Sunday, June 26, 2005

Ride or Write?

Dear Teri,
Sorry we couldn't talk last night....Big discussion
with Eliza about new writing....And trip to Honduras.
Glad you got the IM working....
Did not ride yesterday because of work (racking my
brain over "Rhett"...My unfinished novel...
http://www.sunshinedixieland.com/rhettcoverpage.html
getting nowhere right now).....Will ride
today......Maybe I can figure it out on the trail....

You are an intelligent woman, so let me bounce this off
you....Rhett does not die...of course...But
considering all you may know about the character of
Scarlet...Has she truly lost her mind...or is she
still trying to be the center of everyone's
attention....or a little of both??? There is something
about him that she is afraid of...Something she would
like to fix, change, or otherwise "kill"...Maybe
instinctively?...She does, of course, truly love
him...But all of this is twisted up in the psychosis of
her illness...which she inherited from her Irish
Father...She lost everything...gained it all back..and
more.. By her own determination and guts....then lost
it all again...when she lost Bonnie (her love
child)and Melanie (her only girl friend) and Rhett
(her only real love)....Now she is in and out of
alternate realities....

Rhett....in spite of what he says and thinks...will
never give her up....completely....
He knows that he will never love another woman...Not
in this way that he loves Scarlet...But he is a
practical man....and must deal with the realities of
her illness and his own life...As he struggles with an
ever present question...Who exactly is he, Rhett
Butler, besides the man who loves Scarlet O'Hara?

anyway...All of this sounds plausible in my mind...
and seems right in my guts....But getting the dialog
and characters right within the historical context of
the novel is a struggle....and Margaret Mitchell haunts
me every day....I do not want to make the same
mistakes that Ripley made with this classic of
American literature.....

Ridding is so much easier than writing....I some
times wonder why I bother....But...I truly cannot
stop...I am addicted....I will fall into periods of
tranquil dormant bliss...not write at all....But, sooner
or latter, I always go back to the same well of words
and drink myself drunk on the heady waters of prose
and poetry...and like the ancient warrior poets...I go
hacking and slashing into the fray...Until I am
wounded, and exhausted, and weary to the very marrow of
my bones. Splattered with the blood of my foes...I
gasp for breath, with my heart-beat pounding in my
head, I survey the carnage I have made in this
endless war of humanity's language....Hoping to find
there... something that is truly ART!

Well...this has really become a tangent....of
rambling thought....Nothing a good editor could not
fix....I am sure...

hope we can chat latter...

yours,
Stephen

Friday, June 24, 2005

Glass Pirates and Other Phenomeni

Hey girl,
Dad is great....and he don't need me to baby-sit or
nose around in his business.....He says.... and I
agree...and I think he is gonna stay around awhile
longer...

Glass pirates...look like regular pirates...but they
are not.....they can melt like glass... any time they
want...dissipate like water and reform as almost any
thing, anywhere, and at any time they choose. They
cannot be angels... This is very convenient for them
and exasperating to others.

The sole reason for the existence of Glass pirates (so
the legend goes) is to protect the Blue Pearl....a
very rare, one of a kind, beautiful, natural
pearl..still attached to its mother of pearl shell. I
have seen this for myself....and I know it to be true.

The Blue Pearl is a prize possession because it brings
all the blessings of creation to whoever posses it for
ten years. after ten years it becomes a terrible
curse....if you do not first give it away...to some
one you love...some one who does not live with you.

You always receive the blue pearl from some one you
love...who does not live with you. When you receive
it you agree to certain rules. If you do not
agree...the person who brought it must take it
elsewhere...which is very dangerous for them to do...
You must keep it in a special place in your home where
everyone can see it. BUT,only for exactly ten years
from the minute, the hour, and the date that you
received it.
You do not hide, conceal, or otherwise try to protect
the blue pearl while it is in your possession. That is
the Job of the glass pirates. They have all kinds of
ways of protecting the pearl... and any one who tries
to steal it...while it is in your home for ten
years....is in for a very scary time...
You must never move the blue pearl from your
home....until you are ready to give it away to some
one you love who does not live with you. You must give
it away...before the ten years are up. Or be terribly
cursed the rest of you life.

When you decide to give the pearl away...you must be
very smart and cautiuos....because when you take the
pearl out of your home....anyone can try to steal
it...and the glass pirates WILL try to steal it from
you...before you get it to its new home...YOU must not
let this happen! If you allow the blue pearl to be
stolen when you move it....you will regret it for the
rest of your life....the glass pirates will make sure
of that.

I have told this tale many times to youngsters...with
different characters and plot...just fill in the
blanks with your imagination.....


One more thing about unseen intelligence....the human
"brain" is much more than just the gray matter in our
skulls....it is connected to a universe (billions) of
individual cells by our nervous system.....which uses
very low level, almost impreceptible, electromagnetic
pulses...and it is phenominally good at what it
does...(exist in reality)...within this universe of
self...(every individual human being)...is all of the
Q....all the information about us and all
existence....the problem is...95% of this Q...this
information...is inaccessible to us consciously...in
other words....We do not have total conscious recall
of all that we know....amazingly all this information
in every human being contains all the Q...back to
Adam. The first Man and the Woman made from his own
Q. (flesh and blood) and if connected to God (master
designer) mentally, physically, and spiritually....all
things are known....We have degenerated...we have not
evolved....Adam did not need books, libraries, or
computers.....and.....if we were fully
connected....neither would we.....BUT....we (humanity)
have a long way to go....and many things to
relearn!!!!!!!

Although we, and all existence, are vastly complex in
total form....at the basic components of design, all
is beautifully
simplistic...code...words...Q...DNA...mathematical,
metaphysical, musical, poetry of all things...GOD!
Once again....the problem is that 95% of this
beautiful simplistic Q.... is not utilized at
all.....this is the curse that the ancient prophets
begin to write about....when we (humanity) degenerated
to such a state...that we needed written language.

as always,
your friend,
Stephen