Sophfronia Scott

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Sophfronia Scott's new novel, Unforgivable Love, published by William Morrow/HarperCollins is available wherever books are sold. Also now published: an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books, and a spiritual memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son, from Paraclete Press.

Sophfronia grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. Her father was a Mississippi-born steelworker who never learned how to read and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who always made sure there were books in the house. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sophfronia spent a big
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Sophfronia Scott Creativity playdates are just as important as the time you schedule for writing. In fact, your writing time can be difficult and fruitless without…moreCreativity playdates are just as important as the time you schedule for writing. In fact, your writing time can be difficult and fruitless without them. If you find you spend much of your writing time staring wordless at the screen or blank page, you’re in need of a creativity playdate. Looking for a story idea? Ride the subway a few stops or go sit in a park and pay attention. Your next character might step on at West 66th Street, or stroll past you wearing a top hat and walking a fluffy Scottish terrier sporting blue booties on its paws. I know my writing eye is awakened every time I travel the 65 miles south to New York City and take in the energy and movement of a different environment. Suddenly my senses have new sights, sounds, and smells to process. It’s exciting.

I encourage you to schedule a creativity playdate at least once a month. If you can’t think of something to do, consider this—you want to excite your five senses. Try to come up with ideas addressing each one. For example:
---Smell: Explore perfume or incense shops; check out a store where you can sniff barrels of coffee beans, visit a florist.
---Touch: Go to high-end stores or fabric shops where you can run your hands over rich materials or beautiful furniture. Take a cue from your childhood and visit a petting zoo or an aquarium that features touch tanks of specimens to hold.
---Sight: Feast your eyes on works of art, or go on hikes to see spectacular views.
---Sound: Attend concerts, plays, musicals, or sit in a place with lots of people where you can pick up pieces of overheard conversation.
---Taste: Try a new cuisine by cooking a recipe you’ve never tried before or going to a different restaurant.

Really, you could do anything you want for your creativity playdate as long as you don’t forget to have fun!(less)
Sophfronia Scott The best way to answer this is with my note about "Artist as Seer" that I wrote for issue 33 of Ruminate Magazine. I consider myself a writer and an…moreThe best way to answer this is with my note about "Artist as Seer" that I wrote for issue 33 of Ruminate Magazine. I consider myself a writer and an artist and this is what it's all about:

I’ll walk out of the house with my son—he’s 10—and say, “Wow, look at those orange-pink clouds!” Or I’ll call him to the window to show him a super bright moon. My work as an artist is this same act on a different scale. In every piece of writing I am essentially pointing out what I see in the world. "Look! I see love. And over there—that’s courage. Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it amazing?"

This is important because I believe as a community we require art and beauty to feed our hope, to help us see what makes life worthy when we are too busy or too tired or too frustrated to see for ourselves. I feel confident that when I mark what I see, and do it well, others are encouraged to see on their own, just as when my son says, as he did this morning, “Mama, look at those leaves! They’ve never been that red before.” My role then is to affirm and say, “Yes.”(less)
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I find myself in an odd place. I’m mapping the landscape of a fresh loss even as I am untangling a transition in one of my essays. But as I make decisions for my life and as I figure out this essay, I realize there’s something to be learned, one from the other. Let’s take a walk this morning and consider the possibilities.







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“What he said was so full of truth and lies it seemed his head would roll off his neck with the heaviness of it.”
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“People don’t think to ask for anything. They don’t want to be told no.”
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“I savor these moments. They sit tart and bright and sweet on my tongue like the taste of hibiscus tea with honey. From these moments I can cultivate gratitude and from gratitude I distill grace.”
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“If only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.”
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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
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“I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.”
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“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.”
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Rick Schroeder Hi Sophfonia,

Thanks for having me as a friend. Much appreciated.

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