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The Longest Way Down: the inspiration

November 17, 2016 Writing  No comments

May 2013    I saw The Place Beyond the Pines. It's a mediocre indie film where Ryan Gosling plays this stunt motorcycle rider covered in tattoos (no, I didn't really buy it either). In the film, he has a teenage son. I don't remember the particulars, but I just remember being so struck by how lost this boy was. He looked so sad and broken, like he was just trying to find his way.

Would he find his way? What would that look like? Could another person, a girl, save him?

The spark was lit. 

December 2013    Started listening to Twenty One Pilots album Vessel. Fell in love with their song The Run and Go. I loved the lyrics, the tension, the angst. 

I can't take them on my own, my ownPa, I'm not the one you know, you knowI have

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Drawing on my own love story

June 23, 2016 LifeWriting  No comments

The funny thing is, I do not consider myself to be a romantic person.

I remember being grossed out by Disney movie kisses—Pocahontas and John smith beneath the willow tree (ick!), Aladdin and Jasmine (good grief people, get a room already), Simba and Nala, Belle and the Beast. It was all just a little too much for me.

Except, of course, Lady and Tramp. Because they were eating spaghetti and it was just too cute.

So, like I said, I don’t consider myself an overly romantic person. I think Valentine’s Day is a capitalist scam. I almost forgot my wedding anniversary one year. The idea of intentionally romantic dinners makes my lip curl.

But the irony of that is that my love story has pretty much been textbook

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The world as I see it

June 16, 2016 LifeWriting  No comments

Some rough-cut pictures I took of places that inspired me before and during the Running to Stand Still writing process.

 

Lake St. Clair. On a chilly November afternoon.Not frozen over here, but beautiful, none the less. 

 

Downtown Detroit bar. Before the Twenty One Pilots concert at the Fox. The bartender who served us that night inspired the character of Jacob in the book.

 

Wayne State University.My alma mater. View of downtown from top of parking garage. 

 

Harper Woods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind of how I picture

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Song Inspiration: Running to Stand Still

May 12, 2016 Writing  No comments

I’ve created a whole playlist to go along with the book — songs that helped me create + capture the mood of certain scenes and of the story as a whole.

But there are a few that stand out from the rest.

 

As stated before, Paradise by Coldplay.

It has this haunted, ethereal, chilling quality that really captures the overall setting + tone of the story.

The yearning for more, beyond your reality, towards something that feels unreachable.

The weaving together of heartbreak and hope. 

 

Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

Without giving too much away, this song very much captures the relationship between

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Book Bewitchery 101: Big Magic… what I’d suspected all along

December 9, 2015 Book reviewWriting  No comments

It just took Elizabeth Gilbert writing this beautiful piece of work, and hitting it over my head repeatedly, for me to—finally—get it. (And also, thanks to my wonderful friends who gifted me with this book in the first place.) 

Creating—writing, in my case—is not about the outcome (in fact, Gilbert says, it can't be). It is not about how it is received by others. It is not about what others say or do or think about your creation. It is not about money. It is not about reviews or ratings or sale rankings. It is not about who knows you. It is not about numbers. It is not about success. It is not about suffering. It is not about saving the world. It is not about anything external. 

None of those things matter. 

Because creativity is not about anyone or anything else

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Feeling uninspired in your writing? Career? Life?

November 8, 2013 LifeWriting  One comment

 As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. Gandhi

Me too.

Like Down by Jason Walker depressed and uninspired (YouTube it = instant pity party anthem).

So, whether you're  a writer or some other kind of artist, or a teacher, a social worker, a cashier, a hair dresser, a counselor, a bartender, or any other thing you could possibly be ... I've got some simple advice (I strongly adhere to the Keep It Simple Stupid philosophy) to help you feel that all-consuming passion for your career/occupation/life again.

Now I could tell you to go outside and get some fresh air or exercise or take a vacation. And I'm sure these things are all fine

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