An evening of Myth and Poetry
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February 1, 2017 in Trinidad, CO
In Service of the Story
Stories are told in many forms, in drawings and in paintings, in photos and in video, in live performance, in television, in movies.
Until relatively recently, Annette Meserve brought her stories to life through drawing and painting and sculpture. She loved the metaphor as much as she loved the feel of a pencil in her fingers and the messiness of paint, clay, and glue. Mostly though, she loved the story.
So it was a natural thing to start telling stories in front of an audience. Intrigued by her Scottish ancestry and the rich storytelling of the British Isles, she collected some folktales and a few jokes, pulled out her kilt and went to work.
But Annette never identified herself as a ‘writer’ (that was the sacred territory of her older sister). The little stories and poems that she scratched down on the way to the next canvas or the next audience were just for her own entertainment, opportunities to rant, to solve the world’s problems in secret.
Until that fateful day when this one story stormed in, knocking down her door and sitting on her with the force of a fully developed novel. It exacted the promise that she would write it into being if it would only get up off her chest.
Since then hours, and days, and months, and now years have been given to shoring up the story that seemed so solid when she was under it but which was surprisingly unformed upon closer inspection. That story has become the novel, The Book of Questions, first in the series The Appearance of Terrible Things. A book for which Annette is currently querying for publication.
In the meantime, one must make a living and an opportunity presented itself for her to learn video production and computer animation She really thought it was just a job, a way to utilize her graphic arts background.
Alas, this new storytelling creature grabbed her by my throat offering to service her love of metaphor if she would only spend the time. As she worked with the delivered scripts, charged with creating visual representation for intangible academic concepts, Annette found characters living within the voice-over, a universe developing before her on the timeline, possibilities for other projects dancing behind her eyes.
But learning video work by the ‘gosh, I wonder what this button does,’ method, took away the big chunks of time needed to focus properly on revising the novel’s complex story.
After a time, the writing goblins started to rattle the bars of their cages, agitating for equal time and the poetry project was born. As a smaller, bite-sized medium, the goblins could be fed just a little every day. They weren't happy that the novel was being delayed but their snacks led to the interim publishing of a book of poetry Life at the Far End.
Now, from her little writing trailer in her quiet little Colorado mountain valley, Annette has added penning short stories and flash fiction along with learn how to traditionally publish to the list of the multiple projects she juggles which have always included feeding the horses and chickens and going for walks in the morning with her husband.