Monday, April 27, 2009

Morphing

With all the edits of late I've been thinking how like caterpillars our rough drafts are. They have so much potential inside them.


They have a kind of beauty all their own, but they are hairy and fat and can gross a lot of people out. (Heehee) Other people understand them for what they are and love them. They know that there are still some very crucial steps they have to go through before they are ready to fly. They have to gorge themselves on our time and editing skills. They must percolate in the cocoon of our minds. Then they can emerge, air their wings, and soar.



Or sit on a leaf and look pretty.  Just a thought in the ramblings of my mind. 

31 comments:

Lady Glamis said...

*jumps up and down*

My book literally has to do with butterflies. How INSPIRING! Think it will fly one day? :D

Awesome post!

Litgirl01 said...

I LOVE THIS! So inspiring!

Glam...It will fly! :-)

JDS said...

Great metaphor.

lotusgirl said...

Thanks! Glam, I know it will fly one day! It's still morphing. :)

Windsong said...

Beautiful thoughts--and pictures. :D Thanks for sharing. Very good thing to remember during the revising stage--cocoons aren't built in a day. Or are they? :P

lotusgirl said...

Our process is a lot more time consuming than the changes of caterpillars to butterflies. :)

Natalie said...

Let's hope we all end up with butterflies instead of, well, flies. hehe.

Justus M. Bowman said...

Must create butterfly!

T. Anne said...

I love those pictures!!!!! My DD was listening to Butterfly Fly away all weekend, this reminds of that inspiring song (yes it's by Miley Stuart)

Tess said...

simply beautiful

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

Love it.

Oh! I read Out of the Dust. I enjoyed it; it was a great story!

lotusgirl said...

Nat, I know I'm definitely hoping for a butterfly.

Justus. Me too.

T. Anne, Thanks. I like that song. I took 2 of the daughters to see the movie on Saturday. Fun family film!

Tess, Thanks!

A, I'm so glad you enjoyed. I thought you would.

beth said...

You rock! What great pics!

lotusgirl said...

Thanks! Beth

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Nice analogy! What great photos!

KLo said...

And eventually be read and enjoyed by the multitudes : ) What a great analogy!

lotusgirl said...

Thanks Becky.

KLo, Yep definitely read and enjoyed by the multitudes.

PJ Hoover said...

You have the most amazing comparisons! This is a perfect image!

lotusgirl said...

PJ, Thanks! I appreciate that!

Jenn Johansson said...

I love this! Great post! Sometimes it is hard to see the potential that is hidden. Thanks for reminding us to keep working!

lotusgirl said...

Thanks, Jenn. and you're welcome

Kelly H-Y said...

You always have the best analogies!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

Love the analogy. My son's preschool class just got a bunch of caterpillars in and once they turn into butterflies they will release them.

Jody Hedlund said...

Great analogy! I hope my cocoon will morph into a butterfly! I'm still in the cocoon phase for sure, still writing and editing. But I like to think that someday it will emerge!

lotusgirl said...

Kelly, Thanks!

Diva, Thanks! Mine have also done that in preschool and 2nd grade. It's such a neat experience for them.

Jody, We can hang out in our cocoons together. I'm crossing my fingers that I will emerge well too.

Kasie West said...

Love the metaphor. Thanks for the thought. It's so true.

lotusgirl said...

Kasie, Thanks. I just about didn't recognize you in your picture.

Shelli said...

what happens if they get sqooshed or stepped on? :(

lotusgirl said...

Shelli, They die and agonizing death.

Pen Pen said...

I love this comparison!! My mom raises the butterflies for the science museum in houston! It's always been an integral part of my life. She plants butterfly host and nectar plants in our yard and we get lots of butterflies!!
They are much like a draft/final copy--beautiful analogy! :)

lotusgirl said...

That's so cool about your mom. I love butterflies. (Who doesn't.) At one of the places we've lived, I put in butterfly bushes. It was amazing what a difference it made in the number of butterflies that hung around out yard.