Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Emerging from the Hole

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Two weeks passed without a post on my blog. Two weeks of hiding. Two weeks of avoidance. The dark hole that swallowed me felt like falling down the long throat of some enormous whale. A bit frightening, yet comforting knowing no one could see me.

I've since found a rope, tied a knot creating a loop at one end and lassoed it around anything stationary in an attempt to climb back into the warm sunlight. All part of the writing journey. Darkness and light.

Grey skies and the tail end of Irene's distruction met me this morning, so I buried my face in a novel,  Erin Hart's False Mermaid.  The unforgiving winds finally died down, the water is receding back to the Delaware, and the Internet is back.

I leave you with a passage from the very beginning that triggered memories of my own:

She did remember a few things: hiding in the closet, face pressed into clothes of rough wool and soft fur, the thrill of being discovered, gathered up and rocked by someone with a low voice, humming a tune that traveled through her bones. She remembered letting her fingers slide through long, smooth hair that smelled faintly of soap, drifting to sleep on whispered stories about fantastic creatures, half animal, half human. The stories themselves had mostly slipped away, but sometimes an unfamiliar word or the ghost of a scent could conjure up that strange mixture of sadness and contentment she had felt lying in bed and listening, fighting to say awake.




Share a resonating quote or passage from something you've read recently. 

   

6 comments:

Michael Offutt said...

Missed you. Glad to see you are back with us.

Susan Oloier said...

We all need to hunker down sometimes. I am reading Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards, which I find comforting given my own life circumstances. I love this quote: "Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good."
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Susan Gourley said...

Irene threw me off schedule too. We were without electric for quite a while. Glad you're back.

Alison Miller said...

Definitely a need for down time. I took a few months off earlier this year - much refresher!

Trisha said...

Lovely quote...beautiful writing!

friv 4 said...

2 weeks for a post and what you can bring what you have shared, and we can imagine the scene.

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