Sunday, March 29, 2009

Discovery, Commitment, Goals

I made a promise to a particular writer friend of mine that I would not have any romances until I finished my novel. (There is a LONG story behind this and some day, I may tell it) The short version, I blamed men, for distracting me from my artistic endeavors. Since, I’ve been going through the self-imposed dessert-dating spell, I’ve internally discovered: that I stand in my own way of my art. Wow! This has only taken me almost two years to discover! Acknowledging myself being the issue, I had to find a solution.

I am challenging myself to the following:
Every week, for the next year, I will write a chapter, short story, scene in stage play or screenplay or poem a week!

My year will begin April 1st, 2009 and end April 1st, 2010.

What happens if I do not follow through? Well, not accomplishing my goal is not an option. I really want to test myself and figure out who I can truly be as a writer/artist.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Quote for the Day

"When I was born I didn't have anything. When I was born I only had stories."
--Harrison, my 4 year old son

Harrison is right that he has always had stories. He has always loved to be read to AT LENGTH. We usually read aloud the name of the author and illustrator of whatever we read and often read their bios as well because I want Harry to appreciate the fact that there are real people who created his books. I want him to understand that "writer" is a real job that he could do some day if he chose. Sometimes, however, I think I've taken it a little too far. The other day I told him that we would have to return a toy we had bought because it was missing a piece. "Huh," he said, "Maybe the author didn't have time to write that piece yet." Later that day he was looking at our fish tank. "Mama, " he asked, "Who is the author of fish?"
Harry also hears Marcy and I talk a lot about "grown-up" books. I am not a sports fan, but I am a fan of Twilight. Today I told Harry that a friend of his would be playing baseball this weekend. He looked at me quizzically. "Like a vampire?" I actually had to explain to my son that humans play baseball, too!
But it could be worse. He could live in a house where TV was even more important than books. (Don't get me wrong. We watch plenty of TV, but books are still king.) Today at the kid's gym I saw a little girl his age jumping on the gym mats. Every time she got ready to launch herself she would count down, "Ten, nine, eight central time..." I laughed so hard. I guess Harry isn't the only one who says the darndest things.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Writers Groups

Read this article in the NY Times today. Very inspiring about how this particular group of writers support one another....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wishing for Pixies in the Walls

I'm on the verge of giving up for the day. It's a beautiful early spring day and after an hour of staring at the computer screen without typing anything worth keeping, I'm ready to turn it off and bike to the library. I blame the pixies in the walls. They must be out of dust.

If you're looking for something to do, check out this great talk on the nature of genius and creativity by the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" given at this year's TED Conference.
Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quote for the Day

"The muse is attracted to the smell of human sweat. It doesn't want to come around and waste all that lovely inspiration on someone who isn't working."

--Lynne Jonell
(in the current "A View From The Loft.")