Like Driving A Car At Night
“E.L. Doctorow once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
These are beautiful words for visual artists as well. I highly recommend this book by Anne Lamott, which I read several years ago. It doesn’t matter that it’s for writers, though it might inspire you to find your inner writer. It’s simply great reading full of life lessons and practical advice for becoming a better observer of everything in your world.
Storm Season Arrives
You may have seen news about tornadoes in our area last night. I was up with the dogs for most of the night, due to the terror that my Reno goes through with storms. I have a wrap for her that’s supposed to be soothing, but it doesn’t really help her for severe weather. She is well aware of wild fluctuations in the barometric pressure, even when there’s no lightning and thunder. I kept the TV tuned into local weather, and right after midnight during an imminent tornado warning, we sat in the floor in the inside hallway where I could still see the TV. That is, until we lost our satellite signal. Then I pulled the channel up on my laptop. The storm passed us by in short order, but by that time I was wide awake. I thanked my girl for being such a good protector. Sigh.