Writing

American Ignorance

  • March 3, 2016
American Ignorance

During an interview in the 1908s, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov said, "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

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For Fear Of Being Judged

  • February 5, 2016
For Fear Of Being Judged

I started keeping a journal around age 12, but since the start, I always self-censored myself, never being completely honest, and leaving out any mention of emotions or what I was feeling.  I noted only events, happenings, ideas, and plans for the future; where I had been, what I had seen, heard, experienced, and where I dreamed of going next.  I always focus on the past; what was, what could have been, what should have been.  I have always terrified of someone reading my journal for fear of being judged.

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Where I Write

  • December 4, 2015
Where I Write

This is where I write.

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Sharing Is Caring

  • December 3, 2015
Sharing Is Caring

I recently read Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (yes, I take notes on everything, even the books I read).  If I were to write a book similar to the theme of this book, I would title it Sharing Is Caring, hence the title of this blog post.  There are books that I have read that have given me an entirely new perspective on life, and in this case, my work.

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The Archives Of My Mind

  • November 30, 2015
The Archives Of My Mind

  I wish there was a means by which I could document the archives of my mind.  I am always pondering the bits and pieces, snapshots, and fragments of memories that fill my brain, that shaped my past and were responsible, in part, for the person that I am today.

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I Used To Write In Riddles And I Used To Write In Rhymes

  • November 9, 2015
I Used To Write In Riddles And I Used To Write In Rhymes

When I was younger, I used to write in riddles and I used to write in rhymes.  I thought that by doing so, that I might capture the attention of my reader.  I never anticipated I'd be writing for a specific audience; I wrote the way I felt in my heart and soul to be true, not realizing or accepting the fact that while patience might be common, intellect is not.  Perhaps the true meaning behind my words might never be revealed, instead blinded by the manner in which they were written.

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Discouragement

  • September 27, 2015
Discouragement

My earliest memory of discouragement happened when I was in 5th grade.  I clearly remember having two teachers that year; one teacher I thought was amazing, while the other, I tried to avoid as much as I possibly could.  Some might wonder how I remember these things; truth be told, I remember everything.  In the moment in question, the 5th grade teacher whom I disliked called me to the front of the class and told me that I would be receiving a 0 on my book report simply because I had ignored the margin on one side.  When I explained that I needed more room to write my thoughts, the teacher...

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Collection Of Obscure Curiosities

  • September 21, 2015
Collection Of Obscure Curiosities

Long before I was aware of Robert Ripley, or Ripley's Believe It Or Not, I was always fascinated by collecting odd, obscure things, that to my knowledge, nobody else had any interest in.  I was discussing my fascination with a long-time friend of Angie's, and the friend suggested I put together an online museum of my collection, and call it The Museum Of Obscure Curiosities.  While it seemed like a great idea from the start, the necessary cataloging, describing, and photographing of these objects would obviously take a large amount of time.  So in the mean time, I have set aside a special...

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I Used To Be A Habitual Tresspasser

  • August 29, 2015
I Used To Be A Habitual Tresspasser

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js   When I was younger, life seemed so easy. Writing seemed easier; I was young, naive, restless, and wild. Uninhibited, never self-conscious, filled with thoughts, ideas, and seemingly endless inspiration. I felt comfortable documenting every thought, emotion, and experience, completely unfiltered and uncensored. All my random, empty thoughts, subtleties, and obscure observations, often conveyed in riddles or rhymes. When I was younger, no older than 16 years of age, I would seek out my own adventures. I foolishly left my camera behind...

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I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

  • July 27, 2015
I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

All my life, I have been indecisive, taking excessive consideration with each and every decision, no matter the breadth.  And yet, long after the conclusion, I seem to allow my mind to become commandeered with thoughts of alternative scenarios and outcomes, if only I had chosen differently.

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140 Characters

  • June 9, 2015
140 Characters

Ever since I was young, I incessantly took notes and wrote down observations.  Often times, they were about experiences I had, written generally within a couple of days of the events.  I also took many photographs, and countless pages of notes, but put simply, since the age of digital was still years away, many of the photographs failed to capture my true vision, and the pages of writing ended up getting lost, misplaced, or thrown away, either intentionally or by accident.

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Links To Writing Inspiration

  • May 16, 2015
Links To Writing Inspiration

10 Steps To Expressing Yourself In Writing Sample Valentine's Day Love Letter - wikiHow Why Writer's Block Is Your Secret Weapon Why Writing By Hand Is Underrated Writing Asides Why Keep A Journal? Foreword March! – How to Write a Fantastic Foreword 5 Thoughts: Why (And How) We Write Life Experiences All At Once 7 Reasons Why You Should Write Down Your Favourite Memories Now Inspiration For Writing: 10 Quotes To Get Your Juices Flowing Gaining Inspiration From The Greats: Ten Tips For Great Writing – Guest Post By Cathryn Johnson Source: Writing Inspiration List,...

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Writing Prompt Number 131

  • March 18, 2015
Writing Prompt Number 131

Describe a relationship you have with a person, animal, place, or thing.

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Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

  • March 6, 2015
Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

Ever since I started a blog, people have asked me where I find my inspiration. My main source of inspiration comes from real life experiences, which is why the vast majority of my writing is non-fiction. In 2011, I wrote a list of 80 Journal Writing Prompts, which was in response to the repetitive emails asking me for advice for inspiration. The journal writing prompts were posted in April of 2011, and quickly became the most visited post on my blog, and after going viral, received an average of 20,000 visits per day for several months thereafter. I knew I had stumbled upon an idea, if even...

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Gifted

  • February 28, 2015
Gifted

My parents sent me to private school, intending to provide me with a superior education. Midway through third grade, my parents decided to move, and I was forced to repeat third grade, a decision that delayed my graduation from high school by one year.

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