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I have been pondering commissioning slattsto do a piece of art for me. I started thinking about it a little harder after seeing his Emily Dickenson and John Lennon collage last night. It's one of my favorites. I love the way he makes connections between the people he chooses for his portraits. He gets me thinking about connections in my own life and how they might relate to my work.

I figured I would have him do one of Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams since they are my birthday twins and since their distinct personalities say so much about me. (But then I also have this thing for Rod McKuen and for some reason his craggy face seems like a natural for the style that Slatts is known for.) But back to the idea of birthday twins. For some reason last night I decided to see who else might be my birthday twin. To my surprise I discovered that John Gardner, (The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist was also born on July 21st.

Now I already knew about Gardner's writing books but reading a bit more about him in Wikipedia I saw something about a book he wrote called On Moral Fiction. It sounded familar. Not because I had read it before but because I had just read ABOUT it in another book by Gregg Levoy called Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (Callings really deserves a post all its own and I will try to do that soon.)

In referring to the book Wikipedia said "... Gardner meant "moral" not in the sense of narrow religious or cultural "morality," but rather that fiction should aspire to discover those human values that are universally sustaining.

I like that idea. I try to make each story I write ring true with emotional honesty. I believe that when I am able to do that, readers are able to take away something that they know is universally true not just for them but for readers everywhere.

Thanks for the connection, Slatts. 

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October 14th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the connection, Slatts.
Thanks for the kind words, Susan! And for this interesting "connection" post....
October 14th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the connection, Slatts.
You're welcome, Slatts. I love things that make me think!
October 14th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I love the picture Slatts made for us. It's quite the conversation piece and is such fun to have with our collection of Twain and Beatles stuff. He is great, isn't he? I know you'll love having it done.
October 14th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
He really is. But you know, even if I decide who to have him do my biggest problem is where to put it. My office has no wall space left. I've got my bookcases but then one wall is french doors to the living room, the other wall is french doors to the library, the back wall has a window and the fourth wall is two sliding doors to the backyard.

But I'm still pondering.
October 15th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
I love assignments and restrictions...if you want me to create within a certain size constraint....
October 15th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh....now THAT gives pondering an entirely different angle.

I actually was looking at my office yesterday and starting thinking outside of the box and realized I could have you do one that I put on an easel which I could then put on top this cabinet which sets in front of one set of patio doors that never open. So I'm getting closer. :-)
October 15th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, Diane for the kind words. I really enjoyed creating that piece. It was my first combination portrait where I didn't decide who was in it.

I would love to see a picture of "where" it hangs. What it looks like in the "space" that is it's home....
October 14th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Kevin's art RULES!
October 15th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
Thank you, Kelly! It was fun to get to "know" you through your portrait. I look forward to meeting the real person some day!
August 11th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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