It’s Sunday. Tomorrow I go back to work and all of the madness of this past week will be just a memory. Not too shabby. In just a short week’s time I managed to write two new chapters of my current WIP, visit Newport, RI and tour the mansions, hike about 3 miles on the cliff walk, and go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time ever.
I would say that is a very productive break. Sure, some would argue I spent most of my time doing nerdy, learn-type things, but I just call it research for a book that’s yet to be written. 😉 I’m glad to be going back to a regular schedule, I feel utterly sleep deprived. Four nights and counting of sleeping past 3am and waking up far too early. I’m afraid my brain was starting to melt. Though going back to work means less writing time. *sigh* That’s too bad because I’ve been on a roll with my WIP. Then again, I can focus on the chapter of Cinematic Royalty I got back from my editor. I’ve been procrastinating on that one quite a bit, due to my utter hatred of edits.
Either way, let me tell you a little bit about my trip yesterday. We took a 10 o’clock train into the city. The Met was pretty packed, I’m guessing because it was such a beautiful day for being out and about. The weather was in the 60s, low 70s. Perfect and sunny and inviting. The first thing I noticed when we got there was the sign out front. Roman/Greece art exhibit. Can you say heaven? I’m a sucker for their sculpted art in the form of statues and what not. Just imagine, an entire wing dedicated to it!!!
I felt like a fan girl, walking through, gawking at the beauty of it all. It really helped that the Met people set them up in a great looking hall. The architecture in itself was a work of art, with beautiful pillars and domed ceilings made of glass. Here, let me show you guys some pictures to give you an idea what I’m talking about.
There were statues of all shapes and sizes. Heads, full bodies, male, female, with and without body parts, naked and dressed, even some intricate sarcophagus’s. I read all of the little signs that explained their origin, their time period and their backstory. Some I committed to memory, for reference sake. Either way, I’m never going to forget how beautiful they looked, perched up there in all their glory, shining in the sunlight. I felt like I’d walked onto the ruins of an old Temple. My mind roared to life with little details for my fantasy series, since it takes place in an ancient, Greece-like Temple. Very exciting stuff!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the fine art/paintings. Mainly because you aren’t allowed to use flash and the rooms they were in were too dark. But, I got to see some AMAZING artist’s works. Picasso, Monet, Degas, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and one of my very favorites, Dali. I was hoping to see Persistance of Memory, but no such luck. They did however, have one called The Dream, which I found incredibly striking. The color, the darkness, the strange details. It was apparently based on Oedipus, the Greek Tragedy. There was an entire line of people trying to sneak a peek.
I also visited the Egyptian section, just for the sake of getting a glimpse at the tombs and hieroglyphs. I love that stuff. 🙂 So yea, all in all, I’d say it was an awesome trip.
Only thing, our train ride home saw some technical difficulties. We lost power twice, then were moved off the train because the electrical wires above us were catching fire. We had to wait 20 minutes for the next coming train to rescue us. That train was already full. So yea, 2 trains worth of people all scrunched up together on one. We all got pretty close. But other than that, it wasn’t too bad. Now it’s back to the real world.
Hope all of you had a wonderul weekend!