It’s Lonely Without Love

21 Mar

My dad died when I was twenty.

No single event in my life has had as much impact, on me, as that did.

January 9, 1969, three days before his fiftieth birthday, he died of a massive heart attack on a cold, cold night in Tacoma, Washington.

I was home from college for the weekend.  He and I were watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  He said he wasn’t feeling well, got up to go to the bathroom, and dropped dead.  I called 911, held him, and he died.

End of story!

Except it really isn’t the end of the story.

I was adopted at nine months.  I’ve never known my biological parents. I have no idea who they are. All I know is Dale LeRoy Holland, three years removed from serving in World War 2, and Evelyn Josephine O’Dowd, recently annulled from a previous marriage, hooked up in 1948 and decided to adopt a blind kid.

It turned out pretty damned good for all of us.

Now I mention all that because people keep asking me where my work ethic comes from, and they state, in wonder, that I’m able to achieve so much (they don’t add ‘in my advanced age’).  But the reason is in that grave, in Tacoma, Washington, with the grave marker that says “Dale LeRoy Holland.”

I am my father’s son, with or without the biological similarities.

I was told, as a child, that working hard is something to be proud of. I was told that limitations are for people with a very narrow view of life.  I was told that the time we have on this planet is precious and shouldn’t be wasted.  And I was told to find something I loved to do and then become the best I can be at it.

It’s been almost fifty years now since that cold January night, but my dad still lives on, in me, and I’m his proud son.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, ‘I love you.’ I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day.” Lionel Richie
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I love you!

Take that to the bank and deposit it.

I love each and every one of you!

FINAL THOUGHT

Do you love to write?

Is writing a passion for you?

Then what are you waiting for? Write like your tail feathers are on fire.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Riding the Rails for Success

14 Mar

I’ve mentioned this before, here and in some of my articles, so hang with me while I tell it again.

My dad dropped out of high school as a sophomore during the Great Depression.  He packed a bag and jumped the first freight train he could find in Iowa, and for the two years he rode the rails in search of spare jobs.  He would do whatever was offered, make a few bucks, and send that money back to his parents to help them pay the farm bills.

I want to stop and let that sink in for a moment. I think we all live a reasonably comfortable life.  Oh sure, it would be nice to have some extra money, but by and large most who are reading this have the comforts of home and have food in the pantry.  I doubt seriously if any out there reading this are so desperate that they need to pack a bag, jump on a freight train, and leave home for two years in search of money to pay bills.

I find it amazing that he did that, and he certainly wasn’t alone on his travels.

Anyway, this was the man who was my father, and you better believe he taught his son lessons about self-reliance and determination . . . lessons that have stayed with me now for sixty-eight years.

My dad would not tolerate excuses, and he wouldn’t tolerate failure.  In his opinion, failure came when you gave up, and giving up was not an option…thus, failure did not happen!  End of story!

There’s a point to this story . . . I promise!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

REFLECTION OF THE DAY

So here’s the thing:  I refuse to give up on my writing journey.  I am determined to be a successful novelist. I may not be another John Steinbeck, but I do believe I can be a financially-successful writer.  I just have to find the winning path.

Enter The Urban Farming Coloring Book!

I just finished my first coloring book, and I had tons of fun making it, and now I hope that sucker outsells all of my novels combined.

Why?

Because guerilla marketing is all about getting your name out into the world any way possible, for the least amount of money, and I aim to do just that with the coloring book.  This summer I’ll sell my coloring books at farmers markets, where we also sell our quail eggs, and on the back flap of the coloring book is a reference to my novels.  I’ll also have point-of-sale materials to hand out at the markets, and people will get to know me as an author and not just a producer of coloring books.

It all ties together!

It is all about William D. Holland, Author!

It is all about my goal!

HOW ABOUT YOU?

What’s holding you back from your goal?  Maybe it’s time for you to step out of the box and try something outrageous.

Just sayin’

THE SHOUT OUT OF THE DAY

Since marketing is the theme of the day, I’m going to give a shout out to a marketing genius….Heidi Thorne…and you can find her on Facebook by following this link.  Heidi shares her information in a practical manner that is easy to understand and oh, so helpful. I hope you’ll check her out.

MORE NEXT WEEK

So much to do, so little time.

Until next week, best wishes and love always.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

I Am Writer Hear Me Roar!

7 Mar

INTROSPECTION

I was a quiet child.

I was the one in the corner at school dances, watching everyone else.

While friends went out and partied, I took walks in the woods.

I avoided crowds. I still do!

I would rather listen than talk.  That’s always been the case.

I am an observer and not an active participant in group activities.

I speak when spoken to, but do not offer information unless asked for it.

This is who I am.

I didn’t keep journals as a child.  I rarely wrote, preferring to play baseball, or football, or go fishing, but I suspect my muse was working overtime during those childhood years, for now I have a treasure chest of ideas and experiences to write about, all of those memories stored up over the years.

I am a writer!

I listened to stories told by my grandparents, stories about the Great Depression.  I heard every word as they told me about life on their Iowa corn farm, about losing that farm, and about their journey out west to a better life.  I watched as my mother and father worked hard, providing for me and my sister, never complaining, always giving love in an abundant supply.

I grew up in the 50s and 60s, transitioning from idyllic Leave It To Beaver to the tumultuous protests, my country suffering growing pains, the stalwart words “liberty and justice for all” under fire, all of us experiencing growing pains, and all the better for it when it passed.

Sixty-eight years have molded my writings, and those writings will continue as long as I am able, for I am a writer and proud of it!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

I Am the Walrus

28 Feb

003Let’s start this off with some lyrics by The Beatles:

“I am he
As you are he
As you are me
And we are all together”

That first stanza of “The Walrus” always reminds me of my job as a novelist.

Let me explain . . . but first, a quote . . .

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. So when a woman is sifting through a rack of clothes, somehow that piece of clothing that you had so much fun designing speaks to her; she responds to it and buys it. I believe you can actually transfer that energy to material things as you’re creating them.” Tom Ford
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

When I’m writing a novel, and I create a main character, it is my job, as the author, to transfer all of my energy into the creation of that character.  I must become that character. I must understand how he thinks, how he would react to certain situations, and what his motivations are.  I think this is vital for good writing to occur.  A good writer has the ability to make characters seem real to the readers, and I think this is done because the author has become those characters.

TIP OF THE DAY

So, how do you do this?

I know my character, but how do I slip into his persona so easily before writing?

I give myself time.

When I’m getting ready to resume writing in my novel, I take a break from writing, usually for an hour or so, and I use that time to reflect on my main character.  I review what he has done in the past.  I review his background, and then I read back to earlier chapters and I accustom myself with his habits.  Only after I have done that do I allow myself to continue writing as that character.

Give it a try.  Hopefully you’ll find that tip useful.

GETTING HELP

Listen, I’m a former teacher, so obviously I’m all for research and doing one’s homework . . . but . . .

I was just looking at the latest offerings from Writer’s Digest, all the books on writing that they are selling, and I got dizzy looking at the vast array of books on writing.

My first thought, after looking at the forty-two books they were hawking, was “how would anyone ever have the time to write if all they did was read those books?”

There comes a time when you have to put the homework away and actually write.

It’s not that frightening, really!

Start with this basic fact:  we are all storytellers.  We all come from a family of storytellers, and we all have rich history of storytelling.  Storytelling is a basic means of communication among civilizations.  It is one of the most common ways of advancing culture, and it is a natural for most of us.

So why worry? Do what you’ve been doing forever.  Little kids tell stories.  Parents tell stories.  We all share stories of our pasts.

So take that natural ability and use it to write a story.  It’s in you; you just have to release it and give yourself permission to do so.

The world needs storytellers.

Join us!

A POLITICAL OBSERVATION

This is a first.  I’ve never made a political statement on this blog . . . until now.

Word has it the current administration wants to cut back budgets for the Arts and Humanities.  I’m not shocked by this but I am saddened.  As a former teacher I’ve seen this before.  Every school I ever worked for had budget concerns, and one of the first programs to be cut when it came time for budget cuts was always the Arts Department.

Save Science, save math, but cut the Arts!

What a bunch of bullshit!

Excuse my language.

I’m afraid I have grown accustomed to seeing this happen on a school level, but nationwide?

It is inexcusable!

We need the Arts!

I would hope you agree, and I would hope you’ll do whatever you can to speak out against the rape of our culture.

COLORING BOOKS

I’m done with two of my coloring books and I think I’ll stop there. They turned out pretty good…one very good…and now I can sell them at the farmers market this spring and summer, as well as some local stores.  We shall see how it goes.

THANKS FOR JOINING ME

See you next week, hopefully!  You are all appreciated!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

 

What Would You Do If I Sang Out Of Tune……

22 Feb

003“I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”

Yes, I’m motivated by a song again.

Oddly, and I say oddly because I adored The Beatles, I loved Joe Cocker’s cover of this song more than the original, but bottom line, I loved this song.

It should be the theme song for writers everywhere.

Where in the world would I be without all of you out there, my peers and my literary brothers/sisters?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” Saint Augustine
Isn’t that a beautiful quote? I’m not terribly religious, but I am spiritual, and that quote speaks deeply to me.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I can’t buy all the books that my writer friends write.  If I were rich you bet I would, but I’m not.  My disposable income is limited at best, and I feel safe in saying I’m sure that is true for most of you.

So I can’t help all of you by buying your books.  The truth is, even if I could, it wouldn’t help your sales that much . . . an increase of what, five bucks? Ten?  No one is going to get rich because I suddenly found the funds to purchase your latest.

But I can do something that might have a greater benefit for you, and that is promote your works.

I try to do this.  I try to mention a different writer with each of these postings, and I try to remember to promote others on Facebook and Twitter (when I’m not doing one of my political rants, that is).

Maybe, by doing that, I can interest two or three other people, and they will buy your books, and then word of mouth will mean more sales, and more sales . . .

Anyway, that’s the hope I have!

AUTHOR OF THE DAY

Allow me to introduce you to Lawrence Hebb, an author and friend from New Zealand.  Lawrence is a quality human being and a pretty fair action/thriller author.  You can check out his work by following this link.

POET OF THE DAY

I’ve said it before but it is worth saying again: one of the finest poets I have read in recent years resides here.  I’m giving a shout out to Audrey.  I strongly suggest you give her a read. Take five minutes, right now, and go read one of her poems. I dare you!

RANDOM IDEAS OF THE DAY

I’ve got some good friends who started out as freelance/indie authors and ended up branching out to do other things, things like YouTube videos, podcasts, blogging, crafting videos, newspaper columns, and the like.  There are a lot of ways to make supplemental income, and the first step towards making that income is to take the first step. LOL  Seems self-evident, doesn’t it, but it’s amazing how many people can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other.

I’m getting close to releasing my first coloring book.  What is an indie writer publishing a coloring book for?  Income of course, but also curiosity, and a desire to try something different . . . so why not?

There are so many things I want to do. I just hope I have time to do them all.

For those of you not interested in reaching your full potential, I understand “The Bachelor” is riveting this season.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Priorities in Writing

14 Feb

003Welcome back!  I am so happy you chose to spend some of your valued time with me.  I know you are all busy, and that makes this visitation all the more special.

Time . . . valued time . . . limited time . . . and what we do with it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“How will I ever get everything done and still write?  I need about ten more hours each day to get everything on my list accomplished, and then I might have time to write my book.”

I’m paraphrasing something that has been said numerous times to me.  The frustration grows as the hours diminish and the results fall short of expectations.  Something has to be done, but what?

There are some activities that cannot be neglected.  We have to take care of ourselves and our families.  That’s a given and really it should be the number one priority for all writers.

After we have taken care of that priority, we then take a look at our list.  What is most important?  If writing the book is most important, more important than writing articles and writing blog entrees and reading books on writing, then put that at the top of your list and devote time to it.  If that means you won’t write an article that week, or you won’t get to your blog, then so be it.  You are only human and you only have a limited number of hours . . . so use those hours wisely, chasing after that which is most important to you.  It’s amusing to watch a dog chase its tail.  It is not nearly as amusing watching a human being do it.

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION

We are never going to attain it, so give up the quest.

Of course we all want to produce the best possible work, but I’ve got a news flash for you: it will always fall short of perfection, no matter what we do.

The best any writer can hope for, after finishing an article or a book, is to be able to say “that’s the best work I can do at this moment.”

And then we move on!

A REQUEST

A dear writing friend recently asked me if she could guest-blog on this site.  Of course I said yes because, well, she’s a dear friend and I believe we should all do the same.

Some people aren’t getting the message.  I follow a lot of blogs, and very few of them actually have guest bloggers, and very few of them actually promote other writers.  I don’t know why that is, and I’m trying real hard not to pass judgment.  I will simply say I think it is vital that we all support each other in a very tangible way.

What goes around, my friends, comes around.

GOTTA RUN

But before I do, I invite you to pay a visit to another of my talented friends, Sally.  Now I don’t know a thing about arts and crafts, but Sally is the Queen of wet-felting, and I love the detail of her instructions.  If you want to know how to write a craft article, a very specific craft article even a simpleton like me can follow, then check out Sally’s website.

Have a great week and don’t forget to prioritize!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

 

Snow, and Life, Melt Away Quickly

8 Feb

003It snowed here yesterday!

It’s a big deal for us in western Washington.  We don’t get much snow here in the lowlands by Puget Sound, so six inches of snow is a treat.  It will all be gone soon enough, so I plan on enjoying it while it lasts.

Hmmm, that gives me a thought . . .

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Take that quote and think of it in the context of the talents you’ve been given as a writer.

I’ve read your work and yes, you have talents.

Are you wasting it?

Like the snow we just received, life is limited.  It will be gone soon.  Believe me, I’m painfully aware of that fact.  I still remember, clearly, much of my childhood and teen years, and I’m absolutely shocked that I am now sixty-eight with only what, ten years, fifteen, left to live?  How in the hell did that happen?  But happen it did, and the question now is how am I going to live those remaining fifteen years?  How much of that time do I plan on wasting?  How much of my remaining talent do I plan on wasting?winter in my little slice of heaven 014

It’s a question we all should ask.

We’ve been given a gift, my friends.  Very few in the world have the talent to take random words and unite them in such a way that they create a story, or a poem.  And a very, very few have the talent to write those words in such a way that they elicit emotions from the readers.

Don’t waste that talent!

THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT FOR YOU TODAY

Stop reading this and write.  It’s what you do as a writer.

And please support one another.  Share the work of others.  Give words of encouragement.  Keep the light burning for all writers.

For those who asked, I’m still devoting my time to coloring books, so the novels are still on hold.  Such is life!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

Looking for Opportunities

31 Jan

003FIRST, LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT

I recently posted on Facebook that this was the first time in five years that I wasn’t working on a novel.  People immediately took that to mean I wasn’t writing at all, or I somehow came down with “writer’s block.”

Sorry about the confusion…I’m simply working on a different writing project that I need to get completed before March.  As soon as I finish that I’ll return to “Shadows Fall On Rosarito,” the novel I’m two-thirds done with, and then I have four other novels I want to write…so you see, there is no writer’s block at all.

Now that we have that all cleared up, let’s move to today’s blog posting.

But first…

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I met a character from my next novel yesterday.

Read that sentence again and let it sink in.

I met an imaginary character from a novel I haven’t written yet.

Cue the caretakers…get that straightjacket ready for me, please!

But as strange as that sentence seems to be, most writers will understand completely.

I’m always on the lookout for my next character.  I’m always observing.  I’m always jotting down mental notes for future stories and books.

I just assume all writers are like that.

Are you?  Please say you are or I’ll feel like the weirdest human being on the planet, and writers will be using me for their next homicidal/suicidal/mentally-unstable character.street fair Aug 2012 013

TIP OF THE DAY

Short but sweet . . . observe!  Be aware!  You’ve got five senses.  Use them!

GUERRILLA MARKETING

You all know what guerrilla marketing is, right?  It’s using unconventional methods to market your goods or services when you have a very small budget to work with.  Most writers can relate to that, I think.  I love finding new ways to market my writing, and I’m currently taking a break from novel-writing to try one of those new ways.

I’m making coloring books!

I love that coloring books are making a comeback in today’s society.  It seems like every single time I go into a retail shop, I see a display of coloring books, and since I love coloring books and I love trying new things, it is the perfect avenue for my guerrilla marketing.

I’m just finishing up my first coloring book, “The History of Olympia, Washington Coloring Book.”  It combines my love of history with my love of writing with my love of coloring, and I plan on selling them at the farmers market here in Olympia.  My next will be an urban farming coloring book, which I’ll start next week.

Will I sell a ton of them? I doubt it, but I’ll sell some, and those sales will combine with the sales of my novels and the money I make freelancing, and it all adds up.

I use a free computer program called GIMP, which takes photographs and changes them into sketch drawings….there are quite a few programs out there that do the same thing…Photoshop…Pixlr….and they are all user-friendly.   Then I format it all for CreateSpace and presto, I have a coloring book. The cost to me, including shipping, is less than three dollars per book.

Anyway, I just thought I’d mention it in case you are looking for something new to try.

SO BACK TO WORK I GO

I hope you have a superb week of writing and marketing. Thanks a ton for spending part of your Tuesday with me.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

An Interview With Poet Sarah Potter

24 Jan

003I ALWAYS FEEL BAD

Well, I always feel bad for the poets out there, because I feel like you get the short end of the stick on my blog.  Truth is I know next to nothing about poetry, so I figure it’s better that I just stay quiet about it rather than embarrass myself.

But today you poets are in for a surprise.  I have an expert in the figurative house, and her name is Sarah Potter, and she has agreed to discuss Japanese Poetic Forms with you today.

Let it never be said that I don’t care about all of you.

And now, here’s Sarah!

Sarah Potter “Waning” Lyrical About Japanese Poetic Forms

Thank you so much, Bill, for inviting me as a guest on your wonderful blog. I’m both excited and a bit daunted, as this is the first time a fellow blogger has asked me to write about poetry.

My love affair with Japanese poetic forms began in December 2010, when I signed up for a Twitter account. Here, I stumbled upon haiku, which fitted the 140-character limit for tweets while also having something meaningful to say. To my delight, my first attempts at haiku were retweeted numerous times and gained me a band of followers, including some from Japan! I saw this as a great compliment, as haiku is a traditional Japanese poetic form. [Note: The spelling for haiku is the same in singular and plural].

A year later, I started blogging as Sarah Potter Writes, with my main focus on haiku. Again I collected some Japanese followers, despite my unavoidable Anglicisation of their traditional poetic form. Most Japanese words are polysyllabic, meaning each one consists of multiple syllables. This makes it extra hard to pen a haiku in English and stick rigidly to the 17-syllable limit, without producing something unwieldly that defeats the object of the poem. Nevertheless, I do stick rigidly to the 17-syllable rule as I like challenges.

So here are the rules of traditional Japanese haiku that it’s my quest to adhere to as much as possible, without destroying the meditative spirit of the exercise…

  • 17 syllables
  • 3 lines (5/7/5 syllable count)
  • Unrhymed
  • No adverbs
  • Sparing with adjectives
  • Use present tense
  • Focus on images from nature
  • Focus on brief moment in time
  • Contains a season word to indicate the time of year
  • Can be read in one breath
  • Pauses at end of 1st or 2nd line (*see below for further explanation)
  • Brings enlightenment and illumination

(*In haiku, ideally there’s a juxtaposition of two images or ideas, with the cutting word between them that signals a break in the line of thought. This can be an actual word, or expressed in punctuation, most commonly an ellipsis).

On the subject of punctuation, you will notice that most haiku poems have no punctuation of any kind, or capital letters at the beginning of lines. The reason I don’t adhere to this rule on my blog, is that the three-line formatting disappears during automatic post shares with Facebook. This produces an unpunctuated lowercase string of words that, at times, can read as random nonsense.sarah-potter-ian-1

Here are two of my bird haiku:

early evening…
plump wood pigeon contemplates
the meaning of spring

horizon smudged grey…
invisible seagulls squawk
beyond summer rain

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Further to one-verse haiku, is Haikai no renga (also known as renku), which is a linked verse game. I wrote the following verses, one for each phase of the moon. The name used at the end of the second line of the opening verse is the Shinto moon god, and the last line of the final verse is the Shinto sun goddess.

under cutglass stars
she dreams of Tsukuyomi
new moon love potion

nocturnal circus
legged draped over crescent moon
girl hangs upside down

gibbous halfway house
shadow night crickets gossip
she needs sedating

full moon tree-trunk spin
naked dancing on silver
she coruscates dew

blackbird sings her home
waning moon ambushed by dawn
Amaterasu

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You will notice on my blog that I usually post a photograph with my haiku. Some haiku purists might object to this, but I love photography, although I do try to compose haiku that will also stand on their own without a photo.

In 2012, I had the delight of collaborating with artist, Julian Sutherland-Beatson, to produce some haiga (haiku art). This involved me providing him with some haiku poems that he interpreted and integrated into paintings. Here’s one of them. To see the full set of paintings, click here.

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Senryū shares the 17-syllable, 3-line poetic form of haiku, but is more often about human foibles than nature, tends towards the humorous or cynical, and doesn’t contain a cutting or a season word. You will notice that a number of senryū are about old age, often written by poets who are of mature years themselves, so either they’re laughing at themselves or a loved one in a playful way. Here’s one of my senryū and you can draw what conclusions you like from it!

old tartan blanket
once used for picnics and lust
keeps his stiff knees warm

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Now for the classical poetic form of Tanka. Historically, it predates haiku and is one of the major genres of Japanese literature, often sung in its early days. Here are the rules of the Tanka:

  • 31 syllables
  • 5 lines (5/7/5/7/7 syllable count)
  • Lines 1 & 2 are the upper phrase (Kaminoku), containing the primary image
  • Line 3 contains the pivotal image (as in a sonnet)
  • Lines 4 & 5 are the lower phrase (shimonoku), switching from the image to a contrasting image or a study of the emotional response
  • Unlike haiku, it can contain simile, metaphor, and personification

Here are two of my tanka:

metallic winter
enhanced by rhododendrons
— rejuvenation —
an old woman with grey hair
wearing neon pink lipstick

rain tumbles, birds swoop,
music floats from the red house
–melody recalled–
an old man, his piano,
a candelabra, her face

Finally, I’ll touch briefly on dodoitsu, which I’d never heard of until Bill mentioned it in one of his posts.

Its rules…

  • 26 syllables
  • Four lines (7/7/7/5)
  • Focuses on work or love
  • Usually has a humorous twist

Here’s my first dodoitsu (more to follow on my blog soon):

Through the window a rainbow
she is desperate to share.
Moulded in cushion comfort
he prefers his tea.

Why do I love Japanese poetic forms? It’s to do with their simplicity: their ability to bring tiny details into sharp focus. It’s the challenge of saying a great deal in as few words as possible. They’re meditative, calming, uplifting, and encourage one to see the world through a new and better lens. It has also helped improve my fiction writing and made it more succinct and attuned to the senses.

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Connect with Sarah: 

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Sarah’s Books on Amazon:
Desiccation
Noah Padgett & the Dog-People

 

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF SARAH

 

Thank you so much, Sarah.  I learned tons today and now I can rest, for awhile, on my laurels, feeling good about myself for posting something to do with poetry.  You have done me a great service.

 

Seriously, folks, go check Sarah out.  She is seriously talented.

 

Bill

 

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

 

The Unique You

17 Jan

003Football season is finally over for this boy.

I’m not a football fanatic.  I really just follow the Washington Huskies in college and the Seattle Seahawks in the pros. I don’t randomly watch two teams play just because they are playing football…I have far too much to do to waste my entire Saturday, or Sunday, just channel surfing in search of another game.

Anyway, both Washington and Seattle are done with their seasons, both having suffered rather embarrassing losses, so now I can turn my attention, in another month, to baseball and the Seattle Mariners.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

After the Seahawks lost their playoff game to Atlanta, I decided to read a couple sports articles about the game, looking for little tidbits or quotes that might be interesting.  I read four different articles by four different sports writers, and three were bland and one was outstanding.

This one guy, a writer for the Seattle Times, wrote about the game in such a way as to bring it to life, a game I had watched, mind you, but he managed to make it sound brand new, like I was watching it for the first time.

So, what was different in the one article that wasn’t in the other three?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Orson Welles
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

And that quote really is the answer to my earlier question.

The one sports writer, the really good one, had a unique style.  His voice was unique, a wonderful blend of vocabulary and rhythm, and it made his article shine, while the others fell upon the junk heap of mediocrity.  All four wrote about the exact same game, but only one managed to make that game interesting.

Get the point?

You are the only you.  Take advantage of that fact.  Make it work for you!

SHORT BUT SWEET

I’m busy with a new project.  Oh sure, I’m still writing my novels, and I still do content for a select group of customers, but I decided to try something new, and that decision has me short on time this week . . . and so I’ll say goodbye for today.

Have a spectacularly unique day!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”