April 19th, 2005

Inspiration strikes!

This weekend I muddled through reworking Nephilim's outline and beginning scenes, and although it was greatly improved I was still feeling anxious about the denouement...until this morning's shower. Now, glory be, I got it. Got the whole damn story.

What is it about showers?! I've heard other writers also name that magical watery chamber as a source of inspiration. Is it the rhythm of the water? The steam? The timing (first thing after rising in the morning)? Am I getting high off chlorine fumes? Whatever...it works. Now, so does the new script.

BOOKS: The Last Star of the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films - my friend Akiko Tetsuya has written this, the first serious biography of superstar Brigitte Lin, and it's great. Neither a gossipy celeb bio nor an academic dissection filled with indecipherable critspeak, this is a revealing look at both one of the world's great actresses and the Hong Kong and Taiwanese film industries; it also includes photographs (there's even a color section) and filmography. Highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in global cinema. And if you don't know who Brigitte Lin is...well, hot damn, you lucky soul you, you've got a huge treat in store for you. Start with Ronny Yu's The Bride With White Hair (co-starring the late great Leslie Cheung, in possibly his sexiest performance, and that's saying A LOT), Tsui Hark/Ching Siu-tung's Swordsman 2 (the greatest transgendered film ever?), Tsui's Peking Opera Blues and Zu: Warriors From the Magic Mountain, or Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time (my god, that scene when Brigitte just shrieks in the middle of the desert after being stood up tears me up every time I see it). The woman is gorgeous, incredibly charismatic and brilliant.

Oh yeah, and you coulda knocked me over with a feather when, in one interview with Akiko, Brigitte mentions that "American woman writing a book on Tsui Hark".