Tripio The Novel

How I found my mind, brewed some coffee, and learned to write novels.

          “Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility

I wrote that

I take this blog seriously. I know I have come to use humor more frequently as the blog goes on.  However I believe that is an indication of growing confidence in the blog itself. The humor, mostly self-deprecating, is an attempt to create an enjoyable, unique experience for anyone reading the blog. I feel responsible to put out a good post even if it is read by a single person.

But this week, I have devoted the mental energy usually spent writing the blog to the countless other details required to sustain and maintain a published novel on Amazon, the moving forward of novel number two, following up your posts and the housekeeping required to manage it all. As such, last night arrived and I found myself without a topic in my head for today’s first draft. It is the end of the week, the time when I usually begin work on my Monday post. Mildly panicked, I did glance over some books I have around that I sometimes refer to for inspiration. They provided none. 

Earlier this week I had met a fellow ex-Starbucks barista. We exchanged battle stories and favorite coffee drinks. An unexpected encounter that made my day. I promised I would drop off a signed copy of Tripio when I returned next week. Tripio was in my head more than usual since then. As I wondered around the house searching for content, I remembered Letters to Theo,  I knew where it was. I went upstairs to retrieve my copy, brought it downstairs and did nothing further with it. At this point, I was past writing but knew I would find something in Letters to use.

I remembered Letters to Theo because I have called it “the best book on creativity I know”. If you google Van Gogh you will discover he was, the letters to his brother aside, a painter. If you read Tripio, you will find the book mentioned by Jay, the main character:  

One must not wait till it reveals itself. By painting one becomes a painter.”  That must be from Letters to Theo.” 

Jay isn’t trying to become a painter. But he is sure that he can apply Van Goghs’s wisdom to his own life and write. Jay will just write and not worry so much about anything else. Did he do the right thing by taking Van Gogh’s wisdom to heart? Did he write and forsake the promising career he had in front of him at a new and growing company called Starbucks? Did he write, reveal his true self or did he become a millionaire simply by showing up to work at Starbucks everyday and steaming milk? More importantly, what would you have done in a similar time and place in your own life?

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As for today’s post, Van Gogh provided the inspiration again. This morning, after brewing my de-rigueur pot of coffee I picked up that same, beaten up copy of Letters to Theo. I opened it. Then, I am not making this up, I turned to and read the paragraph containing the quote:

 “Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility

 And the canvas, as you have read, is no longer blank.


 “May I help who’s next?”

One thought on “VanGogh and Tripio

  1. Wise Hearted says:

    Your post gave me comfort since I too am writing a book, a memoir and have been stuck for a while. My titled started out too simple I was told. So I kept changing it and I think I have settled on…well…still not sure. I know I just need to start writing and let the words fly to the wind and not stop till the wind stops. Honestly I have become lazy in the writing. We are in the middle of a major move and I just want the move over with so I can get back to business but I know it will always be something that will call laziness into my life. I will admit, your post has given me a little push to get into it again, after I read a few more blogs and answers a few more comment, then it will be supper time. God this is hard.

Comment now or think it over-both would be appreciatiated.

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