Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Twofer Tuesday -- The Bloom is on the Rose

A rose in bloom. It's Alberta's provincial flower. The photo is completely unrelated to the post. I just think it's pretty.





It’s Twofer Tuesday time. I have done some writing, but not much reading.
We’ve been devoting our time to getting through the complete Firefly collection on DVD. It has crisp, wonderful writing and sharp, witty characters. I consider it a writing class.

Here’s something I read:

“ 'Why’n’t Eddie bake a cake?' he suggested. 'Eddie used to be a fry cook at the San Carlos for a while.'
The instant enthusiasm for the idea drove from Eddie’s brain the admission that he had never baked a cake. "
-John Steinbeck, Cannery Row, Bantam Books, 1971 (originally The Viking Press, Inc. 1945)

Here’s what I wrote in A Fly on the Wall:

The mirror had the occasional flash of independent thought. It wasn’t sure what to do with it.


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18 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

Steinbeck has beautiful descriptive prose. Since you've been reminding me, Leah, I'm going out to get one of his books to reread.

Your own lines reveal a sense of a life humans are unaware. A type of vibrational energy that is soon to be encountered. Wonderful stuff!

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, I am very taken with Steinbeck. My husband read me "The Wayward Bus" for a bedtime story and we were both captivated by the fly in the coconut cake. It hooked me good.

And thanks for your kind words about my words. I am looking forward to the day when we understand we're not the only game in town.

David Cranmer said...

My wife and I enjoyed Firefly quite a bit. And at last count watched the series through three times.

Leah J. Utas said...

David, it's a treat to have it on DVD for many reasons including, but not restricted to, being able to watch the episodes in order. We can actually see the characters grow and the relationships wax and wane.

Missicat said...

I can relate to the mirror! :-)

Leah J. Utas said...

LOL Missicat.

Reb said...

Love the photo. Firefly is wonderful but got cut short far too soon.

I've known people like your mirror ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. Good to meet another Firefly fan.

Oh, my. Those must have been some exciting people.

Scott Parker said...

I'm only on episode 3 of Firefly but loved the first two.

Here's what I like about your twofer. The first sentence makes you go "What? a mirror that has thought? Cool." Then, with sentence two, you throw in the unexpected and make me laugh. It's like the mirror has the same complexes we occasionally have.

Leah J. Utas said...

Scott, the show just keeps getting better.

Thnaks for your kind words about my writing. I'm glad I made you laugh.

David Cranmer said...

Don't forget the film SERENITY. I had mixed feelings about it but was certainly hoping there would be more.

Leah J. Utas said...

Same here, David. It lacked the crispness of the TV show, but I had high hopes for many more to come.

Thomma Lyn said...

hehe, I love your sentence from A Fly on the Wall. I have a feeling I'd really enjoy reading your novel. :)

And John Steinbeck -- yup, he rocked.

Such a beautiful picture. It's a rose? So lovely and delicate. Different from any rose I've ever seen.

Clare2e said...

I'm not sure what to do with my independent thought either, but great sentences, and yay Whedonia!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Thomma Lyn. Yup, that's a wild Alberta rose in all its glory. They're in bloom for a few weeks in June and maybe a bit of July.
It's Rosa acicularis or prickly wild rose.

Ah, another Whedon fan. Good to have you aboard, Clare. LOL on the thought.

the Bag Lady said...

I'm late to the party, but wanted to say I love your sentences.
Must get ahold of some Steinbeck to re-read.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, and the rose is lovely! I can smell them all over the ranch right now.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, df Bag Lady. The roses smell like summer to me.