Nonowrimo 2013: My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger. As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger

I will break 30K today. 29384 so far.

My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger.

As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger.

apcpic

they’re a big hit, kid.

Weird how rhymes happen. Sorry about that. More of the interior novella yesterday and setting up the romance of one of the dual protagonists.

There is no loss for material and I can see my writing sessions naturally progressing from 1200-1500 words into the 1800-2000 range. That includes reviewing the previous day of writing and making corrections and adjustments, which usually leads to an increase.

 

 

 

Nanowrimo: Picking up the pace in getting lost in the stories and the people and the situations

to date 28156 words.

Not much to say today except I made a huge gain in words today, it is flowing today and here is an excllent post from Paige Knorr, one of the community Liaisons for Nanowrimo. She nails it where she says:

I’ve always found the shore of Week Three to be the most exciting place to stand, and the trip through it the most exhilarating portion of the month. You’ve gotten to know your characters, the story has a discernible shape and trajectory, and it’s just so thrilling to go play in that world you’ve crafted.

It’s true, believe it.

the only thing is baseball.

weird for baseball

Cheater excerpt from a chapter:

Doing the wrong thing the right way is 100% worse than doing the right thing the wrong way. It’s possible to look really beautiful and athletic and artistic while doing the wrong thing and costing a run or costing a game. It’s also possible to look ridiculous while doing the right thing the wrong way. The latter is far more acceptable. It’s better to look stupid doing the right thing wrong, than to look brilliant doing the wrong thing right.  ~ Antler Pestle

Nanowrimo: It’s exactly half way through, exactly, as in no more, no less

So far, 21375 words.

This is a big session weekend. I am a little bit behind in my trajectory, so I want to do two 1500 word sessions for both Saturday and also Sunday.

cafe busteloThat will put me ahead enough so that for the rest of the month I can focus and write the way I like. Short sessions, late at night, when I am kind of tired. Another challenge is that I am out of coffee, and since I am writing during the day on Sat and Sun, that might be an issue. Hopefully by Sunday I am not battling headaches.. I do have some good, nice black tea, so that will ease things.

Yesterdays session expanded on some of the earlier anecdotes, but it also expanded the discussion about regional delivery systems and local food. As a bonus, there is the first recipe, yes, this book has recipes peppered into it. So… have a nice day.

 

 

These are innate understandings that are conditioned out of us, and people are re-learning them

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These are innate understandings that are conditioned out of us, and people are re-learning them

you sense there is a waking up happening, and you do not have to be a guru or avatar to understand these things. these are universal laws that are already a part of consciousness

Writers who don’t need editors

Have you ever seen a book that had a typo, or some kind of grammatical mistake and you noticed it? You probably have, and you remember it. That is why writers need Editors. Seriously, don’t kid yourself. I am never satisfied with my work, not even the work on my blog. I would never think about putting anything out for serious release without getting some outside help.

A colleague was telling me about a recent discussion he was having with some fellow writers and some of them were ridiculing the idea of having an Editor. I do not know them, they might have had a bad experience or something, but really, they are kidding themselves.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)

poere over you work and have someone else do it too

There is a difference between Editing and proofing. All Editors proof, but proofing is not Editing.

Proofing is raw-checking something, without software. Poring over the material word by word and correcting spelling,  punctuation, spacing and grammar. There is no real Editing. It is simply taking the text as it is and making those types of fixes, with no changes of structure or formatting of any kind. Proofing can happen before or after the edit.. sometimes both! Sometimes a second person proofs or finishes, after the Editor does the edit.

Editing is deeper. Editing includes deconstruction where necessary, flow, adjusting syntax and looking for ways to increase the efficiency of the read. Many great thinkers and visionaries simply cannot write in a way that the average reader can follow them, so they need help breaking down long thoughts and sentences into shorter ones, and usually a little bit of help determining paragraph breaks. Also, the writing of most people is “patchy”, it may change in pattern based on the mood they are in, how tired they are, whether they missed that cup of coffee, or any range of influences. Consistency is important, and so is the quality of having that “tumbling” effect where one sentence leads to the next and does not let the reader off the pages without regret, and the impatience of wanting to get back to it as soon as possible. A good Editor can locate those moments in a writer’s style and help make sure there is that sort of consistency and flow as much as possible.

Sometimes writers with vivid imaginations really do not know how to form an honest sentence. It does not mean they do not have thoughts, or that they can’t think well, it can be that they are just not adept with organizing their thoughts all the time. There is nothing wrong with admitting this and getting some help.

Finally, a good Editor does something important when they edit. They are a boon to Publishers because they pre-format the work by getting it into the correct page style for the type of work it is. All a good formatter has to do now is tweak the page formatting and the kerning (the character spacing) to make the work flow from page to page and to make it easier on the readers eyes. The more work you do for the publisher, the more likely they are to choose you.. and an Editor wants you to be chosen, because then you will become their repeat business, as your Publisher becomes repeat business for you.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)

The benefits of finishing NaBloPoMo

That’s right, I finished it. I did NaBloPoMo for the whole month of November. What is is basically is you choose a month and make one post per day each day that month.  It was great. I will do it again, and there are several reasons why I am grateful for the experience.

  1. Discipline. If you say you are going to do something, but then you do not.. you look like you can’t keep your word.
  2. Discipline. You force yourself to find things to write about, or revamp old writing.
  3. Spur of the moment, on the fly, improvisational writing.
  4. Writing plateau’s. When you write every day, you hit plateaus where you see marked improvements in yourself. This post is an example. It’s one of my nicer posts for the month but it only took me a little over as half hour to finish. It was one draft, a spell check, and that’s pretty much it. Not long after that was this one. Really quickly, I think I relayed  some cognizant points
  5. Because writer’s write.
  6. Networking and promoting. I made a decision in October that it was time for me to stop pretending, and  write professionally. I am now getting paid to edit and write some things, and I am having a graphic novel illustrated and published. My stuff is going to be available electronically and also printed. I have read many books where my talent at least matches the author. Why shouldn’t I?

And, during this time I have also stayed organized enough to stick with my novel called Stellar Gas. Now that NaBloPoMo is finished, and I am moving in to a new place. I will have more time for that.

If you want to see all 30 posts.. just go right here.

I will not be doing December, or probably even January.. but it will definitely happen again.

Christians kill with doctrine instead of simply following Jesus’ instructions

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans do the same? And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans think they are special?” -Jesus 

(Publicans were the ultimate hated people in Jewish culture at that time, because the only job they could get was collecting taxes for the Romans, who were afraid to enter the militantly independent Jewish communities. Publicans were just despised for being traitors and sellouts. Publicans did not create or provide any value, all they did was take from their people and give it to the Govt.) 

In the  Sermon on the Mount,  Jesus gave very clear instructions. And they are unconditional instructions, toward unconditional love. They are instructions, and it is brilliantly and obviously simple. Very often, in fact most of the time, people create and fabricate all sorts of excuses; Platonist “forms” (LINK), what they call “doctrines” in order to justify not following the instructions; the very simple instructions. When people do not feel comfortable, they create -excuses-, or -doctrines- to justify keeping god’s blessings to themselves and excluding other people because they live in fear and are frankly, just plain greedy. Your Doctrines are excuses to not follow the instructions.

Jesus did not -ever- say anything remotely like “Feed the hungry, if they convert to that religion and doctrine you created”. Or, “Give drink to the thirsty if they get baptized, or let you have their resources.”  There are no ifs ands or buts about it. People who think they are supposed to get involved in all the little details are deluding themselves into playing god. Follow the instructions, that is the role. People who get into all the little details about doctrine, and look for any excuse they can find in some other part of scriptures to -justify not following the instructions- are playing god. But guess what, they are not kidding anyone. They live in fear.

If you do a word study for the Sermon on the Mount, go ahead and look at the word “if”.  Jesus uses the word not to justify conditions to make  someone comfortable, but to strengthen the instructions. In other words,  you do not use the word “if”, to determine your obedience to the  instructions, you use if to reinforce them. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” 

Follow the instructions, all the details will work themselves out.. That is why Jesus said in this sermon “Judge not”;  Essentially, “you ain’t that smart”. That is why Jesus was so down on the Pharisees who he also mentioned in the Sermon. All through the New Testament Jesus just lambasted the Pharisees because they would petition the power (implicit violence and coercion) of the Roman Government to enforce their piety in the Jewish Community. Similar to the way some Christian factions today try to use the power (implicit violence and coercion) of the US Government to force others into paying for things they may not believe in, to enforce lifestyles, or make judgement calls on other people they know very little about in order to justify untoward policy, exclusion, or prejudice. Both the right wing and left wing Christians get into this Pharisaic practice in different ways. The Founders of the US were so smart for not allowing the establishment of any one religion so it could dominate the others… so smart.

right out fucking loud, you're a dog

 

“Unless your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” -Jesus 

Jesus seems to always speak to the “I”, never to the “we”. The titles of the sections are such as “Jesus spoke to the Multitudes”, but when he spoke, he spoke to the individual, because he wanted people to take individual responsibility for their actions. This is another reason doctrines are dangerous, because they get people into groupthink, which, because of our flawed nature becomes “us vs. them”, and it becomes an “external authority”, not the authority of your heart, your “I-ness” that Jesus speaks to.  

Groupthink creates a lazy atmosphere, where people can defer their responsibility to the “greater good” determined by the tricksters. That is why Pharisaic groups get so much power, because they create Platonist “ideals” or “forms” (different Plato link) they are able to convince the people they have tricked into following them to conform to. These ideals and forms are -not real- and do not reflect  -what is-  in objective reality. These forms and ideals are  only imaginations from the minds of people who use religion and politics to control others. The right wing christans want to control everyone’s body.. which is -really- bizarre, how the HECK did they come up with that?.. and the left wing christians think somehow the government is going to magically begin doing the work Jesus instructed for the Church. Each of these factions are OUT OF THEIR MINDS in delusions. They have an imagination that is not matched by the reality of the Planet we live on or human nature. -CRAZY-. It is NOT the role of government to do the work of the Church, and it is also not to judge people’s lives or control their bodies. If the people who think they are supposed to spend their time getting the govts. to do god’s work just went out and obeyed Jesus there would not be any more hungry, thirsty, etc.. Bad priorities, bad individual choices. Some people never learn.

That is why Jesus’ instructions are so simple, because you do not know what you do not know, but you do know when someone is hungry, thirsty, sick, hard working, honest, etc.. Things you can see are what they are, and you do not know what you do not know, so just follow the instructions and quit trying to think you can manage the details.. follow instructions and judge not, because you ain’t that smart.  Your doctrines are excuses to not follow instructions, and that’s just you being scared. Let the details you are so worried about work themselves out. Jesus also spoke about your worry.

“Take therefore no thought for the next day: for the next day shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” -Jesus

It is not a part of the instructions to worry about the details of other people’s lives, or what they do with their money or whatever else. Your business is to follow the instructions, love unconditionally, and don’t worry about the details, mind your own business. All you can see is what is on your radar screen, and your technology is limited to your own event horizon. Mind your own business. You simply do not know what you do not know. Focus on the immense value that -you- provide. You have no control over what others think, and you have -zero- to do with it. When you are conscious, one of your thoughts is infinitely more powerful than others as those thoughts relate to you, and vice-versa. Other people are going to have their own thoughts. When you make a judgment call that takes you outside the realm of unconditional love, well.. that is your fear, you’re scared, don’t inflict your fear on the lives of others because you can’t handle not being in control. You are not in control of anything but you.. so quit kidding yourself and get out of the way of the universe. This thing is happening with or without your blessing.

On a personal note, I do not define myself as a Christian, because what I think is not in line with Western Doctrinal Christianity. This being said, I love Jesus. I am grateful for his life and his work. I may not believe all the “right”  things, or the “Fundamentals” as people call them, but I also do not want to think about what my life would be like without that ability to have thoughts, and to recognize my heart, or “I-ness”, my consciousness, and the utter responsibility  that comes with it.

From what I can tell, Jesus was all about that.

Yesterday’s post about depressing moving and the joy of surprise
Today’s post is my 28th NaBloPoMo post

Humans are beautiful when we are at our best

It’s true. We humans can do some pretty amazing thing when we put our minds to it.

humans are beautiful when we are at our best

All those who misuse the powers of the universe for selfish ends find sooner or later that they must relinquish their hold upon their ill-gotten gains; and the penalty they pay is frightful indeed. To produce substance to feed the poor, to heal at a touch a withered hand, to raise the dead, and even to set aside natural law and perform, by the magic of alchemy, miracles of infinite wonder–this seems to mankind to be the ultimate in their use of heaven’s grace. -Sainte Germaine

wonderful, marvelous

 

 


Yesterday’s post about the wonderful energy of lentils

Today’s post is my 25th NaBloPoMo post


We fought for you until you woke up

This is a dream you had, and then it came true

We were in the same position you were in, and then we were telling you just like someone told us, that’s all. You knew the truth, and you slowly internalized it. Then, you heard it one more time and you acted on it. It’s never easy for anyone to admit being hoodwinked their whole life. We were ready for you, and since we were not partisan and political, we never said “I told you so”, because you were the next link in the chain to break free. Everyone was looking forward to your efforts and we were not going to ruin that by being spiteful and arrogant. Someone told us once, too. Then we told you.

The work you did was amazing, and it helped change everything and they thanked you for telling them, and for doing what you did to wake them up.

your beautiful, awkward epiphany.

i'm glad you had a good time at the mall.... but.

they thanked you for telling them and doing what you did to wake them up

 

Today’s post is my 23rd NaBloPoMo post

Yesterdays post about Black Friday

This was Thanksgiving 2012

I am thankful that Native American people were not decimated, because they have knowledge that was colonized out of Europe nearly 3000 years before Europeans built the ships they used to get here. There was a time when all of humanity had a balanced approach to life on Earth. With the rise of controlled agriculture and monotheism, came the rise of homogenization. This spread from the Fertile Crescent, into Europe and the rest of the world. Later, once European culture had been completely wiped out and replaced with an approach to life that separates humans from Earth and views our home as an enemy to be conquered and subjugated, it spread to North America and attempted to do the same here. Fortunately, thankfully, it failed. Now we have much to learn from the Native people of North America about living in balance. They can help us remember things buried deep within our DNA that tie us to the Earth and Sky. It is not ideological, it’s just what it is. We are humans and we might be able to remember who we are if we work at it.

it's the nature of consciousness to continue

Humans are so beautiful when we are at out best, and we accomplish amazing things, because it is the nature of consciousness to continue. Consciousness manifests in Individuals, each Individual is tied to Superconsciousness. This is a relationship of balance, because it is within each of us that we find the connection to Superconsciousness. We are basically good, not evil. We do not need forgiveness for being born, we were not born separate from anything. We are good. We choose health and peace and prosperity every  chance we can when we are honest with ourselves. In a non-subjugated world we would be free to implement every solution that would further our consciousness and our connection to the source Superconsciousness. These are Universal Laws that supersede the Law of Man. The Law of Man is only enforceable with fear and violence; threats, coercion, forced extortion of wealth and value from others. Universal Law needs no enforcement, because it simply is.

This sort of knowledge has been hidden from people, because for centuries the people who control others do not want people to realize how special we all are, they prefer us to be ignorant and docile and unaware, so we are easily controlled. There is a big waking-up happening, that is why there is a huge false information campaign happening about over-population, because the people who are freaked out if they are not in control want to depopulate Earth because they realize there are too many of us to control. There is enough for everyone, scarcity is a fabrication, a means of control, and a regulation. The giant organizations who say they want to end hunger and starvation are actually the Corporations who are poisoning the food and using genetic mutation to make these things they create and sell as though it is food incompatible with our base energy. those things they make for your ingestion lower your vibration.

I made this graphic, and I use it for my “logo”. The Wings represent Superconsciousness, the Star represents Individual Consciousness, and the Heart represents Practice.

wings, star and heart

-balance-

We are happy when we are creating. We can’t help it. That is how humans manifest consciousness, and integrate reality, by creating. It is who we are. People who are afraid of themselves ridicule and belittle artists and creative people because our culture was extricated from us over centuries, and it is all they know, to fear themselves and their incredible, beautiful and creative minds. If a lot of these things you are reading are ringing true for you it is because it is ringing your DNA. It “resonates” with you. If you ask for knowledge you need to come to you, it will come to you. That is the Law, you are already connected to that knowledge.

Here is a neat little short story I wrote related to this subject.

A recent blog post along the same lines, too.

John Trudell is giving a brief explanation of what I attempted to relay in the first paragraph (Thank you John Trudell)

Today’s post is my 21st NaBloPoMo post

Yesterday’s post on Peace in the Middle East via Detroit.

The High School of Life

Larry had a dirty mind, a beautiful dirty mind

Larry had a dirty mind and a good brain

Larry Fisher. Larry Fisher was a Chef at a restaurant where I worked. Larry familiarized me with a concept about life, which as far as I know, he initiated. “The High School of Life”. “It’s the High School of Life Rob”.

Larry asked everyone, every day, several times a day, whether there was life after High School. I think Larry was convinced that life indeed ended after High School, and that everything after High School was some kind of transcended, or possibly distended extension of High School. Poor thing. Larry was easily one of the funniest and smartest people I knew up to that point, and without a doubt one of the most memorable since. After all I am writing about him 25 years later, and he is the only person whose actual name I am using in this essay (Get it? essay.. High School.. Ok). He was matriculating his High School career with grace and humor. I was at that Restaurant right after I had pretty much put the cap on my baseball efforts. This thing about Larry could go on longer, but some things are not for the Public Way.

When I was a kid the only thing I ever thought about doing when I grew up is baseball. I was weird for baseball. I had rituals and routines and habits and drills and all that. 1000 swings at imaginary baseballs every single day, wrist rollers, hand-eye coordination exercises, just every single device and technique I could learn. Listening to the creepy, nosy lady next-door complain about me minding my own business in my Dad’s back yard swinging my baseball bat over and over and over. “He’ll be out there all day long swinging that stupid baseball bat”. I could not imagine how cool it would be to actually, one day, get a paycheck for doing this thing I got lost in every chance I could. That all changed when I reached the point when I was actually playing 9 inning games, 5 or 6 days per week. I was not getting paid, not yet, but I was playing as much baseball as some guys who were getting paid, and some of the players on my team and on opposing teams were getting paychecks, they had contracts.

It was one of those rare moments in life where you are climbing a rock face, you are all by yourself, you can see the sweat dripping off your arms, and you are pulling your eye level to that point where you can just barely see over the peak of that rock at the very top and kind of get a feel for what a future on the other side of that will look like and what it will feel like to set the next set of goals. There are two things about playing 9 innings of baseball, every single day when you are in your early 20’s. 1. It’s really, seriously, very difficult even when you are young, especially when you have a day job. 2. You realize that you are looking down a road in life that you’ve always thought you wanted to take, just as you are also that point in your life where so many other things in life are opening up to you.

Here’s the thing about my situation. I was an unsigned player. I never got paid, I was not quite good enough, according to the business offices, to get paid. I was however, good enough to pay with paid players on certain types of teams. Basically, I was recognized, or “approved”. Today, the common term for a guy like this is “unsigned free-agent”. I was respected enough that the teams could trust their players with me. They knew I was not going to get them hurt, and that I was not going to make mistakes. Just the insurance on even a low-level minor leaguer or something is an investment. It’s money, it’s business. They have strict rules about anything having to do with your safety.

there is nothing in life except baseball

weird for baseball

That’s really important, there is a big difference between mistakes and errors. Everyone makes errors. You boot it, or some part of your body has a memory lapse and the ball slips out of your hand, or just some other thing happens that is the result of a physical malfunction. But not everyone makes mistakes. I never made mistakes. A mistake is when you do the wrong thing, and when you do the wrong thing, that’s when people are at risk. If another player is expecting you to do the task that is expected in a given situation, and it is the correct task, and it is what is expected by everyone out there, and then you do something else, people may not be ready to adjust, and that is when crazy stuff happens.

It also costs more games than errors. For sure, 100%. Doing the wrong thing the right way, is 100% worse than doing the right thing the wrong way. It is possible to look really beautiful and athletic and artistic while doing the wrong thing and costing a run or costing a game. It is also possible to look ridiculous while doing the right thing the wrong way. The latter is far more acceptable. It’s better to look stupid doing the right thing wrong, than to look brilliant doing the wrong thing right. I never made mistakes, I rarely made errors, and I had the tools. I just did not have the grind in me to be able to play 9 innings a game, every day.

By the end of games I would be thinking about other things, and wondering what other things I could be doing, and if I might be missing something in life by being on a ball field all the time. When you have thoughts like that, it’s time to make a decision.

I was out there pretty much by myself. I had a cool boss who understood my schedule needs, yes of course I had a day job, and some of the guys I played with didn’t because they had contracts. It was a difficult and very competitive situation and it was more than I could do alone. When you see those ballplayers on TV talking about their families and how they could not have done it without them, it’s the truth. You can’t make it out there on your own. It’s nothing personal, but it’s basically your tough luck if you don’t have a support network like a family.

Well, what in the world is the point, and what does this have to do with the “High School of Life”? Lots, it has a lot to do with it because it reminds me of “the talk”. Basically, you have to be good enough. “The talk” is what you get when you meet a scout who is going to introduce to you to the game; to the Association, which are terms used for the MLB.

“It’s not because somebody knows somebody or because you can afford it, or because someone from the Lodge made a phone call, or gave some sorry excuse for a Coach 50$ to play you, it’s because you’re good enough to be here, and the moment you are not good enough to be here, you are not going to be here.” This is the Private Sector, it’s not the Public High School where some tenured, bitter loser is making decisions, you need to make sure that every single time you get off the field with those people, you forget everything they tell you and remember everything you know.” You’re a ballplayer, and they are working in the Public Sector because they are not good enough to be around guys like you.” They wanted to be you but they couldn’t hack it. “You have to remember to forget everything they tell you, and remember to remember who you are and what we tell you.”

That is the talk. That is the talk I got. There are variations of the talk, for different situations, but essentially, that’s it in a nutshell. It’s a business talk. It’s a Private Sector vs. Public Sector talk.

Aaaaand it’s true. That is why Larry Fisher was so smart, because he knew. He knew that some people graduated and some people didn’t. Some people are actually capable and competent, and some people are dependent and political. It’s true. I can tell you with complete confidence that the guys playing in the show are all there because they are good enough to be there. It is super hard to get to where they are. If there were better players, they would be there. That’s why scouts go all over the Planet, looking for the best players from almost every continent. Because it’s a BUSINESS, it is money and resources. They invest so much money and they are not going to waste it being political or picking favorites or being racist, or whatever, they’re just not.

“If you can play, we’ll find you.”

I am doing a blog post per day all month, hopefully. Inspired by NaPoBloMo. This will be a good motivation for me to format some more ebooks. This is post #16

A more perfect union: Some thoughts on perfectionism

I have been thinking a lot about perfection lately, because it seems like I am never satisfied with my work. When I am writing, it feels like I can just keep it to myself and keep trying to make it better, forever. At some point you have to just let it go. This is a hard thing for me to learn. It makes me wonder about all the things I have written over the years that were “perfectly fine” but since I was not satisfied, were never read by anyone.I was supposed to send out my raw chapter to my subscribers today but of course I am not satisfied with it yet.. and it’s only a raw chapter.

Fear is a common denominator in politics. i thelps the politicians control us through fear.


Until the Presidency of George Bush, and with the exception a a few suspensions, the United States had Habeas Corpus. I don’t even know if they teach this is school any more. I have no idea. President Obama has taken it further out of reach by signing NDAA and by using indefinite detention, even though when he signed the Act he said he would never use it. Bradley Manning is in jail for telling the truth about what our Government is doing overseas, and our President’s lawyers are in court fighting to keep him there. 

There I am trying to get this chapter perfected and I get sucked in like an idiot to the election coverage, and I listen to the concession and victory speeches. During his acceptance speech, after the election tonight, our President made a statement. 

Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

Wow. He talked about “perfecting our union”. During the election there was that whole thing about how Republicans want to take the country back 50 years with their views about women. That was really gross, it is really gross, and they are really gross. I am not sure which was more significant though, the ideas they were spreading, or the idea that any of those things they said they wanted to happen would ever happen. Why isn’t Habeas Corpus being rescinded causing as much of a scare as the weird sexless ghouls in the Republican Party? Currently, Habeas Corpus is under suspension, and this has happened before, but it has never been followed up by an Act like NDAA, which essentially makes it permanent, and is very arbitrary in the way it might be enforced, using the term “belligerent” to describe discontented Americans who question policy, and allows us to be tried by military tribunals if some Federal Prosecutor deems it necessary. This is the use of fear, like crazy. Scaring the hell out of Women with 50’s talk that would NEVER come to fruition, and making Americans fear speaking out and being critical of policy for fear of being accused of terrorism.

Essentially, people were freaking out that the clock would get turned back 50 years with regard to Women, which would never happen. What it seems people are not aware of is that the clock has been turned back to before 1776 in some very serious ways and it seems few are paying attention, while the President who is doing it is talking about “perfecting the union” at the same time. Remember, Habeas is something that under our Constitution can be suspended, it is written that way. But these guys are taking it further with NDAA and essentially creating the conditions that disallows the application for the writ. And the conditions are arbitrary, because any Federal Prosecutor can employ it. All this is doing is making me want to be more of a cynical jerk. It’s totally not helping. When the President was campaigning the first time he said he would strive to restore Habeas and scale back the Patriot Act. Instead, he not only expanded the Patriot Act, but he signed NDAA. I am afraid it might be a while before we get back to that whole “a more perfect union” thing. if you don’t trust me or believe me, go look into it. I hope you will, because no matter how you water it down so you can protect the President from criticism, it’s not cool, and you will see that for yourself whether you want to be honest about it or not.

I am doing a blog post per day all month… hopefully.  Inspired by NaBloPoMo. This will be a good motivation for me to format more ebooks, cause oh yeah.. I got ‘em baby. This is post #7

Writing for graphic novels and seeking illustrators for short stories

The process of seeking an illustrator for my short stories and graphic series/ novel has been difficult. There are so many incredible illustrators out there, but even getting to the point where I can send them my writing for consideration almost never happens. They are either represented by agents, or they are just so swamped with work that they don’t even want it on their desks right now. Good for them, bad for me.

During this process, I have learned a great deal. I have even found a small publisher who is seeking an Editor. I took advantage of that opportunity by doing a test edit and I hope it comes to fruition. If it does, I will not only do what I love for a living as a reader and writer, but potentially find a place for my short works and my graphic novel series. That would be an excellent situation.

The book length novel I am writing is still humming along. I work it into my day on a regular basis, I am not rushing it and I am having a wonderful time. At this point, the characters are pretty much.. well, I will use the cliché… “writing themselves.” The giveaway raw chapter for email subscribers, here, is almost tightened up to my satisfaction. That will be going out by the first of next week. I’m only giving it to email subscribers.

I have to say, that getting lost in the world that one creates oneself by writing a novel is almost a guilty pleasure at this point. I spent a lot of my youth having my life suppressed by others, and I gave much of my young adulthood to society doing socially oriented volunteering. Just being immersed in my imagination and watching a vision unfold before me is a far-out experience. I’m truly grateful.

When we bring the troops home and end the wars, and then recede all our resources from all over the world, we will not only be able to cut military spending in half, but we will have so much left over that recycling it into exportable good will fuel our economy for the next 100 years.

I am doing a blog post per day all month, hopefully. Inspired by NaBloPoMo. This will be a good motivation for me to format some more ebooks. This is post #2.

Plato’s Republic: Treatise of paid-off phony intellectual bottom feeders

Plato is wrong about probably everything

What a bad meme to spread! Plato had a lot of things wrong. Who would cast a spell like this? What’s his interest in maintaining the ostracism of honest people?

How about this instead?:

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture are honest, valuable people who lay the foundation for the New Civilization”

That makes more sense to me. Spread -that- meme around so it takes hold, what the hell were people thinking back then? how could they do this to us? 

That is a better meme to lay down for Western Civilization, instead of the “forms” and the “ideals” that Plato used to provide talentless bureaucracies the tools they use to control us to this day. Plato was the first paid-off phony intellectual.

In many cultures, before the West did this thing it is doing, people who see things more clearly are not cast-aways who are considered weirdos, they are special people who are heard in order to see things from different perspectives. They are Shaman, healers, and clarions. Sometimes they are even chosen to become Chiefs and leaders. At the very least, their input is integrated into the whole, and considered valuable.

Plato’s Republic is the foundation in the West for Bureaucratic Authoritarianism. It is the start of ostracizing realism and the root of discontent and alienation. The Republic separates people from themselves and their communities, and implores a dependence on external constructs that are usually foisted via violence by people who do not provide any work or innovation to the equation. 

Another option for this photo might be:The REpublic, By Plato

“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses. And don’t worry talentless bureaucrats who make your living fleecing hard-working, valuable people. I’m writing a book called “The Republic” and it will ensure easy living for your ilk for at least a couple of millenia.”

Plato knew who doled out the free tax dollars. So like the economists and pundits of today, writing treatises that justify that system is good job security. Never mind innovation or solutions, unless of course they are exploited to continue to support the talentless political class and their flack machine.  And writing them in a language that is understandable by the people who have a certain level of education, but who are not inclined to critical thinking or original thought is a special talent. That malleable majority of the population is crucial to the maintenance of easy living for the political class and its tentacles.

At some point you have to ask yourself for honesty with yourself. Just ask yourself three questions before you lie down to sleep. Don’t be scared. Just ask: “Can I be honest with myself? Then ask: Am I doing anything to change things, really?, or am I just maintaining a broken cart that is ultimately doing more damage and harm than good?” Then: “At this point wouldn’t it be a net gain if we just started over?”

Internet movie database review regarding Plato and Aristotle, where a scriptwriter got it backwards.

More on starting over: (Links)

Breakfast means “break-fast” and it is the most important meal of the day, because you wake up.  (Breaking the two-party stranglehold)

You’re going to have to sacrifice more and suffer; tighten your belt. Just don’t pay attention to our ever-expanding gut that you go into debt for you stupid sucker.  (Getting power into your own hands)

I am doing a blog post per day all month, hopefully. Inspired by NaBloPoMo.  This is post #1.

Thoughts are Things – Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a nice encapsulation of how our thoughts affect the way we attract the type of life that we want.Even if you are not infatuated with money, these are some good things to understand.

If you would like a free copy, just click this link.

Picture of the free ebook Author, Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

 

Good MORNING!! Why my vote means more than yours

image of an election ballot, with more names than just the Republican and Democrat Parties, but also the Greens, the Libertarians, the Constution Party, and even Rosann Barr's Peace and Freedom Party

The Democrats have at least figured out not to waste money on me by sending me their junk mail.. I wish the Republicans would.. [corny trumpet sound effects: waaahh waaahh wahhh waaaaaahhh]. Every day I leave a note for the mail clown not to leave me political mail, and every day he does not read it. What am I going to do with that bozo?

I am pretty happy to see more people getting off the two-party bandwagon. It is not  easy, but it seems like people are finally figuring out that we are going to have to make a break from this. The thing is, as long as things are kind of difficult right now, we are getting accustomed to difficulty, then why not just make the break? And as long as we are having to fix everything, let’s just start right from scratch.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all. It makes sense that it’s in the morning, BECAUSE  YOU WAKE UP .. thank you very much

It is a really nice day here in Michigan where I am located. It’s hard for me to remember right now that our Govt. has ended Habeas Corpus, passed indefinite detention (and that they are using it), that “innocent until proven guilty” is a thing of the past. Our government, more than ever, for the last 12 years has accelerated the process toward becoming an arbitrary, lawless institution ruled by the whims of egoists. There are two completely different sets of laws for the fierce minority of 560 or so that we elect to rule us, than for the voluminous mass of 350 million who have become their subjects. Why do we tolerate them again?  Personally, I find it essentially irrational to be loyal to people who lie to me and treat me like shit. So do you.  Stop hitting yourself.

Look, at this point, it does not matter very much which non-two-party candidate you vote for. Just do it. You know you want to. Don’t fall for the games.

You know you want to. Follow your heart.

I am  writing-in a Candidate, not only because I really love the idea behind the Prime Law Amendment to the Constitution that she promotes, but because Michigan would not cooperate with her attempt to get on the ballot. Another “small government” Republican waving the broken magic wand of bureaucracy, and creating problems where none exist.

And don’t talk some crazy shit to me about how it is a “wasted vote”.  It’s my vote, it’s not your vote. People did not die for my right to vote so you could berate me because I will not vote for candidates who do not believe in the essential rights of Individuals, who unilaterally strike down Habeas Corpus and the right of innocence until proven guilty, and who have zero interest in self-determination for all people, but rather super-determination for a permanent, essentially non-elected ruling class.   MY VOTE MEANS MORE THAN YOURS if you are the one supporting that.

What visage do you engage and what engages your visage. (tumblr.)

What visage do you engage, and what engages your visage?

look.. carefully

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Secrets for creative minds: Boring business people and the reasons you really don’t know why you need them even though you think you know


If more Artists new these secrets, they could manage themselves, get a lot more exposure and only hire a manager when they absolutely need to. More importantly, they could hire accountants.

By Robert Run (2,148 Words)

Are you more intelligent and more creative than them? Then why do you need them? Are they more intelligent? Were it not for them would you have anywhere to sell your writing, art, music, anywhere to perform, would anyone think you were really very interesting at all? You need to be more like them. They not only have the discipline and self-respect to crunch the numbers and create systems for you to function in, but they have the creativity to convince people to pay attention to you. If it were not for these “boring business drones” and their ability to promote and sell your “creativity”, no one would really think anything you had to share was worth much, at all. They do the same thing you do, only in a different way. They are not only business people, but they are also artists.

They actually use both hemispheres of their brains in ways that you do not. They can not only do their jobs, but if they’d realize it, they could do yours too, and cut you right out of the equation. Seriously, you should freak out a little bit about this and get your act more together, try to learn from this. They do the same thing you do, only in a different way. (Worth the repetition)

The last thing they want is for you to understand this, because then you might not need them as much. And you would get to keep more of your own money instead of giving it to them. Why not take what they know and make it a part of your daily schedule? You can do it, for sure. It is a lot of what you do anyway, so understand that it’s just a different process for what you do all day as an artist anyway.

Is linguistic dogma killing you?

How about not getting hung up on language, and not being offended by synonyms? Is it really worth cutting so many people off from what you create or provide just because there are certain words you hate? Why not open yourself up to more and more people? What if you are really providing something useful that could help change everything?

I remember a meeting I was in once. It was for a local food co-op in the neighborhood where I lived at that time. Somehow these people pulled this place off, but they certainly did not do it with the quickness or efficacy they could have due to their very bizarre dogma about the use of language. I remember sitting in that meeting, listening, trying to get a feel for things and seeing if there was going to be a way for me to be useful. Someone brought up the importance of Public Relations and Marketing, and how they wanted to be involved in that aspect of the business. The person who brought that up got shot down by the rude authoritarian who was running the meeting because they used the word “marketing”. “Please refrain from using words like marketing and public relations, we are not capitalists and this is not a business, it’s a cooperative, that’s what co-op means”. Now, first of all, yes they are marketers, and yes they have good public relations, because they have been in business for quite some time now. You can call what you do whatever you want. Call it “outreach”, call it “promotions”, call it “relationship building” or “communications”, but you have a reputation and you have to get the word out as well as get feedback. That is marketing and public relations in any language. Yes, they are capitalists, and yes they are business people. Yes, they are.

Have fun with semantics and pretend you are not a business if it makes you feel better, but whichever model you use for your business, it is a business model even if the structure you choose is a co-op. And whatever you call “communications” you are communicating to the MARKET, genius. It’s one of the oldest words in the history of written language.

That co-op is alive and well and all the people running it make the decisions, including the weird lady who elbowed the neighbor out of the meeting by controlling the semantics, and she makes a decent living, too. Sounds like a successful capital enterprise to me. Good for them, although when I am back in that neck of the woods I shop somewhere else, where the owners do not snap at their neighbors for using synonyms. My choice, thank you free enterprise. Who knows what kind of excellent opportunities were cut off from that group due to such petty closed-mindedness? On the other hand, what this proves is that the people at that co-op are very competitive and territorial people and that is why they have been successful. Even though they decided to limit their audience, they made it. They know their market and they took care of business. They chose not to cast a broad net. That works for them and they are happy with it.

The point is that if you want broad success, don’t do that to yourself, and don’t kid yourself about what you are and what you do to thrive. The world of doing things in an economy is a market. It’s not a bad word. There are some pretty good entrepreneurs out there who have such vivid imaginations that they fancy themselves communists or something. The world is a weird place full of people with all sorts of delusions; don’t let bizarre thinking limit your success, it’s easy to have marginal success, because most people are marginal.

Blaming business for greed is like blaming blood for mosquitoes

You see these people holding up signs that say “capitalism failed” and whatnot. It’s true to an extent, since big business has co-opted the governments, and uses them to control and centralize the economy there have been many many problems. Large centralized economies fail every single time. There are not really any examples of debt-free, entrepreneur friendly free-enterprise economies left in the world. If the right wing is not screwing it up, the left wing is.

Many of the people out there “in the struggle”, preaching the end of free-enterprise and capitalism are just as greedy opportunistic as the wall streeters and central banks who pulled the rug out from under the economy. The biggest problem they have is that they are not the ones who performed the ‘coup. Believe it. Their problem is not that there was a ‘coup, their problem is that they were not the ones who did it.

“What does this have to do with my art?” you ask. Well, a lot, because it helps you identify what you can control, and that is your business, both literally and figuratively, you get to mind your business.

How many times have you said “I could do so much better if I could afford to pay someone to do all the things I hate”? Well, this sounds weird, but sometimes you are doing things you love when you do things you hate, and you do the things you hate as you do the things you love.

  • “I love writing my poems and stories, but I hate writing sales letters.”
  • “I love being social and going to parties with people but I hate making phone calls and talking to industry people.”
  • “I love rehearsing and collaborating with fellow artists, but I hate business meetings.”

“It’s not the same thing” you say? Yes it is. It is to your brain. To your brain, physical actions are physical actions, because your brain is a physical organ. Your mind on the other hand has all sorts of imaginary constructs implanted in it to keep you from succeeding.

Can you see the point here? Have you ever considered that a CD cover is really just a business brochure? Have you ever realized that passing out flyers for your band’s next show is a marketing campaign? Am I taking the joy out of it for you? Guess what, if you don’t face this pretty soon you’ll have to get out of your creative activity, because things need to run. If you are not reminding people that you exist, they forget you. Go bag groceries.

You may as well learn how to do these things efficiently. Here’s the good part, why would you let a boring business person book your life when you can do it with flare and artistry that is unique to you? This way you may be able to save up enough cash to pay someone to be your assistant or your accountant, NOT your manager.

Let me ask you this, Artist: Do you realize that while all these people out there are having all this turbulence and struggle, stirring things up, pulling out rugs, panicking, preaching, and with all the perception preening by the masters of media that you have been a productive, genuine, creative person who is actually seeking to add value to the world rather than make hay from the destruction of values? Now, who do you think, honestly, can do a better job booking your life than you? You need tools.

TOOLS to trick your brain: Group your physical actions, because your brain does not know the difference between art and business, those definitions are constructs, but physical actions are physical actions, and the brain is a physical organ.

  • The best time to write the copy for promotional material is right after you have finished writing your song lyrics for your latest tune, finished your latest chapter, or wrote your best jokes. Keep your writing with your writing, which includes emails. Writing is a physical activity.
  • The best times to have in-person meetings or make phone calls on behalf of your projects are right after your rehearsals and collaboration sessions. Keep your social activity grouped together as much as you can. Singing with a group, collaborating, phone calls and meetings are social, physical activities. It’s all the same to your brain.
  • If you are in visual arts, then it follows to create your promotional graphics at the tail end of a long creative session. Creating graphics is a physical activity, regardless of whether it is in the realm of arts or business.

The point being made here is that the human brain likes to focus on one physical activity at a time, because the human brain is a physical organ. So see your daily actions as physical activities and design your schedule accordingly as much as you can… especially putting your promotional activity directly following your creative activity, so your brain is at its best as you do these things. Your brain does not know the difference between business actions and artistic actions, the brain is an organ, and it is not your mind. Your mind makes a distinction between these things, not your brain.

Just like physical actions, thoughts need to be organized well.

It helps to have one place to keep everything. All your work, whether it is your art or your promotional material (are we seeing less of a difference?), it needs a place to be organized, and it needs a place to be showcased. You should be able to control it all from one place and make whichever materials you desire public, private, semi-private, collaborative, or whatever you want. Social media is more important now, but at the same time, it can be fairly incomplete, and designed toward a short attention span. The good things in life take a little more work than that.

You “need a place to go”. You need a place to put your materials, to organize your materials and showcase your materials. Regardless of the function of those materials, you need a place to keep them, work on them and share them. One of the things about ebookary.com that makes it different is that it can work for more people than the short attention spans of viewers and web surfers, in terms of their flitting around the web sharing links and then forgetting them as fast.

For people who have more functional brains than that, and are intelligent and organized, and have a plan, ebookary.com is a very useful tool. It is not only a place for short attention spans, but it is also a place for people like you who have actual thoughts. Organize your thoughts. Organize your effort, describe it, store it, and showcase it. Read the about page to learn more. If you have thoughts, you’ll like it.

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Fear of Success: How to change the world on your commutes and seemingly mundane situations (1,249 Words)

let your nervousness work for you

let your nervousness work for you

Private actions for getting out of your comfort zone for a few minutes a day can bring comfort to countless others
By Robert Run (1,249 Words)
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