Sunday, May 27, 2012

Walls: Blocks, Walls, Stuck (Part 3)

Walls. Walls. Walls. Walls.

Do you every feel like you are up against a wall?

Here are a few questions I ask myself when I come to a wall:
  • What's does if feel like? Is it rough, bumpy, smooth? Hot, cold?
  • What does it look like?
  • What color is it?
  • What is is made of? Bricks, rose bushes, marshmallows?
  • What does it smell like? Poo, lilacs, mashed potatoes?
  • How tall is it? Can you jump over it or parachute off it?
  • How long is it?
Even the Great Wall can be scaled and walked end-to-end.

Tell us about your wall.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blocks: Blocks, Walls, Stuck (Part 2)

I was shocked to find when I looked up blocked in Mariam Websters on-line dictionary a few days ago, all I saw was some medical and psychological stuff. When I write the first block I usually think of is writer's block. I've been stewing in it for months!
Structure by J.B

Today I looked again and, my, how blocked looks different! How fascinating!

Here are a few of the definitions MWD offers for blocked:
  • To make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction 
  • To shape on, with, or as if with a block
  • To secure, support, or provide with a block
  • To make flush at the left or at both left and right
The antonyms are ever more fun: clear, free, open up. Hmmmm...

So here are a lot of ways to look at blocked. Which one do you choose?

Supports by J.B.

The words stopped
For months and months
And lay end to end  two end
Whys next to Eff and Mmmm
Ach to the Oakland As
High-railed Els back to mumbled Ems
Wide made it almost to the June bugs
With warmth to mold, shape and
Anointed a sweaty flush
Blocks open into strong arbors
For vining and spinning
                                                                     A sweet summer rose

Friday, May 18, 2012

Stuck: Blocks, Walls, Stuck (Part 1)

Recently I was in a conversation was about being blocked, stuck, and walled. How do we move through a block, a stuck, or a wall. The answer...magic, of course! Tinkerbell is coming around with the magic fairy dust now.

This is how I think of stuck.

Stuck has a lot of other words inside of it*:
  • Tucks
  • Suck
  • Cut
  • Cus(s)
I see a lot of movement in the middle of stuck.

What do you make of it?

Stuck sucks
Cut or cussed
Mixed-up-side down
Muddled in between
How stuck is stuck?

*Thanks Granny Z for bring word puzzles into being for me. I still carry paper new words I just can't not play with

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Living at the Speed of Life

Whew! Normally I'd be out of breath, totally exhausted, and tossing and turning in bed with all of this spring movement. The birds are singing, the irises are blooming, the grass is tall, school is certainly in session, and vacation is right around the corner.

May is here already!

Unlike my worry-wart overwhelmed self, I'm breathing with a big belly, gathering sweet wild flowers, picking fresh strawberries, full of energy and <gasp> sleeping through the night.

The last place I've been is behind the screen of a computer...I've been outside playing in the dirt, skimming the ponds with the dragonflies, and hunting the wild raspberry bushes.

This weekend my masters class that the pleasure to write a few proverbs to pass our wisdom on to the youngers. Proverbs are short bits of wisdom without a 50 foot ream of logic...and fun!

Proverbs are FUN, so let's have some fun and be funny!

In honor of all this bursting and living and speed, let's slow down (a little) and share a bit of wisdom with a proverb or two. What proverbs do you have share?

Here are mine:
Live at the speed of life.
Life will tell you when to speed up.
Life will brake you when you need to slow down.
You are already going exactly the right speed

Love at the speed of light
Who knows when and which star love will land on

Love is like a hybrid car, it extends the life in a moment
Love regenerates when you hit the brakes
and smiles when you tap someone else's bumper
Life will be over long before love runs out of gas