Thursday, October 28, 2010

Big Weather

This strikes me as remarkably beautiful. Terrifying, yes. But beautiful, too. Look at the small objects under the cloud - are they just trees? Maybe a house in the distance, a barn? For me, this is what great fiction or great poetry can do -help us visualize the huge forces at work in the world, whether they are physical or emotional, and add particular lives. Take a look at the whole scene again. I think THAT is what storytelling can do. Conjure up forces that are mysterious, beautiful, terrifying, and uncontrollable, and then say, "Into this picture, insert a life...."


  1. Lindsey, some of your stories do just exactly what I'm talking about!

  2. Ooh, look at that thin line of light between the houses and trees and the storm. I think that's where story resides.

  3. Oh, Uma, yes, you are so right. The Line of Light. I think that would be a good title for a story, no? Going to think about that today.