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.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Walt Whitman To Eleanor:
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes," Walt Whitman writes.
Eleanor shows this to her Biographer. See? she says, see?
Her Biographer remarks, Walt Whitman is Walt Whitman, and you, Eleanor -- are you. There's only one Walt Whitman, and there's only one Eleanor.
You sound so familiar, Eleanor says, a fake yawn, hand to her mouth several times like an obscene gesture of the obvious. So familiar, she says, but I'll tell you what. I'm going to grow a white beard and write poetry all day and all night and totally contradict myself but that's going to be okay, because I am filled with everybody. I am multitudes like Walt Whitman!
In fact, Eleanor continues with no small measure of bravado -- who's to say that I'm not the Biographer, and that you aren't MY character?
(She is dancing about like a ballerina. She dances wildly, provocatively. She dances a kind of seduction, but this is all about the words. It's always all about the words.)
Please do write my story then, her Biographer says. In fact, I dare you to.
They prepare to drink Moondust tea, and Eleanor's Biographer knows this could knock him out for a few days, if it's like last month's brew. But so it goes -- so it goes, indeed, he thinks, on Full Moon Day.
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.