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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

NO TIME OUT FOR LIFE_IWSG Post

 

Seven months of being homeless has taken a toll on me physically. 

I am still not back up to snuff yet. I come to my new apartment dragging.

And not the fun kind of dragon Midnight assures me.

    

I have begun to tackle NIGHT SEASONS again ... slowly.

Two monster hurricanes one after another, an ice storm coming to chill things up. 

working 10 hours straight on Easter ... 

Sometimes I manage only a paragraph, sometimes only a sentence ... but it is a darn fine sentence. :-)


To inspire myself, I read passages from favorite authors, essayists, or poets:

"Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers." 

- Rainer Maria Rilke


And I remind myself the greatest artists produced their masterpiece one brushstroke at a time.

 I even got inspiration from a scene from a Sci Fi comedy, RESIDENT ALIEN, appropriately entitled

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

Where a dejected former Olympian champion 

climbed the wall of an icy fissure with a broken hand and one ice pick to save her one friend 

to the tune of MARCH OF FLAMES:


Where do you find inspiration to keep on when you feel yourself flagging?

11 comments:

  1. That was a great episode and the one after it even better. One more to go and it will be bat-crap crazy!
    Just hang in there, Roland.

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    1. I climb this icy wall I find myself on one strike of the pike at a time. :-) RESIDENT ALIEN has surprised me at how good it is.

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  2. We care a lot, I care a lot! I hope you just continue to take those steps in the right direction. Spock to Kirk! "I Have Been...And Always Shall Be... Your Friend."

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    1. That means a lot to me, Jeremy. :-) Good to have you as a friend.

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  3. Hi Roland! Long time no see. Sorry to hear of the home search. This year has been such a rough one for sure. I love that you're still writing when you can--i've found it's the best kind of therapy. Plus, the times when we're down, are the times creativity really blossoms. Look at Rowling --she was almost homeless, single mom, living off govt funds, and ended up creating the highest selling story series of all times.
    Keep the faith. Keep writing. <3

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    1. Being in my old apartment as it was blown apart by Hurricane Laura was certainly no fun! Yes, writing is great therapy when I have the strength to do it. :-) I've sent you the audio of my latest book which leads into NIGHT SEASONS :-)

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  4. I'm glad you at least have a place to stay now.

    I couldn't agree more with those Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

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    1. It is certainly huge after staying in the back room of Lifeshare for 7 months! Can't go wrong with Calvin and Hobbes, right?

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  5. I often get my inspiration, more like motivation, to write from reading other authors' talk about their own writing. I'm glad you found a new place to live.

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    1. Thank you, Steven. I am like you with reading authors' thoughts on writing. :-)

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  6. Hi Roland - life must be so challenging for you ... but I'm glad things are settling down a little. It's challenging to think positively ... but you are alive and that's the main thing. Your writing will bring different thoughts ... good luck is all I can say - stay safe, sent with thoughts - Hilary

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