I really don’t believe I’m weird. I say, write “I know. I’m weird.” quite a bit, but when I do I’m being facetious, seriously. That said, I get told I’m weird by a fair amount of people, and they tell me so usually when I do something or say something that I feel is quite “normal”. Seriously, no kidding… Let me repeat… I really don’t believe I’m weird strange, odd, or otherwise bizarre, to any degree, in any way. It’s just sometimes fun to say I am, because it sometimes disarms people and gets them off my back. So for the record, I’m not weird. You are. 😛
Last night was really productive. Not only did I watch a pretty cool (failed) tv show pilot that was recently released on DVD. I also ran through several story scenarios, though they all wound up a lot darker (and in many ways more hackneyed) than they began as concepts. It could be I’m coming up with another story, or it could be that Garden Variety is warping into another story. I won’t know for a while, until after all these things I’m throwing at the wall begin to gel into a single narrative. Right now they’re all just tangentially related elements. So, we’ll see.
I’m going to sort of complain, sort of make a desire known now. Creativity is interesting. The process is interesting. I enjoy hearing, reading about peoples’ processes, individual techniques and muses, and the things they come up with. That’s really fun, insightful stuff. That said, the (slim) majority of what I see isn’t about individual processes and/or the things created. It’s intellectualization of the process, the standardization of creativity, instructions on how to be creative. That’s only occasionally interesting, and that’s often only if it’s done in an entertaining, novel way — such as a TED talk or something like that. I’m all for spreading the word about creativity and encouraging its growth and development, but I for one usually don’t see it as appetizing when it’s presented in a clinical fashion, regardless of the positive and reader-friendly comfort language used. I want to see the process, an account of the process, the ups and downs and ins and outs, the good and the bad, the triumphs and frustrations, from start to finish of a project. It’s one thing to see a car and be told how nice it is and hear about all the cool features and how cool you’ll be if you drive it. It’s another thing altogether to actually drive the thing. I want to see you drive, people. I don’t care what your car looks like or the technical specs. Everything comes out on the road. That’s where the action is. That’s what I want to see.