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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Passionate upsurge

PASSION - a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire. [Passion Week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

"Do you do it for the money, honey? The answer is no. Don't now and never did. Yes, I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it... I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side--I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever."

Wow. It is really fun to be in the middle of my passionate upsurge. I had a breakthrough on my book. There was an aspect to the story that I was wondering how to incorporate and the inspiration finally hit! Did I tell you that my book is a science fiction novel? Actually that doesn't quite tell the whole story... maybe I'm inventing a new genre! Now that would be very cool. Also, do to ongoing requests (visit my facebook page any day to see this!) I decided I am going to put together a Jessie-ism book, "wisdom from my two year old" or something like that... this is not me writing, Jessie does all the work here but I will compile it in a fun way. Jessie turns three in April so the clock is running out on this precious time. Of course, a three year old may have even more fun stuff to say so we could have a series on our hands!...

Ahhh thinking big. I can't help myself. Particularly after my friend Jeff, fellow blogger conducting his own 365 day project (find the link to his My year of Cooking Fabulously here and in this blog's sidebar) was rewarded with an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show Thursday morning. Read his account of the experience here. Jeff was quite fabulous and it is thoroughly inspiring to see a fellow blogger fulfilling a dream. Of course using Ben Franklin as my inspiration provides fewer television opportunities then Martha but then again, that may not be entirely true as my book will explain. LOL how cryptic can a gal get?!! It will be a while before I am ready to share any of the book itself but perhaps my mysterious pronouncements will amuse until I am ready to unveil it.
I'm still experiencing a bit of the broken faucet feeling I mentioned in my last post so I have been finding it pretty difficult to write the blog. The book is a little better because I'm not that concerned with coherent sentence structure, yet! At this point I'm just getting ideas out on the page. As I mentioned, I've been thinking about this story on and off for over a decade so at this point getting it out of my head is the most important thing.  

"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft." 
---  H.G. Wells

“I will do something yet that is purely for me but will create for someone in the future that passion that Blake and Keats did in me.”

Next post: Final thoughts on the week

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise

1 comment:

  1. Your blog and project are amazing. I, Ben Franklin, would like you to know that I am honored to have been chosen as your inspiration, and if I were grading you, I would give you straight A's.

    P.S. I know it may look like Jeff Blumenkrantz wrote this comment, but I'm merely using him as an instrument to express myself from the grave.
    Carry on!


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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