Over the past month, as I launched Apple Tree Magic (yay book is available HERE), “Frozen Spaghetti” and this whole blog forum has come up on my mental chopping block. What is the point of this domain?
Frozen Spaghetti began when I was in 8th grade. We were tasked to write an autobiography and I took it full on. I LOVED that assignment. I have the book on my bookshelf in our study even now. It’s a genuine legitimate thing in my life.
But it’s not Apple Tree Magic. Apple Tree Magic is my creative entity and legacy in the making. It’s my creative word, meant for us all to enjoy together. My work is not about sales and me as much as it is about getting us all together (on the same proverbial and literal page) and making space for something really fun, really magical to happen.
The people I know and love are awesome. I know intelligent, creative, insightful people with really REALLY good laughs. The food and drink they enjoy, the types of experiences they enjoy – are Ecclesiastical in their goodness, their happiness.
My vision, my hope for Apple Tree Magic is to fruit events and community like none other. For it to be a church of love, to a certain extent. Where people enjoy reprieve from the world’s very real chaos, can support other people experiencing the world’s very chaos and – perhaps – maybe balance out a little bit of the chaos that starts in our homes, in our hearts and in our minds.
“Gentleness” has been the common prayer request in my household. On our wall is written, “let us consider one another to stir up love and good works”. We are learning each other in ways that our chiseling our own understandings of ourselves. I believe each human being under my roof is actively changing and morphing as we speak. And, though it is true we are all actively changing and morphing all the time, to witness the extent of the maturation in my specific fishbowl is miraculous.
Think about it. Your home. Your family. Your teens. Your wife. Your husband. Your garden. Your animals. Your hobbies. Your yard. Your floors. Your bathrooms. Your health. Your vitality. These are things you specifically affect. You get to affect them positively, you might affect them negatively. And the biggest thing here is that – to really take that on? Humility is essential. Teachability, a gift.
So – Frozen Spaghetti, what are you? As I let ATM take me further into public life, community – walks and lunches, zooms and classes… Frozen Spaghetti remains to be my private philosophies. Where I cut my teeth on some ideas. Process out loud in written form some new thinking. Where I unfold a little bit. Where I understand myself a little bit better.
For that reason, you should know I might consider making Frozen Spaghetti a paid subscription service. I’m thinking a simple enough couple of bucks for this to be a little bit safer for me to try new ideas out and hold a little sacred space while I think through how I want to write about my personal life – on the internet or elsewhere…
OK. Basement organizing. Lead follow up for books. (I know I said it isn’t about sales, but mama wants a hot tub.) Veggie Cheesesteaks. A little bit of laying out Words that Rhyme Volumes 2 and 3. Create audio link for orders. Start up address labels for this week’s shipment. Look up some scripture. Journal on book 2 (a yoga devotional out next Easter). Oh, and invite you all to follow Apple Tree Magic’s publishing journey. Go to Apple Tree Magic dot com and check it out. Get on the audience list in the footer of the page for sure.
Alright. Tuesday. See ya, erin