Greetings, True Believers!
First, you're going to get a double dose of me today. I will be posting on the Steampunk a-Go-Go website later today. More on that in a bit.
I trust everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was great. It's been a long time since I had an extended amount of guilt free time to reflect on what's truly important. I actually took the time to reach out to reach out directly to those closest to me and let them all know how grateful I am for them. And I'd like to take this moment to thank all of you who tune into this site and my other ones to support my modest efforts at being an actively creative human being. Thank you, True Believers.
Today's theme is duality, because, as many of you know, I am constantly torn between two creative paths with my writing. That hasn't changed, really. I've written extensively on that in previous posts, so instead of the process, I'll spend some time with the work.
The serious work lately has focused on what I'm calling "memories in fiction". These passages are not memoir, they're not autobiography. They are, however what's coming out of me, the stories burning to find their way to paper. Part of it may be that lately, by accident, I seem to have spent a lot of time reading some pretty good memoirs. This year's Pulitzer Prize winner, Barbarian Days by William Finnegan, and also one of the best books I've read in years, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, which if you haven't read, you really need to. Also, I stumbled on an interesting collection of essays on craft by Mary Karr called The Art of Memoir. Interestingly, it was that last work that solidified the fact that I am not writing a memoir by any means. There are part of the process of writing memoir that are not going to be part of my process, partly because I don't think they're necessary for what I'm trying to do, but partly because I don't have the patience to undertake things like sharing them with all the persons depicted int he stories to check them for accuracy. (Here's the thing, I'm the youngest of a big family. There ain't none of us with an accurate memory of the madness of our collectively created experience.) The material is weighty and if it ain't accurate, I try to make it true.
While all this is going on, I'll find myself in an interesting cycle that pays off creatively. The memory in fiction can be a really tough thing to write. To be honest with the material means reflecting deeply, facing some of those inner demons and those memories that while not tragic (to me), are emotionally taxing to explore. So one of the things I do to recharge the batteries is enjoy things like comics like The Amazing Screw on Head, Hellboy or some of those great Marvel and DC shows on Netflix. Then what happens is I haven't realized it, but then I get this flash that says, "I can do that!" and the next story is here. And that is exactly what happened over this weekend. I'll be sharing that on the Steampunk website today.
So that's what's up, True Believers. Thanks for reading and, really, keep an eye on that steampunk site. Good stuff is happening.