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Mutability by Cherry Pickensi’m here for the poetry, the vision. unprepared
for onslaught, eyes wide open, waiting
for the scream.

flesh will never contain a pure
shriek. thought expands
beyond corporeal. matter
moves, or is destroyed
in creation. i’m here

for the poetry. entropy
is for sheep. i’d rather
be a wolf.

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What did the Buddhist say to the Hot Dog Vendor? – (on banishing writer’s block)

Make me one with everything

medium_3431365556The zen approach to writing is simple: There is no such thing as writer’s block. It’s all in your mind. If you tell yourself that you can’t write, your mind believes what you say.

Years ago, I had what I thought was writer’s block. In those pre-Internet days, I sought the advice of writing coaches to find my way clear of the mental bricks and mortar, as opposed to mindlessly surfing the Internet looking for other answers. The advice I got was varied.

  • Read for inspiration
  • Research your subjects
  • Write an outline
  • Get out of the house
  • Exercise
  • Get drunk

A lot more advice followed, yet none of it worked. I told myself I was blocked, and thus it was true. Oddly enough, if I had believed in any of those cures, they would have worked. But since I thought the block much stronger than any cure, thus it was so. (I love using the word thus!)

Over the years, I put writing aside. I drank more beer. I studied philosphy. I thought great and stupid things.

One day, it dawned on me. My own personal enlightenment.

The Stuff of Stars

I’ve got Buddha in my lungs,
and bits of Jesus on my soles. One
foot is Ghandi’s, and what’s left
of my life Kali splits with those waking

this moment and passing the next: I am Cherry
Cohen Kalil Gonzales, catholic on my father’s
side. My pagan mother’s generational gift,
my tongue, black and lolling, has her taste

for blood and the good earth beneath my feet.
In three — Mother, Father and Me — a trinity
of spirit, and the breath of gods.

And that, my dear friends, is my realization. I am one with everything that ever was and everything that ever will be. And that includes people who do not (and will not) suffer the illusion of writer’s block. Since I share the fortunate minds of so many prolific writers, likewise, there are no bricks and mortar in front of me – only hot dogs.

The rest of the story: The Buddhist paid for his meal, and then inquired about his change. The hot dog vendor raised one eyebrow. He smiled, and said: 

Change comes from within

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Thirteen Words + Thirty-Three – a Trifecta prompt

33 words for the Trifecta Prompt:

In The Scorpio Races, author Maggie Stiefvater writes, “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”  Give us the next thirty-three words of this story, as you imagine it.  Take it wherever you like, but make it original and make it 33 words exactly.

It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die quietly, while another dies shrieking. Both were born exactly thirty-three years ago. Tranquility and peace marked the life of one; the other spent his days in a long and exuberant scream of delight.


NaNoWriMo Roundup: Seasoned Authors Share their Secrets | The Daily Post

At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, aspiring writers everywhere took  a deep breath. One second later, their blank screens weren’t  blank any longer — for quite a while.

November 1st marks the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The annual fiction extravaganza will bring together more than 200,000 writers this year, first-timers and pros alike, each committed to hammer out 50,000 words of sparkling fiction over the course of the month.

via NaNoWriMo Roundup: Seasoned Authors Share their Secrets | The Daily Post.

Writing can be Easy

small__2394843377I know that I said not long ago that writing is hard. And to be honest, good writing is hard. Practice writing, however, is easy.

Writing doesn’t have to be an onerous chore if all you’re doing is writing for the love of seeing the characters appear on your computer screen. Writing can be fun. An adventure. A dalliance. You just have to think about it in a different way. Don’t put put off writing just because you want every word to be perfect. If that’s your plan, you’ll never get anything done. Instead,  sit down in front of your keyboard and start tapping out anything that comes to mind. Let your mind wander and tap those keys until they rattle with your brilliance.

That’s the whole premise behind NaNoWriMo. It’s not about creating an award-winning book. It’s about lubricating your mind – getting the process moving.

Years ago (I’m not going to say how long), I tried my hand at automatic writing. I closed my eyes, put pencil to paper and wrote whatever words crossed my mind. At first it was little more than gibberish: random words and sentence fragments. But after about 30 minutes, the fragments and thoughts began to take shape. Paragraphs emerged. Then a chapter. Soon, I had a feasible short story. It was still a jumble, and because I was using an #2 pencil, it was barely legible. But I had the beginnings of a real short story.

Then came the next part. Editing.

Believe me. Writing is easy. It’s the editing that sucks.

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