John Gardner On Life and Writing #13

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers


john-gardner-on-becoming-a-novelist-cover“When I was a child I truly loved: Unthinking love as calm and deep As the North Sea. But I have lived, And now I do not sleep. ”
John Gardner

“One must be just a little crazy to write a great novel. One must be capable of allowing the darkest, most ancient and shrewd parts of one’s being to take over the work from time to time. ” John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose


John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #91

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
May 29th – #91

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | BLOWING | DANGER | UP | BAN | STILL |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

Poetry Suggestions

Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

Fictional Suggestions

Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement

Proust: ‘Through Art Alone’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 28th Part #100


“Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees of a universe which is not the same as our own and of which, without art, the landscapes would remain as unknown to us as those that may exist on the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”

― Marcel Proust, In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 6: Time Regained and A Guide to Proust
ghost of proust at grave

The Sleepwalker | a short film

A surrealistic continuation of paintings develop responding to the rhythmic motions as the growing edge of the musical piece guides this wonderfully marvelous short film ‘The Sleep Walker’ by Theodore Ushev. My toes became engaged in a natural response with the music. If I weren’t sitting . I would have been dancing. The spectacularly different painting strokes coming alive were enjoyably experienced by this viewer. It is a short film with a length of 4m 20s. Well worth the time to relax and let your body go inside the musical images as they continually change in shapes & colors. The short film is alive artistically . freeing of the spiritual elements in a playful manner . creating a deep feeling of overflowing joy. – j.kiley


Sonámbulo / The Sleepwalker by Theodore Ushev

Length . . . 4m 20s

A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

A film by Theodore Ushev
Music by Kottarashky
Production: Les Productions Unité centrale / 9311-8990 Quebec Inc., Canada, 2015
Distribution: Bonobostudio (International), La Distributrice de films (Canada)

Special Jury Award, Animafest Zagreb 2015

Special Mention, Fest Anca 2015

Best Music Award, Animator Poznan 2015

Canadian Film Institute Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015

Special Mention, Multivision International Festival of Animated Arts 2015

Alva Costa Award for Best Short Film up to 5 Minutes, Cinanima Espinho 2015

Honorary Distinction, Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival 2015

Special Mention, Longue vue sur le court 2015

Special Mention, Sommets du cinema d’animation 2015

Best Short Animated Film Award, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2016

Special Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2016

Also the list of film festivals is extensive – exceeding over 10