November 2011 Review: Nourishment

The God of Passing Time

The wet cold bites my bones.   I draw my deep red shawl tightly across my shoulders.

October to January is Makahiki season according to Hawai’in culture.  A time when there was a taboo on warfare and people participated in religious and sports festivities.

Imagine saying “no” to warfare!  If it could be done for an entire season, why not an entire year?  Is this a legacy that could be brought to life once again?

Can we all begin to make this the season of our own peace by refraining from harm in our own interactions?

The Seasons Go Round and Round

Writing this monthly review is like watching the seasons of my life pass by.

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Reason Vs. Intuition: Finding The Right Balance

Horserider for Reason vs. IntuitionThis is a guest post by Ollin Morales from Courage to Create.

 I’m a fiction writer that approaches the creative writing process with a very “holistic” philosophy.

My philosophy is that I cannot create my best work on the page if I am not healthy spiritually, physically, psychologically and emotionally. My writing is only part of my “whole” and I know that if something isn’t right in one part of my life, it will directly affect my ability to be creative.

This philosophy is the premise of my blog, Courage 2 Create (C2C). C2C is an exploration of how the lives that we live affect the artistic work that we create; and, conversely, how our lives are also a work of artistic creation.

In the process of writing my novel and sharing the experience on my blog, I have found that, for each person, the path of life is very unique and personal, and often we must each create our own, unique paths from scratch.

How Writers Rely On Their Intuition

One of the greatest challenges in trying to create your life from scratch is finding the right balance between following your reason and following your intuition.

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The Joy of Writing Succinctly

I tend to write long blog posts.  Unwittingly, the long article became my default blogging style.

Sometimes I get word-weary though.  It can seem like writing will never come to an end.  Writing fatigue sets in, but I continue to trudge along.  Joy fades, but I am determined to reach the finish line.

In counterpoint, my friend Raam Dev crafts the single, knock-out sentence.   He whisks you away on a whimsical journey in two lean paragraphs.

Inspired by Raam, I challenged myself to an experiment:  writing [more] succinctly.

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