Monday, January 28, 2008

Of Bullauns and Bloggery


The Empty House,
David Milne,
oil on canvas, 1931.
National Gallery of Canada.

As you may have noticed, I have a thing for stone, whether real or metaphysical, natural or metamorphed by man.

But if one sets a story in North America, one faces a certain lack of hill forts and henges and other structures of that sort to provide a convenient background of mystery and myth to one's tale.

However, in spite of the fact that stone circles, Great Walls, pyramids and other reliable megaliths get all the press, in the course of casual research I've discovered the existence of many lesser and minor uses of stone by our predecessors in title: mark stones, initiation stones, healing stones, holy stones, souterrains and fogous.

And furthermore, ideas that were as migratory as the descendants of the people and cultures that first invested those stones with powers and properties. More than boxes and bundles came across the ocean in the belly of an immigrant ship.

And that's how I come to have curse stones in my story.


I don't like to do this, but for the time being, posts on the blog will appear Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The WIP goes too slowly, (I swear I wrote my bloody thesis in less time) partly because I want to make sure I set a solid foundation for future stories about Lillie's adventures and to make my magic system/paranormal pattern consistent.



39 comments:

December/Stacia said...

Re Monday, Wednesday, Friday: I totally understand. Sad, though. Tuesdays and Thursdays are generally my days to get out and read everyone else's blogs!

Jaye Wells said...

I think you'll come to like the three-day schedule. Eases upt he pressure a bit.

Curse stones? Intriguing.

BernardL said...

It always amazes me in some moments the words flow so fast, they test my typing ability; and at other times, they slow to a point I would need but one digit to plink them down. It's almost like the verbal trail is blocked by stones. :)

Bernita said...

I regret the necessity, December, but there's no way around it.

I'm going to follow your example and try it out, Jaye.

Where I'm at right now, Bernard, a trickle, not a flood.

StarvingWriteNow said...

curse stones... excellent. Can I borrow one for my ex?

Scott said...

Knock it back a few hundred years and make something up. Who's the wiser?

Bernita said...

Feel free, WriteNow.

It's a contemporary, Scott, and I found I don't have to, not that part.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've had to back off on my daily posting schedule as well. When I was only visiting a few blogs a day it was easier to do a post as well, but these days it's hard to get around to everyone's blog and still have time to post. Plus, there's that pesky work and writing stuff.

Bernita said...

Exactly, Charles. And in addition to my blogroll, I have a giraffe high favourites list.

Robyn said...

I totally understand, about both the blogging and the stones. In my imagination, rocks absorb more than simple earth.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn.
Stones/rock fascinate me. I am not happy in a landscape that omits them.

Billy said...

Stone, yes--the French Quarter has marvelous stone walkways winding through dark alleys, with both large and small stone buildings blocking out the sky. And more than a few curses hanging in the air as well. I know what you're talking about, Bernita.

raine said...

I only get to feed my addiction three times a week?!
Sigh...

Completely understandable, Bernita.
The work comes first.
Sigh...

Bernita said...

Yes, you do, Billy.

Thank you, Raine.
But it was either reduce or shut the blog down for six weeks.

ORION said...

Smart idea to limit your blog entries. I had to limit my commenting and blogging so I could actually write my next novel. It also lets the comments fully develop from the previous post...

Lisa said...

Stones are appealing to me too. Maybe it's my New England upbringing -- stone walls are fascinating and mysterious to me. Who put them there? What's underneath? Moss and lichens -- I love them.

Bernita said...

I've been dragging my heels at the idea for a couple of months, Pat, and just can't put it off any longer.

And walled gardens, Lisa!

moonrat said...

good luck, bernita :)

Travis Erwin said...

I feel you pain. I wanted to be done with my WIP in December. Now I'm shooting for the end of February.

Bernita said...

Thank you, MoonDear.

Travis, that sounds eerily familiar...

spyscribbler said...

We'll be here. Good luck!

(When I was young, I used to just stare at stones and try to figure out all they'd seen. It seemed to me that they had been around FOREVER, and I used to imagine they'd seen all sorts of ancient, exotic history. I used to even wonder if some famous person had picked up that very stone, once.)

Lana Gramlich said...

Curse stones...Cool idea!

Ello said...

I think having a limited blog posting time is a great idea. ONe that I think I will also instigate! As much as I would love to post every day, it is difficutl with so many other things pulling at us. And I too need to spend more time on the new WIP.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Natasha, Lana, and Ellen!

Chumplet said...

Devote all the time you need for your WIP. We'll wait with patience.

writtenwyrdd said...

Blogger ate my post. Oh well. Anyhow, I understand how the real world gets in the way of blogging. I've been considering cutting back on posts to just one per day, if that many.

And re stones, fascinating stuff. Hadn't heard of curse stones or a couple of the othermentions. I have always been impressed by mountains, especially the Grand Tetons. I've always wanted to go back if only to get some photos that weren't double exposed. What a breathtaking sight...

LadyBronco said...

Curse stones...

Perhaps that's what has been blocking my imagination lately.

Hmmm...

Church Lady said...

Ahhhh, Bernita. I just emailed a friend that I am going to do something similar. I'll be making a similar announcement tomorrow.

It's good to prioritize and get balance in one's life. I, for one among many others, will keep coming back.

And if you ever need a beta reader...I would be absolutely honored.

Cheerio!
:-)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Sandra.
If nothing else, writing demands patience.

I left out dene-holes and weems, Written.
I blogged every day for almost two years before I cut back to five a week.

They can be used for blessing too, Lady B!

Chris, that is mega kind of you. Thank you!

SzélsőFa said...

Just take your time as it seems fit, Bernita.
It is said that those who are attracted to stones are coming from a different universe, they have a different understanding of things... Soem even say people who are especially fond of stones are coming from the late Atlantis...I don't really believe this, but stones ARE attractive.
(I have many photos of stones for example.)

Bernita said...

Hee, Szelsofa, I don't think my liking for stones makes me an alien child - though sometimes I feel like a tribal outlier.

Julie at Virtual Journey said...

Hope you find changing the posting pattern gives you a real sense of recharging. I'm not a natural blogger, although I've found it very stimulating, and I've been puzzling about which patterns 'work' - bearing in mind our individual circumstances.

All the best, and hope you make swift
progress with the wip from now on.

The Anti-Wife said...

Your M,W,F schedule makes sense not just for writing but for general life as well. A good example and schedule. Think I'll join in.

Dave said...

First time on your blog... I like your style of writing... It's good to come across another Ontarian! :-)

Take care!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Julie.
Different patterns work for diferent circumstances, I suppose.

What ever works, AW.

Nice to see you, Dave. Thank you.

Demon Hunter said...

Blogging does cut into the writing, Bernita, we completely understand! :*)

Bernita said...

It has for me, my Demon. Thank you.
On top of that, so many fasinating blogs to read!

ChristineEldin said...

There! I did it too!
Feels really good. I was missing visiting other blogs. I want to be able to enjoy a bit more, without rushing. MWF is a great schedule. You may have started a trend...

Bernita said...

Trend?
Doubt that, Chris.
Just mutual cases of commitments hitting us at the same time.