Friday, July 13, 2007

Journeybred


Marine View - Moonlight,
Cornelius Krieghoff, c. 1845,
National Gallery of Canada.

Voyageurs.

All writing is travelogue.

We refer to the path to publication, to the long road to success.

We write of journeys, of quests, of spiritual pilgrimages, of characters driven to pursue or follow or flee.

We speak of pace, of movement. We abhor the passive and are wary of way stations.

We are restless, migratory, wandering creatures, free radicals.

Journey may be our ultimate metaphor.

22 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

All writing is a journey through time, if nothing else.

Steve G said...

The journey is long and tedious. Unfortunatelly, most of us will never arrive. The thrills and heartaches we encounter will either make or break us. I've felt broken many times.

Bernita said...

Spirit Walkers, Written...

That is the nature of any true journey, Steve.
We pick ourselves up and go on.

takoda said...

Brings to mind Bill Murray in "What about Bob?" Remember his journey was one of baby steps! LOL! But so true....

And a therapist friend of mine likened journeys to a spiral path. You make progress, but you touch on the same points over and over again. She was talking about personal growth, not writing, but somehow, the analogy works.

Cheers,

writtenwyrdd said...

I've heard the onion analogy far too many times: layers, it's all layers. Spirals sound much more enlightened :)

Bernita said...

"Slinky" psychology, Takoda?

Bernita said...

Well, if one is going to metaphor a metaphor, I tend to prefer the less involuted, Written.

Marie said...

Lovely pic. The writing journey is a long one.

raine said...

Journey may be our ultimate metaphor.

I suppose it is. I'd never thought much about it before, but yes.

Strapping on our boots. Falling into plotholes. Making the move from this to that. Light at the end of the tunnel.
Quite right.

Beautiful painting.

Charles Gramlich said...

I love this picture. As for journeys, I'm slowly learning that the journey is worth more than the destination. It's hard.

Bernita said...

Eh, Marie, Raine and Charles.
But the views are magnificent.

Almost always, Krieghoff used scarlet somewhere in his paintings - a tree, a campfire, a toque, a belt. This scene is an exception.

Kate Thornton said...

Lovely picture, Bernita!

And I like the excitement of a whirlwind journey.

Gabriele C. said...

Love that painting.

I like the journey for the journey's sake. If it leads to the summit one day, the better, though I suppose the view will be misty. But just walking is fun enough to justify it. :)

Bernita said...

Riding the wind, Kate!

Mist and all, Garbiele!

LadyBronco said...

How ironic.
I just changed the header of my blog to reflect the journey through publication.

With a nice dose of sarcastic humor injected, that is.

patterns of ink said...

I came by here tonight and enjoyed reading. I've bookmarked to come again.

Jon M said...

True and the picture is amazing!

Bernita said...

Synchronicity perhaps, Lady B?

Nice to see you, Patterns.

Thank you, Jon. That picture sends my mind travelling.

Jeff said...

The writing road is long. It carries us over peaks, through valleys, and past forks of indecision and uncertainty.

The especially lonesome strethces are made much easier by people like you, Bernita, and others who are willing to share the journey and offer words of encouragement along the way.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jeff.
I'm just trudging along. I have no seven-league boots.

Bhaswati said...

All life is a journey, and how can writing, a reflection of life itself, be any different?

Bernita said...

"Marching in place" is not an option, Bhaswati, I agree.