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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Days 14 & 15: Walking
Eleanor: We are grouping our days into twos now. One for me, and one for my Biographer. Even though we are together in this. Sometimes you just need to begin walking. That's right, wherever you are right now, put on a good pair of walking shoes, and if it's cold out, dress for the weather, and even if it's the dark of night, you need to just walk. Walk in a straight line at first, so you get as far away as possible. So that your old neighborhood looks nothing like the neighborhood you're in now. You just need to keep walking, even if you're frightened.
See that building over there? We used to have neighbors living in that building, but they walked away. I don't know exactly when, but it's been a while. All of them left, but not at once. First it was just a single person, but then they learned it was better to go in twos, and threes, and then more -- groups of them, just walking as far away as they could get.
My Biographer and I are only two.
We need to keep walking.
After a while, we'll turn this way or that, but it will still be away from here, or wherever here was, because we've grown too comfortable here, and my Biographer has to begin to think for himself again, not like I'm thinking, not every thought in my head, but for himself.
When we find a good place to stop, we'll take a picture, and we'll say, this is it. This is where we are.
And my Biographer will say, Eleanor, I am thinking on my own again. And he will thank me for this, no matter how tired he is.
That's the plan, at least.
We are walking.
We need to remember everything I just said.
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.