Welcome to my blog Upstate Girl, (a.k.a Follow Your Bliss Part II), I am an independently published author. This blog is all about writing and the stuff that inspires me to write, the joys and obstacles that come along with the writer's life, and my fascination with the psychology of people and what makes them tick...the human condition, as is...and my love for words, playing with them and making sense of them...and I throw in a few photos from my acre of the world just to make things pretty...sometimes there are things I have no words for, only pictures will do.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

November photos...

Snow and milkweed pods...

Love in the Mist seed pod...I love these things...

Today, I'm going to share a collection of photo's that I've been taking lately around the acre...it's a sunny Sunday...warm...I have calling hours to attend this afternoon for my father-in-law who passed away on November 5th after a long illness...it's a bittersweet time, and the photo's reflect the season nicely, sunny and warm one day, gray and rain and then snow overnight, back to sunny...it gave me something else to do anyway...
Frost on our windshield with the sunrise shining through...

A dried milkweed leaf...

And I'm a sucker for moss...so forgive the multiple images...


This little guy was a VERY active woolly bear...he wouldn't roll up when I touched him...a caterpillar on a mission...and if you believe in the weather prediction of a woolly bear, it appears that we're screwed...


I'm in that in between state, I've finished my novel The Fractured Hues of White Light...the pre-publishing editing part, now the design part is going to be the next step...this is exciting...yet scary...I'm still uncertain that I might not have caught everything...or good grief, left something out (I don't think I left anything out, the manuscript is 515 pages long as it is, at one time it soared well over 600 and was edging toward 700...the things that I did leave out needed to be left along the side of the road, good riddance!) Or goodness forbid I left something written half-assed...but I think I got it all...I think...I've read it backwards and forwards multiple times, and have left the first paragraph of chapter 19 high-lighted in yellow last night just so I have a reason to look at it again...I fear that I'm setting it aside in kicking and screaming mode...separation anxiety, perhaps? Am I truly ready to let it go into the hands of readers? Are readers ready for it? Will the readers love my characters and their human flaws just as much as I do? I don't know. There are no ghosts in this one...well, sort of, the characters are haunted by memories...there is beauty in the ugliness of life...the uncertainty of doing what's right can be maddening...and love has a sneaky way about it that can be confusing to those who feel it (it is love in some form)...overall, I feel I've done my best with a difficult story, it's a human document...and out of them all, this is my favorite novel.

I have been trying for something with the Queen Anne's lace in the garden and haven't been happy with them straight on...so this morning I tinkered with the color and saturation...

3 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I like all the richness of these images. Sorry about the loss of family - always a transition, change. And congratulations on your book!

Pat said...

The photos, as always, are wonderful. You have a great eye.
Congratulations on the completion (my fingers are crossed for you. It sounds like a love hate of parturiton. All of your hard work. Now you have to sit and wait.
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your lyrical comment on Blue Sky Dreaming about the color of pastels leaving some of its dust, just like butterflies. You said it better, but the image was burned into my mind.

La Dolce Vita said...

delicious textures again, love what your eye sees and and the way you capture it!