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Bring Me Pictures of the Spider-Bear

This week’s visual prompt is a picture I took of Duffy, Mickey Mouse’s bear, climbing the lamp on my desk. I used it as a featured image on my Ko-Fi and thought it was suitable for a prompt too.

Duffy!

Write a story about Duffy and why he’s climbing the lamp.

Where is he going?

Where did he come from?

Is Duffy his real name?

I leave the cleverness to you.

Let me know in the comments if you used the prompt and in what capacity.

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Embracing Your Creative Nemesis

This week’s Belles-Lettres will touch on the idea of a creative nemesis. How to identify them, how to curse them, and how to let it go.

I’m not a devout follower of New Age thinking. I’m a cradle Catholic but I have a hard time believing that God doesn’t give us the tools to explore other ways of thinking. My Ma always had Buddhist and pagan symbols in the house while insisting we go through baptism, first communion, and confirmation. She always said if one doesn’t protect her, one of the other ones will. My friends growing up were practicing Wiccans at one point. I have crystals and practice meditation. I resolutely walk the fine line of spirituality though firmly grounded in my faith.

It’s human nature to have negative thoughts and feelings. I think a lot of faith and spirituality miss the point where you’re not supposed to feed into it. You’re supposed to be this constantly happy person. That’s tiring! The only way we can grow as creatives and artists and writers and painters is to heap our miseries on a nemesis.

Maybe you’ve heard of the Ursula K. LeGuin short story, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. It’s one of the stories I read studying English literature that made me appreciate short fiction. It put me on the path to be a short fiction writer, for sure. You may be able to find the short online for free. But obviously, support Queen Ursula.

Roxane Gay began speaking on her nemesis on Twitter (as summed up in this HuffPost article), and I was so intrigued by the thought. There’s something so simple about it.

Google defines nemesis as:

nem-e-sis

I’m proud to announce that I have a nemesis myself. They don’t know I exist.

And I like it that way.

I like wallowing in my negative thoughts but I know that for my mental health, it does no good to cling to them.

That’s what my nemesis is for. They bear the brunt of my impure thoughts without actually being burdened.

That’s probably a personality flaw of mine. Holding onto things so long that they fester and cause serious emotional damage.

Honestly, I’m a cheerful person. I just have resting face that scares people away. Which is fine. Adhering to social distancing has never been a problem for me.

But heaping my mental grief on my nemesis like they’re the child in the basement makes Real Life so much easier to digest and power through.

So, I invite you to do the same.

You don’t need to name names. It can be a celebrity, someone you know in real life, maybe your childhood bully.

But whenever you’re feeling low and petty as hell, turn back to your Child in the Basement and let your nemesis HAVE IT.

Your mental health – and creative well – will thank you for it. I feel confident that this could be a useful tool for you too.

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Canceled!

Well, for this week anyway.

Wednesday’s Digital Silent Book Club will be skipped this week for personal reasons.

If anyone wants to take over for this week, let me know and I’ll make you an admin of the meeting.

I’ll be back on July 29, same time, same place.

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Holding repetition

I’m going to try something new this week. I’m going to call my posts here Belles-Lettres, which is French for “beautiful writing.” The actual definition is:

“Essays, particularly on literary and artistic criticism, written and read primarily for their aesthetic effect.”

I think it’ll be a fun way to get stuff going here, since I’m working so hard behind the scenes to keep this ship upright!

This week will be a prompt. Feel free to use it as a jumping off point in your offline journal, your blog, use it in a Tweet to generate conversation with your pals on Twitter. Whatever works for you!

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes an important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long – six months to a year – requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

Haruki Murakami

Some things to think about:

  1. Do you approach your writing like Haruki Murakami?
  2. Do you believe in routines? Why or why not?
  3. Is physical strength necessary to write?

If you post it anywhere, comment below where or @ me on Twitter. I’d love to see it!

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Join the Silent Book Club!

It’s not too late to join Writeropolis Industries’ Digital Silent Book Club.

When you RSVP, you’ll automatically get a confirmation email with a link to the Google Meet video chat room.

Google Meet also allows you to phone in if you’re having video conferencing issues.

Hope to see you there!

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Do you REALLY need a creativity concierge?

Only YOU can answer that question.

To that end, I created an informal – and vaguely scientific – quiz to help you make a decision.

I hope it helps you on your journey of harnessing your creative energy.

Let me know in the comments where it led you!

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