Some time ago, I started writing a short story, which at that point was titled “The Lake in the Library”. In its nebulous first lines, it featured a librarian, a library, and a lake in that library. Oh, and a lake monster of some sort.
Later, I had more ideas for the story, and a theme came to me like a bolt from the blue. I excised the lake and the lake monster, not without regret. (There’s no guarantee they won’t reappear; the story is very dreamy, in the literal sense of the word.)
On my bike ride this afternoon, I think I figured out a thematically-satisfying scene near the end of the short story I’m working on. It involves the doctrine of true names, a lawyer, a wizard, their son, and a rather dire threat.
I’m looking forward to writing it. I’ve got a couple sections to write before I get there, but now I’ve got a target to aim for.
I went on campus yesterday for the first time in a month, and took a few minutes to check just how empty the Knowles Douglas/Student Union complex was. No lights were on; it was all lit, softly, by the sun.
Above is the corridor that connects the Student Union building to the KD space, where the bookstore and the coffee shop are. Below is a view of the closed coffee shop.
And, as a bonus, today I saw a robin in the yard. I snapped a few photos at a high zoom through the screen and window. I think the lines of the screen contribute to the slightly surreal look of the photo.
I’ve been reading lately about the Brenizer method (something I’ve apparently been doing already, without knowing that’s what it’s called). Essentially, you take a bunch of photos of a still subject, then stitch them together into one image. The resulting panorama will have the depth-of-field (ie, background blur) of a single photo taken with a much, much wider lens.