“Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.”- Ernest Hemingway
Write one true sentence.
Paris is always a good idea.
…Or so I’ve heard.
Lately, while I have been away from this blog of mine and struggling with a little bit of writer’s block, I have been spending my time devouring everything to do with Paris.
My fascination with Paris started several years ago. Paris, more than just a geographical location and the capital of France, always seems greater than that, doesn’t it? Paris is seductive, and whimsical. Paris, a destination I’ve envisioned in day dreams while spending an afternoon in a coffee shop, is where I’ve wondered, hoped, wished, that one day, I may find the perfect time and circumstance to travel to.
This coming May is that time, and I am so over the moon excited.
There’s the kind of excitement where you just can’t contain yourself, right? You tell anyone that will listen that you’re so excited! about this thing. You talk to your best friend about it, you call your mom, you tell the random person in line at CVS about your excitement; you are so excited about this thing that this thing is all you are talking about all of the time to all of the people!
And then there’s another type of excitement, or at least this is my version and experience currently. I’m truly ecstatic about this one week adventure that I’m taking at the end of May with my Aunt this coming spring, but I’m keeping it all bottled up. The excitement is there (it’s so very there!), it’s inside me and I’m so thrilled and I’m thinking and dreaming and reading and pinning my evening’s away, but I’ve been keeping it to myself. I’m almost so excited, that I’m nervous if I let the cap off of my bottled up excitement, I’ll never be able to contain myself!
Have you ever experienced this version of excitement?
So. I’m going to Paris. Oh my goodness! The Universe has given me this amazing opportunity to spend a week away in this wonderful destination that has been but a mere passing thought of “what if?” for years. And I’ve been drowning myself in all things Paris ever since we made our reservations.
The Paris Wife was a wonderful novel which I got totally sucked into. From there, I’ve formed a somewhat alarming obsession with Ernest Hemingway, whose literary works I can’t seem to get enough of. I recently read A Moveable Feast which I enjoyed quite a bit, and from there I spend my evenings googling the life of Ernest Hemingway, his “spots” in Paris, where he ate and drank and spent his time writing.
Then, of course there’s the first Sex and the City movie from a while back, which I’ve always been in love with, as evidenced by the summer several years back when I became enthralled with French rap music.
There’s Julia child who I’ve always been captured by, her book My Life in France,
in a box waiting to be unpacked sitting on my bookshelf.
I have a long list of books and movies that I’m dying to binge on. I want to soak up Paris even before I go to Paris!
I’m so, so excited. My version of excited.
Paris is always a good idea. That’s one of the truest sentences I’ve heard lately. Thank you, Mr. Hemingway.
Tell me, have you traveled to Paris, or another part of France? Do you have any movie, book, or travel suggestions to help feed my bottled up excitement?