The following is taken From Daily Celebrations - about Anais Nin - a painfully honest woman.
"My ideas usually come not at the desk writing but in the midst of living." ~ Anais Nin
French writer Anais Nin (1903-1977) began her famous diaries on this day in 1914 when her father, a Spanish concert pianist, left the family for another woman.
"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say," she said.
Her diaries were sorrowful letters to her absent father, a literary exploration of self and creation of feminine identity.
The first diary was published in 1966 and spanned the years from 1914-1974. She wrote 35,000 pages in 150 volumes. "I write emotional algebra," Nin observed in 1946.
Writer Henry Miller, her mentor and lover, called the diaries "a 20- year struggle toward self-realization... Each line is pregnant with a soul struggle."
The erotica of her voluminous writings was not something ladies talked or wrote about. Passionate and explicit, Nin delved candidly into her voyage of self-discovery as an artist and believed a woman's dreams were the source of nourishment. She launched Gemor Press and self-published her own novels and short stories.
"To write is to descend, to excavate, to go underground," she explained. As she searched to understand the forces within, she created an inner person she named Linotte: "impossible and must be hidden, hidden."
She gave voice to feminine perception. Writer Lynn Sukenick explained, "Nin's diaries are books of wisdom which have elevated their author to the status of sage and have had a healing effect on many of her readers."
About perceptions, Nin wrote, "We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are."
~~Live passionately so you have a tale to tell.
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I love Anais Nin and this is my favorite quote:
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”I believe I blossomed on my trip and I'll start sharing it with you later this week. The state was wonderful and the people I met - totally awesome.
Now my daughter and grandson went to Myrtle Beach. I went on my vacation the opposite direction. Went to a different ocean entirely. Not Norway or Switzerland. It was in the USA. I'm getting my pictures ready.
My grandson and daughter at Myrtle Beach.