Thursday, January 13, 2011

gathering snow

It's a winter wonderland here in New England and I love it. For traveling and all practical things it is a pain, but the sheer beauty of it is breathtaking.

I guess one of the reasons that I like it is because I've always kind of seen it similar to the writing process. Tiny snowflakes falling everywhere are like the ideas and experiences all around you. And when it comes time to write, you gather the snow and build.

So to me, it seems fitting that the snow is falling now because presently I am in the "gathering snow" phase of my work. Right now I am just trying to experience things that may inspire something in my writing later. Like seeing Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion:

And visiting the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit on the Forbidden City's Treasures:
Next on my list is a Shen Yun Performance and then the Met's Special Exhibit on Chinese Art (though I have to figure out when I can get down to NYC). I don't know how exactly any these things will help with my work but if they do, I hope they help me create something beautiful.


Allison said...

This reminds me of an article I read about snowflakes and whether they are truly unique. As it turns out, snowflakes start out the same up in the clouds, and become different because of factors they face as they fall towards the ground. I thought this quote was lovely:
“Friends are like snowflakes: more different and more beautiful each time you cross their paths in our common descent.”

Zoe said...

How lovely to be be looking for and finding inspiration in so many different places!