VLR: G-strings, Affairs with Characters and Brenda Ueland

I had a great time in the Virtual Living Room this weekend.  The wrap up questions came in this morning… They were the most colorful questions of the whole she-bang.  Loved them…

From VLR Moderator Henriette:

———> VLR: If you could carry on an affair with any one of your characters who would it be and why?

GND: Ruthie, when she was in her twenties.  She’s such a strong, dynamic woman and I imagine she was just my type back in the day.

———> VLR: If you could have written one work of art (music, films, fictions etc) previously written by someone else, what would it be and why?

In my opinion, there is no better book of inspiration, no better call to action for the creative muse.  It’s a book that stares me down every day, as it sits on my desk; the energy of its presence alone is powerful. Every artist—not just writers—should read this book.  It was originally published in 1938 (that was not a typo) and I am pretty sure Brenda played for our team.  Ueland lived by two rules: 1) tell the truth and 2) don’t do anything you don’t want to do. She was also a big fan of Van Gogh’s written words, as am I.  I also think Amy Ray could be Ueland reincarnated.  There’s a striking similarity in look.   (See below.)

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Ueland’s inspiring book:
“Why should we all use our creative power….? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.”
“They do not know that good ideas come slowly, and that the more clear, tranquil and unstimulated you are, the slower the ideas come, but the better they are.”
“I wouldn’t think of planning a book before I write it.  You write, and plan afterwards. You write it first because every word must come out with freedom, and with meaning because you think it is so and want to tell it…For when you being to plan such a huge edifice of words, your heart fails you.  It is too hard, it will never get done, it is too complex and frightful.  No, write what comes to you now.  More will come later.  The river will begin to flow.”
———> VLR: Boxers, Briefs, commando or other (if other, please explain)?

GND: the beloved g-string.


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