That's kind of a weird statement, isn't it? "Now that it's still fresh" ?
Well, what I am referring to is the current season of Mad Men. Astounding. I was under a deadline through most of the current season, so I haven't been able to comment about it until now.
Super-duper loyal readers of this lofty blog (or at least readers who have been hanging out here since the summer of 2007) know I am a die-hard fan of Mad Men and have been ever since I saw the very first promos for it on AMC. But I have to say, this current season is just flooring me, gang! Wow. Even though we never get to see Betty anymore (I guess she is off in her real life, having a baby), and even though I didn't think I was going to like Megan at all, I am totally fucking LOVING it!! OMG.
And Pete Campbell -- Jesus! The guy we love to hate!! -- it turns out he's totally human. Wow. Last night's episode was unreal.
Okay, for those of you who don't watch the show, I won't bore you and will move on...
I am still working on my SomethingDark stuff for the upcoming Issue 3, then I already have some editing and stuff to do for Issue 4, but within that mix, I will begin working on my next project(s). Not sure which one it will be, but it feels kind of great to have the luxury to choose, do you know what I mean? Somewhere in the last several months, I decided that I was only going to write stuff that really excited me, that really captured my interest and my heart and my imagination. In a way, life got really wonderful because of that.
I'm not saying that I regret any part of my career that came before. But I am saying that now all I want to do is write things that I feel are an extension of my mind and/or soul in some significant way. I don't want to just write things to get a paycheck. (Um, btw, if you have any innate desire to follow me down this path, keep in mind that once you decide to no longer write "just for the paycheck" a lot of the paychecks disappear.) That said, though, it just feels really exciting.
I truly LOVE the project I just finished (the teleplay, Tell My Bones). I loved creating it, I loved being the vehicle for its emergence into "here." And those are the feelings I want to encourage in me. I no longer want to say, "Okay, I'll write this because I need the money; then I'll work on my next book" or whatever versions that idea has taken over the last decade. (The decades before that, I only wrote what made me happy because so few people were buying it anyway.)
Well, I loved writing Freak Parade and I loved writing Twilight of the Immortal, but the difference now is that I didn't realize how much I loved what I was doing because I was always stressing out about something or other at the same time. Now, I don't respond to stress in the same way and I find I am coming full circle in how I feel about the creative process. I have several projects on the many burners of the proverbial stove, and now I can say, "I want to do this project," or "I want to work on that project now" and not feel anything but happy about the prospects of creating it, whatever "it" is.
I don't feel any pressure to get stuff done and out into the world. I just want to enjoy the creative process.
Well, I guess those are my Happy Monday Morning Thoughts for this week. I'm gonna get crackin' around here. I hope you guys have a great Monday underway wherever you are. And thanks for visiting!! See ya, gang!
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