Taking Over

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The trees in my back yard seem to be taking over my house. If anything is victorious in this scene I would have to say the trees have proven to be a great contender.

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My task now is to find a tree groomers to cut down this huge overpowering tree that has chosen to hang out in the alleyway, hopefully this will be its temporary home.

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Until I am able to come up with the funds to remove this lovely gigantic and sweeping tree,  it has the advantage of trying to conquer the exterior of my house.

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Maybe I should be unfriendly to it and it can go away. Maybe this tree this find hanging onto my house very comforting and pleasurable. I have to admit it does add a little mystery on maybe some eeriness to my house.

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But this is also quite embarrassing.

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So right now this alluring, lingering, and massive tree remains victorious in conquering the foundation of my home, adding maybe a touch of bizarre mystery to my house. Maybe I shouldn’t really be embarrassed or hide my face in shame.

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I will be glad when I can claim triumph and defeat this humongous tree that has taken abode in the back alleyway.

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This is in response to today’s daily prompt  from the Daily Post

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/victory/

Be the hero

 

Many people are in constant search for happiness. Some seem to believe that it resides in materialistic items; extravagant  cars, big lascivious homes, high paying jobs, even searching for happiness from another person.

For years I lacked self confidence.  I thought I could gain self worth by being in relationships, however, this plan did not work.  I put up with men “foolishness” allowing them to treat me in just about anyway until I finally had enough. I no longer search for acceptance or happiness from a man or material things. It took me years but I finally realize that peace, acceptance comes from within.

You are the hero of your own story. ~Joseph Campbell

When we realize that happiness does not come from other people, material items such as lascivious clothes, beautiful homes, expensive cars, or high paying jobs, but accepting, loving and being happy with ourselves.

We should stop comparing ourselves with others. We are unique in our appearance, the way we think, and our styles. We will never be happy in material items or hoping other people will accept us. When we do this we will always feel incomplete.

 

Oh Sheldon, how do I love thee….

 

 

Every now and then we need a challenge to keep our minds active. Suzie81Speaks is challenging her followers and fellow bloggers to respond to the word “love.” It could be a poem, short story, flash fiction, photo. You can write about the one you love, a book or film you love, music you love, there are many creative ways to respond to this challenge.

I thought about a couple but this is the one I choose to write today. I may post my other idea tomorrow.

Ten Reasons I love Sheldon Cooper

#1. He’s not crazy his mother had him tested.

#2. He’s a genius.

#3. He’s comfortable in his own skin.

#4. He knows the importance of “private space.”

#5. He doesn’t mind spending time alone.

#6. He knows what he likes or dislikes.

#7. He’s never wrong.

#8. He offers his opinion no matter who wants to hear it or not.

#9. No one knows what is going on in that “beautiful” mind.

#10. He knows the art of sarcasm and not afraid to use it.

 

Poem: So you want to be a writer by Bukowski

Reading this poem makes me feel better about writing. So when feeling doubtful or less confident maybe this poem could help you overcome those negative feelings.

 

so you want to be a writer

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

~Charles Bukowski

Quotes on Writing

There are many quotes available to get one inspired and motivated to write and tips on improving writing skills. Some quotes are humorous or thoughtful and others will leave you pondering.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/write.html

As writers (along with other artist), we sometimes become so disillusion that it seems easier to just give up. It’s nice to read inspirational and funny quotes to motivate us to keep writing, thus, creating masterful pieces.

Here are ten quotes a couple of these are my motto, you can probably figure out which ones.

Top Quote for writing: DWWD

Meaning Don’t write while drunk

#1 Quote: Don’t write without a cup of coffee or tea.

#2″Writing is a calling, not a choice.”

~Isabel Allende

#3″Writing is an exploration, You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

~E.L. Doctorow

#4″Writing is the supreme solace.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

#5″The most important thing is to read as much as you can like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and enlarge your vocabulary.”

~J.K. Rowling

#6″I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.”

~Ernest Hemingway

#7″To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what’s it’s about but the inner music that the words make.”

~Truman Capote

#8″If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”

~Stephen King

#9″The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

~Maya Angelou

#10″You must understand the whole of life not just part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.”

~Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

In addition to quotes I use other tricks to get me motivated: reading books, magazines or newspapers, watching sitcoms, walking usually with my camera, going to the park or mall and people watch, “eavesdrop” on conversations, or talk with some friends.

What do you do to keep you inspired to write?

Why I Blog

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I started blogging to overcome my fear of trying new things and constantly doubting myself. I’ve always doubted my abilities and truthfully still do. Negative thoughts plague my mind to the reason I should not blog or write. Thoughts like: “Am I good enough?”  “What if I’m horrible?”  “What if I’m criticize?”  or,  “What if the criticism hurt my feelings causing me to banish my dream of writing?”

Then I remember a quote I read in Stephen King’s book “On Writing.”  I interpreted the quote to mean to put all negativity aside and essentially write for myself and all else will follow.

“If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all. I’m not editorializing, just trying to give you the facts as I see them.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Writing along with other crafts takes practice if one wishes to become successful.  I decided to set aside my fears of criticisms and not being good enough, so I just practiced the process of writing. Eventually I gained the courage to start a blog. I first started this blog to make myself feel better. I figured since I enjoy taking pictures and writing, I can post my photos and compose a couple of poems or even a short story.

However, I do hope that someone out there in the world of cyberspace will be inspired through my photography. By seeing my photos will make some one feel good on the inside and put a smile on one’s face. I also hope my writings or proses will also put some one in a good mood. This is my dream. Yes I have my regular dream of publishing a book, eventually. I don’t wish to become the world’s next novelist. I feel this crown is too much for me to bear, but publishing a chapbook or having a few poems published in an anthology will mean just as much as winning a lotto (well not quite as much).

It’s great to do activities which inspires you. This makes you feel good inside. It’s equally good when you can do something that make others feel inspired as well whether it’s through words, photos or a song.

So let me ask you, why do you blog? Or if you do not and are thinking of starting, what would be the theme of your blog?