Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

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365 Days & A Promise

The following series will (eventually) consist of 365 posts written on consecutive days. It is a challenge (and a promise) I made to myself and I intend to keep it.

Why? (Kicking & Screaming)

I have been hiding from my dreams my entire life. I can write, though I have consistently found a reason to stop myself from doing so. I came up with every excuse in the book not to pursue it as anything more than a hobby.

Finally, a couple of years ago, I decided to take the time to publish (you can find my Amazon Author page by clicking here)some things. I always loved horror and existential fiction, so that is where I started. Some of it was good, but there was no consistency to it, and I had begun a spiritual journey that was leading me away from the shock and awe aspect of horror. I struggled with what direction to take and eventually, it just faded into the background of my everyday life.

Now I have decided to write again. I am Thomas Paine, nor do I ever expect to compose the next great American novel. I simply want to write, unrestricted, about the journey I am on. This exercise is meant to drag myself by the hair—kicking and screaming if need be—out of the carefully constructed cave of programmatic bullshit I’ve been hiding in.

If I’m Being Honest

One post every day. No research, no forethought, no rewrites, no plan except to spend 20 minutes being honest every day and putting it out there. Nothing is off-limits: rants, raves, poems, story excerpts, God, politics — Nothing. A good portion of it will be shit, some of it will be good, but all of it will be meaningful.

If you choose to continue on this journey with me I appreciate it. Your time is extremely valuable so If you do not, I understand. Either way, thank you for sharing your time with me for these brief moments.

Dave

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 2

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!
Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

 

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Today, an imperative and impassioned set of demands for the 363 days to come:

Write.

Write something.

Write anything.

Write a poem, a play, a rant, or a letter.

Write an ode to your victim mentality, or an epitaph to the selfishness you are trying to slay.

Write something for the love of God and that tiny thread that still tethers you to the talent that God gave you.

Do not fear the repercussions or recriminations. Do not, for one-second, dwell on the anxiety that comes with putting your heart out into the world.

Tear the shirt from your skin, and skin from your bones, and the heart from your chest, and hold it up in front of you.

Look at it, learn it’s secret, and write.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

Just Write Something Damnit — Day 3

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Spirituality Is…

 

Spirituality, at it’s purest, is actively working towards being a better person. I see people getting this wrong all the time. Some are smug, self-righteous little people that would rather tear someone else down than building ANYTHING up. Others are angry at God and disdain anything and everything that looks like it might make them think beyond their material existence. Still, others are just sad and confused; weighted down by the burdens they carry and too tired to lift themselves.

 

The Path Less Traveled

 

Everyone walks their own, individual, spiritual path. This is true whether we acknowledge it or not. We can stomp our feet, wring our hands, and scream to the high heavens that it’s not true, but it is. And even though every individual must walk their path, every path eventually presents the same set of guidelines that must be followed in order to walk any further; they are that we must flick all those chips from our shoulder, kill the materialistic programming that we’ve accumulated (since birth), annihilate our prejudice’s, and get to fucking work.

 

Work, Work and More Work

That’s right — work. Work (and by extension the works we do) are the key to it all. You can WANT to be a better person, THINK about ways to be a better person, HOPE for a chance to be a better person — all of that equals exactly jack shit if you do not actively, emphatically, consistently, and constantly WORK towards becoming a better person.

 

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Here’s the good news; ask and ye shall receive! Believe me when I tell you that is absolutely the truth. If you take a moment and ask God (the universe, the All, the sun; however you internally identify with existence as a whole) to show you ways to be better you will be presented with more opportunities than you can handle before you lay your head down that evening. The simple trick is learning to recognize, accept, and then act.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

Just Write Something Damnit — Day 4

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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I have been staring at this screen off and on all day trying to think of what to write about. These posts are meant to be a simple challenge/exercise that keeps me writing and moving forward with this site. Most of the posts thus far have been written quickly and accomplished the goal. Today is different.

This site has been a labor of love for the last ten years or so. I have made it live and then taken it down more times than I can count. I can give you a million excuses as to why that has happened, but it all just boils down to this: I never accepted it for the labor of love that it was.

I always tried to force the material world upon it. The dream is to be a writer, but the point is to make money. At least that is how I saw it.

Things have changed recently though. I no longer care if I make money here. I no longer care if I make money at all. That is not to say I don’t need it—just that I do not care if I have it. That has made all the difference. When you stop thinking about the things you don’t have you stop not having the things you need.

So there you have it. I stared at the page off and on for well over five hours. Then I confronted the issue, let it go, and five minutes later the page has some paragraphs on it that damn near make sense. Maybe—if I am lucky—the words here are enough to make you ask ‘what in the actual fuck is he talking about?’. That, after all, is the point.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 5

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Mountains Out Of Molehills

I make mountains out of molehills every day. It has been a defining character deficiency since as far back as I can remember. There has been a reduction in this momentum shattering practice over the past few years, but I still find myself doing it now and then.

My Mountain

A perfect example would be this website. I think I already mentioned that I have made it live and then taken it down more times than I can count. The mountain/molehill scenario is one of the primary factors in that cycle. The plan always starts simply—put up a blog and then build around it. The problem is I put up the blog and then start working on the overall concept—the concept is the mountain. Once I get involved in that I start to bury myself in minutia at which point I forget about the blog—which is the backbone of the whole damn thing!

I Never Learn

I almost made the same mistake again recently. I got the blog up and running and then started working on the concept of the full site. It is important to me and I want it to be well designed for anyone that might come across it. The problem is I am having some trouble translating the concept into a home page design that gets the message across. It has been months now and I have reworked it over a hundred times.

Maybe This Time

That is where this specific series of posts comes in. I had to give myself a challenge that would keep the blog moving continuously forward and myself constantly writing. That home page is still not done. I will probably tweak it again the second I am done writing this. At least the molehill is visible while I continue to build up this mountain.

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