Today I experienced one the best things I like about writing. Thinking about it, calling it an experience is not really accurate. It is more the sense of ideas coming together but not yet forming into something tangible. I love that feeling. It is so exciting to not know what I am going to end up writing yet and I look forward to surprising myself when it does get written. I have done as much research as I need to have a rough idea where the play is going and it planted a seed into the fertile soil of my little brain. I do not know what it is going to grow into, but I know that it is growing. I can feel it now hovering around the edges of my consciousness, like the little shy flower it is until it is confident enough to come forth. I think of it much like seeing a deer by accident in the woods. If you move, the deer will spook and run, but maybe, just maybe, if you stay still it might come towards you. When this happens, I keep myself busy and clean and cook and tend to my indoor garden (which is doing fabulously, thanks for asking) so I do not overthink or strain to get the idea out. I know it will come to me when it is ready and be all the better for my not interfering. So, on that note, I am going to write a scene unconnected to the idea (well, as far as I know so far) and see what turns up.
Take care buddies,
I have found out by doing surveys that as a 37 year-old-man without children I am a statistical anomaly to survey companies. I get screened out of surveys for not having children yet. Well, I do apologise survey companies for waiting until my fiance and I are financially solvent before bringing children into the world. Perhaps I should have got pregnant at 14 and produced sprogs until I do not need to do surveys for money as my benefits cover all my expenses.
Why do people phrase being a snake in the grass in a negative sense? I just think it is unfair from the snake points of view. They can’t avoid the ground and contact with grass at some point is inevitable.
So, it would be remiss of me not to promote my beloved fiance Gauri Chauhan (sorry ladies, I know it will come as a massive blow to find out that I am taken – I guess you have to know me to know how unseriously I take my own comment). She is, among many things, my fiance, a counsellor, a photographer, a life coach and the reason I am able to have a shot at making my writing dreams come true, for which I am eternally grateful. Please have a look at her site. The orange leaf photo (taken by her) is worth it. http://www.gaurichauhan.com/
For some reason I had The Muppets song ‘Istanbul, not Constantinople’ in my head as I wrote the post title. Constantinople and procrastination do have the same number of syllables and I am only on line two of this post and I want to stop and go and listen to that song. Damn you procrastination!!! You strike again.
Ok, that was awesome and I have included a link for you my beloved readers if you want to hear the song: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20uXjti9h4I
So, yes, that is a good example of what procrastination could be. But hey, if you are writing, you need those little breaks to keep you going over the long stretch. If I had carried on all day watching youtube videos, then I would be procrastinating.
I recently wrote a play about Edgar Allen Poe. I only had two weeks to write it, so the research period was intense. Actually, it was intense in more ways than one. I knew nothing much about Poe before I started writing the play and as it turned out what I thought I knew was mostly wrong. I did go into full Poe mode for seven days. I read everything of his I could, I had a Poe screen-saver (his little beady eyes stared at me all day everyday judging me as I adapted his work), I listened to gothic music to get my juices going and I bought a Raven. (Ok, the last part is not true, but you get the idea). As a result of all this, I was left slightly traumatised and having some seriously messed up and scary dreams (which considering how crazy my dreams are normally, is saying something). I did learn a lot about the man however and it helped me form a character that I had no intention of writing as I started. Did you know Poe was actually tee-total for long periods (up to two years, which makes anyone giving up for January look a tad amateur, although I totally failed to give up for January, so no judgement) and then went a bit overboard when he did drink? No-one actually knows how he died or what happened to him for the four days he went missing before his death. Oh, and he would have been Sigmund Freud’s ultimate wet dream. To say Poe had mummy issues is the greatest affront to understatement the world has ever seen. I did end up totally liking him though.
I could never have written the play without research and it was the limited time I had to write it that really helped. There was no time for procrastination. It taught me that research is great, but only when it is turned into something.
Today I am researching The Quantum Theory of Consciousness (nope, I have no idea either) for a play about a man in a spaceship all alone. And on that note, I best stop blogging and get back to writing.
Take care buddies,
Hi. These are some links to some cool things I listen to while writing and some cool people I know. Please check them out and share, like etc.
My Brother, My Brother and Me. These guys do amazingly funny podcasts that I listen to. You can check them out on Twitter: @mbmbam , on their website: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/my-brother-my-brother-and-me , or on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yellow-Spot-Collective/683648738341003?fref=ts
These guys and gals are Yellow Spot Collective. They can explain what they are much better than I can. Please check them out on Facebook: http://www.yellowspotcollective.com/#!about/c139r or on their website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MBMBaM/145824008797151
The Old Border are a great bunch of lads who have formed their own band and play great music. They also filmed a music video in my flat (how cool is that?). You can check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOldBorder?fref=ts
Ryan Koriya is too many things to list fully, but in brief he is a musician, singer songwriter, all round awesome fella and occasional sleeper on my sofa. He has a lot of links and you can find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryankoriya?ref=ts&fref=ts
Vanity Productions is run by Tim Oberholzer and is the company that produced a play I wrote for the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival called The Poe Show. You can find information on Vanity Productions and their great upcoming shows on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanityprojectproductions?fref=ts
You can also find about Tim Oberholzer and The Poe Show on Tim’s website: http://timoberholzer.com/2014/05/21/the-poe-show-at-the-2014-ottawa-fringe
I have known Stewart Matthews since we started university in 1995. We formed a theatre company called Screwed & Clued with two other friends in 1998. Stewart directed The Poe Show and (and many other shows including Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Vanity Productions) has generally been kicking ass in Canadian theatre for years. He also who helped me drag myself away from a dead end care job and back to writing for which I am eternally grateful.
There will be more links coming soon.
Take care buddies,
I learnt that Beavers (the animal) hold hands when they are asleep so they do not float away from their partner. A tiny part of me wants find a bunch of them, swap their hands with other couples while they sleep and just see what happens when they wake up.