Friday, April 2, 2010

Work in Progress: 2 Half-Stories = 1 Full Story (Right?)

Part I: Obsession
What is life without an obsession? Recently I’ve become obsessed with a barn owl named Molly and the live camera feed that shows her and her owlets living in their box nest. I’ve seen her sleeping, feeding one of the owlets, yawning, and stretching, and it’s all entrancing.

Also, somehow this seems related to writing somehow: the people who own the owl box set up the box and the camera and waited for TWO years before a pair of owls moved in. As always, patience is everything.

Peek in on Molly here.

Part II: More on Collage
I’ve written in the past about using word collage as a spark for my work, so I was interested in this approach to collaging, developed by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin in Paris in the late 1950s. As described in Thomas E. Kennedy’s piece for Glimmer Train:

“You take one or more texts—either of your own or someone else's or both, even documents can be used, ad copy, newspapers, anything; you take a pair of scissors and cut the page or pages once vertically and once horizontally so you have four rectangles of paper (or 8 or 12 or 16 or…, according to how many pages you've stacked together and cut. Now shuffle the rectangles so that scraps of different sentences come together….”

Read on here.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.