1 There is a feeling, Extraordinary, when A new book opens And the reader goes within To travel worlds, places, times.
2 Reading is such joy To be caught up in story, A shiny new toy.
3 It is cumbersome Bumbling through every day, Searching for a way Outside the hive of struggle Into a higher state, life.
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Prompt: Imagine the first time you opened a book, create…
Gratitude List I am grateful: 1. The day is near ended. 2. I caught the exuded matter from Tribble’s eyes before it got worse. 3. I managed to leave the house for a few minutes. 4. The pants I recovered washed up well. 5. Tomorrow is another day.
I am a pen collector. I will collect cheap pens; I will gather more expensive ones. I particularly like hand-made ones.
I, when young, initially liked Parker more than Cross. I probably still do.
Writing since I can remember, I always preferred pens to typing.
“A pen doesn’t belong to anybody. It’s a free spirit that stays with one while that person needs it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Once, I began to believe I would have arrived as a writer when I acquired a Mont Blanc. I think it was around 2000 when Sam’s Club was carrying the elusive pens. I got one. I learned it only meant I had it. My writing was mine, and I was a writer with or without a pen.
If you believe you are Gifted in a particular skill or way And spend time in doing everyday Or even now and then, trying To get better, become your best, You may do justice to confess It is your art, your unique gift Claim it and let it be your talent And even if you do not by it earn You can still, with future hope, affirm It is part of who you claim to be. -JAJAJ
Prompt Do not doubt your creativity; claim what you are. Express your talent as part of who you are in a definitive work. Please share it with those who may doubt your calling.
I am not a fan of series, but I have been reading authors in translation recently, without meaning to do so, and I found these books.
I highly recommend the whole series. Mr. Zafon uses some of the most beautiful descriptions I have ever encountered in literature. I read quite a lot.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. I got a nap. 2. I dreamed good dreams. 3. This entry came together effortlessly. 4. I am becoming an ace at making things on the phone. 5. The Samsung Note app is more robust than I guessed.
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Today, I return to my original format used with my first creativity project online, found on Chronicles. I have included my handwritten journal entry for this date.
Prompt If you have not tried journaling, do that. You may wish to do freeform as above, or you may want to give yourself a topic each day. If you are doing specific creative work, a journal may also be used to work out glitches and problems in what you are doing. Include what you wish; a journal is like a friend whose feedback is in your reading again.
Recommendation I have listened to the Audible version of Sandman and am listening to Sandman 2. I am usually not a fan of audiobooks, but I find these extremely enjoyable. Both employ a cast of voice actors and required sounds, and it may help that I am already a fan of Neil Gaiman.
READING SUGGESTION The first book I have completed in 2022 is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I read this book in 2011 when it originally came out, and I am afraid much reading since fogged my memory of some portions. Since my son, Alex, often references it, I reread it. It is a good book about computers, simulations, the 1980s, the present, friendship, romance, lost love, and even has some murder thrown in. It is a book with a broad appeal, as relevant now as at its initial publication, maybe more.
1 Maybe, those dreams past We can make real if we take This time to attend To things we began before Warnings dire started to flash.
2 Who could you become If you trusted yourself more Than you have before?
3 We can never buy What we want most, try we may But days, past decays.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. For holidays, and For average days when routine Takes hold, and things are A bit less bold, and one can Be a comfortable self, like: A quiet volume, Not opened to reveal all The story it hides, But sitting dreamy waiting ‘Til some hungry soul arrives. 2. For clever devices Technologies some devise Adding joy to lives. 3. My ability To read and maybe write, With some expertise. 4. These dogs, who call me Theirs, who willingly share space And the air freely. 5. Friends and family I have had, happily known, Those lives still present And those now gone, just away, Or to their heavenly home.
A gratitude list, made poetry? Not entirely sure what happened there, but I also seem to speak in rhyme from time to time, so I guess I will not worry over something so sublime.
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