Brick walls redux

If you paid a visit to my other blog today, you may think this is a cross-posting.  It’s not, really.  I’m leading with the same post title and image because I have brick walls on the brain today.

I thought writing small stones for a river of stones would become easier as the month wore on.  Practice makes perfect, as they say, although I certainly wasn’t aiming for perfection of any kind.  Just ease and flow.  Instead, it’s become more difficult and this morning I felt as though I’d hit a brick wall and would not be able to progress from there.

For me, writing is not as effortless as photography.  I step outside with my camera and I almost immediately start shooting.  The pond, the woods, the meadows, the paths, are all so familiar and yet they change constantly.  I am shooting what I know, capturing those moments before the next change.  Words, though, are slippery devils and I lack confidence in my ability to capture them in some way, to use them to create a different kind of image.

I’ve been occasionally using the prompts from the book A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves.  I’m following the prompts on my own schedule, slowly easing into it.  The prompt I used today (“Shapes like stars”) was actually for January 10th (or thereabouts).  Rather than skip prompts, I’ve decided to ignore the dates and carry on, one after the other.  I’ll eventually make my way through the book even though the 365 days will not be consecutive.

What I have found is that it’s true what the books I’ve read about writing allege:  Put pen to paper, start writing, and you’ll find yourself breaking through that wall.  They don’t guarantee it will be good, but at least you’ll be writing.

Mmmmm.... peanuts!

In other news…

We are going through another rainy, warm-up.  The snow and ice are melting quickly.

Today's view of the pond and the thaw.

It’s not a good day for picture-taking.  Too wet, too muddy, too slushy.  The heavy rains this morning brought the mud up through the snow and it’s looking pretty ugly.  The temperature is nice.  In the 50s.  The snow will be back tomorrow.  Rain again on Thursday.  What a contrary winter this has been.

The last snowfall (on 20 January). This is prettier than today's round of photos.

That’s it from the Bogs for now.  Thanks for visiting.  Hold on to your hat and umbrella!  We’re under a wind advisory today with sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph and gusts up to 45 mph expected.  The last time we had gusty winds, it blew the rowboat into the neighbor’s yard.  That was some wind.

36 Comments on “Brick walls redux”

  1. We had some serious wind here last night, as well.

    About writing–l too have been struggling. I don’t know what it is. Just feel like I have nothing to say. It makes blogging tough, I know. Hang in there, my friend.


  2. Kieran Hamilton says:

    Great shots as always, the last one is by far my favourite – the blue tones and the whites are amazing!

  3. I guess it’s true of a lot of things in life, just begin. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your small stones. The same beauty that shines through your photography is woven, like a thread of gold, through your words.

  4. cfbookchick says:

    This is an amazing sets of photos. Writing does not come easily for me either – I sometimes find myself quite envious when I read the works that others are posting. Oh well, nothing to be done about it, so I’ll just be happy with what talent I do have.

  5. Dana says:

    I understand where you’re coming from in this post, Robin. I often feel at a loss for words, too, but unlike you, I don’t have natural photography skills to fall back on! If it’s any help, I always appreciate your writing, whether it’s Officially Earth-Shattering News or random, muted bits of feelings and local goings-on. Letting go of perfection means that we don’t have to post groundbreaking essays every time we hit the publish button, right? 😉

    PS: I thought you’d appreciate this– I read my yearly horoscope (I’m a Cancer), and my sign’s mantra for 2012 is “Letting go is not loss, it’s freedom”. Looks like you and I will be on similar paths this year. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Dana: Officially Earth-Shattering News… lol! I don’t think I’ve had any of that in a long time. That may be a good thing. And you’re so right about letting go of perfection and what that means in terms of blogging. Thank goodness!

      That’s so cool about your horoscope for the year. We can keep each other company as we learn to let go. 🙂

  6. Kala says:

    Love that image of the blue jay Robin. We lost so many of them a few years ago to the West Nile Virus. They are also starting to re-populate.

  7. Martina says:

    Gosh, your photos are awesome. Love that blue jay, he’s a charm. I understand those brick walls, keep writing.

  8. cidnlars says:

    That last shot is great! Captivating.

  9. TBM says:

    Loved the bird with the peanut!

  10. mimo khair says:

    Great set of photographs! Very original work here Robin!

  11. Margie says:

    I like the brick wall series – the texture and colours work very well together!

  12. Chloe says:

    love those cross processed shots, well done

  13. Like the cross processed shots also.. Cool . . .

  14. Bo Mackison says:

    I think you are doing a terrific job of writing even when the brick walls show up. And the first few photos are amazing — I had to keep looking and looking to see more and more.

  15. That looks pretty cool!

  16. Love what you’ve done with the brick textures, and I agree with your quote: the best way to break through a block is to start writing, whatever comes to mind, without asking yourself if it will be good or bad. It works for me.

  17. Cmsmith says:

    What you’ve heard or read is true, put your butt in a chair and start writing crap, eventually the truth will win out and be heard. I’ve read the same. I need to get back to my writing. Occasionally a good post will spill out of me, but usually you need to work at it.

  18. Corina says:

    Putting pen to paper is definitely the way to start! You’re right. Just doing it doesn’t insure that the writing will be good but at least you will have a starting point.

    Are you familiar with Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way? It’s a wonderful book. If you do nothing else she says, do Morning Pages. The idea is very simple and it truly works. It frees your mind of the gunk so that you can really write the stuff, that with polishing, will be the good stuff!

    • Robin says:

      I am familiar with it, Corina. I just got rid of the book. I tried several times to work my way through the course. I just don’t like Cameron’s style (she seems like a bully to me, although I know others find her a delight). I did take away some good stuff from the book, including the Morning Pages. You are right about how they truly do work. 🙂

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