I was watching the clouds one rainy afternoon. And as they sailed swiftly across the sky in an ever-changing variety of shapes and squiggles I remembered a quote from Thomas Browne. In 1635 he wrote, “Nature is the art of God.” I thought, I believe it because right now, the entire sky looks like His own personal Etch a Sketch. I mean, first there was a hole in the clouds that morphed into a five-pointed star before it got sucked into a shrunken pinpoint that was suddenly the eye of an alligator that chased a hump-backed snake. Highly entertaining. Almost started singing, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly . . .”
Can’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. The alligator made me wonder briefly if animals ever marvel at God’s Etch a Sketch? After all, my two pooches are pretty smart and I do catch them scanning the sky every so often. Speaking of pooches, who cannot see God’s hand in all of creation: from the perfection of a playful puppy’s soft, furry paw to the swiftness of a hungry cat’s claw . . . to the flawless symmetry of a daisy or black-eyed Susan. Happenstance? Occurring by chance? I think not. After all, according to Genesis 1:24, “. . . and God said, let the earth bring forth every kind of animal — livestock, small animals, and wildlife. And so it was . . . and God said it was good.
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I know. People are wondering about the contest. Actually it’ll be a drawing. I’m running at a snail’s pace these days. But, to be sure, there will be a pair of nuggets that “the real Johnny Vic” sent — “perfect for a pair of earrings,” he says. And a couple of coins. And more. The names of those who comment on the “Scotty Loves Alaska” posts will be added to a “ticket” and placed in the box for the drawing. Each comment renders you an entry! The holdup? Besides my snail-pace at writing about Scotty’s adventures, I’ve got some technical glitches with the photo ops. If you ever listen to Bob Bascom on Lakes Region Radio when he talks about me, you’ll hear that technical gadgits and I . . . well . . . we just don’t seem to get along. If you stumbled on this blog and are wondering who I am . . . I’m the author of The SEED, a novel of suspense that was nominated to be placed on the required reading list for incoming Freshmen at Green Mountain College; and the YA Johnny Vic adventures. Find them at www.annrichduncan.com.
Was driving to work. Thinking about the next scene I’d be writing in my novel. It’s time for some action. In the distance there was a huge bank of clouds. They looked angry. You know . . . almost black, looking like they were trying to consume the entire sky. Could I work these clouds into the scene? Describe the thunder as the cloud’s angry voice? Nah. Too cheesy. A bright red cardinal darted across the road just inches from the hood of the car. Was he on a suicide mission? Was he, like the squirrels in that commercial, trying to make me crash? Was he startled into flight by a bad guy? Hmmmmm. Then, there’s a hitchhiker up ahead. By the time I remember him my brain is brimming with bad guys. Killers. Jagged knife blades and cold fiendish eyes. Talk about cheesy. Well, I guess I’m just tired. It is almost 2 am after all. Guess I’ll go to bed. Oh crap . . . . my brain won’t be concocting a great scene for my novel. It’ll be hard at work creating a nightmare. Perhaps I’ll find myself in the middle of a dark and stormy night . . .
I’ll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, don’t miss my books! The Seed, a novel of suspense about unethical biotechnology that was nominated by a professor at Green Mountain College to be required reading. And the Johnny Vic historical adventure series that was endorsed by the head of the Teaching American History Program at Castleton State College. Find them at: www.annrichduncan.com.