a novel by Geoff Schutt
Eleanor knew that her character was filled with contradictions. But she wondered if she really was full of any more contradictions in character than other girls her age, or other women, or other people in general. She thought, if only she could get her contradictions straight, she could use them wisely. The sort of, be one kind of person for this situation, and another for that situation. No, that wasn’t true. She wanted to get her contradictions straight so they wouldn’t haunt her so much. She was haunted by the person she wanted to be, when she was just that person yesterday, and might be that person again tomorrow, but not today. That's how it worked with her contradictions, she decided. They were out of alignment. Her entire character was out of alignment. If she didn't think every thought and action carefully through, she might mess something up -- be the wrong person for the right situation, for example. She wondered if anybody else ever felt like this.
To Reach The Green Light At The End Of The Pier
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES: "We are saving ourselves through the words," says Eleanor, the leading lady of a novel-in-progress. This exploration into the creative process -- which includes plenty of distractions/tangents /thoughts & rants by Eleanor, her Biographer, and selected guest artists -- will continue until Eleanor is certain her story is "right." (But we dare not jump ahead of ourselves.)
There will be the occasional typo (as Eleanor points out), and much of this is intended to be "original draft" -- what comes out of our mouths (heads) first, and then set down in that order. Not all of it will be included in the novel, but all of it is happening in real time.
ELEANOR says: "Please turn the page. Keep reading."
For more of Eleanor and her Biographer -- as well as the work of our many guest artists -- check out the older postings. "Everything is part of the process, and the process is the journey," Eleanor says.