Traveling the Artist’s Road: A Photo Collection

"I offer him silent praise at his grave. I discover he is buried between his mother and his father, and rather inappropriately only a few feet from the swimming pool, a location where one might expect a homeowner to station the pool's pump equipment."

At Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee: “I offer him silent praise at his grave. I discover he is buried between his mother and his father, and rather inappropriately only a few feet from the swimming pool, a location where one might expect a homeowner to station the pool’s pump equipment.”

Who writes a travel memoir and doesn’t include photos? Well, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is consistent with other literary memoirs in that the burden is on the author to place you in the scene solely via prose. But we all love pictures, right? That’s why I was thrilled to be invited to participate in Melissa Crytzer Fry’s captivating “What I Saw… blog.” On her site you’ll find some photos I took while on the trip, paired with an excerpt from Committed. I’ve included a bonus one on this page.

And are you curious about the creative space where Committed was written? We’re all voyeurs when it comes to where other creatives produce their work, the premise behind Annie Neugebauer’s addictive “The Decorative Writer” post. Take a look at my inner sanctum (complete with “Liony” the stuffed lion, an inflatable monkey, and the return of “Mr. Bacon”).

Finally, in case you missed it, I was profiled on November 15th in The New York Timesas the publication of Committed has turned me into an advocate for increased mental health awareness. That too has a photo (I’m trying to keep it part of the theme here).

Here’s to a creative week!

 

About Patrick Ross

I'm the author of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road.

7 Responses to “Traveling the Artist’s Road: A Photo Collection”

  1. How fantastic, to have an article in The New York Times!! Congratulations! I’m humbled to have you and your office on my little old blog.🙂

    • Hi Annie,

      Well, an NYT profile doesn’t make me any different than I’ve always been, a fan of you and your blog. It’s an honor to be featured there! Thank you for your support as Committed continues to find readers.

      Patrick

  2. Patrick, I just read all the articles/blogs you linked here and I continue to be impressed🙂 LOVED seeing the trip photos and definitely your great work space! I know you mentioned the NYT article, but didn’t remember a link in the other blog post. This time you had it so I was able to read it🙂

    You know, I hadn’t realized there was still such a stigma in the work place when it comes to things like bi-polar disorder😦 As you know, my boyfriend has a severe case and it goes beyond bi-polar, having become disabled by it all. I sincerely hope your boss values your work enough to not allow something like this to jeopardize your job. I’d love to think you’ll become a successful enough author that you won’t have to worry anyway🙂

    • I suspect the stigma at work varies by employer. The larger problem is the overall societal stigma. You mention your boyfriend; if 10 million Americans are bipolar, as NAMI calculates, then we all know somebody with it, they just may not be “out.”

  3. Yaaay! I loved looking through the photos of your road trip, especially as many of them are of bits I’ve recently read. And I can’t believe how maHOOSIVE your inner sanctum is! That one room is bigger than the entire ground floor of my house (about the same width, but definitely longer.) But that’s probably a UK thing – we seem to build them teeny-tiny compared to most US houses I’ve seen.

    Nice to see you’re not freakishly tidy as well – although you’d still beat me in a Tidy Contest🙂

  4. charlotterainsdixon Reply December 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    So fun to see the photos of the trip and your office. All I can say is, I hope nobody comes into my office with a camera any time soon. My desk is a bit on the messy side.

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