Sunday, January 23, 2011

aros. ShShSu #140. Beach essentials.

A flutter of stress -
few shadows this week

Where is that fun beach shot
taken weeks ago for such a time?
Notebook and pen ready
in case inspiration strikes!

Filing a shambles.


Flutter of stress is now an insistent gnaw of panic.

Frustrated, I walk 10ks.

Look again -

it was where it should have been all along

Sometimes I can't see for looking.

A river of stones is a project started by Fiona &Kaspa to encourage people to engage with the world through writing. In 2011 they invited people to join them in writing a small stone each day during January. 

Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted by Hey Harriet
Participating has encouraged me to look at the world differently. It's fun!


Ms. Becky said...

Hi Sue, you know, I agree with you about looking at the world differently since taking shadow shots. I see things in a different light and it makes sense that it would be so. now I still haven't set aside time to sit down and try my hand at writing a Drabble. I suspect I may be intimidated by it all - something new and outside my "comfort zone". lord, that term has gotten so over-used. do you find that you are constantly counting words? I'm thinking that's what I would become, a word counter! but that's all good too as, like writing haiku, it's precise and using only what is necessary to convey the thought. what you've written is so perfect for your shadow shot. it's a real challenge for me, but I'm going to try it. thanks for the gentle push. great shadow shot and Drabble! happy SSS and have a great week.

Gengen said...

I agree you can have a picture with shadow in many ways. Happy SSS!

Sue said...

Becky, I was really intimidated at first, I'd been reading Rayna's Drabbles at Coffee Rings Everywhere and felt there was no way I could write as succinctly or beautifully. Then I was reminded of the really obvious thing that if you don't try, you'll never get better, so I began. I don't count to begin with. I write into a small exercise book - 1 page is around 100 words. I wrote something a couple of days ago about not being able to find words. Sometimes it just doesn't work.

I'm going to wander off and think this through a bit more though. How do I do it? And that comfort zone thing - it's real, and it can be a noose... or an excuse? Miss Becky, you've given me a weeks worth of thinking to do. (intimidation, newness, OCD, challenges) thankyou!

Have a look at this, it's a helpful explanation about writing the small stones.

Enjoy your week :)

Sue said...

thanks for visiting Gengen,shadows are sneaky things!

Hey Harriet said...

I love your style of writing! And the shadow shot is cool too!

I hope you have a super week Sue :)

Hootin' Anni said...

First off, love the poetic write up of your photo, and secondly I agree with you about looking at shadows and seeing a whole 'nother world.


Hope your weekend has been treating you well.

Dianne said...

sometimes I can't see for looking - yep, that says so much

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Sue thank you for stopping by my blog : ) .. How true is that ? we all agree since joining SSS we LOOK at our world in such a different way .. I started to as a photographer but especially as a "shadow shooter" !
Love your beach .. I can almost feel the sand between my toes !LOL

Anonymous said...

Lovely writing and great shadow shot.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...


If shadows could talk,
Just what would they say?
If you listen close,
You’ll hear them, you may.
Shadows do chatter
And gossip and talk
In the store windows,
Along the sidewalk,
Over the mountains,
On prairie and plain,
Begging for sunshine
And not days of rain;
Emboldened by light,
The stark shadows say:
“We’re out for a lark,
Please join us at play!”

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadow Sweeper

Sue said...

Hey Harriet: Thankyou so much :) I'm looking forward to a 'routine' week!

Hootin' Anni: Thankyou too. shadows are like a parallel universe aren't they.

Dianne: I think that's the story of my life "can't see for looking"

CanadianGardenJoy: I'm enjoying the contact with others worldwide who are looking at the world differently. The feeling of sand between the toes is so summery! (except when it gets too hot of course then it's just downright painful)

Joan: thankyou, I'm enjoying the self imposed challenge of writing - as well as looking more carefully at the world.

MagicalMysteryTeacher: such fun! LOVE IT thanks :D

A Wild Thing said...

Summer, glorious summer, how I long for thee...I'm still waiting, gonna be awhile though!!!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

This makes me long for summer even more so! Ah!!

Anonymous said...

Cool photo. Fun post. Thanks for this.

All the best, Boonie

Sue said...

Sweet Repose JR: I keep thinking that when I'm moaning about the cold, you'll be enjoying summer days! It can't be too long can it?
Paula: I like all the seasons, but summer is lovely for swimming and the beach!
Boonie: Thanks for dropping by. Have a lovely week.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry, I got stuck at how far you walked and couldn't read anymore. Kept wondering if it was a typo ;-)

Sue said...

Michelle: LOL. The little dog we're minding thought we were mad.