Summer Update and Romanov videosI thought I would post this ABN collage I made ...in 1978. It's interesting how in our past, often there are glimpses of our future. The image is a photo copy. There was a time when they came out that ghostly grey. The pressed leaves and flowers I found in an 1906 copy of " The Tenet of Wildfell Hall" It pleased me to think they had bloomed while Arthur still lived. So indeed, Rev. Nicholls has been on my radar for some time .
Brontë NovelFor years I thought if I simply string together all the many , many scenes I have written into their correct chronological order, my Bronte novel will be completed
Pardon my laughter
I now realize that is like putting up a fine, sturdy scaffolding and calling it a building
Nope; there's much more to it than that.
However I love the feeling of a new, creative wave arising within to deal with the situation , to fill out the scaffolding and also, the freedom one has because the scaffolding is there.
This is a process and every step is necessary. I tell people it's like climbing Everest, one step at a time; that's what is required. Charlotte said something similar when her siblings were dying all about her and so much was up to her...she said endeavored to look forward; if she looked down or back around , she'd likely lose her nerve. My situation is not nearly as dyer as hers of course, but I think I know what Charlotte meant. If I thought about all there is yet to do , I would be overwhelmed and often I am ...the only thing that helps is to get back to work . Keep paddling for shore.
Learning patience has been a great lesson in this experience ...you are leaving on the field, giving much to the project in life force and years, which at ,my time of life, one will never replenished. In such a project, you are asked do to that. But I will point out, one does not get to keep the years and life force if you don't hand them over for what you deem worthy of the gift. They will be spent or not, but you don't get to hoard your stores, a what would be the point? The evening will and is drawing in...go out with a blaze instead of a flicker, go out open handed instead of in a fist.
I can see where's the book is at and is going and that nurtures me greatly. But I well understand why it's harder for others to wait. They can't see the vision . I wish they could and eventually I hope they will , once the book is done. All I can do until then is keep working.
In Praise of Papa Brontë, and
author, Dudley Green
Anyone writing about the Brontes, or is simply interested in the family , owes author Dudley Green, many thanks. He collected and edited Patrick's letters, which are a treasure trove, and Mr. Green also wrote an excellent biography of Rev Bronte as well. It happens also to be very good over all portrait of the family. As I say else where, Mr. Green's rendition of the events leading to Charlotte's wedding( just as an example ) is better than some books about Charlotte! His Papa centered books are a must for the Brontë, enthusiast, in my opinion.
I've uploaded a number of Romanov videos lately. The family is reasserting themselves again! I very much look forward to painting them after the novel is finished...and Arthur and Papa Bronte too...eventually Charlotte, of course.
Romanov VideosThe titles are live links
The Romanovs. Olga Nicholaievna
The Romanovs. Dance
The Romanovs. Dance Two
The Romanovs. Olga and Alexei : A sister's smile
The main reason I am posting so many Romanov videos is my internet copper wire connection will end ...like tomorrow. It's an old system, my older PC is not in great shape either , however it's the system I know and it works. But copper, they tell me, is out . Indeed, I maybe one of the last ones holding on to my landline to the end. Well the end is here. Consequently I have been busy finishing and uploading a good many Romanov videos which were " in production " , some for years. I'm gratified the videos get a good many views and somehow have I nearly 500 subscribers !
Okay, have a great summer, see you later, and now it's back to work!
|Grand Duchess Maria 1915