Literary Zen IX

I would sooner a writer were vulgar than mincing; for life is vulgar, and it is life he seeks. ~ W. Somerset Maugham   #ofthejournals  

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At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear

As an artist, by which I mean anyone who creates artistically in any medium, do you ever use your art as a down in the trenches, fight fire with fire type of weapon in the never-ending battle against the forces evil; or is your art reserved only as an expression of beauty and love and … Continue reading At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear

Summertime Blues – A Call for Guest Contributors

I read an article a good while back about a study that concluded that we humans tend to be more productive and creative during cooler weather periods than warmer weather periods. Now, I cannot speak to the veracity of the study; however, I can speak to the fact that from now (and maybe even sooner) … Continue reading Summertime Blues – A Call for Guest Contributors

Hawser

A Guest Post by Author J Hardy Carroll

It is my pleasure, privilege, and honor to present to you a whirlwind of wisdom and intrigue from the author of HAWSER, our IABS&R Volume 3 selection. Or So You Say by J Hardy Carroll Tell me the truth, now. You always dreamed of being a writer. Doesn’t matter whether your dream took the shape … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author J Hardy Carroll

Saving the World, One Haiku at a Time

IF I WERE QUEEN* OF THE WORLD... [Thoughtful Thursday Prompt]   If World's Queen were I Nature's Reign would never die On Her I'd rely For today's prompt... Queens* of the World, tell us in a rhyming haiku what cause you are most passionate about. The 5/7/5 syllable count must be adhered to. Special consideration … Continue reading Saving the World, One Haiku at a Time

It’s Only “Weird” If… [Weird Wednesday Prompt]

I like those beer commercials that were airing a couple years ago about how it was only weird if it didn't work. If that isn't one of the most true and profound beer commercials in the history of beer commercials then I don't know what is... I mean, if we do something strange or have … Continue reading It’s Only “Weird” If… [Weird Wednesday Prompt]

PASS HERE AND GO ON, YOU’RE ON THE ROAD TO HEAVEN

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars … Continue reading PASS HERE AND GO ON, YOU’RE ON THE ROAD TO HEAVEN

Where You Are We Cannot Go

  With you there we are at the places we cannot go with you we go you take us there with you to the places we cannot go You guide us drive us deep into the heart into the dark into the places we cannot go Through the heat through the snow the snow the … Continue reading Where You Are We Cannot Go