Thursday, April 24, 2008
With the chaos of art shows behind me, I can now pursue writing again. I love how being forced away from your novel makes the heart grow fonder, or at least inspired. I've been getting random--and quite frequent--bouts of inspiration. While mindlessly cropping the sides of a Van Gogh inspired sunflower painting or demonstrating to kinders how to cut out a circle, they come to me. Perfect little tidbits that will surely make my novel better. Some are general. Some are character specific. These are the edits in my mind.
Now that I have two novels that I'm working on, the inspirations can sometimes get muddled. While in the moment, I'm certain that I'll remember them. After all, they're so brilliant. Ha! But as soon as I make it back to the keyboard, they vanish.
My friend, Laura, AKA BlackJack Super Babe, carries a cute little notepad with her at all times. The last time we had coffee, she pulled it out a few times to scribble down notes. Genius, I thought. "Sheesh," she said. "Just go buy one".
I think I will.
My stack of unread books on my bedside table is low. I need another fix. Think I might pop over to Chaucer's and pick up a couple of the new 2k8 novels. Not sure which one. It'll be fun to browse but does anyone have any recommendations?
I've never read Stargirl but after Patricia Gauch raved about it at the Los Angeles Writer's day, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. The climax scene with Stargirl leading a line of congo dancers through the fields in her yellow buttercup dress. Love it.