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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

One obsession at the expense of another.

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.~ Joan Didion

the escape.

Some days everything beckons.

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In the hope that the quote above will knock the cobwebs out of my head and make the writing motor start up again. Prime the pump, as it were.

I think all of these pictures have gotten to me. I love them. I stare at them like the story of Narcissus and his reflection in the pool. But now I feel like I can't put three words together that aren't describing an image I took.

Sometimes photography makes me feel like I'm cheating.

Words! Come back! I'll put the camera away. (Or at least I'll try.)

12 comments:

Madeleine September 9, 2009 at 3:12 AM  

Love that quote, I to need to brush the cobwebs away, I am going through difficult times, yet there has to be a better way than getting stuck with one solution or worring to the expense of living my life.

love your blog


And I am a former...sigh...San-Franciscan straight from France. I fell in love with that city...hard! Even gave birth to my son in that beautiful city :D

Dani September 9, 2009 at 5:21 AM  

that's so interesting!

shabby girl September 9, 2009 at 7:24 AM  

I may have to snatch that quote for myself as well.
You have an enormous talent for photography! That shot of the fire escape is awesome!

An Open Heart September 9, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

Have you tried just a stream of conciousness writing exercise....pic a photo and use it as the inspiration for the opening line and go from there..... The quote makes perfect sense to me.

Sometimes I need to just start writing and sense starts to form somewhere along the way.

Today is an auspicious number day 09-09-09 - manifest something in your writing.....

Peace
S

glnroz September 9, 2009 at 8:13 AM  

your "eye" is remarkable at no expense to anything.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme September 9, 2009 at 8:17 AM  

I've read several bloggers lately who say the muse has disappeared (possibly to the corner bar). Maybe it's the change in seasons or just a busy summer taking its toll. She will return. I've been told all we have to do is ask (which you've just done). Be prepared for that which you have summoned!
And Happy Fall!
Kirsten

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme September 9, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

Btw, love that photo!!!

Char September 9, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

gorgeous flare

photoarrow September 9, 2009 at 8:44 AM  

You know, what impresses me is the short length of time you say you've been at this...   But I shouldn't be surprised -- you have obviously been looking at things all you life.

Some day I should show you some Photoshop techniques that someone passed on to me...

And it would be fun to get together -- maybe you could show me a few tricks of shooting people -- something I rarely do but have always wanted to...

Hey, by the way, I've been looking through several of your sets on Flickr -- I just put them on slideshow and let them roll...   I'll have to get some popcorn and watch some more...

--But how you've captured all of this in two years or so is rather a grand achievement.

ModernTanguera September 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

I have found that a break from writing can extend as long as I don't force myself back to it. Of course, sometimes it is worth allowing the break to last longer--this photo, for example, is incredible and may not have been born if you were writing more. I really, really like the photo. I wouldn't worry about rushing back to the writing until you are ready.

Relyn September 12, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

You know, I do hope your words find you again soon because you know I love your stories. But, none of us are unhappy to read the stories your camera provides.

sars September 18, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

We are allowed respite and time to rejuvenate.... the faithful that enjoy what you write will stop by if there are no words. I have gone through wordless dry spells and still I get emails from friends encouraging me when the rain falls... even if its a torrent they don't like. Be well, take care of and rest your mind. The words will come when they are ready to show themselves.