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 But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn.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: 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
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
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,
Discovering the need to write
Always with me,
The ever distant blue planet,
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
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.
NOW THINK ABOU THIS...
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
Prompt: Jack Kerouac has uttered the wildest writing tips. Here are five of them.
Choose one and explain what you understand from it and if you would like to use that tip in your writing:
The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
It’s possible that Mr. Kerouac had some pharmaceutical or plant assistance to expand his mind, but the source is still legitimate, and the visions or insights are creative. The idea of the third eye is universal among many cultures. Another way of saying ‘the eye within the eye’.
The idea of focusing on that tiny spot in the exact center of the brain is useful for meditating, and it truly is the inside of the inside. And if you see something, the ‘seeing’ has to originate somewhere, yes? Is it (the pineal gland) a link or direct connection to another dimension, another reality, the Source? You’ll get many different answers to that question.
And I don’t believe that it all comes from inside your brain. Memories, yes, you have billions stored. But there’s more---if you look without judging or trying to analyze. And that, I would describe as automatic writing. Is that related to channeling? The folks who channel would say so. I don’t know.
Isn’t that what writers, especially poets, do? They swim in a sea of languages. Pretty cool idea!
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Since there are billions and trillions of stars, the only thing special about my star would be that it has my name---and it would be the only star in the entire galaxy named ‘iguanamountain’.
Star light, star bright,
Only star I see tonight,
For sure the only one
For all to see the sprite
That makes my heart feel right!
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: Groundhog Day.
Have you ever wished spring would come early or hoped that it would be delayed? What if you were a groundhog? Would you ever predict zero winters?
I live in the land of zero winters! Our average temperature is between 80 and 85 degrees. A winter day is cooled down to 68 to 75 degrees, but usually by noon it’s warmed back up to 80.
In Wyoming, Spring on the mountain arrived about the 6th of June when they plowed the road. I lived on a mountain top in Wyoming for years with six months of severe winter, and Spring was glorious, Summer was heaven and Fall dramatic and beautiful. I shoveled enough snow for a lifetime! I did love zooming on the snowmobile, but that was not for recreation. It was snowmobile or walk the two miles where the cars were parked.
BUT no more. I am very happy living in Belize in the sailboat, Pania. As long as I have Internet access and my computer, I can work anywhere. Basic wardrobe are shorts and tank tops. Life is grand!
Eat your heart out...>>>iggy (I get to say that because I’m old enough, Ha!)
I didn’t have a blank screen all day. Just getting the long, in-depth reviews finished and posted has taken most of the this Saturday. Heavy reviews for Trains and Arrows of Blood.
Also we put a new rope on the jibe sail. With a light wind blowing I was managing the ropes and trying to keep it into the wind. It is a beautiful day in Belize, but a cool 66 degrees this morning.
So..half the weekend is already gone. Plans for tomorrow are up in the air depending on the weather.
I did get 15 minutes in the sun this morning so vitamin D is good for another day!
Happy Sunday for tomorrow!...>>>iggy
Here are 4 locations New York, London, Beijing and your location. Tell me what you expect and don't expect in each location. Are there any commonalities that jump out at you? Could you relocate there easily?
1. NEW YORK, the city. I lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Commuted on the subway. It was cold in the winter, crowded and full of excitement and creativity. The theaters, museums, galleries are to die for.
2. LONDON a place I’ve never been. I expect it is much like New York City, only older.
3. BEIJING another place I’ve never been. I think it is older, newer, bigger, and more crowded than both New York and London. They seem to be very influential in the world right now.
4. BELIZE CITY, BELIZE in Central America. A tiny city in a tiny country. Tropical climate, and an environmental jewel struggling to protect itself.
The commonalities of the first three are immense populations crowded together---lovely for the very wealthy and a life and death struggle for the very poor. The air is polluted, the water tastes funny, and there are huge problems about cities evolved to accommodate automobiles and trucks and trains and busses and give them a higher priority than living humans who must share the space.
And in Belize, the city was originally laid out during a time of no gas-driven vehicles. The streets in the downtown area are too narrow and never meant for busses, trucks and hundreds of autos. Only recently have many side streets been blessed with concrete paving to replace the mud, potholes and ruts. Highways are still narrow, two-lane pathways for the most part. Inland the mountains and jungles are breathtakingly beautiful and in the Caribbean the barrier reef is an underwater wonder. The air is clean and moist and the markets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables.
I have lived in Denver, San Francisco, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Tehran. Big cities make me nervous and given a choice, I would avoid them except for brief visits. Living in the rural country, the mountains, on the ocean---close to Nature is the only place to live! My boat, the Pania, is rocking in the Caribbean right this minute as I write this. The ferry tenders are moving out to carry tourists from Monday’s newly arrived cruise ships.
In my time, I’ve shoveled tons of snow. And I know all about ‘lake effect’. For all the folks up north---stay warm!
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: Most of us have been to a convention, a networking event, a writers’ conference, or any other professional meeting. What are some of your ideas for making the most of these events not only for writers but for anyone in any profession?
Back a few years I used to do the setup for the Heritage Foundation for state-wide conferences. This included computers and devices to play PowerPoint presentations, slides, overhead projectors, sound system with multiple microphones and the two or three large screen televisions and white screens for projectors. Their guest speakers came from every kind of background and each would have their special requirements. Most of the presenters came from corporate executive offices and their presentations were INCREDIBLY BORING. They mostly hid in the dark while we moved their PowerPoint screens forward on their cue. Often the printing on the screens was too small to read when projected. A few had videos so they didn’t have to talk. Little was gained from all this electronic facade. The question and answer part where they had to actually talk and answer questions worked much better for information and understanding. Usually the governor and maybe a senator or congressman made an appearance and the same-old, same-old speeches. A few times we had satellite links from Washington, or they sent a DVD to play. Most of the networking and business happened during the breaks and dropouts slipping off to the hotel bar. Then the 8-top tables were very lively during the banquet.
I attended several writer’s conferences with the Wyoming Writers Association. They were great! Lots of time was provided to sit around and talk with other writers. You sit for years by yourself writing, and here at the conference are folks that are doing the same thing. They brought in well-known writers to speak and do workshops, there were display areas for books to be displayed and purchased. I found the whole process valuable and enlightening. Talking with other writers about how they work is a wonderful experience. We are not alone!