Oops, I Did It Again…

There will NOT be a link to a Brittney Spears song here!

I’m referring to the fact that I let a week go by without posting on this blog.

     …Doesn’t mean I haven’t written anything, I just haven’t lived up to my personal goal. Was my goal too lofty?…..I don’t think so. I believe I managed to let rationalization take the upper hand.

     You know all the things we let ‘get in the way’….my son’s high school graduation….an out of town trip to the ‘orientation’, where his new life will unfold for four years…car repairs…roof leaks…I NEED to send out some e-mails….better sit down and pay those bills…oh, yeah, tax return extension…I NEED to edit and retouch some pictures so I can solicit new work….we need a few things at the grocery store…do I really have anything to say?…on and seemingly on…!

     I did, in the meantime, go out and buy another copy of Steven Pressfield’s book, the WAR of ART


And, I allowed Mr. Pressfield to kick my butt, since I couldn’t reach it with my own foot.

(BTW, did I loan my other copy to one of you?)

     I had started a rather involved post on the creative process involving art, photography, and cooking. ( I just now went to his web-site www.stevenpressfield.com and there, big as life was an article HE had written called “The Creative Process”…I guess I’ll have to change the title of my next post). The further I get, the more the resistance fights against my self-imposed deadline. To paraphrase Pressfield, that means I must be doing something I should do, because the excuses NOT to do it are piling on.

     I am not a professional writer, in more ways than one. I’m not paid for my writing, but an even more important fact is that I don’t sit down and make myself do it every day. I am guilty of often waiting for inspiration to strike, instead of giving inspiration a vehicle to guide.

From the WAR of ART,

“The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he believes technique is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when inspiration does come.”

     Okay,….that means, “Randy, sit down at the keyboard and write something, hone the craft, accept the failures, embrace the successes, but don’t let either one of them go to your head!”

     Every word written, every picture taken, every note played on the guitar, every sunset, every sunrise, every raindrop, every whisper of the wind through the trees, every embrace, every stubbed toe are experiences that can be tied to, and help to create the greater experience.

Am I capable of making the connection?

     Am I capable of deriving strength from failure, compassion from victory, Love from adversity, creation from ennui…?

I think so.

     I would say, ” You be the judge, reader”…but I know that puts us both in an untrue and unjust position.

There…..I’ve written a page. Someone may read it…maybe not.

     The important thing, to me, at this moment, is that I have now done my own small bit of butt-kicking!

Take that, Resistance!

     And don’t try to tell me that this is absolutely a useless waste of words….It’s done!

     You, Resistance, don’t get to be a critic! All you can do is keep me FROM creating, and I will wrestle you until the day I die to prove that I will not be overcome….you may ‘pin’ me occasionally, but, as in wrestling,

Turnabout is fair play!

    The opening picture has nothing to do with this subject…wait, wait…maybe I’m being too hasty…

     Samuel Taylor Coleridge was interrupted by a knock on his door while writing Kubla Khan…he lost his train of thought (or the opium starting wearing off…whatever!) And it remained unfinished.

Resistance can take on many forms!

We all experience it in one form or another, don’t we?


~ by rkpowers on June 12, 2010.

5 Responses to “Oops, I Did It Again…”

  1. Great blog Randy! Interesting, thought provoking and yeah..I get it! I’m late writing mine so instead of DOING it, I just beat myself up daily until a new one is posted.
    My best~


  2. Great resource Randy. I’ve started reading the great inventor of method acting’s book “An Actor Prepares”, to get myself in another frame of mind to create. If you have haven’t read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’a “Finding the Flow’, it’s well worth the effort. I’m convinced photoshop is the modern equivalent of Zen. A bottomless font of knowledge.


  3. Why is it that every other field of artistic endeavor requires constant practice and playful experiment. Yet, at least I, expect to write like Hemingway first time out without blinkers.


  4. Why is it that every other field of artistic endeavor requires constant practice and playful experiment. Yet, at least I, expect to write like Hemingway first time out without blinkers.


  5. Favorite Mamet quote: ““The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.”


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