Friday, July 20, 2007

Pillar Place, Pupas Perhaps?

...letting go
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.

-- From "Letting Go" by Suzy Boggus

I managed to write a bit yesterday. I got a few hundred words done on my latest short "Kitchen Matches". It still has a way to go, and I'm already at 5,000 words. This surprises me. I didn't think I had so much to say about Cori and Micah. Guess I was wrong -- one of the joys of writing, IMHO, is when your characters take over and surprise you.

I also worked through part of my galley for "Pregnancy Cravings", fixing things like her mouth dropped to her mouth dropped open. The scariest thing about that is, I've been through this galley once, and didn't catch that. Sheesh.

I also want to work on editing Playing House some more. That book is near and dear to my heart. I'd love to get it submitted somewhere soon. We'll see.


Pillar Place was a little crazy yesterday. The good news? Moe flew. It was the sweetest thing.

We took him out of the car in the morning when the sun came out and put him on my coneflower out front. He still didn't move. Another storm was due for the afternoon, and I told my daughter we weren't bringing him in again. It was do or die time for Moe.

DD was desperate. She went outside without me, and encouraged Moe. Then she lifted him up and told him he could do it. A few minutes later she came inside. Crying. Moe had flown away. Then we had to sit down and have the talk as to why it's a good thing we released Moe and how it's hard to let go of something you love, but you have to when it's best for them. And I told her there would be a time she would fly away, too, and it would be hard for me, but I had to let her do it.

And I cried.

Drama at Pillar Place. I'm telling you.

So, Eenie--ever the obedient caterpillar-- made his happy little pupa on a stick yesterday. He still hasn't shed his skin, which is a little concerning as it's been more than 24 hours since he hung himself there, but it's not like I can strip it off so he's on his own with this one.

Lily, blast her, decided HER pupa would be made on the lid, right up against the box. So, yes, this makes taking the lid of and on just a little bit dicey. Brat.

Not to be left out, and despite the fact he was much smaller than Eenie and Lily, Phil the pill went on pre-pupa walkabout yesterday. He returned to his dill twice and ate, then took off again. In the evening, he hung out on the side of the box, purged and headed for the roof. Thankfully, Phil decided NOT to be as much of a pill as Lily, and thoughtfully made his pupa in the middle of the lid.

Poor Jill. She is all alone. She's also almost out of food -- she's eating a TON more than she did before her growth spurt. I'll need to get over to my SIL's place and get some parsley this morning, since Jill doesn't like mine (it's a different strain... they are SO picky).

Unless something big happens, though, things around Pillar Place will be pretty quiet for a while. It takes 10 - 14 days for a pupa to become a butterfly. Whatever will I write about in the meantime?

Jen and Judy have both suggested I write something official about my darling pillars. Judy mentioned a children's book. Problem is, I am first and foremost a romance writer. So my story would probably end up like this one that Jenny Crusie wrote on her blog last year.


What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means

Your eating style is gluttonous. If you like something, you're going back for seconds... no matter how full you are!

You don't really have a sweet tooth. If you go for dessert, you tend to go for something light.

Your taste in food tends to be pretty flexible. You may crave sushi one night, and your favorite childhood recipe the next.

You are probably a fairly normal, upper middle class person. You don't rock the boat too often.

You are a tough person who isn't afraid to live life fully. There isn't a lot that scares you.

You are laid back and extremely easygoing. You never make a fuss, and you try to enjoy every moment.


anno said...

You know, your caterpillar stories have been awfully interesting this week. And 40 is not such a bad age for reinvention. Madonna wrote children's books -- why not you?

Dru said...

aaawww.I feel so sad that Moe flew away, but as you said, we have to let them go.

Good kudos to you for your writing spurts.

Tori Lennox said...

I hope Moe has a long and happy life in the wild. :)

And I agree, this would make a great children's book!

Jen said...

Forget the children's books - what about a character who raises pillars and meets a man who thinks that's idiocy, until he learns to see it through her eyes?

Okay, so maybe that's silly, but I'm not a romance writer... But I do think there's romance story potential there that you could incorporate!

Oh, I don't envy you that talk with DD.

Glad to hear that Phil's behaving himself more or less.

Brandy said...

Glad to hear Moe finally flew, even though it was hard for your Daughter.
'Pillar Place has been fascinating and makes me wonder if the kids and I can do something like this next year.

Have a great friday and a wonderful weekend.

Heather said...

Leave it to you to make caterpillars interesting, Marianne. I've never given a second thought to those little buggers before.

Melissa said...

Aw, hugs on the discussion. I think this was one of those life lessons though. What a wonderful springboard to it.

Bon voyage Moe!