I’ve been reading again and acclimating myself to my fantasy novel in preparation for a good revision–how many revisions, not sure. But reading is crucial.
I’ll drop a few Hemingway/Jung/Einstein quotes as I do this. Hemingway quotes are his words on writing, some of which I instincitvely understood like this advice:
“Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start…
…“but afterward when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again…”
Hemingway talks of reading Huxley, and D.H. Lawrence, etc.
...”that way my subconsious would be working on it and at the same time I would be listening to other people and noticing everything, I hoped; learning, I hoped; and I would read so that I would not think about my work and make myself impotent to it. Going down the stairs when I had worked well, and that needed luck as well as discipline, was a wonderful feeling and I was free then to walk anywhere in Paris.”
The “luck” Hemingway is talking about is synchronicity–Jung’s idea about how everyone and everything you encountered in a day informed your life (and your work in Hemingway’s case and in my case) –a sort of meant-to-be “accident” that isn’t. “Luck.” This is how I work and I write about this phenomenon a lot. Which is why you can’t duplicate a day’s work ever and why Hemingway must have been so devastated when Hadley lost two years of his work. Not sure how you survive that or how she could have been that careless.
It’s also necessary to write on a project at least fifteen minutes a day…that’s all it takes for your subconscious to stay in that world (these are my words now). Most often, you work much longer or make notes much longer, but that is all it takes. Fifteen minutes/day.
Been dreamless the last couple nights — or rather I couldn’t quite gather them when I woke. More dream incubation needed.
A good diet will help both your dreams and your writing.
My stomach is calming from my diet despite a ridiculous letter from the IRS — despite paying them $24,577.85 for 2017 (we sold a rental house or rather it burned, so capital gains for that year), they sent us a letter asking for almost $10K more with interest and penalties — you have two years to rebuild or deal with a house that our tenants had burned down. So we are sure we can get it down quite a bit here, but this stuff can take your breath away–especially when they talk of ruining minority culture, enslaving them with guaranteed incomes, foodstamps. God, they are intent on ruining not just small business and the middle class, but minorities as well–all for power. So many of them can live on that, dealing some drugs on the side…how ineffably sad for all of us — AND them.
And now they are talking about long term capital gains or death task at 40% if it’s a million dollars. Which we might just be over when we sell our apartments. Now that might sound like a lot of money, but it is not RICH anymore. Not when you work your whole life, 35 years, and that is your retirement and that doesn’t go very far these days. It’s not much at ALL and they are talking about taking half of it or making it so you can’t leave it to your kids or your kids can’t run a small business–all so they can hand it out for votes and one-party rule. All while they patronize and ruin whole races of people.
Ok, just my duty of free expression–got that out of the way. Hope you all ponder that when you vote for these people.
I had a nice filet for breakfast and will have hamburgers (cheat slightly with a couple mushrooms in a butter tarragon gravy maybe), and fast day tomorrow, I think. Pot pies for my dad and Josh tomorrow. And probably spaghetti for them Thurs. Friday steaks again and lots of eggs, Saturday my brother is frying fish, and Sunday wings. Will fill in here and there with some ground beef and eggs and cheese.
I have no idea how much I weigh, but body composition is improving with more red meat. For sure.
Oh, as Bill freaking Gates thinks he will buy all the farmland and force us all to eat vegetables. He’s a fanatic elitist “World Economic Forum -Great Reset” globalist crazy. Not to mention gain of function research, patents, vaccine Nazi.
God help us. One hopes Melinda, is that her name? — can stop him in the divorce. Somebody has to.
Oh, and yoga, off to do that…