Saturday Inspiration

“It’s actually a fact: your adventure is your adventure. And if it is yours, the world will open. Where other people would run into obstacles and blocks, it will open for you. You get on the road, and are thumbing your way. The car that stops has the people in it that are just the ones that can carry you that distance and give you advice and perhaps a five-dollar bill to carry you on the rest of the way.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell is such an inspiration to me, not only for his knowledge of ancient myths but simply his storyteller’s character. If you’ve never watched Power of Myth, watch it. It’s great.

But this quote is something I can relate to. It’s as if life moves with you. It’s eerie almost. And the more you let go and believe in yourself, life will somehow aid you.

Impressions of the downtown Chicago city streets from a Lavazza cafe on a Saturday afternoon

Throughout the week, I write down moments out of the day about fascinating details of the environment and the people around me. I’ll be posting them here every Monday.

Two moms walk past carrying white plastic bags shoulder high while digging in their coats for their phones. They each chew with their teeth flashing as if chomping on nuts. Continue reading “Impressions of the downtown Chicago city streets from a Lavazza cafe on a Saturday afternoon”

Saturday Inspiration

“Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write, as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.”

–André Gide

If it takes a few years (or a few decades like it took me) don’t ever stop writing and creating to find your voice. And you will know that it is your true voice as soon as you write something that comes from within you and you exclaim, ‘Oh there you are!’.

I love this quote because it so succinctly commands us what we should be doing–create your self and your style and your art as no one else can do.

And we ALL have that ability. Every single one of us.

In other words, do YOU.

 

Create and Complete.

Impressions from a Sunday Train

Throughout the week, through all the stress and the busyness, I take a moment out of the day to write down some details about the environment around me. I’ll be posting them here every Monday.

The middle aged man with the grey-brown hair lifts the bud from his left ear and listens as the train’s conductor mumbles something he thinks is important.

A smile brims to the lips of the man across from me watching his phone.

The Asian man sleeps next to me with his arms crossed.

I look at the Greek letters K A P sewn into a young man’s hoodie. A renegade string has come undone from the orange trim that surrounds the blue letters. Its presence is menacing and free.

The woman’s pinky and ring fingers curl as her middle finger curls as she points to the things on her phone.

The older man standing in front of me gestures with his left hand. It is worn, hairy, slightly tanned. His wedding band glimmers.

The young man next to me, brown hair and blue eyes, sees without seeing.

Everyone’s running shoes are new: marathon day.

• A young child hides behind his uncle in the train seat.

A woman looks out with large brown eyes to the sky.

Saturday Inspiration

“Writing is a very hard thing to do because it covers so long a space of time, and if you get discouraged it is not a bad sign but a good one. If you think you are not doing it well, you are thinking the way real novelists do. I never knew one who did not feel greatly discouraged at times, and some get desperate, and I have always found that to be a good symptom.”

— Maxwell Perkins

Nuff said.

Impressions of an Andersonville Dive Bar

Throughout the week, through all the stress and the busyness, I take a moment out of the day to write down some details about the environment around me. I’ll be posting them here every Monday.

The dark blue light bathing the vintage cash register. Continue reading “Impressions of an Andersonville Dive Bar”

Saturday Inspiration

“I’ve never known a writer who didn’t feel ill at ease in the world. We all feel unhoused in some sense, that’s part of why we write. We feel we don’t fit in; that this world is not our world; that though we may move in it, we’re not of it. You don’t need to write a novel if you feel home in the world.”

— Andrea Barrett

This is a quote that is more sobering than inspiring; though, for me, it is inspiring but in a different way.

We are weirdos, and we should love that. Art is created from the very well spring of this weirdness and also our constant dance of acceptance and solace that writers takes part in the world with every time they create.

This enlivens me, this quote. It means. It only that what I am feeling is normal but also that my work is important. Writers need to get distance to write, and sometimes, that distance is their lives.

Embrace your weirdness!

Create and complete.