Monday, September 28, 2009

Daily Journal Monday September 28: Writing, and Ideas

I want to live a writer's life.  I want to get up in the early morning, have coffee, read, exercise, and get down to it, lost deeply in my zone of creativity, for 5-6 hours. 
If I could abandon my job and sustain my life, this is what I would do.
I want to break free of the sterile suburban strait-jacket.
Mark and I share this feeling....and I believe both of us, in our own way, are on the brink of great change....And change has always been difficult.  Whenever I learn something new, for example, I often get boiling mad......Maybe as a way of defending myself against my earlier ignorance.
This is the same thing with creativity....when I am in the zone, my body temperature rises, as though I were in a warm bath, or cocoon, and emerging from that feeling is liberating.

Ideas for fiction:
  • Create connected stories about living as a gay couple in a nondescript Chicago suburb. The tone could be funny, desperate, coolly ironic, or radically liberal....
  • A short novel about a young man who is incarcerated for a crime, and enters into a dog-training program, which moves him in unexpected directions....
  • Stories about a college student in 1975, on a midwest he navigates the political and social landscape, and the lure of the company of his dorm-mates, as he explores his emotional landscape..
  • A novel in monolog chronicling the life of a film-obsessed narrator, who tells about his coming of age in the '60's and '70's in terms of the movies of his day....with an appendix with a brief capsule review of every movie mentioned in the text.
  • A play..... A "domestic" drama with an all-male cast.....
  • I would love to do a biography, for the stage, of Joni Mitchell...


  1. Wow! You've got some great ideas there, Tom. And I know you have to writing chops to back them up. I too feel the need to write and make my mark somewhere, but reality has other plans right now. But someday I will follow that dream. And I hope you do too.

  2. Tom, Thanks for the great support, and apologoies for my delay in recognizing your kind words here....Still learning the basic technology. Hope I can bring one of these ideas to completion, and that you will by then still enjoy reading my pieces. Again, thank you!