Ride The Wild Horse

Passionately Writing

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John C. Dana

John C. Dana

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Just Create as You are!

Never leave your dreams unfulfilled. To begin, pick one thing that’s important to you, set a specific goal for yourself, and get started today This is your race to run. It’s your goal to complete. It’s your answer to create. How your gift compares to someone else’s is not the point. The point is to fill the world with your work.

If what you complete doesn’t meet someone else’s expectations … it is no concern of yours. The way someone else perceives what you do is a result of their own experiences (which you can’t control), their own tastes and preferences (which you can’t predict), and their own expectations (which you don’t set). If your choices don’t match their expectations that is their concern, not yours.

Your concern is to do the work, not to judge it. Your concern is to fall in love with the process, not to grade the outcome. Keep your eyes on your own work.

Stay Focused

How can we stay interested in the task at hand whenever we are bored, lose focus, willpower, lack passion or motivation?

  • Practice every day: show up, work through the boredom, and embrace the daily practice that is required to achieve your goal. Stick to a schedule.
  • Don’t let your emotions determine your actions:it’s the ability to do the work when it’s not easy that divides the top achievers from everyone else. Step up when it’s annoying, painful or draining.
  • Work when work is not easy:this commitment to the process makes it possible to enjoy the end results.
  • Let the results take care of themselves: fall in love with boredom, repetition, and the process.

Become A Pro

  • Establish your purpose: decide what you want to be good at.
  • Prepare a Schedule: set a schedule for actions that you can do.
  • Stick to your schedule; start with a goal of one week.

Setting a schedule does not make you a professional. Following the schedule makes you one.  For one week follow your schedule without letting life get in the way. Then start again. Enjoy the journey!

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

By Martha Graham 

"No Artist is Pleased"

“No Artist is Pleased”

World Pictures of the Week: Sept. 5 – Sept. 12

Time Magazine’s “Pictures of the Week: Sept. 5 – Sept. 12” are astonishing to me.  I seldom make time to view them.  When I was younger I would grab as many of my father’s Time Magazines to savor every image.  I hardly make time now, but I find that it’s still good for my heart and mind to see them.  It astonishes me how small my world has been without them.  It’s good to pay attention to world events for we all benefit from an astute awareness to everything that’s happening.

DANIEL BEREHULAK—The New York Times Sept. 8, 2014. Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. The reality and hysteria over Ebola is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.

DANIEL BEREHULAK—The New York Times
Sept. 8, 2014. “Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. The reality and hysteria over Ebola is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.”

 

 

 

ULADZ HRYDZIN—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 6, 2014. People dance and throw straw during a traditional festival in village Ozerco, some 10 km from Minsk.

ULADZ HRYDZIN—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 6, 2014. “People dance and throw straw during a traditional festival in village Ozerco, some 10 km from Minsk.”

 

 

Kevin Frayer—Getty Images Sept. 10, 2014. A Chinese man holds himself upside down as he exercises on bars at a park in Beijing, China.

Kevin Frayer—Getty Images
Sept. 10, 2014. “A Chinese man holds himself upside down as he exercises on bars at a park in Beijing, China.”

 

 

 

TODD KOROL—REUTERS Sept. 8, 2014. A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta. The snow and unseasonably cold weather are supposed to last for two days, according to local media reports.

TODD KOROL—REUTERS
Sept. 8, 2014. “A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta. The snow and unseasonably cold weather are supposed to last for two days, according to local media reports.”

 

 

SANJAY KANOJIA—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 5, 2014. Indian schoolchildren crowd around a radio as they listen to a broadcast by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his Teachers' Day speech at a primary municipal school at Bakshi Kala Daraganj in Allahabad.

SANJAY KANOJIA—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 5, 2014. “Indian schoolchildren crowd around a radio as they listen to a broadcast by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his Teachers’ Day speech at a primary municipal school at Bakshi Kala Daraganj in Allahabad.”

 

STRINGER/MEXICO—REUTERS Sept. 9, 2014. A supermoon rises over Ciudad Juarez. The September full moon, also known as the Harvest Moon, is the last of this summer's three supermoons, and the final one of the year.

STRINGER/MEXICO—REUTERS
Sept. 9, 2014.” A supermoon rises over Ciudad Juarez. The September full moon, also known as the Harvest Moon, is the last of this summer’s three supermoons, and the final one of the year.”

 

 

 

Rahmat Gul—AP Sept. 8, 2014. An Afghan internally displaced 5-month old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.

Rahmat Gul—AP
Sept. 8, 2014. “An Afghan internally displaced 5-month old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.”

 

 

A twelve-year-old boy sits outside a window of his eleventh-floor apartment as his relatives try to ask him to come back back inside, in Yibin

REUTERS Sept. 8, 2014. “A twelve-year-old boy sits outside a window of his eleventh-floor apartment as his relatives try to ask him to come back back inside, in Yibin, Sichuan province. The boy was afraid of being punished by his mother for not finishing his homework on time. After two hours’ standoff, he was persuaded by police and family members to come inside.”

 

 

PUNIT PARANJPE—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 9, 2014. An Indian Kashmiri man crosses over flood waters with the use of a rope in Srinagar. Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.

PUNIT PARANJPE—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 9, 2014. “An Indian Kashmiri man crosses over flood waters with the use of a rope in Srinagar. Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.”

 

NARENDRA SHRESTHA—EPA Sept. 7, 2014. "Nepalese children fly a kite from a hill in the fields surrounding the Khokana village near Kathmandu, Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, Nepalese start flying kites after rains have stopped and finishing the summer season with the message to spread that 'monsoon is over'."

NARENDRA SHRESTHA—EPA
Sept. 7, 2014. “Nepalese children fly a kite from a hill in the fields surrounding the Khokana village near Kathmandu, Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, Nepalese start flying kites after rains have stopped and finishing the summer season with the message to spread that ‘monsoon is over’.”

 

 

 

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. A general view taken from an airplane on shows cultured farms in northern Saudi Arabia."

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “A general view taken from an airplane on shows cultured farms in northern Saudi Arabia.”

 

 

PHILL MAGAKOE—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. An emotional Oscar Pistorius is seen in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

PHILL MAGAKOE—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “An emotional Oscar Pistorius is seen in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.”

 

 

ABD DOUAMANY—AFP/Getty Images Sept. 11, 2014. A wounded Syrian child cries looking on at another wounded girl, as they wait for treatment, at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces."

ABD DOUAMANY—AFP/Getty Images
Sept. 11, 2014. “A wounded Syrian child cries looking on at another wounded girl, as they wait for treatment, at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces.”

 

 

 

Practice makes Perfect

 

“Amat Victoria Curam” is latin for Victory Loves Preparation.  Not one thing should be left to chance. Chance is unintentional, casual and unplanned, therefore to consider oneself lucky is to accept success as a fluke.

Daily we count on the rising and setting of the sun and moon by some intelligent design. It’s basically a stage set for dress rehearsal.  Wow! Certain victory is achieved with dedication, practice without any self-imposed limitations.  So to rely on chance one is more likely to fulfill this expectation.

Pygmalion Effect

Pygmalion Effect

What are you practicing today?

 

Death Is Too Easy

Scared to death.

Scared to death.

To be in like company is sometimes a blessing. Yesterday I almost died. It’s crazy. Strange, selfish or foolish it was almost one hour of peaceful darkness.  Yes death is too easy.

Extremely tired; fatigued in mind, body and spirit. A curse of giving up.  My arguments hold no water. Life is too precious.

Another wake up call. Only cats have nine lives.  How many more chances do I get?  

Writing now has become more important.  What’s different? I wanna give it my best.

Courage is back at my door.  It’s been gone for such a very long time.  My door is wide open, please come in.

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
Rumi,

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

Listen

Women and men in the crowd meet and mingle. Yet with itself every soul standeth single. – Alice Carey

Always Strive To Improve Yourself

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

My equality is a state of mind. When I value my self worth, I am comfortable with the achievements and the well-being of my friends and associates.  No symptoms of a punctured ego occur as I avoid criticizing others or making demands I don´t want to fulfill myself.

On occasion my self-confidence wavers.  Big tasks may haunt me.  Or visit me when I least expect it.  To sometimes lack self-assurance is a facet of the human condition.  I must remember that life is purposeful and the events involving me are by design.

May I not pass any task off to another when I face situation I fear that seem more than I can handle. I will remember that I am not given a task for which I am not prepared. For my growth to be complete I will not pass on activities that I need to experience personally.

To fulfill my part of life´s bargain I must do my own growing TODAY!

Day 8

Day 8

One faces the future with one´s past.

– Pearl S. Buck

 

I am not divorced from my past.  I am in company with it forever, and it acquaints me with the present.  My reponses today reflect my experiences yesterday.  And those roots rest in the past.

Every day offers me preparation for the future, for the lessons to come, without which I´d not offer my full measure to the design which contains my development.

My experiences, past and present, are not coincidental.  I am introduced to those experiences that are consistent with my talents and the right lessons designated for the part I am requested to play in life.  I can remember that no experience will attract me that are beyond my capabilities to handle.

All is well.  I´m ready for whatever comes today. My yesterdays have prepared me.