Framed bouquet of hanging flowers showered in the afternoon sun caught my eye as I was driving along a back road in Whately. I stopped to take the photograph and wanted to share it with you.Â Susan Elkin
The other day was very misty so I took my camera and began photographing places I felt had a mysterious quality. I saw trees with mist suspended at their trunks and later birds frolicking in a small pond along the road I was traveling down. Just over the horizon mist looming about the edge of the shallow hill with a hint of blue sky above it. It all looked so magical. I took photographs and wanted to share them with you. Spring is bursting forward as winter begins to hibernate. Hope you enjoy.
~~ Susan Elkin
I’ve decided the join the Two Things Challenge.Â This week it’s Native & Exotic.Â The swordfish is considered exotic for these parts of Massachusetts.Â The boiled potato is quite native.
~~Â Susan Elkin
On Monday I’ll meet with my writer’s group for the second time. I do have trepidations about it because we each have forwarded stories to one another for reading/critiquing purposes.Â I have no idea how the first scene of my screen play will be received.Â During the past six months I’ve tweaked and re-tweaked the various scenes many, many times.
The other day I met with one of the co-authors of “A Wrinkle in Time” (made for television version) and she felt I was on the right track.Â She gave me helpful feedback in creating a more smoothly readable script.Â After talking with her I drove home and immediately made the changes suggested.
I’m about half way through the first major draft and my goal is to have the play completely written within two months. I’m excited in starting my next writing idea which is to be a children’s television series.Â Just to let you know, I’ve never been short on ideas.
All of you are an inspiration to me.Â I deeply appreciate your taking the time in responding to what I share with you.
~~ Susan Elkin
A friend of mine asked me if I would like to be part of a women’s writers group and I said, “sure.” Well, this past Monday we met for the first time. One of the four women decided to back out. I did write to encourage her to discuss her feelings about leaving.
I also had intense trepidations about being part of this writers’ group. The three other women have published stories and my friend just signed a six figure contract with a New York publisher to finish her book in 2008. She’s been told Hollywood is interested in making a feature film about my friend’s experiences in Africa as a peace core worker during the 1970’s. Then there’s me, never took a writing course, no advanced degrees – needless to say, lots of feelings of inferiority has welled up.
During our first meeting it was decided that we each send ten pages of something we’ve written for critique purposes. Well! You can imagine how shaky I felt as I chose the first scene of my screen play to send off to my friends of this newly formed “writers’ group.” I could barely complete the action – but I did. All they can say is, “go back to your writer’s chamber and begin again.” Not so bad. Rewriting, re-tweaking and repeat the process can only improve the play. Right?
I’m profoundly devoted to writing this screen play to its completion. I won’t stop there – the play will not be put in a drawer and forgotten about. I will do everything in my power to have this screen play produced. I appear shy and quiet to people but there is a side to me that is quietly persistent and charmingly assertive.
~~ Susan Elkin