Short Break

Goodbye, Puerto Rico

 

 

I’m moving to Georgia on Tuesday and I have lots of stuff to do, so I’ll be on a short break till July 22nd while I finish last minute touches here and get situated over there.

Today I had planned a post about What Avatar The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Taught Me about  storytelling, but it was long and messy and I want to do it right, but ran out of time.

So instead I share you other blogs and articles that are awesome!

 

This article shows how its actually true that being in the moment and enjoying the journey is much beneficial than focusing on the destination:  How Goals and Good Intentions Can Hold Us Back

Everything at Terribleminds.com is just pure awesomeness and today it’s interview day with Lisa Cron, author for Wired For Story which teaches storytelling using science! Lisa Cron: The Terribleminds Interview

Also, everything at The Art of Non-Conformity is great too. Here’s a blog post about taking responsibility for making decisions about your life. This blog and his books started me on my path of really taking my life into my own hands: How to Make Decisions

 

There. Go. Read. Play.

See you next week!

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The Truth Shouldn’t Be A Secret (and it isn’t).

 

 

Six years ago, lonely and depressed, I saw The Secret.

For those who don’t know, it was a documentary and book about the Law of Attraction, which basically means you create your daily experience in the world with your thoughts. It was rather popular…and notorious.

People either hated it with a passion or loved it with a passion. Both are exaggerations.

The Secret changed my life. I am very grateful for it.

But it’s full of flaws. The biggest one is that it lacks crucial information on actually effectively doing what the movie is saying you can do. I have a suspicion that the great majority who watched the movie and tried to use the information without actually reading further into the concept got very little results if any at all.

But the movie is great because it filled me with thoughts I never had before. Does this work? Is this true? Is this possible?

My biggest motivation was the fact it claimed I could be anything I wanted to be regardless of my situation, which fit perfectly with my childhood belief I mentioned yesterday.

So I went to work. I read books, I watched movies, I bought Holosync and began meditating every day.

Some things stuck, other things I dropped — Abraham Hicks’ books for one, I feel they focus way too much on visualization and not enough on action.

I learned a great deal and spent a whole lot of money.

I read Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch and for the first time in my life I had a definition for God I could actually believe in.

I thought I reached a plateau in my study (pfft!) until I listened to The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and was blown away again.

But there was a problem with all this stuff.

Despite the fact it’s all saying the exact same thing in just a different way, it’s hard for the mind to grasp. It’s very easy to over think it. They over complicate the truth, which should be a simple and obvious thing.

It’s explained either too scientifically (What The Bleep Do We Know?!), too spiritually (Conversations with God), or too shallowly (The Secret).

This is all fine if you like that sort of thing. I love all of the above. But I noticed there’s a lot of extra stuff that isn’t needed. A lot of stuff that just gets in the way to the point of it all — getting the most out of life.

So when you scrap off all the excess stuff, all the useless details and just get straight to the core truth that ALL of these points of views share, what do we get?

You’re about to find out.

I know this is originally a blog about writing and storytelling, and there will still be posts on that.

Think of this as a special 2 week event with perhaps the occasional extra unrelated post.

But first, I’m curious. To my extremely amazing readers out there, what experience do you have with this sort of thing? Are you skeptical, a believer or at least open to the idea?

In other words, do you actually want to hear me talk about this for two weeks straight or not?

I’ll leave you now with a full list of all the stuff I read/watched over the course of the last six years, which more or less, say the exact same thing down in this core. I apologize. This list is TINY compared to what’s out there.

The Secret
What The Bleep Do We Know?!
The Prospering Power of Love by Catherine Ponder
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
Communion with God by Neale Donald Walsch
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman (I actually only saw the movie, but I’ll get around to the book).
Personal Power 2 by Tony Robbins (this is actually a 30 day audio success program which I highly recommend).
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Friday Update

 

Let’s see if I can keep up a weekly thing where I post an update of everything I’m working on every Friday!

Things I’ve been doing this week so far…

 

  •      I’m working on Lesson 3 of Long Ridge Writers Group’s Novel Course.  I’m working on plotting and creating a plot summary for my novel project, which is in this case my shapeshifter YA (BEASTS). Deadline to email it off to my instructor is January 27.
  •           I’m in love with the people at CrimsonDaggers.com and watch both Dan Warren and Dave Rapoza’s Livestreams religiously. Their Livestreams sites allow you to watch them draw as they commentate. There’s also a chat beside the stream, where other artists comment or ask questions. Basically, it’s a free art study group and they have several competitions up including a biweekly art challenge called BLOODSPORTS. The current BLOODSPORTS Challenge is to create the art for an action figure toy box (they even invented and provided the fictional toy line label and template for the toy box itself). The deadline is also January 27. It’ll be my first finished digital illustration, so while I’m sure I won’t win the live crit by Dan and Dave (given to the top three), it’ll be interesting what I come up with.
  •           I applied to Remilon, who hire freelance content writers to write their educational articles, and they accepted me. They pay $8 an hour (rather than by piece), so that’s promising since it’ll be $0.75 more than I make currently.  I’m looking forward to completing the training and see how this turns out.   It’ll also be the first paid writing gig I’ve gotten in my life so woo-hoo!
  •           With the success of my family visit to Atlanta (amazing people!), it’s more likely than ever that I’ll be moving there soon. My goal is to move by at the latest, the end of the year and the soonest, next month when my brother turns 18. No rush, but I am very excited.
  •           Supernatural tonight! Not really psyched about this particular episode, but after reading some very, VERY juicy spoilers, I can’t freaking wait for future episodes!
  •           Also regarding Livestream, I discovered one for script writing, hosted by Jacob Burgos called Jacob’s Script Wolves. Since I originally got into writing novels with the intention of using it to eventually write great scripts, I will definitely be checking this out and begin testing the script-writing waters.

 

That’s pretty much it.

So what is everyone else up to?

2012: Year of Awakening

 

A new year.  A new beginning.

Allow me my dramatics. I love them.

This has long since been coming. It was delayed since it took some time before I really understood what I wanted to change about my blog. I knew I wanted it to be better. I wanted to give my readers higher quality content. But how? What to write about?

Interesting, despite that being my main desire, I didn’t focus at all on writing. I already in my head knew what to do in regards to that. Just write more consciously. But my brain got in my way.

Instead, I found myself focusing more on the superficial aspect of the blog. The way it looks. How do I make it look perfect and professional without paying too much or anything at all? This stumped me. And so the hiatus lengthened.

Finally, I decided that the New Year was the deadline. I will write again, post again, ready or not, in the beginning of January.

So here I am.

Luckily, right after Christmas, I’ve begun a remarkable inner transformation.

Um…without getting too weird and abstract, let me just say I stopped thinking so much.

One of the things that occurred to me is that the look of the blog doesn’t really matter at all. True, it helps if the site didn’t make people cringe and look away the moment it opens, but once it looks appealing enough for the reader to put their attention on the words, that’s all that matters.

After that, it’s all about the quality writing, the story.

I believe this is true about publication as well as Donald Maass would teach, but that’s for another post.

Regardless of whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, everything I write here is a story. For instance, this post is the story of my return to blogging.

My new and improved themes of this blog are:

 

My Love for Stories

 

My Adventures in Writing, Drawing, Spirituality and Productivity

 

The Things I have Learned

 

(Notice from today onward, I will only place posts in these three categories and perhaps clean out the other categories one of these days.)

 

Hopefully by sharing stories regarding these themes, I will offer some sort of benefit for others and for myself.

I call these “new and improved” themes, but honestly I don’t think I had any theme before and that is why I felt so unsatisfied. I felt like I was all over the place and even if there was a connection, a focus between them all, I didn’t see it or wasn’t aware of it.

Now I am.

I hope the transformation of myself and this blog will prove enlightening or at least entertaining.

I will follow the old schedule of 3 posts a day unless something happens that prevents me to do so.

But I have a feeling I won’t be having that problem of not posting consistency anymore.

I’m excitedly looking forward to this New Year.

Have you also recently started or restarted a project, habit or something else for this year?

Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about it.

Under Construction

No post…if you don’t count this as a post…

It’s more like an announcement.

Restructuring some things, working on something that will hopefully pay off, and developing a new look and a new focus for the site.

No posts for a week or two, but…

 

Stay tuned. 😉

 

 

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