Who’s your muse?
For me, this summer, I cannot lie, it’s been Netflix. The last book I actually completed since my first child (I have three) was born in 1995 was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by the amazing Rebecca Skloot, and that was back in 2010. My brain just does not work the way it used to before kids and triggered depression took over my life, and it’s hard for me to finish projects without losing clumps of hair and a few friends along the way.
But movies and film. Always my second love and, now that books are in my rear view mirror, they have taken over paper’s spot when I need a creative boost. The less formulaic the plot, the more compelling the writing, the better. Today, I spent time with Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and the guy who plays Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy. Super was the name of the movie, and it’s a must-see if your adventures go beyond Nicholas Sparks and John Green. Ignore the 48% it got on Rotten Tomatoes.
Another recommendation from today’s binge is the documentary No No: A Dockumentary which details with history and personal accounts the career of professional baseball player Dock Ellis who pitched a no hitter in 1971 for the Pittsburgh Pirates while high on LSD. Turns out, Ellis was usually high when he played, but that LSD no hitter is what made me click the play button, so kudos to the film marketing department. It got a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes; you can start paying attention to critics again.
Anyway, I wish I performed half as well with an altered brain, but we’re not here for my complaints about that. We’re here to write.
Ultimate Question: what’s on the other side?
This prompt serves as the ultimate question for our microstory challenge opening on Wednesday but you can also use it as inspiration for your nonfiction submission. Already have your own story thought up? No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.
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