Religion for Fun and Prophet (Yeah, I Know…)

When being driven from a religion, one ends up in some far-afield places.

Okay, let’s backtrack. Just say that I was once a fundamentalist Christian and am no longer. No big whoop. That’s not what’s important here. What is important is that once you are in the marketplace for new gods, you can find some real boutique treasures.

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The Weekend Redirect: How I Cured My Anxiety by Leo the Nerdy Lion

Leo the Nerdy Lion writes about a subject near and dear to my heart – crippling anxiety. I found this post to be extremely helpful and I hope you do as well.

I strongly suggest this article for everyone whose mind suddenly turns in on itself and Ouroboros-like starts to devour its own tail.

SOURCE: How I Cured My Anxiety

The Nerdy Lion

Anxiety sucks, I know it, you know it, I think even deep-down anxiety knows it’s a deplorable piece of poop as well. No breath is deep enough, sleep is difficult to come by and you just feel burdened by, well, everything; society’s expectations, the ones you set on yourself, and most importantly – your cat. It literally feels like the world is weighing on your shoulders and you feel alone, like the only person in the world who has ever felt this way. Yeah, it feels insurmountable and sure, you probably feel embarrassed that you let it get this far. But don’t worry, the Lion is here to help you. Now before you go ahead and take everything I say as gospel, just remember I don’t have a doctorate in psychology or therapy. I do however think……like a lot, so you are in safe hands.

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Why…

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The Weekend Redirect: Defeats by Cristian Mihai

I wrote a little bit ago about writing despite whatever life throws at you. Life intervenes, and sometimes in an extremely brusk manner.

This post on Cristian Mihai’s blog goes into better detail in a more eloquent (and less goofy) manner. Read it and learn, peeps!

Source: Defeats by Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai

0707ashc9 455x600“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone.”John Steinbeck

To paraphrase another American writer, life breaks us all. Whether we want it to or not. And, yes, some are stronger at the broken places. Some are not.

We are defeated simply because there’s a lot more to learn from defeat than from victory. Grief, pain, and anger only serve as lessons.

It’s necessary. For us to evolve, for us to ask ourselves if it’s in our powers to change something.

About ourselves. About the world around us. Or the people in it.

You know the saying that the only true constant in life is change? Well… oftentimes change is painful. We are still terrified by the unknown, by what it represents.

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The Worst Good Writing Advice I’ve Received So Far

There are many rules about writing prose fiction. Any creative writing course will drill those rules into you. But don’t be fooled. These “rules” are merely guidelines that help you focus your prose. But they aren’t commandments. I think there is only one real rule so far as prose construction goes:

Rules about writing should be followed, unless they shouldn’t.

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Word Count: Struggling to Find My Rhythm Again

The consistently excellent J.C. Cauthon (J.C.’s for life, yo!) writes about my own Achilles heal: getting into the rhythm of writing.

Specifically, she writes about trying to find the groove of writing again. You know how it is: thousands of ideas, mere minutes of free time. Life intervenes. A move half-way across the country is intervening in mine. But once you start down the dark side of not writing, forever will it…

Damn, I am SUCH a nerd.

Anywhoozle, writing isn’t just a matter of getting the words on the page. You have to plan, work, cajole, beg, weep copiously, and outline.

After all, before you can run the race, you have to build the track.

This makes for sweaty work, and after a break it’s hard to resume the grind.

Couthon, although describing her specific problems, shows that writing frustrations are universal. I’m right there with you, Jessica. No time, and hundreds of ideas to fill that no time with. A mess of work to clean up a mess of a work.

What a glamorous life we lead!

Word Count: Struggling to Find My Rhythm Again

J. C. Cauthon, Author

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Well, the kids were out of school from March 26th until the morning of April 4th, and I managed to get practically nothing written during that week.  I love my kids, and I do okay when it is just three of them, but as soon as that fourth one is thrown into the mix, word production tanks.  So, after a week of not writing, I am finding it hard to get back in the groove of things.

For one, I do not have a definite project to work on at the moment.  I have a ton of stuff to work on, but everything needs more brainstorming and organization before I can jump on any of them, and my novels need a lot more world-building.

Secondly, I have been trying to organize my novel workings.  I’m usually pretty good about keeping things organized, but when it comes to massive amounts of…

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