Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brush Strokes

I realize how much in awe I am of artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Seurat.  Imagine painting a subject--and you are close enough to your canvas to use small brush strokes, and yet your subject comes alive with light and dark and shape and line, and we see it as a complete work.

That's what it's like sometimes to write a long work--or even a short one. You concentrate on the small brush strokes that you hope lead to the big story, the big picture.

That's all I'll say about that.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Synchronicity, Part 1

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, a former Poet Laureate of the great state of Kansas led a workshop a couple of days ago. It was at the Writers Place in Kansas City and was called "Write Livelihood," basically an introduction to making one's life writing with heart and integrity, and living the life you were meant to.

This was like the repeated mantra of the past few days: a friend said she was tired of being a shill for corporations, for making money for them and not for herself or the company. Non-profit corporations might be better, but--you have to truly love the cause.

Also, I recently bought this book "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD & ADHD," by Wes Crenshaw. I had just finished the chapter on doing what's right, not what's easy (Chapter 3, "A Right Path").

And so going to this workshop seemed like a bit of synchronicity.

Because a lot of what I learned there was not some magical answer: do this correctly and you too will be a famous and well-paid author. It was more like: do the right thing and that's the way to live.

Part 2 will explore more of what I mean by this...