Monday, June 26, 2017

A Quest for Inspiration

Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr, Nobel prize-winners, presented many counterintuitive theories. Once while Pauli presented his ideas about a radical new hypothesis, Bohr came out of the audience to the stage and interrupted his colleague. 

Bohr said, "We all agree that your theory is crazy. What divides us is whether it has a chance to be correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."

Consider your ideas and possibilities. Could they be crazy enough to be true?  Go on an unpredictable quest to free trapped vitality.  

Try an experiment to awaken sluggish magic.

Look into nature for nurture. Try combining  creative ideas to develop music, literature, and another art form.

Synthesize and coordinate all aspects of life you do the best. 

Express yourself with a flourish.

Notice with renewed awareness areas of life you take for granted.



      inspiration through

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Find triggers from one-liners.  See where you can take these as ideas for stories.

Make your mark on cupcake wars and develop a new taste treat. Spin on vegan.

Don't give up sushi meals and beds of comfort, travel on $50 a day.

What is authentic education?

Find a love note in a book of poetry.

What if you go from angels to zombies to dystopian worlds in one day?

Something dark and dangerous lurks at the edge of town.

Haunted by a freak accident, the woman . . .

What if you get in the wrong cab going home after a few too many?

An artifact washes ashore.  How will you trace it back to the owner?

Open your writing to a few of these possibilities.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time to Rest

When rushing to create a product, writers often power from idea to solution and avoid the percolation process. Although they accomplish a result, they may have missed insights gained from the incubation period so vital to the creative process. 

An interval of rest and diversion from thoughts and brain noise helps everyone reach the "Aha" moment with more possibilities.

During a period of not writing, notions and ideas flicker the synapses in kaleidoscopic fashion. With deadlines approaching, it becomes difficult to let that "nothing" happen. Even a short break will prove valuable. After a respite, a feeling of freshness and invigoration pushes one into the final stage of writing.

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the magic of brain swirl depended on channeling from the Muses. Unknowingly, while leaving it to the Gods, they permitted time for rest to take over. They also enjoyed bacchanalia for diversion.

Elias Howe, an adapter of the sewing machine, became frustrated with the notion of the sewing needle because he could not determine how to thread and mechanize it. One day he stopped and stared out the window. His mind spun in reverie.

Later he and told his wife he had a daydream of standing inside a black pot of boiling water in the jungle. A native came to him ready to thrust a spear. He looked up and noticed the spear had a hole in its tip. When he returned to his work, he decided to try a hole in the tip of the needle in his machine. Aha!

It takes courage and resolve to rest, daydream, or do nothing during a writing project.  Just writing the word "rest" feels like procrastination or a retreat into laziness.

Each writer has a different way of accessing this place of rest as a springboard to illumination. Take time from a writing project to investigate your place of silent awareness. 

Does this work during the moments of tranquility before sleep or in moments upon awakening? Do you make discoveries in the flow during a run or walk? Will breathing exercises push you into a calm and tranquil state.  Could meditation provide the rest needed?

Define in writing what a place of rest means to you.  

During a time of frustration in writing, give yourself the permission to rest. 

Then write about the results.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dimensions of Expression

Bird of wire

Caged in silver

Canaried leaves.

Dapples of red.

A flutter of green.

Skeleton of citron

Collaged by inspiration

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Find the Key

I give you, here, now, a magic key.
What does it open? 
This key I give you, 
what exactly does it open? 
Anything, anything! 
But what?  - Robert Hass

Begin with an egg that feathers into life. How does nature use its keys for growth?

What do you keep hidden inside that will burst out like a rose in bloom?

Consider a mental lock, or part of your heart to use as a springboard.

Bloom, blossom, break away from the ordinary.

Choose just one area of life that needs a full opening.

Find the key. Take flight.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy First Day of Summer

When my Daddy pointed to summer’s full moon he said, “See the bunny?”  
"Where?" I squeezed my eyes to find it.

"Imagine a clock. Look at the 1 and 2 for the ears. Find the tail at about 7 o’clock," he said.

I learned to tell time in circular before digital clocks.

The moon rabbit appears in fables, folklore and poetry around the world. Sansanka, the moon in Sanskrit translates, "having the marks of a hare."
In a Buddhist fable, a monkey, jackal and rabbit happened upon a beggar who needed food. While the monkey gathered fruits from trees, the jackal caught a lizard and stole a pot of milk-curd. The rabbit only ate grass and had nothing to offer the beggar. She flung herself into the fire the man had built. Suddenly, the man revealed himself as the god, Sakra. Touched by the rabbit's sacrifice, he designed her likeness on the moon for everyone to see.

The Han Dynasty poets referred to the "Jade Rabbit" or the "Gold Rabbit." These Chinese characters represented a word for the moon: 玉兔  金兔.

A Taoist fable revealed a hare, the gemmeous, who served the genii. The creature ground an elixir of immortality on the moon. Imperial Chinese robes of the 18th-century revealed the white hare making the elixir in embroidery.

Told in a Native American Cree legend, a rabbit wished to ride the moon. The crane agreed to fly him there.  As the rabbit's weight pulled during the trip, it stretched the bird's legs. They remained elongated from then on. When they reached the moon, the rabbit touched the crane's head leaving a red mark. The rabbit still rides the moon.

by Cyra R. Cancel
The Tezcucans of Mexico said the sun and moon started out equal in brightness until a god took a rabbit by its heels and flung it into the moon's face to dim its light.

Silhouette Tease

Wolf runs
from the prairie
jounces into the sky
unable to 
snatch the rabbit 
stuck on lunar highlands

Once the moon glowed
clean as bone
until sun flung
rabbit there
for resisting 
the bidding
to dash him
the earth

Now sun
lures wolf
hoodwinks him
with light beams
to reveal the rabbit 
in the moon
Sun laughs 
 as wolf howls
at his prey
          - Penny Wilkes

Look for the bunny tonight. Enjoy a writing festival today in celebration of Summer Solstice. Imagine yourself reveling at Stonehenge near the fire wondering about the rabbit in the moon. Think about Shakespeare and enjoy a midsummer night's dream.