Tuesday, January 11, 2011

gathering snow

It's a winter wonderland here in New England and I love it. For traveling and all practical things it is a pain, but the sheer beauty of it is breathtaking.

I guess one of the reasons that I like it is because I've always kind of seen it similar to the writing process. Tiny snowflakes falling everywhere are like the ideas and experiences all around you. And when it comes time to write, you gather the snow and build.

So to me, it seems fitting that the snow is falling now because presently I am in the "gathering snow" phase of my work. Right now I am just trying to experience things that may inspire something in my writing later. Like seeing Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion:

And visiting the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit on the Forbidden City's Treasures:
Next on my list is a Shen Yun Performance and then the Met's Special Exhibit on Chinese Art (though I have to figure out when I can get down to NYC). I don't know how exactly any these things will help with my work but if they do, I hope they help me create something beautiful.


The Vietmanese Family said...


My daughters and I love your books. We can't wait for the companion to WTMMTM. We are so excited that you will be coming to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at the end of the month (Jan.). We were sad that we missed your Chicago visit. We didn't know until you put it on your blog. We will be bringing our three novels for you to sign plus "Bringing in the New Year!" Will you be bringing your posters or T-shirts as well?

madelynruth said...

I love the idea of "gathering snow," though perhaps the absence of it in DC this year is the reason my writing's been stuck.

Emi said...


I love your book Where the mountain meets the moon. I am almost done reading it. I live in Chicago and I am so sorry I missed you visit I didn't know about it until you wrote about it in your blog.

Grace Lin said...

Thanks all for your comments.

Vietmanese Family--I look forward to meeting you at Arlington Heights. I wasn't planning on bringing any posters or T-shirts, but maybe I will. I'll have to see how much room I have in my suitcase!

Emi- I'll be at Arlington Heights Library next week if you can make it then!