Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

Can Writing a Certain Amount of Words a Day Improve Your Writing?

RAW TRANSCRIPTION — THIS IS SIMPLY SEO FODDER NB: I can’t transcribe properly without saying things like period, next line, new paragraph and so on. Therefore, I would not be freely speaking in this recording but rather dictating.   Can … Continue reading

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Original Photographs and the Impossibility of Everything Connected to Them

After your article proposal has been accepted your next challenge will be providing photographs to accompany the text. I hope you can take them yourself. The world of Nat Geo doesn’t exist anymore for freelancers. You will not have a … Continue reading

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Climbing Milestone Mountain by Kenneth Rexroth

I know Rexroth (internal link) from his translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry. I have none of his books anymore because I always gave them away. Those collections are that beautiful. Here we have a personal poem with Rexroth in … Continue reading

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No Qualifiers

Assertive and confident writing attracts the reader and brings certainty to your writing. This makes people read further. Qualified or hesitant writing produces uncertainty which writers must always fight against. “I think Bob is a good person.” No, no, no, … Continue reading

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She Was a Phantom of Delight by William Wordsworth

Overwrought? Yes, too many times. But Wordsworth saves himself with interesting lines like, “A lovely apparition, sent / To be a moment’s ornament . . .” Who else could turn that phrase? The text below is taken from the Poetry Foundation’s … Continue reading

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Over the Hill and Over the Dale by John Keats

John Keats died of tuberculosis at 25. I have his strongest poem here (internal link). But his most famous line is, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The epitaph on his grave reads, “Here lies one whose name … Continue reading

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That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection by Gerad Manly Hopkins (1844–1889) https://hopkinspoetry.com (external link) Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air- Built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | … Continue reading

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Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love doesn’t do much good. And it isn’t worth much. Still, tonight, I’m not selling. Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX) Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a … Continue reading

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The Going by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was a poet and writer. He penned the novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles along with much verse such as The Going. He was a Victorian Englishman. White. His work is now out of favor by politically correct modern … Continue reading

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Kitsch-man as Tourist by Ludwig Giesz. And the Rise of the Selfie.

What is kitsch? Everything in the last town I lived in which was Las Vegas. I know it when I see it. I’ll leave a better definition to dictionaries and the great book KITSCH: The World of Bad Taste by … Continue reading

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