Thursday, May 15, 2014

doldrums

 doldrums-- lull, despondency, depression, calm

If someone hopes to make writing the core of their creative life, they should accept that it has highs and lows. Naturally sales can be a low especially if, when your own books are hardly selling, you hear of many who are doing very well indeed. You are happy for them, of course but you know how misery loves company. :) It has to be expected that there will be such ups and downs (for most of us) in marketing what we created-- but that's not really what I'm thinking about now.


It's my opinion that to be creative, to work in any of the creative arts demands we accept that what goes well can also not go so well. I am not exactly in a creative low. I just am not doing much at the moment. It's a lull more than despondency or depression. Still it feels strange after months of eagerness to write every day.




So, although waiting to start something new, I am enjoying our fabulous spring weather, which has included one of nature's awesome sights-- that of bees on the move. Basically bees can leave one location for another due to their original setting becoming undesirable. But it also happens because they have created a new queen. The way this works is when she is ready to take over the hive, the old queen will gather half the bees with her and take off to find a new hive. While in a swarm, they will send out scouts to find a suitable location.

May 13th, they spent some time in our pear tree. By late afternoon, they rose up in a cloud and headed west with a light angle of southwest to their direction. When I see a huge swarm like this one, with the bees all in hyper-drive, it could inspire being in hyper-drive myself-- except it didn't. 
 

It did inspire me to feel good for honeybees and hope they find a nice, safe place to make their new home.  

Click on the videos to hear them in action-- and without the risk of having them see you as a threat and chase you off-- yes, that has happened here on the farm also. Never use a flash near a hive on the move :).

3 comments:

Tabor said...

It did not occur to me that a flash would set them off. I saw a hive on the move in Texas many years ago, but was too busy to get pictures. Honeybees are so threatened, even though they are not indigenous. I am sorry for your lull in creative activity. It has to happen, of course. It is a low, a lull, a mild depression, but also a time to recharge batteries.

Rain Trueax said...

Well I got into some changes in the book that comes out in June which helped but haven't started something new yet. It will rain on Saturday and maybe that will lead back into writing ;)

Anonymous said...

To Rain, from Julie

When the creative flow slows down it gives the brain a time out to seek new inspirations which invites the muse back. For me, it's less of a block and more of resting moment.