Tuesday, March 07, 2006

self portrait tuesday, up!

YO! Look, Husband fixed my upload problem via IM -- he's a genius! And now my entry feels anticlimactic, in more ways than one. Feh.

Here's my first entry for SPT's March theme which is suppose to capture The Progression of Time.

Here's the progression of my new, awesome short story. Viva la Process 'cause writing is fun, kids!








24 comments:

la vie en rose said...

been there, done that!

Deb R said...

Blogger.
Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.

I'll check back later. ;-)

Persephone said...

Love, love, love this. Very clever.

Deb R said...

ROFL!!!

This was worth the wait!

kiki said...

i have a couple of paintings that look oddly similar.

Misty Mawn said...

very cool!!!

acumamakiki said...

This is so clever and well-done. Aren't there many situations in life that can be summed up with red pen and a good crumple on the floor? (=

Heather said...

Funny, I like the kitty doodle, you should keep that in the story, I would keep reading if there were a kitty doodle on the first page, you don't see that to often :)

madness rivera said...

Heck yea, acumama. Heeeeck yea.

Heather, that was supposed to be a pug doodle . . .haha. And if that's what it takes to up readership, kitty/pug on every page it is then!

andrea said...

ha, I love it. and sadly, I can relate. process, process, process. tis a beautiful thang til it does you in.

anyway, good for you getting an spt posted. I'm still thinking on what my approach is going to be. you've inspired me!

la vie en rose said...

HA!

dani said...

you're hilarious!

Glamorous Jo said...

This is incredible and the story of my life. I'm working on my second book right now - so my whole life is editing and frustration. So funny! You are funny!

Marigoldie said...

Brilliant, Thelonius! You're kind of blowing my mind with your SPTs.

Kathleen said...

brilliant.

Server Girl said...

OH No...like the progession, but it sucks that it is crumpled...the little kitty drawing is very cute :)

Server Girl said...

ha ha!!!! after i posted my comment, i seen my sisters comment and then your comment how it is a pug...sisters think alike, i guess :)

Jonathan K. Cohen said...

I agree with the final step. The problem with writing as templating is that there's no room for organic development. Writing where the words are wholly subordinate to the schematically designated purpose becomes overcrafted -- even with formal poetry, there's more "give" than that.

Every year, millions of kids are taught the five paragraph essay. It can be mastered, it has a few formal elements, and it's easily gradable. But it's just like your example, Madness. It's a template. It is also sterile and hostile to alternative ways of thinking. There had better be three body points, because there are only three body paragraphs. No one really knows how to conclude the paper, so the conclusion becomes a recapitulation of the introduction. And no one really knows how to do unforced transition sentences.

You need forms, but you've got to be willing and able to throw them away once you've mastered them. Chucking the template is a good first move.

madness rivera said...

What do you mean, Jonathan? When working hard to be simply profound I am being organic. I'm mad organica, man. You crack me up. I'm gonna get you a tshirt that reads: "In Other Words: Fuck the Man."

Melinda said...

You're awesome. I know that I can count on you to crak my shit up after a long day.

Jonathan K. Cohen said...

I suppose it was a ridiculous effort, but I read the actual text of your story as photographed in this entry. The story is essentially a series of placeholders -- a template -- indicating where good writing should go. It's rather like paint-by-numbers. I was merely expressing my preference for actual painting.

Does that make things any clearer? Probably not.

madness rivera said...

The "What do you mean?" was satirical, rhetorical even, and the "placeholders" a parody. With or without a template, The Process can be mind boggling at times. I guess that was my point. Not a statement against the template, though I do agree with you even if this sentiment is unpopular.

Bethany said...

Oh, ya. I like this a lot. Very clever.

liz elayne said...

This is great! Love it! Am chuckling away at all the comments.
You are fantastic girl!