Michael Owen

by | Jan 5, 2021 | 7 comments

It took a couple of decades to figure out what kept drawing me back to watch “The Matrix” 11 times when it first came out.

I haven’t read “The Artist’s Way” (yet), but I had a therapist who told me about “morning pages” and asked me to start doing them while we worked together. I’ve written three pages in a notebook, first thing, the vast majority of mornings since then. “Even before meditation, writing,” the therapist said. Even when I haven’t been writing anything else, I’ve still written every day.

I’m totally a trial-and-error person in terms of creative process, and I’m working on my first novel, so for me this month is really about helping myself get more comfortable with writing words even before I’m done with all the research & dreaming.


  1. Adam Robinson

    I remember when your Matrix essay came out. I felt so vindicated for loving the movie (I saw it in the theatre, went home and got some friends, and went back for another showing that same day), but also kinda bashful for making Amy watch it a a couple years ago. Now I am going to read your essay again with fresh, unabashed eyes.

  2. Amy McDaniel

    Oh I too love this essay. I was struck this time by the juxtaposition in the lines below — the epiphany followed immediately by humor —

    “In The Matrix, I realized, I had found a message about my own life, the life of a closeted gay Mormon boy. It was something I had strained all those times to hear, and now it shot across the screen in letters lit by retrospect: You too will be free.

    “Probably you have seen the movie fewer times than I have.”

  3. Amy McDaniel

    Also I really need to get in a morning pages practice.

  4. Florina Falce

    I may be the only person on the planet who didn’t watch “The Matrix” but loved your story (passages of which I may have read as many as 11 times…), especially the ending.“there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path” and “the answer lies within the search”. Convincing.

  5. Florina Falce

    Looking forward to reading more from you and curious about the novel. Is it going to be sci-fi?

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