Being Present with First Thoughts

Yesterday morning, I took a cue from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones in the “First Thoughts” chapter and wrote in my notebook, pen and paper, in five minute bursts. I used the timer on my iPhone and I started it up two times more. I spent a total of seventeen minutes more or less, which doesn’t seem like too much time. However, five minutes or a group of five minutes is more than no writing.

Goldberg offers these guidelines for any timed writing session:

  1. Keep your hand moving.
  2. Don’t cross out.
  3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar.
  4. Lose control.
  5. Don’t think. Don’t get logical.
  6. Go for the jugular. Continue reading “Being Present with First Thoughts”

Beginner’s Mind

In the first chapter of Writing Down the Bones, “Beginner’s Mind, Pen, and Paper,” Natalie Goldbergtells the writer who picks this book up, “In a sense, the beginner’s mind is what we must come back to every time we sit down and write.” It’s easy to think about how profound this sounds. However, its a reminder of no matter how much you’ve written or what you have achieved, it’s always a starting over when one writes. As I haven’t really written in a while, this is a good place to come back to. Continue reading “Beginner’s Mind”

250-500+ Words: A Daily Writing Goal

This new year, like other new years before, I made some resolutions. One of them was to write every day, or at least write with more frequency than I have before. I’ve taken writing classes and have even gone through an MFA creative writing program, yet the discipline to write can be elusive. This is something I want to change in this comings year. Continue reading “250-500+ Words: A Daily Writing Goal”

2018: Welcome and Be Resplendent!

Originally posted on The Shindoverse Notebook on my Squarespace-hosted website.

Welcome to The Shindoverse Notebook, where I record musings and projects and works in progress.

I’ve been working on this new website for some time. It’s mainly designed to feature Resplendence, my MFA creative writing project and related work. Most of it was finished last year, but I kept putting off the finishing touches where it was ready for public viewing. I have procrastinated enough and the new year was a good time as any to get started. Continue reading “2018: Welcome and Be Resplendent!”

Welcome to My Universe

Welcome to my bike path, where I discuss discuss my creative issues along with what goes on in my personal life. While these things can easily be compartmentalized, they really aren’t separate at all. I’m a writer, artist, educator, cancer survivor, and, of course, cyclist.

I am an MFA alum. I graduated from the program at San Diego State University twelve years and my project Resplendence, featuring both text and image, can now be identified as a hybrid text. My narrator is obsessed with his Gold Lady and my Resplendence-related portfolio can be accessed on Continue reading “Welcome to My Universe”