Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What I learned from Pie Week

Pie and writing?

I thought about this as I was rolling out for yet another crust. (The crust might be my favorite part.)

At the beginning of the week, I'd envisioned brushing up on my skills, getting better than I've ever been and turning out perfect rounds of dough. Pies as art.

I tried every trick I knew and several I'd just seen on TV, but quite a few of my efforts required a little patching. Or a lot of patching. Sometimes the dough would collapse just as I was putting it into the pie pan. Not the brilliance I'd imagined.

It reminded me how often I expect to be good at something right away—not that I have any evidence to back that up. Pie and writing—I want to be good at both.

And I tend to hope that my poems will be successful right away—say what I want to say, be delicious, get accepted, stuff like that.

When I start to feel disappointed, I should probably make another pie, and remember how much work it takes to get to where I want to go.

4 comments:

sixtothe20 said...

"When I start to feel disappointed, I should...remember how much work it takes to get to where I want to go."

I like this. A lot. (:

Premium T. said...

You're speaking my language! (I can give you a fail-proof recipe -- handles like play-dough.)

I believe in:
Our Lady of the Almighty Pie.

Loved the pie-week updates.

Joannie said...

Christine, speed to you in San Jose.

T., I'm going through withdrawal now.

Jane said...

Pie as art...hmmm...now I am inspired. Might be a great metaphor for my paper quilts. Amazing where inspiration can come from. Thanks!