“In truth, what I do is this: I create a nest around the egg of an idea. I keep it warm. I watch as it forms. I hope for the best. I hold it up to a candle and make sure it’s still squirming around in there. I listen for the scritch of its nails against its membraneous world. I pray for the first sounds of pecking.
And I pray that it doesn’t die.”
-Kelly Barnhill (http://kellybarnhill.wordpress.com/)
This is a quote I pulled from Kelly Barnhill’s blog post this last Thursday -the Spring Equinox. I was reading it this morning instead of writing. I am in a spinning mode where I am jumping from thought to thought and project to project.
Writing is something I think about, read about and do but then put away. It is one of my projects – writing, knitting, gardening, reading, reviewing,writing…
When I read Kelly’s post this morning – these lines jumped out at me. I said yes – that is what I am headed towards. I have a few to many ideas that are cooling and I need to see if I can warm them, pull them out into the spring sun and give them a new nest to grown in.
Thanks Kelly for providing such a good description of writing and a push to help me refocus!
(Kelly’s new release this fall is: The Witch’s Boy, Algonquin Young Readers; September 16, 2014)