Nov 052014

You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

I read Darkfall by Dean Koontz when I was a teenager. While I only vaguely remember the book, this poem stuck in my head and wouldn’t let go. I can’t recite my own poetry by rote, but this poem made such a huge impact on me that 25+ years later, I can still recite it by heart.

We can embrace love; its not too late.
Why do we sleep, instead with hate?
Belief requires no suspension
to see that Hell is our invention.
We make Hell real; we stoke its fires.
And in its flames our hope expires.
Heaven, too, is merely our creation.
We can grant ourselves our own salvation.
All that’s required is imagination.

– Dean Koontz, The Book of Counted Sorrows (From the book Darkfall)

Before reading Darkfall, I had started my foray into the world of writing. I started with short stories and soon found I had a love of poetry. I had very little confidence, but ideas galore and the drive to keep trying. Then I read Dean Koontz poem. To me it meant that all I needed was imagination to create what I wanted out of this world. I grabbed on to that idea and kept writing. As long as I had imagination, I could write anything! What probably would have ended up nothing more than a passing fancy, became a passion.

I still remember the passion this poem instilled in me. It often amazes me how something as short and sweet as a poem or song can influence someone to such a degree. I can only hope that one day my words will do the same for someone.

Thank you, Dean Koontz.

The Daily Post – By Heart

Oct 262010

Acceptance. In simple terms, accept who you are. If you are an artist, let yourself be an artist. People try to force you to “grow up,” to give up your dreams, to do whatever it is they think you should be doing while your inner artist is screaming. Don’t let people tell you that your dreams are wrong, bad, not worth pursuing. In the end, it’s your life and your happiness that’s at stake. Do, be, create and surround yourself with supportive people.

I’ve had to walk away from more than one situation and friendship because I was being told what to do with my life, but there’s another aspect to this. I’ve often tried to be what I’m not. Writing what I thought people wanted to read, forcing myself to start projects for the sole purpose of approval when it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. Doing things with my life that other people wanted me to do. It’s important to write and write what you’re itching to write. Placate the artist and it will let you write other things, like blog entries for example.

Back to simple. Write because you want to and what you want to. Allow yourself to suck. Don’t base your success on approval from others. Don’t base your success on a paycheck, size of a paycheck, or lack of a paycheck. Create and be rewarded by creating. If you’re in this to get rich, turn back now.

Lots of talk about movement and exercise. I agree that movement, getting out there and walking, running, horseback riding, and the like can help to break those blocks, solve plot problems, and be inspirational. I’ve come up with a storyline or two and solved a plot problem while walking, but I hadn’t thought much about it. The weather here doesn’t always lend to walking and being comfortable enough to free the mind. Sweating profusely and shivering uncontrollably do not do much for thinking anything other than, “Hot, hot, hot!” or “I’m turning into a momcicle!” I have to look for other ways to exercise or other places to walk. Maybe I’ll become a mall walker, but only if I can convince myself I have the self-control to not spend money while I’m there.

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