Writing


Props to having family close by! I have a (step) cousin who lives practically right down the road. We met up for coffee at the Gala Cafe down on Elm and had a decent time, chatting about art, computers, and life.

A quick word about Gala: they are only partially informed as to what they are actually serving. They try but can’t answer complicated questions regarding espresso. However, if you like thick and creamy cappuccinos, this is a good place to go. I usually ask for a very dry capp just to make sure they give me enough foam. Here, that might be to much.

Returning to Ryan (my cousin).  We chilled for a few hours and discussed how hard it is to come up with something original, though it is easier to take something already in existence and make it all your own. That could come back to entertain me I’m sure. What is the value of originality? What are the limits of creativity in a pure sense?

Now, as for the jobs and projects…

I have moved past the first obstacle of getting a job as tutor at the art school I mentioned earlier. Now I have a couple of formal interviews and if that goes well, I get 25 hours a week pushing tutoring services and helping the already existing writing center grow successfully. But I’ll wait until next week to jump for joy.

My latest project is a bit more exciting in the short run, though I don’t think I’ll see a return on my efforts as soon as the tutoring job could. In my past few blog entries I’ve been asking for suggestions that would help me compile a list of characters and transitions. My intention is to write a short story/novel that explores the differences of perspective and how circumstances can change in regards to how you look at things within context. It might appear to be a simple task to some, but considering that I haven’t really written anything like this before and it’s far from being a standard format, I think I’m giving myself quite the challenge. I’ll try to post bits of it on here, though I might end up waiting until I have the final draft to show it off. Of course, it might be completely a disaster and I will promptly bury it underneath layers of forgetfulness. So it goes.

In addition to ways of interaction in a city I need also topics of thought you might dwell on during the day. For example, if you think a lot about your job, throw me some concerns you have regularly. I’m looking for casual ideas. Not hard core ideas, just stuff that floats through your head as you walk in a park or drive down the road. Everyday concerns.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m semi modeling my creative process after a portion of what Danielewski does. For Only Revolutions he posed a short questionaire on the houseofleave.com (now onlyrevolutions.com) website asking for a moment in history, a car, a flower, and an animal. The responses he received from this process he then incorporated into his latest novel.

What I intend on doing with all these answers I hope to receive is to use them as a form of social mobility of consciousness. Interaction is the key here, where convergent perspectives (particularly contradictory ones) generate movement and even reality at times.

I’m looking for something simple to help me with an upcoming project. I need:

Ways people interact in a city setting. The more controvertial the better… and when I say controvertial I mean situations that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

I spent the afternoon with an author friend of mine first at Barnes & Noble and then at some tiny Hungarian restaurant right on Elm St (Lala’s). I probably traumatized the girl on the espresso machine at B&N because I ordered my favorite – grande vanilla very dry cappucino with whole milk – which seems to take them forever because they seem to use the Starbucks method of frothing the milk. But it came out really good. Props to them for putting up with me. Then came the Hungarian place, where I had a dopio out of a styrofoam cup. Good stuff. It was a little cold, and Dr. K wanted to sit outside, but it was completely tolerable. Plus I love to people watch. Anyway, I hit on a good idea out there which I will share on here once I get some progress under way. In some ways it could be slightly novelish, though my intention is more exploratory than narrative.

UPDATE: I’ve received a couple suggestions already and wanted to toss them out there for examples of what I’m looking for.

  • homeless person asking for change (chris g)
  • elderly crossing the street (chris g)
  • car accident / near car accident

Cycloidal motion.

The dead not dead but barely breathing.

How is it possible to so constantly haunt so sacred a place?

Burning words and biting eyes, the cruel want-push of confusion.

Angel’s face – devil’s touch. Something so wanted, so feared. So in need.

Why do we spend so much grief look           ing for what is right in front of us?

Where is the clarity of thought that brings sweet relief, throwing shadow

where context is needed. A resolution of fine grain, photons scatter us.

Our self-made walls are closing in, lacking words of sufficient

weight. We tremble at the magnificent substance of

everything.

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POSSIBILITY

So despite my calling this blog “Exploration of perspective” I haven’t really done much exploring. Well, not explicitly anyway. Even the most mundane observations are a form of perspective game. And writing, at least for me, works slow and resistant, so the simple act of writing about mundane things has the property of helping me write better stuff later. So there has been no loss, but a desire for more precise perspective work.

A game that I came up with this past summer was my so-called Exclusion Studies. I’m sure it’s a simple and well known game to any artist, but all you do is take a walk with a digital camera (digital because most of the pictures aren’t going to be that good and it would be way to expensive – you can if you want to of course though) and decide on a filter ahead of time. The filter can be anything at all, but the point of the filter is to edit how you look at the world. I have yet to actually play this game – today will be the first time – and I expect to do something really basic like a color or linear stuff. The best filter will be one that makes you look at everything around you differently, which is in fact the real point of the game. The end product might be cool, but the doing is the important part here. Whatever you end up with, by playing this game you exercise how you look and see everything. That’s what is important.