Monday, June 02, 2008

Catching Up

I have been to Missouri -- and back.

I'm about to head off on Saturday to spend a week in Birmingham, Alabama at Samford University's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research.

In the meantime I've gone a hundred odd miles in each direction to visit the 100 year old cousin and celebrated her birthday in grand style .

Perhaps "catching up" is not the right term. I feel like I'm still driving. And driving. And I have another 1000 miles to go later this week.

But it's been good -- and I will share some of the art gallery opening with you when I finally drag my camera out of my bags and can upload the photos.

I'm very glad that I had the chance to go, to visit old friends and make new ones. It's a little bit amazing how peoples' lives intersect and move apart and at a much later date, intersect again. It's rather like a tapestry, warp and woof and all that sort of thing. Though heaven forbid I should actually see any pattern to it.

Makes me think, though -- about ideas and where they come from, about characters' pasts and present and future. About the influences that occurred many years ago that may serendipitously come back to touch them when they least expect it.

I'm discussing this with Christo at the moment. And with Natalie. I'm still looking for Natalie. Anyone got any good pics?

Christo and Natalie are talking to me about the past. It's funny about that. Some of the things Christo talks about are things a very early hero of mine, Jake Brosnan in Lightning Storm, talked about. I think it's because a guy I knew used to think about those things. I don't know him anymore. Have no idea where he is, but his influence is still here.

I don't see much of the future yet. Maybe a couple of scenes. Not sure how they're going to play out. Maybe Christo and Jake's far distant source will tell me if I think about it long enough.

Good thing I don't have to come up with a notion of the whole story in the next week or two. Maybe by the time I get back from Alabama I'll have an idea.

In the meantime I need to do quarterly taxes and clean my house and post something about the art retrospective and celebrate the publication of the first novel of a wonderful British writer who very kindly hauled me all over Millom a couple of years back.

I'll be back tomorrow to do that.

While I'm doing that, see if you can find some pix of Natalie, will you? Think of it as your contribution to Christo's future happiness. And mine.



Blogger Dina said...

Hi Anne,

I'm alittle confused about the pics of natalie, could you explain further, I know it's a silly question. :)

03 June, 2008  
Blogger Jill said...

Hmm, we don't know much about Natalie. so I don't know if I am on the right path, but I love this photo b/c it tells a story. If the link doesn't work, it is a picture of the actress Bryce Howard sitting on the floor looking disheveled with a thoughtful expression on her face. Plus, I've always wanted to be a redhead.

03 June, 2008  
Blogger Jill said...

Hmm, it cut my link off, too long I'm afraid!

03 June, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Dina, it's not a silly question! If you have a URL of someone you think might make a good Natalie, post it if you can. If it's too long, like Jill's, give me the name of the person and maybe I can google her. Or if you know how to use "tiny URL" you can create a tiny URL of the page where the photo is, and send that as a link (it's what I have to do with all the links in my sidebar because they are too long to fit).

Jill, I do like Bryce Howard! I think she might be the one. I wasn't at all familiar with her, but I can see her as Natalie right now. Will have to give it some more thought. But I like the red hair -- a spark of temper and impatience, perhaps. I see Natalie has determinedly patient, but simmering underneath at bossy people who think she's not as smart as they are.

I didn't find the picture you were aiming for, but I did google her and I liked what I saw. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

04 June, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Margaret McDonagh, wonderful M&B Medicals writer, has written to offer some of her heroine pics! She's asked me to tell her something about Natalie, and I've done my best.

I said she was impatient underneath, but on the surface she could appear calm. She didn't like being patronized. She is a people-person, very much oriented toward helping out, but has turned it into a business, so she does have a practical side. I think she's sparkly and fun and can see the humor in most situations.

Ring any bells, anyone?

I am liking Jill's choice a lot. But I'm still willing to look at other options.

04 June, 2008  
Blogger Margaret McDonagh said...

Will keep thinking, Anne. And I know you will find the right one eventuallly. I love the stage of casting characters and really getting to know them. Good luck.

Mags xx

05 June, 2008  

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