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Write Anywhere #36


Did you try something different to jumpstart your creativity this week? Sometimes we wish we could get away from it all, go to one of those artists’ colonies, a cabin in the woods or a house on a lonely beach (that’s my choice!) to help us focus. But it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to adjust your perspective.

For this week’s Write Anywhere venue I set aside an hour one afternoon and walked five minutes to get a grasshopper’s view of life.

Write Anywhere # 36: In A Field

I took my camera, notebook and a seating mat to an empty field not far from my house where the wildflowers and prairie grasses still have a foothold. It was a perfect sunny afternoon to explore.

I took my carry-along cushion, stepped carefully around the flowers and through the grasses to find a pretty spot.

It was a windy day, and the field seemed to swell like the sea, moving in green waves.

Grasshoppers, butterflies and moths danced above the mini-prairie, as well as a few irritating little gnats. Though I’m not of an age that makes sitting on the ground comfortable, it was easy to sit and write in the middle of a field with only the soothing whisper of a southern wind.

I love to escape the constant hum of technology that seems to follow us wherever we go now. Wide-open expanses full of life helped me open my mind and empty it of the troubling distractions of the everyday.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover and a bee, and revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few. – Emily Dickinson

Is this how the prairies were before the concrete came and starting taking bites out of it?

This reminds me of Laura Ingalls skipping down the hill on the opening sequence of ‘Little House on the Prairie’.

It was fun taking a grasshopper’s perspective for a moment.

Where did you write this week?

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  1. Thanks for asking! I wrote some stream-of-consciousness about escaping from technology, a page of free writing ranting about some junk going on in my personal life, and some observations of the field, wind and sky that might be helpful for a novella I am writing. I don’t always write a lot when I go on one of my venues, but many times I get ideas that help me later for a specific piece I’m working on. It helps the brain to take little mini-vacations.

    I agree, the field is beautiful. I drive by it daily and I just happened to notice the flowers. Happy accidents! 🙂

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  2. Much of this looks like what’s happening at our house right now. We don’t have the pretty red flowers but we have tons of while purple and white plox and buttercups. We’d love to replant the weed patches and plant native prairie grass. As for me and my writing, my husband put my bench down by the river. I’ll have to take a picture of it and show you. Too bad you don’t live close, you could come over!

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    • I need to find out what those red flowers are. I don’t know much about plants and flowers, just know I like to be around them.

      Kate, I’d love to see your writing spot by the river! It would be fun to visit. Sounds like your own personal getaway. 🙂 Good for you, you’re making space for writing in your life. 🙂

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  3. Oh, Kristin, these photos are dear to my heart! I grew up with a wild meadow lot next door and planned to blog about it this Sunday. I’m going to link to your post for these gorgeous photos. I think meadows are the most wonderful things for kids and they are so uncommon now. BTW, I believe those red flowers are Indian paintbrush.

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    • Sure, link away! 😉 Thanks for the flower tip, I think you are right about them being Indian Paintbrush. I thought maybe Indian Blanket (which are Oklahoma state flower) but those have the yellow tips. I need to learn more flower identification – I love looking at them, but can never remember their names.

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