Things in the Neagle house have been hopping recently. For the past year I have been working with a production company in San Diego on a thriller/horror script while also outlining my story for a comedic screenplay. Writing for the screen has heightened my understanding of story structure, and I have enjoyed facing the challenge of efficiency in storytelling that film demands. However, I look forward to getting back to novel writing when these projects are complete and to the deeper internal explorations it allows.
On the reading front, I remain fascinated by all things related to neuroscience, sticking primarily to material written by researchers for the lay person. David Eagleman’s Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain was my entry way into modern brain/mind theory, and ever since I have enjoyed examining how our ancient traditions intuitively derived practices and rituals that we now understand to be beneficial not only for social cohesion but also personal psychological health.
As far as my fiction reading, I recently took in Shirley Jackson’s short novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle and enthusiastically recommend it for its compelling narrative voice and exploration of small-town social dynamics. Currently I am enjoying a swim through Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, completely in awe of one of our greatest and his ability to put our human drives on such naked display.
All the best to everyone as we make our way along the fascinating journey of life.