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Are You Watching the Race?

The US party nominations race is fascinating. It’s been years since we’ve been captivated by the presidential nominations on this side of the pond. Usually we wait until US voters have decided who’s actually running for the job of president before throwing a gaze across from time to time, ruminating on which nominee is going to be best for us (the rest of the world), but this time, the USA has two brilliant competitive races that are captivating our attention. ...

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Creative Writing Strategy Na No Wri Mo

As a creative writing strategy, I took a look at NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. It is a Creative Writing project, started way back in 1999 with 21 participants. Held in November every year, participants in NaNoWriMo aim to write 50,000 words in 30 days. According to the NaNoWriMo website, last years event had over 100,000 participants with over 15,000 people reaching the finish line. If you want to stay true to your dreams and write a book, then the strategy of writing with all abandon for 30 days may be one way of achieving it especially if you’re a procrastinating type. ...

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Get That Writing Habit Started

Monday mornings are sometimes painful, coming off the weekend, back to the daily grind. Although I have no boss, as Neil Shearing quotes, without a boss it’s up to me to self motivate and get that writing habit started for another week. So how do I get motivated to write? Well some things I try are: Read news feeds and see what’s going on in the blogosphere Check out the national and regional news sites to see if anything interesting sparks a creative thought Get some early morning exercise (this helps to boost the energy levels) Check some social networks to see what’s cooking with my pals Read the newspaper Read over some old journals to see if a topic I’ve written on in the past could do with updating I find photographs a good prompt for writing juice. ...

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Feeling a Little Reflective

I looked at my last post on this blog and it was dated June 1st. Thats two weeks ago. It’s not that I haven’t been writing anything, I have a couple of posts in draft state at the moment waiting to get finished, it’s just that I have been feeling a little reflective over the past two weeks. You see, I’ve been re-evaluating some of the goals that I set for myself for this year, and it would seem a major one is going to be relegated to a secondary one, you know what I mean. ...

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Stay True to Your Dreams

I watched the movie The Harder They Come last night. It’s always been a great favourite of mine, especially since it’s a movie made and starring Jamaicans (my family are from this beautiful Island), however watching it with fresh eyes made me consider the deeper meanings embodied within it. Although Ivan (the main character played by the legendary Jimmy Cliff), takes a somewhat destructive path, I was enthralled and moved by his ability, despite the odds, to follow his ultimate dream to be famous one day. ...

Why Are Fairy Tales So Scary?

Ever thought about it? If you read them back as an adult, they are really quite frightful affairs of child abandonment, monsters, hunger poverty and wickedness. The moral of each tale are usually sound but, Lord, how the journey to the end is full of twists and turns that would make modern-day child services frown. Trying to remember fairy tales is not a simple task. Although not yet plagued by early onset dementia, I find recalling the stories of woe a piecemeal exercise that, like most memory work, is better done in the company of others. ...