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ImaginetheconfusionifIwrotethewholepostthisway

Hello did that first line make any sense at all to you? It may have and if it did that is totally awesome, but as I was typing it I felt confused and overwhelmed. Let me help you with the first line.

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Even adding the pipes there can still be some ambiguity. The power of the pause and punctuation. I have forever been an e e Cummings fan. His poetry is, for me a most excellent treat. I love reading the poems. What first attracted me to his work though, was his lack of good punctuation. I love how he played with the format of the poetry. Doing this is an art and tricky. For|example|one|can|read|this, more easily thanthistypeofwriting.

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The missing spaces make reading really confusing and hard. I am not sure about you, but when I read, or type, or write something down, I sometimes develop a sort of, inner monologue, or an internal dictation happens. I can hear what I am reading or writing. I know medicine may be needed, but when I see something that lacks spaces I get overwhelmed. The inner voices don’t know what to do and another level of complexity is added to my experience. I find my self experiencing some frustration and the usually enjoyable experience is not much fun at all.

Sometimes in life, we need spaces, or we need to pause. Quiet the mind, get away from the distractions and just be.

“You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.”

― Lana Parrilla

If you have children under the age of 10 you have heard stories. The stories are often told to you in quick anxious dialogue. You can see the excited child get more excited as he or she speaks to you. Sometimes the child may even stammer and stutter. We remind our children to “stop, relax and take a breath.” They know what they want to say and how to say. A deep breath and pause helps them focus.

Your life can get busy and you may feel yourself getting anxious. Stop take a breath and pause. You know what needs to happen and how to do it.

peace

john3c

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Success!!

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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imagesThis posts title has the word success followed by two exclamation points and that’s it. Due to the nature of the post I had considered following the word with a question mark but I like the way the exclamation point works.
There was an article I read this morning that said we should always try new things and that success is in trying.

Now I am not one of those everyone gets a trophy parent I think that the one who scores the most points deserves the trophy, because he worked hard and for that moment in time the gods smiled on him or her. But for that moment Winston Churchill put it well when he said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I am not sure what you are trying to do but I am sure that nothing is impossible, and I am also sure that the only failure truly is failure to try. Always moving forward that should be the motto and goal for all of us.
George Edward Woodberry was an amazing literary critic, who critized works of some of the greatest authors ever, and wrote some of the most amazing poems ever. He as a critic and author was probably well versed (ha ha) with failure and success and I feel it appropriate to end this post on success with his words.
“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
Peace
John3c

I did it!!!

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Last year this time I was lamenting over the need for thirty thousand words. Confused? Let me explain. November is the second to last month of the calendar year, the month in which we celebrate thanksgiving, and National Novel Writing month.  A novel is an average of fifty thousand words in length so the goal for anyone who dares volunteer is to write a novel of at least fifty thousand words in length in the span of one month, that month being November.

Last year I volunteered and failed to accomplish this momentous task. I had the enthusiasm and desire to do the average 1667 words a day for the 31 day month, but that was not enough I fell short. 20,00 words short to be exact. I was a little dejected but I didn’t lose any of my enthusiasm. I continued to write daily in my blog and thought about different book ideas up until this November than when November came around again I hit the word processor like a man obsessed. I was disciplined and stuck to the 1667 word a day minimum some days crushing the minimum but every day making at least that much, and I did it.

I know it seems like a small accomplishment, but what is life if not a bunch of small accomplishments and failures? So am I writing this to brag a little? yes but more than bragging I hope I can be your inspiration, maybe there is something you have yet to do a bucket list item to check off? Trust me if I can hammer out 50000 words in 28 days you can cross that item off your list believe in yourself and never let the failure define you

 

Peace

John3c

 

Ok Ok two huge sets of shoes to fill I know.. I know but allow me to take this time to explain myself. I will start at the beginning of November 2011. I read about this most excellent program and of course registered immediately.  The program is National Novel writing month, the month is November and in case you haven’t guessed the goal is to write a novel in a month.

An average novel contains 50,000 words in it and that is the measure of a novel for this program. Well I fell short by 12,00o words last November and if you own a calendar you know that November is knocking on the door. Well I am not one to give up so I am trying again.

I was trying to figure out why I failed last year, I mean besides the obvious lack of words, and I think much of my problems came for starting on a story that did not have an ending. My story last year had a beginning and a middle but I wasn’t sure how I should end it. Well last night I found myself struggling for sleep and came up with a story. The artistic part of me wants to say that I dreamed it but I am not sure for me the line between imagination and dream after 2 am is quite blurred, but as soon as I realized that I had a complete story for a novel I found my I pad and got to work with some book notes(is this cheating for the contest? I don’t think so these are merely notes so that I do not forget not words that will be counted for the contest).

So why do I feel a little like Alexander and a tiny bit like Hemingway? Well it is rumored that Alexander Graham Bell, one of the most famous inventors ever, slept with a notebook near his bed and when inspiration struck he would write down said inspiration. Now an I pad is not a notebook but pretty close.  So that is the Alex part and Hemingway yeah it’s a super stretch I mean Hemingway was the man! One of the greatest writers ever. I know I cannot hold a flame to the greats but I becoming with every keystroke on the word processor more and more a fan of writing. Am I any good??? Well you be the judge this year I plan on keeping a blog updated with my daily writing for my novel http://john3corriganbook.wordpress.com/. Now be warned to get at least 50000 words in the month of November I will need to write an average of 2000 words per day. This blog post is only 443 words so far and you are bored to death, also I will not have any words here http://john3corriganbook.wordpress.com/ until November 2nd but definitely book mark it and allow me to bore you to the brink and back.

P.S.

Happy Halloween

peace

john3c

That’ s  3 less than 30 2 more than 25, and the amount of rejections Dr., Seuss suffered through before his first children’s book was published. Yes that is correct Theodore Seuss Geisel, heard “no” from 27 publishers when he was pushing his book “And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street.”

The book was the good doctors first attempt at children’s literature and published writing until this point in his career,  he was a cartoonist  who had experienced moderate success. It was on a boat trip from England that he wrote “And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street.” He set the cadence of the book with the hum of the ships engines and with this book he changed the lives of children and parents all over the world. Just imagine if he would have quit….

27 is a pretty high number! To get 27 no’s and continue to press on shows determination and it is determination and will that makes a difference, not so much talent. 27 people felt that Dr. Seuss was not talented enough to publish and they were all wrong. Dr. Seuss believed in himself even when 27 other publishers would not.  Now Dr. Seuss admits that he nearly burned the manuscript after all the rejection but he pressed on.

I am not sure what rejections you are facing or may face in the future but always keep in mind that when someone says no it is only their loss, it doesn’t become yours until you give up.

“Only you can control your future.”
Dr. Seuss

peace

John3c

Captain Ahab, was the captain in the tale “Moby Dick”. Captain Ahab becaome more than zealous about finding and killing Moby Dick. Moby Dick the titles name sake was a whale that took captain Ahabs leg, and according to the captain, was the embodient of evil. I will try my best to not be a spoiler for the story if you have yet to read it be sure you do. Let me say this Ahabs zeal quickly becomes a burning passion and the fire is an unstoppable force in the story. So what about the pigeon?

Nasty animals pigeons right? Well “the thristy Pigeon” is one of Aseops fables.  it goes a little something like this

Pigeon, oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a signboard. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whir and unwittingly dashed against the signboard, jarring herself terribly. Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was caught by one of the bystanders.

the moral that this fable demonstrates is;   “zeal should not outrun discretion”.

It is important to be driven and focused. Some of us go through out life blowing in the breeze without direction without a goal, however when we become like Ahab or the pigeon the healthy passion can become an unhealthy obsession.

(these billboards look cool don’t they?)

Throughout the story captain Ahab had trouble sleeping. This is often one of the signs that ones passion is now an obsession. So how are you sleeping these days?

peace

john3c

Monday morning comes with a weekly status meeting at work. I go over progress on projects. I give timelines to the completion of the projects and the list that is called weekly accomplishments grows as the list called tasks shrinks.. Well not really, despite accomplishments list lengthening the tasks list seems to continue to grow and in a strange twist sometimes the task list is refilled with a revisit from the accomplishments list a new old project. Does this describe your work week? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try you will never empty your inbox? Does this describe your life? Does it feel like your week and weekend are dominated by tasks that will never get done and when the are done they are replaced by the same tasks? (and no I am not selling some organizing app for the i phone)

I once read a book (yes only one and then my head started hurting), titled “Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff.” by Richard Carlson.  I have mentioned this book before in my blog ( I mean that makes sense right? being the only book I’ve ever read), and I said it before and will say it again. Read that book really good book!   One interesting part in the book speaks about the fact that are inbox will never be empty and he was right.

Often we approach the inbox or our task list as a knight slaying a dragon maybe this is not the best technique maybe the inbox or task list would be better approached as opportunities for learning new things and meeting new people.

When I was a kid, like many children my parents would read me stories about adventurers setting out to do something great. These intrepid men and women were not concerned with the Zero inbox theory (interesting blog by the way), or the passive inbox  theory (another interesting blog too).  Now that I think about it all the adventurers in my childhood stories were not users of e-mail or the web (the stories were written well before the internet was invented by Al Gore).  These men and women in their,  bravery and valor,  did not concern themselves with Monday meetings and tasks or to do lists they simply displayed valor by helping damsels in distress and towns sacked by ogres (sorry Shrek some of your kin were rough).

I know it seems foolish to compare our childhood heroes and their situations to ours but how much more foolish is it to assume that we will solve all the world problems and empty our in boxes by the end of the day week month or year?

 

peace

john3c