The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K Le Guin

Posted: March 26, 2018 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time, magic, The Gathering
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excerpt from
The Wave in the Mind : Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Shambhala Publications 2004
one of the most beautiful & inspiring pieces I have ever read about the creative process
(NB to enlarge for easier reading just click on the pics)
binding the branch for the dream
crepe myrtle branch bound with vintage electric blue suede
round and round
waxing the dress form & mandala to hold the rust

  1. Love those words and so true, ideas are there but getting them to work, a whole other thing. I don’t comment very often but loved your gloves and always read your blog.

  2. shemann says:

    love the branch!!!! I’ll have to look up the book, old eyes cannot see small print lol

  3. fiberels says:

    Ahhhhh … MOON blue suede 😉

  4. nettyg says:

    Soothing work, round and round.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nanette))) stitching has only just become a soothing process for me in the last two months since watching how Jude Hill holds her needle when quilting in this video after so many years of pushing the eye of the needle through my fingertips

  5. Hazel says:

    First of all- that blue suede!
    What a brilliant piece of writing. Yes, exactly how it is, the need to go with the wave, not against, over, or across it, as I sometimes do.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) I just want to cover everything in that magic electric blue! Le Guin totally gets that feeling of catching a perfect wave all the way into the shore, I love bodysurfing but have been dumped hard enough times that I don’t really go out the back any more… am happy just playing in the shorebreak & looking in rock pools.

  6. deemallon says:

    this notion of rhythm being both the underlying source of words/stories and their expression is perhaps the very thing I most needed to hear this morning as I sit down to write. Woolf was an early heroine of mine. She was one of the first writers I read and went: “aaaaaaaaaaaah. I find myself here” — not as pretensions toward writing or in any way staking a claim to her brilliance, but as a person (a young woman, in particular) hearing a brilliant voice that resonated. She was a touchstone for a long time. This passage affirms why it is so incredibly important to read your work aloud as you write. It seems odd, neurotic even, requires solitude (the dog listens) — but is ever so critical. How does it SOUND? Where does the tongue stumble? Where doesn’t it.

    Also, as a white writer of black characters, a fraught venture at any time, but especially now as we wake up to notions of cultural appropriation — The idea that the rhythms underlying the waves that approach the writer’s shore are available to all (if one is paying attention, creating the requisite conditions), is really helpful. It speaks to the notion of a collective unconscious and the idea that stories are out there (Elizabeth Gilbert), looking for a hand/ear to bring them to life (not about race, in other words).

    And I love that blue suede too!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) I think you will love this book & have you read George Saunders “Lincoln in the Bardo”?

      • deemallon says:

        I will look for the book you photocopied. And yes. I read (and adored; was freaking floored by) Lincoln in the Bardo. In February. It was my first squeak away from my self imposed prohibition on book buying for 2018. I got it for myself for my birthday.

  7. fiona says:

    What a gathering of greatness lies within those pages M. Its like you have to pay attention because there is something there; it hasn’t yet taken form; but it is there…and then you roll with it, ride it and out of it comes what is meant to be. Simply breathtakingly brilliant – thank you!

  8. Peggy McG says:

    I learn sooooo much from you, the art work is stunning, and my book list keeps growing.

  9. Ursula Le Guin is one of my favorite authors, inspirations,and heroes. Thank you for sharing this. I have a question about waxing the dress form. I have an old bird cage that is quite beautifully rusted, and would like to preserve it. I was thinking about coating it with acrylic medium, but am not sure how this would work. Can you steer me to any info about the waxing process, what sort of wax to use, etc.? As always, thanks in advance; I appreciate your generosity in sharing your techniques. Namaste.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Sharmon))) ‘rust never sleeps’ as Neil Young sang, I have stabilized it on the dress form with Porzelack ‘O’ a diamond hard wax with carnauba oil as the main ingredient. I don’t recommend using this product as it is extremely toxic but is effective for holding fragile patinas to metal. I wore gloves, a fume mask & had the fan on blowing the fumes out the window & still felt giddy for a few days after applying the first coat. All loose rust must be removed before applying & it darkens the colour of the rust. For the second coat I used Dorland’s cold wax medium, for the third & final coat I will be adding deep ultramarine pigment to the Dorland’s cold wax and will be binding the form in the electric blue leather. The wax will only hold the rust for “x” amount of time and changes the nature of the process, if you love the fragile flakiness and bright orange colour of raw rust just leave it and let it do it’s thing!

      • Thanks, Mo; this is good information. I really don’t want to use anything toxic, and I don’t want to darken the rust. The problem is, the bird cage is painted, and the rust is causing the paint to chip away, which I don’t want. I like the effect of the paint and rust being mixed together. I think I’ll try my acrylic gel on a small part and see how it works. Thanks again! xox

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