Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some Incredible Beauty -- and a Lot of Work

This morning, I heard Anne-Sophie Mutter play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. I don't know where Mendelssohn's passion left off and hers began, but the performance was stunning. I went to YouTube in the hope of finding a clip. The one I heard this morning is there, I think, but it isn't embeddable. I did find an earlier performance, which I would like to share. I'm embedding only the second movement, because that is the one that breaks my heart.

Just a few minutes ago, I went to Premium T's beautiful blog and saw the photos she had posted there - pictures of late roses. I'm not sure whether it was the photos themselves or the way they recalled the Mendelssohn, but something about them brought tears to my eyes. Do check them out. They are moments of startling beauty.

In between these sacred places, there was a lot of work. I am trying to organize my work space in preparation for NaNoWriMo (It is is 32 days away, you know.) so I set about screwing the hardware into the back of my dry-erase board, attaching it to my office wall, cutting out photos of my characters and gluing them to index cards (pink for girls, blue for boys), and tacking them to the wall in the form of a family tree (with friends and hangers-on around the edges). I've used masking tape to make the lines on the family tree. That will make a convenient surface for little notes about marriage dates, etc.

And just when I need some serious help, Alexandra Sokoloff has kindly started a series of posts offering advice on preparing for NaNoWriMo. I plan to follow her advice religiously -- so I bought a new toy - a brand-new plastic-covered clipboard with a pocket. The clipboard is Purple for Prose.

All in all, a satisfying day.


Anonymous said...

Sorry Sandra but can't get past the concerto to see the flowers( thank you soooo much for posting this!! )

T. Clear said...

Thanks for the shout-out Sandra!

Are you working on a novel?

Dominic Rivron said...

It's a good piece. A friend bought me Kyung Wha Chung playing the Beethoven Concerto for my birthday a while ago. Fantastic.

I thought the pic was of a woman playing a violin in a swimming pool when I first saw it on my bloglist.

Sandra Leigh said...

Subby, I know how you feel.

T., I have registered for NaNoWriMo. I can't start writing, as such, until November 1, but I can do prep work, and that's what I am doing.

Dominic, it wouldn't surprise me to see a photo of Ms.Mutter playing in a swimming pool, but I don't think that's what the photo is. It's hard to say.

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