The picture in this post shows me at my table at AutumnFest 2018. As someone who has done a lot of author events, as well as having written four novels and one book of poetry, I'm today asking myself what I really want to say. Unhidden Pilgrims does have a lot of content about free speech. Banking on Dreams shows connections between dreams and reality. Mayflower Dreams connects us to our history. Roger Williams in an Elevator has a lot of ideas about different kinds of freedom, including the freedom to worship God. Holidays Amaze connects to many of these same ideas through its use of different poems. These poems are also showing some of the many amazing aspects of life's mazes, holidays, and celebrations. With my past writing experiences, I often have found out what I'm trying to say after I have begun, have partially finished, or have completely finished writing the novel, poem, article, story, or blog post. The writing process can be highly creative because it actually helps me to figure out what I'm trying to say while I'm trying to say it. Through my writing experiences, I've learned a lot about myself, my life, my dreams, my reality, my history, my love of freedom, my thankfulness to God, and my world.
Like my cats, I love to have the freedom to talk or to relax. I love to say things in person, through my books, and on my author and book websites. Also like my cats, I find free speech sometimes to be hard work and sometimes to be very relaxing.
Unhidden Pilgrims references a lot of different methods for communication and has information about the history of free speech.
The picture of my two cats in this blog post appears on page 56 of Holidays Amaze and illustrates what a couple of pets do after a voyage in a car that takes place in the poem "Timely Road Space on World Animal Day."
I often hate to stop at a redlight. Especially while driving to work, I don't want to lose a minute of time. Even though I'm always early or on-time, I still hate redlights because I feel like my journey has been temporarily stopped.
I've recently realized that stopping at a redlight is not really that bad. Especially when one of my favorite songs is playing, I know I'll have an extra minute to sit in my car, relax, and listen to some music. I then turn up the music and enjoy the extra minute of relaxation.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
I love the creative freedom of writing novels, poems, academic papers, website content, blog content, and other forms of communication. I also love to create, design, and structure other items, such as this example photo shows. The photo is an image of a part of my living room's wall, which I mostly sponge-painted by myself, but a few family members also helped. I really love the design of the mixed colors on this wall and may someday--when I have enough extra time--do similar paint jobs on all of the walls in my home.
On this freedom blog and in my novels, I completely love being able to say what I want to say. I also love being able to censor myself, rather than to have someone else censor my writing. Freedom of speech and freedom of censorship are both wonderful freedoms.
Another great part of being a writer is to have my ideas published. Here is an excerpt from page x of the "Preface" of my newly-released novel Unhidden Pilgrims: "People in the twenty-first century exercise freedom and censorship through such mediums as printed writing, the internet, social media, dialogue, body language, home decoration, clothing, possessions, codes, abbreviations, computer software, images, and symbols. These methods of speaking to others are visible in many sections of Unhidden Pilgrims. Both hidden and unhidden elements of modern and historic communication are displayed by the characters in this novel" (Petit x).
Last night, I had a wonderfully positive dream: I drove my car around the inside of an office building. I went up and down stairs, around desks, avoided electrical cords, and actually had a lot of fun. All of my colleagues at work were really nice. I also had the freedom to drive without stop signs, speed limits, and dead ends. While there were streetlights, they were all green. Even with all of this freedom, though, I behaved myself. I slowed down when necessary and speeded up when some people wanted me to drive more quickly to help them with a project.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful for having the freedom to worship a wonderful, caring God.