|I realize this isn't a sculpture,|
but I don't have pictures yet.
Monotype by the awesome
artist Lynn Peterfreund. She
makes pictures of crows!!!
But to be totally honest, they're just variations on a theme. You want me to talk about zest? (No, I realize you didn't say you did. It's a rhetorical whatsit.) Okay, this thing here I said about vividness, it's basically about zest. Let me sum up my zest post for you: zest is a way of experiencing the world as being vivid and awesomely full of gifts. It's cool and stuff and it makes you excited and adventurous. Great, that's done. How 'bout yearning? BAM, this post is totally about yearning. Exultance? I pretty much got you right here. (Also, why is "exultance" not a word? One can be exultant; what one feels when one is exultant should be exultance. "Exultation" is a word, but it seems wrong to me, like a thing and not a state of being. I feel exactly the same way about the word evocative, although it is passive instead of active, which just makes things worse - one can find a thing evocative, a thing can evoke something in us, but what we feel when something is evoked in us is not evocation - a clunker of a word, without any hint of an essence contained in it - it ought to be evocativeness, or something. Also, eher I am tempted to make a slanderous remark about the idiotic use of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and his stupid madeleine-induced memory as an example of an evocative experience. I always found it entirely too ham-handed and convenient a recollection to fit what I understand the word evocation to mean. The origin lies in the sense of calling up or calling forth, as in spirits or demons, and I have always thought it is an entirely more delicate and evanescent process than Marcel's "ah, dissolving cookie! Hmm, what's this I recall? Of course, tea with aunt Leonie on Sunday mornings!" But I digress.)
Anyway, long story short, I also didn't post anything because I was too busy getting into a really interesting
Well, I understood why when I wandered back through a couple days later and saw this post. He had very gently and clearly called me out on what I had said in the comment. He did it beautifully: expressing himself in terms of his own feelings and his own dismay at what I had said, and being gracious enough to compliment me as both a writer and a person as well as not naming me overtly. His post had all the more impact on me because he made it clear that he valued my opinion and was seriously crestfallen about what I had said. So I left a genuinely apologetic and explanatory comment, trying to make clear what I had meant to say, and fessing up as plainly as I could to the ways in which I had said it poorly, meanly, and uncompassionately.
To my great surprise and pleasure, I received an incredibly warm email from him not long after posting my reply. In it he told me that my apology had made his day, asked me if he could post my entire comment as its own post, as proof of the fact that civil discourse could exist in the wild war of the internet. I, in turn, was very very touched by his reaching out to me, and by his honesty in expressing his gratitude for my response. Which is to say we were one big disgustingly happy multi-email exchange of no, no, thank YOU and no, I insist, thank YOU and oh no, I couldn't possibly, thank YOU! And while that might seem kinda over-indulgent, in all honesty it was totally awesome. Because how often does that happen - in the real world, let alone on the internet - that a disagreement compounded with a misunderstanding can be resolved by forthrightness and emotional honesty into a conversation that creates, rather than destroys, two people's respect for each other? Anyway, it happened, and it was great, and it made me really happy to be doing this whole weird thing that is using the internet to talk to people about creativity. And here's the post he put up, in all its new-friends-yay gloriousness.
Also, I have a guest post coming up! In two parts! It's from Terry Holliday of My Creativity Blog, and it's all about ways to add creativity in daily life, and it's totally awesome and not cliche and you will like it. No exact release date, because I am trying to not lose my mind co-hosting a bellydance show with over 50 dancers on Friday, but stay tuned!!