notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Smokey the Mind Worm

From Robert McKee's Story:
To discuss psychology, medieval scholarship devised another ingenious conceit: The Mind Worm. Suppose a creature had the power to burrow into the brain & come to know an individual completely-dreams, fears, strength, weakness. Suppose that this mind worm also has the power to cause events in this world. It could then create a specific happening geared to the unique nature of that person that would trigger a one-of-a-kind adventure, a quest that would force him to use himself to the limit, to live to his deepest and fullest. Whether a tragedy or fulfillment, this quest would reveal his humanity absolutely.

Sound familiar?

If I'm right, this would be the second time I have discovered a Lost allusion to a book about the craft of writing. It makes sense to me that those nerds would have spent an inordinate about of time reading about storytelling because, despite all the griping, I still feel that on a macro level that show features some of the best storytelling in the history of the medium.