Inspiration

This post is part of a  series on my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
― Cynthia Ozick

Website:

Tip:

Address small problems. They will become big problems.

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Health:

Inspiration and motivation

Tip:

Whenever you feel like giving up, remember why you set this goal in the first place.

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

— Anne Lamott

Art:

Courtesy of Aljoscha

Courtesy of Aljoscha

Tip:

Show up.

Writing Prompt: They stood together, hand in hand, and watched the world burn.

I going to try and post a writing a prompt every few days. It would help me think up new ideas. The focus is clearly not grammar or sentence structure. This prompt came from ‘Give a Prompt, Take a Prompt’

They stood together, hand in hand, and watched the world burn. He knew he had to get her out of here, but his legs would not obey him. A few meters away the fire was eating up everything he has ever known. Once the fire burned down there would be nothing left. He started tugging at her had trying to do something. She did not respond. The fire started spreading their way, eating up everything in front of it. He tried to shout out sams name, but he started coughing from the smoke. Sam looked at him with shocked eyes and spun around. They started running in the opposite direction from the fire. They run through the forest where the low branches scratched up their faces. Every time they fell they would get up and keep running. The fire was long behind them by now but they never stopped running. Each one did not want to let the others hand go. They held tight onto each other. The last shred from their lives. All Mark could here was his heart beats, loud in his head. Sam felt numb she couldn’t think straight. Her thinking was foggy and she couldn’t make sense of the events. They finally stopped when they reached the pond. It failed to provide the comfort they expected. It was the only familiar place to them..outside their hometown. They tried not to think about it. They immediately jumped into the pond. Mark hit the bottom of the pond and stayed there as long as he could. Under the water he did not have to face reality. He did not have to look at sam. He did not have to think about their hometown, life, friends..family.  He tried to block them out, but the questions kept coming. Sam swam to the other side of the pond. She closed her eyes and floated on her back. It was quite. All she could here was the wind blowing calmly. She could did not see Mark but new he was under the water close by. She thought of the first they discovered this place. They were terribly lost young kids who did not know where to go. She remembered stumbling on the pond and completely forgetting about being lost.  Every since it has become their place. They always came here together to escape..the town. She dunked herself under the water she could not think about it. Not now, she wasn’t ready. As she drifted up to the surface of the pond she heard a sound behind her. She slowly spun around expecting to see that Mark finally reappeared from under the water, but it wasn’t Mark.

Inspiration

I am starting a new series in my blog called ‘Inspiration’. I post several things i found inspiring that week including art, quotes, tips, websites, books, people, and music.  It is a place to reflect on the week and give a shout out to things that pushed me in the right direction. To check out other ‘Inspiration’ posts follow the tag: inspiration.

Quote:

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” 
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Website:

Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Tip:

Always remember those who helped you. Deliver two or three times as much value back.

I Write Like…

Apparently i write like James Joyce. I never read any of his writing, but if the internet says so then it must be true. I looked up his books. They include Ulysses. I might add it to my reading list. I recently joined Nanowrimowhich is the National Writing Month. So far, i have explored the forums and they are filled with interesting and useful information. I’m thinking of participating in either the April camp or the July camp. I don’t have high expectation, but it would be good to give it a try to before November. I should probably start thinking about novel ideas and characters.

My username: ForeverAsleep

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld starts with :”The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit”. That in my opinion is a very interesting first line to start a book with. From the very beginning i was sucked into the adventures of Tally Youngblood.  I have missed this feeling. Reading a book that grips you from the very beginning till the very last word feels very exhilarating. I enjoy reading books that create a world that might exist after ours showing us a glimpse of what the future could be. The book reminded me of another book a enjoyed years ago: The Giver by Lois Lowry. The book shows the ugly side of being pretty. Many books create future worlds that arise from wanting to distant themselves from our current world. If we continue as we are would we destroy everything? Would future generations see us as crazy ‘rusties’?

A few quotes i enjoyed:

“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.”

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”

“Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.”

“The flowers were so beautiful, so delicate and unthreatening, but they choked everything around them.”

                               ― Scott WesterfeldUglies

List the Words That Touch Your Soul

I decided to participate in Moorea Seal‘s Project 52. I’m a little late to the party, but hopefully I will catch up. I loved her description of the project and how it works:

“I love lists!  So I thought it would be fun to start a series on my blog for 2013 that focuses on List making, lists for fun, lists for self discovery, you name it.  And it’s all about participation!  Each week I’ll have a new list prompt for you to download.  I think it could be really fun to print out a page each week, collect them through the year and then bind them together at the end of the year as a little memento of 2013.”

The first prompt is:  List the Words That Touch Your Soul

Words that Touch My Soul

Words that Touch My Soul

I used ABCya! to create the word cloud. I think it showcases the words i chose in a more artistic form.

The words i chose revolved around:

  • The people i love and my relationship with them: Family, love, trust, loyalty
  • The things i love: Reading, writing, music
  • How i see the future: Edge, horizon, purpose, lost, hope, light, chances
  • Gentle reminders: Memories, relaxation, care, live, pray, breath

Game Plan 2013

Hopefully 2013 will be the year my resolutions will not just sit on pretty paper in the back of my cupboard. Keeping a blog might make me more accountable..or maybe not, but we will find out soon enough! A bit ironic that i’m already a month behind 🙂

List of predictable new year resolutions:

  • Be happier with your decisions
  • Take care of your body
  • Write and read more
  • Work towards your life goals