Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Ronda Rousey

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This week, I’m sharing a quote from Ronda Rousey’s book My Fight Your Fight.  This book in my opinion is excellent, 5 stars, it truly moved me this year (see my previous blog Book Review on it).  This quote specifically speaks to me, because how many times do we fight ourselves? As women, we judge ourselves quickly.  I think men judge too – but as a woman, I know for sure we are guilty of judging, it’s innate, part of the DNA.

Right now I’m working on my first novel, I feel differently about the process this go around – yes, I’ve attempted this before, a couple of times.  I’m not fighting myself about it, this go around.  The inner critic has some duct tape over its mouth and is tied up in the basement.  I feel wiser, a little more experienced.  I hired a writing coach, where we mesh personality wise, to push me along.  I’m in the ring and I’m fighting for it.  I want to win.  It may not be perfect, I may get beat up some, but I’m coming out of that ring a winner.

What are you fighting yourself about? Are you ready to take those steps to stop fighting yourself and win? Let me know in the comments below, love hearing from you. If you can relate and enjoyed the quote, simply hit the like button.

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This is the first time I’ve participated in Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  It is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, it is a  weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes that inspire them. Go check it out and join in the fun.  Also, thanks to Melissa Barker-Simpson, who I saw her post to urge others to participate.  See, blogging communities bring like souls together – it’s awesome!

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The Dali Surrealism Temptation

I recently went to The Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL.  What a fantastic museum and experience.  I didn’t know much about Salvador Dali outside of his outrageous mustache and his peculiar art dubbed surrealism.   Admittedly as I wrote ‘peculiar’, now that I know more about him and his art, I should preface by saying his brilliant works of art.  salvador-dali-wallpaper-1

What is surrealism?

Andre Breton who was a leader of the surrealism group wrote the manifesto of 1924 that defines the purposes of the group.  He defined Surrealism as:

  • Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.
  • Surrealism. Philosophy. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.

I had such a great time, learning about him and surrealism.  Salvador was an artist from such a young age and in art school he painted within the confounds of his education until he graduated.  Then his love for mathematics and science entered his artistic world along with his soul mate and muse Gala.  The amazing stories and symbolism behind his works is intriguing and visually stunning.  I learned and read more – now I’m temped to practice.

Can you? Do you dare to express yourself in the absence of control exercised by reason, aesthetic and moral preoccupation?  It’s an interesting discussion.

Your mission, should you accept it.

Write this weekend something that would fit by the definition of surrealism.  Go outside of your comfort zone, be it short story, poetry or blog.  Tempt the normalcy Dali style.

Then comment below and tell me how it went.  I’d love to know! 🙂

 

Halloween Prompt – What’s Your Story?

I saw this and think its great fun, so obviously I had to share.  I love this time of year, could be my birthday is around it but I enjoy the cooler weather, the pumpkin spices (almost in everything – yum) along with the costumes.  Wait till you see my costume this year (a blog is coming!).

This is a prompt for your Halloween story.

Mine is, “I screamed at an apparition in an enchanted castle.”  What’s yours?  If you choose to write something, please put your link in the comments below to share.

Happy Halloween!

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Writing Prompt: HS Reunion Assassination

WR101 Prompt Series – 30 Days of September.  (05Sept2014)

HS Reunion Assassination
By Cassie Newell

I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. I had been spotted.

“Heather Lancaster!” Squee. “OMG you look fantastic! Books did the body good, huh? Have you seen Peter? Gosh I haven’t seen him Arma di Seduzionein like twenty years or something.”

I mean who in their right mind, forgets where they buried the body? Apparently I do, after so many years the brain begins to fade, on all the crappy shit you said and did, when you were youthful. Unless they were said or done to you of course.

Trying not to engage with Buffy to much, to cause a scene, “Hi. No, I haven’t seen Peter since graduation and he left for the military.”

This high school reunion seemingly wise to come to, was bringing it all back why I escaped the clutches of this small town. Had I come here under good pretenses versus adding to the body count in which my employer paid me for, I might try to chat with the old inmates of the town. However it wouldn’t be Peter since he died at my hands decades before.

Buffy starting bouncing looking behind my shoulder, never a good sign. “Kiera, Mary and Shannon, check out who this is — Heather Lancaster!”

There I was completely side tracked with the pom squad who is now commenting on my dress and physic while directing personal questions of my life, that personally I would rather eat the bullet I have than place it strategically in the new congressman’s heart. Lord, have divorces gotten messy now, it’s murder that is easy, poor fella.

I don’t remember what the four horsemen of the apocalypse where rambling about when I saw my target, I just remember that I walked away waving goodbye when I saw the guard to the congressman approaching me.

Stopped in my tracks. “What the…”

Peter smiled, “It’s good to see you too, Heather, it’s been a long time.”

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I hope you enjoyed my flash fiction/short story. It’s written for the WR101 daily prompt series – 30 Days of September.  I used the sentence starter and had a great time just writing for a bit.  Who knows, I’m think I may expand later; I’m starting to enjoy Heather!

All comments welcome, likes adored and sharing is caring. Check out the other WR101 Writing Prompts this month!

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