Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pictures and Conversations

I have a confession to make.

I love it when readers comment on my blog.

When I was a little girl, I wished urgently for letters. Back then, it wasn't "snail-mail," but letters. As a teenager, I maintained pen-pal correspondences with fellow music fans. One of my pen-pals and I exchanged fan-fiction starring John Taylor of Duran Duran and ourselves. I would write a fan-fiction piece with her as John Taylor's romantic interest, and she would do the same for me. While there was intense kissing in these stories, the scene would always end in ellipses when we decided it was time to fade out.


Anyway, it's been a long time since I've written fan fiction, and a slightly shorter time since I wrote snail-mail letters. Now, my correspondence consists monthly House of Glee vignettes sent by email, and this blog. When you comment, even if it's just to say hello, I appreciate it very much. Comments from readers stimulate my imagination and inspire me to think of new things to write. When I've entertained you in some fashion, I feel as if I've done some part in praising Creation. Sure, I can check the statistics of people who visited, how long they stayed, and how they found the blog in the first place. Comments are more enjoyable because they open up paths to conversations.

This is the opening paragraph of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll:

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

For "book," read "blog." (Yes, I know some bloggers don't post photos or illustrations, but that's fine. You create pictures in our minds.) Speaking of pictures, here are two photos of what I've been working on all week:

I forgot to label the strawberry plants Lucia picked out. They're in front of the pansies. Regarding the strawberries, sweet-peas, lettuces and herbs we've planted, Lucia says, "We're going to eat them!" I told her that I was counting on it. Maybe she'll eat more veggies if she actually grows them herself. One can hope. This garden plot originally only extended a little bit beyond the callalilies. I have ambitions of making the entire yard nothing but garden.


HipWriterMama said...

Here's to validation and all things warm and fuzzy! I love it when bloggers comment on my blog too. It's nice to think you're connecting with someone in a seemingly cold medium.

Aha! So a John Taylor fan! Oh, those were the days.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

HipWriterMama: The fact that I can even admit to having been a John Taylor fan shows you that I'm old enough to be past all embarassment.

Most embarassment, that is.

Huzzah to fuzziness! Thanks for popping by.

Schelle said...

My garden is rapidly disappearing under weeds... I am looking forward to the day when Wombat is ready to help me resurrect it ;P

As a good start, I am hoping to go buy some real live chickens tomorrow... hopefully they will scratch around and do some weeding & fertilising for me!

Glad you liked the quoll :D and thanks for the mention!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Schelle: I'm a tad envious that you're getting chickens. Bede has said NO to chickens, goats, ducks and geese. Granted, there's no space in our lot for any of those animals, but still...

Lady K said...

I get a little down when I don't get comments on my blog. I write mostly to get things out.

I appreciate you, and I LOVE strawberries, lillies of the valley, and pansies. Not necessarily in that order.

Solomon Grundy said...

From those of us in the Hall of Doom to those of you in the House of Glee, we salute you!

cloudscome said...

I really love getting comments on my blog. I haven't gotten many lately so I really appreciate how you comment so consistently. Thank you and I apologize for not commenting more for you. I love your blog! I love your garden! I love spring flowers! YAY sunshine!

Lone Star Ma said...

Lovely garden!

I feel the same way about comments and my commenters have been busy lately, except you, so double thank yous!