Monday, January 20, 2014

Ava Ayers: New Project, Love Anxiety, Anais Nin and Debbie Millman


I'm working on a new project about a woman who loses everything she has and after fighting so long to salvage her relationships, her home, her mind...she decides to just stop and give up the fight. This is hard for me; it's not at all how I operate in the world. I was raised on a steady diet of Tony Robbins, not Ram Dass, dammit! But, I must confess, the idea is kind of freeing. In this novel there will be sadness and love and romance and humor, but I'm hoping that it stirs a little bit of tension to challenge your views, disrupt your old scripts and maybe make you think that there could be another way.

While I've been working on this project, I have a beautiful quote by Anaïs Nin taped to my computer:
“Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”
I have both felt like this was being done to me and I know that I've done it. The main character in the book is much the same. But I've always loved that quote as I love Nin's work and then I found this exceptionally beautiful print illustrated by artist Debbie Millman and ordered a few for myself and friends. Also, 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation A Room of Her Own, which supports women writers and artists..

Check out the print here at the Society6 page and let me know what you think!


Ava Ayers Debbie Millman Print Anais Nin Quote