essays by shé


Terry Pratchett wrote a series of books about a young witch befriended by a clan of Nac Mac Feegle, strong folk averaging six inches in height. During one adventure, she asks Rob, the Big Man of the clan, if he has a plan. “Oh aye,” he says proudly, and pulls out a scrap of paper from his spog, upon which PLN is inked. No details, just PLN.

I plan constantly, and have a tendency to get stuck in them. When things gang a-gley, sometimes I have trouble adapting to reality. So I painted Rob’s word as a reminder that planning may be a habit (Anxiety likes it), but rarely necessary.

Now I am trying a different approach: possibilities instead of plans, a semantic switch. What are the possibilities for today? tomorrow? next month? Two things I do daily: write and get in the ocean. Other than that, it’s up in the air. I don’t know what is going to happen today, or next week. The possibilities are endless.

"PLN" by Shé, 3" x 5" acrylic on canvas board, 2022
PLN by Shé, 3″ x 5″ acrylic on canvas board, 2022

3 responses to “PLN”

  1. Maria Van Newkirk Avatar
    Maria Van Newkirk

    Martha and I have enjoyed reading your thoughtful essays. We wish you all the best.

    1. Shé Avatar

      Thanks so much! It’s wonderful to hear from you. Hugs to you both.

      1. Maria Van Newkirk Avatar
        Maria Van Newkirk

        Hugs to you too.

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