I never think when I write; nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well. ~Don Marquis

Monday, March 26, 2012

Erasure

I've been tweaking my blog's template lately so if you've stopped by and thought you were at the wrong place, I hope you didn't leave or roll your eyes. Please don't go! Please bear with me. Actually, I wish there was a way to revert back to what I had, but it doesn't seem possible. Oh well....the big picture in my header now is one I took last summer on Lake Huron. I love the way the water foams and pools and how the sandy pebbles in the foreground stand out in sharp detail. Doesn't it make you want to pick one up and skip it? What I also liked about this photograph is the way the watery horizon seems to gently follow the curvature of the earth. I can't wait to walk that beach again.

After a week of summer weather it looks like March has returned. I put the plastic domes on my seed trays last night and hope the greenhouse stayed above 40 degrees.

If it rains, I'll sharpen my pencil and work on my manuscript. I love editing with pencil, the ease of erasure for a change in direction, the tweak to a minor character and the shrug of a shoulder, crossing out a pesky adverb or a redundant phrase or an uncharacteristic bit of dialogue. Those things are easy and fun to fix. It's the big changes that are hard: rewriting an ending, or correcting a major flaw in the narrative. It'll take a week of rainy weather to get a grip on that. And pot after pot of coffee.

Have a good week.

14 comments:

Liza said...

I need a lot of rain, and a lot of time...and a lot of coffee to fix what needs fixing in my WIP. You made it sound not so bad.

Frances Garrood said...

I really like the new look, Yvonne. Very serene and peaceful for a Monday!

Steven J. Wangsness said...

Having grown up in Arizona, imagining a pot of fresh water as large as the Great Lakes was just unimaginable. Seeing them in person, as I did several years ago, was just as impressive. I like how your photo captures the curvature, giving that much more impact to the immensity of the Lakes.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love that photo! It does all you say it does. As for revisions, I've got some of that to face, too.
May it flow as easy as water lapping the shore.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Liza,
I'm trying to be upbeat. I'm sure a week won't do it. It would take a week for me to get my thoughts in order but I have all these interruptions called life.

Frances,
Thank you. I'm so glad you like it!

Steven
Thanks. It's one of our country's most valuable resources. I think time will prove it to be even more so. That photo's awesome, isn't it? And captured with a rinky dinky digital camera.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Oh, hi, Tricia! Thanks. I like that....as easy as water lapping the shore. If only it were so.
Have a great week!

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome photo - there's something so incredibly special about the great lakes :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Jemi,
Thanks. I think so. I love them.

Anthony Duce said...

I love the new photo. I hope for rain too. So much of what I have started is waiting for me to get to. when it is nice I am always starting something new.
I think your view on the lake is very close to the one I have from the marina, where I keep my boat….

Misha Gericke said...

It is a pretty picture.

I agree with you that big changes are a lot of work. Recently, I had to change one chapter. It went all the way through all of my work. :-/

Talli Roland said...

I like the new look, too. And I love editing in pencil! There's something very satisfying about the scratch of the lead on the paper.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tony,
Thanks. Lucky you to have a boat.

Misha,
Thank you! Always so nice to see a new face. And I'm trying to find your blog. Thanks for commenting.

Talli,
Thank you so much. I especially love pencils that have a good eraser!

Helen Ginger said...

Love your top picture. It's gorgeous.

Sometimes, when I'm near the end of editing something, I'll print it out and tackle it with a pen or pencil.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Helen,
Thank you!

I can't really see something if I don't print it out. Wierd, I know. Then I tackle with pencil so I can erase when I change my mind again!