Quote of the Day

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Virginia Satir

To write or not to write?

I haven’t been blogging much of late. Because lately, I have not been in the mood to write. Awhile back I got block, lately its been lack of motivation. I read write. If you have nothing to say, write. If you think you’ve written enough, write some more. 

Yeah, well fuck you. 

Since I got my block and took a few days off, my mind has kind of been on a downward spiral. I know a lot of it has to do with not acquiring clients as fast as I would like. This means I have to watch my pennies, or maybe even get a part time job. 

The part time job doesn’t bother me. Paying your bills and eating are a part of life. Plus I rather enjoy eating. Makes me feel good. 

Hell, even the lack of clients doesn’t bother me. Its the inactivity I am going through that’s killing me. Yes, I am writing to find my voice, improve my portfolio, and just to get some issues off my chest, but I am not as active as I once was. 

I run every other day, and on the off days I walk. I have to do ROM (range of motion) exercises everyday for my shoulders. I keep my house clean. But all of this does not compare to the 8 to 10 hours a day I use to spend working for someone else. 

I spend many hours doing research, homework, and working on the portfolio, which I use to spend working. Now, I am either sitting, or laying down during those times. Luckily, after a year of this, I have not started to gain any unwanted weight. 

I did have a mandatory writing assignment I had to complete today, my IceBreaker for my English class this semester.

Here it is:

My name is Troy. I am not on a dating site, so I don’t see the point in these things. I won’t read any of your profiles. 

Here is the response from my professor: 

Dear Troy,

Please do introduce yourself to me and your classmates, just as you would if we met in person.  It is helpful to building a community of learners!

I would also like to know how this course can best serve you, personally and professionally.


Dr. Manning

Here was my response:

I am an introvert, so our initial contact would go about how my first post sounds. Since I am being asked to elaborate, here you go.

I live in Illinois, I am 35 years old. I am a copywriter.

I have many hobbies, as do all of you. I like and dislike many things, as do all of you. I want to better myself, as do all of you. I want to do something that will have an impact on the community as a whole, as do all of you.

Do you see a pattern here?

We all complain, love, and think we are different or unique and we’re not. We were all made from the same mold. Some people just show more of a different aspect of something we all have.

Personally or professionally, I want to learn how to BREAK the rules of writing. I am sick and tired of hearing you have to write like this, you have to write like that. I am calling BS. If I want to write, no one should tell me how I should structure it.

I do know one thing. Writing like any other work of Art is all about getting a reaction. Whether good or bad, Art is about reactions.

The personally or professionally comment about “breaking” the rules has been on my mind a lot lately. I think I have mentioned it in a previous blog, but I am not sure. I believe we all need to break free from the restraints that weigh on us, and find our own way. Whether in writing, running, golf, or gardening. 

Happy writing everyone.