15 May 2013

What's Up Wednesday

Thanks again to Jaime Morrow, host of the What's up Wednesday meme. Each Wednesday the participating bloggers post about their respective week/day using the headings that follow. Chase the link above to join in the fun!

What I'm reading


Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art continues to speak to me. I'll probably be mentioning it for many Wednesdays to come...

I'm also picking my way through W.B. Yeats's collected works. The Irish hit a chord within me that others don't (C.S. Lewis is the other culprit). When I read "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," I ache like he does to be transported to a "bee-loud glade." It's a similar feeling to that of Frost's poem, "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." The depth of yearning is there. Last Wednesday I wrote about L'Engle and her positive view on suffering, and these two poets knew suffering. Maybe that's why their poetry has weight.

What I'm writing


"Dystopolis," my short story project (most is still posted on my blog - start here), is proving to be more of a challenge to finish and get on Amazon. The more I think about it, the more I want to tinker with the story and add to it. Is this folly? Then there's the part of me that just wants to make it available for purchase so I can wash my hands and move on...

The first draft of my second book is slow in coming, but I'm not fretting. I usually draft by hand and then type the second copy. So instead of pulling my hair out about plot development, I'm simply beginning the typing process early. I'm convinced I don't know my characters enough anyway.

What else I've been up to


Trying to get our house well before summer. We're a coughing mess.

What inspires me right now


My wife, my children, and spring.

Last night my lovely bride began to sing a hymn as she prepared dinner. My eldest son was drawing at the dining room table, and almost immediately he joined her. I can't describe how full my heart feels when I hear both my wife and my five year old son joyously praising God while going about their day.

I'm full.

All around us creation is waking up. I'm amazed at the glory of it all.

And you? Are you full today? Are you taking in the warm air?


Jaime Morrow said...

Drafting by hand? Wow! I haven't done a lot of writing by hand in recent years, mainly since I graduated from university. There are so many ways you can lose stuff on computers, it's not a bad idea to do more by hand!

I really need to spend more time reading poetry. I have huge anthologies and other books of poetry, and yet I so seldom pick them up. Maybe I'll have to make myself a poetry challenge too.

Hope everyone in your household is well again soon!

Gina Gao said...

This is a great post! I also tend to write by hand first, and then type it up on the computer.


Erin L. Funk said...

Those are beautiful photos! Like Jaime said, I really need to read more poetry. I have a nice selection of old poetry books sitting in my living room, and I need to remind myself occasionally that they aren't just there for decoration. As for drafting by hand, I write all my notes by hand and sometimes those turn into fully fleshed out scenes or nice chunks of dialogue. For the most part my drafting takes place on the computer, but there's a lot of mulling and scribbling that happens with the pen first. Hope you family is feeling better soon!

Man O' Clay said...

Thank you all for stopping by! I was worried I would fall off the blogging map when A-Z was over - thanks to you Jaime and Erin for showing me to this hop!

Kelly Loy Gilbert said...

Beautiful pictures! Also, I'll have to check out the L'Engle book--I read so much of her fiction when I was younger, but I never really read her thoughts on writing/faith. (And I always love that type of thing.)

It's such an odd feeling to not know your characters well! So much stumbling around in the darkness until things start to slowly illuminate. I'm in that stage, too, and can't say I'm enjoying it!

Miss Cole said...

I really enjoy drafting by hand too. There's something quite liberating about pen on paper.

Such beautiful photos!

Hope you're all well again soon :)

Tammy Theriault said...

a lot going on for you! thanks for comment on my blog! newest follower, hi!!

Dana said...

Lovely post! Thanks so much for stopping by for the blitz yesterday. You all made my day!

Enjoy the Yeats. :)

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