“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” Anais Nin.
Has there ever been a more quotable author? At least for a female writer? If I'm missing someone let me know. I'm a huge fan of her work and it's been an enormous influence on myself. But I'm interested in her life as well. I can read her quotes all day because she says more succinctly than I ever could exactly how I feel about life. Another one of my favorites of hers is, "I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feeling are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls..."
I made a list quite a while ago which I update from time to time called, 'things to do before I die'. I wrote it during one of the many dark periods in my sometimes uneasy and turbulent life. There isn't much room for gypsies in this world. And never mind creative nomads in this age of consumerism who are happier out in the wild than in shopping malls. Sometimes I get so disheartened by the 21st century that I feel a closer rapport to the trees than I do my fellow man, but I digress. In conjuring the list I imagined the things I would love to do given no time constraints, money woes, societal, cultural or peer pressures. Things I would love to do and have no regrets about no matter who pointed the finger at me. My only guideline in this was the age old maxim, 'harm no other'.
So in celebration of finishing the next Saurimonde book, and the warm weather finally arriving, I decided to cross another line off of the list and jump off a water fall in the buff. I couldn't have found a more perfect spot or morning and the water was deliciously fresh. Had I know about the place before I would have written a chunk of the Saurimonde story there and may do so for the next one. If you have issues with nudity and body image than read no further. Your issues are not my issues and I choose to celebrate exactly who I am, body and soul. And it is a choice at the end of the day despite all the propaganda and hoopla which surrounds us on a continuous basis telling us to hate our bodies and be ashamed of the way we were born. Shame is over-rated, believe you me.
So without further fanfare here it goes:
|It looks a lot further from up there! (photo by Richard Stanley)|
|Mid air mayhem!!! (photo by Richard Stanley)|
|Breaking surface... (photo by Richard Stanley)|
|Feeling like the cat's meow! (photo by Richard Stanley)|
Keep an ear out for upcoming book and movie news. There's a mountain of work with my name on it and having taking a couple of days off to recharge I'm more than ready for it. The cold winds will be blowing soon enough and it will be time once again to huddle down and immerse myself in newly imagined scenarios.
Tomorrow is the last of the super moons for the season and I pray she may be lucky for all of us.
Much love from where the worlds touch,
S. - xx