Friday, September 20, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

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Fall's Fresh Start

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
F. Scott Fitzgerald.

You might think that living in the cold and rainy Pacific Northwest that I would look forward to the warmer seasons of spring and summer. You'd be wrong. Maybe it's because I've lived here nearly all of my life that autumn is, without a doubt, the time of year when I feel nature mirrors back to me my own soul. Writing, reading, walking in the woods, and visiting the stormy Pacific Ocean, are just a few of the things I love to do in the fall, but there are many more.

In addition to that, being a student at heart, I always start a new project in the fall. There's just something about September that calls to me for a time of fresh learning and creating. This year is no exception. After completing a rewrite of The Tale of Willaby Creek, and sending out another query letter for Livvi Biddle ~ The Secret of Stonehenge, I have decided to proceed with Book II in the series: Livvi Biddle ~ A Garden in Giverny.  Learning more about France, Paris, and Claude Monet and his garden in Giverny, has kept me busy for the last three weeks. Although I've been a long-time fan of the art of Monet, it was essential that I learn the details of the master's life (like the name of his gardener; and when he had eye surgery) to create a believable tale.

For me, fall is truly the time when I return to "the cauldron of creativity."
So, while the school buses rumble up and down the nearby country road, and the Seattle Seahawks make their bid for a Super Bowl slot, I'll be lost in the whimsical world of Wordlandia inside my studio!

Have you started a new project recently? What's your favorite season?

10 comments:

  1. Wow, your books sound so interesting! Stonehenge! Giverny. I love Monet's paintings. All the French Impressionists, in fact.

    An fall is a season I love, too. I'm in Spain right now, in Galicia, and the fall here seems a little delayed this year. But when we return to Sacramento, I'm looking forward to the falling leaves that make Midtown so beautiful.

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    1. Hope you have a grand time, Elizabeth! Spain seems to be somewhat of a home away from home for you. ^_^

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  2. Oh I love Fall, too. By far the most inspirational. I remember struggling with a love scene and walking out in the trees, leaves crunching under foot, the cold sky making me wish a warm body was near, and poof! I had my scene. A couple lost in the leaves.

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    1. Your love scene sounds awesome, Tanya! Have a great weekend.

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  3. I love, love, love fall! I haven't started a new project but I am branching out and doing something new. I'm taking an online writing course. I haven't taken a class in over 14 years so I'm a little intimidated but I'm so excited to learn and grow as an author.

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    1. Bravo to you, Sara! It seems that even if I take a class on a writing topic that I feel fairly confident in, I always learn something new - and get inspired at the same time. Workshops, retreats, conferences, and online classes are all a way to learn, network, and have fun. Have a great upcoming week!

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  4. Well...I can't wait to read what you write about Giverny...! I don't know what my new project is.... Your post makes me want a taffy apple.

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  5. I love Monet. I have a book of his paintings in my kitchen to flip through when I'm cooking.

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    1. He's one of my favorite French impressionists and I've been a fan of his art since college. Have a great week, Debbie!

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