When it comes to choosing any given path, the choice often requires adjusting routines.
That’s not to say that all routine is bad. Some routines are super-healthy. They may be good for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically — or all the above. Instituting regular exercise or writing out daily gratitude are examples of this.
Some habits are obvious to us. But others are not. And that’s because habit exists in your subconscious mind.
As I have written prior, there are three states of mind in everyone.
What IS mindfulness? It is conscious awareness of your inner mindset/headspace/psyche self. It’s reached via conscious awareness of your sensory input and thoughts, feelings, actions, and intentions.
That awareness on the surface — and then the immediate sense of self — puts you in touch with your subconscious mind. It is in your subconscious mind where your beliefs, values, and habits lie.
What has this got to do with writing fiction? For me, the characters, situations, and worlds of fiction that I imagine lie somewhere between my conscious and subconscious mind.
To best engage this requires mindfulness. Being aware of…
We are all one.
When you get past these physical bodies we identify ourselves as, the communities and affiliations you and I place ourselves within, and any other identifications you can imagine — we are the same.
At our core, we are Universal source energy. It doesn’t matter if you are male, female, fat, thin, Christian, atheist, American, Korean, or whatever other labels you can think of. At our core, to our deepest level of existence — you and I are just energy and the same as one another.
There are numerous reasons for the stratifications we have in modern…
I entered into 2021 with a bold plan. I’d write and publish 6 novels this year.
As of last week — all six are written. Yes, I finished each book that I planned to write this year. There was a mixed, bittersweet feeling of sadness and elation at being finished.
I have, thus far, published the first book of my new Forgotten Fodder series. I am about to publish the third book of my Void Incursion series. Two down, four to go. Three more Forgotten Fodder books and one more Void Incursion novel in 2021.
Getting all that writing done…
There are a few harsh truths I’m going to lay down here.
First — there is nobody inside of your head, heart, or soul but YOU. You are it, nobody else is in there — even if you grant them access to you — they can’t get in there with you.
Second — you get one shot at this life in that body. This time, where you are alive and experiencing your life from the meat popsicle of your body, is all you get for this lifetime.
Third — change is the only constant in the Universe. Change always happens…
There are a LOT of problems in our society today.
These include social issues, wealth issues, entitlement, false equivalencies, power trips, an overwrought “us” versus “them” mentality, and lots more.
Are there solutions to all these problems? Yes. However, they are often not easy, will take time to create and implement, and seem outside of your reach.
Each of us is empowered to make choices and decisions for our lives. Hence, you get to decide if you are going to be part of the problem, neutral, or part of the solution.
For the record — I firmly believe that taking…
All of us live inside this society to one degree or another.
Thus, all of us are equally subjected to a particularly damaging lie. The artifice of “us” versus “them.”
All too often, this is used by those in “power” for control. They create “laws” supposedly intent on protecting “us” from “them.”
All you have to do is look at the United States right now. …
There is something deeply cathartic about getting words, thoughts, and ideas out of your head and onto the page or screen.
Whatever form that takes — journaling, nonfiction, fiction, storytelling, or what-have-you — writing can be massively empowering.
If you’re not a writer — forcing it in most instances won’t help. If you are, however, then like me you probably have an inherent drive and NEED to write.
It is seldom a chore for me to write. I love coming up with and sharing ideas, worlds of my own creation, helpful tips, or just getting the various and sundry crap…
Mental health is important. And the stigma that still exists regarding aspects of it helps nobody.
A lot of different elements go into working on mental health. Many of these elements work best when combined.
Therapy, psychopharmacology, and self-help notions can be used separately. But often a combination of these proves to be most effective.
In my experience, the best way to not just find but stay balanced and centered is the work you put into yourself. Which, yes, means self-help.
But oftentimes, to get to the point where self-help will have any effect or be of use to you…
There can be philosophy and psychology associated with fiction.
While most of us are pretty sure the worlds we envision — far-out places of fantasy, science fiction, and the like — come from within us — they may be out there. Somewhere.
Get real, you might say. King’s Landing and the world of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire is fiction. So’s Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The planets of Star Wars are all made up.