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Nothing More Than Something September 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Word Play.
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A curl 

Nothing more than something 


Of spiral form



More fanciful still

Spiral waves 

Curving surely


These steroidal curls

Surely fill

The Curly Bits bill?

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Photo Challenge ~ Textured September 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Poetry, Word Play.
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You are an artist.  Your life is your masterpiece.  You can allow others to dictate the subject matter, colors, tastes, and textures you apply to your canvas . . . or you can create a unique tapestry by following your desires.

No matter what we say or do in life, someone in the “audience” is going to be on a different wave length.   Count on it.  Plan for it. 

Be an artist.  Live by your own rules. 

Playing With My Palette

Today, I shall pull out my paints and play with my palette
Creating the world anew
Pink palms, tasseled with yellow fronds
Green skies, punctuated with purple clouds
Blue grass underfoot, and falling leaves filling the air   
After all, words only take one so far
But dreams, dreams . . . hold the promise of infinity

Quotes to Ponder: 

* Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid. ~ Jules Feiffer

* The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. ~ Evelyn Waugh

* When we enter the flow of life, our creativity knows no bounds.

* There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart.  Pursue these. ~ Michael Nolan

* Make each day your masterpiece. ~ John Wooden 

No rules.  Just write!

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Let’s Be Honest September 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Spirit & Ego, Writing & Writers.
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As writers, when we ask for honest feedback, we must be open to constructive criticism as well as applause. 

If we aren’t receptive to critique, and readers see that honest feedback (no matter how gentle) is not welcome, they stop being honest:

Why ask for feedback
if all you want to hear is
insincere applause?

Receiving applause feels good, but we lose an opportunity to grow as writers if we encourage only positive comments.  Instead of an accurate reflection, the image we have of our work grows increasingly distorted.

Each time we internalize and absorb an insincere compliment, choosing to accept it at face value, Ego preens about, puffing up in exaggerated self-importance.

If we receive a ”standing ovation” for everything we write, and happily gobble up the compliments tossed our way to feed our ever-hungry egos, we stop stretching our writing muscles.

Our perspective becomes skewed as honest feedback gives way to increasingly insincere accolades.   We stagnate in a pool of complacency.

Enough vacuous comments absorbed, and Ego is stretched to the breaking  point, leaving it vulnerable to honest criticism and critique from editors, publishers, and agents. 

Constructive criticism is invaluable as long as we don’t allow our glorious and fragile egos to get in the way.  The trick is to pick the tips and comments that resonate, and let the remainder drift away.

No rules.  Just write!

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