A breach in my perimeter

Cornice by Sally Lucy

Learning new things is scary whether you are 3, 23, or 53. I need to give more credit to people young and old who walk into new situations on a daily basis. We expect our kids to constantly try new things, often forgetting what a frightening experience that can be.

Well, my many, many artistic and talented friends and family members will be glad to know that  my perimeter has been compromised. If only temporarily, I am no longer a craft-free zone. I accomplished a real craft; I made cornices for my living room windows. Okay, I know—everyone breathe! This is not to say I didn’t have any help (the Great Geographer was steadfast with the clamps and wood glue), but it was conceived, designed, and carried out mostly by yours truly. I hear your collective pat on the back from here—thank you!

I was always a busy outside kid digging in the dirt, playing in the junk yard or down at the brook. Or when inside, reading or watching Marcus Welby MD and Hitchcock movies. When friends would show me paintings and potholders, scarves and mittens, clothing and lamps that they had made by hand, I would stand in awe. As I grew older, anything except crafts interested me. Well, no longer; now I can make a cornice.

I’ve also been taking chances in my writing. I have completed Gracie’s Garden and I’m looking for an agent. So, I’m facing a new direction and learning how to write a screenplay. It’s a new and wonderful experience with lots of new and wonderful rules and pitfalls. I am starting all over again. I am far outside my circumference of comfort, but with the familiar at my back propelling me forward perhaps it won’t be long before I can say, I am no longer a screenwriter-free writer.

What will you attempt this year?



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11 Responses to A breach in my perimeter

  1. Deb says:

    Bravo!! Looks fabulous.

  2. Stacey Lee says:

    Looks fabulous! I’m taking a page from your book this year and doing the opposite outside: attempting both my largest veggie patch and cut flower gardens yet! Lots of seeds, compost and downed tree clearing on the docket!

  3. Roland says:

    Way to go Sally.

  4. Martha says:

    The cornice looks beautiful! I can’t wait to read your book and watch your play. Maybe you will write it and also (with Steve’s help) create the set!

    This year I am taking courses toward certification as a ?? prinicpal ?? Also, this will be our first spring without baseball playing a major part since t-ball. So we will put in our first vegetable garden since 1994!

  5. mary-jane wright says:

    Onward ever, backward never.

    Love Gracie. Happy she has reappeared.

  6. margaret says:

    Your an inspiration. I will let you know when I find my next calling!
    Your cornices look terrific..good for you!

    • Sally says:

      Thanks Margaret! I believe your calling may be in the medical field, specifically an EMT. Go for it, save a life!

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