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 But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn.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: What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in a terrifyingly dangerous situation? Could you keep your calm? What would be the first reasonable thought to occur to you?
First of all, every situation is DIFFERENT. The reaction, the decisions depend on what the danger is. Being in an automobile going 90 MPH with an out of control driver is different from the Swat police trying to break down your front door at 3AM.
Some things happen so fast there is no reaction time. I think guns and automobiles lead that list. I understand that many times being taken to a hospital is a terrifyingly dangerous situation. Some folks go voluntarily, calm as can be.
There is a survival mode in humans that pushes them to avoid dangerous situations if possible. Risk comes in case there are children or a spouse or parents or good friends in danger.
Enough about this topic. I find it depressing.
Peace and Love...>>>iggy
Prompt: Where do you think fear of failure comes from? Was there ever something that you had feared you’d fail at but didn’t?
A very big, painful, topic that touches almost everyone from childhood through old age.
How about unsuccessfulness?
or more serious kinds of failures: abortion, miscarriage, breakdown, stillborn. or a simple malfunction.
Then there’s a mistake, a fiasco, a mess,
Or in showbusiness we have a turkey, a flop, a bomb, a washout, a boxoffice disaster! (I think ‘Pan’ just had one this weekend.)
The fear of failure drives all humans to try, hope, wish...to avoid all the above plus about a thousand other kinds of failures.
Little things like: out of gas, dead battery, parking ticket,
Microsoft’s blue screen or a dead black screen. Our highly technical world lives with failure every day.
In other parts of the world a hungry child is a kind of failure, or a hundred-thousand refugees, or a million homeless.
Brace up folks...>>>iggy
My phone is a Blu with Android OS. It lost the brightness function is so dim that I cannot read the screen in the daylight.
I have to go in a dark room, or deep shadow to see it at all.
When it rings, I can answer the call most times. To call someone I have to seek the darkness. Not very practical. But it looks cool when I carry it. Our Wi-Fi signal is so flaky here that I’m not in a hurry to replace it.
The phone service company calls to tell me when I’m going to run out of money on the time charge. I get all the ads for great buys on new phones. Plus some wrong-number calls from some guy trying to reach some lady in Spanish. Go firgure.
Just for a minute imagine that mystery drawer....you know the one that collects everything under the sun, we all have one. Without opening, tell us what is in there and why? Do you really use the things that are there? Once you've written what you think, go peek... are you right about what lingers in that mystery drawer.
Some of my friends have kitchens full of drawers that are mystery drawers and usually three or four of everything. Also have you checked those refrigerator door narrow shelves? And in the back of the freezer compartment? On the sailboat, I have two drawers under my bed. The top one has receipts zip-locked by the month, a air-tight container for pens and pencils, leads & writing tools. Also the hair cutting sicissors, bagged. Thank God for ziplock bags. Sea air causes rust and mildew. And the termites love the paper things.
The second drawer has art supplies, Tempera, acrylic paint, brushes. There’s a package of Citronella candles and some marking pens. There is no space for mystery things.
The kitchen side of the compartment does not have drawers, only deep shelves with high lips so things won’t slide out when the boat hits the waves.
The few paper files and documents that we all must have are in a water-tight lock box. It is amazing what we don’t need, but have the intense desire to keep anyway. I think I’ve gotten over that urge and keep only essentials now.
Keep less & make room for more stuff...>>>iggy
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