Sunday, July 05, 2009

A Good Day

Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. ~Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now

We had a pretty decent day, weather-wise, yesterday. Partly cloudy with two short but intense rainstorms. DH and DD went to the lake and stayed for the fireworks, leaving me blessedly alone. I haven't had a real "alone" day in so long I don't remember. It was wonderful. It's also amazing how much happier I feel when the sun is out.

I took walks with the dog. I took pictures of DD's chalk pictures, because she'd worked so hard, and the rain would wash them away.



I admired my echinacea that is just beginning to bloom.



I watched "P.S. I Love You" because I knew so many people really loved it ... but I didn't. I couldn't get past wondering why her dead husband had even loved her -- she was mean and nasty to him all the time and he spent every moment apologizing or groveling to her. She wasn't nice to her mother or her friends. Basically, I really did NOT like the heroine at all. So, the rest of the movie just didn't work for me. It was good in concept, and I liked the idea, but I didn't like the execution.

I also worked on the computer, of course. I even did some writing -- practice, really, more than something I would use for publishing (though one never knows what will happen). I recently had an editor tell me I needed to add more description using all the senses... that some of my writing could be much richer if I just slowed down a bit and made sure people could see, taste, touch, smell, hear what was going on.

I remember taking a class when I first joined WVU about a million years ago that concerned this very thing. We had to write a short story using all the senses. It was a challenge to write those things in without them feeling false. Fact is, we typically use sight and hearing and sometimes forget the rest.

So, yesterday I went back to school and practiced. And it was good.

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In Pillar Place: Swallowtail we have one more pillar making her pupa (Fiona). I had her make it in the small box with the lid, because I'm worried she and Greg (our last pillar) are over-winterers. If they aren't, fine... that box works for them either way. But the bigger one without the lid would NOT work.

I hope they aren't going to over winter. *sigh*

No monarch eggs yet. I wonder if they weren't able to fly up here due to the lousy weather. Will keep you posted. Monarchs are so much easier than swallowtail to raise.

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9 comments:

MJFredrick said...

Pretty drawings!

You know, you're right about the heroine of PS I LOVE YOU. I got past that by, well, I'm shallow, you know. In the book, she wasn't nasty, but she did cut herself off from her friends like that.

Allie Boniface said...

I remember that WVU lesson too!

MomJane said...

I have never seen that movie. Doesn't sound like I missed anything. Glad you had a day to yourself.

Tori Lennox said...

I never much liked what I saw in the ads for PS, I Love You. Glad I gave it a miss.

Love DD's chalk drawings!!!

Dru said...

PS, I Love You didn't look like a movie I wanted to see.

I wondered if you were alone yesterday. Are DH and DD back on the boat?

I hope the remaining swallowtail, Greg, makes his pupa soon.

hey, my word verfication was grand, so

Have a grand Sunday.

Brandy said...

The book was really good. Because I read the book first I had no desire to see the movie. In the book her grief is palpable and you understand why she cuts herself off from everyone. I alternately cried and smiled reading the book.
Glad you had such a good time yesterday! Your Daughter's chalk drawings are gorgeous!

I hope you have a pleasant Sunday!

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy fourth!

I couldn't get through PS I Love You - too sad.

I like the five senses idea.. I'm going to try it out.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

The way you felt about the heroine of P.S. I love You (which I didn't see) reminded me of the protag in Eat, Pray, Love (which I didn't finish). She just wasn't my cup of tea.

I'm glad you got that "back to school" time.

DD's pictures are lovely.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Love the drawing! I really didn't want to see that movie from the ads so it looks like I didn't miss much lol.

Good luck with the writing :)