Write With Me! Study Hall, Monday, June 6, 2016: Halcyon Days

Good morning! 

Perhaps the date is different wherever you are, but here in North America, early June days are about as perfect as a day can get. The weather is not yet intensely hot, but pleasantly warm, so that one can go about barefooted and bare armed without a care for layers of protection. Roadside stands blossom and supermarkets are aisles of delight; it’s as if the whole world is fruiting and blooming to provide for and entice us. 

Just as a plum can reach perfection in its development, our work can also come to fruition from all our months of preparation. I’m working hard to bring one novel into just that exquisite state. There’s more to do. Still, things are flowing well and it feels like the end is in sight. 

So many things we take on faith; one of them is that, if we keep shaping and honing our sentences, paragraphs, and chapters, we’ll reach a real state of cohesion that represents the best we can do. 

I hope that state is near for you with at least one project. If not, I wish you strong faith that you are on your way to fulfillment. 

On our way to completion we all need a word of encouragement and hope. 

Please, if you read these words, leave me a bit of feedback in the comments section below. Tell me what you are doing with your work, and, I promise, I will reply. 

That is how we feed each other. 

That is our article of faith here at Weaver’s Knot, as surely as we all take spring as a sign of the bounty to come. 

  

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  1. Bobbi

     /  June 6, 2016

    We don’t get seasons the same way here, and May Gray has only given over to June Gloom, but the marine layer is lifting earlier each day, giving us increasing hours of sun. In a month, we’ll be enjoying full warm sun with cooling late afternoon ocean breezes.

    I’m trying to ignore the siren call of my ancestry research, but it’s so rewarding and challenging and just plain exciting–

    but anyway, I got back to Randi’s struggles with the downside of going steady–especially with a possessive boy just when she’s finally feeling comfortable with having boys as friends again. Feeling satisfied with today’s editing efforts and another 675 words.

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    • I love knowing how the seasons run where you are, Bobbie. Especially now that I can envision your place.

      I know that pull of other projects. Genealogy is especially enticing, but having two other book manuscripts is a temptation, too. When something crops up that belongs to one of them, I just jot it down without hesitation, then go back to the one that is mostly finished. At least theoretically, that’s the way it works. Last week I had the new beginning for the second novel in my head so strongly that I had to stop and shape it into the previous text a little.

      Good luck to Randi in her efforts to understand the opposition sex!

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  2. Bobbi

     /  June 6, 2016

    P.S, Don’t forget that necessary layer of protection: sunblock!

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  3. I had to do a very sudden turn recently and start working on something else entirely – which isn’t necessarily bad since it’s illustrated and fun and about tiny monsters :), but I’m aware that the FIRST thing I was working on might evaporate. Sigh. That DOES happen.

    STILL, a great deal of storytelling goes into my artwork and the very thing you’re talking about happens. No, really. The exact same thing.

    Notes and bits of my art are at https://strangelybecoming.wordpress.com/ – and, actually, a little writing, too, now that I think about it. 🙂

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    • What cool images! Very droll. I loved the fifteen-second video.

      I imagine the problem of holding on to an unfinished image or art composition could be much more difficult than working with words, where we can always do a first draft. A sketch of an idea might not be as useful as a “placeholder.”

      Still, sometimes I look at my temporarily abandoned drafts and wonder what the heck I was thinking. I’ve taken to adding bits of ephemera to my files that evoke what I was trying to achieve–a bit of wildflower or tree leaves for place, an image clipped from a magazine that evokes character or scenery. Sometimes it works. Sometimes, well, the aforementioned faith is all we have.

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