Great Saturday morning read.
Originally posted on Endangered Libraries:
Nobody inspires my passion for libraries, books and writing quite like Ray Bradbury. I’ll often read a chapter from his Zen in The Art of Writing with my first cup of coffee. His passion is an extra jolt of caffeine, kickstarting my morning writing session.
This morning he was talking about revisiting his Fahrenheit 451 characters over 20 years after publishing the book. The following passage is not in the original book, but from a stage play he wrote in the late 70s. Few writers have the ability to plumb the depths of human nature like Bradbury and I was inspired to share this passage.
Exploring the darkness of Beatty’s soul, Bradbury exposes the madness of a man embittered with life, ‘a failed Romantic’ who turned from a boy ‘wild for books’ into a man who burned them for a living.
“I called all my characters from F. 451 out of…
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This is the famous backpacking Kitty who belongs to a French couple, Guillaume and Laetitia, who traveled from Miami, Florida to Argentina on foot. Kitty rode along in his owner’s backpack or perched on shoulders for their daily 20 miles trecks. Reportedly, the couple has now settled in Colombia and started a video production company.
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Potters, painters and photographers all have tangibles to work with. Writers work in a sphere of the unseen. What an ethereal realm we are engaged in…weaving the fabric of our stories from little more than imagination and inspiration. Sometimes I feel like one of the weavers from ‘the emperor’s new clothes’, spinning my story from invisible thread and inviting my readers to believe in the fantasy I’ve created. Or, perish the thought, am I the foolish king, unfit for this position?
Click on the image. Which way is the dancer whirling?
What elements compose the substance of this elusive calling? Just what are the raw materials of our craft? Although it was difficult to pin down, here’s the start of my list:
- A writer is abnormally consumed by the desire of putting ideas into words. Subcategories can include the love of actually writing with pen on paper (even if you use a laptop most of the time), scribbling notes about the most inkling-est of ideas in the most unlikely of places (think showers); and a penchant for writing implements, which can often lead to pen fetishes and petty thievery.
- A writer should have an overactive right brain that gets really cranky if it kept too long in the box of left brain constraints of making a living. (click on whirling dancer and see which side of your brain is engaged).
- A writer should be overly mental — not able to shut the internal dialogue off. Writing creates an outlet to focus all that cerebral energy and direct it into something hopefully positive, entertaining and inspiring.
- A writer must have an overactive imagination which stops just short of getting hopelessly lost and going stark raving mad. A healthy dose of reality checks with the outside world is necessary to stay sane.
- A writer’s greatest resource is simply Life. Living it, surviving it, questioning and observing it.
- A writer is not fit for most normal jobs because of they have never answered the question, ‘what will I be when I grow up?’
- A writer will have something to add to this list.
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Writing a novel set in early 1900 San Francisco? This rare vintage video was shot with a 35mm camera bolted to the front of a trolley car as it traveled down Market Street in 1905. What makes this even more exceptional is the fact that it was captured before the earthquake/fire of 1906 destroyed the area. Remarkable footage of the turn of the century lifestyles in California.
Cool digital background music somehow fits!
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