Veronica's Garden

Rachel Creager Ireland on writing, living, the Flint Hills, and the Post Rock Limestone Caryatids

Category: Starla

What’s next?

RACHEL: It’s time to start the next project. It’s actually past time, as the people who give advice about writing and publishing seem to be in agreement that writers are supposed to be working on the next project before the current one is published. So I’ve already missed the first deadline.

I have tons of ideas, but where to turn at this time? Since this is really Veronica’s space, I thought I’d let her share her opinion.

VERONICA: Well, naturally, I’d love to see more writing about us Caryatids. Tell about the ways we’ve adapted to survive, and the birthing of babies, and the Goddesses who watch over us. You could tell about the Deva that lives in Melch’s hill, though he’s not strictly a Caryatid, but he’s a neighbor and integral to our larger community. Here’s an idea: a collection of short stories, each named for a Goddess, and each about a different character, and how that person embodied some qualities of his/her respective Goddess. They could all be interwoven, and maybe altogether they’d show the character of the community, moving through some particular period or event in the life of the group, or the place.

Anyone else?

STARLA: I think your idea about conspiracy theories and mind control and the healer talking to aliens is cool. And all the links to external sites. You and Kevin would have a lot of fun collaborating on that project.

MELCH: That one would be an opportunity to explore some essential questions about knowing and consciousness, how we judge information, the nature of reality. But your reservations, Rachel, might be well-founded, that your novel-writing skills may not be developed enough to pull this one together. You’ll have many years to write, what’s the rush?

Why not tell us more about Starla, and her history? Apparently she’s not going to tell us on her own.

STARLA: Don’t listen to him, you can do anything you set your mind to! Though my story is pretty juicy . . . .

CAL: What about me? You left me in the middle of a flood. C’mon, I’m a great character. Admit it, you liked writing me. Don’t you wanna know happens to me, after Maeve– well, okay, I won’t spoil it. But seriously, think about it. About me.

CHELSEA: You all make me sick, with your me, me, me. I’m going to tell you something about ME. I’ve been languishing on Rachel’s mental back burner since before she even met some of you, trying to hold things together in this bleak wintery world, while the men are hiding from environmental estrogen in their cushy underground bunkers, leaving the women on the surface struggling to survive on turnips and peas and whatever we can barter, while Granny Rachel (yes, one and the same) rocks in her chair, blathering on about the old days and how the rumble of cars on the highway never ended, people paid for their lodging with money that you could take to Emporia and use to buy foods from anywhere in the world. Well, Rachel, write me or don’t. Won’t change a thing either way.

RACHEL: Oh Chelsea, I’m so sorry you feel that way. Everyone else, thanks for your input. Shall we open it up to our readers?

The Postrock Limestone Caryatids and friends give thanks

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving all. Today I thought I’d invite some of my friends to share their thanksgivings. I suppose I’ll start with myself, Veronica Speedwell. I’m grateful for the land, the Flint Hills, the soil, the life supported here. I’m grateful for the nature spirits and wildflowers, somnolent as they are in this fall of the year. I’m grateful for community and to have a place here, to have a purpose that suits me well. Next up . . .

Melch Weaver: I’m grateful for history, and for those before me who saw fit to save some history for my benefit. I’m hopin’ to leave some for those after me, though doesn’t look too likely there’ll be anyone to pick up where I’ll eventually leave off.

Marlo: I’m so deeply grateful to be part of the process of regenerating life, to have women to work with who are still willing to birth babies the way our bodies were meant to. It is a rare privilege. I’m also grateful to the people in our community, who all work so diligently together to make a living for us all.

Starla Winnie: Hm, I’m grateful for my friends, for music, for the road, for freedom.

Mando Winnie: I’m grateful for my mando. Grateful for ethanol, which gets me around. Grateful for wide open spaces and for the Pecan Grove, a home to come back to for a few weeks every year.

Rachel Creager Ireland: I’m grateful for everything. Every every every thing, for joy and pain and sadness, fear, anger, ecstasy, love, rage, peace, sleeping, waking. Every feeling, every minute, every thought, each tiny piece of the big picture of what it is to be human, to be alive, really alive, right now, imagination intact and heart open. I’m grateful for inexplicable waves of ecstatic gratitude, and I am deeply, inexpressibly grateful to all of you who are on this awesome journey with me. Blessings. Shalom. Namaste.

Hello everyone, I’m Starla Winnie, Veronica has said I can come and write here. I’m a Winnie, we’re sorta nomadic, we travel mostly around the prairie, and we love music. Some of us are into bluegrass or old-time, some of us are into Irish, some early jazz or klezmer, but it’s all folk music, that’s music played on real instruments by real people, whoever. The Winnies have been my family for a while now, the only family I’ve ever really counted, and I would do anything for anyone of them.

Mostly I wanted to share this poem with you. I wrote it a long time ago, but why should Rachel have all the fun?

it’s shameful it’s
painful it’s
fucking beautiful
glass shards shining
screamingly reflecting
in the empty lot at
sunrise

oh my mother
where did
you go
I was asleep
when you
left me

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