Unleasing my imaginationOh, I just watched another wonderful movie - Finding Neverland. Had me crying in the end too. It's also one of my new favourites. I know, it seems like I have new favourites all the time. Not necessarily, I just tend to write about the ones that affect me the most. Casting was great - and I've always been a huge fan of Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet so a movie starring both is just simply superb. (and with Julie Christie? Wow) I was enthralled throughout. Like Peter said to Barrie about his play, the movie was "magical".
Talk about unleashing your muse. I have lapsed in my drawings for a very long while, and now, I'm itching to go back and draw my birds once more, thanks to the amazing visuals of this movie (particularly the Neverland scene). Or to just sit back in the sole company of my imagination and write. I've realized lately that I am so appreciative of being in my own company. I like people, but I also like being by myself, a lot. Maybe I'm starting to discover my introvertness, who knows. But I rather be alone, than with company and feeling alone (and yes, that was also a line in Before Sunset but she said lover, and I mean anyone else as well).
Speaking of muses, I recommend Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock. If you love the idea of a book that offers more than just words, but rather texture and rich images along with a wonderful story, then this book is for you. Like Before Sunset, it allows you in the world of its characters, in a very intimate way: through reading lush home-made postcards and letters. You feel like you're intruding, like you're going through someone's private correspondence.
I was just thinking how the art of communication by letters seems lost these days. Even the word, letter, if you say it often, starts sounding strange (or is it just me?). It's so easy and very convenient to send e-mails instead. But there's something about a letter that an e-mail can't replace; letters are so much more personable. And I love stamps! Last year, when I was big on Bookcrossing.com and was sending book parcels all over the world, I was very particular about the stamps I wanted. Every single stamp on each parcel was carefully choosen. I'm very particular to wildlife stamps but I also love the lighthouse series Pos Malaysia had back then. Even the act of putting the parcels into the mail-slot was a secret thrill. I would then leave the post office, imagining the parcel's long journey across the seas. This sounds bizarre to you, doesn't it?
You know what, I would like to start writing letters once more. I'd have time to write long letters, especially when I go back to the field soon! Who wants to correspond with me?