Mad in Pursuit Notebook

drawing practice on the road, from notebook

September Review

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September was a crazy transition zone. Outdoors, the heavy stickiness of summer finally surrendered to cool autumn rains and breezy, bright days. Birds took possession of the lake again as local people packed up their paddleboards and kayaks. My mind turned to travel.

We hadn't been on the road in nine months, so it was wrenching to leave our enchanted hermitage for St. Louis. I retired Jim finally from being relief driver and puffed up my energy to do it all. It was a delight to land in the welcoming arms of family. And it was hard to kiss my mom goodbye, the future always uncertain at age 93.

I was also anxious to plan a trip for my 70th birthday in November. I was grumpy that nothing had materialized from researching places with likely stargazing. But then I tried AirBnB and a trip plan began to fall into place. Relieved and excited! South Dakota, here we come.

My art was all over the place. I uploaded more patterns to Spoonflower. I stitched a new phone pouch with hand-dyed wool. Made a small table cloth and coasters from one of my Spoonflower fabrics. I continued with some drawing practice. I started an online writing course with Margaret Atwood. And when we got home from St. Louis, I hauled out all my polymer clay and set up shop on our big oak table. I made new house numbers. Then I continued on to practice color-mixing and head sculpting.

Back outdoors, painters arrived to stain our porch. When they were done, I tackled some spot painting on the house and slowly figured out how to replace the broken ground-floor window-well covers. I really needed to feel this sense of handyman accomplishment.

With the lakeside bank rebuilt and replanted, I felt a surge of interest in preparing for next spring's garden, esp. the area I look out on every day as I work. So, I ordered bulbs and studied up on fall planting of flower seeds. And I re-read Planting in a Post-Wild World.

September was a busy month, with lots of tasks completed, tasks both artful and practical. And yet I ended the month feeling like I was flying off in too many directions, lacking purpose, needing focus. I need a vision.

(Written Oct. 2, 2018)

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HEADLONG: Over the Edge in Pakistan and China (2018) Traveler's tale of a 1992 adventure. A poorly planned roadtrip takes long-time lovers Susan and Jim to forbidden places and lost times. Kindle only.

THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.

TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.

PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.

 

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