Thursday, April 21, 2011

I AM

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill


So, I am watching Oprah yesterday and she had movie director Tom Shadyac on. They were discussing his new documentary, I AM! Definitely, a "too see" film. His story leading up to the film is inspirational. After achieving high status in Hollywood with a string of top rated, box office hits, awards, money and living the life of Hollywood glamour, with massive houses and possessions, Shadyac discovers that all he has is not really as fulfilling as he had imagined so he sets out to "find himself" or discover what it is he is really searching for. A near death experience shortly thereafter propels him into really questioning his life, the world around him, what it happening in it and how can we as human beings truly change it. His discoveries and questions the prompted him to make this film are completely inspirational. He sets off with a small crew to travel the world, interview and question prominent people and ask the serious question of "what is wrong with the world we live in and how can we change it?"

I am always in awe of movies like these and love to watch them. I am always soul searching for myself and trying to make myself, my world and everything about it better. I am geared towards spirit and finding it within myself. I love to be inspired and listen to other's stories of their lives; trials, tribulations, joys, etc.

It is said this movie is a "must see". I only hope enough people will go see it, be inspired by it and take action for themselves to question there place in the world and be inspired to make change in the world.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MFA in Creative Writing

“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.”
~ Don Delillo (American Novelist born in New York City, b.1926)



I was searching the Internet for different MFA writing programs when I came across a video on http://www.scad.edu/writing/index.cfm site by Adam Penenber, author of the book, http://www.amazon.com/Viral-Loop-Facebook-Businesses-Themselves/dp/1401323499. SCAD has something they call the Ivy Hall Writer's Series and there are other great video's by author's on the site as well.

Anyhow, his was the perfect motivation for today! In essence he has you question yourself on your desire to write, to believe that you can do it and to take action. This is the only way in which you will truly become a writer and find your voice.

In the last weeks I have been sifting through some of my old writings, revamping them and using them to create new writing ideas. It is the creative process and selection of material to submit, so that I can apply to an MFA program. I am looking at low-residency programs all over the country, since I am not in the position at the moment to pack myself up and move somewhere.

This is for me, a long time coming. I have an undergraduate degree in creative writing and always wanted to pursue my Master's in creative writing as well. Now, I just need to spend the time sifting through all the mounds of information for the schools, their processes for the programs, locations and see which appeal to me the most. Or should I say, which I feel could be the place I could enjoy, and flourish the most.

It is exciting! I am excited. It feels so liberating to put my words down onto paper or into this space again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Evaluation, Progress & Focus

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop." ~Usman B. Asif


So yesterday I talked about my reflections over the last months, weeks and days. Writing the post and re-reading what I wrote, was a real eye opener for me. Reflection has turned into evaluation and heading towards what my focus is and should be.

Sorting through my thoughts today, I actually began to make a list of "to do's." And it really was not as scary as I thought it potentially might be. Ok, granted due to procrastination, dishonesty with myself and pure fear, my list was longer than I had expected it to be. Only instead of being as daunting as I though it might be, it was actually a relief to see it written out on paper.

I packed up almost all of the library books I had out that are not related to what I need to concentrate on and am returning the make room for the books I need to read, to be read. I am beginning to clear the clutter from my workspace to make a fresh, inviting and positive environment to retreat to when it is time for me to work. I am also setting up the space with inspirational items, trinkets and other things that will keep me motivated and focused on the goal.

Next step, I need to tackle one item at a time on my list and go. Tonight, I am starting by posting this and using my techie skills to download much need (like yesterday) software onto my computer.

Part of me is thinking I should take baby steps, but the reality is I have wasted enough time, so I am diving in full force and creating results immediately.