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The Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart – PATRICIA DONEGAN

Haiku Mind Book Cover Haiku Mind
Patricia Donegan
Poetry
Shambhala Publications
2010-10
234

Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment—and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form as a way of insight that anyone can use to slow down and uncover the beauty of ordinary moments. She presents 108 haiku poems—on themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion—and offers commentary on each as an impetus to meditation and as a key to unlocking the wonder in what we find right before us.

Poetry is one of those genres that’s been hard for me to get into. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because I’ve tried to live the past few years with narrative clarity. Poetry, much like lyrics to certain songs, leave so much to interpretation that it requires a certain type of patience to look between the lines and find meaning. Continue Reading “The Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart – PATRICIA DONEGAN”

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On Joy and Rejection

Last week, I was undulating between two emotions: pride and disappointment. For one, my film I CAN I WILL I DID screened at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York to a sold out crowd. It was invited back for an encore screening the following week and picked up its third festival award (this time the Audience Choice Award). In addition to that, we received invitations to two mainstream film festivals. I am beyond thrilled! I want to thank my Facebook friends, film collaborators and blogging community for the kind congratulatory words that were sent my way. Filmmakers bare their souls for everyone to see and make themselves vulnerable to scrutiny and pain. An audience that is moved by what you have to say, is everything.

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On Whiskey and Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Book Cover Wonder Woman
2017
Patty Jenkins
Allan Heinberg
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Gal Gardot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Diana is a princess of the Amazons and trains feverishly alongside women warriors on a sheltered island, when American pilot Steve crashes onto the shores. Steve tells her about the war raging in the outside world. Convinced that she has the abilities stop evil in its tracks, Diana embarks on a journey, leaving the secure confines of her home.

I’m with Brian, my husband of nearly two years. We enter a fancy New York lounge and he immediately strolls toward the bar. i’m right behind him, waiting for him to order my go-to drink. The bartender does his thing and then comes back with the two beverages.
“Here you go,” he cheerfully says. “One Jameson neat and one Stella.”
He pushes the whiskey glass toward my husband and hands me the beer.

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The War of Art – STEVEN PRESSFIELD

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles Book Cover The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Steven Pressfield
Psychology, Writing Craft
January 1, 2012
165

"In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. The War of Art is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur.

There is honor in writing.
But don’t be a one, unless you’re prepared to suffer through years of rejection, financial burden, and critique from peers that make your heart sink to the bottoms of your feet.

Thus, I repeat: There is honor in writing.

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Book Review, Memoir/Biography, Writing Craft/Creativity 2 comments on On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft – STEPHEN KING

On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft – STEPHEN KING

On Writing Book Cover On Writing
Stephen King
Biography & Craft
Simon and Schuster
June 25, 2002
297

Critically lauded writer Stephen King shares his experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

 

Like most book nerds, I was a voracious reader as a child. I reveled in the magical worlds that authors built for me. But that all changed as I grew older and moved across the pond from Germany to California. Narrative adventures took a backseat to acquiring skills in a foreign language. By the time I became a full-grown woman, books had long disappeared from my daily routine. It wasn’t that I’d lost my appetite for stories – I still loved to be taken on a joy ride in my imagination –  but I did find it increasingly harder to sustain a habit that wasn’t directly benefiting the padding of my wallet.

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