Eternal Vigilance


illustration by Louis Levy Lima


Hilary Mantel
recently wrote: “The most frequent question writers are asked is some variant on, ‘Do you write every day, or do you just wait for inspiration to strike?’ I want to snarl, ‘Of course I write every day, what do you think I am, some kind of hobbyist?’ But I understand the question is really about the central mystery — what is inspiration? Eternal vigilance, in my opinion. Being on the watch for your material, day or night, asleep or awake.”

“I want to live other lives. I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” —Anne Tyler



I begin with watercolor
I begin with pen
I begin with color pencil
I begin to when

I begin with inspiration
I begin with sweat
I begin with cool perspective
I begin to fret

I begin to swing the lines
I begin to shade
I begin to add details
I’m so glad I played!

Definition #277 Illumination

Denis Brown's work

Denis Brown’s work

teenage hormones sluice

through pages gilding golden


Pattern #25 Cross

Photo by Quenby  Intersection

Photo by Quenby

Right angles pierce di-
mensions; divine to earthly
separate nevermore!

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