As of this afternoon’s writing jam, the spellcrafting manuscript word count stands at 16,423. That means it’s just under one-fifth complete (or, if you’re Ceri, one over 4.871217).
The day’s total stands at 2,955 words, which is the best so far on this project. (It’s not a personal best; I hit 5K one day while working on a November novel.) I almost want to sit down and write forty-five words just so I can say I hit 3K, but I did that already to hit 2.5K, and frankly, I’m tired of thinking about spellcrafting this afternoon. I think I’ll finish the new Caroline Stevermer while waiting for HRH to get home instead.
When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling streams
of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
- J.L. Stanley
- Read more of J.L. Stanley’s Labyrinth Poems
A phrase such as “tea strong enough to trot a mouse on” is absolutely delicious. I positively adore Caroline Stevermer’s writing style.
A mouse would drown in my tea post-haste, I’m afraid.
Orchestra was wonderful! There will only be five celli for the concert - and no, the obnoxious oblivious boy isn’t one of them. Dress rehearsal in Saturday morning, and the concert itself is Sunday night at 7.30. I know, it’s rather soon; because I missed two weeks of rehearsal due to illness, the idea that the concert was still two weeks away was knocking about in my mind. It was a bit of a surprise to me to realise it was four days away, too.
Date: Sunday May 16, 2004
Address: Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Ave, Pointe-Claire
The Mozart symphony alone is worth the price of admission, but the whole programme is a wonderful treat. I’m really looking forward to it.