by Naomi on August 14, 2010

in Inspiration, Writing

Outlook is unique.

VIEW FROM THE DECK - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Ah, the lure of a warm wooden deck, with a view of infinity! Squinting into the morning sunlight, I let it’s rays lick my throat. Vampires flirt with my mind. In particular, Edward Cullen. It’s all Sam’s fault. She’s the one who got me infected. Right here in this vivid piece of heaven. So I skip an early game drive – only one – to luxuriate in bed with my electric blanket. The bushveld runs on African time, which means there’s plenty to treasure.

I struggle a little to get into Twilight. There’s a challenge in diverting attention from nature. Birds twitter their greetings, while the scent of thatch cosies around me. It’s not compulsory, of course, but I’m curious about these books, being a novelist. What is it that makes them wing off the shelves? Can’t say I’m much the wiser by the ‘blood-slurping’ end, but it’s been entertaining. Thanks Sammy. I’ll read the next one, for interest’s sake. One thing I know anew, though, is that my novels will remain true to my unique outlook. That’s just the way it is 🙂

Quotes to consider:

“Life… It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.” – Richard M. DeVos

“It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“Love…doesn’t allow any room for pettiness or narrow outlook.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Here’s a pic of the culprit, just for the record:

BOOK COVER - Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight'

. . . and the scene of the crime:

LODGE BEDROOM - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy August 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Oh Naomi, I haven’t had the slightest temptation to read the books.
Where is Welgevonden?


Naomi August 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I felt the same, Cin, until the opportunity presented itself 🙂

Welgevonden is a private game reserve in the Waterberg mountains, 2-3 hours’ drive from Jo’burg, depending who’s at the wheel. Dave’s brother has a share in a lodge there. It’s spectacular and an absolute privilege to visit!


nrhatch August 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

My niece Samantha is a huge fan of the Twilight series. I watched the first two movies with her. I will not devour the books. : )

Beautiful shot, but in the chill morning air, curling under the comforter seems equally conducive to happiness.


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Too true, Nancy, beautifully said!

I haven’t watched these movies, despite the hype. It may be interesting to see how they are adapted, as apparently the movies differ quite a bit from the books?


Brett August 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

As always Naomi, you have a style of writing and expressing things that is wonderfully South African – I love it!

You can rest assured that the first thing I did on your blog this morning was to nominate you for the best of the best ~ simply put, you are…

Please pass on my compliments to your husband as well as I’m sure he plays a great role in the beauty that ends up on your ever fabulous blog.

Have a lovely weekend and week ahead ~


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thanks a million, Brett!! How delightful to find your wonderful comment! You’re right, Dave plays a pivotal role. I’ll pass on your kindness, deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes back to you for a special week 🙂


souldipper August 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Thanks for taking us with you – thought, word and deed. Enjoying this tremendously, Naoms.


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

Thank you, darling Amy, you are an inspiration 🙂


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