Playground of Life

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Each, and every soul has a story to tell, we humans journey along our given path battling the demons of life and searching for the truth in who we are, or why we are here on this complicated place we call earth.

THE DAY DREAMER

I will forever be the daydreaming child of my past, the one who no matter where she was, she dreamed about a world out of a book and imagined her own endings. My children know the blank stare.

“What are you thinking about mum?” Often asking can they help with my story ideas. Long car trips are my gift, my thinking ground, a place to ponder the possibilities of  other fantasies that come to my mind. I jot them down once we arrive in town, although the great Stephen King mentioned once somewhere that if it’s a strong interesting story, it will stay with you and haunt you until you get it on the page, he said something to that effect.

PLAYING THE GAME

Our nearest town is thirty minutes away a chance to throw ideas back and forth laughing and creating creatures out of thin air or picking an animal on the farm and weaving a story around that particular animals personality. It is a fun game of what if’s and it is how some of my stories have evolved. One day my daughter said.

“What about Twinkle she is so adorable. We talked about life as a cross-bred calf and how all the other purebred’s would tease her because she is different.

“Oh but she is so beautiful and the sweetest calf at the dairy.” Said my girl from the back of the car.

“I bet she likes sugar and would eat all the fairy floss at the fair. “And that is how Sugar Goes to the Fair was born.

The other day whilst wallowing in a cloud of doubt, which crossed my morning path, I thought about my dreams and where they are heading. I asked this question on one of our pilgrimages into suburbia.

“If you could have anything in the world what would it be?” Expecting them to say a lolly shop or a money tree. My daughter said.

“For my fantasy world that I am writing about, I would love to walk into it, a real world where I could visit my dragons.” My son then followed suit and said.

“I would want my story Cool Planet to be real too!” As a child I imagined an underwater world with mermaids I wanted to be a mermaid, thanks to Marine boy on the television. I thought about my other fantasy tales about dragons and mermaids and I realised my kids were just like me at that age, yet the difference is I will see to it that they follow those dreams while their minds are fresh and full of unlimited imagination and a child’s perspective.

GATHERING MOMENTS

As I perfect my illustrations above (drafts) and tighten my words I am thankful, I can see the light at the end of the long tunnel. To say that I am close to finishing would be laughable. Yet I know each time I pick up a pencil I am in the moment, small moments in time, the lines gather together forming yet another illustration, each one a little smoother than the first.

My sister who works for a publishing house told me the other day, if a publisher accepts your story, it can take up to two years before you see it published. This does not deter me as I know when I am finished, it will be time to move on to bigger projects, the production line is endless. “My dreams of getting published can wait, for the goal of finishing is my prize for now and one I am comfortable with.

The road ahead is bumpy and bends into challenges I never imagined possible and yet every corner I turn, brings me closer to my dream. As I get closer it moves further afield, I realize I have many more stories sprouting wings in my head. I write them down, excited, the comforting thought that my ideas alone fill a book to overflowing means I will never give up this craft or give up on my intended goal.

A walk outside is all it takes, one image, one thought or one animal then watch it grow.

How do you gather ideas to write, paint or create? What games do you play? Share them here with us on the farm as the children tell their stories to Daisy the cow.

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About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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41 Responses to Playground of Life

  1. annepeterson says:

    Loved your post and the images you painted as you drive in your car giving your mind permission to unload its latest story. I get ideas from talking with my grandkids and just doing, “What if.”

    Excited about what is bubbling up inside of you.

  2. Kath, I enjoy your drawings so much and I’m so inspired by your brimming-over talent. To answer the question where do ideas come from, most of my inspiration comes from experiences with my family, but I am so uncreative when I get spiritually dead and dry inside. Then there’s nothing for it but to take time to be in nature, in art, in music and revive the spark of life.

    • Kathleen your family stories are beautiful and touch my heart and yes music is a good way to get the creative juices flowing too. Thank you for being consistently you and reading my stuff.

  3. La Mc Coy says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  4. Wonderful words and drawings – I am wrapped up in delight reading them, and smiling 🙂

  5. Kath, as a child, Pippilongstocking, was my heroine. Living alone on an island in the South Sea with all her quirky pets and an absent pirate father. She is still my inner child. She was lost during my teenage and adult years. I found her a few months ago. The child inside me that is fearless and can play and laugh and be happy no matter what. Pippi has become a muse. Like you I am cannot write if I do not see a visual picture. I wrote blog posts around photographs..
    Your drawings are wonderful and the animals real. Animals makes this world bearable, don’t you think.
    We can tell them our dreams and fears. They listen and never say anything, do not get mad..only inspire us to find solutions…
    You go girl…

    • Pippi longstocking found a place in my daughters heart because she was brave and not a girlie girl as my daughter put it. I like the idea that she is your muse, maybe you are Pippi when she is all grown up sailing the seven seas like a pirate.

  6. You’re quite the talented artist, your eye as keen as your heart is brimming with kindness. Your tales are an endless string of islands on a vast sea. If it takes time to publish any one of them then I’m certain you’ll merely set sail for the next. I, too, am awash in ideas that my mind conjures faster than I can write them down, but King was right, the best aren’t lost. Instead, they replay in my mind, becoming more intricate and further enriched with time until I set myself in front of the keyboard. I’ll never lose my sense of wonder that the human mind can create with a thought that which didn’t exist the moment before. It’s a powerful ability and should always be shared for the betterment of all.

  7. Hey Unsworth!
    Anybody told you today how far you’ve come in a few months! Damn darling but you are a joy.

    Dane F. Baylis

    • Dane thanks appreciate you stopping by, reading your blog inspires me Mr. Not to mention your sharp wit and attitude to life.

      • Audrey Chin says:

        You have come soooooo far! I need to catch my breath Kath. Beautiful illustrations, and such clear confident self expression.

        I devoured the picture books from my Aunt’s bookstore as a child. I remember one early morning, sneaking out into the garden and sitting on one of the stone stools to wait for fairies. My unshod big toe made circles in the moss. The sun rose. They must have had a party and overslept, I remember consoling myself, as I went in for breakfast. To this day, I still hope, one day, a glimpse….

  8. Della Law says:

    I get my best ideas when I am swimming. I’m going today, so who knows what my mind will get up to while my body is busy moving through the water.

  9. Oh my goodness! Those paintings are beautiful!!! You are such a talent. So glad my lovely friend Tash posted your link on facebook. Just gorgeous! x

  10. What a lovely post.

    As we continue to lose more and more of such “playgrounds of life” to modern development and lifestyle, how do we propose to remain dreamers of yore and retain the ability to gather such precious moments?

    Shakti

    • Shakti thank you for stopping by, it is up to the parents, who can leave the legacy of playfulness for their kids to follow. There is so much sorrow in the world and we need to feed our inner child a certain balance of FUN.

  11. You are such a talented soul, Kath. I love everything about this post because it speaks to me and inspires me to consider writing for children someday.

  12. I agree with you Kath, to leave my child heart behind-would be a tragedy.
    Your illustrations and words are beautiful. I am so glad we can go with you on this journey to the magical places you muse about that will one day be a book in a child’s hands. Keep going my friend and follow that light. 🙂

  13. Ginny thanks I will push on because there are so many beautiful inspiring people such as yourself and the people above that inspire me to keep plodding through the mud and reach the island of my dreams.

  14. Sara says:

    You are an inspiration, pure and simple.

  15. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    Your gift of art is incredible!
    as well as your stories that flow from them
    I will be back….for more…
    Thank you for sharing the art of you….
    Take Care…
    )0(
    ladyblue

  16. mrsgillies says:

    They are really great drawings! I’m very impressed.

  17. The lessons learned. They are so powerful. Much of my compassion and patience I learned from dogs. And then there’s a spider’s industry. But that I had that tenacity.

  18. To say I “like” this post would be such an understatement. I am so proud of your work, and your own story. Your children’s answer to what they would choose of anything in the world is exactly why I write for children.

    • Susan a famous children’s book author mentioned on her site that once you have published a children’s book don’t expect to be treated like a true author, for me its about the children and what they think. Children know what they want and if I can encourage them to pick up a book, then my job is done and I am happy.

  19. adz25 says:

    very good post and painting (:

  20. Desi Clown says:

    The first painting is simply AMAZING! You’re really talented at all you do. Another lovely post

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