photo by: simple up
Here we are: three marvelous, magic-marked, meaning-making years! Keep It Lit started as a tiny idea that kept me tossing and turning. I spent weeks writing sheaves of notes on what I wanted this space to be, how I wanted to build a community, and with what kinds of people (you all!). Creating a vision for what the focus would be was the easy part—content is flexible and organic and can respond to your readers' (your!) likes and dislikes. The harder thing? A name. Among the early stabs at dubbing this beauty were:
Lit for Brains (Still my fav—maybe one day I'll use this baby for an all-author band like Libba Bray has.)
Like, Literally (Ugh.)
Paper Jam (6th-grade punk band?)
So Telling (Emo.)
After many more false attempts, I landed on Keep It Lit—a three-ways-to-play name that references a love of literature, an encouragement, and my own surname. I was so pleased with the name that came to me like a gift, and ever since, I've been writing in ways that try to explore every nook and hollow of what it means to keep it lit. From visual book reviews and monthly roundups to hindsight comparisons and multiple takes on meaning-making, this past year has been a good one for stretching boundaries and testing new waters. Here's a look at some of those recent written excursions.
I had the good fortune to travel a lot last year, and I came across a reminder to dedicate myself to something that's an experience in itself and makes other comes alive.
Obligatory stop at the Book of Kells and Trinity College's Long Hall. Wowza!
photo by: [adam rifkin][rifkin]
Thank you for celebrating three years with me, for hearing my words and for letting me hear yours.
Love, love love.