Monday, June 3, 2013

Calm Cooling Waters

Soothing Stream Near My Home
It's been hot and sticky on this side of the Mississippi for a week now, but this morning dawned with the promise of a cooler day. That means I get to take my laptop and write outside on my patio. We had a second paver patio installed this spring (sounds tres glamorous, but it was in reality me telling a 20-yr-old how to do it, from Internet videos I'd found). The new patio stays in the shade until early afternoon, longer if I employ the umbrella. Of course the right breeze knocks said umbrella over, squishing whichever plants it lands on (just don't hit the tomato plant that's finally sprouting blooms, I beg).
As a writer my goal is to share emotions and characters with my reader. It's not easy and takes a lifetime to study the craft to do this--writing is not a perfectible art. This past weekend I listened to a top editor (full disclosure: mine) give a workshop on characterization to my local Romance Writers of America chapter. It was inspiring, scary, overwhelming--often at the same time. Again, there is more work to be done as far as my storytelling abilities go. But the main thing the workshop gave me was comfort--as I looked around at my sister writers, all intent on improving their craft, I took heart that we're in this together. Writers and readers alike. Because we all love story. This revelation soothed my soul (and my impending panic with a looming deadline, but that's another blog).
I wanted to impart some of that soothing message to you this morning, and since this is a blog I can post photos (which aren't done in romance novels save for the cover). I picked the photo I took on a walk with my dog when we first moved here, almost two years ago. "Here" being our new home, the place my family is putting some serious roots down.
What soothes you?

7 comments:

Rogenna Brewer said...

Maybe you and your son can come show my husband how to finish our paver patio :)

I need a soothing place of my own!

Pamela Hearon said...

I have a large flower garden that has shade somewhere through the day. That's my calming, soothing place. Bees, hummingbirds, and squirrels are my companions. They don't talk much :-)

Mary Brady said...

I hear you about "sisters". I went to our local conference and communed with people who understand from whence I come--for sure. It was great. The stream looks lovely.

Mary Brady said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Mary Preston said...

Continuing to improve as a writer, or in anything really, is a never ending process.

I go out for a walk to soothe this savage beast.

liztalley said...

Well, if it's any consolation, I constantly feel not good enough in my craft. I read other writers and I think "Why can't I be this good?" I console myself with the thought that I supposed to want to be better. Heck, every writer should want to be better.

Your stream is beautiful and the patio sounds lovely. When I need a break from my office, I don't go outside (because it distracts me more). I go to my bedroom, turn on jazz, plump up pillows on the bed and lock the door. Soothes me like nothing else :)

Snookie said...

What soothes me? sitting at the beach listening to the waves roll in, reading a good book curled up in my bed, sitting out under the trees in my backyard... lots of things :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...