"Writing isn’t writing unless it’s done around 11 PM three beers or two brandies in."
— Me, just now, to no one in particular
"I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other. We’re all cruel, aren’t we? We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that’s what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with. I hope the overall view isn’t just that though, or I’ve failed in my writing. There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character."
— Martin McDonagh
"When a writer tries to explain too much, he’s out of time before he begins."
"People talk about the theme of a story as if the theme were like the string that a sack of chicken feed is tied with. They think that if you can pick out the theme, the way you pick the right thread in the chicken-feed sack, you can rip the story open and feed the chickens."
— Flannery O’Connor, “Writing Short Stories”
I wrote about 40 songs in the period February-August 2011. Since then, I’ve written maybe 5 or 6 in total. I still go back to the files from that creative deluge to this day when looking for new material to record or perform. Often I’m pleased with things I discover and begin to rework, but it feels strange sometimes, as if I’m covering someone else’s songs.
I don’t know if I’ve changed or something’s gone wrong or I’ve just been focused on other things in school and on the side with film scoring… and I’m not sure whether it’d be wise to attempt a concerted effort at resuming that level of output. But, I’m sort of in a rut. Any other writers (of any medium) have any similar experiences or cycles of writing?
"It used to be that they made movies about people. Now they make movies (many of them quite entertaining) about cyborgs, aliens, germs, you name it. Yes, while developing the story they’ll talk about the importance of dialogue and story, but the story and the dialogue are not the reason the movie is getting made. It’s the dinosaurs."
I find there’s no comparison for the experience of staring into a glass full of ice, waiting for its former contents to impart a nice fuzziness on things. Except maybe the moments before the needle on a record player finds the groove, or before a really good kiss. Even so, only the first one is disquieting as well.
by katie eisenberg // narrated by various men.
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She positioned the stool next to the speckled formica island in the center of her cramped fluorescent kitchen where she tended to take her meals and considered taking a seat, but refrained. No, she thought, “I must only sit there if I am eating.” She stood.
Was just cleaning up my mac and reminiscing over old videos and pictures and stuff (maybe some soon to come here) and I came across this old textedit file from October ‘11 called “stuff to do creatively.” A bunch of it still applies and sparks somes ideas….. maybe I’ll get around to some of this stuff. Probably not though. Still, it’s good to have notes like this. I wonder what other people on here who write songs or write anything or do anything use to make notes like this or remind themselves of creative ideas they had that they can’t execute immediately………..?
Lilia Rubin wants to make songs
Aarica North busk in wash sq.
Play/do something with Miles
Score Jon’s film — C to Em, E to Eaug, Am
Write a song about Nick’s note (knitting)
Write more songs on the piano
Album “Domiciles” about all places I’ve lived
Mister as band name
*Intern song for NY neos
Minor song like on Zombies
Song about our current room 907
Tapping through life
Epic folk song to end the set
Spring to spring
It’s only november
Spring to spring
It can only get better
it’s all a function
If you want to move, you’re going to lose your balance
but there’s something more
you’ve waited for
Maybe you already found it