Friday, April 22, 2005
Cloudy and cool
Happy Earth Day!
Take a few minutes today to do something to benefit the planet. Maybe we can start a positive ripple!
“Impressions” is up on Emerging Women Writers:
I’m fond of this piece. And I’m thrilled that a piece set against Salt Marsh Conservancy is published on Earth Day! The Cape Cod town in which I’ve set the piece is fictional, but the information about the landscape is not.
I might do more with these characters and get further into the work up that’s being done up there. I found two great research centers up there to answer my questions.
As a reader, I know I absorb this type of information better within a context of people and story, rather than reading a report. As a writer, if I can flavor my work with the passions of the characters, that makes it easier to relate to them. I don’t want it to become overwhelming or preachy, but when your life is taken up trying to save the environment, it affects the way a character responds to everything. Fortunately, the environmentalists I’ve met up on the Cape tend to have that slightly wacky Cape Cod sense of humour, which makes them endearing as well as interesting.
In spite of all the summer people, there’s still often a sense of isolation on the Cape (personalized in Ally in this piece). The past few years (the Bush years) have not been kind to the Cape, and there’s a great deal of economic struggle. And when economics are tight, the developers swoop in like vultures with promises that their newest paving plan will help the economy. Unfortunately, if you destroy the reason people come to the Cape in the first place, in the long-term, there’s nothing to draw them.
I’ve gone to the Cape since I was six years old, and I’ve watched it grow and change, and the cycles of prosperity and recession. I have many fond memories of visiting P-town as a child in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when struggling artists could still afford to live there, people painted on the pier, and, the strongest impression I have from that time is the kindness of everyone with whom we came into contact. The world might be crazy, life could be very difficult – especially in winter or during storms – but everyone was in it together.
When I go to Montauk, I crave the same feeling I always got – and still get – on the Cape, and I’m disappointed when it’s not there. Montauk definitely has its own energy, and I like it very much, but the Cape is totally unique.
Worked on some more prospects for the direct mailing. Started house cleaning.
I need to run a mass of errands today, and then finish the basket for Lemonade in Eden this weekend.
Remember, if you’re around, it’ll be a unique and inspiring event:
I miss the “Impressions” characters already, but as they say, in typical Cape fashion, “get the chores done and then we can catch up.”
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