Wednesday Writing – Waiting

This week’s writing activity was: waiting.

Waiting for the printer to send me the first proof copy of my poetry book, There was a Time. I should have been working on my marking plan, media kit, and so on. But, I’m a little creatively tired at the moment so decided to take the long weekend off and just —


On Saturday Heather and I walked to Starbucks for a treat hot drink and walked over the foot bridge of the nearby creek.  The rains had filled it and this is what it looked like from the bridge:

Los Gatos Creek after a heavy rain.

Normally there is just a trickle of water down the middle, but after a rain it does this.  This picture was taken from a bridge about 40 feet above and the water is about 40 or 50 feet across.  It’s an impressive sight but far from flood stage.

On Sunday it was off to the opera to see a production of Moby Dick.  Yup, there is now an operatic version of the novel.  It sounds weird, but the set design was stunning, the story told very close to the book, and the music appropriate to Melville’s story.  If this ever comes to your town, go see it.

Monday it was as John Masefield say in his poem, Sea Fever,  time to “… go down to the seas again.” So Heather and I drove over to Santa Cruz for a walk along Cliff Drive.  You couldn’t have asked for a better day to take in the sun and sea.

The view from Santa Cruz across the Monterey Bay. The distant hills to the right are Monterey. This was a rare day when it was clear enough to see that far.

These little outings may seem like I’m not working, but I find that this kind of thing is important to recharge my creative batteries.

and an idea for a new poetry collection came to mind while I was driving to the sea.

Next update, next week. If you need me – check the beach.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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23 Responses to Wednesday Writing – Waiting

  1. Hey – you get no chiding from me if you take a break! We all have to recharge, especially if your sweetie is at your side. And the harder you work at whatever it is you are doing (writing, woodworking, job) the more time you need to decompress. You go Andrew!!

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  2. Ah, the beach: A place where waiting is no hardship at all. Enjoy your recharging time! 🙂

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  3. Those little escapes do wonders for creativity, I believe, so escape away! Once, many moons ago, we enjoyed a sunny day at the beach in Santa Cruz while escaping the dreary, rainy skies of Portland, Oregon. Sunshine and a beach always refreshes me.

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  4. Debra says:

    Sometimes we just need to put aside our plans and refresh our spirits. It seems to me that’s what you did last weekend. We like to “swing by or through” Santa Cruz from time to time when we are coming up to Oakland. It’s a favorite spot. I’m glad you had the opportunity! 🙂

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  5. Beautiful photographs. Love northern California. I live in Crestline, southern part of the state at 5000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains. Actually most of California is beautiful. Our politics? No so much. Congratulations on finishing the book . . .and on taking time to relax and enjoy life. Thank you for commenting on my blog.

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  6. CJ Hartwell says:

    I always find a good walk clears my head, I just need to remember it.
    That looks like a good-sized creek you have! (LIke the name of it – are there many cats in the area or just yours?)

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    • Just a normal amount of cats. The creek is named after the town where it starts, Los Gatos. No one is quite sure why it was named that. There’s only that much water after a rain, most times it’s a trickle.

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  7. These are inspiring sights, Andrew. I had the same sort of epiphany when I started walking the dog. You see the world a whole different way when you’re moving slowly, and watching closely.

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  8. If I’m not mistaken, writers are always working, as long as they’re paying attention. 🙂

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  9. Beautiful photos! We are going on vacation to California in July. We will be staying in Anaheim right next to Disneyland (for the kids). I have been told by locals that Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Marina Del Rey are great beaches and areas to visit. Any other recommendations? We went to Huntington Beach last Spring Break, which was just okay. I know to stay away from Compton and Long Beach. Santa Cruz looks so nice! We might have to drive up there and check out Monterey Bay. Wish I could spend the rest of the winter in Cali! You guys are blessed! God bless!

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  10. dorannrule says:

    You are so smart to escape the mundane and regenerate. Today our world is white with snow here in Virginia, so without leaving home, and via window-watching we gain new perspectives.

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