Monday, August 07, 2006

What If? The Act 0 Turning Point

Growing up, I was taught two universal truths.

1. Life is hard.
2. You can't win.

If you're a writer, this probably doesn't seem terribly unreasonable. And so, naturally, when Jenifer asked if I was thinking too hard, again, the answer was "yes," again. I'd been jotting ideas down all afternoon and nothing was clicking. There wasn't any flow. And so we went for a walk. I figured it works for neat folks like Thomas Jefferson and Shane Black, so why not?

Jenifer proceeded to ask a brilliant what if? that was the complete opposite of the story thread I was trying to figure out. We talked it out and, soon enough, there it was: a storyline. In the space of two trips around the condoplex, a year's worth of research suddenly added up to something concrete, something that actually had a beginning, middle, and end. Now the various lists and notes would begin congealing into outlines and synopses. I could work with this.

That was Saturday. On Sunday we hiked through Valley Forge National Park, and I managed to capture Jenifer in the wild. You may see this photograph again if you purchase Jenifer's upcoming yoga video. Things are coming together -- "it's already happening" our mantra -- and the job search is set to "high." Stupid universal truths!

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Blogger Tony Shoemaker said...

A full storyline has congealed! Huzzah Huzzah! Let the timpani sound!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Ryan Rasmussen said...


Yeah, and the funnest part is pulling off the rubbery skin that's formed on the surface. Eeeewwww!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

Sometimes a nice walk in the park will give you a profound revelation. Sometimes you get Poision Ivy.

Welcome the revelations and watch out for the ivy!

Best post yet.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Mainline Mom said...

Hey cute picture! :) Can't wait to see the yoga video. I love hiking Valley Forge. Do it all the time.

10:23 PM  

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