To get started, write one true sentence.
Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes:
Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone…
View original post 178 more words
Thunder announces a release from the earth. Fire ignites the darkness. Illuminating the night sky, Hell’s flame explodes bright orange. A yellow, oily rain falls upon the battlefield. It touches the soldiers. Skin boils and blisters. A few will die here. Many, will recover. The touched and untouched will carry scars; some on the outside — all on the inside.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
The world eventually broke Hemingway to the point that he took his own life. Many have speculated about the reason(s)…
View original post 218 more words
Available in both paperback and e-book.
I was thinking; maybe we should have a no political discussion day on Facebook.
It would be nice to log on, even if for just one day, and just read about how people are doing and what is going on in their lives without polluting timelines with political bullshit.
Let’s have just one day of virtual tranquility.
I nominate November 21st as no politics on Facebook day.
If you think this is a good idea, spread the word!
I have voted in every general election and most primaries since I was 18 years old.
I served my country and was willing to give my life to protect your rights.
To try and make a difference, I fool-heartedly ran for Congress in 2006.
I am not voting this year(2016); I will probably never vote again. I recently changed my voter registration, not to Republican, which I was for the bulk of my voting life; not to Democrat, which I was for a couple of years; not even to independent — I changed it to simply no affiliation.
I used to be one of those people who believed everyone should vote.
I was so naive.
I have come to the realization that voting is a complete and utter waste of time, and that our votes really don’t matter.
The Republican presidential primary was a joke, and the Democrats had frozen out any one not named Hilary.
Elections aren’t about issues, they aren’t about ideals and they definitely aren’t about people — they are about hate and fear mongering. These emotional techniques are used to disguise the fact that there is no difference between elected officials, because none of these officials matter. The machinery of government is so large, and so out of control, that it has become a self-perpetuating Goliath which no one person can hope to guide, let alone effect any real change.
So, as of today, I am no longer going to vote. I am going to avoid all political news, talk and advertising. I am going to exercise my right to not vote.
Oh, and before you tell me about the people who sacrificed, or were willing to scarified their lives for my right to vote — I was one of those people and I’m willing to bet most of you were not. Unlike most loud mouth cowards, I didn’t sit on my ass while someone else went to defend my rights.
I can’t think of one talk show host, or supposed journalist, who ever had the guts to enlist and serve their county, not a single person running for president has ever worn the uniform of the United States, and I’m sure there are few in The House or Senate who were members of the Armed Forces.
You don’t like my decision? That’s fine.
If you don’t like my decision and didn’t have the courage to serve — well I’ll be civil, but use your imagination.
There is so much vitriol in this upcoming presidential election that many are losing sight of what makes us great.
It isn’t the man or woman who wins a popularity contest to become president, it is, us — individuals who make a difference.
It is us, individuals, that change the world. It is not some random person sitting in an oval room in DC that creates greatness — it is the individual who stares back at us from a mirror that creates a better life.
It will not be the impact of a man or woman elected to the presidency that will impact our daily lives. Your life will not be made better or worse based upon the election of a millionaire or billionaire who has no real interest in you, or your daily struggles.
None of us knows exactly what the future will bring. However, we do know that some time after November 8th the election results will be tabulated and finalized. We know that on Jan 20th, we will swear in a new president. On the 21st, we will wake up, go to work, or school, or take care of our children, and the world will be much the same as it had been the preceding days.
We also know with a reasonable amount of certainty, that four years later, life will not be as dystopic as one group feared, nor will it be as utopic as the other promised — the republic will be changed, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, but it will survive, and each of us will go on with our daily lives and activities…
Let us not put our faith in an individual who panders by spewing rhetoric over reason. Let us not worry about the someone who will supposedly lead us; let us lead.
Let us not place trust in others, let us find our own enlightenment, happiness and joy by placing trust in ourselves.