Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
Today’s interviewee is writer Liv Rancourt.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I have a big window in my kitchen, and the view is dominated by a Chinese cotoneaster, a huge shrub producing tiny white flowers in spring that ripen to scarlet berries by about November. I call it the Bird Buffet, and once the berries are ripe it’s covered with robins and sparrows and other neighborhood birds. As of today, the top third has been stripped of berries. By March it’ll be pretty much bare.
And then in June it’ll have flowers, and in September it’ll be covered with little green berry nubbins. And in November it’ll be scarlet again.
Against the backdrop of that shrub, with its soft serrated leaves and scarlet berries and robins, I’m watching the inauguration of President Obama. This afternoon, I’m going to a wedding where a very old friend will finally marry her long-time female partner. And this morning, I posted a link to my newest release and saw a surprising and amazing and gratifying number of people share it and send me well-wishes.
So what have I been wonderstruck by recently? This moment, right now, by the crosshatch weave of the new against a backdrop of the stuff that doesn’t change. I’m awed by life. And a little bit humbled.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
The part where I wake up again. ;) Seriously, every day is a gift.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
The toughest moments involve my kids, like when the fourteen year old drops down a wormhole the way only an adolescent girl can, or when I have to drag my son off the computer – again – because he’s lost his temper playing video games. They’re truly great kids, and I love the heck out of them, but sometimes it’s like dealing with toddlers with adult (occasionally very adult) vocabularies.
What do you wish you are more conscious of?
I wish I could be more consistent about staying in the moment. I saw one of those Facebook memes, with a quote attributed to the Lao Tzu. “If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. If you’re at peace, you’re living in the present.” Since I read that, whenever I start feeling anxious or depressed, I ask myself if I’m living in the past or in the future. Sometimes it’s both, but when it comes down to it, you can’t control either. The only thing you can control is now, and your response to it. That’s the lesson I’ve been trying to learn. Some days are better than others.
How do you stay truly focused on what is important to you?
It’s pretty easy. The important stuff – my husband, my kids, my friends, my work in the NICU, my writing, my church – all seem to climb up into my face and insist that I pay attention to them with freakish consistency. I’ve always been fairly goal-directed, so
moving forward on things isn’t a problem.
The one concrete step I’ve taken is that for the last couple months, I’ve made a promise to take the dog for a walk every day. It takes half an hour or forty minutes, it’s been a great help in stabilizing my back problems, and it gives me time for my mind to wander.
About Liv Rancourt:
I write paranormal and romance, often at the same time, and live in Seattle with my family and assorted pets.
My newest release is a sweet paranormal romance, Forever and Ever, Amen. It’s available from Crimson Romance, Amazon, and other fine e-book retailers.
You can track me down on-line at my website & blog (www.livrancourt.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt).