This Creative Life

Welcome to the creative work of Alan White, head writer and producer of "FEEDBACK; A HERO'S CALLING," now at Broken Sea. The "Feedback" in question is Matthew Atherton, My Hero. He and other heroes of mine have links found down the left side of these pages. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Perfect Nook

I have found it! This Starbucks at Lincoln Center is my new den for writing. When I am in absolute need to produce genius, I will run screaming to this place. Take a look;

This is the chair I started with. It faces Lincoln Center.

It comes with two other chairs and a pretty wall, facing you. I took the opportunity between customer rotations to snap this pic. Otherwise, they were never empty, especially today.

Outside the window is the intersection of Broadway and Amsterdam, looking north. At the base of the tall building in the center is the three-story Barnes & Nobles at 66th St.

To the right of the view is Lincoln Center... the left is opulence. That building in the midground was built about 3-5years ago.

And oh the sights you'll see while sitting there. First, there will be a constant flow of coffee-drinkers. Some might even speak to you without you having to come out of your shell! I had a very nice conversation with a woman who was hosting her octogenarian friend named Martha.
Here pictured is a police processesional that lounged past the store...

...and ended up in front of Lincoln Center itself. Wonder who was up in that limo?

This here was a boy. I didn't catch that until his third or fourth pass. You'll have to click the pic to see it closer.

And here is evidence of the fact that the internet connection was mind-blowingly FREE! Icing on the cake!! It was Lincoln Center's actual router signal providing the access and not Starbucks'. I know they hatin' on the arts right now, but too bad! The coffee already costs too much, alright?!

Isn't It Pretty?

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oh, And I Do An Audio Series Too ...

Banner by Adam Ledzion

Feedback Theme Song, "My Calling" by Jeffrey Wayne Kirkpatrick

New Feedback episode is up, Episode #6, "What Was Lost".

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Things I Found Interesting This Weekend

The memory of a building.
The demolished building was apparently constructed right up against it's neighbor and all that's left is a layer of brick, plastered against it's neighbor's flank like old wallpaper. On it we see imprint of a set of staircases. I wonder how many thousands of people journeyed up and down those stairs? Where were they going?

Looking south down Sixth Avenue. I think. I never tire of architexture and the effect perspective has on it.

People sat to get their portraits sketched. One of the artists pointed dead at me and commanded me to sit for mine. I had my hat scrunched down to my eyebrows and my scarf wrapped around my mouth up to the nose. What made him think I'd de-cocoon and sit for an hour in the blazing cold?

Mystery Shelter. Made by the Elves of Rivendell I think. You can't see this structure in Central Park unless you climb the path up the swell of stone that it sits on. Magical places all around us.

The Central Park South. This shot was used in Will Smith's new flick "I Am Legend," minus all the people and the horses, and add a few million vampire/zombies, and leaves, and cornfields.

Doggie Love.
How much closer would we be as a race if we just went right up into strangers faces and touched their noses with our noses in order to say hello? Well, we'd either be a closer race, or extinct by now. Dumb dogs, LOL!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Central Park On A Gray And Wintry Day

At 83th St and Central Park West there is a great swell of stone behind the wall to the Park which I have never noticed before. It's just a few blocks north of the Museum of Natural History, and it is literally as old as Manhattan, but I've never noticed it before. So what did I do? Like any good boy would, I climbed it! Here are the views from that lofty perch ...

After being up there, I couldn't go back, so in I proceeded. And discovered a secret garden! I call it "Lonely Park"

Down a winding path I discovered how beautiful ivy is on a grey, near-winter's day.

Midway in I discovered a very sad fact. The Central Park Conservancy decided to fence off all the lawns of summer. I could only travel the concrete paths!! So I took wistful pics of The Great Lawn and Belvedere Castle overlooking it.

Just after that, I greeted a friendly, but appropriately squirrelly squirrel

Which led me out the east side of the Park to 5th Ave, and the Metropolitan Museum's backyard. I had intentions of taking the yellow and green subway lines for a roundabout, slow boat back home when to my great surprise, I ran into the Governor. Correct that. Successfully avoided the Governor.


If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, go here and get me any one of the following (or more than one is fine too).

Just because.

Our Governor

Today, my streety stroll through the Park had me crossing paths with the current Governor of the State of New York. I very nearly fell over. I took a total of three pics of him.

Here was a distant shot. He was heading where I was already also going. He was with two dogs and his daughter. It was unmistakenly his daughter because as I went where I was already going, I passed through his constellation, and his daughter ran around me to catch up the dogs or something--and she looked just like him with the cleft chin and the mouth. I had my camera out, but I made myself busy reviewing the pictures on it so I wouldn't exactly appear like a total gawker. even though I so was. And I'd never have had the guts to say, "Oi, Guv! Let's 'ave a picture then!"

This was actually the last pic I took of him as he's crossing the street.

This was the second pic, but I left it for last because you can see him better here. Go in for the zoom up. Eliot Spitzer ladies and gents!!

Why doesn't he live in Albany??