Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Don't wait too long.

Some days are less writing-successful than others; because I began my writing day with a short piece for another venue, I found that I didn't want to sit right back down to the essay, and so I read a book about photography and remembrance instead. By the time I'd done that and had a snack, the sun was well on its way to setting, and though I thought I could stick it out indoors, only watching the edges of glory from my desk window, I was wrong.

There was no way to know in advance just how apocalyptic the clouds would look. Within five minutes of my return home, rain had started scritching the kitchen window; at first, I was sure that I had mice.

Four geese circled and circled my sunset walk. Well into the night, I could hear them calling and circling, calling and circling.

Apparently, about 1000 words is my daily limit, if I'm remaining reasonable, and so next time I have to be careful where they all go.

Today: 416 words for the essay; 550 words elsewhere.


Anonymous MG said...

What was the book on photography and remembrance? (The two together made me think of the cover of Susan Stewart's brilliant On Longing, I don't know why.) And, have you read Leslie Norris's short story "A Flight of Geese"? You'll never hear geese crying and circling the same again.

8:01 AM, March 05, 2008  
Blogger Dr. S said...

It's Geoffrey Batchen's Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance; you can visit it at the British Amazon from my reading log over in the sidebar. He wrote it as the catalog for an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum several years ago, and somehow I've never stumbled across it until this year. It's pretty terrific, not least because of its fantastic illustrations. I'm pretty sure I'm going to adopt it for one of my courses next year.

And no, I haven't read the short story--but I'll seek it out, unless it's a goose-related tragedy, which might be too much for me, given the associations I already have with crying geese.

9:21 AM, March 05, 2008  
Blogger meli said...

that second photo is completely amazing!

5:15 PM, March 05, 2008  

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