While the Mundane Takes Place – Write, Write, Write!

Unless you’re some all-powerful deity, you have a little mundane in your life. It’s true. Even the movers and shakers of Hollywood and the Tower of Song get to partake from the Table of Mundanity. Nobody is exempt. It’s kind of like dying–no one here gets out alive. You don’t have to be a poet to know that simple truth. Life is dying. And dying is living.

It’s the middle road between birth and death that matters. And not just the glitzy stuff. There’s more to life than podiums and celebrations. So much of our living time is filled with simple moments of non-fabulousness. As a writer, I try to pay particularly close attention to these moments. I always found that it is in the simple less spectacular events where story hides. Like a crouching lion, the details lurk under the surface of our mundane downtime. It is when I’m bored or idle or daydreaming that I ask myself, “What can be found in this time?” “What universal truth, wisdom, parallel, insight, emotion can be found within this moment?”

When a writer connects with that part of us that is universal–that humanness that we all share–that is when the fireworks go off. You don’t necessarily reread a passage in a story where the most exciting seat-of-your-pants action happens. But if you find that one special sentence that crawls down inside you…that sentence you recognize and know could have come from your very heart…that’s the sentence you’re going to read and reread. You’re gonna fully relate. You’re gonna say an emphatic, “YEAH!” or “YES!” It could be a mundane part in the story where the main character slices into an apple with a paring knife. It could be the way light comes into a room and rallies dust motes to dance. These mundane moments captured for one great big universal AHHHH! That’s what I love about writing. About reading. We share the simple moments that go into a life…the moments that connect EVENT to EVENT. Just those mundane moments that are filled with the hidden knowledge and wonder of universal commonality.

Don’t overlook a thing when you’re putting a story together. To capture the heart of the reader, you will need to capture the essence of humanity. It’s not found in the glamorous and intriguing fabulousness of the EVENTS. It’s found in the things we do every day. The minutiae. That will capture your reader and allow them to step inside your story bus…just to see where it is you’re going to take them!

Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol! Pop Art Papa’s Birthday!

Andy has always fascinated me. From his soup cans to his Factory to his entourage to his Interview Magazine to the tediously boring notes he kept in his diaries…I could never get enough.

He gave the world a flare…and its colours still burn. If you were anyone in the 50s to 80s, you were in with Andy Warhol. Celebrities and wannabes flocked to his coolness. Some were made celebrities simply by being in his orbit.

He would have been 85 years old today, which is not unheard of. I would have loved to see what magic he performed in his golden years. His star was nowhere near dying when he passed on. I think he would be just as hip today, had he survived his gallbladder operation and the complications which followed it.

My favourite homage to Andy is this epically cool statue in Bratislava, Slovakia:



Enjoy this video of Andy eating a hamburger. (-: Ooh, Andy!


Happy Birthday, you shiny diamond!!