“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Weird Feelings, Book Editing and Nursery Rhymes

"These few quiet moments, as the sun dips in the watercolour sky and daytime trees become silhouettes etched onto the surface of twilight. The horizon is glowing flame orange, fading up into purple night. Stillness reigns, as a solitary bird sings another precious day to sleep."
- My name is Zing

Not much to tell this week. It has been a weird kind of time, with a strange sort of feeling floating in the air (did anyone else feel that?) I haven't been spending much time online as I've been editing my NaNoWriMo novel. I have done all the rewriting and the story itself is intact, but I am tracking down missing punctuation, odd gaps and places where I have shifted tense. The whole book thing was an experiment in trusting myself. I started writing without a plot and no idea of storyline, and just felt my way through. In hindsight, I am so glad that I went with my instincts on it all. If I had thought about it and planned and plotted, I would never have written this book.

"I was the world in which I walked." - Wallace Stevens

Also this week I developed a swelling under my tooth, so by mid week we had to drive the ten miles to our dentist to pick up two lots of tablets. While I was waiting at the chemist for my prescription, I popped outside and took this photo of my favourite statue. It was created to illustrate the nursery rhyme that the town in famous for. Are you familiar with the rhyme?

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes
- English Nursery Rhyme.

Better pictures of this wonderful statue can be seen here - Fine Lady Statue
A great picture of the statue and the cross can be found - Here

Thought of the week

"The place where you lose the trail
is not necessarily the place where it ends."
- Tom Brown, Jr.

Sorry that there was no midweek 'confession' this week :-)
I will endeavour to get back to my usual routine next week.

I hope your week has been a good one. x

I am linking this post to week 26 of I Saw Sunday


Paul Andrew Russell said...

Oh I remember singing this when I was a child, Susannah.

I've never been to Banbury though; thanks for posting the photograph.

Susannah said...

Hi Paul, I had never been here before either until we moved to a village reasonably near by, it is a lovely town and the statue is wonderful up close, with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes!

I am glad you remembered singing the rhyme. :-)

Deborah said...

I'm glad you wrote 'this book' too, it's just brilliant, I know because I've read it :o) and the statue ... it really is absolutely beautiful, especially when seen in 'real life'.
(I hope you tooth's better soon x)

Susannah said...

Hey Deb, yes the statue is even more beautiful close up when you can see all the details isn't it. And thanks for your kind words about my book. Love ya! x

Ann said...

I remember that nursery ryhme too! I was singing it in my head as I read it. Funny the things you didn't remember you knew.

Haven't been online much myself lately, been, well busy isn't the right word...overcome with stuff.

Glad to hear your Nano idea has turned into an ongoing writing project. Well done!

Harry Nicholson said...

The cock-hoss! It was the biggest around and was rented out and harnessed to the front of any team that could not pull it's load up the hill.
Near Sheffield there is a steep hill called, Cock-Shutts Lane. The cock stables are at the bottom of it.

Lovely picture - I've driven through and been too distracted to stop and look. Next time - I'll stop.

Susannah said...

Ann! So good to see you again!

I am glad you remembered the rhyme (I hope you won't be singing it all day now. LOL)

Congratulation on your Grandson. x

Susannah said...

Harry, that is really interesting (I didn't know what a cock horse was)thanks for the info. :-)

Yes you really should stop next time you are passing through and be sure to see that statue up close, the detail is wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

I'm glad to hear that you are following through on your writing project. I started mine today and will probably be a bit scarce for a while. Like the photo and I remember the rhyme, as well.


Madeleine Begun Kane said...

I love that photo juxtaposed with all those cars. Quite a combo!

Susannah said...

Elizabeth, I am so glad I carried through with my writing project too. I wish you the best of luck with yours. x

Susannah said...

Madeleine, yes, it looks as though there has been a timeslip and she has appeared in our modern day!:-)


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