Monday, December 7, 2009

Rocky portents


Is she writing about boulders AGAIN? Um, yes. Don't snort or run away, please. I have browsed through my photos all day, looking for something to jump start a post. I have considered lakes and trees and seas and flowers. I have contemplated writing sad poetry or poking at my childhood traumas. I have stared at the steady rain and turned up the heater. I have sighed and lamented that the universe doesn't give a rat's ass about my so-called life.
It was a day when the creatures who live in the hidden deeps could have claimed me, but I seem to still be here.
So I figure I better pick a photo to write about. Yes, it is a boulder, but my last post was about my novel that has actual boulders in the storyline. This is about my shiny new novel that takes place in the sea where boulders will probably never move beyond window dressing. But you see that boulder jutting up? What does it look like?
A whale spyhopping, that's what. I have written news articles about spyhopping, which is when a whale sticks the top part of its body out of the water and checks out the scenery. And I say that's a gray whale spyhopping on top of a mountain. Which is a sign to this sometimes-fragile writer that her sea novel is meant to be. Since I started writing it I found a shell on top of this boulder-strewn inland mountain and the US Post Office put out kelp forest stamps, which surely is a sign.
I'm going to stop now, because I really am odd today. Hopefully, I will soon write a new post that will be boulder-free.

17 comments:

Donna said...

Perhaps your rocky post also tells us that you are adept at bouldering, climbing without a rope.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: Thank you. That is just what I needed to hear. I am climbing without a rope, and it's nice to think I may be adept.

storyqueen said...

I don't think you're odd. I kind of read signs all the time....why should we NOT find inspirations or answers where we can....

(Yes, the shell was a sign. And the kelp stamps were a sign only if you bought them.)

Take care.

Bish Denham said...

Looks like/sounds like good omens too me. I LOVE the whale coming up out of the earth. There's a story there.

Liza said...

Sometimes the most fun is reading what comes out when you are sure there is nothing inside. Your boulder works for me.

Linda Kage said...

I'd never heard of spyhopping before. Thank you for broadening my horizons.

And I've found pictures in clouds before, but not boulders. I like that. Odd mood or not, you provide the most unique insights. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Shelley: Oh you betcha I bought those stamps! They are right in front of my computer, as is the tiny mountain shell and a handful of shells I picked up walking on a beach last month. I even found a sand dollar I'd forgotten I'd picked up and left in my car. Loving my signs.

Bish: Yay, I'm so pleased you see my whale. It really does look like a spyhopping whale coming out of the earth to me.

Liza: Thanks, that makes me feel good!

Linda: Isn't spyhopping the strangest word and behavior? But that's what they do, just stick their heads up and take a look around. Thanks for saying that about my insights--truly helps.

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha! Perhaps your blog should be re-titled Boulder-Spinning? :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Ooohhh... That's definitely a whale spyhopping. Looks like a humpback to me!

MG Higgins said...

I never would have seen that boulder as a spyhopping whale until you pointed it out. You are amazingly creative, Tricia!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Corey: I see a story in that title! Perhaps a picture book? ;)

Stephanie: Yes, it is for sure. I love that it is there like a statue on the mountain.

Mel: Thanks! I guess living in my head sometimes pays off.

Sliding on the Edge said...

It's a story I'll read. Thanks so much for the picture and idea.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

See, I've learned something new today. Spyhopping. And I like the boulder photos so post away! :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Lee: Cool! Your welcome and thanks.

Karen: Isn't spyhopping the strangest? I like that you like my boulders, and I hope your sea quest is going well.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Count me in among the many who have never heard of spyhopping. I love that word! It feels good on my tongue spyhopping, spyhopping...

I see your whale, but I also think it could be a dinosaur eating leafy greens. ;)

PJ Hoover said...

I think your boulders look awesome. I want to come visit!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Shannon: I can't imagine who made up spyhopping, such a strange one. A dinosaur! I'm going to have to look harder.

PJ: You can visit my boulders any time. They're very nice boulders, always there when you need them.