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from eirever :
i (really) miss this. i'm just saying. love, mina
from autumnal :
i figured this would die out eventually but not so quick.
from autoerotics :
Hello. I just joined the ring and I put up the diary link (it is under connections). Would it be alright if my alias was Marcel? Thanks so much.
from cynicisms :
I have joined the ring, and I have a link on my diary (when you scroll down on the entry itself, it should be quite visible.) Hopefully, everything is all set. If it is, I would love it if I could have Alice for my pseudonym. Thank you in advance.
from montparnasse :
Montparnasse has just gone SuperGold for a year!
from mirrizimm :
Heheh...I've joined the ring, and the link is under my extras. Do believe I would like to be Virginia--don't think I saw anyone who had that pseudonym. Three cheers, excellence, and soforth.
from cdghost :
i enjoyed reading your words, all the best..thecdghost
from nihilistbear :
Sorry, I figured that out about three seconds after posting that note. Forgive my momentary idiocy. I'd like to be Rimbaud, then.
from nihilistbear :
Thank you for allowing me to join. I'd like to be charlotte, if that's not a problem. Also, where do I post entries? Dirsctly on the site? or in my own diary?
from donnaisblue :
may i be called wislawa?
from kunos :
Thank you for visiting my humble slate. Your home is very painful to the eyes, but it is interesting. Dare I seek out this feral one?
from nebulous615 :
I thought of a possible prompt though I don't know the technical implications. We could all listen to the same song or a choice of, say, 3, a wordless song, and then write--inspired by the music.
from erato :
GHANIMA: Darling, I watch you sleep. In dreams forget promises you made. We are running late and time is never on our side. The prompt, the prompt. And the other half of our telephone tag game, lest I should tell the rest that terrible secret... JONATHAN: You disappoint me. I am not one to be made to wait for phone calls! Somehow, and I don't know how, you managed it. Shame on you openly and congratulations in parentheses.
from dearroberta :
Can my nom de plume be Vita? I will make my virginal post soon. My mind of late has become a vast sci-fi scape of nothing but technicolour winds.....
from greytanit :
I would also be interested in doing the phone call selection of the 2nd prompt.
from pale1purple :
Also, anyone wishing to do the second prompt contact me at my email on my page. I'm very much interested in it.
from pale1purple :
I would put up for a super gold for three months it is all I can afford right now. By then maybe someone else can chip in or I will have the money to renew it.
from jonathan :
Could 'Little Deer' be posted into Montparnasse?
from autumnal :
For the famous list you forgot Kiki de Montparnasse *and* Jean Rhys. I was thinking I'd be Kiki, l'originale femme de joie - or Camille Claudel - but I think I'll take Jean. I have always felt like her in my bones. I'll get a'writing too...
from nebulous615 :
might I remain silent from offering a review this week? I'm in the process of moving this week and am not sure how much time I'll have to devote to a review that would do these postings justice.
from jonathan :
I'm inlclined to sit back and watch the world unfold according to Anais and June. There's a catalyst at work that creates something spontaneous, beguiling and beautiful. I feel like a man, scruffy, penniless, old, dirty ... I wnat to take a deep breath and be half the age, to have the swagger and confidence of a twentysomething. I guess this is turning into a review; I imagine I should give it more thought, post it up properly. I'm sure I'll be chastised for this, slapped on the wrist. I fear that my crudities don't belong here; I will be the dirt on the hem of her skirt, I will be the Bill Clinton stain on her dress. I will be the mess. To be wiped away. Trodden on.
from jonathan :
A beatiful piece by June having spoken to Anais. I think I'll hire an actor to take my place.
from jonathan :
Right again. I fall into the same trapo over and over again. I will do anything to avoid 'work.' I will put off, look out of the window ... make lists. Ahhhhhh! Respond to notes.
from jonathan :
My thoughts exactly. The writing has to be the focus. Anything else is a distraction; I love distractions. I'll do anything else than write ... 'Resistance' Steven Pressfield called it. It isn't being 'lazy,' this isn't school, no one is obliged to contribute. It is fear. Any suggestions on how we get to speak to each other? Or have it missread the prompt?
from jonathan :
On writer's block. The best diarrhetic is to be inspired by a person or a challenge. Failing this I have several potions offered by the likes of Ben Okri, Steven Pressfield and Norman Mailer.
from jonathan :
On this rapidly growing and increasinly meaningly list of books. Might I suggest that instead of quantity we aim for quality AND conformity i.e. books and authors that bind us, that we have in common. To achieve this, to make Montparnasse more than the average Diaryland site, could we exchange thoughts about an author, then have a vote. Really. At least three of us must have expressed good reason to put the author on the list and in doing so we recommend the books that others coming to Montparnasse should read in order to understand what has shaped us as writers? What five books would I have burried with me? Books that changed me? Influence me? Drive me (or drove me). Books chosen not because of their literary pretention per se. Off the top of my head: 'Tropic of Cancer' by Henry Miller. Gutsy. Ground breaking at the time. 'Macho Sluts' by Pat Califia. Crude. Permissive. Erotic. 'Journals' Volumes 2,3,4 by Anais Nin. Beguiling. Insightful. Revealing. Epic. These three particularly for Diarylanders because they could affect how someone presents and reveals themselves in their journal. More another time. I won't make a list of every book I have read, though I could do so. What did Henry, Anais and June read? I'll check my notes.
from jonathan :
The last prompt is wicked! Well done Erato. Ok. Practicalities. Do we exchange phone numbers? Fine. June is 13 hours ahead of British Summer Time. Anais is 8 hours ahead of BST. (or is that the other way around) Do we phone? Can we use the Internet for voicemail? (Of course). Can we post a one minute recorded message? If I get online I'd like to listen to you reading something you have written online - or do we chat. It will feel like being a casting director, the voice, its timbre and pace, the accent and tone more important than the content.
from eden-x :
i;ve realised i cannot force myself to write &inspiration refuses to come to me as of late. alphabets are vain &the autumn rain is void of its own tears. since time won;t lend me a slice of itself &has me turning the engine with my blood, i have no choice but to take a train out of paris although i did not even get a chance to take a bite out of thie baguette. elitism does not make sense when i have no reason to be elitist.
from greytanit :
To add to our list: Djuna Barnes, Vita Sackville-West, Guillaume Appollinaire, Marguerite Duras, Hanna Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach, Honore de Balzac, Natalie Clifford Barney, Violette Leduc, Sylvia Beach, Sharon Olds, Colette, George Sand, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)...I could go on, but will cut myself off here...
from proofrok :
RE: Note asking me if I still wanted to be in Montparnasse-alas, I must after some self-examination say no-but this is why: sometimes our old friend depression like the ourobouros working it's way along it's own sleek abdomen, gobbling, insists itself again, and my desire to create and socialize both drop off into that vast black pit that looks flat but is bottomless as the marianas trench. I simply can't muster the energy till the sun comes back, I think.
from erato :
GHANIMA: What they say for geisha is also true for writers: one is filled with admiration for those who are able to recast their suffering and become great artists. Between the pages and the sheets, she is eternally the rising sun. Her wisdom weaves into her words and these braid together into a rich and beautiful fabric. She is dream.
from nebulous615 :
marvelous. and yes, please. (thank you)
from nebulous615 :
and yes, I forgot the Parisian rule. Though we can't always follow all the rules, can we? [grin]
from nebulous615 :
Call me Sei, as in Sei Shonagon. And I'll dream of the same immortality.
from pale1purple :
Would it be alright if I choose the pseudonym of Amarante?
from jonathan :
Thanks. Do we give out phone numbers then?
from jonathan :
Call me clueless but I still don't know how to post directly to the site. How do I log in?
from jonathan :
Daphne du Maurier, Roald Dahl, Donna Tart, Maurice Sendak ...
from jonathan :
Some authors: Louis de Bernieres, Jonathan Franzen, Martin Amis
from jonathan :
Jeepers! I've used the link. Cheers. Now, this list of authors. Why! Why? This could get us into something else, but my curiousity demands it. What is is about these authors that interests and excited you? I could rabbit on about Henry Miller and Anais Nin. I've written three reviews. Do I post them in notes? I guess I do. Talking of which I would appericate some links to good reviews and how to review.
from jonathan :
Could we pad this site out with the usual gubbins: some favourite, inspirational music, films and authors? But only those we can agree on! Or one each ? Comments by the 'editors' on what they think of each of the Montparnasse members as 'left bank creatives' would other visitors an insight into who we are too.
from jonathan :
I'm being thick, or forgetful ... how do I post an entry to Montparnasse ? For now it's at www.jonathan.diaryland.com
from inyourarms6 :
I would be Lily, I believe. Oscar liked lilies, and I pay all my homage to him.
from jonathan :
Did I put a comment here and it's been deleted?
from jonathan :
Let me be Henry and I'll live up to it. I'll even gop back to the second hand book shop in Hay on Wye where I sold my entire Anais Nin and Miller book collection for under 500 and get them back - her diaries, his books, and the letters in hard back. I'll return to Paris, often, to the whore houses and clubs. Ha! But I won't shave my head, I'm not a balding forty year old even if he was.
from jonathan :
Miller. If I can't be Henry Miller I'll have to be Ulrich ... or Proust (is that allowed). Or or or or who was that guy whoe went of to the Channel Islands or .... bollocks. I was always more interested in writing than reading, more interestied in execising my fingers on a QWERTY keyboard than writing ... somehow my latest effort could never be worthy with H.M. I never use the c*** word.
from shadowglass :
i'd like a pseudonym of sylvia.
from greytanit :
Call me Djuna, if the name is available.

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