Spreading the Love

15 Sep

003Welcome back!  I survived a trip to the dentist and our internet being down, and now I’m bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to hit this week at full-speed.  What shall we talk about today?

How about spreading the love?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I just believe in the goodwill of people, the power of people to do something positive.

Eddie Izzard
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

In the writer’s community of HubPages, where I am a member, we have seen a rather large influx of newcomers, refugees from the site Squidoo, and that influx prompted this posting today.

I have tried, on this blog, and at HubPages, to welcome newcomers, and to support veterans, and I do it for a variety of reasons.

I think newcomers need that connection and acceptance early on. I know I would have quit HubPages if I had not received almost instant support, and I don’t think I’m alone in those feelings.  As veteran writers, I believe it is our responsibility to welcome and support new writers.  It was done for us, and now it is time for us to follow in suit.

But it’s not just newcomers who need support.  For the life of me, I don’t know why more writers don’t make a special effort to uplift other writers.  Mentioning someone on your blog…leaving an extra-nice comment on someone’s article….these things matter.  Writing is a lonely gig.  Most freelance writers spend the majority of their days locked off from the world, and the only contact they have with others is online.  It’s nice to receive a pat on the back occasionally, and that pat on the back might be the difference between a writer carrying on or giving up.

TIP OF THE DAY

Reach out to someone new today.  Make a difference in a writer’s life.  Make a special mention on your blog.  Single someone out in an article.  Do something to bring a smile to the face of a fellow writer.

EXCERPT OF THE DAY

Yes, this is self-promotion.  I’m currently working on my third novel, “Shadows Kill.”  This will be the first novel I do not self-publish.  I’m either going to sell this to a publisher or it will wither away on my bookshelves.  So this excerpt may be the only chance you get to read part of my upcoming book.  I hope you enjoy this little snippet.

“Maya Angelou once wrote that anger is like fire, that it burns clean all who touch it.  If that is true, then after the funeral I was very clean indeed.  I had walked for hours, finally ending up on the beach at Priest Point Park.  I sat on some driftwood and tried to empty my mind.  I needed to push the rage into a corner where it could ferment until I needed it.  Rage and logic do not mix.  As long as I was feeling rage, I would not be able to think clearly enough to find the Shadow Man.

I thought of Nanci, the beautiful contours of her body, the way she would brush back a strand of hair on her forehead before she said something of significance, as though brushing away the mundane.  I thought of her love for animals, and how she had cried one afternoon when we found a dead raccoon by the side of the road while we were riding bikes.  I had never heard her say an unkind thing.  The daily actions of society that piss most of us off, like being cut off in traffic, or the rudeness of a stranger, or poor customer service at a store, none of it fazed her.  She would simply brush back that strand of hair, smile, and tell me that people are complicated and deserve compassion.  In a world of seven billion people and growing, we can ill afford to lose those like Nanci.

I reached under my windbreaker and felt the comforting grip of the .357.  We were taught in grade school by the good nuns that hatred is one of the seven deadly sins, and perhaps it is so, but I also know that hatred provides you with a deadening of conscience, and allows you to sight upon a two-legged target and forget that he descended from the same primordial ooze as you did.  When the time came for he and I to meet, all thoughts of the Garden of Eden and shared ancestry would be gone.”

 

PROMPT OF THE DAY

March 10, 2012 006

You know how this works. I give you a picture and you use it as a little writing exercise.  Use your five senses as you write about this scene.  Remember back to moments in your life that this scene reminds you of.  Hopefully you’ll get some good material from this exercise.

GUEST POSTING FOR THE DAY

I am pleased to introduce you to Michelle Scoggins.  You can find her here on HubPages.  Michelle has graciously agreed to add her thoughts this morning, and here she is.

Meditating To Unleash The Imagination While Writing

Trying to lose the anxiety was almost impossible as my internal critics unleashed their fury on me as I tried to write a small blurb.  Finally coming to the realization that my writing was sidelined I thought – How do I commonly let go of anxiety?

The answer was pretty clear – I meditate.  Could meditation be the answer to my writing woes?  Well surely it could be worth a try was my succeeding thought.

As I pondered and fought back the eruption of my internal world as if it were going to crawl right out of my pores and emerge like a hairy slimy bearded beast, I calmed myself through meditation.

The epiphany developed as I related meditation to writing.  Plainly my need was to clear my mind of anxiety and negative self-talk, which is foundational to meditation.  A mind free of distraction creates a perfect easel so that creativity can spew from all angles.  Having a creative mind is the one most desired trait of all writers.  Certainly we work at being original and crafty but that takes skill, time and confidence. Those internal critics are a true fire way of snuffing off even the strongest and most confident.  They are like Bermuda grass to a beautiful lawn; it will take over and kill everything around.  Inner critics are a writer’s worst enemy and will stifle imagination every time.   However, mediation brings that internal calmness that opens the mind and reveals all the creative nuggets that were hiding behind all the noise.  Mediation allows the writer to start with a fresh piece of paper bringing together the mind, body and spirit in a flow of outward and creative work one can be proud to claim.

Before an author sits before their computer commonly a ritual takes place in preparation.  Open your mind by using meditation prior to writing and see the development of your imagination flourish like never before.  Quieting the internal critics can really allow you to get to work and be fulfilled by the outcome.  Feel free to please share other fruitful ways that allow your creativity to drift to new horizons and create the work you call your own.

MUSICAL PROMPT OF THE DAY

I use music quite often to inspire new articles.  Maybe you do the same.  Here’s a song for you to consider. Listen to the words and see what happens.  It’s my favorite tune by Simon and Garfunkel…and it’s called The Sounds of Silence.

WRITER OF THE DAY

Wouldn’t it be funny, after all that was mentioned earlier in this post, if I forgot to mention a new writer?  Well I did remember, and her name is Casey, and on HubPages her screen name is caseymel…you can find her here.  I can tell you that Casey is a newcomer who understands community.  She has been very good about supporting me during her few two weeks on HubPages, and so now I give her the support she deserves.  That’s how it works.

MORE LATER

I have no idea when I’ll be back, but it will be one day this week.  I’m still fine-tuning my weekly schedule.  Thanks so much for being here and continually supporting me.  You are appreciated.

And thank you to Michelle Scoggins for her thoughts on meditation before writing.  I really appreciate it, Michelle.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

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20 Responses to “Spreading the Love”

  1. Janine Huldie September 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Aww, Bill, I know the feeling well and so try on the weekends like you know to walk away from this a bit, because as much as I love it, I need contact outside of my computer, too sometimes. And yet, I love the interaction and do very much thrive on it, too! Happy Monday again 🙂

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      Janine, you know all about spreading the love. I’m preaching to the choir with you, and I greatly appreciate you. Happy Monday, Janine.

  2. drscoggins September 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Thank you Bill for the recognition as I continue to grow 🙂 – Michelle

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      It really is my pleasure, Michelle! Thank you for doing this.

  3. Shauna L Bowling September 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Bill, I’ve made some new friends via the Squidoo/HP merger, takeover, whatever you want to call it. I’m impressed with the quality of the writers who have joined us. I try to leave supportive comments on everything I read.

    Love this excerpt from Shadows Kill. As diligent as you are, I’m sure you’ll find an agent or publisher to represent you and get this novel on the shelves.

    Thanx to Michelle for sharing how she jump starts her creativity. It’s always nice to hear how other writers stay motivated.

    Finally, I love, love, love The Sounds of Silence. This is another song we analyzed when I was in 6th grade or so in Catholic school. Our teacher was an ex-nun who used music to get our creative juices flowing. I’ll always thank her for that. She thought outside the box and brought some life to the typical structure of Catholic education.

    Great post today my friend!

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      I love it all, Sha. Great comment. I agree, there are some very good writers from Squidoo who are now with us. That will only raise the quality of HP and help us all in the long run..and thank you for the kind words about Shadows Kill…and you had a damned good teacher.

  4. Ruchira Khanna September 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Lovely thoughts by you and Michelle Scoggins.
    Show some love and meditate…key words!

    Your novel’s snippet sounds powerful yet is trying to say something…wishing you the best 🙂

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ruchira. Michelle is a good writer who deserves a little love her way.

  5. Lea Tartanian September 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Billybuc, I went to the dentist today also…nine Novacaine shots! 3 abutments inserted…But I thank God for dentists…we truly need them.

    I love this ‘Artistry With Words’ I would also love to be the character ‘Nanci’ with her extreme patience with what you mention…which ALL bug me! Yes, I would cry if I saw a dead raccoon! You are well aware of my extreme love for animals.

    I checked out both Casey and Michelle…I already commented to Casey, and I am returning to Michelle to comment on her hub regarding Writer’s Block. I also loved your sharing her views on meditation. Not to mention The Sounds Of Silence which is one of my favorite songs.

    God bless, my computer is still acting up and I am still fighting with phishing emails – they are a nightmare. I fear they will eventually ruin this computer.

    Thank you also for lime lighting fellow hub friends…This is just another one of your wonderful qualities. God bless, Sparklea

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Lea, I hope you are feeling no pain from the dentist. Sounds like he has you numbed up to the extreme. 🙂

      Thank you for checking out those writers. I’m sure it will mean a great deal to them, as it does to me.

      blessings my friend…good luck with that computer.

      bill

  6. Audrey Howitt September 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Wow–you packed a bunch into this post Bill–no one, and I mean no one, is more supportive than you in the writing community that I know–so I have to tell you that you and your writing are loved

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Audrey, that means a lot to me, so thank you. As for this post, this is what I envisioned when I said I would go to an extended format…I just never quite made it there. LOL

  7. Denise Anderson September 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Silencing your inner critic is a tough row to hoe! My anxiety tends to bring on headaches and other stress related pain, so relaxation is vital to the flow of creativity. Deep breathing is helpful, as well as soft music. I also like to open a Microsoft Publisher file and do fun things with words and graphics. That helps me to get the creativity flowing. When I can see visually the feeling that I am trying to create with my writing, then I am know I ready to write.

    • Billybuc September 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      Great thoughts, Denise. Thanks for sharing those. Very helpful my friend.

      • Gail Sobotkin September 16, 2014 at 2:27 am #

        Hi Bill,
        The excerpt from Shadows Kill left me wanting more…much more. The first line and paragraph really drew me in.
        Also enjoyed Michelle’s blog post about using meditation to unleash the imagination when writing. I do meditate and find it helpful for relaxation and also creativity.
        I can relate to your trip to the dentist as I’m in the middle of getting a crown put on one of my molars. No fun, and it costs a bundle! But I’m grateful I didn’t need root canal, and didn’t have pain! Hope you’re recuperating well from whatever you had done.
        Hugs,
        Gail

  8. Billybuc September 16, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Thank you, Gail. All is well with my mouth. 🙂 As for Shadows Kill, it is going slowly because the darkness is hard for me to sustain…but I like what I’ve done so far.

    Hugs to you my friend

    bill

  9. klsilver September 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Good morning my friend. Please forgive me for my tardiness but it seems it’s ‘DECISION TIME’ for my best friend, Tiger and i am…suffering accordingly.
    Your new novel looks way cool – love the intro of the .357 – which way will he go?
    As far as support goes – i couldn’t agree more!
    I wrote erotica and you would not believe the folks i loved at hubpages who wrote me to say they could NOT support me!!!
    i was ….stunned to say the least. While i understand that erotica is not to everyone’s taste – WHAT has support to do with that?
    Also, we should SHARE and LIKE a LOT more!
    Hugs for the week Bill-Broxx

    • Billybuc September 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Sis, I don’t get it. You either support a person or you don’t. I don’t have to approve of everything my friends do, and I don’t expect them to approve of every aspect of my life….BUT WE ARE FRIENDS!!! That’s supposed to mean something, right?

      Sigh

      hugs, Sis

  10. Dee September 18, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    I started humming the the tune from The Sounds of Silence as soon as I read the title. What a great piece to inspire writing. I am going to have to catch up on your suggestions to support and mention other bloggers. I’m in the process of fine tuning my blog. Hope your week is going well.

    • Billybuc September 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Shoot Dianna, I don’t even know what your blog is….HELP!!!!

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