Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two Frustrations

1) Radio programs rarely talk about children's literature. Wake up! Most of that so called "literary" adult stuff is completely unrelatable to the majority of people.

2) I live in Vermont and most librarians and booksellers have no idea what a powerhouse VCFA is. Read the book jackets. Read the acknowledgements. Don't just order the starred reviews and put them on the shelf!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Wind of the North


Sounds cold doesn't it? Sounds like it's going to sweep in and knock you off your feet. Sounds like it's going to be something that stays with you long after it's gone. That chill.

Le Vent du Nord (French for The Wind of the North or The North Wind) is one of my favorite bands. I finally got to see them live. And let me tell you, they live up to the hype their name evokes. They swoop in from Quebec, dazzle you with their traditional-Celtic-French-folk-newage-footstomping music, fill you with massive amounts of creative energy, and then swoop away again, leaving you in a daze that lasts for days and days and days. And days. A daze for days and days.

I often talk about surrounding myself with creativity in order to be more creative, and it just becomes more evident all the time. When I watch a magnificent and original band play I can't help but want to create myself. I can't play the fiddle like Olivier Demers, but I have stories to tell just like he does, so I write because that's what I do.

Sure, sometimes I leave one of these shows thinking, wow, I'll never be as good at what I'm doing as they are at what they're doing, but it goes away fairly quick. I'm learning that those insecurities can be harnessed into motivation. Why can't I be as good? Who says? Just me? No problem. Just write. That's all. Just type the words out. Read. Type more words. Think. Put the effort in. It's not about signing a 12 book deal. Success comes in many different ways, and I can be as good as I want to be, and I want to be great.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lots of Pages to Write

The first draft of my thesis statement:

In sports scenes, specifically those centered around ice hockey, writers use verb and word choice, dialogue, internal monologue, sensory details, and varying sentence structures to intensify the emotional connection between the reader and the main character/s, allowing the reader to focus on the emotional core of the story rather than the action sequences and technical language of the sport.

Awesome.

But...

So what?

How to turn that into an argument, that is the question. Any tips would be appreciated.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Full Speed Ahead

I love the little things in life. I appreciate them. Every afternoon when I get home, my cats roll around on the floor and purr as I put away my coat. I love that. They make me feel like I'm a king. Without fail during a rough day, like she has ESP or something, my wife will send me a timely email or text, just something simple that completely turns my day around. Her timing is scary-good. I love that. Last night, we went to see a special showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen. Before the movie, two elementary school students got up in front of the audience with their saxophone and trumpet and played the Indiana Jones theme song. It was brilliant. It took guts for them to play in front of such a big, unfamiliar crowd. I loved it. Those kids are awesome.

Time to use all the joy those little things give and finish this thesis draft!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012