God has left His footprints in creation.. He is not contained in creation or equated with it, but He is revealed by it. – Steve Harper
Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. –Psalm 148:5
Way back in 1954, E.B. White had this to say when speaking of Henry David Thoreau:
“In our uneasy season, when all men unconsciously seek a retreat from a world that has got almost completely out of hand, his house in the Concord woods is a haven. In our culture of gadgetry and the multiplicity of conveniences his cry, ‘Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!’ has the insistence of a fire alarm.”
Oh, if Thoreau could only see us now! Talk about a culture of gadgetry! Yesterday, one of my students told me he was tired because he was up late.
“Homework?” I asked, though that was purely wishful thinking.
“I was texting,” he replied.
I wonder what Thoreau would have thought if he’d seen an irobot self-propelled vacuum cleaner. Or a Keurig. Or a Kindle.
I am not advocating for a house in the Concord woods, though a nice little woodsy retreat would be nice. And I don’t think we need to live like the Amish. But, I do think we could all do with a little less tech and a little slower pace.
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee
Her advice is spot-on. I am still working on developing this hide as I develop my novel.
The problem with us writers is that we get too attached to our own words. We know what we want to say and sometimes fool ourselves into thinking we are getting our message across when we aren’t.
I went to a writer’s conference a few years. I was able to spend two days with a group of writers who were all working on young adult novels. Before the conference, we were able to email each other a section of our manuscripts. Our teacher was a published author who was an enormous help to me. This is her website if you are interested: http://kristinharmel.com/
Anyway, the advice I received was very good. It made me rethink some things. I’m still working on distinguishing my two main characters more. That was the biggest piece of feedback I received – that my two characters were too much alike. The thing is I want to show, in the end, that they ARE very much alike deep down inside. But, I clearly have more work to do in giving them very definite personalities. And I’ve had to go back and add to the beginning of my story.
I’ve loved ABC books and A-Z lists for quite a while. This post is one in a series on writing, with the subtopic of poetry. For my poetry focus I’m including a Deer Sestina I wrote a while back. A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi.
Mist above the meadow in the spring
Breaks open to reveal a deer
Where green grasses grow
Bending in the breeze so soft
Sweet clover scents the air
The morning stirs with life
Streams of water giving life
Slaking thirst in the spring
Pond rippled by the air
Beckons “come and drink” to the deer
And she comes to lap softly
As the fawn within her grows
A morsel of warmth in the air
Wildflowers blue and purple grow
Yellow and orange petals soft
Among them the honeybee lives
Busily flitting all the spring
Working to make honey so dear
Sun rises in the still morning air
Warming earth, unfurling leaves to grow
In the shaded forest rests the deer
Quiet and still now her life
Noonday resting in the spring
All nature resting in the soft
Butterfly with its wing so soft
Slightly stirring the afternoon air
All the colors of the spring
From a caterpillar did grow
A wonderful plan of life
Beckons “come and play” to the deer
In the cool of the evening comes the deer
Quiet feet treading softly
Full of refinement and life
She stops; sniffs the air
Feeds on the rich grasses growing
In the meadow in the spring
Exploring in the spring goes the deer
Her fawn inside grows, her heart is soft
Love in the air awaits new life
Today I went for a hike at Moss Rock Preserve with Loretta using mapmyhike – a super cool app I just put on my phone. I’m a novice hiker and user of this app, so excuse my exuberance, but it really is cool. It not only told me how fast and how far I went, but it also shows my route and the elevation! And this is the FREE app; I can just imagine what the MVP version can do!
One thing it could not do that my dog could do was find my way back. On the return trip, when we came to a fork, I was about to hesitate but she didn’t – and then I’d look up and see a tree with a red mark on it and knew she was taking us the right way. This got me to thinking how awesome it is that God created His creatures with such fantastic inborn abilities. She had never been on this trail before; in fact she’s done very little woodland hiking. I assume it was her ingenious sense of smell that told her where to go.
I am excited to use my app again. It is encouraging to me since I don’t often have anyone to walk with. I think it’s the motivation I need!
Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.-Psalm 158:5
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.- Revelation4:11
It’s a roll down the window day
Even trapped in my car,
I can have the wind in my hair
I smell the green and smile
From the parking garage I look down on the treetops
In the midst of downtown architecture
With a spring in my step
I breathe the springtime
It won’t last long
Summer will soon roll in with a gust and a rattle
But, for now, I breathe the springtime