Saturday, May 29, 2010

Virus and Thinking

Hi, folks. I spent most of this week in bed with a fever and an incessant cough. A week like this can be discouraging. It's a setback. All the goals have to be pushed back at least a week. In a normal week, there is hardly ever any time to get anything done, and I spent most of this week, huddling under the covers and struggling to be patient for my body to heal.

The good news is that I've had time to think. And thinking has led me to consider what I am trying to say. What I love about novels is when they reveal something about the human condition that I was either unaware of, or I was aware but never had the right words to express my feelings about. A good novel brings me to understanding -- what it means to be human, what it means to be me. It is some deep alchemy that wrests this from my heart and soul.

So, in a way, writers are modern day alchemists. We stir together the elements of life, in hopes that we will find the gold of meaning. We mix together circumstances and personality in search of the elixir of longevity -- perhaps our words will cure some of disease of heart and soul, or, at least, alleviate it with our words. In the end, we spin out the wisdom of the ages, the ancient paths, so true and noble. Great story telling is grand adventure, it's self discovery, it's excitement, but it's ancient, a cord that ropes together the generations.

Let's dig deep and shake the foundations, folks. Will we find the foundations solid? Will we find stuff built on sand? Whatever, let's find out. Good luck.

Today's doodle is "Tree".

This week's quote:

The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. J.R.R. Tolkien


Vijaya said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, Molly. As you know, migraines are my nemesis, but they too, make me think about stuff in different ways -- perhaps it's all that wierd neuronal activity.

SWK said...

Nice to know you're on the mend. Time to reflect can be a great gift. Hope you're feeling refreshed and ready to return to your stories!

Trudi Trueit said...

Good to hear you're feeling better, Molly. Thanks for the wise words about writing alchemy. Here's to your next "potion!"

MollyMom103 said...

Thanks, Vijaya, Stasia and Trudi. I plan to take a big writing day for Memorial Day. I think I can.I think I can. :)

Janet Lee Carey said...

Inspirational as always, Molly. Sorry to hear you were ill. Do love your words and the tree (you know me and trees!)

I just discovered Juliet Marillier's novels. Reading the Sevenwaters trilogy and loving her books. Here's a writer who took on THE fairytale I always wanted to novelize in Daughter of the Forest, but did a better job than I ever could have done with it. She is an alchemist, as you said Molly.
Do be well. I miss you miss Molly.