Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunrise and Morning Light

A hurried post of some pictures from yesterday -- I'm off to Bowling Green to participate in a colloquium at Western Kentucky U. This will be a new experience for me.

I have finished expunging Myrna Louise and her subplot from the Miss Birdie book and, fond though I was of Myrna Lou, dang it, my editor was completely right -- the book is much stronger now. I wrote in more Birdie-specific material and am doing my final re-read -- 174 pages to go before sending the book off to Herself on or before the first.

Herself, of course, may want more changes. But, at this moment, battered and bruised and creeping near the finish line of this particular lap, I'm happy with the book.

Myrna Louise isn't gone forever --I hope she'll be back in a short story or a book of her own.

Assuming my hotel in Bowling Green has WiFi, I'll let you all know how things are going.

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Tess Kincaid said...

This third picture is just breathtaking, Vicki!!

How did you like the short ribs?

Marta McDowell said...

Your photographs put me in mind of:

I'll tell you how the Sun rose -
A Ribbon at a time -
The Steeples swam in Amethyst -
The news like squirrels ran -
The hills untied their Bonnets -
The Bobolinks - begun -
Then I said softly to myself -
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set - I know not -
There seemed a purple stile
Which little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while -
Till when they reached the other side -
A Dominie in Gray -
Put gently up the evening Bars -
And led the flock away -

In a letter dated April 15, 1862, Emily Dickinson sent this poem to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, her eventual editor, as a sample of her work. Her letter opened, "Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?"

Vicki Lane said...

Willow -- I liked that picture for the expectant quality of the light.

The short ribs were MAGNIFICENT! I doubled the recipe as we had a houseful of Carolina fans watching basketball last night and it got rave reviews. Really, really delicious and such a nice combination with the polenta. We also had some of John's crusty bread to dip in the sauce. Thank you so much for sharing!

Marta -- how perfect! (I've got to get the Emily D. book you did!)

Victoria said...

I hope the colloquium goes well, and I hope Herself doesn't want any more changes in the Miss Birdie book.

Your place is so beautiful. Have you ever thought of doing a photography book on it?

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I will be excited to hear how your experience goes in Bowling Green. Your pictures are gorgeous. It all looks so peaceful. I'm here in the big city and sometimes the noise gets tiresome. I usually love all the energy, but when I see such pretty pictures I would like to be off somewhere to be quiet.

Vicki Lane said...

Victoria -- I've thought but that's about it. It's an expensive proposition, producing a book of high quality photos. But many thanks for the vote of confidence,

Still proof-reading Miss Birdie . . .

Nana Trish -- The country can be noisy too -- we wake up most morning to the sound of six dogs, howling in our bedroom! But it's a peaceful sort of din.

So far Bowling Green is very nice -- just back from dinner with some of my hosts from the University.

What city do you live in?

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