Archive for February, 2013

Writer’s Questionaire: Jill Koenigsdorf

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, by Jill Konigsdorf

Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, by Jill Koenigsdorf

SFWG REVIEW  “I just finished it. It was great fun to spend time with Phoebe and Chagall. I especially enjoyed biking through the Provence countryside and meeting Bernadette and the Bion sisters. I agree with Nadine that reading this book is like taking a trip to France.” —-Catherine Coulter, author, member Santa Fe Writers Group

 Jill Koenigsdorf , author of Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall, answers the tough questions:

SFWG: Oliver Stone once said the secret to completing a script was “ass-meets-chair.” How do you get your a-s in a chair?

JK: I had a teacher who once said: even if you write only fifteen minutes each day, you get to feel good all day. That feeling of self-loathing when I DON”T write is a great motivator!

 

SFWG: Is there a food you write by?

JK: Lots of tea.

 

SFWG: Do you have a favorite writing spot?

JK: Wherever my desk is, I have to be able to look out a window. If there is a bird feeder in view, even better.

 

SFWG: People say there are two kinds of writers, those who outline and those who wing it.  What’s your process?

JK: Hmmm: I do a very loose outline if I am working on a novel. But most of my short stories and longer stuff springs from and image or a character. I usually have a dozen chards of paper with ideas/images that I scribbled down in the middle of the night surrounding my keyboard at all times.

 

SFWG: The best thing you can do for any writing project is…

JK: Turn the light on in the middle of the night and write down that idea. No, you won’t remember it in the morning.

 

SFWG: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

JK: I owned a flower shop for 24 years in Berkeley and that is my other love. It is important for me to do something physical that earns a wage. Too much sitting and I get whacky.

 

SFWG: What is your favorite word?

JK: Murmur

 

SFWG: What is your least favorite word?

JK: Fraction

 

SFWG: My favorite thrill is….

JK: …snorkeling and making out in cars.

 

SFWG: What’s your favorite shower song?

JK: La Vie En Rose, Cabaret, and You Don’t Know Me by Ray Charles.

 

SFWG: I wish I understood why…

JK: …..the banks are not getting into trouble for how they have screwed homeowners.

 

SFWG: I need to learn how to…
JK: …give the good stuff way more weight than the bad

 

SFWG: I’m often puzzled by…

JK: …the opposite sex

______Thanks, Jill!!_________

MacAdam Cage Publishers

AMAZON

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Letters Written, Not Sent

Friday, February 8th, 2013
Prudy about to smack Oscar

Prudy about to smack Oscar

Am Skyping into Writers Group right now, and secretly posting because I have finished writing my piece and am avoiding starting another one.

Hope has brought the Prompt and snacks today. Because of the Skype thing, I do not know what the snacks are, but here is the Prompt:

“Have your character write a letter (or email!!!) they would never send; or they write one not intending to send it, but it is sent. OR a letter that was intended to be sent, but was somehow waylaid and never received.”

Have we not all done that dangerous thing and vented into an email and somehow the send button is pushed??!!! Agony!!! And movies have been made about letters never received.

In my piece today, Prudy has written a letter she will not send to her dad, while sitting in the school cousleor’s office after she smacked Oscar in the head.

Ok. Write your letter now.

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Titles as Stories

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7x10 gouache on paper

Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7×10 gouache on paper

It seems true to me that Stories are upstream from everything, and the Cosmic Word gets it all going.

This week I launched an art e-shop on Etsy.com.

And I see with this work, as with my other artwork, the piece is not finished until I give it a title. Until it is Named.

And that is when my storyteller self kicks into gear: “Birds Poking Around in a Swirling Vortex”, “The Third Eye is Very Large”, “Cosmic Dust Making Itself into Something”.

And people seem to like the stories that accompany the visuals.

I’ve listed for sale about 30 pieces, as of today. Many of them are small gouache (7×10″) paintings on paper that were done in the late 90’s. These pieces were so personal and I liked them so much, I kept them! Didn’t show them to even a friend, until now.

My Etsy.com Shop

 

 

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