This may be a scattering of thoughts. I’ve felt a bit odd of synch with my blog because I’ve gone back to my personal journal pages and those have been a rambling of my thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts make their way to my blog and sometimes not. I’ve been rethinking a lot of things and I do best when I’m preoccupied and don’t have too much time to over think. I tend to sometimes allow my thoughts to go everywhere and other times they are more focused. It could be that I’m winding down or winding up, depending on how I look at it.
I’m rolling along somewhat unexcitedly in my short story
writing class. Yes, I have written a few scenes; and yes, I’ve written a couple
of stories, but overall the experience wasn’t what I expected. I’m definitely
glad that I’ve taken other creative writing courses in the past. Now, I have
one more perspective to add to my collection. I think I may be outgrowing the
community college course format.
Mr. Squirrel I almost ran over you.
I kept my eyes out for you
when I drove the winding roads.
I saw you with your cute
cheeks filled with nuts. You started to run.
I pushed the breaks hard. Next thing I knew,
I was clenching my teeth in hopes
that you made it across.
When I looked back, there you were
wiggling your bushy tail; you
zipped across, with those cute cheeks,
filled with your bounty,
bound for your winter home.
Have you checked out the iTunes U Apple App? They have a
large selection of free course material from different universities that you
can access. I’m currently enjoying a course: History of Children’s
Literature through La Trobe University in Australia. The instructor is
David Beagley. In this particular course I only have access to the audio, but I
have enjoyed what I’ve listened to so far. Very insightful, and this is a
strong area of interest for me right now.
Sunday I took myself to a used bookstore to sell a stack of
books. I realized that the books I was taking could easily be checked out from
the library at a later time if I still wanted to read them. Because I’m on a
children’s book kick, that was my mission. I just wanted to browse what was
there on the shelves. I was so excited when I saw a familiar book that I had
completely forgotten about: Petunia by Roger Duvoisin. I just remember
the cover with Petunia on it on a red background and that’s it, so I had to buy
it to add to my books. I also saw a couple other books that I wasn’t familiar
that I felt were worth having.
Some years ago I found myself buying an out of print
children’s book from an online bookseller. There were a few other titles that I
recently decided that I wanted to own, also out of print. So there I was on
Sunday night, pressing the buy button, half feeling bad about the need to
possess these books and half feeling what the heck, we only live once and these
books may be even harder to find at some later date.
I’ve managed to finish a few other books…though this month
or perhaps it’s the season, or perhaps there’s a cycle I’m in and that cycle is:
In getting ready to say goodbye to October,
I imagine myself enveloped in deep gray clouds.
Sitting atop a tall wall of white brick that looks onto a
I hug my knees close to my body, listen to the night air—
this quiet feeling will carry me through winter.