Writing after all your writing went away (lost/taken/destroyed):
Maybe don’t write, see how that goes. Haha.
Now you know that finishing something and releasing it to others is the only way to guarantee this won’t happen.
Finish something before it finishes you. Not everyone makes it out of the story alive, including the writer.
If you can still remember something, then it’s still good.
Are you sure you want to do this?
Go ahead if you want to do it. Everything goes, everything dies, so will you, so will I. Build the sandcastle.
You’re still here.
I wrote these tips upon the request of an innkeeper who had lost her computer files in a breakup. I’ve experienced total storage loss, and I’ve heard it from others as well; it might be rough to point out that all accounts of this I’ve received have been from women who lost what they had produced because of troubles with a male partner, but that could be either here or there when it comes to one’s own writing apocalypse. Is there life after the apocalypse? Maybe.
(ELE / Eva L. Elasigue CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons)
This poem was written and performed live within this benefit circus cabaret. There was also a class of schoolkids in attendance from the local area, so I decided on a form that many ages could enjoy, that would add just a little spice in the transitions between acts. This was similarly performed like the first Cabaret Poem, where each set was the inspiration for something that was read aloud by myself directly afterward. Three words is enough to set, evoke, or recall an image, and I read each three words in both languages, for a bilingual audience. I’m considering this another form that others could use, like the wordpairing in A Wizard Sees, The Alien Observes, also created live with this Momentom Collective residency. Three words is something that a language novice can conjure with translation to respond to an image.
I made a dancing entrance to my typewriter as with Cabaret Poem, this time solo with a flow torus. This piece was called Magnetism, or Magnetic Aura, or Magnetic Field. It alluded to the shape of the magnetic field of planet Earth, as well as that of the human body, as reflected in the shape of the object. Each three words could be seen as particles attracted to the energy of the performance. I had previously also performed with the torus as a water spirit with the Cutthroat Pirates float in the Friday Harbor Independence Day parade.
(full entrance performance)
Above, the original composition sheets. Below, performance photos, myself in the lower right corner of both. The second is resident performers and staff families.
At this diverse series of short talks held within an arts residency, I took 5 minutes to explain the different kinds of Creative Commons open licenses, the internationally tailored legal codes to protect intellectual property and any intentions for sharing it.
You can see on the board that I reversed my name and topic columns, like a true freethinker.
I’m currently using specific Creative Commons licenses for my poetry, short theater scripts, and Bones of Starlight, the science fiction fantasy space opera trilogy. I was granted a scholarship to go to Creative Commons Global Summit Lisbon in 2019 to hold a 15-minute talk on my adventures in science fiction fantasy novel publishing using CC, and I was a fulltime volunteer at the Global Summits in Toronto 2017 & 2018. I’ve shared Creative Commons at other venues, including WorldCon (site of the Hugo Awards) in panel with fellow science fiction author and blogger Cory Doctorow. I’ve been using Creative Commons to publish and share my work since 2014.
This is the only record of a dynamic and interesting tag-team talk on creative writing for personal goals and publishing – Wednesday afternoon, that’s us. I co-taught with travel memoir novelist & Momentom founder John Early, presenting from my science fiction fantasy experience, so we had great parallels and contrasts. I guided a moment of focus, we each discussed our backgrounds and read some work aloud, John hosted an exercise, and we held an open talk on publishing.
I’m often holding writing sessions within a writers’ setting, so I’m proud to hold space for my art within a group hosting many different kinds of arts. I sometimes seek those areas where I’m on the fringe, let it be noted, because there’s a lot of possibility for exchange of ideas there.
[ELE / Eva L. Elasigue CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons]
This poem contains a lot of factors! I designed the process to accompany a multi-scene group performance across two outdoor stages. The show had its own storyline of wizards arguing with duendes (elven spirits) over the beauty or tragedy of humanity as examined through the lens of four elements. The alien in mention is a character that descended at the beginning, though assigning the wizard or the alien to either language has its own reflections of meaning, and it could be read aloud that way. Myself coming from the United States, there is a tension around the Spanish language and its association with the idea of being an alien – whereas I was the English-speaking alien in the Spanish-speaking country of Nicaragua.
I, the poet, entered as a wizard dancer with the others at the beginning, in Jedi attire with a lightsaber-like pen (of course, mightier than the lightsaber) and notebook. I accompanied the show in the audience, writing to the scenes while glowing. I also helped guide and direct the audience from stage to stage, dancing martial arts with my glowing pen while in movement. Two words to a notebook page was the format I decided would suit the fast pace of performance and the show dynamic, with words in English and Spanish for a bilingual audience. The poem as displayed was written in order.
Parts of these freshly-penned poems were sung in live improvisation, by me, with music by each of the three DJs who played after the show: Izzy Wise @izzy_wise , Danni G @dannig , and Ricardo @irickysaenz .
I played with form as I wrote, differently for each scene, and am including, below, the notebook pages where I broke down the juxtaposition and stanza-mirroring of English and Spanish, in sometimes-reversed sometimes-translation. I tightened or accented my Spanish as I’ve recopied it.
I have not seen the form employed or explained before; consider this invented wordpair flow as a formal offering for live inspiration. It can evoke a lot, two words at a time, and while able to offer beauty as itself, can serve as a base for further expansion. I reserve the option of expanding from this poem, while also sharing it in its primal form.
Formplay Observation below, marks explained after maps
This type station existed for two outdoor full moon ceremonies at my Nicaragua residency, and it was a standing invite to collaboratively create a line of poetry. The main prompt was to go back and forth between myself and the guest, adding one word at a time, though this could be flexibly applied. These lines are signed collaboratively, and are shared here under a CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons license. I later created aesthetic line breaks and punctuation.
Magic transition openness
anticipation love gift
(Jeff R. & ELE)
Water deep inside welling, it rises into fountains
(Tuulia & ELE)
Bursting into relation, rising together in support
(T & Tony contact dance words from ELE)
Fuerte la luz sexual de la luna llena tranquilo
(Fenix y ELE)
Stillness centered begins through a place of grounding
(Sophia & ELE)
Grateful seeing you shining tonight within me, I am here – heartbeat yearning
A troupe of creative performers in training residency together with Momentom at El Pital-Ometepe-Nicaragua assembled a variety showcase cabaret. My writer’s role involved typing a few lines of poetry during each performance, and sharing these reflections between acts. This included a grand entrance: I was acrobatically lifted across the stage to my typewriter station. To begin, here is the poetry in abstracted nine-part form, with some lines in spanish:
1. knowing understanding the breath, el fuerte interno holding the connection
2. contemplate, poder como el mar wild forces elemental in the warrior
3. sensual y ritmico the grace of feeling trabajo del corazon in rainbow light visiones del todo
4. from the shadows of thought climb, a libertad the being in wholeness la vida en el viento sparkle in the diamond
5. adventure espiritu con amigos
6. danger in extension la geometria orbiting the center returning to the self los circulos y espirales del tiempo
7. el hombre magico y mysterioso con los manos moving the world
8. la mariposa del muerte y vida the whorls of this galaxy’s flaming suns el sol y la tierra open the gates of possibility to infinity
9. a sense of purpose the staff of will luchar por el verdad with swords of integrity
These two pages were typed by people in attendance at the Commitment March in Washington D.C. on 8/28/2020, at the base of the Lincoln Memorial directly after speeches by Martin Luther King III and Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., on the anniversary of his “I Have A Dream” speech, at the height of the George Floyd Uprising.
Typed on my 1958 Hermes 3000 manual typewriter, incidentally of the kind popular among journalists at the time of the 1963 speech – not obtained for this significance, just the kind of typewriter that I own.
These two pages were made over just about two hours, masks worn, gloves offered, and keys sanitized between contributors. The typewriter was set up on a bench, in the kindly forfeited space of one person. Some of my neighbors helped invite others to write, and contributed additional sanitation supplies. People of many ages stopped by to satisfy their curiosity and come up with something to say, and I had to keep up with the enthusiasm.
This exercise, which I call Share Your Words (a succinct explanatory sign), brings forward voices often unheard, in exactly their words of expression. It’s not exactly an exquisite corpse, which has each participant continue the contribution of the previous according to rules, but a freeform collective page. Typewriter pages exist as created in the moment, lending a measure of trust to the messenger. I also love offering a moment where people can interact with this empowering technology, which doesn’t require electricity, creates instant transfer to physical copy, and is strictly for the creation of words and records. Every time I’ve shared my typewriter for a collective event, more often just for the fun of literary gatherings, it is someone’s first time using one. I’ve seen the spark of enjoyment light many faces, often people who didn’t expect their thoughts to be carried to an audience or become part of a record. Just the appeal of a novel experience invites people to try it who may not see themselves as writers, and the casual nature of bystander freeform contribution allows people to express themselves without the pressure of importance. Lightheartedness ensues, as well as raw honesty.
The Commitment March pages were initially quick-shared on my main project website, bonesofstarlight.com, and my own facebook feed. Now they’re getting a post on this author website with searchable text transcriptions, a spot where they can stay. I also intend to make its own facebook social media page, as I did for Standing Rock. The page images are welcome to be shared anywhere, by anyone, under CC-0 open copyright.
The original images are included below with both a transcription edited for clarity, and an exactly-worded transcription.
-P1 EDITED TRANSCRIPT-
– This page began on 8/28/2020 –
– on the anniversary of “I have a dream…”-
This is the world now. We will live forever.
The pain is very real… you don’t have to justify it.
All I want in this world is for the next generation to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
BLACK LIVES MATTER = BRAIN MATTER….VOTE COMPLETE THE CENSUS GET INVOLVED
This generation will change the world. We are sick and tired of being underestimated and watching oppression.
Stop the Abuse in the military against men and women, and write our Black History in the History Books. Women Veterans and wives helped win all the wars in and for America. Queen Feisal
I hate that we have to come together like this, but I am happy that we can come together. Black lives matter. Love, Alex Moore
Luke Stewart’s life mattered. He was murdered by a Euclid police officer in Euclid, Ohio. We want justice for Luke. Terra Stewart his sister, and family want justice.
“The human experience is a delusion of egocentric society, and the people who are empowered are the poison that needs to be rooted out. Our value is based on how someone else sees our worth, instead of basing our values on what we individually bring to companies and our community.” [transcribed ELE] tanya burgos, msw
Racism is a Public Health Issue. It deserves an ICD Classifiication Code.
WORDS MATTER! The Narrative Matters. White youths are troubled. Black youth are criminal. White addicts have a disease, Black addicts are criminalized.
-P1 VERBATIM TRANSCRIPT-
– This page began on 8/28/2020 –
– on the anniversary of “I have a dream…” –
this s the the world now.we will live forever
the pain is very real… youdont have to justify it
Actii Action NOW!
all I want in this world is for hethe next generation to have the s same opportunities as everyone else.
BLACK LIVES MATTER = BRAIN MATTER….VOTE COMPLETE THE CENSUS GET INVOLVED
This generation will change the world.wwe are sick and tired of being underestimated and watching oppression.p
Stop the Abuse in the military against men and women. And write our Black History in the History Books. Women Veterans and wives helped win all the wars in and for America. Queen Feisal
i hate that we have to come together like this but i am happy that we can come together. black lives matter. love alex moore.
Luke stewart life mattered he was murdere by an euclid police offic e i neuclid ohio we want justice for Luke Terra Stewart his sister and famiky wants justice.
The human experience is a delusion of egocentric society, and the people who are empowered are the poison that needs to be rooted out. Our value is based on how someone else sees our worth, Instead of basing our values on what we individually b bring to companies and our community. [scribed-ele] tanya burgos, msw
Racism is a Public Health Issueb It deserves an ICD Classification Code
Wod WORDS MATTER! The Narrative Matters. White youths aretroubled, Black youth a
are criminal. White addicts have a disease, Black addicts are criminalized.
– – –
-P2 EDITED TRANSCRIPT-
– page 2 on 8/28/2020, march on Washington D.C. –
– Get Your Knees Off Our Necks – -say anything you think or feel today-
Today is a day we can start anew. To see the different beautiful faces brings hope.
As Queen, I was very pleased with the outcome of this movement.
Stop seeing us as our black skin. I am human, I am a woman, I am a mother, I am an auntie, I am a sister, I am a daughter, my blood is red. My heart breaks.
I love you, please learn to love yourself. KO
I’m tired. AC Pope
Black trauma – the pain, this should not be a thing for every generation.
I am here today not for myself, but for my generation and the generations to come, to know that we stood against injustice and for equality. – Justin Agudosi
Enough is enough is enough. The time for change is not in the future, it’s now.
From Javier Chicas – What a learning and deep experience it was today, with the whole Black Lives Matter movement, today on August 28 2020.
Our freedom cannot be accomplished under capitalism. Free the people, free the press, and then we see economic and social liberation blossom.
I want to worry about these kids, but they won’t let me. They could kill me. They’re alright, even when they’re really not. It gets a little wrong: working as intended. #deadlyclass @Remender #comics #review