Shake and Bakes are my quarterly check-ins (CHICKENS!). I use these posts to … shake out the happenings of my work and my life in general in an attempt to Shake off the bad and Bake in the good. It’s about … gratitude, paying attention and living by the moon. Much thanks to HAVI over at the Fluent Self for inspiration and to APRIL at Big Sky Astrology for her monthly Working with the Moon booklets.
~~o~~ FULL – Ice Going Out Moon ~~o~~
The ice remains….and may indeed be GROWING THICKER as we speak.
It was melty melty MELTY and then yesterday a wild blizzard blew in. It snowed all day and through the night and this morning I had to wrestle my way through a crotch high snowbank to retrieve the shovel and start the dig out.
A fella down at the Legion swears that we will still have ice for the May “24” weekend.
I almost bet him… but then I came to my senses. Lord knows he’s lived here longer than I have.
I just can’t help remembering how FAST the break up came on us last year. But then… I look back here and see that we had a big blizzard last year on April 13th…hmm…. it was way back in 2012 that we had the boat in by April 2nd. A tricky year that was. Tricked us into thinking we could actually survive a winter in the shakey shack. Oh wait – WE DO SURVIVE… Though both the Raggedy Man and I are glad we got a break this year and got to stay in town for a few months.
Anyhow…. enough yacking about the weather…
I was hoping to track the melt for y’all. Here’s what the river looks like ….(thanks much to http://www.canadianfishing.com for the webcam shots)
Come back SUNSHINE! Come back!
And as for that other… ahem… DECLARATION… about completing the second of Sanctuary this moonth… well…. (she bashfully looks away) methinks that one might turn out to be hooey as well.
Yes. I said it. I am full of HOOEY!
The ice isn’t going out and the book is… gonna be longer than I thought.
I can’t control the weather, of course.
And apparently I haven’t much control over the characters of Sanctuary either. They seem insistent on… ADDING layers to the book. So… right now I’ve no idea when we shall reach “the end” or if… WHEN we get there it will in any resemble the current “ending.”
It’s all rather exciting, actually.
I remain in good spirits and work diligently each day. Coming to page with a renewed curiosity.
This is cool. This is very very cool.
And not that note… let us Chicken…
April advises: The full moon in LIBRA calls us to review our intentions for this moon to see if they are “fair to all.”
That puts an interesting twist on things. Let’s check it out…
To simply show up each day and see and hear and taste and smell and … BE with whatever the day offers up.
Θ (theta) earth – home – touch
Φ (phi) air – relationships – scent
Χ (chi) fire – work – vision
Ξ (ksi) water – health – taste
Ψ (psi) quintessence – spirit – hearing/listening
Looking WIDER… I think my intentions … do no harm. Especially if they are done…gently. Even good intentions can hurt others (our ourSelves) if taken too far.
Mostly, my moonthly/weekly/daily intentions are ways to… become more AWARE of something. They are always part of the ongoing and ever evolving process of living my life with… intention (duh, right?).
This be my life – and my ever, perhaps ONLY, overriding intention is to pay attention to the moment we are in.
Simple, right? Simple and yet somehow so very difficult for this one to do.
Ah well… I’ll just have to keep practicing.
April advises: The waning phases of the Aries New Moon (between the
Full Moon and the Taurus New Moon) are best for
examining and releasing:
• Aggression and anger
• Excessive competitiveness
For me, I see this taking the form of being…impatient with the SPEED at which I work. Or more precisely – at how fricken long it takes me to write a novel.
And as I find myself going deeper and deeper into Sanctuary it is both thrilling and … a bit maddening. I mean, I have a first draft…. shouldn’t THIS PASS be about … tidying things up? Not adding even MORE complications and … well… MESS?
Ah I giggle.
The only way to finish this thing is to go THROUGH this draft and the the only way through THIS DRAFT is to listen to the characters and follow them about.
Maybe the NEXT DRAFT will be more about … tidying. Heh heh.
As to … comparing myself to others who write faster and who I am often CONVINCED write better than I… well… that’s just silly, isn’t it?
I write what I write in the way I write. This is what I got. This is what I give. No use in comparing or competing with anyone else.
Thanks for stopping by.
May the sun shine upon you this week and warm you through and through.
Isn’t she AMAZING?
Go easy ~p
Because there's never enough time to do it right the first time but there's always enough time to do it over