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.
Monday, September 15, 2008
"Better than good," & John Keats
"I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest."
-- John Keats
"We need to concentrate again on being 'better than good,'" Eleanor says. "Remember when we were really concentrating? I don't want to be average. I don't want to be mundane or ordinary. I want to be essential. I -- I need to be essential. Otherwise, what's the point?"
Her Biographer, now able to hear her voice, listens intently.
"Eleanor," he says. "I'll try harder, I promise. I'll work harder -- this is my vow to you. Just give me the words. Tell me the story. Make me believe that there's nothing else but your story. Make me see it. Make me see you. This goes both ways. Together, we'll be unstoppable. But I really must have that all-access pass to your world. Do you understand what this means? Are you prepared to be that vulnerable?"
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.