Friday, November 13, 2009

What's Inside?

Treasure Chest Pictures, Images and Photos

Who can resist a present? It's a mystery right? What's inside the box? Because of both my passions, Sociology and Writing, I feel like I live my life in the exciting place where everything is a mystery. Everywhere I turn there's something to open up, to explore.

What will you choose? Door number one or door number two?

What's around the corner? Behind the tall grasses? Through the trees? Just over the hill?

Most good story arcs are like the slow opening of a present. First, the package itself. Beautifully wrapped, a large bow. Then the shake. The guessing. What is it? What's inside?

Then the careful opening (Well, okay... in my house we call it shucking... but you know what I mean...)

And then finally, the treasure. Euphoria mixed with disappointment. Not disappointment about the contents (hopefully!) but disappointment that the mystery is solved.

It's like reading a book. It's like writing a book. It's like meeting people for the first time. It's like traveling somewhere new.

What would life be like without the tantalizing mystery woven into every little thing?

God, sometimes it's all just too damn magnificent.

21 comments:

  1. Hi. I just found your blog today--not sure how I've missed it--and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your posts. I'm an (aspiring) writer too, so I'm always looking for ways to connect with other writers. I hope you don't mind that I'm following your blog now...

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  2. Welcome Shannon! I'm so glad you enjoy them!

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  3. You're in a cheery frame of mind today! Good to see BTW. Keep the momentum going! <3

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  4. It is just too damn magnificent, isn't it? But I wouldn't have it any other way. It's the sense that there's something beyond the mundane, that we can reach it through art, through our writing. Accessible transcendence, perhaps?

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  5. Mandy: It's all we got, right?
    Anissa: Thanks! "Cluck Cluck"
    Simon: Somehow I knew you'd like that line. And I am about head over heals with "Accessible transcendence" NICE.

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  6. I love this post. It's hopeful and pretty and exciting all at once. It makes me excited to have people read our work. And also terrified.

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  7. Your ending line is perfect. =] Nothing like a mystery to liven up things. ;)

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  8. L&L: It's a whole new ball game, right? ;)

    L.T: There is so much mystery..... so much. Everything, right? XO

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  9. Reading a book is a present. Writing a book is a present. Reading your blog is a gift.

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  10. Magnificent is the word :) and I love the constant wondering and guessing and I hate that all at the same time.

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  11. That treasure chest looks like a million dollars worth of gold and jewels!

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  12. You must be having fun with your nano work...

    vitality is shining through here :D

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  13. I LOVE this post! It just made me stop slumping and, you know, being a schlump in general.

    P.S. Liza, well put!!

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  14. I like the analogy. Now, off to write for nanowrimo!!

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  15. This post is a feast of awesome:D

    I see you already have it, but I have an award for you over on my blog.

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  16. Love the post, made me smile. We can never have enough tantalizing mystery in our lives when so much is laid bare for all to see these days.

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  17. So agree with Cate P's comment! Keep 'em coming.

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  18. I agree with you, "Most good story arcs are like the slow opening of a present." I've compared a new pair of shoes (and accompanying shoe box) as a gift before, but I think the book/story line analogy better!

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