Each week WordPress provides a photo challenge, that you can participate in even if you only have a cell phone with a camera (it’s clear a camera is good, too). Looking for the challenge this week, it turned out WordPress provided the challenge to show “glow.”
The idea is to play with the idea of glow, such as taking a picture just after sunrise, or before sunset, the latter being what I did.
I took a photo of a plaza just as the sky was glowing red and the clouds were disappearing into the night. The stoplight in the street was red, meaning the cars headed that direction were stopped and waiting for the light to change. One single vehicle had made the light and can be seen proceeding in the direction from which I’d walked.
Some of the details in the photo I took are lost to the disappearing light, which adds mystery, I think, to the picture, and makes it a little more interesting. The “glow” challenge gave me the idea for the first time to try capturing with the camera a location that was glowing from sunset.
I hope you like it. If you take part in the weekly photo challenges (each Wednesday), maybe I’ll see what you shot. That would be nice.
What’s more, the WordPress Daily Prompt today is the word “release.” It is too complicated an idea to explore, but I think again how it is to be expressive, particularly on WordPress, where an inclusive atmosphere is intended, is quite a positive release, I’d argue, to let emotions that are within come to the surface. Human beings are creatures of expression.
Thanks for reading, and good luck with your blogging!
The films the chronographer points to include Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo, three films which I viewed quietly when I was in college when such things were far less frequently available. One of my college essays included observations about Herzog, and, perplexingly enough, my teacher mentioned to me the last we spoke that the young gentleman was planning to write a book about Herzog, to establish himself as a writer (and as a “serious” academic). The interview in the literary journal here recounts Herzog’s observation on adventure: “I cannot stand the term adventure nowadays–I lower my head and charge–it has degenerated into such an obscenity that you can go to the travel agency and book an adventure trip to New Guinea, to the headhunters, to the cannibals.”
I was reminded of my June 24 post- https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/ which was titled with the unfortunate word Adventure. I have thought how I can correct the mistaken impression, but to the post’s credit, it did receive the favor of a blogger with a much larger profile than I have got myself. beautybeyondbones you should read, and you can find what she was characteristically saying on her own blog this summer (it is hard hitting):
Yesterday my nephew to move to his new college town, and while we’re not close I am interested to see how he will do (he anticipates he will become a teacher). He has his own dorm room now and his studies will shortly begin, once he has acclimatized to being in his new life situation.
I think how hard it is to be by and large confined to the area which is local. Personally, I am not easily discouraged, but I think compared to beautybeyondbones, who has gone through tremendous suffering and come back strong, it is a daunting outcome to contemplate being powerful enough to effect insight. I sometimes tweet links to articles that argue for the relative merits of blogging, and I feel the odd person who could click through what trending posts I share on Twitter may occasionally see something that works for him (or her).
There is a plenitude of blogging advice available on the Internet, but the best advice I know of is this tidbit. You should not tell people what to post.
Any passion, any ingredient for inventiveness or what is usually referred to as authenticity, should not be filtered out of an individual’s content for the sake of conveying expertise. It is not a good idea.
I shall include another photo, which I think implies transience, simply which inspired the blog post which beautybeyondbones saw, impressing me greatly. If you are of a mind that this is favorable to you, feel free to “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow.” I seldom know what this will turn up, but I was moved by the Werner Herzog interview.
Struggling with the unseemly requires an extra serving of common sense. Putting the Grammarly app up on your desktop browser with the intention of evaluating your own writing is an example. It speaks to critical issues.
The folk at Grammarly would have you think you can proudly check your writing on your phone and get it revised at the last minute so it fits the mold, it becomes right where it was flawed, effectively it makes sense. Do you typically compose your writing on your phone? No, you do it elsewhere, and I won’t spend a moment telling you where.
This week’s photography challenge is a charming essay about structure, published the thirtieth of August. The structure essay instructs to observe and then to photograph so that we are shown what was mostly invisible, yet necessary. The thing to observe is made evident by the photo that captures it, which I know makes the photo somewhat of a bombastic wisp, because what for the most part wasn’t there is now at once what we are seeing.
There will be many photographic blog posts that explore how unseen structure can be interesting, even captivating. I hope I get to take a look at a few of them or more because sometimes they are charming, that is seeing the photos and understanding a little about why the photographer made the decision to add the photo to his or her blog. Photographers challenged by the essay are a community, and I remember from when I made the change on my blog to go to the safety of the daily prompts and the weekly photo essay challenges how my experience of publishing my blog posts came of age and hesitantly began to seek welcome, as similar processes in the minds of bloggers fascinated by bloggers do entangle.
WordPress blogger beautybeyondbones officially took her first major publication live a day before the structure essay appeared, the thirty-first of August. Bloom: A Journal by BeautyBeyondBones draws sensitive females into a true story about a real battle with an eating disorder. The Bloom book launch is discussed with WordPress here: https://beautybeyondbones.com/get-my-book
I know beautybeyondbones because she had the kindness in her heart to favorably interpret a few of my up-to-date blog entries, which if you are of a similar mind you can visit with the help of this list:
Personally, I have a hundred or so blog posts, and I want to update a few of the ones that are half-decent, to trash a few of the worst, and to write many altogether new posts, being optimistic that there will be more good daily prompts and photo challenges which can be explored and interpreted in a variety of ways.
Even without being a big success, you can kind of make friends by blogging and there is something in it that keeps you feeling young, as when in my case I didn’t think I would ever have a blog on the Internet, because for a long time I didn’t know what a blog was! If you find pleasure in writing for the purpose of self-publishing, and you aren’t too bashful to permit yourself to blog, it could be the hobby that gives you more purpose in addition to everything else you do.
You’re welcome to “like” this post, or to venture a comment and/or to “follow” my blog. Thank you for reading.
How is it that we can direct ourselves to have boundaries? How is that we can present and yet remain independent?
A golfer is bound by rules that determine how he drives the ball. If a golf ball falls outside of play, a penalty is incurred. I would attest there are boundaries in the real world which stop you in your tracks.
Boundaries contain, and keep you in the entirety of the whole amid which you are active. Boundaries, I think today, are generally inflexible enough that your position remains in one spot, from which you are not to tread much further. There is an art to subtly crossing them, and if you do persist in your advancement, you must continually drive back the idea that you are right about it, and that there has been no transgression.
Every individual is surely subject to boundaries. We strive to maintain the largest boundaries which feel are ours, and we exercise caution when straying into new or otherwise unknown boundaries. Each step we take is contained by boundaries, some of which exist solely in the mind of the one in motion, some of which are tangible outside that which the individual perceives. It must be hoped it is evident you are undertaking the challenge of crossing them.
It is a grid, I think, that keeps us feeling “safe.” Often, we are a part of a structure that is tacitly organized. There are enough of us interested in remaining in place that we are evading the more turbulent sorts of disorder.
We count on others to remain regulated and to be interested in being regulated. The grid is laden on us so that we have fewer problems by which we manage ourselves. These grid phenomena are common to us.
We feel we thrive if we see life in similar terms to what I am discussing as an advantage. We enjoy ourselves best if we are cooperative with one another to keep us in check. We know that if we tire of our environment, we are permitted to move on.
However, the most we readily accomplish is that we trade our circumstances, which keep us staying put, for similar though fresher digs. Wherever are, we most often choose to remain inside the unit amid which we are already prospering, because we respect the place we’ve reached. We enjoy what we have because there are so many chances to improve it.
It is here that we grow. Boundaries can be creative. Often, boundaries attain cohesion because so many people evince similar behavior.
More often than not, common characteristics among people mean we participate in similar activities at the same time and in the same way. We check our boundaries, and we exercise them.
If you appreciate these ideas, you are welcome to click “Like” on this post and/or click “Follow.” Comments are welcome as well. Thank you for looking at my blog! Good luck to you.
The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word Recite and it is a daunting cue, but not impossible. The prompt invites bloggers to reason and interpret the idea of the word, “recite.”
Each WordPress Prompt is a word planned to help bloggers to think of something to write for his or her blog. This is naturally risky in that the blogger can seem foolish, but the appearance of stupidity must be risked if you want an audience. I just want to run over for you that it would be common to recite a poem, of course, and if I had to mention a poet, I would consider Shelley.
How is it that pleasure in sorrow can be sweet? How can sorrow provide any pleasure, if it is a condition of suffering? I think of these two questions when I contemplate what Shelley said.
Sorrow occurs when there is an overwhelming loss in the life of an individual.
This can devastate you. It can unravel you from within, as though you were a wool effigy mounted on the hearth or in the vestibule. It is not a state of pleasure, almost definitely not, and yet Shelley possibly felt that it was, or it could be, and I take it the poet experienced that kind of pleasure as being of the highest order.
How is it that we can be anything else than embittered by the peril of sorrow and suffering? How is it possible that we can encounter the pleasure of all things during the turmoil of the condition of sorrow?
What is there to be had from entering into a state of sorrow with the expectation that the desired outcome should be a pleasure? Why did a search for Shelley return that quote?
The search says Shelley was an Englishman who died in 1822. Don’t tell me what I’ll find if there are depths of sorrow ahead. It’s a depressing thought, and I don’t blame you if you aren’t ready to “like” this.
You’re free to, however, to “like” this post if you see fit, and to comment and/or to “follow.” I hope you’re all right, and I know that unhappiness is challenging if you are feeling low. Unexpected avenues of pleasure become evident sometimes, and while I urge you to steer clear of sorrow, you are welcome to every drop of pleasure you can extract.
Consider that a guideline for reducing psychiatric drugs you take, according to http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/759-tips-for-tapering-off-prozac-fluoxetine/ the website which informs of such a guideline, encourages users of psychiatric drugs to effect a ten percent rule. The rule is to reduce a dependence on psychiatric drugs by ten percent per month, which is sometimes known as tapering off, to avoid withdrawal, as in feeling adverse consequences from no longer taking the psychiatric drug. The site I’m referencing is detailing Prozac, which is the oldest antidepressant available, having been prescribed to patients who need it since 1987.
The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word, “taper,” and that is why I have looked up the definition of withdrawal referred to by the expression, “to taper,” or, “tapering off.” I don’t take Prozac, but I have occasionally in my adult life been prescribed antidepressants, usually because work type stressors were bothering me and I needed some extra strength.
Friday afternoon a friend of mine of about twenty years gave me a phone call, and in the course of the conversation, he mentioned that depression concerns are overwhelmingly detrimental to members of the workforce, who run afoul of them constantly. I had some idea already this is true. I’m not on medication for depression and at the present I don’t suffer much depression, but my friend does, and he’s been with the same employer for what I think he said is twenty-nine years, and for several months now he’s been avoiding working owing to his problem with depression, and being paid seventy percent of the wages he would get if he wasn’t bringing up his depression to his bosses and continuing to work. He said the situation is tolerable.
He doesn’t blog, but he takes an interest in both Facebook and in Instagram. I’m not on Instagram, but the gentleman and I share our friendship together on Facebook, and he is an unabashed anti-social, which leaves me feeling that he is more interested in toying with Facebook than he is in any sustained effort at a BFF kind of relationship (“best friends forever”). He’s a lot older than me, and that’s fine. We’re just not having a bromance together.
I feel a little bad for him, that he’s kind of tanking, but at least he’s bringing home most of his wages, and he’s responsible and doesn’t waste his money or other resources. He’s a gentleman with a dog, who I suspect is his true best friend. Dogs are lovely animals, and sometimes fill the role of a guardian, and I know his dog is dear to him. I wouldn’t tax him to give me more of his energy, particularly as he is telling me when he does talk about his depression, and I respect his right to manage his life the best he can without unduly aggravating his state of mind. For everyone, life’s a hard journey.
I don’t particularly want to go down the same route in life as he has gone. I try to work smart, and I use medication to better my performance, rather than to make work bearable. I enjoy working, I’m “Type A.” I just feel that pacing yourself is a better strategy than struggling day after day with an enormous workload that results in ailments such as depression, and other kinds, too.
I just thought I’d bring all this up when I saw what today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is. All I’m doing here is posting an example of what I am encountering in my day-to-day life and I am not offering advice or recommending you change, even though I suspect if you are on psychiatric medication and you want to stop taking it, you should use a guideline, not unlike the ten percent reduction rate. If you feel some comfort in reading this post, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow,” so I know you’re out there. I wish you well, and if you are suffering from a psychiatric malady, good luck with your recovery and with a better future.
Title: How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about]
Series: How To Master Your Life (Book 2)
Author: M.C. Simon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Format: Paperback and Kindle
Length: 128 pages
Publication Date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: IML Publishing
Kindle Price: $6.99
Paperback Price: $14.99
For the beginning reader, M. C. Simon introduces the excellent Mark Twain, starting her book with a note on illusions: All told, How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] contains an extremely positive message for aspiring writers. M.C. Simon seems to understand the perception that writing is an uphill battle, and has many excellent reasons for her readers to begin writing, if they are not already. Her new book is inspiring, a promise.
M.C. Simon details many fascinating steps that a beginner can take to start writing. There are many great ideas in her book, and she seems to understand the trepidation that goes with beginning a writing project of some scope. If you are seeking some clarity about your desire to write a book, How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] may be a book you should read. Her guide to analysis of the writing process is quite lovely.
Chapter 2: Step 1 – Declutter Your Mind
OK. Let’s get started!
No matter what your goal is, no matter how easy or hard you may think it is to attain, the first step that you must take is to declutter your mind.
One of the reasons for which you still haven’t reached your writing goals, is the fact that all of what you’ve learned and heard about publishing your book or about becoming a successful writer, were implemented ideas that are now blocking their fulfillment inside you.
“I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened.” ~ Mark Twain.
For this reason, it’s a great decision to first unlearn what you have learned.
Why do you need to do this? Let me briefly explain.
During our life, we’ve been brainwashed to think that certain goals are impossible to attain. I am telling you that this is one of the biggest lies that we encounter in our lives.
If you are serious about your dreams, if you really wish with all your heart to materialize your dreams, nothing… and I mean nothing can stand in your way. All you have to do is to get rid of all the garbage that was inoculated in your beliefs. Do it and don’t lose time finding out who put it in your mind, why this was done, and most of all don’t blame the ones who taught you those things. They were themselves taught by others and maybe they were well intentioned when they did it. It could have just been because they thought that, that was the ultimate truth. No matter what, this is not your problem but theirs. They were wrong, and you just started on the road to prove it to the whole world. [Read more]
M.C. Simon includes many an interesting insight regarding happiness and goalsetting. Her advice to apply to your happiness and goalsetting is very good. She discusses distractionsof the internet and of the attitude, “Fake it till you make it.” All told, M.C. Simon presents in her book a great action plan list.
How to Reach Your Writing Goals like a Pro – A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author
HOW TO REACH YOUR WRITING GOALS LIKE A PRO is your Step by Step Guide for becoming a Self-Published Author.
This book provides all the proven steps that you need to plan your success and see your writing goals fulfilled. It will not only help with your writing goals but if you adapt the procedures described within this book to all your life goals, you will soon become a Master of your own life.
HOW TO REACH YOUR WRITING GOALS LIKE A PRO
– addresses those who feel that writing is their calling but still don’t have the confidence to do it.
– shows you how to find your answers to: who, what, when, why, and how?
– gives you the boost to overcome all your worries and finally start what should have already been started.
– proves to you that the road you wish to step onto is not as hard as you may think, or as difficult as others have convinced you of being.
– shows you how by following a good plan, you will finally see your book published from ground zero. Meanwhile, you will learn to enjoy each accomplished phase. And most of all… you will learn to relax while you are working for your goals.
With great courtesy M.C. Simon in her new book refers, in addition to Mark Twain, to established author Jeff Goins (with his My 500 Words challenge). Recommending Scrivener is interesting advice, and M.C. Simon provides an amusing anecdote about Grammarly. All told, the account of the finished product of her book is endearing. I am familiar myself with the work of Jeff Goins, and it is terrific. I am somewhat familiar myself with what How To Reach Your Writing Goals Like A Pro: A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Self-Published Author [even Mark Twain talked about] says about visualization. It is written in nice language.
What M.C. Simon has to say about insomnia is nice, and she provides excellent advice on goalsetting, advice which is extensive. She also provides specific examples of tools you can purchase to reach your goals. Her Mark Twain quotations are great and her thoughts about positive thinking can be implemented. She concludes with great advice to take after publishing, and her notes notes about the author are lovely.
Writer, translator, engineer, researcher, project manager, blogger, eternal student… these are only a few words to describe M.C. Simon.
In a recent interview she confessed:
“I am not only M.C. Simon, the writer whose goal is to rebuild in people the trust in their own forces and in the incredible powers that they received at birth; powers that, maybe they have forgotten about somewhere inside the depth of their being.
I AM all what “I am not only”, and much more! I AM who I AM. And in this form, I follow my Path to consciously touch The Absolute… The ONE who’s Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent.
The same as YOU and like any other soul that accepted in these times, the challenge to experience life inside a human body, on this wonderful planet we call Earth.”