Collaborative Rewriting or Developmental Editing? notes on process

I'm not a big one for "how to" articles mainly because I pretty much need to read them more than write them. However, I think it might be useful for some people to see how I am doing some collaborative editing. First of all, as most writers know, there are all kinds of editors with their Venn Diagrams overlapping in all kinds of ways. To save time I am borrowing some definitions I found from the site http://www.romancerefined.com. I hope she doesn't mind, I linked this to Rachel Daven Skin...

HOW TO BECOME AN ARTIST

1. Divide your mind into three parts.   2. Part One is “the Child Mind”… curious, unembarrassable, stubborn… this part gets the ideas and wants to make things, indefatigable   3. Part Two is the “Pseudo Scientist”.. He’s not a real scientist but he likes to investigate things… bricoleur…alchemist…renaissance person… country gentleman/woman.. He’s the one who encourages Part One Child Mind to continue… like:  How would it look if you did it...

Flash fiction: Thing in the Driveway Episode One

The Thing In The Driveway The idea of the Thing in the Driveway first came to Cole when he was taking out the trash on a moonless. He imagined his Thing wouldn’t be exactly in the driveway, but lurking in the forest to his right as he wheeled the forty gallon trash container to the gravel road. It was early fall and the deciduous trees that made up the bulk of the forest were denuded of leaves. All that remained were stumps and half-rotting trunks leaning against each other like drunks b...

Movies and Tv…for the YA reader

    My son turned me onto the delightful Brit filmmaker Mike Leigh. Probably most famous for his recent MR TURNER, we also watched HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. The film has an interesting take on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) [from wiki] : a stock character type in films. Film critic Nathan Rabin, who coined the term after observing Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown(2005), describes the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imag...

It Follows film and the horrors of Detroit

It follows Detroit I had a great time with a buddy of mine who appreciates horror movies watching IT FOLLOWS. The charm of the movie is partly in its amateurish messiness, which if it had been a bigger budget movie would have been worked out. Given its low budget indie quality I felt forgiving like I would if I knew the filmmaker or he was a relative. It’s hard to put my finger on why I sensed it had been filmed in my native Detroit. I read later in a review something about “distinc...

Surreal notes on AWP 2015 Minneapolis

  Oh, there are a lot of people here. Some say 12,000. Some say 15,000. How many are published? How many are teachers? How many just love books? Wow there are so many people here. That's bad in a way, there are so many writers. Maybe there are more writers than readers? I heard someone say that. No, it's a good thing, it shows how much interest there is in writing! Tornadoes seem to be an image jumping forth from my psyche. Why a tornado on top of a  tornado? Maybe because it's so hard to wr...

Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

  Check out my contribution: "Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto." Pluto New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology Edited by Richard Grossinger, Contribution by Richard C. Hoagland, Robert Kelly, Rob Brezsny and Dana Wilde http://nabcommunities.com/shop/pluto/ Description: Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, Pluto offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous ...

notes on David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY

  How the hell does David Lynch get away with transmigration of souls as the core theme? True, he dresses it up in LA caper mode/ "moll" and leather coats and toughs and guns and porn, and all the trappings of classic B thrillers, but at the core there's this "demon" guy (Robert Blake before he murdered someone in real life)... who orchestrates the identity switch For what purpose?   [vsw id="https://youtu.be/hvGvjnqSKF8" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autopla...

This week's watchings

my son turned me on to the "australian" slap (not to be with the american slap coming soon to broadcast tv) https://youtu.be/_WP8I0T9xnk Danger5 the parody of 1980s action team films... season 2 on netflix   https://youtu.be/xYXHzOqnMpk finally getting to David Lynch's Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me https://youtu.be/rOW9hkPLeAY Reading tom drury THE END OF VANDALISM Painting continuing "biomorph" theme

Micheal Meyers, Ricky Gervais, David Lynch and John Cleese on creativity

Michael Meyers on Creativity [vsw id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJ5nspoJ5A#t=1m54s" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity [vsw id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJ5nspoJ5A#t=1m54s" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] John Cleese on the Origin of Creativity [vsw id="http://youtu.be/yAwDWe7OIF8" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] Comedian Ricky Gervais Tells a S...