I’m Camilla, and I called my blog The Seething Brain because of a Midsummer Night’s Dream quote:
“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.”
I don’t think Theseus meant that in a flattering way. But to me, it explains a lot:
I’ve always loved stories, whatever the delivery system: books, TV, movies, games, visual art, dance, food — yes, food. I see story in everything. But mostly, those stories stayed in my seething brain.
I’ve had a lot of different jobs, seen a lot of things, and spent a lot of time not writing. I’d write the occasional short story, often unfinished, rarely edited, and I’d tuck it away in a drawer or lose it on some floppy disc or CD.
It wasn’t until I made room in my life for writing — that meant dropping two of my three jobs, and saying goodbye, for good, to auditioning. Turns out that I can’t pursue both acting and writing full time — some people can; I can’t. And I don’t want to.
My seething brain went to work and spun story idea after story idea, which I inflicted on my poor husband and my poor friends on endless dog walks. I wrote down some of the ideas. I read every book on writing I could find.
Some shift, some combination of all the pushing and trying, led to a short film script: a story about life, death, moments of happiness and my dogs.
And a crazy thing happened, the short film shoot led to an idea. The idea led to a never-realized web series and a writing partnership. The partnership led to a book, and a then series. And another series. And another series.
I hope to add something useful to the discussion of the writing process in my blog, even if it’s just bits from my own experience. But one thing I know for sure, I went from someone who was too paralyzed by life to finish a short story to someone who writes a lot…and I mean a lot. Whatever comes of it now, I did that. And if I did it, so can you.
Seethe on brains. Seethe on.
Photo credit: Janine Brügmann