Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 16 - Putting the Horse Before the Cart

Before I talk about my writing, I must give a shout out to John Hayes. His new blog, The Days of Wine and Roses, brings poetry back to its rightful place - front and centre. I am thrilled, and I wish him all the best.

Now, as for my writing: I had almost convinced myself that waiting until late in the evening was the best way for me to write. I don't know what gave me that idea. I am most decidedly not a night person. Having fallen asleep on the job a couple of times, I finally decided to try something different. When I finished work today, I felt exhausted, but Robin wanted to go for a walk, so that's what we did. We parked the car down by the supermarket and walked along the waterfront. It was a mite nippy out, and as we started to walk, the wind came up, so we both donned the chin straps for our Tilley hats and walked downwind.


Along the way, I took a leaf out of Reya Mellicker's book by taking some pictures in the dark. It was a mixed experience. (Reya makes it look so easy!) First, I saw a fishing boat named  Ivory Gull. It was such a lonely sight, it stopped me in my tracks, so I photographed it. I only hope you can see it.


Then I remembered the blue lights that the City had put up all over the parking lot by Swy-a-Lana Lagoon. That's where the park is, the one where I took pictures of my grandbabies in the playground, and where the statue of Black Frank is. The lights are very striking, and I hope they become a permanent fixture.

When we got tired of walking, and we really didn't want to head into the wind to get back, we called a cab to take us back to the supermarket. No flies on us. ;>) Robin was right. We both needed the exercise - but we didn't need to freeze our noses off.

At home, we prepared and ate dinner, and then I sat down and wrote 2,109 words. Just like that. Maybe it was so easy today because I'm still riding on the high from yesterday, or maybe it was because I had an idea for a scene in my head already, or maybe it was because I didn't wait until I was really tired to start writing.

Whatever it was, I'm grateful for it, because now my word count is up to 33,603.

5 comments:

AngelMay said...

Woo Hoo! Good for you!

Karen said...

I always feel more energized after a good walk. The bracing weather may have served to awaken you, too. Good for you!

Sandra Leigh said...

Good morning, Angel May. Good morning, Karen. Thank you, and I wonder what today will bring. The wind is just a'howlin' out there, at the moment. In all likelihood, there won't be a walk today, but it's early yet. Maybe our weather will do its famous complete turnaround by this afternoon.

AngelMay said...

The wind was SO howling last night here - I was glad I had put up a string of "happy lights" in my bedroom. They seem to have warded off the evil wind spirits because it's fairly calm this morning.

John Hayes said...

Thanks! I was on the road most of yesterday, so I'm just catching up. Reya is such a good photographer, but I like your night shots too, especially the second one.

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