Monday, March 15, 2010

My Maine Muse

Maine is a helluva muse for writers. At least for me and a few others.* This week alone I was able to make great strides on many fronts. I focused on our print anthology and read the last minute stories that are being included. I caught up on all my backlogged correspondence and tackled my TBR pile: the new Highsmith bio, The Time Traveler's Wife and Time Travelers Never Die (yeah, I gotta thing for century-hopping), The End Of It All, Texas Trackdown, A Fistful of Legends and The Guilt Edge to name a few. Plus, took in a Jazz show at a local club with the Charmer and fretted over a Cash Laramie short that I’m considering sending EQMM's way.

Now, I suppose I could have done it anywhere, but how can you beat this scenic shot?

Or this one.

There's a state slogan that goes, "Maine - The Way Life Should Be." To that I say, "Amen."

*Including writer, Chris Holm, who delves into the state's extraordinary hold in an upcoming 7 Questions.


Chris said...

Beautiful. Maine is one of the states I haven't visited yet. I'd love to go there.

Dave King said...

Fantastic shot and an absorbing point raised - the effect of one's surroundings on the work. I am sure it is profound, but I don't know of any proof or even convincing evidence. I'd love someone to enlighten me!

Naomi Johnson said...

Ditto what Chris said. Not even Stephen King's stories could put me off.

Anonymous said...

The boat crossing in the top photo is beautiful.


David Cranmer said...

Chris, And for me it’s Montana. A few years back I was considering buying land out there. That fell through, but I’d still love to visit.

Dave, I’m positive the phenomena (right word?) exists. It’s what relaxes you and places you in that writing frame of mind. For some, it would be the sound of a busy street in Detroit.

Naomi, There is also that mysterious element (speaking of SK) that exists here. Sometimes, you just expect something ghastly or unexplained to happen when you least expect it. Maybe, through the mists crawling up behind you.

Diane, I kept snapping photos of that ship until it disappeared over the horizon. I could put together a little movie of its passing. I just couldn’t quite get the postcard shot I wanted.

Anonymous said...

You got it.


David Cranmer said...

Well, thanks.

Charles Gramlich said...

I haven't been to Maine either, but now I want to go.

Leah J. Utas said...

I want to write just looking at the photo.

Chris said...

There's just something to this place. But then, you know how much a fan I am...

DJ said...

Good luck on the submission.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, Happy to put the thought in there.

Leah, C'mon. Take another vacation.

Chris, And it sure as hell was a beautiful day today. Not warm enough to move the laptop outside but it's getting there.

DJ, Don't hold your breath. I'm very slow on submitting. To date, I have maybe six or seven stories published. Perfection (which it never is) is a bitch.

G said...

I don't think I can, but I'm certainly gonna give it a try later this spring with the mountain next door.

Fantastic shots btw.

David Barber said...

Scenery is just great to inspire creativity. Before we moved to Scotland it was our "haven". We used to come here for 2 weeks every November, when the colours were changing and mornings were crisp, cold and frosty. We used to stay in a log cabin on the edge of a small loch (a mile away from our home) and I got more writing done in those two weeks than any other time. I guess that's why my writing has come on in the last six months or so.

I'm going to post some scenery photos over the next few days. Maine doesn't look disimilar to Perthshire.

Great post mate, David.

P.s. Is BTAP accepting submissions??

sertech said...

Consider me one of the weirdos. I need noise, a TV, music, cars honking, babies crying to get anything done.

David Cranmer said...

G, I'm sure that mountain (if its the one I'm thinking that you have posted pics of) will do.

Dave, I'm looking forward to your photos. You live in one of the undeniably awe-inspiring locales of the world.

BTAP is closed for submissions until April 10th. When we open back up, we're looking for some sci-fi, horror, and westerns.

sertech, Not weird. Different strokes is all.

Sarah Laurence said...

Lovely Maine photos – you capture it so well, and I say that as a Mainer.

I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife. It was so well crafted and original. The older man – young girl scenes were too creepy but captured the absurdity of their relationship.

Interesting interview below.

Sorry to be so slow to visit. I’ve been in NYC.