Archive | April, 2016

ENGLISH 5: FINAL PROJECT

27 Apr

Please post any questions, thoughts, demands, excerpts, whatever you want, below.  If you have questions, please be specific.  Put us in a position to be of vast and immediate assistance in the development of your idea.

Cheers,

Mike

Talk to us!!!!

23 Apr

How’s the composition of your final work coming along?

Questions?

Quotes?

Ideas?

New brainstormings and written movements you want to share?

We’re here…..

1A–

19 Apr

I mentioned ‘recovery’ with Beloved, as a commanding idea, or theme.  But what about ‘discovery’?  Discovery about true strengths, about resilience, about finding Truth in yourself when you’re challenged?  These characters have been through tragedy and trial, but now may have some glimmer or growth, of some unique empowerment, somehow.  When you think ‘discovery’, what hops into your thinking?  Also, what does Morrison want us, her loving readers, to discover about her through this story?  Not so much a narrative novel, but it is, where Morrison’s values and morals are disclosed through complicated and many times ambiguous, evasive characters.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Have an inspiring evening, and I’ll see you all Wednesday—

Bonne Nuit,

Mike

Sometimes you

18 Apr

need to have

a discussion with

yourself to find

some

remedy..

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18 Apr

Remedy—

At what point do we seek one, or several, that ‘IT’?  How do we get it?  Can we get it?  Can we change, or is our character already written?  Something to think about as students, writers and readers, Humans.  But, maybe there’s nothing that needs to be remedied.  That’s possible, right?  So then what.  Remedy isn’t worth entertaining, if there’s nothing to be remedied?  How about ‘growth’, then, as a singular word and idea.  Just thoughts I’m sharing with you, reading and writing here in the Emeritus building.  As Kerouac and his cronies meander, so do we, right?  What happens when the meander is over, when we reach a destination?

Meditation, meditation…  A collection of Self.  The Self is acquired, maintained, and PRACTICED…..

Seeing IT

14 Apr

I’m finding that there are keys in waking early.  Of course we need our sleep, yes, but sleep needs to be planned, scheduled.  Woke this morning just after 6:30, over two hours past when I wanted to wake.  And yes, 4-anything is early, but it’s my targeted time.  Quite early.  We need to have a targeted time and do anything to adhere to it, keep it protected and practice/perfect our creative efforts in that time.  Time is a boon as well as a burden, and bully.  Let’s take out that bully, show it who’s stronger.  Just a note to Self but it needed to be noted before the morning really gets crazy with Jackie needing to be dressed for school in Batman regalia (Superhero day, I’m told).  I’m slugging this coffee like it’s that Lancaster ’11 Cab I last night had.

For day, for the 8+ hours at work, I’ll note EVERYTHING.. you should too, either post to your blog from phone or take little notes in a covert binding of pages as I do.  If you didn’t wake early this morning at your targeted time (like this writer-professor), don’t fret even minuscule droplets of angst.  You can try again come morrow.  NOW… you’re awake, so it’s time to work!  Time to write, time to be open to the natural propulsion of your surroundings.

Yesterday I went for a run and could only be on the concrete for about an 1 hour.  When done, I had my mile count and per-mile time.  I wanted more, I wanted to run for longer but was already over my minutes budget.  Sometimes, most of the time—actually, always— you just have the time you have, and what you produce, write, is what you produce, write.  Write what you can, just know that some practice and discipline has to be instituted, and it has to reflect an awareness of time.

And, again, I’m not talking down to you, this is very much something I learning right alongside you, colleagues and friends.

Enjoy your day, be inspired, be open to what the stage tells you, and keep writing.

If you don’t write, nothing’s written, no story’s told—  Your story NEEDS to be told.  It has to be told.

Get your rest, just know when to get it.  And you’ll have your IT sooner than a soon’s tune.

Yours.  Loyally.  Always.

Mike

1A…

9 Apr

Brainstormings for Final Paper.. please post below.. anything for us to build upon next week.

 

Thank you,

Mike