Saturday, March 31, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Last night, I came home from work a little cranky. In the mood to hide out. You know those nights. The query and writing blues kicked in, which of course led to, “And what am I doing with my life?”
Thanks to the power of social media, I learned that my favorite collegiate gymnastics team was streaming its competition online.
As I watched, continuing to feel glum, a girl from the opposing team fell off of beam. She was clearly rattled and climbed back up, only to straddle the beam on her next skill.
Suddenly, my night didn’t seem so bad.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I know how to flip out of the boat. No, no, thanks. Sudden change of plans. Different order of operations than anticipated. So sorry. I roll into the water and swim for the shore.
I can tell when others will do it. I hear the splash before they've made a move for the side. I imagine the hasty excuses.
But lately I want to take that waterlogged vessel out farther. Sit with bare feet as water rises over my ankles, over the bench. Take my chances.
Friday, March 09, 2012
In terms of new material, though, I'm stepping back to the screenplay. That old chestnut. We've made it to Act III and now the two men are in the same room, and one has murder on his mind.
I write it one line at a time, very carefully.
I know that I can go back and take out all of the stupid stuff, revise the heck out of it, make it shine. I don't have to get it right on the first try. But I want to. As close as I can. The words might change, but I want the tone and the tension to be just right.
Read: Kayak Morning, Roger Rosenblatt
Thursday, March 08, 2012
When those eyes and the nation to which they stood witness were gone at last with their dignity back into their origins there would perhaps be other fires and other witnesses and other worlds otherwise beheld. But they would not be this one.
One thing I admire about Cormac McCarthy: he writes on his own terms. Punctuation, dialogue tags, sudden large words--they're all used at his discretion. It doesn't matter what everyone else is writing. It doesn't matter what's trendy. He writes the way he chooses to.