Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Weather changed from living inside a gray cloud to nothing but blue skies today. So fine. Walked twice and became transfixed by patterns in the sand. Low, low tide. Watermarked shore.


A Lilliputian

estuary--languid tide

trickling back to sea



I see giant squid. Or some sea monster imprinted in the sand. Temporary fossils.


Tomorrow I travel many miles to spend an afternoon with some fabulous critique partners. I've got my pages and can't wait to hear theirs. Finding crit partners who both encourage you and push you to climb a little higher, stretch a bit more is one of the best things a writer can do.

I've written more than 68k on the fairy tale I've been working on all year. Closing in on the end and still in love with this story.

I hope you're all finding wonders outside your doors and inside your heads like me. *silly grin*


Faith Pray said...

Still in love as you near the finish line says a lot, Tricia. Good luck on the finals! I love your pictures and your translations, you clever writer woman!

Bish Denham said...

Love the patterns in the sand. So ephemeral, changing with the wash of a wave. You are blessed to have good crit partners. I know you will enjoy your time with them.

Liza said...

I love the designs in the sand. Good luck as you hit the finish line!

storyqueen said...

Yay! 68k!! Wow!

I can't wait to see how your story come together now that you will be able to wrap a little bow around it and call it finished soon.

Enjoy your critique session!


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Faith: I am so in love with the nasty, horrible, awful character in this book that I feel a bit twisted. She's such fun to write. I hate to end her! thanks for the great comment. :)

Bish: The patterns were really etched and intriguing this time. Thanks for the send-off--I know it will be a wonderful day.

Liza: Thanks, my dear!

Shelley: I can't tell you how excited I'm getting. I hope to be able to show it to you soon!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Fascinating pics! Such lovely patterns...

Julie Dao said...

Have fun with your critique group, Tricia! Hope you guys have a great time and it sounds like you have a really tight support network. Congrats on closing in on the end of your story!

Tere Kirkland said...

Temporary fossils, I love that concept! I'm always transfixed by the delicacy and impermanence of the designs water leaves on sand.

Have fun with your crit group and good luck finishing up your wip!

Golden Eagle said...

Oh, that's sand? At first I thought it was frost on a window. :)

Good luck with your writing! Hope you have fun with your critique partners.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Pat: Thanks!

Julie: Hi! I had a fabulous time. They are a great group. Strong storytellers and writers, so that it's a pleasure every time.

Tere: :D glad you liked the temporary fossils, that one popped in my head as I looked at that shot on screen. The patterns were so cool...I had so much fun today, and I plan to write, write, write the next few days. Hope you're fired up, too.

GoldenEagle: Ooo, that's an interesting observation. The patterns do resemble window frost, too. And thanks!

Wen Baragrey said...

Ooh, I can't wait to hear more about this fairy tale. I bet it's awesome :D

I thought of window frost too :) That's what I thought it was when I first saw the pictures!

VR Barkowski said...

Sigh. When I saw these photos, my toes flexed, reaching for sand. I love the feel of wet sand under bare feet, creating an imprint and watching my self-forged path stretch behind as I walk.

A trusted critique partner is more valuable than gold. Good luck on the final leg of your fairy tale journey. You are very near the happily ever after. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wen: My fingers are crossed that I'm gonna finish soon. Finally!

VR: Walking barefoot in sand where the tide is splashing in is one of my great loves, too.
Oh, I like that idea of being near the happily ever after. Le sigh.