Sunday, May 20, 2018

Too many things, not enough brain.

I'm done with the Schultz/Joshi text. Excellent read, informative and thought-provoking essays. Lots of notes.

Next: reread journals two through six; update the TOC for journal five; plan what to start working on.

Friday, May 11, 2018

How do I capture all this?

Getting it all down in a coherent way seems like it'll take a long time.

Advice given to me by one of my master's thesis advisors: "Just get the fucking thing written." She'd put that onto a banner in her dorm room when she was writing her dissertation.

“Repeat the mantra: Writing is when I make the words. Editing is when I make them not shitty.”
Chuck Wendig
, 500 Ways to Be a Better Writer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Twenty-one years.

At age 26, Lovecraft observes:

If one must weave cobwebs of empty aether, let them supply a decorative element to those cosmic spaces which would otherwise be an ambiguous and tantalizing void. (SL 3.147)

Twenty-one years. That's all we got beyond this statement. He died at 47.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Catch-up on notes.

Stefan Dziemianowicz's chapter in Schultz/Joshi has been revelatory. I find that my thoughts run in similar ways to his, at least as captured in this article, and that's like an oasis. Many, many notes from the evening of 5 May.

I know I keep posting this, but soon I've got to review what I have gathered the past few years, then think carefully about where to go next.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Four more chapters in Schultz/Joshi.

I thought I'd quit Schultz/Joshi after the St. Armand chapter, but because my FOMO is largely confined to specific texts, I feel compelled to read four more chapters.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Game idea.

Game title: "Blood on the Scarecrow."

I've got nothing beyond that.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Zodiac, Sherlock Holmes.

Tonight's notes are on the film Zodiac, with a reminder to get to work on including Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes. Taking on a specific iteration of Holmes is a tricky matter, but this one is in the artist-investigator tradition.

This is also on my Instagram account (@mensan98th).

Re: Zodiac, I'm sorting out how Robert Graysmith (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) moves from the fringe to the center of the investigation, and how as he does so, his life moves from a normal, ie, societally centered, one to an existence on the fringe, with no family beside him, no job, and no interests other than sorting out who the Zodiac is. I'm working on how his aesthetic sense as an artist makes this possible for him. It's not simply that he's the only one able to keep working on it; that would make it merely a matter of time, the devotion of 10,000 hours as recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. It's his vision of the world that's different from both the police and the reporters.

I've got a bit on Paul Avery, but it mostly has to do with his connection with Graysmith.

Once I get the skeleton of the Graysmith section in place, I'll start working on Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes and how he fits in with the artist-investigator idea.