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.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Never Close Your Eyes When You're Dreaming
"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."
-- Henry Miller
Eleanor smiles, and then in words that convey her true character age, says, "It really is all in keeping your eyes open. Or if you need to sleep, it's about continuing those conversations you have with yourself during the day, and then acting them out with lots and lots of characters in your dreams. Wild characters. Bigger than life characters. Even the plain characters you have to paint with color and give a good push. Never close your eyes when you're dreaming. That's worse than doing it when you're awake."
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.