March 3rd, 2012


On Writing

Kristin Hersh on song writing, but it applies precisely to my writing process:

"If I don't turn ideas into songs, they can get stuck in me and make me sick," she said in a 1995 interview with AOL's Critics' Choice electronic music magazine. "That's the way a song hits you right here, right here [she motions to the heart and gut] instead of in your brain because the words themselves are all real sweaty, color, action words, so they just go bangbangbang. They're not supposed to make you think and try to figure out some puzzle. People think that I'm trying to trick them, that I have some thing I could write down and I haven't done it and I've just given them a bunch of poetry instead. I find it to be the clearest way to talk. It's like the way little kids talk because they have no filler words and no overriding thoughts to color your impression of what's happening in a song."

We Made Pictures Out of Words

As of about half an hour ago, and thanks to Christopher Lee Wilde, the full-length trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir went live, and the somewhat revamped website. Two days (and some spare change) early. And the trailer is beautiful.

My thanks (and sorry, too tired for LJ code just now) to all the people who donated to the Kickstarter, to Kyle Cassidy and Brian Siano, to Sara Murphy, Nicola Astles, and Dani Church, to Ryan Anas and Geoffrey Goodwin and Spooky, and to Michael Zulli (for his beautiful art) and A Whisper in the Noise/West Thordson (for the exquisite music). We worked on this for four and a half months, and it cost ~$4,000, and I hope all that shows. Many hours of film made into 2:36 minutes of trailer. I am amazed. Oh, and thanks to me, too, because I wrote the damned book.

Oh, also. If you click through to the old page for The Red Tree, you can now, finally, after two years, see a fragment of the unfinished trailer for that book (oh, how we tried and failed!).

By the way, if you want to see the trailer BIG, just click through to YouTube, then go fullscreen.