Building Bridges & Finding Inspiration

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I keep meaning to blog more and it’s hard largely because my thoughts feel all frozen. Today, I had lunch by the Susquehanna River and took this picture of the river, which is completely frozen over.

We’ve had an especially cold few days and today was the first day it was not dangerously cold so I was pretty desperate to get outside, clear my mind and find some inspiration. Yesterday I spent most of my writing day annoyedly poring over a fiction novel that needs some heavy editing, to the point where I wonder – in all seriousness – why bother? Like the river covered with snow, doesn’t seem like a whole lot is happening here.

And who knows if the water is running beneath the ice? (Probably.) And who knows what would happen if I set foot onto the ice and tried to cross over? (Probably not a great idea.)

As I gazed out at the frozen river, I found myself thinking of the Bering Strait and how ancient peoples braved that icy abyss in order to come here and claim this land. Some of those people, in fact, gave their name to this river – The Susquehanna.

Who knows what will happen if? All I know for sure is I need to continue to try, because – there really is no choice. It’s write or die, live or die, venture out into the unknown or acquiesce to what is inevitable.

Such is life, I suppose.

What do you think?

Once More, Into the Breach

All right, back to work, after a great – and needed day off. Before that, though,I just wanted to say how great it is to read from other writers, which is a great part of any day!

I’ve had so much fun reading the Friday Fictioneer posts and am sorry no time to contribute this week, because that is one wacky picture! Reading the responses has been great.


And I want to say how much Aubrey’s Arch always manages to elicit such strong feelings, as do the many pictures I’ve seen posted, which I’m still a little bad at WordPress to figure out how to link to. There’s too much! And of course IWSG is always awesome.

Also, I’ve been listening to Catalyst, a book about space-cats, which can be kind of cloying but oh-so-adorable. That’s for in the car and eventually the library will want it back.

All right, back to work. This time I mean it! But really want to pause and say read – and saw – and heard – some really great stuff yesterday!