Sunday, September 19, 2010
As a Dragon, a good appetite is something I understand. Takes more than a little nibble to develop appreciable Dragon heft. In this instance, however, I speak not of food/chow/vittles, but of Life, for which a good appetite is every bit as important. What different does it make to shovel calories into one's great maw/jaw/gullet if they've no motivation for the outcome of such an effort...life?
A short while ago I curled in my cave and enjoyed watching a film called "Julie & Julia", an inspiring tale about two motivated humans (Dragon or not, I've no problem with cross- species entertainment; soul-spark recognizes no physiological boundaries!) S'not just a 'chick' or 'Dragon' flick, but an excellent presentation of drive, focus on goals, a joy for existence, and the beauty of relationships that survive the difficulties of fierce drive, assiduous focus, and unbounded joy. All applicable circumstances, I think, for writers and artists to consider in their works.
Writers: what rich characteristics to assign your characters! Driven characters have conflicts, both internal and external. Focused folks don't always see what's happening around them, either emotionally or intellectually. More Conflict! Unbounded joy/happiness/elation can be charming, but can also be irritating to the 'unjoyful' (new word!) among your characters, and it can be a careless and distracting attribute. If a character is blinded by joy, will they recognize evil? Threats? The possibility of disenchantment? S'a thick soup of potential issues worthy of spooning into your story development.
Artists: Rather than spoon the soup, spatter it on with paint. Or pixels; whatever your choice of artistic weaponry. Every emotion has its own color and texture, visible to the eyes and heart of the individual artist. Subject and style, both or either, can express drive. Focus can relate to the artist or the work, but my reference is to the visual: soften or sharpen lines, tones, hues, light. Such expresses the environment of the scene. How can there be naught but unbounded joy in the mere creation? But that alludes to the artist. Not all art expresses joy, but can push the bounds of emotion by invoking sadness, peace, dread...s'all in the presentation. Make your art a palatable creation.
"Julie & Julia", so much can be reaped from the manner of their lives! Touches even a Dragon's heart to recognize the depth of devotion between Julia Child and her husband. She was tall, loud, uninhibited, and (at least in the movie) his love was unbending. He loved her not 'in spite' of her characteristics, but because of them.
What a delicious story. Butter was never so tasty! S'worth your time to watch this one!
The Dragon has spoken...
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I read an interesting article by Chris Vognar that addressed tweeting as a viable forum for short writing. He spoke not of the typical tweet territory of sharing links or emotional shout-outs or celebrity self-celebratory spouting, but of the new format discovered by those who celebrate the art of the written word. Held to the tight requirement of 140 characters, writers/authors/journalists and all manner of humans and Dragons who enjoy writing can wring words until they are rendered bone stark and reduced to their most fundamental sense.
Brevity. Conciseness. Succinctness. 'Less is More' are 3 words so tightly packed with righteous truth, if you add water they'll explode! Twitter provides an opportunity to perfect an economy of style through vigorous editing. What true writer wouldn't love the challenge to say something utterly profound within the parameters of a few short sentences?
Forget the links (well, not entirely! I do enjoy following those digital byways to new knowledge and revelations) and the oh-so-yawn-inducing announcement of where your posterior/rear/tail is settled at the moment, and strive, fellow witty writers to achieve true literary heights via nuggets of crisp and poignant syllables. Tame your prose, clip the bloat, slice the fat (s'only good on steaks and pork chops in any case!) and bring new literary achievements to the Twitter universe. Make reading 140 characters worthwhile.
As a Dragon I've a tendency to excess...however, in the spirit of tweeting purity, I shall endeavor to explore the strategy of 'write tight'. Adapt! Enjoy the technology. S'likely more folks will read a two sentence wonder than a 1,000 page novel. Sad but true.
The Dragon has spoken...