52 years ago, earlier this month, I poked my head into this world at around 830am, and my immigrant Dad promptly floated on Cloud 9, down to the Hospital Gift Shop, bought the prettiest card he could find (Not read, just find that looked nice!), and presented it to Her Ladyship in thanks for her hard labors on my behalf. :-D
I've seen a lot, & experienced a lot, in my life, and wish my parents were here, & healthy, in mind, and body, to see who, & what, I've become.
14 years ago Nikita Cat was born somewhere on the streets of Pomona, Ca., & he, & his Mom, & littermates, ended up in a local shelter where, a month later, I rescued him.
How was I to know that, within months, he would become my first writing, & creative, muse, & that this would lead to our becoming bloggers in 2002, becoming more, and more, active in the Cat Blogging Community, starting in 2004, & eventually leading to a stand alone Cat Blog, Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat, in Jan. 2010.
I'm a writer, poet, and storyteller, who has dreams, and asperations, of doing more with my writing than just being a blogger.
As I heal from my broken ankle, I hope to find ways to move on with my life personally, careerwise, and creatively.
I know it won't be easy, especially living alone, but I believe it is the right thing to do &, God willing, I will succeed beyond my wildest dreams.
Creativity is not, & never has been, sensible, claims Julia Cameron.
If I want to write, then, I should write! :-D
Because I really want to write is that what I was meant to do by God?
Julia also writes that by doing what we are meant to do money will come to us, doors will open for us, & we feel useful.
I hope so.
I just hope someone even reads this post, and my blogs, and trust that something will come from people discovering them.
I know I feel useful through my Cat Blogging.
By making myself available to "The Universal Flow", I hope to thus be able to find, & take advantage of, opportunities to thrive as a person, & creative writer.
Listening for the next right thing creatively is what I've been doing for almost a decade.
I began as a personal blogger, in 2002, writing lots of politics, news, opinion, and humor, but also genealogy, reviews, cycling, & other personal interests.
I met many great people online, fellow bloggers with wider audiences than I'd ever have, & got many cool comments, & link backs, over 5 1/2 years, & some are friends, and encouragers of my writing, even to this day.
I came to create a bike blog in 2003, the first I'm aware of in the US, and possibly 2nd in the world and, despite little traffic, or regular readers, I wrote attention getting stories, was interviewd, invited to events, spoke at events, and was linked to for 7+ yrs., making more friends, and encouragers of my writing.
I ended my 1st personal blog in Fall 2007, using this blog to take a new direction, and ended The Cycling Dude in Summer 2010, so as to concentrate my writing, and creativity on my Cats, and Cat Blogging.
The writing I, & "Nikita" had done for 3 years, on this blog, and participating in the evolving, and growing Cat Blogosphere, warranted devoting all my attention to that side of my writing, and giving Nikita his own place in Jan. 2010.
But that is not where my dreams, and creativity, are trying to guide me. Listening to the urges of my Inner Creator I accept my impulses to produce a poem, a story, an opinion essay, an investigative report, via "Nikita" & "Elvira" on Meowsings, and in different ways here from what I used to write on my first personal blog. I am learning to not be afraid to expand on, & run with, my creativity, but it's not easy.
But that is not where my dreams, and creativity, are trying to guide me.
Listening to the urges of my Inner Creator I accept my impulses to produce a poem, a story, an opinion essay, an investigative report, via "Nikita" & "Elvira" on Meowsings, and in different ways here from what I used to write on my first personal blog.
I am learning to not be afraid to expand on, & run with, my creativity, but it's not easy.
I am learning to act on that creatvity on faith in my ideas being inspired, and worth doing.
Julia Cameron teaches that my poem, or story, or opiniona essay, or other writing, "already exists in its entirety."
My job "is to listen for it, watch for it with my minds eye, & write it down."
She writes that the Creator will hand me "whatever you need for the project."
The minute I'm willing to accept Gods help, I'll see useful bits of help everywhere in my life.
I need to be aware, she writes, of a 2nd voice that adds to, & augments, my Inner Creative Voice...The voice of Synchronicity, "the experience of finding things - books, seminars, furniture, and tossed-off things, that happen to fit in with what I am doing."
Seems Synchronicity of various sorts has led to a burst of creativity over at the cat blog, in recent weeks. :-D
In order for me to take risks, moving forward, I must let go of any limits I've consciously, or unconsciously, put on myself.
I must learn to take a risk a day, Julia Cameron writes, on my Creative Journey that, once successfully accomplished, will make me feel great about myself.
A risk, she writes, is often worth taking just for the sake of taking it.
Taking action holds the key to my personal, and creative, freedom.
I am leaning to trust in myself, and my dreams, and I believe I will become a great writer the more I write.
I have some old story ideas, not touched in years, that are due for another look, despite the fact I've never been able to get creative feedback from hardly anyone.
I will not be afraid to take new, bold, steps, to reach my goals.
My creative imagination is more important than specific technical knowledge, though I can continue to work toward gaining that knowledge.
My recent spurts of creativity, over at Meowsings, have been fun, & creatively exhilirating!
I am trusting that still, small, voice in my head, that says..."Try it! It will work!"
I will use this new idea to help me reach my creative dreams, alongside all my other ideas.
My traffic may be low, and awareness of me within the Cat Blogging, business, rescue, & shelter communities, may be difficult to raise, but I refuse to let that get me down!
I will just work harder to succeed, and find ways to raise that awareness.
I've done much in 9 years, but creativity lies not in the done, Julia Cameron writes, but in doing.
Doing more writing points the way to new, & better, writing to be done.
Working with what I have I'm willing to explore new avenues of creativity on my way to new accomplishments.
One small step by "Nikita" & "Elvira", one giant leap for Felinity Assembled! :-D