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 But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn.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.|
Prompt: Why are works of historical fiction so popular with today’s readers? What appeals to you the most about these types of books, if anything at all?
My favorite books are about swords and horses. It the people living in simplier times where the rest of their world is far away and a great unexplored place. Such stories contain courage, honor and great loves. I devoured Game of Thrones. It’s highly complex and layered. I don’t know how Martin does it. I’ve never seen the television series. I have my own images of the story.
My new, almost finished novel is Knights of Sparrow. It’s a horses and a few swords story. Mostly life within several royal families and all their conflicts and problems. I love stuff like that.
======= This was on my computer when I got interrupted, then dinner and a big rain storm with power out for a while. Never got to finish...
Prompt: Overthinking--Do you think that overthinking creates problems? Has it ever created problems for you, your family and friends, or for the characters in your stories?
Rarely do I meet someone who overthinks. It is usually that they hardly think at all! In many in-depth reviews I do, I am urging the writer to think like the character and show me what’s happening. I’m pleading for details, texture, color in their writing.
Some folks get caught in ‘what if?’ and never see the real situation. They spend all their time and energy speculating about what MIGHT happen. That;s a definite form of overthinking.
Overthinkers never finish a project. There is always something that is not quite right and they have to adjust and then readjust, driving everyone around them crazy. Also people who cannot make a decision about what to buy or eat or wear.
|This week I have not blogged. I took on a job away from home (the boat) with much traveling, plus I’ve been doing many in-depth reviews in any spare time I’m awake. I’m hoping for things to settle down to just normal chaos.
Julia Cameron says, " We have hidden associations with the term " Writer". Do you agree or disagree?
Try this exercise she recommends to clear the debris that keeps us from the page.
Writers are...Some of the most interesting people in the world.
Writers are...the creative source of most things we see and hear and read
Writers are...a mirror to the world
Writers are...easy to manipulate with offers of wealth.
Writers are...failing the world in a quest for the truth.
Now, Convert the negative associations to positive. I pray for a better world that works, but right now the top 1% have a very tight lock on what writers are allowed to write about. The few that step forward are my heros. The six giant corporations need to change or be changed.
I believe that change is in the air---in the energy of the Earth---in the growing awareness of the 99%.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Do you ever watch how-to videos on YouTube? Tell us about a lesson you learned from watching a video.
Very rare and seldom do I have a strong enough signal to download a YouTube video. In out third-world technology the equipment I have takes about 1 minute to load 2 or 3 seconds---then wait another minute for the next tiny piece. And more and more the news items are presented as video. I just see the headline and move on looking for a text report.
You see the transition to a visual graphic type of news and information beyond what was once limited to television. Now your telephone is a computer capable of receiving Internet and television broadcast. Watch Facebook, they are merging everything even more.
Also notice the stream of advertising that must download first before any significant information appears on a website. And many times it is specifically aimed at YOU.
Nothing stays the same very long...>>>iggy
A Sunday awareness blog for curious minds...
The general population of the planet is going to be told that this agenda is “voluntary” and that it is all about “ending poverty” and “fighting climate change”, but that is not the full story. Unfortunately, there is so much positive spin around this plan that most people will not be able to see through it. Just check out an excerpt from a piece that was published on the official UN website yesterday…
The excerpt reads:
The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
With world leaders expected to adopt the text at a 25-27 September summit in New York, the UN chief said Agenda 2030 aims high, seeking to put people at the centre of development; foster human well-being, prosperity, peace and justice on a healthy planet and pursue respect for the human rights of all people and gender equality.
Doesn’t it all sound so nice and peaceful?
But what is “sustainable development?”
Patrick Wood, an economist and author of “Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation, says “it’s clear the U.N. and its supporters see sustainable development as more than just the way to a cleaner environment. They see it as the vehicle for creating a long-sought new international economic order, or “New World Order.”
“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters in February.
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Figueres said.
They plan to “intentionally transform the economic development model”?
What will this new system look like?
How will they achieve this “utopia” they are promising us? Is there deeper meanings behind the high language?
Research, watch and learn...>>>iggy
Is this a polling question about writing prompts?
What kind of prompt are we discussing here? Prompts can be political, scientific, inspirational or give an incintive to rant.
A polling question wants a very short response. Like *YES* or *NEVER* or *NONE OF THE ABOVE*
Is this a writing prompt about a polling question.
What kind of question are we discussing here? Poll questions can be political, scientific, and inspite of their seemingly neutral questions, give an incintive to rant.
A writing prompt expects a longish, thoughtful response. Like, I could write a poem, or a flash fiction story, or tell what happens later today when I go to the Carnival Parade for the Belize Independence celebration. (They do wonderful things with feathers!)
I think political polls are boring. They’re always different tomorrow.
I think political prompts get right into a persons point of view.
>>>Has this Poll been inspirational for you? NO
>>>Has this Prompt been inspirational for you? YES, I ENJOYED IT!
I vote for less polls and more prompts...>>>iggy
Prompt: “A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king--every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone.” Lloyd Alexander, The High King
Whether you agree or not with the above quote, in your opinion, which character traits make a hero of any person?
I agree. A person who is in service for others is always a hero in my books. (literally)
My primary character in Knights of Sparrow, Paloo, is a exceptional horse trainer and has to learn how to teach mean with kindness and respect.
I have little respect for those folks who are in service for self. They are missing out on so much of life with their focus on possessions, influence, always trying to impress. They pass through my life all the time, and I do mean ‘pass through’.
We have so many men and women these days in service jobs. Maybe they used to be white-collar, but times have changed. To be in service of others, you can’t be reminding customers or clients that you are too good for the position of server. You will hate your job and get no satisfaction out of it. Of course, characters like that make good antagonists in stories. It seems a conflict of interest for a politician to be in service of self, but so many are. Screwy world we live in.
Peace and Love...>>> iggy
Prompt: The person sitting next to you on the plane is quite talkative. Do you try to switch seats or make this person your new best friend?
It depends on who is sitting next to me. The seats are smaller and closer together. One has to deal with those who invade your narrow space with their elbows and inane comments---those I do not talk to. There are other who are polite, interesting, and willing to share a conversation, not totally about themselves. Topics such as religion, politics and racism are dangerous and usually a turnoff.
I don’t usually fly alone so I know who’s sitting next to me. Ha!
The best people to meet are writers, artists, and musicians, then come dancers, actors and theater technicians, followed by movie folk.
I ride buses and trains a lot, and it’s rare that the other person in the seat says anything. Each in their own world, and only shared with their phone. Young people do not talk to old people, and in Central America the young do not give their seats to old men or women with babies. The old women are strong enough to demand a seat and usually get it.
In France the trains had special seats for the elderly. Very nice.
In Iran, they always gave me a seat with curtesy and a smile. Plus if you share a seat, they often offer food or snacks. They love Americans and always have many questions. They only know about California and New York.
I had an art teacher in high school that encouraged me more than any other teacher. He got me involved in painting sets for the Christmas Pageant. That transitioned into working in the Drama Department building sets and learning more about painting and lighting, which led to a job with the Stage Hands Union. From the Drama teacher I learned to have confidence in my abilities, which led to an undergraduate assistantship my first quarter at Univ.of Denver. Wow! I owe a great deal to a number of very fine teachers.
From my professor at DU I learned how to duplicate and paint other designer’s work in their style. Scene painters have to work from detailed color illustrations down to scribbles on a napkin and keep the designer happy. I did a lot of those jobs before I got to paint my own designs.
From my piano teacher I learned about dedication and accuracy when working with music. She also taught me to sit up straight, and I’ve never forgotten. I sit up straight when I type!
From my Dance teacher, Hanya Holme in NY, I learned more about discipline and control and how to teach dance.
Little pieces of my life filter out. That’s what blogging does, you know.
Birthday Wishes, WDC! >>>iggy
One billion people, one out of seven on the planet,
used Facebook on a single day last week.
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Labor or Labour Day... why is this a holiday? Does it have the same meaning as it did when it was declared a national holiday?
What does it mean to you? Is it celebrated where you live?
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. Started by the labor associations, does that mean unions?
Growing up, it was the last big family picnic get-together before school started, the first freeze and snow. Fried chicken, corn on the cob, cooked over a campfire on Casper Mountain. I don’t remember anyone talking about labor or work, just family good cheer. Oh and games of horseshoes.
Now with high unemployment, thousands being laid off, malls and stores closing, the meaning for Labor Day should be different, but I’m afraid most people will just take the holiday and forget what it stood for.
I don’t think it’s celebrated in Belize. We did get two cruise ships on Wednesday so business boomed for a few hours. This is the month of Belize Independence Day so many national flags are flying. There will be parades and a Carnival pageant this month. A more personal holiday time for the folks here. They are not really aware about the well-being of the United States.
Record 94,031,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Stuck at 38-Year Low for 3rd Straight Month
Very sad numbers...>>> iggy
Prompt: If you could live forever, would you want to be a child, adolescent or an adult?
I want to know.
Living forever as a child or adolescent would be the curse of arrested development, never to reach full body potential. Now long-lived individuals would eventially have the technology to alter their body type and age at will. See, without trying it turns around to being Science-Fiction, which is speculative abut the future. Have you noticed that most of those older science-fiction stories have come true?
Now in my novel, Knights of Sparrow, I have a character who is already over two-hundred years old. He looks like a young adult, but feels like a very old man. He had a great love, young and beautiful. He watched her become his mother, then his grandmother, then she died. He never stopped loving her. Living forever alone is not a good condition. If there are others and lives can be shared doing projects and having adventures, it would be different.
I leave it to all our wonderful writers.
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