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Inspiration on the Ferry

The ferry between Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE has been part of our vacation extravaganza for as long as we've been vacationing down that way--21 years, to be exact. On the way down, it's the ahhhh after five hours on the Garden State Parkway (a lovely ride, but long.) On the way home, it's the final sigh before leaving the ocean behind. This year, on our way home, it was just a little bit more.

I will admit, I was hiding from my family. I love them, but a week in close company with the lot of them is draining. I needed those last lungfuls of sea air. I needed some quiet to absorb all I could of that vast love of mine before heading home. I stood at the railing, face to the sun and the briny wind--bliss. Dolphins everywhere. I even saw a few jumping! So cool. And, of course, my brain bubbled.

I'd been thinking of, dreaming of, pondering over the revisions of the week prior all week, getting lots of good things settled into place. One still niggled at me, but I was confident I'd be able to smooth it over once home. The sea + peace + dolphins = inspiration. I had it! In a five line snippet of dialog between two characters, that niggling detail fell into place. I, of course, had no pen on me, only the book I'd been reading. I didn't trust my memory; it's horrid. I went into the bar and asked the elderly barman if I could borrow his pen. He looked at me as if I were a mean-spirited dwarf asking for his firstborn in exchange for gold spun into straw.

"I swear, I won't leave this spot!"

He handed it over. I scribbled my lines of dialog on a cocktail napkin, chills skittering all over my skin, and handed the pen back to him with a breathless, "Thank you!" He looked at me again as if I were that dwarf, only this time I'd danced a jig, too...naked. I went back out to the railing, happy as could be...

...and another bit of dialog hit me. A perfect bit that went with the last. CURSES!!! I couldn't ask the dwarf-hater for his pen again. I went into the snack bar instead. An elderly gentleman, could have been his TWIN, was happy to hand his pen over. I scribbled away. He watched me with a little boy's wonder. When I was done, I handed his pen back.

"You had all that in your head." asked he.

I told him I'm a writer, and that I just got hit with a bit of story that had been giving me trouble.

"A writer," he said. "Like, books?"

Yep. A writer. Like books.

Again, that look of wonder. I was no longer the mean-spirited dwarf stealing firstborns and dancing naked jigs. I was something like Santa, or a unicorn; a being people heard about but never really saw in the flesh. The woman at the next register said, "Yeah? Cool. That's cool."

It was just one of those faboo moments I wanted to share.


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
I prophesied as I had been commanded. A sound started up, as I was prophesying, rattling like thunder. The bones came together, bone joining to bone. As I watched, sinews appeared on them, flesh grew over them, skin covered them on top, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me: Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man! Say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: From the four winds come, O breath, and breathe into these slain that they may come to life. I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath entered them; they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
*big smiles* That's wonderful! Thanks for expanding here on what you'd told me. Yes, we have to get those moments down when something finally falls into place. And I guess there is something magical about it, because look at the reactions! To have that need to write something down, so great you'll steal a pen and scribble on napkins. And people watch in wonder.

Lovely! :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
It was such a great moment, I had to share. Thanks!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
I love this so, so much. What a blissful way to end a vacation ~ and the image of you scribbling on napkins makes me really happy. ^_^

(Also, thanks for mentioning A Quiet Shelter There a while back. I submitted a story last night ~ not sure it will be good enough, but I'm glad to know about the project so I can support it when it comes out. :))
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
I kept the napkin too. I'm going to add it to the box of notes I'll be sealing up when ATNL is finished. :)

Good luck with A Quiet Shelter! I know Gerri is looking for a few more good stories yet.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Great way to end a vacation.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
It was. Thanks!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
The sea + peace + dolphins = inspiration. Ooo! Sounds wonderful and I'm glad you found your unicorn Santa. I suspect the other was a gatekeeper not an evil dwarf--you know, testing to see if you were worthy of the mighty pen.

Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
It was amazing. A true "moment." Thanks!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
:-D to you too!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Faboo funny! Thank you!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU! :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I was going to say 'This is why I carry a small notebook and pen,', but that would have cause you to miss out on an incredible experience at the register.

And yes, writers are way cool. :D

You rock!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, I always carry a little notebook and pen around with me. I'd left them in the car down on the car deck. My husband had the keys. But I was hiding from him, too! Hahaha!

Yes, I'm glad I didn't miss out on this. See. Hiding from my family is a GOOD thing!

Thanks, lady.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, how awesome! That's got to be a magic ferry :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
A magic ferry....YES!!! It was!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
You're hilarious. I would've asked the first troll for his pen again! ;)
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
But then I wouldn't have met the boy wonder! :)
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Aug. 24th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
"something like Santa, or a unicorn"

Haha, that's awesome!
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
It was. He was so adorable.
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Inspiration...love it!
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Heh-heh...I suppose this story sounded vaguely familiar to you, yeh? Heheheheheeee!
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Aug. 24th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's pretty dang cool, isn't it?

Thanks, Karin!
Aug. 24th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, that's awesome.
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Luuuuurve this story. You naked, child-stealing dwarf, you. (LOL!)
Aug. 26th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Thanks, love!
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