I spent this snowy afternoon lost in “The United States of Tara”, via streaming Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a woman (played by Toni Collette, one of my favorite actresses; if you haven’t seen “Japanese Story” you need to) who has multiple personality disorder. At first I felt a bit guilty having wasted four hours watching back-to-back episodes, but the story was so good… suspenseful, engaging, the characters real and flawed. And then I started thinking about story, how getting lost in a good movie or television series is sometimes necessary to give one’s own brain a break, a rest, a time out. Getting lost in my own stories has been a challenge lately. Life is infringing, with too many gaps between productive writing sessions. I keep losing the threads of my novel; it feels like starting from scratch every time I sit down to write. I want the luxury of more time than I know what to do with.
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