Ideas of the Shipwrecked

These are the only genuine ideas, the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce.” –Jose Ortega y Gasset   Breakage BY MARY OLIVER I go down to the edge of the sea. How everything shines in the morning light! The cusp of the whelk, the broken cupboard of the clam, the opened, blue mussels, moon snails, pale pink and barnacle scarred— and nothing at all whole or shut, but tattered, split, dropped by the gulls onto the gray rocks and all the moisture gone. It’s like a schoolhouse of little words, thousands of words. First you … Continue reading

Voice of The World

Poets voice the world. (Artists vision the world). I would not have made it through my teenage years without such favored poets as Carl Sandburg, Leonard Cohen, or Bob Dylan. I have relied on both known and unknown poets my entire life. My free writing retreat days at my home are in remembrance of William Stafford, poet and activist. In recent years many local poets have graced my life, helped me to hear the soul of the world. Everyone of my books features poets because they help me share my message with you, my readers. Today’s blog is written by one of … Continue reading

How To Start Over and Finish “IT”

Starting over doesn’t mean to start over “at the beginning” but to start over from where you are now. Starting over is just as much of an attitude as an approach to the writer’s life. Most of us tend to write our first pages, introductions, or first chapters over and over. Or we write lots of “starts” to great stories, piling them up like a hoarder for that special time. This becomes a seductive loop of feeling as if we are moving forward when in fact we are stuck in a cluttered place. Here are three ways to generate momentum and … Continue reading