for my horoscope tells me so:
Thursday, August 16, 2012 – You may experience free-floating anxiety today as you’re feeling a combination of excitement and annoyance. Although others could seem overly stubborn, you might actually be the one most responsible for holding yourself back. Even if you feel trapped by the current circumstances, don’t focus on your limitations. Instead, allow your feelings to take you wherever they go without judging them. You can easily find your way back to a more productive place later on.
I will write utter crap and just let the words tumble from my mind to my fingers and sticky-up the keys. I Won’t focus on my limitations! I will go without judging. I will find a productive place later. After the crazy screwed up swirls of ideas and images tangle, twist and crash into one another, bulging at my temples, pulsing under my left eye.
Go! Write Crap!
*created to the tune of My Generation, The Who*
^^^Update: I just wrote 1,045 words of an intense scene. I think I used the word “pierced,” “Twitching” and some sort of bird metaphor like 18 times. But I surpassed my goal of 700 words! Today’s crap session was inspired by Thrive, Switchfoot
This my horoscope for today…
This is just the kind of day you like, Scorpio – intense and supercharged, just like you! It seems there’s a deadline coming up, or a time-sensitive project. You’ll have a lot to do and not a lot of time in which to do it. This is when you’re at your most productive. Just remember to drink plenty of water and eat. Even superheroes need fuel in order to accomplish their heroics.
Some days, it’s just creepy-cool how accurate these are! I mentioned last week that I struggled to get my butt back in productive gear with writing and exercising. Well, I’m pleased to say I did not hit snooze this a.m. at 4:55. I completed my TurboJam, drank my lemon water and even jotted down my to-do list for today, which includes:
- grocery shopping
- write a new novel scene (brainstormed earlier from Writing the Breakout Novel wkbk)
- research a martial arts center for my oldest son
I feel supercharged. Maybe it’s a mindset, maybe it’s because the sun is shining and the temps are below 80 degrees. Maybe because school starts this week and that always makes me feel like it’s a brand new year gifting me with a beautiful blank canvas.
Whatever it is…I’m ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
What’s on your agenda today?
If you’ve lost touch with the rest of yourself, find it, and then reclaim or develop it. You’ll be amazed and delighted with the results. ~Mark Sanborn, Author & Speaker
Maybe it’s my thirtysomething age, but I’ve been going through this self-discovery phase of my life. Finding out who I am by asking: what brings me joy? If you’re a parent, spouse, teacher or caregiver of any sort, you might not remember what brings YOU joy. That little burning ember in your heart that when given a bit of light and air can spawn flames of excitement and hope. Is it there? Let’s find out!
Here are four paths I’ve skipped along on my journey to (re)acquiring my authentic self:
READ BETWEEN THE LINES:
These books are helpful in getting in touch with your true inner desires (joy!) (authenticity!) Your Heart’s Desire
(ready to sign a contract to find your true desire?); Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway
(Fear is the number one reason people stop instead of go…); Finding Your Own North Star
(I’m still absorbing this book, written with truth, respect and a heaping dose of humor) and Simple Abundance
(oldy but goody, brings the simple pleasures to you in a daily format.)
JOURNAL YOUR HEART OUT: Your own words read back to you can be very telling. Telling you that the same reoccurring incidents or complaints bring you the same feelings of drudgery and boredom. But, also notice the instances when you’ve found excitement, joy – dare I say passion? in your journal. Take stock. Do more of those things.
SEARCH THE STARS:
Whether you follow astrology or not, there’s something to be said about our Sun signs: they are pretty dead on in describing our personality, which can aid in the search for self. As an intense Scorpio
, I am a well-suited to write passionately about intricate relationships or the dark underbelly of human nature. This truly fits my writing and reading style. Pick up Sun Signs for Writers
to discover how your sign can help you discover or recover the perfect writing career for you. Find your authentic “voice.”
HAVE A Q&A WITH YOUR BFF:
Who knows you better than your best friend? Be it your spouse, sibling, co-worker or highschool chum. Have a pow-wow and bring your questions of What am I good at? ~ What am I known for? ~ How do I appear to others?
Or try these, suggested by Christina Katz
: Am I known for keeping things real?
Am I known for my sensitivity and tact?
Their honest answers may rekindle the flame within. The flame burning for your authentic self.
Have you found your “authentic self” – or maybe you never lost her/him? Share with us!
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Your Friday fix:
- (From Sun Signs for Writers, Bev Walton-Porter) “Contact local ghost hunters in your area and ask if they will let you tag along on one of their investigations…”
- (From What If?, Anne Bernays & Pamela Painter) “Write a page in the first person, assuming the voice of someone of the opposite gender… The main point is to completely lose yourself and become another.”
- (From Writer Mama, Christina Katz) “What topic do you never tire of? Ask yourself what fascinates you and see if you can make a connection through writing.”
- (From Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg) “Describe a grandparent.”
- (From A Writer’s Book of Days, Judy Reeves) “_______ is the color I remember.”