Creative autobiographies: lucky bastards, ungrateful bastards, & dirty bastards

Creative autobiographies: lucky bastards, ungrateful bastards, & dirty bastards

Here is a quick experiment. Pick one of your favorite things to watch. It could be a movie, a TV show, or a live event such as sports or music.

I’ll go with a movie. Maybe it is even a movie that is related to your favorite TV show and, in this particular scene, your favorite characters are at a live sporting event and the game is about to start and first there is going to be some music right before the game begins. Can you imagine something like that?

Now, when you are watching this movie, what are some physical experiences that you could have in response to the movie? The heart rate can speed up or slow down as well as the breathing. Watching the movie can produce laughing or crying or holding the breath in suspense. There can be a wide variety of physical responses like grief, gratitude, excitement, relief, pride, guilt, or distress.

If the movie gets interrupted, like if the electrical power goes out and the screen suddenly goes dark, then the momentum of the scene might still be very interesting to you. Or, maybe you are sleepy and bored and have other things on your mind, so you could be quite relieved that the movie has stopped.

However, maybe the movie is about the Olympic games and the music is the national anthem of your favorite country. Even though the movie has stopped, the music is still familiar to you and the song is still continuing.


Why do I mention all of these examples? First, because stories can have real effects, no matter how accurate or precise the story is.

Is it fiction? It has effects. Is it a documentary? It has effects. Is it a re-enactment of alleged historical events? The story still has effects.

What exactly do I mean by a story? A story is a sequence of words in which at least one character takes some action and has some kind of experience. I’ll give more examples in a moment.

Also, the story that creates effects can be familiar or unfamiliar to a particular audience. There can be different versions of the same story. One version may be notably the most familiar or the least familiar.

For instance, imagine that after the national anthem ends, two characters in the movie start to argue. One tells a story about what someone said and what that could mean. The other disagrees about exactly what was said and why they said it and so on.

So far, does that kind of a scene sound generally familiar? Have you seen many scenes before that are similar to that in some way?

Of course, there can be some details that surprise you. Maybe just minutes before during the movie, you already saw a scene of the incident that is being argued about. Maybe you recall exactly what you witnessed. But now you are learning something new.

In particular, what if one of the characters was not who you thought they were? What if they take off their disguise and you realize that this new revelation explains everything?

This new explanation makes total sense. You may have been expecting something else, but this new explanation really puts things in to a logical order. There is now a recognizable pattern. Things that did not seem connected before are now fitting together perfectly.

However, what is so extremely interesting is that the character that is not who you thought you were… is you. You had been pretending to be someone else (or at least acting in a certain way in order to create a particular effect). Then, suddenly you stop that as you recognize that you had been under the spell of a powerful wizard. It is like you had only been dreaming, but now you are awake.

Your experience was that you had only been the actor in someone else’s movie, just following their script, but now you are the author. In fact, you are not just the author, but also the star of the story, as well as the casting director who hires the other actors. You are even the acting coach who trains them to in exactly how to perform their role in the story.

We are going to explore the subject now of creative autobiographies. That means your own story of your own past, but told in a few different ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You get to tell the story in a few different ways, then pick which one or which ones to share.

A quick example from my own life would be the story of the 3 bastards: the ungrateful bastard, the lucky bastard, and the dirty bastard. Briefly, the ungrateful bastard grew up in the presence of people who had much more than the bastard, including many things that the bastard desired and valued, but some of those other people really did not personally have to do much to get those wonderful treasures. So, that bastard was jealous, complained a lot, and was ungrateful for what he had, even though many others had much less. He even complained about not having things that he did not even really want. Apparently, what he wanted was to complain.

That reminds me of the lucky bastard. He grew up in the presence of people who had much less than the bastard, including things that they imagined would be attractive or convenient. The lucky bastard had been through some challenges, but those challenges prepared the lucky bastard to have a certain attitude and perspective that gave the bastard tremendous advantage over many other people. The lucky bastard was able to understand things so well that with very little investment of time and resources, the lucky bastard could produce powerful results with only a small amount of experimentation to refine what works best.

Other people often really had no idea how the lucky bastard was responsible for so many of the favorable results produced, so they just called him lucky. Some even said that it was impossible for someone to be able to do something that would cultivate the kinds of results that the lucky bastard had… unless the luck bastard was really a dirty bastard!

The dirty bastard used methods that were rarely used because other people avoided those methods. Some of those methods were called dirty. That bastard used money and other favors to bribe lobbyists and lawyers and PR firms to influence political developments as well as public perceptions. This bastard was even accused of blackmail and fraud and deception and corruption and jury-tampering and espionage and diplomacy and treason. The bastard’s lawyer made prompt public denials of these accusations as being politically-motivated and totally ridiculous.

But that is just the beginning. The dirty bastard also did not wash off dirt- or only when it suited his purposes. After hours of gardening, the bastard would have dirt under his fingernails and in his socks and he generally smelled like a gardener, yet he only bathed in order to hide the fact that he was in fact a dirty gardener.

Not only did the gardener get dirty and play dirty, but the gardener also had dirty thoughts and occasionally talked dirty. The gardener used very dirty language like “soil, manure, fertilizer, fecal matter, and regurgitated bee vomit” which polite people called honey.

In summary, the dirty bastard was nothing like me. Also, the ungrateful bastard reminds me of how I used to pretend to be. Finally, who I really am though is the lucky bastard.

But can 3 totally different stories describe the same events? Can 3 characters all be played by the same actor? Can 1 author write 3 totally different scripts with 3 different descriptions of the same events (featuring 3 different characters)?

When you are interested, we are going to continue to explore the subject of creative autobiographies. Again, that means your own favorite story of your own past (or your alleged past), though you may tell it in a few different ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You will have the support of an expert author in creating your story in a few different ways- ways that can be fun and educational and inspiring- and then you can feel how each of the versions produce different physical results for you (breathing, posture, heart rate, etc). You even can share some of the stories with other people to explore how the different characterizations affect other people.


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One Response to “Creative autobiographies: lucky bastards, ungrateful bastards, & dirty bastards”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Well, at this moment, while reading this, i watching gone in 60 seconds, although i did pause the movie, i can already go on with the movie in my head as to what is going to happen next.

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