The Odd Fellows

The Odd Fellows is a secret society formed in 1819 in the United States.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

This is the cover for my book.

This is the cover of my book direct from the publisher. MY BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE. Go to http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Guillermo-Luna.html or AMAZON.COM to order it.

My books showed up. This photo was taken moments after I opened the box. I'm very happy.

My books showed up. This photo was taken moments after I opened the box. I’m very happy.

This is the All Seeing Eye. It's God's Eye.

This is the All Seeing Eye. It’s God’s Eye. When I submitted my book to my publisher I used this image with chapter 1: The Dead Body.

This is the hand with heart. The basic idea behind the hand with heart is that whenever an Odd Fellow extends his hand -- the greeting comes from his heart.

This is the hand with heart. The basic idea behind the hand with heart is that whenever an Odd Fellow extends his hand — the greeting comes from his heart; an Odd Fellow doesn’t shake your hand while thinking about how he’ll stab you in the back. I used this image with chapter 2: Mexico.

This symbol is the Bundle of Rods. It symbolizes that a group bound together is stronger than one rod alone. I used this image for Chapter 3: The Road to San Felipe.

This symbol is the Bundle of Rods. It symbolizes that a group bound together is stronger than one rod alone. I used this image for Chapter 3: The Road to San Felipe.

These are the three links. The three links symbolize Friendship, Love and Truth.

These are the three links. The three links symbolize Friendship, Love and Truth. I used this image with Chapter 4: The Three Links.

The Moon and the Seven Stars. The seven stars are to remind us of the seven pillars in the house of wisdom and warn us not to wander starless in the night of destitution.

The Moon and the Seven Stars. The seven stars remind us of the seven pillars in the house of wisdom and warn us not to wander starless in the night of destitution. I used this image for Chapter 6: The Disappearance.

This is the Skull and Crossed Bones. This symbol reminds us that we are not only part of the earthly world but that we must the remains of brothers to their graves. I used this image for Chapter 7: The Crucifixion.

This is the Skull and Crossed Bones. We are all part of the earthly world and must bury the remains of our brothers. I used this image for Chapter 7: The Crucifixion.

It's the coffin. This symbol is used to remind us that we all have a date with this last great event we just don't know when. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

It’s the coffin. It symbolizes that we all have a date with death — we just don’t know when. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

This is the hourglass and scythe. The scythe is a reminder that just as hay is cut down by the scythe -- also man is cut down by time. The hourglass reminds us of how time quickly goes forward. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

This is the hourglass and scythe. The scythe reminds us that just as hay is cut down by the scythe — likewise man is cut down by time.
The hourglass reminds us that time moves quickly. I used this symbol for Chapter 9: Man’s Best Friend.

The Shaking Hands of Friendship. I used this symbol for Chapter 11: Three Days Later.

The Shaking Hands of Friendship. I used this symbol for Chapter 11: Three Days Later.

My book is NOW AVAILABLE from my publisher. It can be ordered through the link below:

http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Guillermo-Luna.html

You can also browse by GBT author. Click on that tab and then look for GUILLERMO LUNA. Click on my picture and go from there.

It’s also available through Amazon.com.

Published in: on January 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

American Bungalow

I had a short (500 words?) essay published in American Bungalow magazine recently. It’s titled, “Just because you ignore me doesn’t mean I hate you.” It’s in the back of the magazine in a recurring column called From Our Friends.

My short story appears in this issue.

My short essay appears in this issue.

American Bungalow isn’t like most magazines where the inside content is available FREE on-line. No, instead you actually have to buy a copy of the magazine or subscribe to the online version. I like the magazine mainly because of the photographs of bungalow interiors and I look forward to receiving the magazine knowing as soon as I open the cover I’ll ignore everything around me for, at least, an hour.

I scanned it and uploaded it. If you click on it you can read it.

I scanned it and uploaded it. If you click on it you can read it.

After re-reading my story I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to seeing my words in print but I am happy American Bungalow published it.

This hangs in my bedroom.

This hangs in my bedroom. My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Schindler House

I’ve been to the Schindler House on one other occasion. I had taken a class called Great Houses of Los Angeles and saw it along with some other great LA houses that included The Freeman House (FLW), The VDL House (Richard Neutra), The Gamble House (Greene & Greene), and The Sheats-Goldstein House (John Lautner).

I returned to the Schindler House because I read a review in the Los Angeles Times about an exhibit being held at the house. While I was there the docent stated that the house is often used for exhibits.

This sign sets at  the entrance to the driveway that leads down to the house.

This sign is at the entrance to the driveway that leads down to the house.

It's a very low key entrance. It's a dirt path.

It’s a very low key entrance with a dirt driveway.

This is the entrance to the house. I didn't get a good picture of this elevation so this image is from a book called, RM SCHINDLER composition and contruction by Lionel March and Judith Sheine. Judith Sheine has written a number of books on Schindler.  See that wooden overhang. That's an outdoor sleeping porch.

This is the entrance to the house. I didn’t get a good picture of this elevation so this image is from a book called, RM SCHINDLER Composition and Contruction by Lionel March and Judith Sheine. [Judith Sheine has written a number of books on Schindler. She's a Schindler expert. I actually spoke with her when I toured this house the first time. She's very nice and urged me to buy one of the Schindler House tote bags which I did.] Back to this image. See that wooden overhang. That’s an outdoor sleeping porch.

This is a view from approximately where the city sidewalk would be (edged by the bamboo). The sleeping porch would be above the concrete structure on the right.

This is a view from approximately where the city sidewalk is (edged by the bamboo) in the 2nd photograph. The sleeping porch would be back a bit and above the concrete structure on the right.

This continues the view from above.

This continues the hedge from the previous photograph. You can see another sleeping porch above that concrete square. There are canvas flaps hanging down.

Here is an interior shot. This is part of Schinder's studio. Originally, Schinder lived here with his wife, Pauline, as man and wife but eventually after a falling out between the two, Pauline took one side of the house and Schinder took the other side. They locked the door between them.

Here is an interior shot. This is part of Schindler’s studio. Originally, Schindler lived here with his wife, Pauline, as man and wife but eventually after a falling out between the two, Pauline took one side of the house and Schindler took the other side. They then locked the door that connected the two sides together. It’s sounds like a strained living situation.

This gives you an idea what the house would look like when an exhibit is not going on. This image is from R.M. Schindler 10 Casas (Revista Internacional de Arquitectura 2G).

This gives you an idea of what the house looks like when an exhibit isn’t going on. This image is from R.M. Schindler 10 Casas (Revista Internacional de Arquitectura 2G).

I went up to one of the sleeping porches and found the idea cool but later I told the docent I would be afraid I would wake up and find a possum or skunk staring at me. The docent said that would be part of the charm of the sleeping porch. We obviously have different ideas of charm. When I think of charm I think of Cary Grant. These stairs led down from the sleeping porch.

I went up to one of the sleeping porches and found the idea, in theory, cool but later I told the docent I would be afraid I would wake up in the middle of the night and find a possum or skunk staring at me. The docent said that would be part of the charm of the sleeping porch. We obviously have different ideas of charm. When I think of charm I think of Cary Grant. These stairs led down to the main house from the sleeping porch. I can’t imagine going down these steps at night if I had to go to the bathroom.

The exhibit at the Schindler House was for this guys work. I had never heard of him. Here is a link to the show in the LA TIMES:

The exhibit at the Schindler House was for this guy, Tony Greene. I had never heard of him. Here is a link to a review of the show in the LA TIMES:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-life-after-death-tony-greene-moment-20140623-column.html#page=1

It was not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be like this:

This is a Portrait of Joseph Pembauer  by Gustav Klimt done in 1890.

This is a Portrait of Joseph Pembauer by Gustav Klimt done in 1890.

Everybody's favorite secessionist Gustav Klimt.

Everybody’s favorite secessionist Gustav Klimt.

Instead it was this:

Tony Greene 1

and this:

Tony Greene 2

and this:

Tony Greene 3

I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to art exhibits and it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I really need to stop having preconceived notions in my head about these things.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013. I bought the beaded, horseshoe at an antique store in Clinton, Iowa a couple of years ago.

 

Published in: on August 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thank You & Gracias

I’ve gotten a few things that I wanted to put up in a post.

First, this card.

This is a birthday card I received.

This is a birthday card I received.

What I like about this card is that it is signed by D-Dog. This is the first card I've received from a character I created.

What I like about this card is that it’s signed by D-Dog. This is the first card I’ve received from a character I created. That’s odd and wonderful at the same time.

Second, this letter.

This is a letter from an old friend. In the middle of the letter he quotes Auntie Mame. Not only is the quote funny but it's insulting and complimentary at the same time.

This is a letter from an old friend. In the middle of the letter he quotes Auntie Mame. Not only is the quote funny but it’s insulting and complimentary at the same time. It’s perfect.

Third, this gift.

I received this gift from an old friend. It's right out of my chapter 10. I couldn't have asked for a better gift! It lights up and has a mirror so it's also handy.

I received this gift from another old friend. This infinite corridor is right out of chapter 10 in my book The Odd Fellows. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift! It lights up and has a mirror too so it’s handy when I want to check my hair.

outside of card that came with Infinite Dungeon Corridor.

This is the outside of the card that came with my Infinite Dungeon Corridor.

It's from my old friend Kim.

This is the inside of the card. It’s from my old friend Kim.

Fourth, this picture

That's Melissa and that's Scott.  We all worked together about five years ago. Last week they stopped by for a visit. I mentioned my book casually and the following week they posted this picture. They're a wonderful couple.

That’s Melissa and that’s Scott. We all worked together years ago. Last week they stopped by to see me. While they were here I mentioned my book in passing and the following week they posted this picture. They’re a great couple and very kind to remember me.

oh, and this gift too…

At my lodge meeting last night, my favorite lodge brother gave me this Odd Fellows belt and bolo tie. The belt fits perfectly. It was very kind of him to do.

At my lodge meeting last night, my favorite lodge brother, Mel, gave me this Odd Fellows belt and bolo tie. The belt fits perfectly. It was very generous of him to get them for me. I don’t know about the bolo tie. If I wore it I think I would look like a poseur but I’m really happy I have one now because I’ve secretly always wanted one.

This card is from my friend Andrew of Key West.

I received this card earlier this year from my friend Andrew P.

I received this card  from my friend Andrew P. (uh, I think he’s calling me a queen!)

This is the indside of the Andrew P card. Andrew and I worked together in Los Angeles and then he moved to San Diego. About a month ago he moved to Key West.

This is the indside of the Andrew P card. Andrew and I worked together in Los Angeles and then he moved to San Diego, maybe, five years ago. This year he moved to Key West. I hear it rains there. One of these days I’m gonna move someplace where it rains.

and this card is from my friend Andy in Minneapolis.

My friend Andy (from Minneapolis) sent this card to me last year before my book was published.

My friend Andy sent this card to me last year before my book was published.

I've know my friend Andy for the longest time. I went up to Minneapolis and helped him renovate a house more than 20 years ago.

I’ve know Andy for the longest time. I went up to Minneapolis and helped him renovate a house  20 years ago.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on June 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

IOWA

I flew to Iowa in May 2014 for my father’s 85th birthday. It was a nice event and it always amazes me how many friends my parents have. While I was in Iowa I also made some side trips. One was to West Branch, one was to LeClaire and one was to the Iowa City/Coralville area.

WEST BRANCH

One of the things to do in West Branch is to visit the Herbert Hoover Museum.

One of the things to do in West Branch is to visit the Herbert Hoover Museum.

Hoover’s birthplace is also located in West Branch. It must be about 100 square feet total. I am never going to complain about my 500 square foot place ever again. Hoover said his boyhood home is “physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life.”

Hoover’s birthplace is also located in West Branch. It must be about 100 square feet total. I am never going to complain about my 500 square foot place ever again. Hoover said his boyhood home is “physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life.”

This is a map of the site from the National Park Service.

This is a map of the site from the National Park Service.

Hoover from the National Park Service brochure.

Hoover from the National Park Service brochure.

This statue is very close to Hoover's birthplace.  I really like the statue. It's eerie but cool.

This statue is very close to Hoover’s birthplace. I really like the statue. It’s called Isis: The Goddess of Life BUT it looks like it could also be called Isis: The Goddess of death. It’s eerie and cool and I wouldn’t want it anywhere near my place.

What the plaque says...

What the plaque says…

That's me in the Fellowship Meetinghouse. Evidently, men sat on one side and the women sat on the other side. Everyone sat in silence until they were moved to speak.

That’s me in the Fellowship Meetinghouse. I look drunk but I’m not. My glasses are askew so I inadvertently have a Hunter S. Thompson look.  All I need is a cigarette to bite down on. Enough about me. Back to the meetinghouse, evidently, men sat on one side and women sat on the other side. Everyone sat in silence until they were “moved” to speak.

Herbert and Lou Hoover's graves. They're very modest. Nothing like Grant's Tomb.

Herbert and Mrs. Hoover’s graves. They’re very modest. Nothing like Grant’s Tomb.

 

IOWA CITY/CORALVILLE

This is the Old Capital Building on the University of Iowa campus. Iowa became a state in 1846 and the University of Iowa was founded in 1847.

This is the Old Capital Building on the University of Iowa campus. Iowa became a state in 1846 and the University of Iowa was founded in 1847.

There's nothing like a 4.99 breakfast.

While in Iowa City and Coralville I ate at a variety of places but I preferred HY-VEE. It’s a grocery store that serves a $4.99 breakfast. Hey, I’m cheap.

Evidently about ten years ago they started putting up Herky statues around town. Herky is the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye mascot. There are about 50 of them now. So here’s a sample of Iowa public art.

This Herky stands outside a police station. My shirt is wild.

This Herky stands outside a police station. My shirt is wild.

I guess he would be Super-Herky.

I guess he would be Super-Herky. He’s wearing a cape so I have some simpatico with him.

This is a Herky parent with baby Herky. Somebody pulled off the baby's feet!

This is a Herky dad with a baby Herky. Some anti-art degenerate pulled off the baby’s feet! How rude.

I cut this out of a local paper. It was either the Cedar Rapids Gazette or the Quad City Times. It happened about a month ago. My understanding is the whole town was in an uproar and the police are on the case.

I cut this out of a local paper. It was either the Cedar Rapids Gazette or the Quad City Times. It happened about a month ago. My understanding is the whole town was in an uproar and the police are on the case. I can’t believe somebody would do this. Crime is running rampant in Iowa. The vandal is obviously somebody from out of town. I suspect it’s somebody from New Jersey.

 

LeCLAIRE

LeClaire, Iowa is the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody.

LeClaire, Iowa is the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody.

I was sitting in an A&W Diner eating a chili cheese dog with onions (along with a root beer and fries) thinking about what I should do next. I had already gone to a number of antique stores looking for Odd Fellows items. It was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. It was a cold day and the sky was overcast but I could still see the Mississippi river from my booth in the diner so life was good. After I finished eating I walked out to my car in the parking lot. I was rummaging through my car’s trunk, looking for something, when I saw this guy in an Antique Archaeology t-shirt walking up the hill beside me. I asked him where he got the t-shirt and he said the Antique Archeaology store was right there. He lifted his arm and pointed to a newish looking brick building looming above us on the hill. He told me there were two stores “up there” and I could go into both of them. He stated that he was from a small town down by Burlington and he wanted to move up to LeClaire and get a job working for Antique Archeaology. He said he would be happy sweeping the place up every night. I didn’t suggest he aim higher in life because I was in Iowa and people there are polite and my comment would be inappropriate. I went to both stores. The newer one was wonderfully designed. It was a large open space constructed of glazed brick with large windows and a place I could see myself living in — it was that nice. The other space looked like an old garage but it had its charms too; the main one being the large Phillip Morris guy from the postcard below being on display inside. I would urge anyone who ends up in this vicinity (for whatever reason) to stop by Antique Archeaology. It’s weird and cool. I ended up buying a coffee mug, some postcards (see below), a 1/2 price – 2014 calendar and a bandana/handkerchief.

I remember seeing this episode when they found this Phillip Morris guy.

I remember seeing this episode (I think the show is called American Pickers) when they found this Phillip Morris guy.

I also remember this episode. Considering I don't have cable and only watch this show when I'm on vacation and in motels is that amazing or do they repeat them so often it's not amazing?

I also remember this episode when they found these Laurel & Hardy heads. Considering I don’t have cable and only watch this show when I’m on vacation (and in motels) it’s amazing (or do they repeat them so often it’s not amazing)?

This is what I bought at .....Antiques. I grew up in Davenport so I was thrilled to find it.

This is what I bought at Big River Antiques on Cody Road. I grew up in Davenport so I was THRILLED to find it.

The antique dealer I bought this from didn't know who it was which made me gasp a little inside. Without any superiority I said, "It's our martyred president...James Garfield.

The antique dealer I bought this from didn’t know who this was which made me gasp a little inside. Without any superiority I said, “It’s our martyred president…James Garfield.”

I bought this tobacco card at the same place that I bought the Odd Fellows Davenport Badge. My book was released on December 16, 2013.

I bought this tobacco card at the same place that I bought the Odd Fellows Davenport badge. The back of this card states there were fifty cards in the set and the antique store had about twenty. The hero was a clean shaven guy who looked like silent film star Tom Mix but I didn’t buy his card. Instead, I bought this card. I thought the guy in the card above was the best friend of the Tom Mix looking hero but I might be wrong. The more I look at the card, the more I think “his best friend” is his gun.

All photos, of me, were taken by my lifelong friend and Coralville resident Robert C. Graef.

That's my friend Bob with Officer Herky.

That’s my friend Bob with Officer Herky.

Jonathan and David.  My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Jonathan and David. My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on May 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Bold Strokes Books set up a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

festival

BSB is the booth in the middle.

Bold Strokes Books is the booth in the middle.

A close up. It's very cool.

A close up. It’s very cool. I’ve got the best publisher ever!

Here's part of our table set-up. Behind the Jesus Injection our some framed quotes for that book. I need to get something like that for my book.

Here’s part of our table set-up. Behind The Jesus Injection are some framed quotes for that book. I need to get something like that for my book.

One of the cool give aways at our booth.

One of the spectacular give-a-ways at our booth.

Felice Picano and Eric -Andrew Katz,

Felice Picano (20th Century Un-limited and Twelve O’Clock Tales) and Eric Andrews-Katz (The Jesus Injection). Eric was very funny. He said his book’s title is pronounced, The Hay-Zeus Injection. Felice regaled us with stories about his travels.

More of our table. On the first day I spent the 1-3 shift with Sheri. That's her book up at the top. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of her. But she's my new best friend.

More of our table. On the first day I spent the 1-3 shift with Sheri. That’s her book up at the top. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of her but she’s my new best friend.

I like this advertisement the best -- mainly because my book is on it.

I like this advertisement the best — mainly because my book is on it. (I’m like that.) Plus, this advertisement has Light on it too and everybody should read Nathan Burgoine’s book. It’s terrific.

I need a bigger scanner.  This is a BSB book bag that is bigger than my 11 by 17 scanner. I probably shouldn't have shoved it into my other book bag. When I get home I'm going to iron it.

I need a bigger scanner. This is a BSB book bag that is bigger than my 11 by 17 scanner. I probably shouldn’t have shoved this book bag into the book bag I was carrying. When I get home I’m going to iron it. I hope it doesn’t melt.

Richard Natale and me. I'm pushing my book, The Odd Fellows, of course. I read Richard's book, Junior Willis, last night. I really liked it. Richard's a wonderful writer. Obviously, Richard and I both think we're movie stars.

Richard Natale and me. I’m pushing my book, The Odd Fellows, of course. I read Richard’s book, Junior Willis, last night. I really liked it. Richard’s a wonderful writer. Obviously, Richard and I both think we’re movie stars. [Guillermo Luna at the Festival of Books.]

Richard's book. It's really good.

Richard’s book. It’s really good.

Here's Alan Chin promoting  his book The Bitter Tears of....

Here’s Alan Chin promoting his book The Plain of Bitter Honey. Alan was responsible for the set-up so we all owe him a big THANKS! I just waltzed in (in a manly way) and sat down. Alan did all the heavy lifting.

Festival of Books poster

Festival of Books poster

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

 

Published in: on April 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm  Comments (2)  

La Bloga

I did a post for La Bloga which is a Latino website/blog. The link to the blog is below. The post reveals how I went about getting published.

http://labloga.blogspot.com/2014/03/latino-sci-fi-con-guillermo-luna.html

 

 

Published in: on March 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sports’ Photographs

Whenever I see a sports’ photograph I like — I buy it. Here are a few that I’ve picked up.

I couldn't pass it up. It's from the Black Panther.

I couldn’t pass it up. It’s from The Black Panther.

On the back is stamped: Hawkins Studio -- Lake City, Iowa.

On the back is stamped: Hawkins Studio — Lake City, Iowa.

He's a football player (I think) but there's no identification on the photograph.

He’s a football player (I think) but there’s no identification on the photograph.

I like the fake background. This photo must be from the 20s.

The fake background sold me on this one. It must be from the 20s.

I can't tell if these are photographs or newspaper clippings. Regardless, they're never been out of these frames.

I can’t tell if these are photographs or newspaper clippings.

There is no identification on the backs of the frames. The frames are the other reason why I bought these two pictures.

There’s no identification on the reverse. They’re great images but the frames were a contributing factor when I purchased these pictures. I like mission and arts & crafts furniture.

This is Sandow. He was one of the world's first famous bodybuilders.  Usually, he's wearing less in photos so this image is tasteful as far as Sandow goes.  There's a good book about him titled, Sandow the Magnificent : Eugen Sandow and the beginnings of bodybuilding by Chapman, David

This is Sandow. He was probably the world’s first famous bodybuilder. Usually, Sandow’s wearing less in photographs so this image is “tasteful.” There’s a good book about him titled, Sandow the Magnificent : Eugen Sandow and the Beginnings of Bodybuilding by David Chapman.

See, this is a more typical Sandow pose. I think he's wrapped himself in a leopard skin. This is a cigarette card so the card is 1 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

See, this is a more typical Sandow pose. He’s wrapped himself in a leopard skin!? Well, he was in show business. This is a cigarette card so the card is 1 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

On the back of the card it's stamped: SHORTY GAMBLES GUN STORE BURLINGTON, IOWA WASHINGTON STREET JOHN M. GAMBLE, Owner

On the back of the card it’s stamped:                               SHORTY GAMBLES GUN STORE
BURLINGTON, IOWA
WASHINGTON STREET
JOHN M. GAMBLE, Owner

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on February 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Published Writers & Process Writers

PUBLISHED WRITERS & PROCESS WRITERS by Guillermo Luna, author of The Odd Fellows.

“The Future is not ominous but a promise; surrounding the present as a halo” ― John Dewey from Art as Experience.

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Figure 1: John Dewey on a first day of issue cover.

In the fall of 2013 I took a graduate seminar in contemporary art. In the seminar we focused on “Process Art.” Process Art was first documented in the late 1960s in two separate shows. One was called “When Attitudes Become Form” (Bern, 1969) and the other was titled “Procedures/Materials” (New York, 1969). These shows put forth the idea that the act of making art was more important than the final artwork. For example, some Process Artists use transitory materials like water, ice or wax in their artwork and part of the art, may be, watching the water evaporate or watching the ice or wax melt. One of the concepts behind Process Art is that it’s a reflection on the impermanence of life so the experience of creating art is what’s really important – not the end result. One of the other components of Process Art is to create “non-precious” art; something that can’t be sold for a large sum of money.

I contend that many writers are process artists and they don’t even know it.

I see process writers (that’s what I’m going to call them) as individuals who have a clear vision of what they want to write and are unwilling to compromise. That’s not bad, per se, but the process writer conjures up, in me, a particular scene in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950). In the scene, Joe Gilles, the screenwriter has just been handed part of a screenplay that silent film star Norma Desmond has written for her comeback for her return to the screen. Gilles warily looks at the piles of pages that comprise the script and with a sneer in his voice says “there was enough for ten scripts.” [Screenplays are normally 120 pages and one page equals one minute on the screen.] Over the next couple of hours, while he sits and reads it, Gilles devises a plan. He’ll offer to help Norma get her script in order in exchange for some money ― $500 a week. It’s at this point that Joe Gilles turns to Norma Desmond and says, “It’s a little long. We might have to cut some.” Norma’s response is, “I will not have it butchered!” See, if there’s such a thing as a process writer, Norma Desmond would have been a process writer because she wasn’t interested in commercial viability. Who would want to see a 1200 minute silent film about Salome? (I’d rather watch the Nazimova version and that’s only an hour.) Norma Desmond used the act of writing as a release; a way to put down on paper the creativity that was inside her along with how she felt “in her heart.” She was writing for herself. That’s what I imagine process writers doing. Their enjoyment comes from the process and the satisfaction they get from sticking to their vision. The writing is the reward.

Figure 2: Norma (Gloria Swanson) watches Joe read her script. She doesn’t appear to be in the mood for any negative criticism.  (Screen capture)

Figure 2: Norma (Gloria Swanson) watches Joe read her script. She doesn’t appear to be in the mood for any negative criticism. (Screen capture)

Figure 3: Joe (William Holden) reads Norma's 1200 page script. That’s a lot of writing in front of him!

Figure 3: Joe (William Holden) reads Norma’s 1200 page script. That’s a lot of writing in front of him! (Screen capture)

What about process writers and the impermanence of life? If we go under the assumption that process writers don’t get published because they’re more interested in remaining true to their artistry (or dream or concept) as opposed to publishing a book ― then the impermanence of life can be linked to their writing being lost due to the fact that there is no published record of their work.

The concepts of transitory materials and non-precious art should be obvious. All writers use transitory materials when they use hand written words on paper or, worse, 1s and 0s in a computer. The idea of non-precious art comes into play when a novel is not validated by failing to be put into the commercial marketplace.

Am I process writer? No, because I definitely had my eyes set on what could be commercial. I kept telling myself the story needed to move fast and it had to be funny ― for the readers’ sake. I wanted the story in my book, The Odd Fellows, to be inhibited by characters that were likeable, attractive and sexy but not too sexy. It’s not that kind of a book. I didn’t want to write a talky book. I wanted to write a book where the images remained in the readers mind not necessarily what the characters’ said. My goal was to write a visual book. Also, I wasn’t interested in creating new ways of writing. Gertrude Stein and James Joyce may be great writers but they’re not the writers most readers select from their bookshelves first.

My book.

My book.

I try to remind myself of the quote at the beginning of this blog post whenever negative thoughts pass through my brain concerning the future. Recently, I was reading another Bold Strokes Books writer’s blog and she expressed all my fears and apprehensions when she stated she was “stressing” (out) about her “good news” (finally getting published). I too need to accept the happiness that comes with publication and my good fortune. The future will unfold over time and I want to believe “the promise” I have for it will come true. Yet all writers should remember that while getting published is important ― the process of writing is equally as important. As writers we simply have to determine whether we want to be published writers or process writers. It’s a conscious decision writers make every time they are offered constructive advice concerning their writing and either accept it or reject it.

 

Note: My publisher posted this on the BSB blog today. (It was posted in December 2013.) I’m posting it here too with two photos. http://boldstrokesbooksauthors.wordpress.com/

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on December 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview

My publisher, Bold Strokes Books, conducted an interview with me concerning my book, The Odd Fellows. It was on my author page at Bold Strokes Books but when BSB switched over to the new design on January 1, 2014, my interview didn’t make the leap to the new page. Fortunately, I had placed it on my website and it’s at the link below.

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Published in: on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Badges

In many old photographs of Odd Fellows there are groups of individuals all wearing ribbons (?) on their jackets.
Meni Lodge (no. 217). I like this photo for its turn of the century quality.  The man in the front row, second from  the left, has a Great Gatsby quality about him. On the back he is listed as Nathaniel Bound.
They’re not ribbons but badges. The packaging for the badges attests to it.
There were numerous manufactures of this material. The C.E. Ward Company was only one of them.
There were numerous manufactures of these badges. The C.E. Ward Company was only one of them.
The Henderson-Ames Co. also manufactured badges.
The Henderson-Ames Co. (above) and WM. H. Horstmann (below) also manufactured badges.
I like their logo.

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I don’t know what it was about the Odd Fellows but the guys liked their badges. I buy these off E-bay. There are tons of them for sale. I like the colors and the symbols. The ones for conventions always seem to be dated with a year. I’m thinking they were mementos; some way of remembering a particular event. The other ones seem to be for specific lodges. They more often than not have the city and state plus the lodge number on the ribbon. I’m thinking the “lodge ones” were worn to special local events.

Many of them have these large, heavy medallions on them. There are pins on the back so they could be pinned to a shirt or jacket but these type with the medallions seem too heavy to wear.
Many of them have large, heavy medallions (attached with chains) to them. There are heavy duty pins on the backs so they could be pinned to a shirt or jacket but these type seem too heavy to wear. I’m always buying the ones from Iowa. It’s a great state.
This evidently was for an encampment. I'm guessing it was like a camp out?
This evidently was for an encampment. I’m guessing it was like a camp experience but a little bit more upscale? The ribbon is purple. The color of royalty! I want to know who was there or if the purple color was symbolic of something.

Some Rebekah Ribbons.

I'm not sure if the one on the right, the black one, is a mourning ribbon or not.
Rebekahs are the lady Odd Fellow. The beehive, the dove and the moon & seven stars are their symbols. I’m not sure if the one on the right, the black one, is a mourning ribbon or not but I suspect it is.
These are definitely mourning ribbons. Two of the tennets of the Odd Fellows are "visit the sick" and "bury the dead."
These are definitely mourning ribbons. Two of the tenets of the Odd Fellows are “visit the sick” and “bury the dead.”
The Odd Fellows are a very patriotic group which can be seen reflected in these ribbons.
The Odd Fellows are a very patriotic group which is reflected in these ribbons.
I don't know what was going on in Walla Walla but that log cabin sold me on that ribbon.
I don’t know what was going on in Walla Walla but that log cabin sold me on that ribbon.
I bought the Montana one because the event took place the year the Titanic sunk and I liked the big strange star. I bought the Ohio one because there was an Odd Fellow building on it. (There were Odd Fellow buildings all over the country and many of them are still around.) I also bought it because of the cradle at the top.
I bought the Montana one (left) because the event took place the year the Titanic sunk and I liked the big strange star. I bought the Ohio one (right) because there was an Odd Fellows’ building on it. (There were Odd Fellows’ buildings all over the country at one time and many of them are still being used.) I also bought it because of the cradle at the top.
The one below is my favorite
I think it's just beautiful. A couple of months ago a similar one to this came up for auction on E-bay but it had an image of President McKinley. I really wanted it and I put in a good bid but somebody else got it. Darn! Oh, well. I still have this one.
I think it’s just beautiful. A couple of months ago a similar one to this came up for auction on E-bay but it had an image of President McKinley. I really wanted it and I put in a $50 bid for it but somebody else got it. Darn! Oh, well. I still have this one.
this one has an elaborate leather case.
This one has an elaborate leather case. Somebody valued and cherished this badge.
I recently bought these online.

I recently bought these online.

These are two badges I bought at the end of 2013.

These are two badges I bought at the end of 2013.

I found the Davenport badge on a recent trip to Iowa. The University badge I bought online at the end of 2013.  The Davenport badge is my new favorite.

I found the Davenport badge on a recent trip to Iowa. The University badge I bought online at the end of 2013. The Davenport badge is my new favorite.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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