Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fishing and New Ideas

In "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf writes

Thought--to call it by a prouder name than it deserved--had let its line down into the stream.  It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it until--you know the little tug--the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one's line: and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out?  Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth cooking and eating.

I am concocting a new book outline.  See photographed below the catch of the week (the culmination of years worth of fishing!), the fragile nub of a beginning.

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