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Post by CarmelaBear » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:21 pm

ALOberhoulser wrote:
LOVE your www link, Carmela! 8)
Thank you kindly, AL. :)
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Post by CarmelaBear » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:29 pm

I wish we had 100 TV channels like PBS and many thousands of people like Moyers.

I do like some programs on Science, History and Book TV, but PBS remains unique.

Remarkable programming.

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Post by JamesN. » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:07 am

I read Jack Kerouac's: " On the Road ", many years ago but I never heard about this remarkable letter that everyone thought was lost and has now resurfaced that had such a pivotal role in helping to spawn Kerouac's book and also in turn having such a major impact on the history of the " Beat Generation " writers. A truly astonishing story that belongs in this wonderful old thread that needs dusting off. The perfect place for this article. Here is the link. 8)
" It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre "
http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-lett ... 43172.html
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Post by CarmelaBear » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:21 am

I write. I often do so with a kind of blind self-confidence that occasionally may lead to untoward consequences. I can be pointed, needling others to distraction. I can make pungent remarks that clear a room in seconds. I can provoke ill-feeling and emotional, physiological distress. I can stretch limits with terrible enthusiasm.

So, while I blithely carry on with whatever spills forth from a verbally fluid psyche, there are individuals who experience a kind of "drowning feeling" in response to my overflowing verbiage. No amount of sensitivity or editting will prevent this from happening. It is part and parcel to the writing life, and requires that I respond appropriately and quickly to minimize the inevitable damage.

Writers can drive us crazy, and the best ones do it for profit or for a higher purpose. That was Joseph Campbell. He wrote with alpine intent and aerial effect.

For me, the challenge is to produce a popular, positive response from readers. The task can be absolutely daunting. Maybe, for me, it is impossible, but I hold out hope. Like the man said, "It ain't over til it's over".

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Post by nandu » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:29 am

I just finished writing a play, based on the character of "Shikhandi", a eunuch, from the epic Mahabharatha. I have used a dramatic situation to highlight the impotent nature of modern society to crimes against humanity.

Myths are such a treasure. The framework is already there: you only have to flesh it up.

And you discover something new every time. 8)

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Post by CarmelaBear » Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:12 am

Congratulations, Nandu.

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Post by nandu » Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:06 pm

Thanks, Carmela.
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Post by JamesN. » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:57 am

nandu wrote:I just finished writing a play, based on the character of "Shikhandi", a eunuch, from the epic Mahabharatha. I have used a dramatic situation to highlight the impotent nature of modern society to crimes against humanity.

Myths are such a treasure. The framework is already there: you only have to flesh it up.

And you discover something new every time. 8)

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Nandu that is awesome. Do you have any plans for this? 8)
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Post by nandu » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:34 pm

Thanks, James. :)

I need to find some group who will stage it: I have some very limited experience in doing short skits. But this will require major efforts in lighting and sound mixing.

We have drama enthusiasts here - we will try to work something out.

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Post by JamesN. » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:45 pm

nandu wrote:Thanks, James. :)

I need to find some group who will stage it: I have some very limited experience in doing short skits. But this will require major efforts in lighting and sound mixing.

We have drama enthusiasts here - we will try to work something out.

Nandu.
Nandu that is so cool. I know everyone here will want to wish you much success with this. 8)
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Post by CarmelaBear » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:03 pm

Wonderful, Nandu.

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Post by JamesN. » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:33 pm

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Post by CarmelaBear » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:13 am

Writing on the topic of religion has become dangerous:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/times-insider ... &referrer=

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Post by CarmelaBear » Sun May 01, 2016 12:51 pm

This fellow writes about his blogging and his fiction work:

https://sterlingandstone.net/what-defines-you/
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Post by Andreas » Sun May 01, 2016 1:51 pm

Carmela you just made my day a bit brighter. Thank you, that was an amazing read, like summarizing all of my writing struggles.

That being said, I kinda disagree with him when he says that people dont wanna to hear of the harsh realities but yeah thats another story. :)
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