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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: At Sea With a Word Painter
By Marlene Bonney
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After the handsome steward escorted her to the assigned miniscule cabin quarters, she quickly took her writing materials from her traveling bag and hurried to the uppermost level to watch the craft disembark. How diminutive the departing acquaintances appeared while making their way to their parked vehicles adjacent to the harbor!
An author-in-the-rough of Christian romance novels, Margery was elated with the prospect of a whole week to practice her craft, uninterrupted. She soon seated herself on a secured bench that she would later claim to be her personal “drafting chair” during the chartered voyage. She closed her eyes briefly, and on the wings of a prayer, already new thoughts formed from her soul while her imagination glided across the sea of her heart. After filling several pages, alternating with deep breaths of admiration of the scenic beauty displayed before her, Margery rested from her ponderings and went down to her cabin to dress for dinner at the Captain’s table . . .
And thus followed several days of tranquility and creativity, blending in harmony with the renewal of Margery’s previously ebbing spirit. The setting was idyllic . . . sometimes during turbulent contemplations, her ideas churned like a floundering vessel on the stormy ocean, struggling to maintain balance and accurate perception. Other times, like the sedate sea-craft gliding through placid waters, reflections skimmed across her blank pages in rapid succession. It was then that breezes of inspiration were fanned from her soul that must be released into waves of flowing script. Occasionally, much the same as a boat dropping anchor and remaining in one place, this word painter needed to pause from her musings and subsequent scrawling to garner experience’s lessons as she made friends and took excursions with fellow passengers.
All too soon, her vacation was almost over. Only then, as “THE END” graced the bottom of the last page of her work, did Margery still her writing of shaped phrases and passionate imagery. Stretching in blissful surrender, she was then able to inhale the vibrant seascapes and majestic rainbows painted against the sky by her Master and her God. And, only then, was she able to bask in the relief of a task well done.
On the seventh day, as the craft docked at the waiting pier filled with welcoming friends and families, Margery once again marveled that God had chosen her to spill out His love through her gliding, writer’s tongue.
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