January 23, 2018
The climax of a thought – a moment – is never alone; it is the culmination of every tear and smile that came before, but how do you write it, call it…name it?
Not a label, but a power you give it by recognition, respect, and rest. Writing creates the story, but characters bring the moments. Take a peek into a character’s history.
A character in my manuscript played this instrument since her childhood after a forward thinking teacher settled it across the arms of her chair then turned on the crowd of teachers standing in a gaggle chatting and blasted them for accepting that a child in a wheelchair placed under a shade tree constituted recess. Within days the child found herself seated on a blanket with classmates coming and going to be with her as she played this elegant instrument. She would pause for a moment, to brush a doll’s hair or repair a tire on a toy truck with the skill of her delicate fingers, when the other children settled with her on the blanket, but mostly she liked to play.
The instrument and even the song has been part of the manuscript for a while, but I had no name for the instrument which the character modified from the one in the video and tied to it a history with as many threads as the instrument itself. Today I have a name: A Leguinzheng
Here is to balance in the cycle of life: finding it, adjusting with it, and honoring it with remembrance.