24 March 2010

Expectation

It's been almost three years since I last saw Spring.

Last year, in India, it went straight from cold to sweltering in a matter of hours. The sky was blue for two days, but that was all the warning we got (and the first time I ever saw a clear sky in India!). When I returned to Georgia two months later, summer dressed the earth.

The year before, in Africa, it was high summer when I arrived and just starting to cool down when I left three months later. I was there for Spring in Africa in October of 2007. Africa wears purple that time of year. It was beautiful--but being from the Northern Hemisphere, I really missed Autumn!

So as I write this, I'm sitting outside watching the earth tremble with signs of Spring. The clues are everywhere: the perpetual breeze, warmer temperatures, and the puffy, lighter-than-air clouds. It's a perfect day. The ground is barren, brown and brittle from winter, and the trees shake empty limbs, but I feel hope. Expectation. Soon the earth will trill with life. Color will come again. We'll have our warm days, outdoor cook outs, and summer sunsets. It'll be as if winter never came.

Right now Nature is just setting the scene.

Do you have the patience to breed expectation in your readers?

See y'all Friday!


*Photo by Kristen Torres-Toro, July 2009*

23 comments:

  1. Ooohh...I'm not a very patient person! And I have one protagonist that's even more impatient than I am. But the other one...I could work on her. :) Anticipation is a very powerful thing.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  2. Beautifully written Kristen! Spring is my favorite season. I love watching the transformation, it reminds me that Christ is always at work bringing a new thing to flower our lives.

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  3. I love spring, too! The slow change and re-growth of greenery is so lovely.
    But...that being said, I'm not as patient with my wip. I want to see the end, even though I'm on chapter 3. LOL

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  4. I can't imagine missing spring or any season for that matter! I love each one in its time!

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  5. I just finished reading The Secret Garden to my daughter and was impressed by Hodgson-Burnett's ability to build anticipation and gradually unfold change in her characters using nature and springtime as a controlling metaphor.

    I'm definitely looking for ways to use anticipation in my work. Great reminder.

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  6. I love spring! I'm so happy it's almost here. As for patience, I'm trying to learn it. :)

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  7. Beautifully written. And I work on that all the time. :)

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  8. Oh oh, I'm in trouble if I need patience to build anticipation in readers. I blogged about being the most impatient person in the world recently. This was a lovely description of Spring, Kristen. Thanks.
    Karen

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  9. I love when you interject your travels! Spring is my second favorite next to fall. ANd yes I'm a pretty big fan of summer as well. I love the way the earth sweetens up and flowers pronounce themselves on our landscape!

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  10. Wow. I'll bet you appreciate spring in ways we never can. Fall is my favorite...I'd miss it most of all if I had to be in a place with no seasons.

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  11. Mmmm, breeding expectation in my readers is what I live for. I LOVE reading a book or watching a film that just builds and builds and builds until I feel I'm going to pop if they don't reveal something soon! Then, just when I can't take it any more, it happens and it's a mass of revelation and no slowing down. That's how I love to write. Suspense and nail biters and "to be continued"...yes, I do love that sense of expectancy. The trembling before the climactic event. Nice parallel with Spring :)

    Jen

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  12. Oh, yes. You must breed that expectation. And it's hard to go slow, but it's important to do it. I think talented authors can go fast and slow at the same time.

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  13. That third paragraph was incredible, Kristen! I loved your descriptions and the word "trill". *sigh* So beautiful. :-)

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  14. Ah, I may have to work at this a bit:)
    Blessings!
    Karen

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  15. Great analogy, chickadee!!!

    Love it.

    Hmmm. Maybe that is what The Rhythm of Secrets has taught me. We'll see!!!
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  16. Beautiful picture and lovely comparison! Spring is certainly taking its sweet time where I live, but I know that these sunny days and occasionally warm weather are hinting at something good to come. I love how you put that... Nature setting the stage for its story to come to life.

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  17. Love your descriptions, Kristen!

    If I ever moved to a place with one or two seasons, I'd be sad. Spring and fall are my favorites.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  18. Spring is certainly arriving! It's been beautiful! Georgia in the spring is probably the most beautiful. :)

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  19. Kristen: You are a word smith par excellence, my dear. Lovely prose.

    I am by flesh impatient, but my new nature brims with the fruit of patience. When I yield to it, my writing reflects its beauty.

    Your patience is evident.

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  20. I love it when the seasons change slowly and allow us to see God in His glory for how He created the earth, made it to change and evolve over time. Beautifully written, Kristen!

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  21. I love spring, it's one of my favorite seasons. I'd really miss it, winter I'm not so sure.

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  22. Because I'm in Australia, I'm heading into Autumn here. But the days are still hot as if it were still summer! I love what each season has to offer.

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  23. Just had to pop in and say hi.
    P

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