Michele Sherin Piazza

someday: a website.

Posted in artwork, photography by Michele Piazza on August 4, 2011

splash

Someday, I’ll have a portfolio website and the splash page will look something like this. Someday.

Side note: it’s funny what a snapshot taken from inside a subway train, at the end of the day, absentminded, can end up being. 750 pictures. I guess one of them had to come out.

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writer’s block…

Posted in artwork, writing by Michele Piazza on July 18, 2008

I haven’t written a single new word of my novel in almost two months. People are asking (so I’ve stopped replying to emails.) Last night, I skipped workshop because there was nothing new to read, nothing the group hasn’t already heard a dozen incarnations of. It’s not that I’ve stopped loving my story. (It’s like a child, I have no other option.) But this world in my head, I either see it or hear it. Right now, I see it. Fantastic. This is getting me nowhere….

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Writing like teeth…

Posted in artwork, writing by Michele Piazza on July 9, 2008

Bob Schnieder / Changing Your Mind

I don’t know why its so hard. The living creatively part is what’s easy: make something new every day. Done and done. But this business of actually creating something worth showing, worth reading out loud, that part I keep putting off like a root canal. (continued below)

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Tomorrow is Thursday. Workshop day. I’ve had a month off to rest, to work on writing a new scene (at the very least, a new page) at a leisurely pace. With the time and attention I usually moan about wishing I had. But the most I’ve squeezed out is a clever sentence or two. Totally random. Totally not having anything to do with anything. And, probably, whatever scrap of paper I wrote them down on, I wouldn’t be able to find now.

What I have isn’t writer’s block. It’s a case of the waiting-for-night-before-term-paper-is-due adrenalin rush. That bad habit picked up in college I never could drop. My workshop instructor is probably right: if it weren’t for these weekly meetings, I’d maybe never write anything. Ever.

But why is that?? If writing is something I love, what’s with the need to trick myself into it by creating faux deadlines? Anymore, it’s the only reason I still take the workshop: for the deadlines. I might as well be paying someone to put a gun to my head. In fact, that might help….

Anyone else? Or I am alone in my freakdom here?

things taped to paper

Posted in artwork, writing by Michele Piazza on July 8, 2008

imagine this is texas, he says.

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and now for something upbeat

Posted in artwork, writing by Michele Piazza on July 4, 2008

your hand’s going to rot off, he says.

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when in doubt, collage

Posted in artwork by Michele Piazza on June 12, 2008

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drawing pictures of birds

Posted in artwork, writing by Michele Piazza on March 31, 2008

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As of today, this project has officially been under construction for a million years (admittedly, this number might be exaggerated.) My updates are becoming few and far apart. The book, as it stands, is a measly 100 pages – so why does it feel like so much more? The artwork is all but completely stalled. Never mind the day job. Never mind the family and friends, or attending to my car’s service engine light. I should be further along by this point. There should be more to show for all my hard work. There’s not.

I did, however, manage to scan in a few new pieces from the collection. They are as close to finished as I can imagine for now. My plan is to have a showing in Los Angeles this summer (but don’t hold me to that.)