Friday, January 27, 2006

I'm pleased. I made a recent sale to 'The Dalhousie Review'. Actually, I'm ecstatic. I've made some other recent sales too, to which I also feel gratified. While writing books, the short stuff keeps circulating, and in the circulating, comes the sales.

I've had it with winter. I drove through the parkway this morning, noting how the sun cast the snow into sequins, and how the stark branches of trees look like dark capillaries spreading out against the sky. Beautiful, yes, but I yearn warmth. I want to be able to lounge on a porch, candle lit, bare feet resting upon a stool, to take in the greenery of arriving summer. I miss the hickory scent of barbecues; the drone of evening cicadas.

Soon, I shall post some writing to the site. Life is hectic, blending the days between work and writing, family, and finding that rare quality of moment called 'down time' where you can stop for a few minutes, or longer, and not feel compelled to have to 'do' something.

I wonder if retired people often find themselves with too many 'down' moments and push themselves back toward a sense of structure?

Outside, the wind tosses windchimes into each other, and the sky has turned to the color of ash. In stores, shelves of forced tulips, crocuses, and daffodils forge a sense of greenery and spring for the price of $2.99 a bundle.

We need color in the winter. The landscape is devoid of most of it, save for swatches of dried grasses and evergreen set against alabaster.

Soon, it will be time for all of us to awaken from our slumber.

Goodbye winter; hello spring.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mark Leslie said...

Carol - congrats on the Dalhousie sale. Awesome. Was it a genre piece? What issue will you be in? Do tell.

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Blogger Carol Weekes said...

Hi, Mark:

It was a tongue-in-cheek literary piece; due out in this spring's issue (or, at the latest, summer issue...if spacing is a problem with the spring). Thanks for the kind words. Hope that your writing endeavors are going well.

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