How are you? I’ve finally gotten my ass to my classes. I somehow managed to miss the first week back. Good start to a new semester? I think so. In writing today we reviewed the fundamental things we should be practicing every day in our writing. Not that you need reminding about conflict, because I know you’ve had your fair share, but it is an important element to a plot (or any piece of writing). Pound said “Even at the heart of the things we love, there is often tension”. How true is this?! It reminded me of you and how deeply you love but how mess still seems to follow you in it. Or maybe that’s a pessimistic way of looking at it. Anyway, we’re suppose to be able to develop the ability to spot tension and I don’t think you’ll have a problem with that (Offense, take none *read in a Yoda voice*). I also realized how true it was because I thought about how I can remember literally almost every time I hung out with Noles, and what we said and did before we started dating, and lots of those memories involve some sort of emotional tension. At least for me.
Simplicity and clarity is another thing we talked about. This is a trouble spot for me. We’re suppose to be able to convey the complex (emotional, intellectual) into something simple, easy to understand, relate to etc. I always end up jumbling all over the place. That wasn’t even a real description of anything…jumbling?
I know you’re a lover of words and I think you would appreciate that Pound said “When you write anything, you should give a shit, you should respect language enough to care”. That goes for anything you do I think. Why not put care and effort into everything? More than likely the outcome will be positive. I feel like I can almost hear you thinking that putting care and effort into (some) relationships is not worth it because the outcome will end up being hurtful. But in the end, you get to take away lessons so that’s positive too.
Anyway, I could ramble on to you for much longer, but I wont. Remember to; Read, write, observe and imagine!!! Have you met anyone new lately? Or been to a new place? If you have please respond with a description of the person or place. If you haven’t..please go to a new place or meet a new person (Even a stranger in a line).
Lots of Love from the Bay,
We are, as species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night. Telling it’self stories.
—Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
Cool little video I stumble upon. It’s only two minutes long.
I feel angry.
I think I should take up kickboxing.
or start doing yoga.
I pictured myself
touching my toes.
Feeling my hamstrings
and breathing out
all the tightness.
I imagined myself
doing this for hours
and how releasing it would be.
To focus on the emotional
until it blended with with the physical.
What a nice way to get to lost.
Well, what a simple concept. How true. It’s funny how many small things there are in our everyday lives that can be meaningful analogies. Today I am full of inspiration but lacking motivation. Feelings of ambivalence (if I am using this word correctly). I have so many things to do. School related and not. And how am I suppose to see any outcome if I continue to just sit on my ass? I want to get these things done, really (and frankly Im running out of time FAST for some of it) but at the same time, I don’t want to do anything but stay plopped down in my bed like a potato in the garden.
I don’t why I just compared myself to a potato in the garden. Even a potato has many more interesting things going on. I’m sure.
Good watch, I like the way in which this guy speaks… can’t quite put my finger on it (suggestions?) but he is pleasant to listen to and watch. I would gladly watch him teach a lecture… not sure about the girl in her bra at the end but this is worth the few minutes!
The subject matter is interesting too and I’ve pretty much always felt this way. I have a vivid memory from when I was about 11, laying in the back of our old van coming home from Taekwondo. I remember feeling so sad because I was so happy and full of love for life. I felt like crying and had to restrain myself from doing so. Guess I’ve been mastering holding back tears for a long time. (I’m still not very good at it)