Posts by edadmin

connections

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground. You cannot tell always by looking what is happening. More than half the tree is spread out in the soil under your feet. Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet. Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree. Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden. Gnaw in the dark and use the sun to make sugar. –from “The Seven of Pentacles” by Marge Piercy   Marge Piercy’s poem “The Seven of Pentacles,”  quoted above, has been a touchstone for me in the midst...

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Weathering Uncertainty

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

The writing process is, by nature, imbued with uncertainty. How could it be otherwise? Every time I’m struck (either by lightning or with a leaf) by an idea, I have the tendency to want to enshrine it–to make it something that by nature it is not. The idea leaps whole and fresh out of the bottomless pool of inspiration, and then my mind starts kneading it like putty, and pretty soon that initial idea is no longer itself. Then my mind kicks in, working to reproduce that fresh-live feeling of the initial idea. Maybe because the thought, the image, the impulse, was so raw and so...

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Characters: Going Deep

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

What is the relationship between going deep in myself, and deep into characters? Going deep in myself means letting go of all the usual frames of reference in order to experience a reality that is transcendent of ego and attachment. Going deep implies liberation from usual, entrenched patterns of self. I am in a place of wonder, not a place of assumptions. In fact, the part of me that is always thinking myself into corners and bound up by reason doesn’t really exist anymore. Going deep in myself does not imply indifference, however. In that place, I am, more fully than anywhere else. In...

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“Dreamstorming”

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

“It’s a funny state. It’s not as if you’re falling asleep at your computer, but neither are you brainstorming. You’re dreamstorming, inviting the images of moment-to-moment experience through your unconscious…the state of communion with your unconscious–the zone I’m trying to describe–is absolutely essential, absolutely essential to writing well in this art form.” –From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler, p. 31 I have found this idea of going right from the dream state to writing to be incredibly helpful, though at times...

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