Tagged: psychology

Writers only use words, as even parrots do…

#takeaway keys from the book “BECOMING a WRITER” by Dorothea Brande (first published in 1934, currently republished) Dorothea Brande was teaching a creative writing course. Her focus was: a) the imaginative power of the writer’s mind; b) the belief that “genius can be taught.” John Gardner wrote a foreword for this book. I used his humorous phrase as the title for this post.  PART I  #1 The Four Difficulties No...

The Criminal Brain or The Reality of Crime

We need criminals. Before you grab a fistful of rocks to haul at me, hear me out first. I’m not one and have never willingly partaken in crime… (Well, apart from that one time as a little kid, when mum caught me stealing some ice cream from the refrigerator). Why fridge doors choose to creak so loudly at night, I’ll never quite understand. Might as well use a loudspeaker while...

In a World of Words

You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world. Tim Gunn Three books from the past. Or goodbye, February: Let’s start with the largest book on the list – Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Are you aware that the octopus is the closest alien you can meet on...

The Season of Weltschmerz vs. Your Creative Force

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.  John A. Shedd Autumn is here, pitch-black evenings and mornings, the true season of Weltschmerz. The darkness is not the only reason to feel despair, isolation, or angst. The stream of political and healthcare crises is destroying the world of our dreams, but unfortunately… this is what we’ve got today. The word Weltschmerz has a German origin...

The Secret of Quantum

written by Ogunwumi Abimbola My friend had a breakup today (don’t worry, Suzy has a break up every other week; two cups of ice cream later, and we’ll be hunting for her next boyfriend 😉). Anyways, in between tears and sky-high scoops of ice cream, this was the summary of her ranting.  “If I had known Dylan would have been worse, I would have just stayed with Jack”.  “If I had...

Shame-less by Nadia Bolz-Weber

(nonfiction) #takeawaykeys If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Alert! Long post, if you can’t read it now, save for later! This book is for women who are almost-enough, who are struggling every day of their lives to be perfect, to deliver the image of the good mother, sexual goddess, ideal companion, and out-of-this-world-body. This book...

Discover the power of stress-free productivity

There’s a beautiful Sanskrit work – Samadhi OR समाधि – which roughly translates as a state of oneness, or complete absorption. How often do you experience such a feeling when you write? You know… that golden moment when you get entirely lost in your own words, and the page fills up effortlessly. The great challenge for us, soulful scribes, is that, all too often, the state of Samadhi alludes us. Our minds swirl with...

Déjà vu or how do you vu it?

Déjà vu is simply remembrance of the future. Wayne Gerard Trotman The subtle pull of familiarity while witnessing an event isn’t uncommon. Over two-thirds of the population are projected to encounter an episode of Déjà vu at some point in their life – the odd sensation that the events transpiring before you are a reoccurrence of previous experiences. Déjà vu has led many to seek the answers behind the curtain....