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.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Eleanor & Martha Graham:
"I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being."
-- Martha Graham
Eleanor asks: Was I a dancer in a former life? I mean, in some of those pages you discarded, in those files that got lost? (I always thought it was suspicious how you could just allow files to be lost. That isn't fair, you know. To me.)
Was I ever a dancer? Please tell me, because I guess what I'm really trying to say is, I want to be a miracle.
Here, I'll give this to you and you read this quote and you tell me -- am I going to be a miracle in the final draft? Because if I am anything less, I might as well be a a leaf on a tree. And a leaf, it dies. It falls. It dries up into nothing.
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.