Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Memories, clog the corners of my mind, misty Maw Maw colored memories . . .

The changeling-water laughed, and whispers flicked my ear. Whispers that I ignored. My head hula-hooped, but it began to feel good in a dangerous sort of way—maybe that was the magic. I was beginning to feel right happied up all a sudden. All my fear flew out to the wind with a big whoopee. Virginia Kate Book 2


Though Tender Graces is fiction, there were moments when real life slipped in, sometimes on accident, sometimes on purpose. Sometimes old memories worked their way into Tender Graces, and I'd manipulate them. Though, most times I just made things up. Sometimes I'd later read what I'd written and feel as if it was familiar, but I couldn't recall to mind an event.
This photo "inspired" a photo I did use in TG, except the kids, Micah & Andy & Virginia Kate were sitting on the couch in the living room in the holler. I'm not sure where this real photo of me and my two brothers was taken.

Then there is this photo! This woman inspired Mee Maw. The photo says it all. My Maw Maw would have a fit if she knew I as plastering this photo for all to see. For, she didn't have her wig on, which is probably what she is doing here, saying "I ain't ready -- what do you think you are doing? I don't have my wig on....!" My Maw Maw was quite the character and I get plenty of Mee Maw stories and inspiration from her - even thought Mee Maw is her own person, she carries the spirit of my grandmother Eunice.
Of course, I had the made up photos that I inserted in the story, but I wonder sometimes if they come from an embedded memory.
Here is another review of Tender Graces; thank you, Gautami.
I am rushing by this morning. 80,000 words and growing. Of course, I add in and sometimes I still take away, but I am making good progress on VKBook2. So, hi ho hi ho it's off to work I go. . .

6 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

MeeMaw colored memories. LOL!

Real life is nice about morphing, shift-shaping and slipping into our work, isn't it? Hugs

Amy said...

How fortunate to have a family filled w/characters! I have the same thing w/my own. Glad you're getting so much done on your new WIP!

Jessica said...

Sweet pictures. :-)
Have fun working.

Rick said...

Wow, you seem filled with energy and multi-tasking like crazy! Really enjoyed stopping by.

Deb Shucka said...

Great pictures. I really like it when you share your process. Happy writing.

Debbie said...

I think it is those little parts of your life that SNUCK into TG that made it so tangible. (Notice my wonderful, and very correct, use of the word snuck.) Yet, no exclamation marks. How do I do it?