The Big Picture

They say, look at the big picture of your life. Evidently my picture was painted by drunk monkeys.

Sometimes Facebook is good for a laugh or two. I saw this written in someone’s status and thought it was hilarious. Silly things like that just make me laugh because the words conjure up so much for me without having to stop and think about it in detail.

Writing is sometimes like that, we put the words down with a vague sense of all they really mean. Some things do not need explanation, they are a part of our thought process, a knowing that comes from within, without our having to contemplate the full meaning.

Those are the words I like best.

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  1. I love it when the subconscious takes over and the words spill out onto the page! If only it happened like that more often.

    That saying and the graphic gave me a good laugh! :)

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    • Yes, the subconscious does take over from time to time and I’m glad it does.

      Glad you had a good laugh. Most of us can use a bit more laughter in our lives.I had the same reaction. I’ve been told I have a weird sense of humour when it comes to little things like that. Good thing I’m not alone. :)

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  2. Good one! As we say in bluegrass, “Music ain’t a matter of life and death, it’s a whole lot more important than that.” Same is true for writing.

    Dr. B, author, “The Mandolin Case”

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    • Hi Dr. Tom. Thanks for dropping in and for leaving a comment. I also like your quote. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Melanie

     /  March 20, 2011

    I wonder what kind of beer that monkey is drinking, Corona perhaps? :P

    When I was in University and we would pick apart novels I often wondered if the author had intended to put in all of the metaphors, hidden meanings and greater themes we always managed to find. It would be neat to see what a class might find in “Bitter, Sweet”!

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    • One never knows it could be a Corona. I mean. the bottle is clear and all.

      I’ve had this conversation with either you or Matt. I think it was Matt. We discussed how books are analysed and torn apart, meaning, and themes pulled out and examined. We wondered if all writers do this intentionally when they write or if it happens on a subconscious level. I’m sure a little of both depending upon the author. Some authors plot things out very meticulously why others simply fly by the seat of their pants.

      What do YOU find in Bitter, Sweet? ;)

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      • Melanie

         /  March 20, 2011

        That sounds like a challenge! :D

        I think you’re right, it seems to depend on the author. Planning everything out would be quite a different writing process than the ones who just go with the flow, I would think.

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  4. I hate tearing apart books to discuss the authors’ ‘secret meaning’ which may be nothing more than a good story. So glad I don’t have to do that anymore. Yeah.

    A monkey painting the big picture? Sounds about right for most of us. lol

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    • I’m still wondering if all those “secret” messages are even there in writing or if and when they are do we even interpret them the way the author intended. Perhaps we see what we want to and go from there when it is nothing more than a good story. Does it matter if we do interpret it correcyly so long as it makes sense to us?

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  5. There are times when you look at what you wrote and discover its nothing like you intended.

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    • You know, Mike. I’ve had that feeling a time or two and have wondered sometimes if something I wrote, or perhaps said even, was interpreted the wrong way. I think it’s a risk we take when we put our words out there. Don’t you?

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  6. Thanks for my morning smile, Laura! Neat analogy…

    Wendy

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  7. Sometimes a few days will go by and I haven’t written anything. I get this sick feeling inside my chest because I’m convinced my creativity has dried up. Lo and behold, I’m still here. Maybe that panicky feeling is actually food for the creative juices. Like hot chocolate on those cold winter mornings. If I’m avoiding looking at the big picture it’s strictly a survival technique. I find if I look too closely, I get dizzy.

    Great post, Laura.

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    • Dizzy is not such a good feeling and looking too close sometimes makes us have our doubts. I’m sure you don’t have to worry about your creativity drying up. We are all creative in our own way and thank goodness for that.

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  8. Love that quote as a FB status…cracks me up!

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  9. That drunk monkey gets around. :) I knew there was some reasonable explanation for certain parts of my life. Blessings to you, Laura…

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    • Glad to have shed some light on the subject for you, Carol Ann. I think laughter is good medicine for us all.

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  10. Hahahahahaha. When I was in Aruba, the hotel had a frozen drink called the Drunken Monkey. It was chocolate and bananna and pure yum yum yum!

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  11. Me, too. :)

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  12. Drunk monkeys eh? Yeah, some days can be like that! ;)

    But speaking of being vague, I have a question for you Laura: Do you ever put inside jokes in your novels? Funny anecdotes or ideas that only you and your close friends/family would get?

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    • An excellent question, Pauline. And I think I’ll write a blog post in answer to that. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  13. Life changes, hands us challenges for which we doubt our capability, but onward we go anyway. Some days seem so out of control, and then we feel all hungover from the weight of it. hmm Drunk monkeys, huh? Now, that could explain a few things.

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