Surrey Muse Event This Friday Night

I am reading at the Surrey Muse event this Friday night, April 25th, 2014.

I’m going to read the opening chapter of  my new project, Downward Dog, and perhaps also a chapter from Blood Rain, which will be forthcoming in January 2015 (I’m still noodling with it).

Surrey Muse: An Interdisciplinary Art & Literature Presentation Group

by donation : all welcome

10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC
CITY CENTRE LIBRARY
ROOM 418
(behind Surrey Central SkyTrain)
surreymuse.wordpress.com
surreymuse@gmail.com

5:30 to 8:30 PM

author: CHLOE COCKING
poet:  ASHOK BHARGAVA
artist: SYLVIA GRACE BORDA
Book Signing Author: TBA
Host: MANOLIS

Open mic begins with JANENE WHITE

Check out the poster here

36 Plot lines

An American-born French writer named Georges Polti developed what he called the thirty six dramatic situations. You can see his book here on the Internet archive if you want to read it. If you want to read a quick synopsis about  it, try this one. I’ve been pondering which plotline comes closest to what I am doing in Blood Rain. I think it comes down to POV. From the POV of the main character, Suzanne, it’s probably best described as number three, “Crime Pursued by Vengeance” (which I think is a pretty self-explanatory title) or possibly number eleven, “The Enigma”  (wherein the interrogator poses a problem to the seeker and the seeker gains an improved ability to reach the seeker’s goals). But from the POV of the black hats, I think it might best be understood as number 30 “Ambition” (wherein an ambitious person  seeks a thing coveted),  number 16 “Madness” (an insane person acts out and harms a victim) or even number eight  ‘Revolt” (in which a cruel tyrant is plotted against by a conspirator).

Grateful through gritted teeth

Urk. Currently I am letting the doofus in my critique group have free rent in my head.

Because I am an idiot. *sigh*

What makes matters worse is that despite his shitty attitude and all-purpose swinishness, one of the points he made is worth considering.

So this is me trying to be grateful for his remark that even vampires should take more damage to the face if they are backhanded with a heavily-ringed hand. *face palm* He’s right, I know he’s right. I will even tell him he’s right the next time I see him (despite the fuss I made about in group).

*grumbles to self*

APRIL 15 UPDATE: I ‘fessed up to the doofus. He was surprisingly gracious about it. Nice. 🙂

Creativity and Intuition

It seems to me that there are some commonalities between creativity and intuition.  

For starters, both require that we acknowledge their presence. In other words, both creativity and intuition seem to work better when you pay attention to them.

Second, I think it helps each of these faculties to have confidence and trust in them (both as singularities and as a synergy) 

Third, learning how to distinguish between intuitive  responses–on one hand– and prejudices and jumping to conclusions– on the other– seems to make creativity juicier. 

 I notice that in the time since I have given myself permission to pay attention to my intuition and creativity, life has gotten better. Have you found this?