Jan. 20th, 2009

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The orchids are in full bloom on the patio. I took some photographs just in case moving them inside to shelter them from the chill tonight disturbs them just a bit too much. I think they will be fine, but I didn't want to lose that perfect moment when they were all in bloom at one- white and cream and all shades of purple.

I snapped a few good shots of Cassi as well. She's usually all motion, a blur a white and spots. But she paused long enough for me to get that look on her face when she seems to say 'mama, is everything alright?' Well, mostly it was.

I need to remember to take more photographs. I miss it, but I don't remember to carry my camera around. Now that I have the small Nikon I can even take it to the green market. I'm sure I could get beautiful shots there of all the movement and color and bounty. I'll definitely bring it to Festival Maya on Feb. 1 so I can get the costumes in the parade- all the swirls of skirts!

The new meds are making my brain very fuzzy and dizzy. So, walking to the green market will be fun (and driving even better) if this doesn't improve in a few days. However, I think I want to turn all of this forced home time in to a positive. Maybe I should just take it as a forced writers workershop. I can't focus on a cohesive plot (too much through-thought), but I can focus on character and sense of place. And I can just write. Plus- writing more than reading -which is sometime difficult right now with my attention span what it is- will cause my work to be less derivative of whatever I'm reading at the time. Well, it will be an exercise at any rate. I'm not looking to post it anywhere (even though I do have a writing journal I never use). I'll see, I just miss writing more- the pen on paper. And I'll have no excuse if I'm stuck in the house.

So, that's my life right now- work (with the exciting drive each way), taking care of the dogs, cooking for a house of starving men (I swear you'd think they'd never eaten before- I plan a meal that should be enough for two and lunches and it is barely one meal- grrr), growing my orchids, photography, trying to make it to the gym, and now I think I'll try to start writing.

Now I just need some writing prompts to start with. Any ideas?
fortunavirilis: quote from West Wing (Oratory)
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
-President Barak Obama, 1-20-2009

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