Monday morning. The usual routine now is to putter around downstairs, watch a politics show and catch up on news of the world. Then I climb to the third story to begin the work day.
I’m in the middle of a real pickle with “Running Girl,” one I’m not sure I can find the right combination of ham and swiss cheese to make edible. That’s today’s main task: staring. Staring at the screen. Staring out of the window. Coaxing the muse out of the plaster of the walls. Finding a smidgen of courage to go on.
To help inject some thought into the process, I read random things. It’s kind of like flipping through a book and sticking a finger in somewhere. Maybe there’s something guiding the finger (and maybe not), but it’s a technique to start moving the mental needle. This is today’s offering.”
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”
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If you must think, do so. But then, you must write – with or without thinking!
Oh, I spent a lot of time with Ms. Das today. 😉
Meow! I know she’ll be stunning…
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I’m trying something different with her. More depth, complications. More human, less pure psychopath. I still don’t know how it’s all going to turn out, though. Trying not to give into frustration. Just hitting it every day.😉
ooo, watch the depth – sometimes – a cool character has no need of backstory when what’s on the surface is so damn intriguing. Das is a fabulous gal to loathe – the more we know – the more we like – the less we loath and she’s fun to dislike intensely 😉
I may abandon this line, but I sometimes find character’s struggles with moral ambiguities, or contradictory passions interesting and challenging. Have you read Hemingway’s “Short Happy Life of Francis McComber” yet? Liked that one.
I was feeling Das was a little too much the cartoon. 2D.
I recently reread, Old Man and then read halfway through, For Whom – sadly now my Hemingway anthology is in the – to be completed pile. Short Happy, isn’t in the TOC – I promise to add to my list of – must reads…
Go with your gut and Das will polish up as “perfect” as she needs to be…
Happy writing, Doug.
Complications…sound interesting:) I think Das will take you where she wants to go…
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