I've been working on submitting bios and photographs of myself to various customers who will be promoting me & my creations. Goodness what's harder than writing about yourself, your work & choosing photographs of yourself ? I'm afraid it's all a necessary evil of Creative Empire building and one which I am trying to embrace (& not refer to as evil). Who am I anyway ? And what the heck am I doing ?? questions I'm learning, for the most part, are best not to ponder too deeply.
The other night while flipping back and forth between the Canadian and American coverage of the Olympics I landed on our PBS station. A longtime favourite destination. I instantly became immersed in an episode of Nature (also a favourite - though worrisome sometimes to watch as Nature can be cruel & sad). This episode was about the wildlife & winter on Elsmere Island - a gorgeous, barren and extremely harsh world. The inhabitants a motley crew of silly, bouncing, kicking, kooky snow hares. Gyrfalcons fussing over their brood of three chicks high up in a niche in a cliff, a yearling female wolf who had become separated from her pack (she was exhuberantly reunited at the end), arctic fox kits - also happy, silly, goofy tumbling & racing around. Snowy owl chicks who waddle everywhere in their puffy, plush coats. It was amazing, they all were amazing.
Watching I instantly became enthralled, and felt relaxed ... happy. I thought to myself, there on the TV screen, they are my clan - they are my tribe. It is truly how I feel, as strange or ridiculous as it may sound to some. I'm at best lost, misplaced, confused & frightened in a human world so much of the time. A fish out of water, or a snowy owl out of nature & I suspect one of the last of the crazy* people.
Bleet on the front path / calendula / chillaxin No.1 / red phlox / Maggie Sue / Ahh - the sea / from our garden / our pack / pink trailing petunia / chocolate brown room / Missy Darn D / poppies / hydrangea / Oliver / blueish purple petunias / impatience on the front porch / chillaxin' No.2 / geranium at dusk / me in my natural habitat
*Also the title of a book by Canadian Timothy Findley - The Last of the Crazy People - heard recently on CBC radio 1's The Next Chapter (most excellent radio showall about books & authors) with Shelagh Rogers in a segment called If you loved ____ (insert book title here) ... you'll love ____ (insert in-the-same-vein book here). Apparently if you loved We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver you'll also love The Last of the Crazy People.