That was the prompt our writing group leader gave us as she set her phone to a 10 minute alarm. I’ve grown to love these weekly starts to our meetings. I feel myself sit forward alertly, I imagine my brain as a runner at the starting block, I let whatever image or thought comes up have free access to my writing hand. And as happened tonight, I have no clue what will show up - but I love surprises...
I’d Like to Learn About...Celestial Navigation. Steering by the stars, finding my way, charting my course by referencing the vast, luminous map flung across the night sky.
I’m intrigued by the thought of triangulation, a marvelous, geometric word - by the gut understanding of mathematics rather than the theory of it. And it’s not that I want to be
sailing the seas, attempting to reach another continent, island, or simply another port.
I can see myself as a moonlight traveler across this beautiful, vast land. Sleeping by day and rising in the dark to consult my trusty brass instruments - following unbuilt highways that bisect the mapped world. Forging an unknown path across the known, charting my nightly journeys on an endless scroll that always and forever tells me where I am NOW.
So grab pen and paper NOW!! Don’t stop to consider, sift through, censor or discard. Don’t wait till a more convenient time - just start writing - I’d Like to Learn About..... and you will be surprised!