Create!

Giving myself the morning off, I decided to sit down with a cup of coffee, listen to some Prokofiev, and read poetry. I needed this: I often overwork myself and skip these needed break days. Continue reading “Create!”

Happy National Influences Day!!🎉

It’s National Influences Day!

(And yes I just made that up. Who invented National Funny Socks Day? 🤔😬 Exactly!)

Here are some of my most influential influencers, not only from the literary realm but music and film as well. Continue reading “Happy National Influences Day!!🎉”

Impressions of a walk through my old suburban neighborhood, Christmas Day, 55 degrees Fahrenheit 

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.

A tall, chain-link, fenced-in yard clutches to it a blue tarp that may have been the base of a pool once. It is semi-dug into the grave and dirt.

Continue reading “Impressions of a walk through my old suburban neighborhood, Christmas Day, 55 degrees Fahrenheit “

Impressions of a True Food at dinnertime 

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.

A tattoo on the girl’s wrist.

Continue reading “Impressions of a True Food at dinnertime “

Work at Work

One thing I’ve gotten away from this past year is making the most of my time to progress in my writing life while at my job. I know, I know. You can’t write a novel at your day job. Or CAN you? 🤔 Continue reading “Work at Work”

Impressions of the food court in Orland Square Mall

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.

The tall, middle-aged man with the childlike haircut and pudgy face points in the direction of a Taco Bell as he watches his elderly mother shuffle her way up the ramp to the food court.

Continue reading “Impressions of the food court in Orland Square Mall”

Saturday Inspiration

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”

— Joseph Heller

It’s true. No matter what you may be feeling or thinking, writing just doesn’t happen for the chosen few, it’s hard damn work for every single writer every single day of their life. Continue reading “Saturday Inspiration”

Saturday Inspiration

“Ballast yourself with reality, then throw yourself into the sea. The sea is inspiration. That’s what we’re looking for: the release into the unconscious that comes up with images. You’re dealing with images.” —

Wynn Handman

This is from the documentary, ‘It Takes A Lunatic’. In it, you learn about Wynn’s life in the theater. He’s an acting coach, and so this quote describes the creative process. We as writers are actors as well. We delve into our characters and mumble their words and thoughts.

The most important part of this quote is when he talks of ballasting ourselves in reality. We must, he says, start with our lives and what we’re going through before we can delve into creation and the sea of the unconscious that swims us like fish.

This is exactly where I’m at now, and you will one day be here too. To allow that sea to take you, you must ready yourself with the fact that you will be taken.