Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stuck


Stuck - have you ever felt stuck? It's indescribable — but in Pages in the Wind, Emily tries to give it a voice.  For her, seemingly positive symbols hold a different meaning.  After a barren conversation with her obsessive-compulsive mother, she wanders outside feeling "stuck."

As I walked outside to look for Reid, I felt like I was lugging a two-ton anchor behind me.  I know anchors are a sign of safety and all that — but that’s not how it feels to me.  You see, I want to sail away from the miserable anchor I’m tied to and find safer waters — somewhere.  Have you ever seen a boat weighed down by an anchor during a windstorm? It’s pitiful.  The boat rocks and struggles in the current, and jerks around rather hopelessly.  It’s trapped.  And when the winds die down — it’s so banged up it can’t sail anymore.  So – no, anchors are not always a sign of safety.  Sometimes they are deadly.

Emily cannot break away from her anchor because she is too young to be on her own.  By the time she reaches adulthood, she's weathered some pretty horrific storms.  How she deals with her past will be intriguing — and very unexpected.