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Looking at my World from a Different Place


The Wanderings of a Would-Be Polymath

I am excited to reveal my theme for the Blogging A to Z Challenge for April 2017.    It will be  “The Wanderings of a Would-Be Polymath.”

I can hear you now:  “Huh?”

A polymath is simply a person who has “learned much.”  Strictly speaking, a polymath is someone who is an expert in many areas.  I am most certainly NOT that– hence, the “would-be”.   Leonardo was a polymath; I am not a Leonardo.    I am more of a generalist, a person who strives to learn a little bit about a lot of things.  I have an inquisitive mind that is attracted to the marvelous complexity and variety of the world around me.   I used to hate it in school when the vocational counselors would ask me what I wanted to study in college or what career I wanted.    I would look at them with incredulity and think “Are you kidding me?   I can’t decide that now, if ever.   I don’t want to be stuck in a box!”

So my daily posts for the A to Z blogging challenge will be devoted to an exploration of those disparate issues, ideas, topics and disciplines that attract my attention on a daily basis — sort of like how ravens are attracted to shiny objects.

The first post of the challenge will appear April 1.


WordPress Daily Post Prompt:   I’ve labeled myself a wannabe polymath.











A Little Preview of April

Regular readers, you may have noticed that I have not posted much in the last couple of weeks or so.

I am writing, though.  Massive  amounts of it.

I am preparing for the Blogging A-Z Challenge which I will begin posting on April 1.   So far I have prepared material on how I would probably be executed for being a witch, the nature of “alternative facts”, Japanese-style poetry, chocolate, being a book junkie, chicken recipes, and a prehistoric woman named Helena.

Stay tuned.




A Little Advice on Writing and Reading about Writing

As I stated in my Sunday post, I have stopped working the creativity recovery program I had started two months ago.     I am sure this program and others like it work for a lot of people, but not for me.   I encourage those individuals to keep working at it.   As for me, I have another way.

The only thing that helps me to overcome a writing block is the physical act of writing.   I write something everyday.  Sometimes it is only in one of my journals.  Sometimes it is just posting silliness on my Facebook page.   Sometimes you get a blog post like this.

If you were to ask me my advice on writing, I would say:

1) Carry a journal and pen or an electronic device with a note-taking program with you AT ALL TIMES;
2) once a day in the journal or on the device, write one sentence that is an observation of something around you or in your life.  Just one sentence.  It can even be one word;
3) then try for a second sentence;
4) and then a third;
5) and keep writing sentences until no more come.
6) You will end up with at least one sentence a day.  Add them all up and you will have at least 365 sentences.   You will probably end up with a lot more.  It is exponential once you are on a roll.

Then, if you do feel the need of some wisdom from those more experienced (and who doesn’t?), study your favorite writers.  And if they have written books on writing, you have hit the jackpot.

Here is a list of my favorite books on writing.  I refer to them often.  Actually, most of the advice I give above are variations and paraphrases from some of these books.

Bird-by-Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,  by Anne Lamott
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, by Natalie Goldberg
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, by Susan Goldsmith Woolridge.

Now, get off-line and write.  🙂


Obligatory Disclaimer:  I did not receive any of these books from the publishers.  I bought ’em all and I like ’em all.  🙂