Monday, January 08, 2007

TEN THINGS I'VE BEEN UP TO

1.) Finishing Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky and being stunned by her ability to juggle the number of characters in the storyline, while making them all compelling enough that the reader actually deeply cares about the fate of each one.
2.) Feeling equally stunned by the tragic story of her death and the circumstances surrounding the creation of this novel explained in the book cover as follows:
By the early 1940's, when Ukrainian-born Nemirovsky began working on what would become Suite Francaise--the first two parts of a planned five-part novel--she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France--where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis--she'd begun her novel...when she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic; her daughters took them into hiding. Sixty four years later, at long last, we can read Nemirovsky's literary masterpiece.
3.) Realizing my profound good fortune at the circumstances, time, and place into which I was born.
4.) Drinking amazing tall mugs of steaming chai from here.
5.) Reassuring myself that whatever the strange balmy weather may suggest about global warming and environmental issues, we have still had a change of seasons...as these photos from August to Now clearly show:




6.) Hearing that my amazingly talented daughter won first prize in her school literature competition for this poem, which will now head to the state finals.
7.) Seeing the warm response of readers to the CAC website she has worked so hard to create, and to the interview I did there last Tuesday with this talented artist (and the one I will have there tomorrow with a writer who inspires me with her kind and witty ways).
8.) Finally making headway on completing my sister's belated Christmas gift by knitting up a storm in any quiet moment I can steal away.
9.) Being thrilled and surprised to hear of two separate acceptances of my writing in forthcoming publications...and that I am steadily productive with my work now that my health is re-balancing a bit.
10.) Getting ready to walk out the door right now to spend a couple of hours at a cafe table with my inspired writing companion.
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11 Comments:

Anonymous acumamakiki said...

I'm reading Elie Wiesel's Night right now, so Auschwitz and the holocaust are weighing heavy on my heart right now.
I loved your list of ten here and I'm hoping that this crazed weather is just that and I fear that it's otherwise.

5:48 PM  
Blogger January said...

Talent sure does run through your gene pool. Congratulations to you for you upcoming publication, and a big woo hoo for your daughter and her amazing poem.

Very cool!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Congrats to both you and your daughter on your writing achievements! Yay!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

"As a young baby,being sheltered in your family's eyewas the only thing comforting to you."---

Umm. Wow?! Jeez, I wish I could write poetry like that. Wonderful.


Now I will have to read that book, after hearing her story. That is so moving! I wonder how much art, science, and creation died in those camps? It is just too much... and to think how it is still happening around the world, and the world looks away. It hurts my heart.

:)

11:29 PM  
Anonymous holli said...

I loved petunia's poem - how lovely!! And congratulations on your writing achievement as well!!

That book sounds crushing, but incredibly moving.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Becoming Amethyst said...

congratulations on the upcoming publications (you and petunia) - woo hoo!!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Congrats!

Just wanted to let you know I think of you often....just been absent from blogging trying to create. I am having such a hard time balancing it all.

You are doing such a great job of it. Any tips?

Love and kisses

8:40 AM  
Blogger melba said...

I read your daughter's poem with Maggie on my lap. where she often is first thing in the morning when I check my emails and blog. and a little tear streamed down my cheek for if she could just know I love her as it is evident your daughter feels that love from her family.

This poem also made me a bit sad for the Me of yesterday, as I remember getting special recognition for a poem I wrote in 7th grade that wasn't about a loving family but a very poor and unloved child. (I was so dramatic even then!)

But now I am smiling as Maggie draws in my journal and I know the cycle of saddness will not be repeated. My children are loved.

Thnak you for your brilliant writing and light shining a way for me!

XOXO,
Melba

10:12 AM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

congratulations to your daughter ~ that is so wonderful : )

I love that second photo, the layers are fantastic and have added Suite Fancaise to my reading list, thank you!!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Delia, congrats on your writing news! Fabulous! I hope this will be a TREMENDOUS writing year for you! And I LOVE Petunia Moon's poem. There's some really sophisticated imagery in it, and so, so, so much love.

11:32 AM  
Blogger [a} said...

E.W's story is so sad. When we first saw the video in History class, of all the bodies they found in that place, from the Holocaust, it was overwhelming. I cried.

Too many tragic stories. It could have been me, it could have been any one of us there, then.

7:06 AM  

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