Ride The Wild Horse

Passionately Writing

Month: June, 2014

“Fifty”:”Unexpected”

 

by KP Tripathi on Flickr

by KP Tripathi on Flickr

“Has the sun already set?” she questioned herself.
“I hear my uneven breath!” she gasped.

 

by rosebuds photography on Flickr

by rosebuds photography on Flickr

Seagulls drape the shoreline and fly in a plum like skyline.

“Beautiful,” she squeaks exuberantly while preening to look from the side windows back to the rear view mirror.
Deadlines and tension vanish with time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Inspiration: 

“Unexpected” by Refreshing Life

BUGABOO: Focus On The Process

William Zinsser

William Zinsser

  • How do I take my eye off the finish line to run the race?  
  • Is writing a special language owned by the English Teacher or availabe to the classic few who have “a gift for words.”?

“Writing is thinking on paper” 

Writing is chatting to someone else on paper if we can think clearly about any subject at all. Writing will always require plain old hard work – clear thinking – and the plain old tools of the English language.
“Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it.”
Writing Today.

Writing Today.

Writing isn’t easy and no fun.  It is hard, lonely and words seldom flow. Rewriting is the essence of writing.  A professional writer must establish a daily schedule and stick to it.  Writing is a craft not art.  To avoid going broke no one should run away from his craft because he lacks inspiration.  There are all kinds of writers and all kinds of methods to write.

“Less is more.” 

Learn how to use the English language in a way that will achieve the greatest clarity and strength.

― William Knowlton Zinsser

William Zinsser

William Zinsser

All About Writing (My reading to write better):

Bugaboo!

Bugaboo!

Good Writing

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Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.

by Harold Pinter

Yes I have to write.  I wish to write better; but can’t, won’t and don’t.

Ah to be well read and “well said.” If only my words can be wielded with flair like writers I admire. I am discouraged.  Yet I still want to write. I must think and study.

  • Rules.
  • What rules are worth.

Brenda Ueland is right, “everyone is talented, original and has something to say,” but I wont neglect my housework for writing.  Nor will I allow my creative urges to be “drummed out” by the many “unloving know-it-alls”: my teachers, critics, friends, family and curious spectators. Ueland taught that the only good teacher was an encouraging friend who “loves you, who thinks you are interesting or very important or wonderfully funny.”  I have found this to be absolutely true.

  • Laws of construction, plot and dialogue.

John van Druten said ” I cannot make you  a playwright,” and what a pity.  Well at least van Druten wrote, ” I can tell you only what I know and think, myself. There will be no rule that is not covered with the phrase ‘to suit my tastes.’  Those tastes may very well not be yours, as they have often not been those of other people.  But they are all that I can write.”  So in this spirit I collect as many tools to fashion my own writing.

So I will first acquaint myself with the available tools and then choose the appropriate ones for the task at hand.  So I will heed good advice.

Truman Capote said:

Writing has laws of perspective of light and shade, just as painting or music does.  If you are born knowing them, fine.  If not, learn them.  Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

T. S. Eliot agreed:

It is not wise to violate the rules, until you know how to observe them.

  • My voice and tone.
  • Principles of structure and plot.
  • Formal and familiar styles.
  • The rules of grammar and usage.
  • Inspiration and perseverance.

 

Well this is where I will start!

 

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My Reading:

Bugaboo: Focus on the Writing Process

True Love’s Kiss

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Make a promise in the coming weeks of summer.  It is a wonderful obligation to fulfill.  A promise fulfilled over a life time is a gift worth beholding.  To be the bearer of this extraordinary feat is as equal to the joy and pleasure of receiving it when it returns back to the bearer.

To be in a movie theater with a ten year old is a journey one must make.  The trip can be filled with misery, entertainment or an unforgettable time.  The movie however must be original and encouraging to avoid a night of nightmares.

We must remember the promises placed at our feet.  Every promise entices.  Yet how do you spur yourself to believe in them? It is never easy.  This requires parting with our fears, then replacing the room they once occupied with trust.  A journey in absolute blindness.

The movie Maleficent is brilliant! My daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It’s a keeper! (We will add it to our collection.)  When my words fall on deaf ears then my actions must be swift and true.  My promises embed themselves deep within her mind and heart. As like all the promises made to me.  One has to prepare to fulfill a lifelong list of promises, so never make a promise you never intend to keep.  

This is my wish every time I kiss her. At a movie theater my daughter learned that true love’s kiss isn’t just physical, but entirely much more. I learned that my search for true love is over because I already have it.

 

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A List

Happy

Happy

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Instant Celebrity

If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be? Why?

“My Way”

 

 

It’s amazing what attraction does to me.  It sends me hurtling away from the one to whom I am attracted to or have unwittingly drawn to me.  The most memorable time I heard these words were late at night booming through the walls of my studio apartment.  It was coming from a party held by my neighbors.  I was forced to hear every word.  It’s as if they wanted me to know that they were headed home.

This will never leave me because I was really mean to them.  Simply because guys that looked that good could only mean one thing TROUBLE for me especially.  I could have ran outside just then to  hug and kiss them both, but I stayed and just listened as they turned up the volume to irritate me.  How horrible I’ve been and just to think I still enjoyed them as much as they have enjoyed me.

And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

[instrumental]

Yes, it was my way

 

 

 

 

JUN 17, 2014 / BEGINNER
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“You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.”

They make me angry. All of them. I am the odd one out. “Be well” is what they suggest. Are they a picture of health?

I am confused.

My business seems to be the topic of today. Never too old or boring enough to forget. What’s wrong with them?

Halt. Back up. Pay attention. There is something you’ve missed. How could you have not noticed what’s been happening all around you?

It’s strange to see and it really is about me. Honestly, I’m shocked and truly in a state of disbelief.

What’s happening now?

I’ve shared my thoughts and my problems. I somehow roused their thoughts, feelings and emotions too. They are reacting to me.

What did I say?

Halt. Back up. Pay attention. There is something I’ve missed. What did I do?

There is a problem. You must not be careless with what you say. You must notice that it produces a ripple effect.

What’s happening now?

DP: Rare Medium

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Dear Today,

 

I am ready to begin.

This course is wonderful.

That book looks interesting.

I have so many thoughts and ideas.

If I could just sit there, in my chair or on my mat.

Oh, look I did not finish this job.

I’ve got enough time, just none for me.

Oh I could go crazy if I forget about myself.

How can I not forget who I am and what I need?

Maybe I can wake up early, maybe I can wait until everyone else sleeps.

Oh there it is, I am yawning.

What’s happening to me?

I’m nearing fifty, could I just focus on someone else and see how they get it all done.

If only, if only, only….

Something’s happening to me now.

I can feel it in my mind.  

Something has changed.

Rare Medium

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150 Days: Eyes Wide Open

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Happy Anniversary!

Blogging is liberating.  I have never finished anything that I’ve started.  Well, it’s time for me to be loyal to myself.  Here’s to a more productive year!

 

1st Blogging Anniversary

Blogging is for me.