Thursday, 7 March 2013

Is there more to life than writing?

Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I peeled off my writing layer  the way I did my nursing layer, my farmer layer and my clerk layer. Would I reach the core and find only lead there? Or would I find a perfectly formed gold nugget?

I don't want to know. It's too soon.

So, with my husband, I'll travel ... searching for fascinating  settings and quirky characters. I'll eavesdrop on conversations to capture different voices, take note of impossible situations, and I'll write.

But first, I'll stop to smell the roses,

so sweet after rain. Their petals fall one by one. I'll save them as potpourri. 

and I'll pick up my knitting needles.  There's joy in physical  creativity, too.

Toy Rabbit              


I'll play with Spitzli on the beach

and take her to visit my Aunty.
With the onset of autumn, to be followed by winter,  the time has come to rewrap myself in writing. Time to think.
 Now is not the time to discover if there's more to life than writing, nor to discover my core.




Rosalie Skinner said...

More to life than writing... come on Wendy...
Please write more.
A Summer Squall was wonderful, but short.
What will winter bring?
I still wait patiently for your fantasy story to unfold.
Knitting and walking on the beach is fine... but only as breaks away from creating the magic stories you tell.

Wendy said...

Hahaha. Thank you, Rosalie. That's what I needed to hear. And this is significant coming from you, the author of your wonderful 8 book Chronicles of Caleath Series, who also loves to admire the sea and go whale watching among all your other activities. The sea air blows away the cobwebs in the mind, doesn't it?

Rosalie Skinner said...

It is inspiring.
Whale watching is magical in itself. The ocean, goodness, time spent in her company makes my fingers itch, to either paint or write.
I know where you are coming from.
Winter, the longer nights, the cool weather, are inspiring too.
Sharpen your quill, Wendy, loosen the lid on your inkpot, it's time to write!

Edith Parzefall said...

Oh ladies, you make me envious. I'd love to stare out at sea while mulling over a new story or how to revise and existing one. Of course I'd have a little notebook with me to scribble down ideas.

Love the rabbit, Wendy. :-)

Wendy said...

Hi Edith, The seaside is lovely, but so is your winterwonderland.
Thanks I'm glad you like the rabbit :) He would look cute in a little basket oggs Easter eggs for a baby of toddler.

J Q Rose said...

I don't care if you are 16 or 60, we are always looking inside ourselves to figure out who we really are. Thank goodness we are changing all the time and I hope for the good! A very thoughtful piece. The bunny is darling. You can write and create such a whimsical creature too. I think you have LOTS of layers of creativity.

Wendy said...

Hi Janet,
You are right, we should be reinventing ourselves and take a firm grip on our creativity. Writers are lucky that way. It's impossible to give up.

meradeth said...

Personally, I'd love to go for a walk on that beach! That always helps stir my creative self :) Sometimes its the little things other than writing that bring out the best in our work!

Wendy said...

I know what you mean Meradeth. Unless we experience the little details in life other than writing - actually use our 5 senses (and the 6th one if we are so lucky)- we wouldn't know how to use them to enrich our stories and ourselves.
Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I think there is much more to life than writing, but like everything, if it's what makes you happy. I write because it doesn't always make me happy, but it does make me aspire to be better.

Lovely photographs, Wendy.

Wendy said...

Hello Joylene,
I have to smile at your writing 'doesn't make me happy.' Having read your Broken but not Dead thriller, I'm certain your readers are happy, though.