Thursday, October 25, 2007

Another paragraph

Writing has really come to take priority in my life these days... it is great! Yes, I work under a few deadlines, but the majority of what I write is not longer academic... I get to create stories (whether creatively, or journalistically... that word is made up) --------------------- I remember meeting him at one of these early morning rituals. Two careless kids, splashing in the shallow waves, stealing the littlest fishes out of the nets as the men struggled to pull them ashore. The little fish are so transparent, you can see the blue veins connected to the terrified eye socket, and through it’s flesh you see shadows of your own fingers. We would throw these delicate creatures into the air, and laughed at the gulls and pelicans that plunged after our offering, often tearing the meal from each other’s mouths. --------------------- It is fascinating to me how things get created... things you read that flow, flow because they were POUNDED with hammers and agonized over by some poor soul. It is an artificial process needed to create a genuine feeling. I am learning to be a much better reader, as well. Today we had a lecture about the future of newspapers. Don't be surprised if three years down the road, your newspaper is a sheet of soft plastic. A bendable flash memory you stick in a slot each morning and evening, that populates itself with an interactive front page. Wouldn't readership go up? Everybody loves their gadgets. It is always interesting to think about the future when you are in first year of university. The nature of the system is that you study the past, apply it to the preset, but the future... that field is wide open for speculation! And you are young and so anxious to GET there... imagining is nice. Personally, I was impressed in the lecture today by the need for a good photo. Good stories do not make the cover unless they have a good image to go with. This is the nature of information in a society that relies so much on images (being in a film class simultaneously to all this journalism talk really fleshes ideas like that out). Things are interesting in life right now, you know.

3 comments:

Kent said...

It is wonderful to read a post that sounds so happy.
I especially noticed this quote: "I get to create stories" That is really the crux for me. I get to, I don't "have to". Although I have no academic deadlines, I can still fall into the trap of feeling that I "should" write, rather than I "get to write". Yes, of course your writing is getting better. And you have wonderful God given talents to begin with. I am very happy for you.

Kent

Timothy or Lillian said...

Thanks for sharing this B. This is what university can be at its best. What i enjoyed and what most stimulated me in the literature field was seeing how God's truths about people and how we think and act are reinforced time and time again, even by individuals who would never acknowledge or not even know where the source of their ideas originated. I believe that you have a head start in understanding philosophy and expression because of your unique upbringing and the biblical foundations that have been established in you. Our life as followers of Jesus is an adventure of applying those foundations to all of our life and circumstances. I find they fit wherever I walk if my mind and heart are open. I enjoy my new job and the people I am working alongside and the ones I am supporting because each day I can ask God to use me in their lives each day to help them to know and understand Him better. I can see opportunities to be Christ in the office and on the street. I love the soup kitchen because i can just go there and make someone's day happier by showing interest in them because I know Jesus is deeply interested in them. May He help you to see how it all fits- yes sometimes it is like a jigsaw puzzle and sometimes it is just like a glove.
We love you B. Dad

Mom said...

It's wonderful to read about memories that were so private to us as a family: that no other Canadian understood or experienced at the time. I do enjoy experiencing them again with you.
I would change "gulls" to frigates (being the scientist that I still am).