March 11th, 2005



I thought about calling this entry, "Howard Hughes goes to the video store," but simplicity won out in the end.

Another halfway decent night's sleep (if I discount the nightmares), but I still feel no nearer the word place. This is becoming serious. I am very far behind on the novel. At least a month.

I wanted to quote this bit from Tolkien, speaking on his intentions for Middle-Earth when he first envisioned it, as quoted in Humphrey Carpenter's biography:

I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama.

It's interesting to see an author invite others to work within his mythology. Lovecraft did it, of course, but it's rather the execption, not the rule.

Oh, and this, a quote from Christopher Wiseman, which I think I understand:

Why these creatures live to you is because you are still creating them. When you have finished creating them they will be as dead to you as the atoms that make our living food.

Late yesterday, we went to the market and stopped to rent a DVD. At least it got me out of the house. We watched the director's cut of Donnie Darko. I haven't seen the original since fairly early 2002, and I feel like I need to see it again before I opine very much on the director's cut. My memory is not to be trusted. But this seemed in tone a darker, crueler, and less whimsical vision than the theatrical cut. I must prefer the director's cut, if only because I must always defer to the intentions of the artist. But, beyond that, I think this was a better, fuller film. I'll say more after we watch the theatrical version again.

If I had great ambition, I'd make the library today. It's unlikely. I have to find a portal.
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