Dragon on My Floor

Shadow Dragon

Monday afternoon, I had the delightful experience of looking down at a tile on my floor and seeing a dragon there.  I’ve looked at that tile hundreds, maybe thousands of times before, but this was the first time the light was just right to reveal the head and neck of a distinctly serpentine dragon.

Being a perfectly sensible person, I went and found a couple of pencils, then sat on the floor so I could quickly trace the outline.  Once that was defined, I thickened the lines, and generally enjoyed myself.

As I was doing this, Jim wandered in.  I’d been very sick earlier in the day, so the first words out of his mouth were, “Are you feeling okay?”  When I replied that I was doing much better, Jim looked down at the floor and said, “That’s a really cool dragon.”

I’m lucky to live with someone who thinks that drawing on the floor is a perfectly normal pastime.  Writers do any number of odd things that constitute normal activities, including staring into space, paging through magazines without noticing what they’re looking at, and worrying about the demise of serial commas.  Most importantly, they become passionately involved with the lives of people who don’t exist but, on some level, are far more real to them than most of the “real” people they encounter.

Eventually, I really should wash that tile off but, at the moment, I feel a far stronger inclination to go looking to see what other things light and shadow might reveal hiding on my floor.

7 Responses to “Dragon on My Floor”

  1. Mandy Says:

    Love the dragon! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Mandy Says:

    Love the dragon! Thanks for posting!

  3. Dawn Barela Says:

    That is a cool dragon. I am always looking for shapes on things. In clouds and anywhere. In my old apartment there was 2 sharks in the ceiling textures of my bathtub. One was the overall shape with the dorsal fin. The other was more like a cartoon one that looked like it was standing upright on its tail and had its mouth open and you could see the teeth and snout. I wish I had done a rubbing of them before I moved out.

  4. valorandcompassion Says:

    Fantastic dragon! I like finding shapes in unexpected places too. In the bathroom at the medical school I attended, there was a large textured tile that looked like a howling wolf’s head. The next time I visit, I should take a picture…alas, I don’t think they’d appreciate it if I outlined it. 🙂

  5. janelindskold Says:

    Looking for shapes in things is something Jim and I enjoy. Right now the monsoon clouds are doing some wonderful late afternoon sculptures!

  6. Louis Robinson Says:

    neat! So, when your characters start conversing [or otherwise interacting] with the creatures dwelling in their floors we’ll know how it got started 🙂

  7. Debby Barker Says:

    How absolutely wonderful! Best I’ve ever done was to change the shapes of the tiles.

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