Thursday, September 9, 2010

Left Brain Right Brain Conjunction

 Denny and I have been sightseeing fools lately, with more lined up.  Research for travel articles for the San Antonio newspaper.  I'm hyper about details, knowing everything, seeing everything, getting photos of everything--correction: taking every shot I can imagine of everything, the blessing/curse of digital photography.  

The pictures are the killer.  I could probably manage my anal piles of paper compiled and printed for my travel folder.  But downloading, naming, sorting, deleting, rotating, fixing, and, finally, deciding which pictures to submit, is a marathon.  

My editor probably thinks so too. I send her (at least) 12 photos with each story, knowing she'll only use 4.  The thing is, I never know which 4 she'll want.  I'm not complaining.  She's a great editor--intelligent and sensitive, gives me space to develop the material, makes few changes to the articles, and I mostly like her changes.

For Nashville, I KNEW she'd want this fabulous image.  

Elvis's gold-plated piano.  Doesn't it scream Country Music to you?  The Drama of The King.

Didn't make the cut.

I loved this one from Nashville's Parthenon.  Forty-foot-high Athena.

What, you didn't know Nashville has a full-sized replica of the Parthenon standing proud in a mid-town park?  With a giant gilt Greek goddess inside.  

But I know your first thought after you read "Nashville has a full-sized replica of the Parthenon" was--

"Of course, it makes so much sense!   Nashville being the Athens of the South."  

Or not.  I'm guessing Athena didn't say "Nashville" to my editor either.

We're gearing up now for a weekend in the Texas Hill Country and I'm exuberant about the chance to watch 1,000,000+ Mexican Freetail Bats emerge from the roost at sunset. I'm not sure what kind of bat pictures I'll come back with. Or whether the star of my picture show will end up being the best hamburger in Texas  or a music party at a vineyard.

When we get back I'll download hundreds of photographs, hopefully not the 1,256 of my last weekend trip.  As I do, I'll remind myself that critical thinking and decision-making are important to deadlines.  

And my right brain will flash images that make me feel the joy of experience again.  I'll remember as much from the pictures in my brain as the words of my notes.  And somehow it will all come together into an article about life in the Texas Hill Country.  

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. I'm still so excited that you are doing what you love, learning curve and all.

    and I have a soft spot for all things Elvis.

  2. Actually, the first person I thought of when I saw the gold piano was Liberace! It's fabulous to see you following your bliss. . .

  3. I've got my laptop and my notepad, and I'm just a runnin' to catch up....

  4. What an exciting life Kathleen, you are living your dream job.
    I had no idea that there was a full size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, very impressive and that piano is beautiful, to me it screams opulence. xoxoxo ♡

  5. God. I need an editor.
    And the Parthenon in Nashville? I love it. It's just so bizarre.

  6. 1,256?!?!?! Good Lord....I'd never get them all done.

    So glad you're getting to do such a dream job.

    Nashville + Parthenon. Nope...that's not one I've heard of.

    Have fun.

  7. Hope you have a blast!

    Delete, sweety, delete when in doubt.

  8. As somebody who has 10,855 photos on my computer at this point (and that number surprised even me - I knew I had a lot but hadn't checked before) I feel your pain.

    My thought (others might say excuse) is that when I take say 1256 photos - then I am more certain of getting those 4 great shots - the ones your editor will pick. Or in my case, the few that will get sent around to friends or posted on a blog.

    Looking forward to hearing about going batty. I know it will have a decidedly KS spin to it.

  9. I am so glad to know you are out there gathering information and pictures to write another one of your good articles. x0 N2

  10. Yes, I'm wondering what to do with all the photos these days. So hard to get rid of them :) I use Pshop Elements, but looking for other organizers too... Your photos are wonderful!

  11. Interesting post, Kathleen. Yes, I know just what you mean about it being a marathon to sort through one's photos in order to find the usable ones.

    The only reason I know about the Parthenon in Nashville is because I have kids. We went to see Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief this summer, which is all about the Greek gods, and one scene in the movie was set there. Too funny.

  12. The Parthenon in Nashville is a wonderful site you should definitely set aside time for.
    You may think Tennessee is a redneck place with a bunch of hillbillies, but it's not. 90% (majority) of us are very professional and smart. So don't stereotype please.


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