Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary

Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary — Write RightAs a writer or artist, ruts come easily. The finished product may be good, excellent even, but it falls within acceptable limits. As an example: my poetry. My standard style employs short lines and couplets. I like it; it gives room for invention. However, it quickly becomes “du jour”—in graduate school, people could identify my poems by the lines, no name or signature required. The form grew restrictive, definitive.

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K is for Kawaii

K is for Kawaii — Write RightOh, okay. Few people probably know the word “kawaii,” but I do. It means “cute” in Japanese, and I share it because of this ridiculous cat. Isn’t it the cutest, funniest thing ever?! Mine is somewhere in transit, and I plan to name it Harvey since I didn’t bring home the kitten I found while helping with cleanup in the Houston area.

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Failure and Freelancing

Failure and Freelancing — Write RightSometimes, despite my best efforts, my work fails to satisfy a client. A few of those clients encourage and critique. Others rail and compare a current project to past ones. I become silent and endure both because—what can I say?

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Five Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors to Share with Your Son

Five Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors to Share with Your Son — Write RightSince I wrote about books to share with one’s daughter, I felt I shouldn’t neglect the sons. I would argue, however, that the books listed here, as well as the ones found in the daughters’ post, could be read by both genders. The Keyes’ novel stands as a particular example; it entails how people with developmental disabilities are treated. In any case, here are some books for the boys.Continue Reading

Creative Life Truths: You’ll Never be Great until You Can be Vulnerable

Creative Life Truths: You’ll Never be Great until You Can be Vulnerable — Write RightPeter Parker’s uncle tells him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” For creative people, the saying goes more like this: “With great talent comes great vulnerability.” Vulnerability, though, is uncomfortable, perhaps explaining why people — including me — try to skirt it.

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Five Fantasy Authors to Share with Your Daughter

Five Fantasy Authors to Share with Your Daughter — Write RightThe past few books I’ve checked out of the library lead to the same thought: “If I had a daughter, I would share this book with her.” Maybe one day that will happen. Until then, I share my books with the mothers and fathers out there who want to encourage their daughters to read and to dream.Continue Reading

J is for Jest

J is for Jest — Write RightA jest differs from a joke. The latter aims to cause laughter at no one’s expense. The former, however, almost always mocks a person or event. A court jester seemingly holds a perilous position; he is meant to jeer at the court and its behaviors without causing offense. It seems that a jester, like an acrobat, requires a firm sense of balance, as well as intuition about which way the wind blows and how delicate the wire is upon which he or she stands.

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A Low Whisper

A Low Whisper — Write Right“And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”

— 1 Kings 19:11-3, English Standard Bible

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Work and Worries

Work and Worry—Write Right

I sometimes use work to cope with worry. When I have enough work, my worries disappear. I know the concerns are still there, but the work pushes them into the shadows. I can pretend they don’t exist, I’m fine, nothing’s wrong.

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