Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Foot in Front of the Other with Joy

Last Free Exit stumbles around the plot and people show up, like in life, I suppose. I seem to be taking so much time getting into the story; at over eighty three thousand words, I'm still writing. Doubt hung around the doorstep. Frustration at my physical and time limitations caused me to grumble. Oh, if I had more time. Make time I screamed at myself. I need to do chores. I need to run errands. I need to market Summer Triangle and Main Street. No, Mollie, you need to write. Well, I wrote for the blog.
I kept pretty steady with LFE, but still felt it should have been done long before this. I had a wonderful feeling of the super moon summer. I have ideas from vivid dreams. I'd get hung up over minor details, because I want it to sound real.
Then I struggled with "Are there any Christian kids, any more?" I want to show their fight with living a life for Jesus. With the new work environment for me, is this my battle, lately, too. I'm not in the isolation I created years ago as I spent most of my work time in a car with great teaching or Christian music. My world changed, too.
I'm still writing. I plow ahead and try not to worry. I'm reading Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin and the other night, a chapter on Bruce's creative struggle with an album shone through my fog. Bruce Springsteen always wrote the words and music. He didn't have that fall back plan as a teenager, that I did in nursing
. In other words, he does this full time, and always did. He has that luxury of time, I crave.
One album, Human Touch, required "the yearslong pitched battle." And another album on its heels took a month to complete. Bruce explains it this way, "All that work on Human Touch was me trying to get to the place where I could make Lucky Town in three weeks."
Bingo! the creative process. I can see the next novel getting done quickly- the three weeks left of NaNoWriMo, maybe? Main Street and Summer Triangle, clearly had a story from start to finish. LFE is a feel, my return to wandering I felt as a new high school graduate. I had to explore a lot of feelings in the year since I commenced LFE. And I do have a plot, but like life, it is murky.
The next novel, Outside of Time, is like Summer Triangle. I pretty much know the road map for this one. I'm not using the GPS, like for LFE. By the way, at times, the GPS stuttered in directions. I'm sure recalculations await in the journey.
I'm encouraged because the journey continues. I sojourn in the writing process. My bags packed for help along the way. I dare not say I'm near any destination, but I put one foot in front of the other with joy.

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by Peter Ames Carlin
"... a stunning biography of Bruce Springsteen describing his life and work in vivid intimate detail"--
A sweeping portrait of the Grammy Award-winning music artist encompasses the breadth of his career and offers insight into his creative process.
Peter Ames Carlin’s New York Times bestselling biography of one America’s greatest musicians is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Bruce Springsteen himself; “Carlin gets across why Mr. Springsteen has meant so much, for so long, to so many people” (The New York Times).

In Bruce, acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin presents a startlingly intimate and vivid portrait of a rock icon. For more than four decades, Bruce Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America with a career that includes twenty Grammy Awards, more than 120 million albums sold, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. Peter Ames Carlin masterfully encompasses the breadth of Springsteen’s astonishing career and explores the inner workings of a man who managed to redefine generations of music.

A must read for fans, Bruce is a meticulously researched, compulsively readable biography of a man laden with family tragedy, a tremendous dedication to his artistry, and an all-consuming passion for fame and influence.
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Author: Peter Ames Carlin
Publisher: Touchstone Books / Simon & Schuster
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Copyright Year: 2013
Format: Paperback
Edition: Reprint
Length: 494 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 1439191832 / 9781439191835
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs / Composers & Musicians

Music & Performing Arts / Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
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