That’s a borrowed phrase–as some may remember–used to describe a perceived deficit during GB the Elder’s reign. He lacked any clear port to steer toward in his administration. Unfortunately, the current Potentate the Younger suffers no such lack of vision. It’s what he sees so clearly as his mission that scares the daylights out of me.
Sorry, that is only a tangent taken once the post title popped up there. I want to think about more important matters than presidential manifest destiny. I need to be considering in the months ahead The Goose Creek Vision Thing.
With the coming of autumn, I feel less and less the pull of the currents that have swept me along for the past six months, the past 18 months, really, since Slow Road was dropped on my doorstep in April 2006.
Winter ahead holds the potential for a kind of stillness, for waters wider, deeper and less irresistable in its tug on my time and energy. I hope to be able to steer this tiny craft in the direction I chose. But where do I chose to go with the short days of the winter months, chill dark days that I hope will become a time to take stock and draw up the map of where to go from here? I really need the vision thing.
While there are a couple of larger destinations I might plan for, it is in the coalescing of a vision for another book that needs to take the highest priority. What will be its audience, its tone and voice, its composition, feel and character?
I have just started (yet again) to brainstorm some of these issues–a process whose results will constantly change. Here’s a beginning on answering “What will a reader come away with?” and of course one book at least from this source can’t begin to meet all these reader needs. But its a start. Your input is welcomed, of course.
What would you like to see in a full-color nature-centered book of Fragments images and text? What would make you pick it off the shelf and take it home–for you or your children or grandchildren (small, growing or grown-up?)
- They will want to know more and more about more and more, begin to build relationships and memories in the out of doors
- They will gain an enhanced sense of seasons and when and where to expect certain creatures again next fall or summer
- They will come away more with a sense of and care for nature than lots of factoids about it
- Parents will be encouraged and empowered to go outdoors with their children and begin the conversation with nature, guide their kids toward spontaneous discovery and play, using their muscles, senses and imaginations
- A new or renewed appreciation for the world not made by man
- A slower sense of time, a reduced sense of hurry, the ability to be a passive watcher and an active seeker
- Learn to see beyond the surface in the natural world
- Look for lessons in the ordinary, for pattern, shape, texture and the relationship of form to function
- They will be excited about what can be learned and experienced by paying attention to things and places once ignored or taken for granted
- Find meaning and significance in living nature, the lessons it has to teach about cooperation, recycling, economy and time
- Gain a better sense of themselves in the grand scheme of things and begin to comprehend their connectedness to the living world
- They will feel compelled to take better care of the planet the more they learn of it
- Rekindle curiosity to know more as they come to distinguish one kind of similar thing from another, to notice differences where there had been only like-ness