Pic of the day: Views of Kyoto – #5. Cherry-Blossom at Arashiyama, by Hiroshige Utagawa
As rivers flow into the ocean but cannot make the vast ocean overflow, so flow the streams of the sense-world into the sea of peace that is the sage.
Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly
I have been seeking inspiration, or something not entirely unlike that over the last few days for my writing. I have been watching a lot more movies than usual. I watched Citizen Kane from back to front for the first time ever. I had heard it was a great movie but was frankly not moved to watch it before I saw it for the first time a few days ago. I watched Kon-Tiki. I watched Gonzo, again. I watched Matter of Heart, a 1986 documentary about the life and work of Carl Jung.
I’ve been going through ancient Mesopotamian history, specifically an audio-book whose written counterpart was written 98 years ago, in particular the myths of Assyria, Babylon and the Akkadians, with side references to most major cultures around the world.
Maybe it isn’t really a search for inspiration though, or not just a search for inspiration. Because recharging my batteries might and might not equal a search for inspiration. And that is what have been doing, recharging. I could write but I simply haven’t been. I’ve wanted to, but have been busy doing one thing or another and simply have not done it.
And maybe, just maybe, it is a search not for inspiration per se, but ideas, real ideas that can be regurgitated and retold into stories that I could write, and it looks just by gazing at the particular entries that I am subconsciously looking for something big, something deeper and mythic. Perhaps because the story I was writing a few months ago, the New York cop/torture/terror story was missing something, something bigger, something deeper, mythic.
I’m really getting the itch to do this!
I’ve got my eyes on a few other movies and books. One flew over the cuckoos nest (the Ken Kesey book not the movie) and Haxan (a movie from 1922 about the occult and witchcraft) are first on my list.
I’ve got my notebook ready. I think it’s nearly time to start creating characters, but a little more inspiration/recharging/assimilating and compiling information about the most ancient and well known of stories is in order, and if a book is going to come out of this a little more inspiration is definitely a good idea.
That’s it from here, America G’night.