Courtney S. Barr

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Memos - Da Vinci...NaNo...Art...

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art..."
Leonardo da Vinci
My fingers have been hovering lately...not touching the keys nearly as much yet itching to feel the smooth motion as they press against the base. Twitching when they must only use the action for dayjob searches and nighttime vehicular research. They seemed to sing last week as I discovered the new car and quickly pressed print. They held the paper, featherlight between the tips and could feel my excitement.
They curled around the steering wheel and flexed as my toes pressed the new gas pedal. They fluttered as I waved to my niece; she now enjoys my old Jeep as her own...My fingers tapped against the wheel, a motion so natural that I almost do not notice it. Glancing at their dark nail polish I cannot contain the sigh....for the first time in weeks they can sense the freedom again. A surge of excitement rolls through my mind and out through their ends; the electrical sensation is more than I can handle. I must now give in and let them reunite with their artistic lover.
Once home I climb the stairs, tossing my keys on the table - their loud clang against the marble does not cause me to pause; I continue to the bedroom. Placing the laptop onto my knees evokes a broad grin. I lift the lid as I have for weeks but in this moment I feel the difference - there are no searches for vehicles to feel out, no histories to find about owners & mileage; there is only the never ending abilities of a white background, a black font, and my own mind as it guides the fingers that so desperately yearn for contentment.
It is late, my eyes blur from the black on white beauty before them. The fingers are still able to continue, but they must accept that rest will aide in their quest. Smiling I select the blue disk icon and save my work...yes my is work that we call it, yet it is art in the end...appreciated by those who will love it for all its flaws and imperfections - hated by those who find disconnect with its subject...for me it is the result of a spirit in waiting, of fingers who needed to flex and find their groove and a heart that has been absent from their tasks....
NaNoWriMo is around the fingers know it...they ache for it and I smile knowing that I will give them the pleasure of 30 blissful days to work on their art...
What about you? Have you signed up?
friend me if you'd like: southrnprincess

Have you heard about Nightshade by Andrea Cremer? If not you need to, I was blessed to get a very early copy & let me tell you - I LOVE IT! It releases tomorrow!Andrea has a blog - follow it!

PJ Hoover is having a wonderful contest about her Forgotten Worlds Trilogy - you should definitely enter - these books are wonderful!

Janette Rallison makes you think golf balls, danger & the wonderful protection of writing without an audience...

Shannon M. is giving away a copy of the Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan...yep...wait are you still here? Go enter!

Have a Marvelous Monday!


  1. What beautiful vignettes! Thanks for sharing - and good luck with NaNo!

    Thanks for the contest round-up, too. Happy Monday!

  2. Hello, Princess! Make sure you enter my Party Time contest to win any pre-order of your choice! :-)

    I'm so glad you're back again.

  3. ooh, i've totally friended you on NaNo! My username is Falen1

  4. I'm so glad you're back with us. :)
    I'm 'away' in revisions (yes, STILL. I'm a slow reviser.), but I popped my head out of its cave to say hello and , yes, I am nano-ing: the-sharp-pen
    Buddy me.

    Glad you have the car sitch worked out. :)


  5. Like Lola I'm buried deep in revisions. Very deep. *sigh* So I don't think I'm doing NaNo. *anothersigh*

    Glad you found a car! Nothing quite like a new one :) Enjoy!

  6. Yay for getting to WRITE! Such a wonderful feeling. :) I'm almost there. Two critiques then I'm FREE. Have a great day!

  7. I love the connection between creating something good and working with your hands. Great post, Courtney. Good luck on NaNo.


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