February 28, 2013
In the city, I'm a night-owl for whatever reason there is, I tend to go into draft heats first thing in the AM, edit older drafts over breaky and again at tea time in the late afternoon. I also continue drafting in late afternoon or evening, sometimes late into the nite. Days vary, I try to make myself pound out a good walk every day and keep a yogo practice, meet with friends on occasion. Try not to get too reclusive with writing but it happens.
I'm keep an ongoing affair with a novel series––7 books. Futuristic, parallel universe, post-"Great Collapse", and regenerative society themes. My investigation into more positive ways to anticipate humanity's future in light of Climate Change, global economic/political destabilization, biological and drone propelled warfare, etc.....despite all that, I believe there are big movements afoot which counter the general nihilist tendencies of most futuristic writings thus far. Simple question––What happens if all of that "excrement hits the air conditioner" and we still believe in love? My story is called "Utopia's Shadow" and this question is where it starts. I also write non-fiction, poetry, am a "hired" gun for varying non-profit endeavors––largely environmental, community, well-being related. I have a non-fiction project based on texts related to ancient Chinese medical theory and astrology, have trained in both fields for many years. Last but not least, I enjoy "nonsense" writing.
I have gone through many phases of really liking finished work I've done. Of course, pulling things out years later always shows how much better I like where I've evolved to. There are sometimes random times when I find old files, things I've written that I completely forgotten about––and I really like them! Always a nice surprise. Up till now, I have not attempted to publish in any large literary publication. Most of my work has been utilitarian in some form or other––treatments for animated film, non-profit and activist materials, professional journal materials. I'm now, as in today, completing my first attempt to submit a short story to Glimmer Train as a "New Writer". My intention is to keep getting my work out where it can be engaged with. Most likely, my astrology writing will be what carries me to a more lucrative writing existence. What I've done thus far is very well received. I also write content for my website and for hand-made art books which I really enjoy creating.
get my writing published so I can get paid for doing it. Then, the hope would be that I could have more of a social life.
Only emotional upheaval has that effect, like when my mom was dying, I quit writing for a number of years. Now, I find "block" usually means I've gotten too isolated and need to go out and live a little, which I do.
Writing now takes on a synesthetic quality, mostly with visual art...ink, brushes, wooden pen nib most often. The two forms create such rhythms, birds raising off fields in unison, at times, only tangled fingertips gasp in the dust...heaving gills.
Great mix of people showed up and conversed well together. This was my first meetup so can't say too much but I was impressed with the generosity of attendees––that even though so few submitted work to be read, a very decent number showed up just to be part of giving feedback. One thing I would really hope for is feedback oriented most predominantly around impressions on theme/character, etc. created by the narrative. Today, it was apparent that people in this group know how to write, have had a certain degree of formal training or done significant self-study. I don't know how others feel, but I would most appreciate completely staying off of "instructive" feedback where various stylistic suggestions are made and rather, stick to saying from a subjective 'I felt...'––what the story seems to be about, what works and how it's perceived that it works, where the story gets hard to 'see', where the pacing feels hard to stay connected and, of course, what is glorious. My 2¢-Anyone?