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, February 9, 2009
Eleanor & Her Biographer: On The Road
Eleanor and her Biographer are spending much of February on the road, collecting thoughts and words as they go. They plan to return to the refurbished Little Room, with the manic energy necessary for the final 34 postings on This Side of Paradise.
They have jointly issued the following statement:
"We thank you for reading, and sincerely hope that you will scroll down on this page -- if you have not already -- and read some of our adventures to date. This has been a year-long journey into the creative process. We plan to finish our ascent to Posting Number 500 with both drama and a bit of whimsy. We hope you will keep following the 'ascent' with us, right up to the wire. We appreciate your patience."
In addition, Eleanor has issued
her own statement:
"I collected some of my moondust (I finally remembered where I hid my ultra-secret stash) and traded it in for several more Moleskine notebooks. I'm not going to let a single word from a single thought get away from my Biographer and my story. I like road trips, though, and we've seen some magical things so far. Like the Full Moon, happening today. I've already collected enough new moondust to replace my stash, and it should last for the rest of the month. It's going to be moondust tea and inspiration and perhaps, if I'm lucky, I'll get to interview my Biographer again (see January 22, 2009). He thinks I'm keeping things from him, which I probably am to be honest, but really, I mean, really -- nobody's ever truly an open book, and, well, he's been keeping a lot from me, this I know, and I need to see how what he's been keeping from me relates to his writing, and then, specifically, what it means for me, you know? Now, I have one last comment to make, and I hope that everyone reading this will pay special attention, because --."
(Please Note: The last section of Eleanor's statement is smudged -- most likely from the abundance of moondust. We regret that we have been unable to reach Eleanor to fill in the blanks.)
(Addendum: Eleanor insists that she didn't smudge anything and blames the messenger.)
"In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed."
-- William S. Burroughs
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.