t write fiction, which means I’ve probably never had true writer’s block. But I have had writer’s blasé. It’s that feeling when you can’t muster the interest or energy to write an article, even with ample source material at hand. As director of communications...

The Perks of Isolation

The Perks of Isolation

During this time of isolation and uncertainty I often find myself trapped between two reactions – outright paranoia or blistering anger. Both drive me either to obsessive cleaning – taking a toothbrush to the grout in the shower – or long walks in the woods behind my...

Dawn: The 24-Hour Reset

Dawn: The 24-Hour Reset

“I’ve always liked the time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind me who I’m supposed to be, so it’s easier to remember who I am.” Brian Andreas I’m often outside before the sun comes up. If I leave the house when it’s still dark, by the time I reach the...

Intuition

Intuition

I’ve always had a sixth sense. Like many children, I had little feelings about people and situations and most often dealt with this sometimes uncomfortable sensitivity by escaping into nature. I was lucky to grow up in a small, rural town surrounded by rolling hills,...

Write, Eat, Walk, Write

Write, Eat, Walk, Write

One of my challenges in the writing process is how to stay connected to whatever I’m working on and have enough distance, at the same time, to have a perspective on what I’m trying to say. Sometimes writing can feel like I’m looking through the wrong end of a...