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You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.

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April 27, 2016 at 11:13am
April 27, 2016 at 11:13am
Blog City image small HEAVY HANGS THE BLOG

How many days? every day my email reminds me to renew my blog.And everyday I push it aside to deal with reconstruction inside the boat (my home)trips to town, visitors, cooking, cleaning, laundry...you all know that routine. Then comes a pile of really good reviews for my book. Now that's really important. There are more reviewers coming up---and i cannot let them find the same errors. So the time is devoted to re-editing and re-posting.

I;m also house-sitting in Mexico at Playa del Carmen---great house and two dogs.

My book, Knights of Sparrow, is beginning to have form and substance that I'm proud of, thanks to the in-depth reviews at WYRM. Plus I'm reviewing a book for another of our members. A new chapter every week. i guess it boils down to writing priorities. I'm reviewing three novels for OCEAN every week. The blog slips down the list. Some bloggers disappear. I won't do that. I just may be a bit thin.
Writing on...
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April 10, 2016 at 11:30am
April 10, 2016 at 11:30am
Blog City image small Since it is Saturday and I enjoy Norb's creation Saturday over in 30 Day here's the prompt.
Create something using this link to generate your muse. Looking forward to seeing what your muse creates.

I know it’s late for Saturday. Got interrupted and never back on line yesterday. The generator website is very cool with lots of source material.

This is called The Gateway of Dreaming...

I am a shattered Idiot,
When faced with an irrational destiny,
I climb over masses of stone,
Searching for the river’s spirits,
To realize I’ve crossed without knowing,
Into the Gateway of Dreaming.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy *Boat*
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March 28, 2016 at 12:09pm
March 28, 2016 at 12:09pm
Blog City image small Prompt: When you analyze a poem, what are the main areas you focus on or the questions you ask?

I think poetry is like visual art. The writer uses words like a painter creating images with texture, color, sound. You can’t mess with another’s art.
If the poetry is written with structural guidelines or limitations, then more study is necessary if the writer has weak spots within the format.
Mostly reaction is emotional to the images created. If a narrative is involved as a story, that can be appreciated or struggled with. I think poetry is infinite in possibility.

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Do you think published authors should participate in writing workshops to help other writers accomplish their writing goals?
( Kind of like paying it forward) Have you ever attended a writing workshop with a published author? Would you go to one if it was available near you?

Workshops are always valuable both for new writers and published writers. It’s one of the few times you get to find out how other writers work, how they create, how they polish. Sometimes they tell you their secrets. I used to go to the Wyoming Writers Association conferences. They were wonderful and I learned a lot. I still follow them on Facebook.

We don’t have anything like that in Belize. I’m still crying for a bookstore. Old paperbacks are real treasures when you find them! Hooray for Kindle!

Peace and Love...>>>iggy *Boat*

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March 19, 2016 at 6:26pm
March 19, 2016 at 6:26pm
Blog City image small Rahm Emanuel said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." Have you ever spun a crisis into an opportunity?
Were the end results good or bad?

I think Hillary Clinton had the same thing to say From those two I don’t think their ‘opportunities were the best for the benefit of the world. There is a great deal of ‘in service of self’ involved there.

A serious crisis requires assistance, compassion and some kind of support. Taking advantage of people or countries that are down (even enemies or opponents) is not how to make the world work better.

We are living in a world of continuing crisis, and somewhere someone is profiting from the turmoil.
War is the best example. Who profits?

What do you think about the people and organizations that create a crisis with the intention of not letting it go to waste? The end results are good for who?

Do you think the main-stream media benefits from every crisis. Do they consider a crisis as an opportunity? Do they ‘spin’, and for who do they spin? Do they profit? Who else profits?

Difficult questions that have to be asked every day. I don’t think they are. Informed awareness is quite painful at times.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy

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March 16, 2016 at 7:12pm
March 16, 2016 at 7:12pm
Blog City image small Prompt: Have you ever read a book and the setting was a town you lived by or a town or city you have been to?

In answer to the prompt: Yes, yes and yes.
All true because I have lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris. Lots of movies too.

The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac set in San Francisco
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West set in Los Angeles
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger set in New York
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand set in New York
Nana, by Emile Zola set in Pars
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, by Victor Hugo set in Paris

Those are the classics. The spy and action novels that pass through these cities are read and forgotten. Too many cities, too many memories. Plus the cities are never quite the same when you go back to visit.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy *Boat*

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March 8, 2016 at 5:36pm
March 8, 2016 at 5:36pm
Blog City image small Prompt: What makes you stop from quitting things, for example, your writing, hobbies, friendships, relationships, etc.?

It is rare to quit something that is positive. If it is something you enjoy and gain satisfaction from it, why would you quit,

Sometimes life circumstances and the real world force a person to move on. To relocate, take a new job, lose a job, or complete the project. Lots of reasons that are not necessarily termed quitting.

Now unpleasant relationships are hopefully ‘quit’ for positive reasons. Also that is often called, moving-on. That could be personal or job-related.

It seems that our real world these days is far from pernament. It is all rather fluid and sometimes chaotic. I think everyone has to be prepared for change. What do you think?

I’m down to what most would consider minimal...and I’m happy.

Peace and Love... >>>iggy

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March 7, 2016 at 1:06pm
March 7, 2016 at 1:06pm
Blog City image small Prompt: In what ways are you positive when it comes to your writing, such as your know-how or talent or about expectations from other readers and writers? Is there any room for improvement as to your positive approach to your art?

Room for improvement? Ha! There is a mansion, a castle, a football field of room! How can anyone be totally satified with their art. It always can be better.

I’m still learning how to do in-depth reviews for both WYRM and OCEAN. Then in turn I see where I can improve in my own writing. I mostly review long novels, which have different problems and qualities from short stories. To stick with an author for ten to fifty chapters (ONE CHAPTER AT A TIME) over many weeks is a very special experience. There is a lot of back and forth communication and discussion besides the review. All of it becomes very valuable.

I know I am a creator, but getting the final material to stand alone and present itself to a huge variety of readers is the challenge of a lifetime.

All I can say is write on...>>>iggy

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March 5, 2016 at 5:07pm
March 5, 2016 at 5:07pm
Blog City image small If you think of energy like a bank account, how do you spend the vast majority of your daily energy?

I live in Belize, but my bank account is still in the united states where it’s been for at least 30 years and maybe longer. As an expatriate I spend a lot of mental energy with the bank and the SocialSecurity “Benefit”, as they call it. The bank added online services some years ago, which was wonderful. The they got ‘security’ with codes and passwords and graphic IDs, and now after I log in, there is a secure code required that is sent to my email account that must be entered into a special screen for final confirmation. I’m on a public server at the marina, so the process is all new each time. If I make one mistake along the way the bank blocks the account until I can reach their online banking service and get them to reactivate. Much bother.

Here in Belize, when I deposit a USD check to my local account, there is a 23-27 day holding period before the check clears. Belize money is valued at 2 BZD = 1 USD. Of course there is a fee for converting.

So today my energy went to trying to check my bank balance. The account is blocked. All I can do is wait for their email response. Life goes on, but slowly.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy

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March 3, 2016 at 9:58am
March 3, 2016 at 9:58am
Blog City image small Prompt: You are leaving earth forever on a Nasa mission. What will you miss about the blue planet?

Earth is home,
Earth is the center of memories,
The place of parents,
Chilhood questions and fears,
And be loved with care and guidance,
Friends for life,
Some of them gone...passed,
Learning to paint
Loving the stage,
And how to make it work,
Learning to dance,
And how to create,
And teach...
Discovering the need to write
Always with me,
The ever distant blue planet,
Forever home.

Peace and Love...>>>iggy

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March 2, 2016 at 12:18pm
March 2, 2016 at 12:18pm
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I am under construction...and not the electronic kind...I mean real construction. Aboard the Pania (the sailboat) We had a very old kitchen opposite my little cubby bed and desk. Now the old, termite riddled kitchen has been gutted, cleaned, hull painted and with a new bed and desk, becomes my new work-sleep cubby. And a new kitchen is partly assembled on the other side. The sink, water pump and filter are installed, but no faucet yet. The space for the self-leveling stove is ready, but waiting for the old cooler or new refrigerator, if we buy one.

All the contents of the kitchen, including the cooler and stove are piled in the middle salon on one of the couch-beds. also the table is covered with canned goods, tools, and God knows what else.
The mattress, etc. from the middle salon are piled in the forward bedroom, along with more tools.

Essentially it is chaos, except in my new cubby. The floor fan broke, fixed it twice. The power went off yesterday when a so-called electrician ‘fixed’ it. My computer battery was exhausted and we were very dark last evening with just the ship’s LEDs. And this morning’s coffee and tea had to be heated in the hot-pot down at the marina laundry room where there is power. Later with three people working, the power got re-fixed correctly and the sun is shining on a beautiful day.

Now, I’m not complaining or bitching. It’s just how life sometimes stumbles along.
Meanwhile I have four new reviews for Knights of Sparrow waiting. I managed five reviews I had due for OCEAN yesterday with happy replies this morning. Now I have one each to do for OCEAN and WYRM. The idea of exchanging reviews is very productive and keeps my mind whirling.

I think that all our seeming differences are an illusory slick atop an ocean of unacknowledged commonalities. In addition, we've been indoctrinated to believe we are fundamentally separate from each other, the universe and even the creator, all founded on false perspectives of reality. The only way for us to stay divided, to continue to see the world as separate, is if we focus on our differences, if we focus on untruth, instead of the seemingly infinite reasons to focus on what unites us.

A quote from David Wilcock

Think about what unites us!

Happy month of March...>>>iggy

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