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March 13th, 2010


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07:22 am - Summoning Elsewhere
It's been a fairly lost week for me -- sick on top of busy on top of sick, with the added element of the exterior of my house finally being painted. The house isn't quite done yet; the body of the house is done, but subtropical rain prevented the trim-work.

However, my friend and painter took my shutters home with him in order to paint them in his (dry) shop. After he finished one set, he sent me a picture from his iPhone -- the blue, blue gleam of them. They looked "island-y," he said in his caption.

When he said that, I blinked, and then went to one of my bookcases and pulled out an oversized book on Bermuda. Flipped a couple of pages. Stopped. Yes, there it was.

One of my favorite pictures in that book is of a small Bermudan garage. Its rough exterior is painted a soft buttercream, which just makes its glowing blue trim all the more striking. Without knowing it, my color choices are replicating that picture, are bringing Bermuda close.

Yes, I've long wanted to go to Bermuda. (Must learn to ride a Vespa first, I fear.) I've long wanted to set a story there, too, but I can't until I go.

Writing for me is summoning elsewheres. Place is important to me, and I prefer to write about elsewheres I've been, breathed, seen the color of the sky at noon and sunset, walked the ground... except when I'm writing about places I couldn't possibly go except in imagination. ;-) Perhaps the new colors on my house will be a first step toward going, writing, summoning that particular elsewhere.

Where are the elsewheres of your imagination? Or are you a person who goes deep in the place where you are?

May your mental wanderings be wild and productive today! :-)
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From:paratti
Date:March 13th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Bermuda sounds like a great target:)

Get well soon, mate.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 13th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Maybe someday, Bermuda! Will start saving pennies.

Thanks and hugs and a good Saturday, L.
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From:freixenet
Date:March 13th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I love it. Here's to Bermuda shutters!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 13th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Drive by on Wednesday next week, and they should be up. ;-)

Happy Saturday, F!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 13th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, your subconscious served you well.

When asked "where" I thought "Scotland" without taking a breath...time to go back, I think.

Hugs and virtual chicken soup or the comfort food of choice till you are all better.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 13th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
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My subconscious has done a nice job here! :-)

I love that Scotland is your elsewhere -- and I send good thoughts that you get to return soon.

Hugs and thanks (and a hello to Rainkatt if you're with her).
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 13th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Rainkatt says hi back! We're lolling about playing with yarn and contemplating a day with no schedule...and actual sun!
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From:justhuman
Date:March 13th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Color is such a funny thing. When I selected the fabric for my couch, it turned out that olive-earthy green was the only fabric I liked. I didn't have anything like it before the couch. After that, every green shirt, blouse, napkin, tablecloth, etc... matched the couch ;-)

I know what your saying about needing to see a place to write it. I fumble around in "fannish places" that I've never done, but often in a fandom story you can avoid talking about the city that people are in because the "home base" of the heroes becomes the terrain. But I just put up a story where the heroes retired to South Dakota, just so I could write about my Roadtrip last summer :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 13th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm smiling at the way olive-earthy green has worked from couch to clothing for you -- and I think that's perfect! It just works.

And hurrah for finding a story for the things you've seen on your travels. That just works, too! ;-)

Happy Saturday!
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From:gwynnega
Date:March 13th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Bermuda! Yes, you must go there.

Lately my elsewhere is mid-1970s New York, but I can't get there from here! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 13th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Alas, now that I've painted my house I can't go anywhere for a while. ;-)

And I sympathize with your difficulties in time travel! Perhaps you can think about where your next elsewhere will be...

Hope the day before your birthday is a lovely one! [hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:March 18th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
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I mostly have to go to places before I can write about them too. Or if I'm writing about other worlds, I start with somewhere I know then start altering one feature at a time.

Blue shutters sound very cheering.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 18th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Your writing process makes sense to me. [nods]

And I send cheers your way today, too! Happy Thursday!

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