The Young May Moon

“May you live in interesting times…” ~ Chinese curse

Charlie Vaughan

“Universal Sea” By Charlie Vaughan

 

Five months between posts is a universe of information to recount. While taking a break for life, I took the long way around and return to report the world looks and tastes the same as before. My writing chair feels the same. The cats still knock crap off my desk. My phone is dead, so I can focus on this… except now I want to make chocolate covered strawberries and do laundry…

I listened to a podcast once by a prolific writer who was asked by one of his students if he had any advice on “how to be a good writer.”  His response was something to the effect of – live an interesting life for the next ten years – and then write about it – in ten years. As disheartening as that would be to hear, there are levels of absolute truth that can’t really be explained to you if you don’t already understand it. And an interesting life isn’t the most insulated experience either.

Recently I edited forty pages of a novel I started in college. What a way to time travel! (That girl was ridiculous!)  I wouldn’t have written any of that story today.  (I know better.) I also noticed the tone of my current work comes from a place of “knowing wariness” which I chalk up to ten years of an interesting life.  I’m in the process of shifting some focus back toward fiction.  As someone who self identifies as a writer, I should probably write. (lolz)

Things that have happened in the last five months: I took up a full time producing gig out with a flock of lovely weirdos in Eden Prairie.  Accomplishing a long sought after goal (full time filmmaker job) is a blessing and a curse. I imagine it’s rarely what you think it’ll be, and “What now?” That alone has taken large chunks of my mind share.  Altho, last summer while freelancing at One Light, I still had time for blog love. The few minutes I’ve taken to sit and write about my work/life have resulted in the mental dial tone. I’m taking May to reboot my heart and mind to start on a writing project that’s good enough to publish – and interesting enough to shoot. I will make a film in 2014 damnit.

I finished Forewarn in time for the McKnight grant deadline. (Say a prayer and send bribe money to the board for me!) It’s part three of a 20+ minute film called Lake Lutefisk.  I’m about to set up the “Withoutabox” page and actually send it on to peeps who worked on it. Hooray for finally finishing what you start!

‘Tis never to late for delight, my dear,
And the best of all ways
To lengthen our days
Is to steal a few hours from the night, my dear!

[‘The Young May Moon’ Thomas Moore 1775-1852]

I had an awesome time houseboat sitting over Easter weekend. So awesome I only want to live on boats now...

I had an awesome time houseboat sitting over Easter weekend. So awesome I only want to live on boats now…

I overcame a spicy Cheeto addiction I picked up on the return trip from Topeka in January. Thank god.

I overcame a spicy Cheeto addiction I picked up on the return trip from Topeka in January. Thank god.

I legit met Future Islands in March. DID YOU HEAR ME?! I MET FUTURE ISLANDS!!!!!! #bandcrush

I legit met Future Islands in March. DID YOU HEAR ME?! I MET FUTURE ISLANDS!!!!!! #bandcrush

Go see "Under the skin." Haunting movie about human nature. I'm still unsettled.

Go see “Under the skin.” Haunting movie about human nature. I’m still unsettled. I’ve not seen filmmaking like this before.

I finally finally saw "The only lovers left alive." I really liked it.  It's a nerdy slow movie for Jarmusch fans. A good portion of the film takes place in Tangiers, which I've come to know from Anthony Bourdain's "Part's Unknown" as a last bastion for the remaining living relics of the art bourgeoisie.  Which is perfect.

I finally finally saw “The only lovers left alive.” I really liked it. It’s a nerdy slow movie for Jarmusch fans. A good portion of the film takes place in Tangiers, which I’ve come to know from Anthony Bourdain’s “Part’s Unknown” as a last bastion for the remaining living relics of the art bourgeoisie. Perfect. Oh, and one of the characters is Marlow. The Marlow.

 

Greetings from Chez Catnap

Greetings from Chez Catnap

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