- Producer16/01/2017Literature and Life: How One Leads to the OtherAs a youngster, books satisfied my interest in history -- military and ancestoral.As a youth, they quenched my thirst for information related to a new and exciting interest -- contemporary music.The British Invasion was in full swing and the Beatles...
- Producer04/01/2017Writing Words That Strain And Fail To Rhyme.Why is it that writer’s come to Bali to pen a novel, a poem or a memoir? I simply don’t know, is the answer for me, but I find myself spending upwards of ten months a year in this paradise, putting pen to paper with varying results. Is...
Comments05/01/2017 #14 Ken Boddie#10 I have indeed been to Sri Lanka, Paul, but way too many years ago, not long after I graduated (and when Adam was still looking for apples). I had occasion to dig out my old slides a few weeks ago and sent some copies to my daughter and her husband who are currently playing tourist there. The thing that impressed me most about Sri Lanka (other than your pristine no rubbish setting) was the antiquity of a culture with which I had no exposure whatsoever in my limited and western-biased UK upbringing (some would say drag-upping). Although I visited many locations, the most lasting memory for me was Sigiriya and its surroundings; and my daughter has brought these memories back, just a few days ago, with her smart phone messaged captures.
I hope you enjoy your stay in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Paul, and I look forward to seeing and reading, in due time, your take (via your usual well-illustrated buzz) on Ceylonese culture and its people.05/01/2017 #13 Paul Walters#10 @Ken Boddie Why thank you Mr Boddie and a double thank you for taking the time to read one of my books. When you visit be careful if staying with us as indeed I did study the ways of blood spatter and smallpox! As you say, Bali is basically an unexplored region as our Aussie 'guests ' rarely venture beyond the town of Kuta preferring to stay there and disgrace themselves while watching football beamed in from Oz. best they stay there. We live away from the "dark side' in Sanur a far more genteel setting and quiet ( people refer to it as Sanore) I am still in Sri lanka and really Bali and Indonesia as a whole could take a leaf out of this country's book . The place is pristine with absolutely NO litter anywhere . Its as if the Sri lankans adore their environment and respect it by keeping it clean! Having said that, after the end of the civil war just five years ago and post tsunami there seems to be a rush to through up gaudy tourist developments ....tourism has its down side . However if you do get a chance to visit, do so as methinks you will love it!05/01/2017 #11 Savvy RajInspiring read @Paul Walters . You sounded almost like blissfully cocooned in a pristine mystical land far far away. I guess there is always more to the energy in certain places that just being a beautiful and quiet location....and I deeply.appreciate your awesome round up of some wonderful writings that surfaced from Bali.And all the best for your books as well. Would be a pleasure to read them all in time .05/01/2017 #10 Ken BoddieI am glad, Paul , that you find the peace and inspiration you need when you are residing in Bali. I certainly enjoyed reading 'Scimitar' and am happy that whatever inspiration you received in Bali drove you on to complete this gripping and thrilling novel, although I must admit (as jokingly stated previously) that your depth of knowledge on 'blood splatter' has me somewhat worried.
Personally, my visits to the beautiful island of Bali, although experienced as a frequent visitor and not a long term resident, have been more than occasionally tainted with disappointment and often embarrassment. This is not with the Balinese people or the island itself, but with a high proportion of overseas tourists (including a more than representative fraction of Aussies) who ignore the unique Balinese culture and traditions and expect to dress and behave as they would back home, or even openly misbehave, with no thought to local offence or, when appropriate, retribution. Being married to an Indonesian lady and having spent much time in Indonesian society, albeit mostly Javanese and Sumatran rather than Balinese, I am particularly sensitive to the effects of foreigners misbehaving. It is such a pity that so many visitors (not only in Bali but elsewhere in Indonesia) do not go beyond the surf, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. By failing to learn just what an interesting and different cultural experience awaits those keen to embrace it, and by failing to invest in some restraint and respect, these good time short time visitors miss out on seeing the local people at their best, as they return this respect tenfold.
This begs the question, Paul, are authors like Gilbert more exploitive rather than respectful and giving in their relationship with Bali and the Balinese?04/01/2017 #1 Kevin PashukThis does make me want to add Bali to the bucket list Paul. One thought... Methinks you may have been in the wrong part of Canada if you felt like a drunken guest at a wedding vis a vis inspiration. One must get out of the urban areas... the inspiration is palpable, as long as you don't get eaten by a bear.
- 28/11/2016Who's your favourite writer. Here's a clue as to mine.The Ravenniume.com I have long been a fan of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. His works have spawned many films and influenced many other writers. His dark, sombre, macabre themes emerged from a troubled upbringing having lost both parents early on and then feuding...
- 13/10/2016BREAKING 2016 #NobelPrize in Literature to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”
- Producer13/10/2016Today, Bob Dylan Achieved The Highest Honour In The Literary World. Couldn’t Have Happened To A More Worthy Soul.In the late winter of 1965, I was walking home from visiting a girlfriend in the south end of Fort Erie, where I grew up. A fresh snowfall had just hit and I was walking down the middle of a side street with a small transistor radio on my shoulder...
Comments15/10/2016 #18 Gerald Hecht#17 @Jim Murray oh yeah I was just kidding --I figure they'll be over in another few decades; I liked that new Patti Hearst 📚..."That Symbianese Liberation Army; they were like right out of that Paddy Chayefsky film "Network" ; their story should be 📽🎥as a dark comedy...14/10/2016 #9 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Jim Murray, I first became aware of Dylan through my older sister and her friend, Arjuana. Just a piece of relevance of the times I grew up in; I remember seeing a propaganda film about the spread of communism in my Jr. High Auditorium and it hilighted communist messages coming through journalism and the radio. After the film our Jr. High Principal got up on the stage and started espousing about the evil messages bombarding us through the radio. He said "Bobby
Dyelun (that's how he pronounced it) is one of those people spreading communism". Almost in unison a group of us shouted back, "It's Dylan!".14/10/2016 #6 Debesh ChoudhuryWhen my brother-in-law showed the news today morning, I just remembered you @Jim Murray .. because I remember your posts on Bob Dylan and how much you adore him. Nobel prize is just a prize, but I think the creative people are above any prize, because their creations inspire the whole human society. Even Bob Dylan had not gotten Nobel prize, Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan, he is an institution .. am I right?13/10/2016 #3 James McElearneyMy old man was a huge Dylan fan, so I grew up listening to a lot of his songs and Desire is still one of my favorite albums. If I remember correctly I think Sara may have acually been the first song I learned to play on the guitar! albeit badly. He certainly deserves the award
- Producer13/10/2016What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?For those of us who love to write, there is typically a corresponding love of reading. Every interesting person I have ever met is a reader.I thought I'd share a list of my recent reads and see if any of you have read them, or if not, consider them...
Comments15/10/2016 #38 Susan Rooks#28 That's my favorite kind of problem, @Kevin Pashuk! I am more of a library kind of person because writers are putting out more books than I can keep up with. I would be broke if I bought too many! And fortunately or not, I am a very, very fast reader. So I go through books quickly. Thanks again for a great post!14/10/2016 #37 Harvey Lloyd#36 I am a person who believes in free will or choices declares who we are. Not unsupported declarations or positions. I am Christian and it is ok if others choose not to be. It was my choice. If I must describe my Christianity by destroying another belief then I would probably be agnostic. Love Jesus but be sceptical of his detractors and followers. Just find your path and believe in it14/10/2016 #35 Harvey Lloyd#30 The Atheist who didn't exist. Was my first choice. I am an extreme I that has adapted to public settings. So i enjoy deep thoughts about how folks can declare anything. One of my favorite questions of those who declare something, "Five years ago you were making declarations, Based on these have you arrived at your destination, are you on the same path? Follow up questions would include: What happened to those declarations? How do you think current declarations will impact the next five years?
The conversation usually doesn't end well because the declarations get exposed as a way to manage current events as opposed to a life long commitment to something. I will let you know about this book, so far, i am enjoying the writer. Whether true or not i am declaring Andy Bannister an I, @Kevin Pashuk.14/10/2016 #32 Jared 🐝 Wiese#25 #30 I agree with Kevin on the sentiments, @Harvey Lloyd. Another approach I've been trying is looking up a summary and seeing if a book resonates. Probably works better with non-fiction and could be seen as a spoiler, but I also see it as a way to skim and prepare to absorb as much as I can from the book.14/10/2016 #31 Jared 🐝 Wiese#29 Thanks for the kind words and thoughtful reply, Kevin.
I hope I didn't get too "real" as I thoroughly enjoyed the other comments and ideas in this thread.
I keep hearing about Patrick Lencioni, so will definitely be checking out his works. One comes to mind, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team".14/10/2016 #29 Kevin Pashuk#22 Great list Jared. It almost appears that you have favourite authors and devour everything in their collection.
I've done the same with incredibly funny books by A.J.Jacobs, inspirational books by Phillip Yancey, and leadership books by Patrick Lencioni. I highly recommend all of these authors.14/10/2016 #28 Kevin Pashuk#20 Thanks Susan. I was ever only scary to my daughter's potential suitors when she was a teenager.
I have bookshelves full of 'real' books. The list above is ONLY the books I've read on Kindle over the last year. It doesn't include dozens of other titles on my Kobo reader (kind of a Canadian Kindle) or the hard copy books, or the Amazon Kindle books over the previous years.
I guess I might have a reading problem...14/10/2016 #25 Harvey LloydI went through three of the books and read the Amazon "look inside" feature. It was a little of an experiment. Do Big "I"'s enjoy the same reading materials. This experiment was totally scientific and has an error bias of 2.93855%:) The three sampled books resonated with my big I and i have downloaded two of them. My conclusions of this study is that I's do share some features across the type, as it applies to reading. We enjoy folks who are realists, opinions that can be supported by more than just emotion, humor that is totally detached from any realism, and finally writers who challenge our way of thinking.
This study along with the rather exhaustive study that Boeing determined a 737 costs eleven cents per passenger mile will still leave you needing five bucks in the latte line.
Thanks for the reading list @Kevin Pashuk. I am deep into the first downloaded book and appreciate your list greatly.14/10/2016 #23 Susan Rooks#21 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I remember the book although I'm not sure I ever read it. And I am so far from being a true intellectual, it's as though I'm on a different planet. My reading these days is for pleasure, for relaxation. I did my time reading the current books of the day like . . . yes. 7 Habits and all those.
And @Kevin Pashuk, I understand the allure of a Kindle or other electronic reading device! If I traveled as much as I did 10-15 years ago, I would definitely have one because it would make sense. Since a lot of my work is home-based now, I can enjoy magazines, newspapers, and books the old-fashioned way. But your list is still amazing.14/10/2016 #22 Jared 🐝 WieseOK, since this is going to tell a bit about me, I am going to pick some of my classics.
Stephen R. Covey:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, including:
-- Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People: Living the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Every Day
-- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
-- First Things First
-- The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
- MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
- Giant Steps
- Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life
- Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
- Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement
- The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World (to read)
- The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose
- No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life
- Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth
- The Peaceful Warrior Collection
- Slow Burn, by Stu Mittleman
- Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue
- Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by John Gottman
- The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
- The Power of Now
- Practicing The Power of Now
- Stillness Speaks
- A New Earth
- Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life, by J.D. Meier
- The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
- Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
- The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod14/10/2016 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#20 @Susan Rooks, do you remember the detective and true crime magazines they used to sell in stores during the 70's? When I was a teen I used to buy those and read them. I remember the first book I bought and read because I wanted to, "Go ask Alice." A book about a girl who did psychotropic drugs and had horrible trips from LSD in particular. I can say this much, I never wanted to touch drugs after reading that. I think I was in 7th grade when I read that book. Yes, I'm a true intellect haha14/10/2016 #20 Susan RooksOK, so you are officially -- in my "book" anyway -- one scary dude, @Kevin Pashuk! That is a hell of a list!
On the other hand, I'm probably 30 years older than you are, and I reserve the right to read mostly fiction -- detective and/or other mystery genres -- for relaxation.
But I did spot two books I might want to look at, and if you hadn't put them on your list, I doubt I would have. So thanks! And you're right -- interesting people tend to be readers.
PS: I much prefer paper books. Just sayin' . . . :-)14/10/2016 #19 Lisa 🐝 GallagherQuite the list @Kevin Pashuk. My kindle is full of fiction books. I also like reading books that are 'stories' of people who've experienced an out of body experience. I have books by researchers on OBE's and consciousness. No one has an answer but my mind has always had this investigative side, maybe that's why I enjoy reading material that has no concrete proof *yet*. There probably won't be any proof in my lifetime. Great topic! Oh and I still read paper back and hard cover books. My favorite paperbacks are inspirational books and yes, some of my fiction books too.
- Producer20/09/2016Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.A few weeks ago I found myself in a charming second - hand bookshop in downtown Vancouver. You know the one; the small doorway that one has to physically push open (complete with tinkling bell) and once inside, the intoxicating aroma of old books...
Comments20/09/2016 #5 Neil SmithThanks for this article Paul. I loved Enid Blyton as a kid possibly because her stories couldn't have been more different to my working class, Scottish Highland upbringing if they had been set on Mars. I spent much of my Primary school life sitting at the back of the classroom reading her books rather than "Learning". Even now something inside me wants to know why I can't have a cook and a maid. Weirdly my five year old daughter is part way through a famous five book as her bedtime story and absolutely loves it so there is no denying that Blyton for all her well documented faults definitely has a power to reach out to young readers at any point in modern history. It is just sad that her ability to connect in fiction was balanced by an equal inability to connect with people in real life.20/09/2016 #4 Ken BoddieMy memories of Enid Blyton are set on a completely different level, Paul. The books I remember were for much younger children and had lots of pictures. I remember the original Uber Toyland driver, 'Noddy', and his bearded brownie friend, 'Big Ears'. Other characters like 'Mr Plod' the policeman and the 'Golliwogs', although apparently innocent enough characters back in the day, would be considered incorrect on so many levels these days, and I seem to remember that the Golliwogs were eventually 'retired' for obvious reasons. Happy innocent days!20/09/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow, Blyton sure did sell a LOT of novels @Paul Walters. I swear I actually had a scent of old paperback books rush by more than once while reading this. Maybe it was a reminder of what I loved most growing up, reading fiction with twists. I would go to my room and read for hours or take my book to the beach, sit a lone and read. I wasn't a loner but I guess I cherished my book time. I love that you and your partner turned the gender roles around when you read to your kids. Sounds as if she despised her mom. I've referred to my husband as 'the shit," Just kidding. Was that a term of endearment for her? ;-) Thanks for the tag!
- 05/09/2016Colette on writing & the blissful obsessive-compulsiveness of creative work.Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayerswww.brainpickings.org “A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be...
- 08/07/2016Science Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for SubmissionsScience Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for Submissions Attention authors! Anthologies and 'zines are looking for short stories and poems in these genres. Some are paying markets and may qualify an author for HWA or SFWA membership. Be sure to check what your rights are for republishing your
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- Producer28/06/2016The Dog that Didn't BarkMore career advice from Sherlock Holmes… My second post relating to what Sherlock Holmes teaches us from a career advice / recruitment perspective. These posts all come out of a talk given by Maria Konnikova, the New York based psychologist who has...
- Anton Chekhov is my favorite Russian author - I always travel with a copy of Walden and an anthology of his work. I was first introduced to him in High School with Lady and the Pet Dog. Later in College - I got to read it in Russian, simply amazing. If you want the vocabulary to find a Romance in Russian Realm - this is the essential glossary you will need.
Just a teaser - Enjoy the short interpretation of the classic."The Lady With the Pet Dog" Video Interpretation a video interpretaton of both the Chekov and Oate's versin of "The Lady With the Pet...
- Fyodor Tyutchev Silentium
Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?
Will he discern what quickens you?
A thought once uttered is untrue.
Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
drink at the source and speak no word.
Live in your inner self alone
within your soul a world has grown,
the magic of veiled thoughts that might
be blinded by the outer light,
drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
take in their song and speak no word.
Молчи, скрывайся и таи
И чувства и мечты свои –
Пускай в душевной глубине
Встают и заходят оне
Безмолвно, как звезды в ночи, –
Любуйся ими – и молчи.
Как сердцу высказать себя?
Другому как понять тебя?
Поймет ли он, чем ты живешь?
Мысль изреченная есть ложь.
Взрывая, возмутишь ключи, –
Питайся ими – и молчи.
Лишь жить в себе самом умей –
Есть целый мир в душе твоей
Их оглушит наружный шум,
Дневные разгонят лучи, –
Внимай их пенью и молчи!..
Translated by Vladimir Nabokov
Art by Leonid Afremov
- A little Monty Python troop cross over - John Cleese recites Mikhail Lermentov's - The Prayer
When my life is arduous,
If sadness freezes blood,
I say one prayer marvelous,
I learned it all by heart.
There's vigor unbelievable
In living words' accords,
And breathes unfamiliar
And holly charm in words.
A heart becomes not troublesome,
And doubts go awry,
And comes the truth and tears come,
And soul wants to fly.
В минуту жизни трудную
Теснится ль в сердце грусть:
Одну молитву чудную
Твержу я наизусть.
Есть сила благодатная
В созвучьи слов живых,
И дышит непонятная,
Святая прелесть в них.
С души как бремя скатится,
Сомненье далеко —
И верится, и плачется,
И так легко, легко…Naked Archie - A Fish Called Wanda [HD] Best clip from the movie A Fish Called Wanda This flat belongs to Patric Bellford! He's in Hong...
- 'Nothing could be finer than Nevsky Prospect at least not in St. Petersburg; it is the be-all and end-all. It positively gleams and sparkles - the jewel of our capital ! I know that not one of the city's pallid functionaries would exchange Nevsky Prospekt for all the riches of the world."
A few memorable quotes from the avenue Nikolai Gogol made famous
"And as for the ladies! - The ladies are even more enamoured of Nevsky Prospect. Mind you, who wouldn't be enamoured? No sooner do you step out on to Nevsky Prospect, than you are swept along in its unending carnival"
"All powerful Nevsky Prospekt! It provides the one entertainment in a city starved of diversion. "
On the early morning ritual " At this hour it is unseemly for ladies to walk out, because the Russian populace is want to employ the sort of strong language that they would be unlikely to hear, even in theater' ( a nice jab to the censors of the day)
"Nevsky Prospect deceives at all hours of the day, but the worst time of all is at night... when the devil himself is abroad, kindling the street-lamps with one purpose only: to show everything in a false light."
Art by Leonid Afremov
- With the warmth of spring - old love withers - new love blossoms. Add another to the pile that didn't work or 'got away' - whatever; done. The really sad part is how fast I was over it - I guess it had reached the point where it was like a fashion gone out of style; and it was not worth the work to make it fit. Pity, she was funny, smart, cute and an adventurous minx.
Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может
I loved you once: perhaps love still, maybe
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
In my soul you have not been completely extinguished;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
But let it not trifle you any longer;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.
I do not want to sadden you with anything.
Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
I loved you silently, without a hope,
То робостью, то ревностью томим; With such reservation, such a jealousy
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим. May God grant you to be loved by another.
Alexander Pushkin . So they come - so they go; it is always as it has been, always as it will be. Meet Irina - the last one I let get close - too close apparently.
- 28/04/2016How Shakespeare has become ingrained in our daily conversations."You're quoting Shakespeare" - Rob Brydon reveals popular Shakespeare phrases in everyday use Source:...
- Producer18/04/2016Wretched Sails. Twisted Tales.The book drifted on the waves of time, from bookshelf to bookshelf, for more than 100 years before I opened it. Its water-stained pages are filled with alphabetical word lists, annotations and a yellowed newspaper clipping.Figure 1 (above right):...
- 12/04/2016The best books have the potential to stick with you long after you’ve finished them. Some can even affect how you look at the world.
- 12/04/2016And when you want to write...http://writingonewordatatime.com/2015/12/02/25-things-to-keep-in-mind-if-you-want-to-write-a-book/
- 08/04/201653 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/53-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down#.icKL2Vg4K
- 08/04/2016Writer's block: A frustrating scenario when you are writing a novel. See this infographic for 10 tips for overcoming creative blocks.