Look out for news in the months ahead as I develop other blogs under my own name, to complement my existing UnleashedWriter.com blog. I will use these other sites for more personal business, not necessarily based on writing but focusing more on my charitable activities, such as advancing the fund drive I set up in my Mom’s name:
There’s a Full Moon rising right now. I just noticed her outside my desk window. She’s been winking at me an hour or so but my nose was buried in my work.
2:30 a.m…. Geez. I had been in a deep sleep but awoke to some strange dreams and burst into action taking it all down. Then another dream I had had earlier, then another from the day before, then one from last week, then to one I had last month, then one I had written down in 1989.
This is not an accident. For the past few weeks I’ve grown ever more intensely convinced that I must launch a new e-zine. I launched a “zine” when I was in college, called Chakra. That was typeset in newsprint using the crude desktop publishing tools available in those days. Plus some blood on the edge of my eXacto blade.
Now, of course, we have e-books and Amazon’s free publishing service, sophisticated word-formatting and wireframing tools, the ability to integrate audio, video, social interactivity and more into what I now feel it is time for me to launch: A new magazine-style anthology of art and words from myself and other contributors. I’ll start by using dreams as the inspiration for a series of story ideas.
The Dreamer just woke up.
The best part is, tomorrow night more dreams will be had.
It all started with a frustrated gaffe made by President Obama at a press conference. He got quite a shellacking as Star Wars and Star Trek fanatics clamored about his so-called confusion. I never thought he deserved it, and I finally put together why.
I was born in another country, and moved to the U.S. when I was 4 years old. Before then, back in my homeland, I dreamed of an eerie scene from some kind of craft gliding over a planetary landscape. I had no idea what it was, but the memory of it haunted my toddler imagination.
Shortly after arriving here, I became morose. I felt as if I had been taken away from the paradise of my tropical homeland to a distant land that was not my home. When Star Wars came out in theaters, it was the first movie I had ever seen theatrically. I was fascinated. My spirits rose.
I had also grown up watching Sesame Street and The Electric Company. I never had the chance to go to preschool, having been advanced to a gifted child track right into the first grade. Those tv shows delighted me, and I felt cheered up again in school.
Then also, I took to watching the old Shatner reruns on PIX with my Dad. Syndication was great for the series, as we all know. I was too old to have lived when it was first launched. Those were enjoyable times.
Then, as I got older, things felt sour once again. Sesame Street became just a way to sell cookies and cold cereal. I had been having nightmares about Ronald Reagan before he got elected, and then by the time I became politically aware he had corrupted the Star Wars pedigree with his Strategic Defense Initiative. Star Trek became the brunt of “get a life” jokes on SNL.
All in all, it became a dreary life once more. Every day, everything I loved seemed to be getting just a little more hacky
A New Hope began to emerge! The Empire Strikes Back reinvigorated the Star Wars legacy. The Wrath of Khan redeemed the Star Trek franchise. And even The Electric Company, while never revived, launched the fruitful career of the wonderful actor Morgan Freeman, Eventually he became God Almighty, and one of a long line of African-American Presidents, which of course we now have seen embodied in our President today.
Now everything old is new again. lBloo’s Clues is a brilliant follow-up to Sesame Street. Michael Bey’s Star Trek put Spock back on the map. And President Obama is young enough that his simple slipup revealed how deftly he understands and embodies today’s generation.
It’s always good to have a lot of spare Bics and bank pens on hand because they’re disposable.
But when you respect your writing properly,you care enough to carry your favorite pen – one you love the feel of in your hand, that expresses your personality. Your pen is your tool of art. Even if you handwriting sucks and your words are not perfect at the time, your emotions and deeper self flow through your hand. Honor your pen, and it will honor you.
The pen on the left is my pocket pen. I love the style, the weight and the rubber grip. It’s got a flashlight,too! I take it with me everywhere..
The pen below it is my absolute favorite — a replacement stylus (S Pen) for my Samsung Galaxy S Note II .which I also carry wherever I go. I love my Droid!
You can buy a large selection of stylus and executive pens at Amazon. If you really want to go on board with new technology you can consider an LED fluorescent writing board, which I don’t own yet, but I’m dying to get one!
Speaking of which, please use my links above to shop for these or any other item at Amazon. Your experience and pricing will the same as if you had gone direct to Amazon but the difference is that my links generate a small commission for me. I could sure use your support, and I promise to use it solely for arts and writing supplies!
Well it’s Sunday, so here’s my way to inspire enthusiasm for the week.
The sun is shining nicely this morning in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and I’ve got Prospect Park, the birds and my dear family and friends to look forward to today. But does the day end when the sun goes down? Not for me. Because when it gets dark it’s Movie Night! Sometime before bed, I watch this interview with Richard Branson on Bloomberg TV.
The interview took place on his whale-watching boat on the open seas. So right there the sight of the blue sky and the vast waterscape put me in a happy place.. Combine that with his creative entrepreneurship, putting his billions now to work for green energy, space travel, preserving the oceans and more - it all makes him an intriguing character.
For everday purposes, I recently bought a 5-foot-tall full spectrum floor lamp for the living room and a swivel-head sunlight desk lamp for my bedroom. I’ve wanted them for a long time, and finally just went ahead and bought them online. Truly one of the best shopping decisions I’ve ever made. Enjoy the rest of your week – I know I will!