The HBO series Carnivale has been inspiring me.
We recently picked up Carnivalé on DVD, and are enjoying season one. This series was broadcast on HBO in 2004 and only lasted two seasons before being cancelled, but not before attracting attention and kudos for its haunting stories, great cast, and movie-quality production values.
Carnivalé presents . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Carnivalé and the Hero’s Journey
Once in a while, an artist will inspire me, and make me appreciate connections to other artists, from the current time, or from a relatively distant point in the past. . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Multiple Media and a Billion Artists
Bathroom wall graffiti gives a glimpse of the way people think: it is drect, anonymous and comes with little sense of responsibility, similar to how most people’s backyards tell us how the homeowner truly lives.
Bathroom wall scribbles hardly qualify as art or creative writing, but I can think of some that is more creative . . . → Read More: Enigmatic Memes: Bathroom Grafitti I Have Known
The bagel gave its secrets to me limply and without a fight. I was hungry and it got what was coming to it. They always do, stupid bagels.
The sky was grey and overcast, threatening to rain. Large trucks blasted their horns irritably at little cars that were too slow to get out of their . . . → Read More: Mourning Coughey (A story sketch)
To observe and comment on your life and world, you need to have a certain amount of objectivity – detachment – from it. If you’re too-comfortably living inside your world, you really can’t see the outside shape of it. . . . → Read More: On Writing: Having Uncommon Thoughts in Common
When I read this exchange between an author and a reviewer on a public community blog, I was stunned, and a little fascinated:
The author refuses to acknowledge the points the reviewer (a volunteer) made, and soon became combative and even verbally abusive! It was a fascinating example of an emotional meltdown by a . . . → Read More: On Reviews: How NOT to Respond (or “Do this, and sink your writing career”)
Ken Lum’s public art piece, “Monument for East Vancouver” transforms an ad-hoc symbol of regional pride (or defiance, membership or territorial claim) into a new landmark on the city’s skyline. This piece is controversial… Some people love it, and some people hate it. . . . → Read More: The Monument for East Vancouver
I just finished reading “The Emily Carr Collection”, which includes four of her books: Klee Wyck, The Book of Small, The House of All Sorts, and Growing Pains. Emily Carr’s voice has become familiar and sympathetic to me. Reading her is like listening to an old friend. In my mind, she is not Emily Carr, internationally reknowned Canadian painter. She’s just Emily. . . . → Read More: On Writing: Emily Carr’s life stories are an inspiration…
My Dad was born in 1921, and as a young kid, knowing that he grew up during the Great Depression had always fascinated me. During the Great Depression, times were tough for Dad’s family, I’m sure, but I would learn in Social Studies class that other families had it much worse during that time, particularly farmers, and especially in the United States. That is the setting of Steinbeck’s major novel, “The Grapes of Wrath”. . . . → Read More: On Writing: John Steinbeck, the Grapes of Wrath, and my Dad’s Stories.
The raw material of a story or any creative work probably comes from at least two kinds of sources: the Subjective, and the Objective. Somewhere between these two seemingly opposite categories sits the Artist, who must decide how and when to engage either approach, and whether to use an unbalanced or balanced approach. . . . → Read More: On Research and Digging Deep: Setting the Tone for Believability