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In a poetry mood...

Hadn't seen the sun in awhile. When it turned up today, poetry happened. Mountain Glory-Song For two weeks I thought the sun Was playing hide-and-find And tag-and-dash And blind-man-bluff— A fortnight of teasing games Of almost and not quite, And maybe tomorrow— But today the sun came up and stayed, And I realized— Sun never left, clouds just tricked My view—my eyes were the Trouble, my vision Too weak to poke Through to outer-space. Today the sun breaks out— The mountain sings its glory And I stand witness To the whole, great organ Of mountainous joy— The birds begin it— An ecstasy of towhee pipe song And warbler trills And camp-robber scree! scree! scrah! And the thrushes, of course— Running melodies over The rocks like streams of Snow-melt—nobody ever could beat a Thrush for song And then the crickets take it up With the grass-fiddlers. And the mountain opens up its stops— Every one— And lets loose sforzando Dragonflies dance with swall


It's midnight and I'm writing a blog post. Does that tell you something about how much writing time I have when my kids are home in the summer? I miss 6-hour writing blocks. And not waiting up late on weekdays for teenagers to come home. Built-in writing time--too bad I'm too tired to appreciate it.

Plugging in

I always believed I was one of those people whose emotional/mental energy recharges in solitude. It's true: quiet time alone with mountains and nature will always leave me feeling better, more ready to face whatever hard thing life decides to dump on me today. Anne Morrow Lindburgh said once that being around other people is draining because there's nothing more exhausting than being insincere. Yeah. Most of the time social settings require at least some insincerity, especially for someone like me, lest I alarm anyone with the real Elena. I've changed my mind, just a little, about that, though. After spending a delightful week with hundreds of other writers at the BYU Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) Conference, and my mornings with a small and talented group of fantasy writers in my workshop there, I've decided that being around other people isn't what's draining; it's being around people who don't "get" you. It's a