Banana me beautiful: Spotlight, space and John Muir

08 Jul

In three days I launch my first book. I wouldn’t belive it but there are two big boxes of ‘Banana me beautiful’ merchandise in the middle of my lounge, intent on tripping me up and continually reminding me, IT IS REAL. I’m going public with my life and I’m afraid. An encouraging quote on the Scottish Book Trust for writers Facebook wall helped me to feel better:

‎And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

Today I watched Atlantis launch into space live on NASA TV, it was wonderful. I thought about how small the world is, you can’t help but notice it four minuets after take off – the Earth is a ball in space. But also, watching something live from America makes the world seem small too. The internet beams signals up to space and back, I couldn’t help but think that someone on the other side of the world could be reading the Edinburgh Spotlight feature that came out today and bam, my book has traveled round the world via space too.

Today I had a message from Jeffry Koterba. He draws the most amazing cartoons. He’s a multitalented man and he wants to talk to me about Banana me beautiful. I’m astounded 1) that he’d want to talk to me and 2) the world really is that tiny place, connected through space.

Today I was astounded by floods in Edinburgh, sometimes things you don’t expect just happen.

Last weekend I was fortunate to attend a John Muir Art Eco Lab. John Muir didn’t see the Earth from space but without seeing it, he got it. He shines the most magnificent spotlight on our wee planet:

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with islands and continents, flying through space with all the other stars, all singing and shining together as one, the whole Universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere. The dew is never dried all at once. A shower is forever falling; Vapour forever rising. Eternal sunrise, Eternal sunset, Eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn as the round Earth rolls.


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