Kellie Elmore from Magic In The Backyard
In under ten minutes, Kellie will see right through your big excuses. She will write you a list of reasons why you should Just Do It, whatever It is.
I found Kellie on Google: the e-Harmony for the knowledge-seekers of the world, the Match.com for the Constant Questioners.
I was looking for a challenge. Literally. I wanted some sort of 30-day writing project to fuel my blog posts. And I found Kellie’s blog and she found me and that’s all it took.
She saw this girl who probably said too many words, Taylor Swift style, for the rest of the internet to read. Too many open letters to people I loved and people who drove me crazy. People I wanted to know better.
In April, for National Poetry Month, Kellie encouraged me to write poems. I wasn’t sure. Before that, I’d had an aversion to poetry writing. But she has been my biggest motivator in that endeavor.
Everyone needs a push. Sometimes a giant shove. Other times a soft nudge. Most often a good kick in the butt.
She says a few words, tells me to stop doubting that voice inside my head that wants to jump into a new project, and I am already pulling a fresh piece of paper out of my notebook to dribble words around like basketballs.
That’s Kellie. She builds a community, a virtual fireplace, just through her conviction that this world will let you do whatever you’re aching to do. Whatever story you want to tell. Whatever method you’re using to tell it.
It’s called Magic In The Backyard. As if we are all sitting outside on a porch swing or around a whicker table sipping fresh-squeezed lemonade and laughing about the old days when our hair grew down to our butts and our fingers were never able to touch the sky.
We are all holding onto each other like beads on the same handmade necklace, hoping we can wrap ourselves around a neck. Drape like pearls on a silky shirt. Hoping we have enough shine to make someone staring through the glass countertop to pick us. Love us. Take us home.
Each week, she gives her community the ammunition to fire a round into the latest tough battle. She gives us the tools to carve a new space in the Writers’ World. A new prompt to keep up tap tap tapping on our keyboards somewhere six hours North of her home. Somewhere unsure and slightly frazzled and probably too busy but making time for Kellie’s encouragement to stick in our brains once more.