Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Icicle

I always feel fragile when I lie in the snow. I get so cold but I love it in a strange sort of way. Sometimes I pretend I am an icicle. I lay there and can feel how transient I am. I taper down to a gentle point; I glisten in the sun. I do not feel threatened by the few drips that slide down me every now and then. I am here for the winter; that is all that matters.

He came across me when I was thus supinely and silently reveling in the snow and dreaming my frozen thoughts. I shot straight upright when I noticed him. He looked confused for a few seconds, then his lips creased into a smile. A knowing smile. As if he knew what had been doing, lying there. I nervously tucked some hair behind my ear. It was caked with snow and some of it dropped back to the ground. He looked as if he was about to say something but I panicked. I turned and ran.

Oh, how silly I am. In my heart of hearts, I am just a woodland creature who can’t understand that all humans do not wish to mistreat me.
Finally, when I had retreated far into the forest, I collapsed in the snow and lay there for a while. But I didn't pretend to be an icicle anymore. Do you know why? For when he looked at me with that smile on his face... I melted.


This is an excerpt from a book I am writing. The book is made up of two parts. One part is about a introverted girl who lives for trips to the library and becomes infatuated with one of the librarians. (I admit, it is ridiculously autobiographical.) In the book, the girl is writing a story about a girl who lives in a forest. The chapters about the girl in the forest are interspersed throughout the book and they vaguely tie in with the story of the girl who is "writing them". I am doing a horrible job explaining... It sounds rather stupid and I'm not even sure how well it will work. But I enjoy writing it and I s'pose that's all that matters. :)

(And I'd like to thank you all again for your kind responses to my last post. So far, I am feeling very well. I love you all and you mean the world to me!)

{Picture found here.}


  1. Make sure you tell us when the book is out, as I am sure you will! I would like to purchase it, it sounds extremely absorbing. The passage was adorable.

  2. I don't even know what to say. "Exquisite" is the best description I can think of. Wow. *rereads*
    I love snow. Do you ever rest in it, like this girl? I like your story idea a lot.

  3. Autumn: Awww, thank you! It won't be done for years yet, I imagine. But trust me, if I ever get it published I will be telling everyone. ;)

    Jenica: Oh, thank you so much! Your comments always encourage me. <3
    I do sometimes lay in the snow! Though, I have never pretended I was an icicle, hehe. I love the snow too. :)

  4. I really love this passage and wish you great success with your novel. That girl has a very likeable personality! And the concept you described is totally understandable and very interesting as well. Libraries have always intrigued me. :-)

  5. I would love to read that book, dear. I'm in love with love stories...i'm a hopeless romantic! what do yah expect? haha!

    good luck on what you are doing! You're a great writer, you'll do it beautifully :)♥

  6. Wow, I'm so excited! You already do a great job at writing in your blog, so of course I have every confidence that your novel will be just as well-written when it's finished. The snowflake scene was great, and seriously, you had me at "infatuation with a librarian." Haha!

    If you need and advice or help when it comes together, don't hesitate to ask me :) Very exciting!

  7. This is so good! The ending was so cute! I do hope you'll share your book with us, it sounds so interesting. Good luck with writing it, dear :) xxxx

  8. Jade: Thank you very, very much! I'm glad you like the girl, I'm rather fond of her myself. :) (Oh gosh, I really need to give her a name... oops.)
    Libraries are one of my most favourite things in the whole world!

    haze: Though I am nowhere near being a hopeless romantic, I have started getting in touch with my inner romantic. It's rather nice. :)
    Thank you so much for your sweet words. <3

    CloudyKim: Oh, thank you so much! I love your stories a LOT so your comment is very encouraging. Glad to know I'm not the only one with a penchant for librarians. ;)
    I definitely will come knock on your door if I need something. Metaphysically speaking, of course. =D

    Joanna: Thanks ever so much, dear! Goodness knows I need all the luck I can get! Or at least better concentration skills/more ambition. :)

  9. I wish I could lay in some snow for a while and slowly freeze away.
    Its pushing 40 degrees here in australia, (its sooo hot!) and unbearable that we have to go to school in this weather :|
    So yes, I'd much rather be freezing away into an icicle than burning away in this heat.
    Ohh and people wonder why I hate summer...

  10. I always think of lying in the snow, but decide against it. Perhaps I will follow through sometime...
    The book sounds delightful, and I will buy it when (not if) you are published :)

  11. P.s. I am Me: If I could send you some of our cold, I would! (And snow too, except we don't have any at the moment.) I hate summer as well. I had no idea you lived in Australia! I cannot even imagine...

    Ever: Just be prepared you will get cold and a little bit wet. It's still very calming, though. ;)
    Oh, the difference one little word makes! Thank you so much dear. Your vote of confidence is very appreciated. <3

  12. wow! your book will be so very wonderful :)
    and haha, yes, i do love monarch of the glen & scotland! i am very lucky to study in scotland & it's a wonderful place to be. you certainly must visit if you haven't already :) xx

  13. Oh, thank you ever so much!
    Yay! A fellow Monarch of the Glen fan!! I do so hope to visit Scotland someday. It's at the top of the list of places I absolutely must see before I die. :)

  14. This sounds like an amazing idea for a book, I would definitely read it. Keep up with it, don't give up. It makes you happy and you never know what might happen with it!

    xx and hugs


  15. Thank you so much, Jhordyn! It does me such good to know people would actually be interested to read my book. (And I suspect that I am too attached to it now to ever give it up.) <3

  16. This is utterly stunning. I really hope you post more of it, it's honestly gorgeous, and sounds so captivating! xx

  17. Oh, thank you, my dear. Your words do bolster my spirits so! Maybe I will post more of it someday! <3

  18. this is absolutely lovely. i loved every word of it, and your description only made me more intrigued. and ps. you are just so wonderful. really. thank you for the sweetest of comments.

  19. I recognize the feeling of fragility when in snow. I fell a sleep in a pile last night. Never slept lighter.

  20. alabee: Oh, thank you so much!
    You are more than welcome! And thank you, my dear, for your sweet comments.

    Belle Armed: Oh, that sounds rather lovely! Though I suppose realistically it must have been rather cold. :)

    Jazzy E: Thank you ever so much!


Silhouettes of a secret. A story told over a cuppa. Or perhaps just sitting on that stone bench, basking in the moonlight... and not saying anything at all.

("I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks." -Shakespeare, Twelfth Night)