Sunday, March 27, 2016

Passage every writer can identify with...

From the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Main character Charlie has just finished reading a great book (which I never liked so I'm not going to name it here) and it inspired him to write.

"...,so I sat down and tried to write a story.
     "Ian MacArthur is a wonderful sweet fellow who wears glasses and peers out of them with delight."
That was the first sentence. The problem was that I just couldn't think of the next one*. After cleaning my room three times**, I decided to leave Ian alone for a while because I was starting to get mad at him***."

*been there
**done that
***I feel you, Charlie, I feel you!

Reading Perks was a strong reading sensation. It is a book that it is hard to say one enjoys but I certainly am glad that I read it. It worries me that it is so freely recommended for young adults, though. I would hope that any young adult reading it would have a healthy-minded adult that they could have real uninhibited conversations with. My granddaughter wants to read it and I'm glad I have read it first.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Celebrating at Creative Canvas

My granddaughter turned 18 last week. She wanted to go to Creative Canvas and paint so we did. This is my painting:

I like it because it reminds me of the saying: It takes a certain darkness to see the stars.
That may be a quote but I don't know from whom if it is.

Top right is a pic of all of us with our canvases:

Bottom left is at Applebee's where we went for dinner afterwards. It was a fun night. The blue haired kid is my grandson.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Marko 93 - new (to me) artist

Discovered a new artist I love. Here is a link to some of his work. Click on the name under each picture and you will see a gallery of installations.

Here is a sample:

He works in a variety of mediums - sometimes all at once - light, calligraphy, graffiti, paint.

He is Parisian. He creates all over the world.

I think he is amazing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Focus: writing

I don’t know when or if I will attempt writing prose again, but lately I have come across some passages and quotes about writing that speak to the writer in me.

I read Abigail Thomas’s book “What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir”. I was disappointed in the book especially considering I loved her book “A Three Dog Life”.

She said some things in What Comes Next that really spoke to the writer in me.

About writing prose: “I had written poems in the seventies, but the poetry dried up. When I tried to write words that went all the way across the page I got discouraged…” 

I can so relate!

She talks about story “grabbing her by the throat” and “ruthlessly using it” as all writers do. That is part of my problem. I don't hear stories. Which is strange because I always relate things in story form. We went to the library to get Jay a new library card and after I explained to the librarian, Jay asked me why do I tell everything like a story. He’s right. I do tell everything like a story. So why don't I hear them? On the rare occasion when I do they seem old or boring.

Here are some quotes on writing that I have come across on pinterest:

“The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.” Richard Price

“Write without fear. Edit without mercy.” Unknown

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” Natalie Golderg

“Stop in the middle of a sentence, leaving a rough edge for you to start from the next day – that way, you can write three or five words without being “creative” and before you know it, you’re writing.” Cory Doctorow ----I LOVE THIS

“The way it feels to write a book is that you can’t write a book.”  Cheryl Strayed

“Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you need to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” Steven King

And a delightful quote, not about writing, from a poet who is very dear to me:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver