Saturday, January 31, 2009

Quote for the Day

"There are three rules for writing a novel. The trouble is nobody knows what they are."

--Somerset Maugham

"I really believed in Harry. I think you've got to. Even if you've written a lousy book. Because writing is just a lonely slog and you have to believe in what you're doing, otherwise you live a dreadful existence."

--J.K. Rowling

How's that for uplifting? :) But the slog is a little less lonely when you have a good writing group. Now, get back to work on that "lousy book" :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quote for the Day

"If you are walking down the right path and you are willing to keep walking, eventually you make progress."
- Barak Obama, 2005

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Track Changes

Today I watched a Wallace and Gromit cartoon with my four year old. In it, the dog, Gromit, jumps on board a model train as it speeds along a track. He's thrilled-- until he realizes that the track dead ends into the wall! Just before he crashes, he grabs hold of a box of extra track and constructs a turn, throwing the pieces of track down in front of the train even as he drives over them. He races on like that for quite a while, frantically laying track in front of his own wheels. As I watched, I recognized a familiar look of terror and elation in Gromit's googlie eyes. "Hey," I thought, "It's my writing process!" I always speed merrily down the pre-planned straightaways of my stories, until I nearly crash into the stuff I don't know. Then it's a lot of wild winging it until I get to the next part that I know. It made me laugh to think about it. It's always nice to find a kindred spirit-- even if he's a claymation dog.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Quote for the Day

"Will they reach the nursery in time? If so, how delightful for them and we shall all breathe a sigh of relief, but there will be no story. On the other hand, if they are not in time, I solemnly promise that it will all come right in the end."
--J.M. Barrie, at the end of a particularly suspenseful chapter of Peter Pan

I love this passage because I think it just sums up the contract we enter into with the reader when we write: If you choose the story over the sigh of relief, I'll take you on a ride, put you in danger and get you out again in the end. What more could anyone want? :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Confessions of a Pixie Chix

One of my dreams since childhood is to become accomplished so I could appear on Sesame Street. I would love to appear as an author reading Grover bedtime stories..... :-)

Here's to dreaming.....

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quote of Inner Spirit

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”

Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

American, Idle

Less than one week to go before the season premier of American Idol. Yes, I watch, but I don't vote. (I always feel the need to make that disclaimer, as if not voting somehow spares my last scrap of dignity. It's like saying "I didn't inhale.") So, here's my official prayer: May the gods of writing lead me not into temptation. May they deliver me from Idol... I would ask my Pixie posse to help keep me honest, but I think last season I managed to drag a fellow Pixie who shall remain nameless (Norma) into my addiction. Sort of like having a drink with your sponsor. So this year maybe I'll just make Idol a reward. How many words should I have to write before I can watch? More or less for an elimination episode? The first step is admitting you have a problem...;)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Drive, Driving, Driven....

Passion.

Zeal.

Love.

Craze.

Fervor.

Obsession.

Ardor.

Obsession,

Whatever word you use to describe your inner drive to tell a story.

Isn’t it funny how, creating a story is much like a passionate intimate relationship: it ignites with a spark, has its honeymoon phase, its ups and downs and eventually the relationship/story ends on its own course, on its own schedule, in the way it was suppose to….

Lost Passion, Inquire within.

Today, I was talking to a fellow colleague about an artistic project he was working on. What amazed me about the course of our conversation was his unwavering passion about his endeavor. Every fiber of his being was invested into this project 120%. In fact, his energy for this project was so explosive that if I were an agent, I would want to represent him.

No one would never know that he had recently suffered a major set back. When asked, if the interruption upset him. He responded with, “No, I LOVE what I am creating.” I walked away in awe and inspired by our conversation.

To be honest, I cannot remember the last time I was truly passionate about a story I was working on. I’ve been so caught up in the technical aspects of storytelling that I lost the love of telling the story. Perhaps ‘lost the love’ is the incorrect descriptive to use. It is better said of the following:
I’ve been emotionally non-committal and unavailable to my stories for fear of the rejection of being told that they are not good enough.

Eck! What a crazy realization! Surprisingly, this is only been a recent development. Thankfully, there is time to hit the reset button and start anew.

I believe that it is a combination of technical finesse and a genuine love for the story that makes a great storyteller.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mantra for 09

I’ve been on a quest to find a mantra for 09. I wanted the mantra to be simple but yet, articulately capture the essence of being proactive in my artistic endeavors.

Inspiration finally hit while reading none other than Joseph Campbell ‘s “Power of Myth.” (Yes, I am still reading this book…)
“Marga” is the Sanskrit name for path. According to Campbell, myth comes from the imagination and imagination always leads back to one’s path. (i.e. myths trigger something internally within the soul, which aids in maintaining the present course. Or helps put one on the correct path.)

With that in mind I came up with the term, Creative Marga.

What Creative Marga means to me is: 1) the ability to continuously creative stories in whatever medium they choose to come in (film, novel, stage plays, paint etc.). 2) That every pathway I’ve ever tried to take has always leads back to my inner ability to create. Therefore, I must embrace the creative person that I’ve always been.
So, here’s to 09 and the Creative Marga!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to all Pixies

2009 is going to be a great year for Death Pixies everywhere. I can smell it.