Sunday, January 14, 2007

too many dreams to count

BIG breakthrough yesterday with the revision... something that only now seems obvious, after I've taken the leap and done it.

I was up very late following the ripples of dropping the big stone into the pond of my book, and when I finally did go to bed, I dreamed ALL NIGHT LONG.

I woke up after each dream, so I remember them all. They were all over the place, as if unleashing that stone opened the gates to the unconscious, wide.

Great night, lots of work to do today.

The magic mansion comes through again. :)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

a writer's dream

Last night I dreamed that some unseen force tied helium balloons to my legs so I could not stand solid on the earth. I kept removing the balloons, which were long like femurs, and pale blue, and the mysterious force kept putting them back.

In the meantime, the electricity had been turned off and I wanted it back on.

In the end I won, but I was exhausted from my persistence.

Given the previous post and my being down here to "wire" my first novel, I had to smile this morning when I woke up. I probably need the power off while wiring, don't you think?

The photo here is the view out my window. I took it yesterday, moved by the pattern of the bricks, the darkness in that window, the pile of unused shutters, and the two solid pines standing like sentinels on either side.

Today the pine on the left is being cut down as I type. It's rotting from the base and leaning slightly toward the upstairs veranda. They have chosen to take it out before it takes out a chunk of the house.

Somehow all this is swirling around, filtering into my work in not quite conscious ways. It's going well.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

interesting slip of the keyboard

I had emailed someone a "regret" about a dinner coming up that I won't be able to attend because of a writing residency I'm doing.

The purpose of the time is to rewrite my first book and get it back out there to publishers early this year.

When the recipient of my "regret" emailed me back, she wrote:

"Wiring is much more important. We will see you next month."

She meant, of course, to type "writing."

But what a wonderful slip! Essentially, what I need to do is indeed to "wire" this novel. Give it the underlying current to electrify.

I had already made notes to this effect, but now I will go with such a vivid idea of what it is I want to accomplish.



Sunday, January 07, 2007

journeyman/woman along many paths

The path to the barn...

The path to the pile...

The path to the outside world...

The path to possibility...

I travelled over the earth
Before I became a learned person.
I have travelled, I have made a circuit,
I have slept in a hundred islands, dwelt in a hundred cities.


Monday, January 01, 2007

Bliadhna Mhath Ur dhuit!

Have been thinking of book stuff last night and this morning, and in honor of the Scot in all of them, happy new year!

May 2007 bring peace and blessings to all.