Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's Been Awhile

It has been about a year since I embarked on my art project, however things did not work out so I'm back to writing--and I couldn't be happier. I have missed it.

The whole process of writing is magical to me, from the spark of the idea. The heady, obsessive glee as the idea consumes me, launching me into a writing frenzy for the first  half or three quarters of the book. Then the bone grinding trudge because the muse has left me and I take on the Sisyphean task of finishing the first draft. And the joy of shrugging off the boulder when you finish. The eventual setting of the enthusiastic sunlight as the night of doubt drapes over me causing me to hide the manuscript in shame due to it's derivative plot and driveling narrative. Only to take it out months later and look on it with fresh eyes and realize the golden nuggets hidden within the dirt of the story. Then spend the next few weeks and months working out the story and editing again and again bouncing it between the trusted few and myself. Until I'm sick of it, and realize that it's as good as it's going to get. The story may not be a sparkling diamond but it's no longer a chunk of stone. It is smoothed and polished as I can get it, and time to put the eyes of the editors and publishers on it. Time to be added to the slush pile and the long wait.

...the long, long wait.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Trip to the Getty Museum

I went to the Getty Art Museum this weekend. It is one of my favorite places to go. I saw a picture that really struck a chord in me.
It is An Allegory of Passion by Hans Holbein the Younger, and depicts a man on an unbridled horse. The writing underneath says, "And so desire carries me along."