Saturday, December 03, 2011

On, In, and Around Mondays: Write What You See

LLB-site skirt and hands

The edge of that white blouse, crisp and pointed. That's what she saw. The silk peach skirt. She saw that too. And, put together, it was the *me* she chose chose to photograph, chose to see.

Sometimes writers ask me if they should protect their work. They are nervous about sharing their work freely. They worry that someone might steal their ideas.

No one can steal the way you see.

Write it down. Write it down now...

No one sees like I see... no one can take that from me...

I am thankful for the way Kelly sees. I am thankful that she chose to see a side of me I am hesitant to share. I am so thankful, in fact, that I decided to redo my old website, all with Kelly's photographs. Because I like what Kelly saw, and I am finally ready to come along with that view of me.

Heck, I will even have my name "Laura" right there on the site. Named. Seen. Oh, I'll still be L.L. for the fun of it, the way it rolls off the tongue and tickles the eye. But I will be outright *me* too.

Thank you, Kelly. You teach us this: when an artist sees, it invites us to turn and see too.


On, In and Around Mondays (which partly means you can post any day and still add a link) is an invitation to write from where you are. Tell us what is on, in, around (over, under, near, by...) you. Feel free to write any which way... compose a tight poem or just ramble for a few paragraphs. But we should feel a sense of place. Would you like to try? Write something 'in place' and add your link below.

If you could kindly link back here when you post, it will create a central meeting place. :)

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Blogger sarah said...

How lovely! Kelly is a blessing on us, as are you. For a very long time I used to wonder what LL stood for, and when I learned your name was Laura it felt like I had received a secret treasure. I am so glad you have now chosen to share it with us all.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

I'm so happy! Your beauty must be revealed, and with that, your lovely name.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Damoff said...

Love the photograph. And this: "No one can steal the way you see." Yes! There's a reason my blog is called "The view from here." I love the freedom to write what I see without worrying that others won't see exactly as I do. Of course they won't. If we all had the exact same perspective and way of expressing it, there would be no point in a writing community.

Thanks for seeing and then writing and giving us glimpses of beauty and wonder through L.L. eyes. Always a delight.

Love, Jeanne

6:15 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

How you've expressed this is just why I want to read a book of yours about that "sexy pie".

Kelly has a special eye (and is an excellent writer also); she has that miksang attribute I said Susan Etole also has.

Love the image, the pointedness of the brilliant white collar against that crush of lovely peach, the silk that calls out to touch. There's something unexpected about it.

I like also what Sarah, Megan, and Jeanne say here.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

"But I will be outright *me* too."

Mind if I write that down, too?

Thank you!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Sandra Heska King said...

Oh, that skirt. Those hands. You. Her. Love.

No one can steal the way you (I) see. Writing that where I can see. Always.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Kelly is uniquely lovely and so gifted - as are you Laura. I love the way she sees and the way you see and the thought that "No one can steal the way you see." What a precious gift.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous kingfisher said...

If we may "write what we see", then photos enhance the experience of our seeing.

"Long ago, before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own, through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes -- without a single fault -- we who stand before him covered with his love." (Eph 1:4)

11:30 PM  
Blogger diana said...

So...when do we get to see the new/old website? And which of the several that you maintain will it be? I'm loving this photo a whole lot - and your words? As always, perfect and true. Love all these comments as well. Now to incorporate these thoughts, believe them and act like I do.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Lisa notes... said...

I love how you see. It is art. And it does help me see too. Thank you, Laura...

7:50 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love that photograph. It captures so much. And I can't wait to see the unveiling!

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are things no one can steal from us. How lovely to be reminded! How I see the world. How I respond to it. How I experience God. How fun that you've revealed your name. Thank you for a bigger peak into your soul.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ said...

Ooo ... This is intriguing. I look forward to seeing the whole of this -- the photos (plural?), the name, the outright you-ness. :)

9:32 AM  
Blogger Shaunie @ Up the Sunbeam said...

"No one can steal the way you see." I love the way you put that, the way it elevates, in my mind, the need to notice, and to "Write it down. Write it down now." Can't wait to see the new site!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Theresa Miller said...

I love your take on not being fearful and just putting yourself out there!

This is my first time here. Glad to find your site.

3:29 PM  
Blogger a joyful noise said...

If God were dressing you for a photo shoot, I believe He too would select the pink skirt and soft white blouse.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

Thank you, Laura, for sharing your name, and your "outright" and original thoughts...thank you for blessing me every time I visit.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one can steal our eyes, though we could starve our own. Thanks for your vision.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Camp said...

I love your invitation and your encouragement to put out there what we "see" -- that these hearts and eyes of ours are unique and we each have something special, something only we can say. Such a beautiful blessing! Thank you!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then I will just say, Laura, I am so glad that we get to see more of you. And this idea, that no one sees the way I do, that gives me courage every day to keep writing. YOU give me that courage.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do we get so paranoid about losing control of our creativity? Sometimes I think it's because we recognize it's a gift, sometimes temporal moments of clarity that can fly away at any moment. So we need to grab and horde and put a (C) on it.

I love the freedom you are expressing here. And, LAURA, I will always appreciate "the way you see it." :)

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

Thank you (belatedly) for the HUGE encouragement you gave me by liking my "Dawn, Dog & Details" post...I was looking for an e-mail to privately thank you and I couldn't find sorry...

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

"I am thankful that she chose to see a side of me I am hesitant to share."
Yeah, those friends who bring out the brave in us. My life wouldn't be nearly as interesting without them!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Kelly Sauer said...

I still think of you as LL. *smile* But I try out the Laura, and it works sometimes. It is just not as fun.

I saw this in brief last week, and have only today come to read it full, to find the lovely things others have said in the comments here on days when I wondered if I was alone.

You've quieted me. I am honored that you would feature me here, and so grateful that the way you see means that you see something in me - that I may not even see in myself. It is the greatest gift I am ever given, this seeing...

3:18 PM  

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