Writing vs Life …and other notes…..

I thought I would drop a quick note to let the world know what’s going on. I have been busy writing and working on some new projects and finishing up some old projects. Someone asked me the other day about a particular project: “How long have you been writing your book?” I simply answered “My whole life”.  I mean it’s a question that can’t be answered.  In the big picture-I have been writing all of my stories my entire life. If I didn’t live the life I’ve lived, or been the places I’ve been I would not be able to perform the tasks and create the stories that I have been creating as of late.

Life is a journey and art is simply the byproduct of a lack of being able to explain how you feel in simple terms.  It is the way you get to that sweet spot-the one that helps you let go and fly off to wherever you go that lets you create.  I recently went on a road trip across the Southwest and noticed that yes, there is some serious economic damage that needs to be fixed.  Where a person normally just saw 3 houses and or businesses for sale or foreclosed on I now saw 10.  I also met lots of people who didn’t exactly have it great but didn’t seem to care much.  Happiness never really has much to do with money-ask Michael Jackson or Britney Spears.

I have also noticed that lately on the radio and on TV there are these neo conservatives that keep complaining about Barack Obama and his bailout plans and how ‘he’s never going to fix this mess’.  Well, neo-con, if you voted for GW Bush twice (yes not once but twice) you really don’t have any right to complain about the state of America’s affairs as you pseudo-patriotic eggheads did it to all of us-screwing us by just voting Bush into office. So my advice for you conservatives is for you all to try and relax and survive and let Barack Obama do his job.  The level of bipartisanship in this country has risen a tiny bit thanks to Obama . I have also noticed that we have these evangelicals and ultra conservatives that seem to want to bring back segregation, war, and more…Now most of these idiots sound more like ’communists’ than our new president, about whom most of them complain and call a Communist and or worse.
I ask that you all let go of all your fear.  There’s something else besides your fear of the unknown coming right now-well actually it’s already here-change, change, and more change.  I hope you all stick around despite whatever your party may be, or whatever your sick desire may be:  hunting little innocent birds, verbally attacking our President, or whatever urge you hold dear and true that just sounds wrong or stupid. Whatever that may be, don’t be too afraid to miss the ride.
Anyways, politics aside I was trying to tell you all what I have been up to-it’s a little thing called life.  I always get my best story ideas when I take the time to jump on the road and get out of myself and my surroundings. I have been living in Los Angeles for a good ten years now.  At times the city can be more reality than one could ever want or handle, and at other times it might just seem too surreal or unreal to accept.  But I have always accepted that LA is my home-the most beautiful, hopeful, sad, fun, intelligent and pretty city in the world.

As a writer I have never made much headway just writing.  Living life fully has always been that fuel that most all writers like me need in order to grow and find deeper levels of creativity.  I often say you can either be a writer who lived life fully like Hemingway, or stay trapped inside the walls of a classroom or keep your nose buried in the latest top ten novel.  I am not saying a good education isn’t just what everyone or every good writer needs, but don’t ever forget to live too.  Life can be the best education, and education can wind up being the best life too.

What do I know? We all have our own path to follow.

Have a good trip-journey and or dream.

Always jump on to the nearest train…you never know where it might take you…..