Monthly Archives: November 2010

“Every Journey begins with a single step”

Hey all,

So sorry for the delay in my posts. I have had a little bit of a set back in the world of creativity and my ever too fast mind. My book is coming along. I’ve finished the draft for my prologue. I started the first chapter, and have developed a new narration style that I think will really take the story places! I am excited. Contrary to my norm, I’m actually confident that a masterpiece will be born 🙂

In the meantime, I decided I wanted to change-up my blog a little. I want to make it that I post daily, and to do so I need incentive, or at least something that will keep me up to date. I’ve decided to go back to the first chapter of The Artist’s way, by Julia Cameron. The book is a wonderful and a means to unleash the inner creative soul. Each day I will take part in a writing assignment and post it. I’ll use this blog to track my process.

Wandering the way, journeying the Artist’s way. 🙂

I feel good and in a better state of mind.
Wish me luck!

Peace,
Kris

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“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” ~ Tina Turner

It’s been a rather difficult day. The gray hues of the world around me seemed to somber my mind in a way that is familiar but not all together productive. Reneging on my daily promise to write my Morning Pages, I found myself curled up on the couch, clutching to the warmth of my comforter, and watching Dexter.

As the day progressed, my sister called and forced me to get dressed. Much to the dismay of my inner desire to stay a vegetable in front of my laptop, I went with her to run her daily errands. We talked some, about friends that have come and gone, and our own family issues. Once finished with all the running around, we made a pit stop at panera and headed back to her house.

This is the sad part, I’m sitting here writing to you a play by play of my day, instead of unleashing the creative spirit that’s stored under lock and key. I realize, however, that not doing my Morning Pages leaves me with a sense of longing. It is creative withdrawal.

Alas, the night is not yet over and maybe in writing the truth here I can acknowledge and let go of the barriers fencing my creative spirit in. I have plenty of fodder stored away in this over sized cranium, I should be able to pull something out, though it feels like it will be like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Let you know if I am indeed magical.

Thanks.
Peace,
Kris


“Not all who wander are lost” ~Tolkien

It’s the beginning of the week! It’s been an interesting previous week both in my personal life, as well as the artistic journey I’ve been on. I’ve decided (after a week of trying it) to track my journey through “The Artist’s Way.”

Week one was successful. I took a looooooooong walk as my artist’s date and had a wonderful time. I found different pathways to the ocean, which made my creative spirit dance with glee. I found a house not to far from my home, built with architectural mastery and beautifully landscape. Upon seeing the house, I thought an artist must live here. It was that little artistic nudge on the inside, that feeling of being in the presence of art. As I walked closer to the mailbox, I noticed a giant rock marking the driveway in an artistic landscaping design. On the rock was painted a beautiful mural of a lighthouse and a calming sea. From now on, my camera is coming along with me!

Each morning I began my day with writing. As part of the program, Morning Pages are part of the deal. 3 pages, front and back every morning, right after I wake up. I have to admit, sometimes I have to convince myself it is for my betterment, but usually feel lighter when completed. I also noticed the clarity that comes from doing them. No longer sitting at my lap top in the middle afternoon attempting to write but getting held up on the issues of the days past or the issues at hand, I now, after a bout of yoga, a healthy breakfast, and a morning meeting with the trees in my back yard, am able to create.

One particular writing session produced an essay that was more than just a rambling of past transgressions. I had written it as an exercise assignment from the book. Who knew how creative that assignment could be! I’m considering editing it and sending it off for publication. I’ll let you know how that endeavor goes.

I also had the creative editing spirit and looked at one of my old poems. “Mother’s Advice” was written about a year ago in a Creative Writing class at school. The assignment was to write a poem using a metaphor. I was pretty proud of it when it came time to sharing and it was received well. It was also the poem that warranted a surprise meeting after class with my professor. It was the first time that any one said I needed to get published in a literary magazine. My poetry had caliber. It was a nice feeling.

Anyway, I digress. I originally started this post to tell you about the status of my book! I’ve finished the prologue and am trying my hardest to not to go back and rewrite but rather rewrite. Tomorrow I hope to at least finish a quarter of the first chapter. I also have been having little brain blasts of scenes that I want to try to develop more, the scribbled on napkins and random post its are starting to clutter up my desk! I’ll give you a little insider tip, the invocation of the heavenly muses has been called after the description of the Great Orchestra! 🙂

As Always guys, Thanks for stopping by. See you next post.

Peace,
Kris


Have you Heard about Wordle?

Wordle: Ladybug
If you haven’t heard of Wordle, then you’re missing out on some fun, or an added procrastination technique other than facebook. Wordle is a website in which you enter a peice of text, maybe you have a poem you just wrote, or maybe you have a fun quote you like to look at. At the hands of the creative programing, the text will be formatted in a fun emblem you can post to your blog. The recent wordle adventure included the new poetry post, my poem “A Mother’s Advice.” Pretty cool, right? Well, I think so. Now if only I could figure out how to make it bigger….
*le sigh* sometimes I wish I had a tech geek in my life.


“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ~Robert Frost

~ Ladybug  Ladybird ~

"A scarlet Lady with blemished wings"

A Mother’s Advice

She flies free, this lady with blemished wings;
a scarlet lady in a field of Greens.

She climbs–He bends–The wind begins to sing:
“No M’lady there are still more to seek.”

She’s re-learning to fly, happy and free.
Suddenly–FLASH– she’s netted down by Red.

His scent was strong and his beauty screamed,
but the guard of thorns made the tears she bled.
“No, M’lday, there is still more to seek.”

Carried to limbs, wings weary and broken,
he sways from his roots to lull her to sleep.
She sleeps while love’s words are at last spoken,

“Lady bug Lady bug you are not alone,”
“Lady Bug, Dear Lady Bug, Welcome Home.”

—  Kris E. King —
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“Every child is an artist. The Problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picaso

What a week! I spent most of the week at my sister’s house, helping around the house (folding laundry, playing/babysitting the niece and nephew, and cleaning up at the end of the night). It was a nice reprieve and kept my mind a little occupied and away from negative thinking that I am normally prone to. It also gave me a little time to flex my creative muscles as I played with the kids. Thier imaginations are strong and we easily get carried away into a world of make believe. I absolutely love it!

At the end of the week I made a trip out to the nearest book store and picked up a few reading materials. I recently finished Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo. It was a fantastic book with wonderful insight and many laugh out loud moments. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what an everyday joe schmo can do to incorporate a spiritual life to their every day way of life.

At the book store I picked up Me Talk Pretty One Day, by Greg Sedaris. Can’t wait to start it. I also picked up The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. It is a 12 week program to unleash the creative spirit and turning creativity into a spiritual practice. It was recommended to me by someone who has ultimately changed my life for the better. Dina, if you’re reading, thank you.

This week’s assignment is Recovering a sense of safety. In addition to the weekly artist’s date and daily Morning Pages, the focus is to acknowledge the little nagging inner censor and identifying where, when, and by whom the seeds of this irksome voice were planted. Like weeds, we want to pull the voice out at its root and open up the creative passageways and clear the blockage. I am hopeful and take the assignment seriously.

I will let you know how it goes!

As always thank you for stopping by!
Peace,
Kris


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”~Anna Quindlen

Welcome, dear reader. How has the journey been treating you thus far?

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your support, however much you choose to give.

I am beginning this blog to chronicle my own personal journey as I attempt to write my very first novel. I have been brainstorming and jotting ideas down for several years now, and I think it is time to kick my butt into gear and write the thing! This blog will be my outlet, a place where I can share my achievements or rant about my frustrations (though let’s hope they are few and far between).

Learning to be a standout face in the crowd

The challenge: Produce a manuscript to be shipped out for publishing.

The Time frame: 1 year

The challenger: Me, Kris

Once again, Thanks for stopping by. New Post coming soon!

Peace,

Kris