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Friday, July 27, 2012

Doubt and the Writer

Two fellow writer folks have recently posted about writer doubt, something that I've actually been pondering over the past few months.

You might recall my Progress Report post from three months ago where I note that I hadn't really done much work on the next Kat and Mouse adventure. In fact, as of that post, I hadn't worked on the story in 7 weeks.

Then last month I posted that I may have gotten back on track with things.

However, what I came back on track with isn't fiction, as I point out here.

So why am I bringing up the issue of Writer's Doubt?

Because of my latest efforts, something in my head tells me the Writing Winds have shifted.

And that's where my particular brand of Writer's Doubt comes in. Mainly this: "Have I tapped my story well? Have I told the stories that I've wanted to tell? Is that all the fiction I'll be writing?"

Because each time I try to work on that next Kat and Mouse adventure, I quickly get bored and the words are molassess slow in coming and I keep thinking of other things I could be doing than writing this story.

But comes this part of my brain that tells me "Hey! Write this instead!"

Five months.

It's now five months of no fiction written.

Is this a phase? Something that'll fix itself in my head?

I hope so.

Or I could just shift to non-fiction.

As I seem to be doing at the moment.

So maybe it's not so much "quitting" as "taking another path up the mountain."

Y'think?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Astrogenghis Speaks: 'A Lesson In Enlightenment' " by Dr. Ace T. Jericho, Rogue Journalist

[originally published in the December 1991 issue of The Oblivious Plethora; from the Jericho Files collection]

"Teacher," said Frank the Pupil. "What is the proper way to reach enlightenment?"

Astrogenghis said, "The road is seldom clear when one undertakes a long journey. But the absence of truth lies in the understanding of the willow tree."

"I don't understand, Teacher," replied Frank.

"To understand the enigma, one become a part of it. Or, to see the world as a gnat, one must first leap over the swan."

"Ah. Does that mean I must walk in someone else's shoes?"

"Let me tell you a story:
In the days of old, two monks were sitting by a riverbank, resting during a pilgrimate to a far off temple.

The younger monk turned to his companion and said, "See how the water is like glass. We can see ourselves in the water. It does not move."

His companion said, "That is because there is no wind."

The younger monk pointed to a nightingale sitting on the branch of a nearby tree and singing a song. "Hear how the nightingale sings. Her song is like a chorus of heavenly voices."

His companion said, "That is because one can hear the voice of the Creator in all of life."

The younger monk then pointed to the sky and remarked, "See how the sky is like the paint upon the canvas. The beauty of creation must be like the desires of the artist. It is in the acceptance of such beauty that we can all learn from the wishes of the Creator, from whom all this beauty comes."

His companion said, "You should cut your toenails."
"But, Teacher," said Frank. "What does this have to do with enlightenment?"

Astrogenghis smiled and said: "Absolutely nothing."


Come back soon for another entry of The Jericho Files!
Read previous Jericho Files entries here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

"Here's to America's colors, the colors that never run. May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather."

Have a great 4th of July.


(photo: The Expired Meter)