Ron Rosenbaum in THE SHAKESPEARE WAR touches on so much of what I want to achieve as a writer: it has more to do with me than Shakespeare. As a writer, I’m looking for unexpected creative impulses. I don’t always find them, as I’m writing. But I live for those surprises that come without “hunting for words,” bursts of creativity, that add “exhilaration” to my writing” (quotes from Rosenbaum); and now, as I’ve mature I seek the receptive space, the sense of freedom and self, that allows me to get there.
But I can’t escape my age. It gives me a sense of urgency; and my thoughts have turned to creating as much as I can or doing as much as I can with the time I have left. I haven’t always been as productive as I could’ve been. I have never planned…I say this was generally true, as I address the fact that I don’t think I have reached my full potential or completely polished or finished anything. But everyday, after a routine of eating, reading, exercising, taking my medicine and watching the news, I write something, but generally it is not filled with the “kind of allegory of the experience, the exhilaration, the pure pleasure” that Rosenbaum found in “the dog talk” of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Good night, Randy Ford