A growing garden is the most peaceful thing to watch and ponder. It's an inspiration to create something and watch it prosper. I just received the illustration sketches for Ruby Begonia and the High Heeled Sneakers and I get the same wonderful feeling looking at those. It's a reality, it's going to happen. Looking at images that were created by my imagination is the most incredible thing I have ever felt.
Well, it sure feels like the summer has begun.Taking some time out to go and "smell the roses" is imperative. I took a few photos around CT, at the White Flower Farm in Morris and Jane E. Pierce Park in Southbury. I remember in around, of, oh... February or March just dying to see green and color. I have been so happy to capture the colors and textures this season. Next year, when it's dead and cold outside, I can look at the pictures and remember just how much everything comes to life in the spring.Here are a few, enjoy!
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A young man was walking down a winding road. The road seemed to be narrowing with every forward step he took. With growing concern about his selected path and destination, he quickened his steps. While speeding his way down the crooked thoroughfare, he noticed a small child watching him from behind a tree. The child smiled at him, but the young man continued to pursue his course with fervor. Panting hard and feeling anxious about the ever shrinking road ahead, he paused to rest. There was the child, still watching him with interest. The road continued to grow smaller and smaller, though never seeming to end. He stopped once again, and again, there was the child. The young man stepped off the path and walked up to the small child. The child looked up at him quizzically and asked, “What’s the hurry?” The young man considered this question for a moment. He responded, “I’m worried about the pathway ending” “So then,” said the child, “What’s the hurry?”
I love this picture. I have no idea who the artist is or when it was painted, but I have always enjoyed the movement and feel of this piece of art. I could stay in fantasy land for quite a long time if I don't take the initiative to drag myself back into the breath of reality.
This is a great time to get organized and ready to really tackle this year of change. It seems that I've been in a deep freeze lately, but with the tease of a beautiful, warm day, my mind has begun to thaw. Lots to do! Ruby Begonia and the High Heeled Sneakers is moving ever closer to publication, which is so exciting! A few more loose ends and then she's off, to fly as high as she can go... Looking forward to the pleasant, calm breath of spring.
Tomorrow I am heading out to do a little market research. I am actually looking forward to hanging out in the kids section and checking out the competition. I love to read kids stories and most of them have beautiful illustrations. It should be a very peaceful day and I am looking forward to it!
Sometimes the thought of going out there into the world and making a dream become a reality can seem very scary and confusing. What should I say? How will I present myself? What will they think? I find, the thing is, once you commit to it and just do it, it's usually not so bad and the feeling of accomplishment in the aftermath is the best motivation one can have. Even with the rejection that is sure to happen, it only makes success that much sweeter.
Today has been very exciting, for both the country and myself. The winds of change seem to be blowing in the right direction, finally! A good meeting about Ruby Begonia and the fire is instantly ablaze. Good news about the Inauguration and the country is also on burning with hope! Very inspirational. I hope the positive flow of this pace continues.
The calm before the storm. Tomorrow is a big, crazy day in history. Barrack O'Bama will become the 44th president of the United States. With a promise of change and creativity he brings hope to some and fear to others. Everyone has different ideas and opinions on what is right and what is wrong. The most important thing to remember is that it's not always going to work out the way you want it to, but it will work out. Sometimes something happens that, at first, seems like it is the worst thing that could possibly come to pass and then suddenly it turns out to be the best thing ever. Accepting reality and dealing with the present is the easiest way not to fall into a rut. If you just face, head on, what is the actual reality and take it by the horns, you stand a much better chance of coming out on top of whatever hill popped up in your path. To sit and brood about something that you didn't like or want is about as exciting and motivating as watching a clocks hand turn the time.
Wishful thinking has such negative connotations, but I think it's an excellent phrase. We all think constantly, the chitter chatter of our brains skips from one thing to the next at an impressive rate. Though, it is imperative to think positively and aggressively about your constant reality- thinking wistfully and imagining all the different paths to your goals and future can be very refreshing and invigorating. I love dreaming up new ideas and expanding on old ones that have been filed in a dusty cabinet in the back of my mind. Some of the best stories and ideas have been born from an idea that some person may have told you was silly or outlandish. I say, don't let anyone rain on your parade. Think wishfully everyday!
A winters day outside, blustery and chilly. I was thinking last night about how great it would be to get away to the Caribbean right now. I can almost feel myself sitting on a warm beach with the smell of sand and melting suntan lotion floating all around me. The sun is so hot, that every twenty minutes or so it is necessary to take a dip in the cerulean blue colored water. It would be a great place to relax and think about all that the future holds for me. But, for now, I will have to do my thinking in this chilly winter wonderland. I do hope to get there soon though...
I'm working like crazy to get all my online stuff set up and it feels great! I love bringing Ruby Begonia to life. With the pictures in my mind becoming sharper, the energy just pours out. So much to do, but definatley enjoying every step!
So, I was thinking about stories and what makes a really good one- Is it the characters, the scene, the fluidity of the writing? It has something to do with all of these things, but first and foremost, I think the Author has to have a connection with the writing. Whether it be something dreamed or something lived. To really engage the reader, the writer must feel the words as well.