My work-in-progress takes place in a world where nature is sentient. Living light dwells in every stone, blade of grass, and forest of moss-strewn trees. Light circulates through the blood and marrow of the animals and natives who inhabit the planet’s green fringe. Called luminescence, it manifests most clearly in water, visible to the eye in rivers of purling color and a brilliant sea.
This past weekend for my “no-computer” day, I drove to Seattle to enjoy my first opera. Though separated from my laptop, I’m a retriever fixated on a tennis ball; I can’t disengage from my stories. I keep my eyes peeled for morsels of experience and inspiration to feed my tales.
The opera didn’t fill the void, but we had a few hours to wander before the show. We visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. The front of the guidebook has this quote from Dale Chihuly:
“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced.”
Hmm, coincidence or the universe at play?
I walked away inspired. In my book, I plan to add a scene where a main character (a planetary interloper) partakes in a native ritual. He imbibes a herb, and in an altered state, he perceives the luminescence that flows through and binds all life in a garden of light. The beauty of the glass world was inspiring. How can I resist?
I share my photos – every element is made of handcrafted glass.
If you ever visit Seattle, visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit and be inspired…