A New Year Wish for anyone struggling and not able to celebrate

“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book  It’s December 31st 2017.  I am re-blogging this post from 2013, a very difficult year in my life and I’m sending it out to anyone who has struggled this year. Life this year has been stamping it’s foot, screaming at […]

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Insider Secrets

When I was a kid- my grade eight math teacher told our class about a mail-order scam where someone would put an ad in the classifieds–offering an ancient secret to becoming rich and famous. All you had to do was send nine dollars to a box number and the secret of unlimited wealth would be yours. A few weeks later, a booklet in a plain brown package would […]

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Poem from a recurring dream.

I have built a little cage on the edge of a cliff, where I pretend– to live contentedly, rather than learn to swim across the turbulent waters below. Cushioned by the delusion of safety, I hang there trapped– above murky waters- as if sitting alone in a cage– is  preferable to the risk of drowning. I watch with […]

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Some lists.

I reblogged this post from a few years ago I think I have come a long way from this but some of them still apply.   Reasons I get stuck. 1. It is hard to keep going when the destination seems so distant and unknown. 2. It is hard to keep believing in yourself– when […]

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Preparation and effort–Ideas as tools.

“Creativity is not a gift from the Gods bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it.” Twyla Tharp. I love this quote and I believe it– I am perhaps a little more of the mind that magic […]

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Creativity and Anxiety and Fearlessness and other humorous topics.

Last year at this time I decided to be fearless– and do something that I had wanted to do, for a very long time. I learned that deciding to be fearless, does not mean conquering fear. It means to go ahead despite fear. Deciding to be fearless, actually increased my fear. It was like a […]

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Catching stories-ideas are everywhere right?

I find stories everywhere and I grab em when nobody’s looking. Sometimes the stories are attached to people I pass on the street. I take the stories home and make them my own. Yesterday I saw a story in a red hat and fishnet hose running down the street waving for a taxi. I wasn’t […]

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More magic cures for writers block Day Two-Ideas

“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler So I have been writing about writers block. I find it to be a fascinating phenomenon. I know a few writer friends who complain about it. That’s probably the reason […]

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Alchemy

It’s not the artist that makes the art. It’s the art that makes the artist. The art tests us. The art shapes us. The art leads us. We think we create the art– but it’s the art that creates us. This is what is important. This is what we must learn. This is what we […]

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Ideas

People ask artists and writers “Where do you get your ideas?” I heard a story somewhere that when the brilliant science fiction and fantasy writer Roger Zelazny, was asked this question, he said something like: “Every night I leave out milk and cookies, and in the morning the cookies are gone, but there are loads […]

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