Spent the weekend working on The Great Western and Olive Oatman stories. They are related and will be part of a big packaged, cover story feature in the September issue of True West.
Seeking A Good Story
The story is there, I know it's good, but how do I tell it in a compelling way? Here are a couple theories I poached from Adam Gopnik:
• Having two emotions at once is better than having one emotion repeatedly.
• What is needed is a conscience speaking through contradiction. Sounds easy, but we must have a knowledge of our own absurdity but it should not diminish the importance of our witness.
"When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily
he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he
always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he
has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking
means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being
open, having no goal."