A Stone's Throw

practice your aim. you never know when you'll spy 2 birds at once.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Project Update

Just a quick update for the curious.

As of a couple days ago, I reached the halfway point in the new novel I am writing. And now, as of this afternoon, I am on Chapter 18, of a planned 28 chapters. Oddly, I didn't come here to write this novel, I came to finish the one I was in the middle of. But yet, upon arriving here perspectives and ideas changed. And I could not be happier I stepped away from the other book. At times the muse guides where it pleases and there is little you can do about it.

I fully expected to be inspired by coming to South America again, but never would've dreamt of being this prolific for this many weeks. It's crazy, but there it is. Sometimes you just can't plan for what occurs, but instead must simply roll with it and see how the cards fall. It's like planning life using the Jim Canapa Gambling Method, go for it all and see where you end up.

Funny thing is, I saw him win more than I saw him lose.

Thanks for taking all my money Jim.
You taught me a valuable lesson.

- a C-note

Saturday, April 08, 2006

3am Eternal

Across the rooftops of the world each night people dance.

Thursday was my turn. But like in most things, there has to be an acceptance that you will look very much like the fool for a while before the moves start to sort themselves out and then still there will be a lot of mistakes. But then the pull occurs, and the magnetism of the dance has you. You twist and turn, move to the music, and hope for more.

It takes you to another place where bills, health, work, troubles melt away and all that remains is the beating of your heart as the dance spins you in its inescapable rhythm. Yet there is a fear there, of placing yourself out on that seemingly empty floor and taking a risk. But you must run the gamut. I did and came out on the other side with a memory not easily forgotten. For when knees fail and time takes you on a spin of its own, that rooftop will still be there, and perhaps you'll remember back long ago when a gorgeous girl like Karla chanced you a smile, and the dance began.

So if you ever get the chance, spend one night, just one, and find a rooftop in your world and spend it dancing the Merengue until the 3 in the morning and experience the magic.

- C