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Questions - #AWM2015

"How much have you written in the first week?"
Not one word.

"How do you feel about it, positive or negative?"
I'm okay with not writing. Writers spend the majority of their time not writing. It's natural to want to go outside, to eat, to sleep, to talk to our loved ones or our tolerated ones. Beyond that, many of us have jobs or other obligations which demand our attentions even during times when we would actually prefer to write, or so we tell ourselves. But just because I haven't touched pen to paper doesn't mean I'm not mulling it over, not letting words wash up on the beaches of my mind. The process is already begun. 

"Do you have a set goal in mind or could all your plans change tomorrow?"
My plans do change, with every tomorrow.  

"What's the most difficult part of writing so far?"
Apparently the writing part.

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Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror - #AWM2015

Lamplighter has asked the writers to realize that "our interpretation of the art is highly reflective of our own self." No doubt, that's true. In fact, screenwriters and fiction authors spend many a frustrated hour trying to scratch their way out of their own skin, trying to exchange the lens with which they view the world for the lens of their characters. 

Don't ask me to stop that ceaseless struggle and focus even more on myself than I already do. Not to be the crotchety old one in the herd, but I feel as though we Millennials are a tad too introspective.  Narcissism has gone from being tolerated to being encouraged in popular American culture.

This isn't a new rant, so I won't let it fly. I'm just quite ready to think about someone else for a change.

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Questions - #AWM2015

The lovely folks at Lamplighter have given me a list of questions to answer, but I don't much like them. So I'll answer the one question that I do like: What do you expect to accomplish while participating in the project?

Well, no pressure, Lamplighter, but I fully expect my participation in the Artist Writer Mashup to lift me out of the cold fog that grips many a writer in the long, dark winter months. May my shaggy coat lose the glisten of frost. May I sleepily, cautiously, push my head up through the crust of ice that has entombed me and discover snowbanks dripping in the suddenly touchable sun.

I hope to be reinvigorated. I hope to use the AWM to stretch my compressed writing muscles. And may the end result not suck. :)

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Why I Am Not An Artist - #AWM2015

...And so it begins. I'm excited to participate in Lamplighter's Artist Writer Mashup on its inaugural voyage. I'd better be excited, as this is my very first blog post on my newly minted website.

I don't know that I'm supposed to share the illustration I was assigned. It feels a bit silly not to, but then again, it also feels fun. Let it be a secret. Let me tantalize you with hints of it, wisps and whisperings.

My assigned illustration, I will say, made me smile. The white space it lives against is vast and stark, which I enjoy. I like to pretend that the white in an artist's piece (when it's present) represents the air that occupies all the space around us which we think of as being empty. 

Another thing I like about the piece is that, while there are very few things depicted therein, what items do appear do so in twos. I've always had a nagging feeling that duality was the "correct" mode of humanity and perhaps the surrounding world. Yin and Yang, right and left, right and wrong, on and off - these things always felt instinctively correct to me. Light and dark have for many years been two of my favorite opposites. One could argue that my fascination with pairs, doubles and opposites stems in some way from my birthday which designated me a Gemini. But who really knows?

The name of this blog prompt is "Why I Am Not An Artist." I'm not an artist because I can't draw. If I could, I'd be speaking with paints and scissors and cameras and complex software programming. A picture's worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Nevertheless I shall endeavor to use words to make something new of what Lauren Clarke has done.

Wish me luck.

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