Friday, September 29, 2006
Just in Case
8:55 pm edt
Just as a visual artist carries a sketch pad with her at all times, a writer must carry a notepad to record senses, observations,
comments and conversations she doesn't want to forget or lose. Make notes to capture and remind youself of the feelings and
sensations you experience when you are traveling as well as just noticing moments during your day. You can go back to these
and fill out the details at some future time, just as the visual artist returns to her sketch pad for the development of future
work and exploration. All art is exploration and you set your own limitations and possibilities based on your attentiveness
and awareness to the details you remember and cherish. If you don't cherish something, you won't feel the need or desire to
retain much. Cherish your awareness and attentiveness and let them record their observations and concerns. They will feed
your writing and creative engagements in the days to come.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
5:22 pm edt
Etymology traces the history of meaning in words and demonstrates the fluidity of our language. Discovering the
history and source of a word's origins reveals the culture and context in which they were created and utilized. New words
are being generated daily, and every year our dictionaries add and/or delete words, based on their use and place in the contemporary
lexicon. Notice the words you hear in conversations and on the internet as well as the prevalence with which they
are used. Words are lenses through which we can see and appreciate the past and present, and they are the tools with
which we work the soil of the present reality. Work with words and let their stories work their ways into you. You'll be the
richer and wiser for it.
Friday, September 8, 2006
3:58 pm edt
Familiarize yourself with Japanese haiku, which communicates so much feeling and essence with such an economy of words.
Haiku invites you to experience and participate at levels beyond those of logical thought. The simplicity and beauty of haiku,
whether you are reading or working on writing it, reveals a complexity and depth of existence discursive writing may often
only begin to hint at.
Today we received this haiku, so appropriate for the coming winter months.
"Winter has arrived,
Shit! Its cold."
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