My task…is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel – it is, before all, to make you see. That – and no more – and it is everything.

Joseph Conrad
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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers – Open Culture

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1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”
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1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”
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When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.

Anaïs Nin (born 21 February 1903)
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People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
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The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser (15 December 1913 – 12 February 1980)
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I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.

Kurt Vonnegut
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Cosmos – Carl Sagan – A Personal Voyage – The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean – Episode 1

▶ Cosmos – Carl Sagan – A Personal Voyage – Episode 1 – Video Dailymotion.

  • The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting.
    • 03 min 55 sec
  • For the first time, we have the power to decide the fate of our planet and ourselves. This is a time of great danger, but our species is young, and curious, and brave. It shows much promise.
    • 05 min 20 sec
  • Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
    • 06 min 04 sec
  • We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.
    • 53 min 15 sec
  • The cosmic calendar compresses the local history of the universe into a single year. If the universe began on January 1st it was not until May that the Milky Way formed. Other planetary systems may have appeared in June, July and August, but our Sun and Earth not until mid-September. Life arose soon after.
    • 56 min 20 sec
  • We humans appear on the cosmic calendar so recently that our recorded history occupies only the last few seconds of the last minute of December 31st.
    • 57 min 0 sec
  • We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.


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Sophia – Peace Love Light Life Health – Being Consciousness Bliss

Sophia – Peace Love Light Life Health – Being Consciousness Bliss

We are all creatures of love, desiring lust and compassion both
She and I, you and me — Lovers in heart and mind and soul and spirit
She is never out of my mind or my heart, constant solace
And bittersweet sorrow, yet I feel more alive thinking of her
Than forgetting her if that is or would be possible
In the foreseeable future — All that remains is silent
Devotion — Secret Love that can never be hidden forever
Source of pain and pleasure, beauty and terror — Light
And Darkness — Friend and companion, constant solace
As I journey across worlds of dreams and imagination
Of Ice and Fire, Water and Deserts — Holy Mountains, Valleys
All leading back to the center — Second World of Eldren
Secret City, Golden and Silver capital of the universe of magic
Wonder of the Wizards of Light and everywhere I see her
I meet her in cafes, shops, libraries and schools of wisdom
Scattered throughout the Wizard City — Always she is there
Sometimes she recognizes me, sometimes not — Always cares
For me as a stranger and an old friend — Communication
Of soul through our eyes — Spirit through our touch
As lovers and as friends — We come together and part
Again and again, the same story, though different, distinct
Always with new changes — Developments of character
Imagination of the Cosmic Consciousness within us both
And all of our shadows and reflections pervading
The Universe of Universes — All leading back to The Source
Fifth World above all Heavens and Hells, containing all
Creation — Stars, galaxies, universes of possibility
Order in Chaos, Light in Darkness, Female and Male
Unified, transcendent and immanent, balanced
Between Left and Right — The Tree of Life and Wisdom
Multiversal Flower of Consciousness — Twins of Love — Silver and Gold
Together always, learning and growing, becoming within being

Beth 23

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Sophia – City of Dreams – Land and Sky Island Continent – Atlantis Avalon Stormhold

Sophia – City of Dreams – Land and Sky Island Continent – Atlantis Avalon Stormhold

From the crossroads of Wizard City, pathways to hell and heaven
Technology meets magic, meditation and ritual — Yoga
Beyond petty jealousy — Recriminations and deceit
I want to be what I pretend — Free from darkness and doubt
Alright with uncertainty, but only a little bit
Not tied down by the past yet aware of all our history
Together — A planet, a people — You and me, friends and family
Unconditional love she taught me how to feel — Even through pain
She did not wish to inflict on me, because of my own attachment
To an ideal version of her that does not really exist, except in dreams
Yet I still think she is perfect, as are you, even in her imperfections
Beauty such that it makes me cry inside to think about how full of light
She is, despite the darkness — Infinite beauty despite the terror
I will always love her no matter what happens — Changes and growth
Moving closer and apart, yet always there remains a connection
Beyond limitations of time and space, across the cosmos and lifetimes
I remember who she is — From the beginning I know she is my soulmate
Again and again we meet — Through many lifetimes and situations
Worlds and worlds — We separate, sometimes under bad circumstances
Pain and heartbreak between us and others perhaps, but I can never stop
Loving her — Impossible to change without growing, becoming
Closer to perfection while even far away, duality of life, but getting better
She understands all of this perhaps better than I do — Just one more reason
Why I love her more than anyone else I can think of, even myself
I look forward to learning more from her, growing, changing
As we pass through lives, worlds, universes — Together even when apart
Even when apart, I think of you, before and after meeting you for the first time
In this life, beginning again and again — Imagination, soul of becoming
Within being, flower of life and understanding growing out of the darkness into light
And from light into darkness — Always there in all times and places — Infinite emergence

The Aeon – World – Cosmic Songbirds

Beth 4

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Vangelis & Jon Anderson – So Long Ago, So Clear

Once, we did run
How we chased a million stars
and touched as only one can
Once, we did play
How the past delivered you
Amidst our youth we’d dream away, away

As if I knew the words I’m sure you’ll hear
Of how we met as you recall so clear

Once, we did love
Long ago how did I forget
Holding you so closely

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend – “Winter spring summer or fall, Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.”

When you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand,
and nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud now
and soon I’ll be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.

Victor Hugo (Born February 26, 1802) – Wikiquote “It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise….”

The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

A man is not idle, because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labour and there is an invisible labour.

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. A day will come when the bullets and bombs are replaced by votes, by universal suffrage, by the venerable arbitration of a great supreme senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, the Diet to Germany, and the Legislative Assembly to France.
A day will come when a cannon will be a museum-piece, as instruments of torture are today. And we will be amazed to think that these things once existed!

God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art.

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.

In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.

It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.