Decorating the mind…

A dear friend of mine shared a tweet that got me thinking. I’m sharing the tweet as I’ve tracked down the original author and followed him and his friend he mentions. It’s, to me at least, a very powerful way to look at two of the arts.

For myself, as I have trouble drawing stick figures, and my musical talents were left behind in high school band, I thought, how does this apply to me?

The answer became clear quickly. Writing is how we decorate the mind. Writers take a complex idea, and distill it down into words that, when ingested, fill a room within your mind, even if only for a little while.

Some of these keep these rooms throughout our life and they form a part of who we are. Perhaps they help us deal with a difficult or painful situation. Maybe they form a basis for how we react to something in our lives, or how we perceive justice or what we consider our moral right.

Writers entertain us, inform us, and, if we let them, teach us something. These lessons may be about our world, or just their world. But either way, they can leave this room within us, decorated with their words. With the emotions and images they co hire within us. These rooms are just as powerful as a master’s painting, or a composer’s magnum opus.

So if you’re a writer like me, don’t give up on your creations. Someone out there is waiting for you to decorate a room in their mind, whether they know it now or not.

Spell a Day – Feb 26th 2016

Friendship my Gentle Readers. Today is a ritual that takes me back to my childhood. Who made friendship bracelets as a kid?
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Image courtesy of Angel in the North

Now, nothing I ever remember from my kids was this fancy looking. At least not that I received. I do remember having some leather cord and colored beads that I made necklaces and bracelets out of. I used it to hang my piece of obsidian on mainly.

The object is to weave friendship and love into the strands as you form the complicated loops and patterns. Then, when you gift it to a friend, it will carry that message to them. I could see any of my adult friends giving me one hell of a strange look if I gave them a handmade bracelet. Being that I am an author and avid reader, maybe handmade bookmarks with little woven tassels would be more appropriate. Maybe for fans too. Could be a nice treat.

The importance of friends cannot be understated. I have been blessed with some really great friends over the course of my life, some of them lost along the way as we grew up or moved on. They still hold a place in my heart and my mind. I have learned a lot about myself through my friends.

Take a moment to thank the friends in your life. It may just be the little bit of positive spark they needed in their day. Don’t take for granted those that are there for you, because one day, they might not be.

100 Followers, what?

Today I logged in and noticed that I reached 100 followers of my blog. I cannot express how incredible it is that 100 other people enjoyed something on my blog enough to follow me so they could see more. The last year has been a real rollercoaster for me. From starting this blog (and not doing much with it till the last couple months), to publishing my first novel; it has been a big year for me literary wise. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all my followers and I promise to try to keep the poetry and book news coming, as well as branching into more commentary on life and fatherhood in general. Keep fighting the fight my friends.