I belong to a secret group on facebook. It is a group of writers who support each other, encourage each other, are there for each other, through all of life's ups and downs, shitty and glorious moments.
We are all survivors of one sort or another it seems, some from deep trauma, some from day to day challenges.
We are poets and authors, bloggers and wannabe novelists.
It is the most inspirational and supportive group of people I have ever had the pleasure to be associated with.
We celebrate each others birthdays, publications, good days, we support each other in our grief, struggles and are there for each other when the world bites us in the ass.
It has inspired me to write daily. Sometimes with a given theme. Often not.
It has given me the joy of reading poetry and prose despite it sometimes evoking great sadness and heartbreak.
I am in awe of how honest people are in this group. Raw. True. Real. Honesty.
It reminds me of the strength of the human spirit that carries on despite addictions, abandonment, abuse, heartbreak and can still rejoice in the love, births, and joys of another.
It is empathy personified and I am so glad I have found each and every one of the members in this group
So yes it is a secret group which keeps us safe.
It is a safe place and one that has made all the difference for me and my writing.