Monday, April 23, 2012


…I've been listening to The Kooks. For a very kooky name, they sure are good. Also, the new Shins is a shimmering piece of work.

…Tax time is here.
Did you notice on the filing form that there's a provision for "Parents of a kidnapped child?"

Here are 10 Life tips from Rumi:
1. Challenge Fear
"Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious."
2. Be Bold
"Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth."
3. Have Gratitude
"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."
4. Take Action
"Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?"
5. Have Faith
"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears."
6. Embrace Setbacks
"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"
7. Look Inside
"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
8. Learn From Suffering
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."
9. Don't Be Concerned With What Others Think Of You
"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think."
10. Do What You Love
"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love."

…The other day I came upon a 13 word story I wrote.
It was called "Terrain" about a couple in bed and the girl has physical scars she's afraid to show her boyfriend, but then, with the lights out, she does.
I flushed out the story, making it 350 words and changing the title to "The Truth About Ugliness."
This is the first paragraph:

In darkness, without mirrors, you finally start to unhinge, sharing every secret, saying, “Here,” then, “There,” now, “That one. Feel it?” Like this, though, even to a blind man, they are no more frightening than bisected worms.

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