March 13, 2006
what this is not
Let me just say, this will all be from a gay perspective, no way round it. Also, that it is not designed to fill all the emotional gaps in people's lifes. Art is not a new religion, a stop gap for all the leaking stuff inside: writing, painting, creating are a set of methods with specific tools. Using them doesn't have to have such a purpose, they can be fun in their own right. But they might work a few patches on the bad stuff, if you try. Healing is a long and mysterious process whereby you deal with painful feelings over time. If you don't deal with the feelings, they often haunt you anyway, so it's a choice. Write the first story, or do a cut and paste life montage and see what happens. It's simple really.
Posted by KJD
Blogger, Bikram Yogi, Hypnotherapist, Flash Fiction editor, Traveller, World citizen, Writer and Teacher and occasional artist based in the UK. Published Work includes: Fiction String of Bright Moments' in Brand Literary magazine, Issue 4, April 2009 'Doorknobs and Bodypaint Fantastic Flash Fiction, an Anthology' Pandemonium Press, 2008 (co- editor and contributor) Little Stints,’ in Gay Tavels in the Muslim World, Haworth Press, 2007, (as Des Ariel) 'Twelve Days a Week'; in Foreign Affairs, 2005, Cleis Press, (as Des Ariel) 'Shosholooza Meyl': Johannesburg to Capetown in 'Looking for Love in Faraway Places', Haworth Press, 2006 (as Des Ariel) 'Beyond Giza'; in Between the Palms Haworth Press, 2005 'Everyone's Alexandria' Harvard LG Review Review, May-June, 2002, Volume IX, No 3 'Breakfast in Bed'; Oscars Press, 1987