Blackburn Bits #7 – Venturing Outside Comfort Zones

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
– Neal Donald Walsch

It’s intriguing when you’re mindset shifts. Not long ago, although I always considered myself strong in certain aspects of mindset, that wasn’t the case with everything. Trying new things, venturing outside of my comfort zones, and steamrolling towards my dreams, was something that always seemed like trying to climb Mount Everest as a snail on crutches. Except, there is no mountain, except those we impose upon ourselves. That doesn’t mean there are no obstacles, but we as individuals need not add complications to those circumstances.

Thankfully, now, I rarely talk myself out of venturing outside of my comfort zones. It does happen at times though, but I do try, and often. Even if it fails, and that’s okay. The feedback of failure is actually something that can lead in separate directions, a positive, and a negative one. And when it comes to failure, what’s the worst thing that happens if you fail at something like a dream or goal? You fail, that’s it. It isn’t death. It’s not a catastrophe. It’s just failure, something we get over, but something that can serve as part of the foundation or growth if you so choose.

But what happens if you succeeded? It changes your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine. And I’m thankful for having gotten over my fear of venturing outside of comfort zones, because had I not, in some capacity I wouldn’t have met most (or even all) of you under varying circumstances. This is because at minimum, I had to venture outside of my comfort zones, and now I’m thankful for everything in some capacity, even failures. Especially since failing at something shows how you can adapt, grow, become something more, perhaps different than you thought, but still, a better version of you. Or not. Just depends on the steps you take. And even if its baby steps, any step forward counts.

So why not keep taking steps forward instead of staying stagnant?

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Blackburn Bits #1: Life & Humor
Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
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Blackburn Bits #4: Agreeing To Disagree
Blackburn Bits #5: Privacy Considerations
Blackburn Bits #6: A Slice Of Substance
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Noctis Blackburn (aka. Zy Marquiez) is an author, bibliophile, writer, poet, dreamer, star gazer, autodidact, logician, researcher, lover of life, Carmel Macchiatto addict, and more.
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Blackburn Bits #6 – A Slice Of Substance

“The echoes of beauty you’ve seen transpire, resound through dying coals of a campfire.”
– Ernest Hemingway

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve made an actual campfire, but I do love reading and writing when cozying up by the fireplace, which has been something I’ve done for years, which is a suitable alternative. In fact, there’s a couple of cords of firewood ever-present here, because that’s how much I enjoy that seemingly inconsequential past time. Except it is not, not be a wide margin.

Having the ability to make a small fire at home might not seem like a big deal, bit it is in my estimation. It’s something of substance that one can do at home that allows for a fresh breath of air that infuses inspiration into one’s soul. Fortuitously enough, although a campfire wasn’t on my agenda during the holidays, during winter vacation I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time in North AZ, although unlucky enough to be met by multiple snowstorms.

Now, I don’t regret it one bit, though the snow got intense at times. But there’s beauty in that intensity, there’s beauty in those moments when we have the latitude to spend time in nature, doing something of substance, like writing. That’s one of the reasons I love fires, because not only do I write and read by default, but the process of creating a fire mirrors that of writing.

In varying ways, mindfulness, as homing in on the specific and much-needed steps that are required for the creation of what you wish to do, is something that isn’t only cathartic in both writing and firecraft, but breathes a breath of fresh air into life.

Perhaps, gravitating to the flames by a fireplace might not be for everyone, but for me, that little slice of heaven is my sanctum of solace, my haven of perfection, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Except for campfires. I certainly would change it for that.

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Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
Blackburn Bits #3: Books As Gifts & Friendships
Blackburn Bits #4: Agreeing To Disagree
Blackburn Bits #5: Privacy Considerations
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Blackburn Bits #4 – Agreeing To Disagree

The above sentiment might seem obvious, but given that many things that seem obvious aren’t really acted upon as such, I find the above sentiment worth noting.

Moreover, since many times it is apparent that individuals end up taking disagreements highly personal, particularly online, the above sentiment is worth noting because, contrary to popular opinion, there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone. It’s part of being an adult, and/or just simply being mature.

Getting worked up, and risking fracturing a relationship of any type is not worth the idea of winning an argument in my estimation. But those are just my thoughts, and you may disagree, and that would be A-okay. That’s the whole point of this quick bit, realizing that there’s more than one side to every story, and knowing that it’s okay for people to not share the same common ground.

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Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
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Mindset Musings #1 – Venturing Beyond Comfort Zones | #Mindset #Mindfulness #Growth

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
– Unknown

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.  You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
– Denis Waitley

December 8, 2019
Zy Marquiez a.k.a. Noctis Blackburn

Comfort is a feeling that brings myriad moments that allow individuals a moment of rest, familiarity, and even peace.  Likewise, comfort also brings about many other positive considerations.  But not every aspect that revolves around comfort is to be lauded, for many times comfort is the anchor that prevents us from moving forward and often achieving growth. 

Arguably, the most amount of growth an individual will have will take place beyond a particular comfort zone.  This type of growth can come about in myriad ways, sometimes being planned, and other times coming wholly unexpected.

In my life, there are four vanguard instances that have spawned endless growth, all of which stemmed from venturing beyond my comfort zones, but in the interest of time and simplicity, I will only touch upon three. 

Some of the most resounding growth that I have undergone as an individual came about by pursuing my dreams of playing Poker, starting small businesses, and also publishing books while pursuing dreams with writing.  The growth that each of these has imparted upon me is vast and far reaching, but I am where I am due to those three avalanches of growth, coupled with the fourth instance as well.

Before moving forward, let’s take another gander at the backdrop quote above by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow”

The reason this quote resonates so deeply for me is because at the current moment in time, I’m seeing myself not only struggling in many areas, but also growing in many areas as well, and those areas of growth are areas in which I pushed myself outside of my comfort zones. 

Beyond those considerations, where I am struggling the most is where I have either developed a new bad habit, or fallen back on old patterns of behavior that do not serve me well.  These all stem from my inability to get back to where I was before when I was proactive about moving forward as a self-directed learning individual, and my inability to grow beyond the normalcy that I have for all intents and purposes created in my ill-suited behavior patterns that I have undertaken.

Even so, I do realize that venturing beyond those areas of comfort are something that I not only want to do, but I need to do, because they are incredibly problematic.  I must do this because if I do not, I will simply keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and continue wasting dozens of hours a weeks for example, without having anything tangible to show for it.  The point is, if I don’t put my best foot forward, first and foremost for myself, I cannot be the best me that I can be.  Moreover, I also cannot be the best that I can for others.  This is why it’s paramount to make sure that my every action is as incisive as it is thought out, while carrying those actions out with a foundation of mindfulness in order to have the best chance at succeeding in venturing beyond comfort zones. 

Outside of that however, I do find myself in other comfort zones that I wish to venture from.  Some of these include but aren’t limited to, falling into the bad habit of not reading as much as before, not going to the gym as much as I was before, which was almost every day, not being mindful to the best of my ability, which translates to every other area in my life, not putting myself first when it matters the most on certain specific personal considerations (particularly health), and a whole host of other issues.  The good news is I can make progress in all of those areas.  The bad news is, I have not made any progress to any significant extent recently because I have allowed my poor choices, my poor mindset, and my inability to stay focused and mindful to set the stage for my unfortunate mistakes.  Regardless of that though, I will not quit, and I also know where I want to go.  And that’s the starting point.

Once you realize that comfort zones hold you back, particularly those that are highly noxious to you as a person, then you realize that you’re one step closer in venturing beyond that comfort zone.  But to begin venturing beyond your comfort zone, it takes effort, sometimes incredible effort, and significant focus on the task at hand.  This isn’t a one-and-done situation by any means, for it is something that’s a lifelong path if you deem it so, and that’s how I see it.  I don’t only want to venture out of comfort zones now, but I want to do so for the rest of my life.  If I fail in doing so, or fail in even trying, then I realize that I will have only sold myself short, and not lived the life that I intended for myself. 

Because of all those considerations and more, I will be more mindful of the choices that I make in order to make sure that every step I take is with purpose, but more importantly, precision.  If every step that I take is mindful, deeply thought out, and with purpose, then I am sure to grow beyond the boundaries of my current comfort zones, moving the bar higher for myself, and growing as a person, thus increasing my repertoire in myriad directions.  That is why I have chosen to start this mindset series, which I have admittedly had in mind for a very long time, far too long in fact, and I hadn’t followed suit due to overlooking what was best for me. 

In the end, this is only one step.  But it is useless if it’s the only step that I take.  It’s a starting point at least, and that’s all you need to begin stepping out of your comfort zones.

Ultimately, time will tell if I continue taking such steps.  I will admit though, I am definitely looking forward to it, that’s for sure.    And whenever you yourself begin taking steps outside of your comfort zone, you should look forward to it as well, because once you do, your life will never be the same again.

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Serene Serenade | #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity #Love

Serene Serenades
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She glimmers gorgeous radiance from her striking eyes,
he weaves torrential tapestries of elation
upon her succulent skin
they bask in the essence of their serene serenades
that invigorate their united spirit in myriad joyful moments
as they bond in mind, body and spirit.

Time slows to a crawl, every second eternal,
flowing prismatically, showing celestial cycles of time;
a kaleidoscope of possibilities in their every moment
which interweaves destinies as coital canvases collide.

Life firmly sets an ironclad foundation
whereupon long–lost lovers bind themselves to each other
tethered by a gaze that whispers perennially
and speaks more words than a thousand lifetimes ever could

Enchanting encounters brought about often
exuberantly soothing and mending once war–torn hearts
whereupon the past, present, and future,
majestically merge an eternity of possibilities
into that one iridescent instance where eternal lovers realize
that they have not only found their sanctum once more
but that they also finally arrived home forevermore.

Noctis Blackburn ©

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Synchronized Heartbeats | #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity #Poems #Romance #Love

Synchronized Heartbeats

Embracing deeply
within the carnal canopy of night
they diffuse ultimately united
in serenely resonant wonder
merging to the mellifluous tune
of their fused heartbeats
as they synchronize passionately
and begin beating as one.

– Noctis Blackburn ©

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Blackburn Bits #2 – Libraries | #Books #Libraries #Reading

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September 9, 2019

There are many reasons why I absolutely find libraries incredibly intriguing and refreshing. 

Containing veritable memories of the past, be they in fictional or nonfictional format, libraries have always invigorated my soul, for they offer a kaleidoscope of wonder from which to draw upon and examine at length, and countless ways in which individuals can indulge in the exploration of thougth that others have laid down before them.

When I was younger, I always dreamed of having a library just like in Beauty & The Beast, and thankfully I’m lucky enough to have a large library of nigh 1000 books.  Although most of these are of the nonfiction variety for research purposes, I enjoy them all nonetheless.  I have always found incredible inspiration in books of all types, and find them to be one of the most underrated aspects of media today.

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Blackburn Bits #1 – #Life & #Humor

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
– Charlie Chaplin

Recently, I got into a conversation with someone that discussed life and humor. This conversation was intriguing for many reasons, but one of the more interesting points was when we talked about that although life features many moments that deserve serious thought and consideration, not every moment need to be as such. Many moments allow for the latitude of humor to be sprinkled in liberally making things more interesting and fun.

Moreover, while life does have its inherent serious circumstances that require individuals to be serious, having FUN and being yourself, whether its silly or not, is something that although often intimated, doesn’t happen as often as one would think in circumstances outside of the ones that require one to be serious.

Life is roller-coaster that is arduous, thought-provoking, amazing, and certainly much more. But it can also be fun when the time is right, so hesitate not in enjoying circumstances, or sprinkling humor when you can, because it often makes moments not only much more fun, but incredibly memorable, too.

The Fusion Of Writing & Life To Bring Depth To An Individual | #Life #Writing #WritingCommunity

“Life is too important to be taken seriously”
– Oscar Wilde

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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September 5, 2019

Life is experienced in a full kaleidoscope of circumstances that show the endless ways that it can be experienced.  How we choose to experience those circumstances will ultimately dictate what we get out of them, and how much meaning and depth will be had.

One of the vanguard reasons I love writing is because it allows for the exploration of life through the written medium, which showcases countless writing styles, but also because it allows you to examine meaningful circumstances at length, but more importantly, to record them as a time capsule of sorts for yourself, or for others.  Additionally, the wisdom garnered from many of the most astute individuals in the past still lives on, all due to their choice to pen their thoughts in timeless fashion.

This merger of an individual’s experience and creative process, brought about through writing, still resonates today.  Such instances not only allows individuals to learn from the past in myriad ways, but ultimately also aids individuals to live a better life, a wiser life, a more fulfilling life, all because those individuals took pen to paper and seared their voices into the pages of history after imprinting the insights they learned through the trials and tribulations they faced. 

That is incredible power, not only because words have the influence to change people’s lives as well as history in significant ways through their inherent resonance, but words add depth to life that at times can be looked upon time and again for those with appreciation of it, as is the baseline for these thoughts.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of writing, whether it is blogs, paper notes, letters, creative writing, poetry, fiction, short stories, and so on, to add depth to your life and those of others.  For just like a mindful and deep breath brings a moment of clarity, no matter how fleeting it may be, the act of writing can also bring clarity that can allow not only for the recording of meaningful circumstances that took place in an individual’s life, but this also allows for more incisive examination of meaning within the very fibers of life, the untold depths that often go unexplored not only in the moment, but later on. 

 Such circumstances while possibly seemingly insignificant at the time, might just echo through the end of time.

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Blackburn Musings #5: Looking Back, Looking Forward | #Writing #WritingCommunity #Life

“In this moment there is plenty of time.  In this moment you are precisely as you should be.  In this moment there is infinite possibility.”
– Victoria Moran

Seeing that the musings have become my unofficial journal of sorts, I’m going to continue with it given how much better it feels to vent and speak of certain things on my mind.

Jumping right in, this past weekend was the first weekend in as long as I can remember, many years in fact, that I was totally to myself.  I had no plans, except my usual ones, no family in town, no nothing; it was a blank slate.  In the past I totally would have picked up the phone and gotten a hold of some people to hang out, but I thought that perhaps I’d do something different and just take extended time for myself.  It’s not that I haven’t taken a day or so to myself before, I certainly have, but there’s a big difference between a day, and four days just doing your own thing.

I preface this entry with the aforementioned because out the blue I decided to go to the park after being the place I venture to on the weekends which I call the Pizzeria, though it’s not that by any means, it’s just that pizza’s my default food there, so I employ that nickname.  Anyways, on Saturday night, after having been there and closing out the place while writing for nigh 4 hours or so, I decided while heading home that I would stop by a park.  It was totally spontaneous, which is something that I don’t mind doing now, though I certainly wouldn’t have ever in a million years thought of doing that in the past.

I was nice to just continue do what I was doing at the previous place which was write, and when coupled with stargazing, it was a whirlwind of inspiration.  I often find myself very energized when leaving the Pizzeria, but there’s just nothing to do except usually head home.  In any case, I spent so much time there that I didn’t get home until like 5 or 6?  I thought I would only spend an hour there, but time flies when you’re mind is operating at Warp 9.  I wound up thinking and/or writing about goals, things I need to work on, things I’ve overcome and things that I’m not being mindful about, mainly my health, but certainly MANY other things.  It’s just that my health would benefit the greatest from mindfulness given that everything else in my life stems from that.  If my health is dismal, then everything else follows suit.

The point is that it was just nice to relax and not have to worry about work, or life, or anything, and just write and/or think.  Granted, I do that very often, but never in such a way.  If anything, there was a lot more clarity and depth, which allowed me to pen my thoughts more incisively throughout and also conceptualize current and future goals I would like to achieve, along with a whole host of other things.

I’m just trying more often to be in the moment, slow down a bit, because Heaven knows sometimes I get so busy, though admittedly its by choice, that I forget to slow down and be mindful or considerate about things.  But I find often, that when I do slow down, it’s emblematic of having been sprinting in a marathon and all of a sudden you’re allowed to breathe and catch your breath finally.

My life’s changed so much the last year, particularly the last 6 months or so, and I just wonder I am going to be and what projects ideas and things I am going to be doing a year from now.  In one sense, I’m nervous because my life has often taken drastic turns, and not always for the better, but I’m mostly hopefully and excited given that even though there’s been drastic turns in my life before, it’s never been insurmountable, even though at times it might have seen as such.

I don’t see why I wouldn’t be doing this blog a year from now, so hopefully when a year from today passes by, I can look back retrospectively not only in appreciation, but in curiosity as to how much my life has changed, what things I’ve delved into, what things I’ve been working on, and countless other things. 

I might do a quick year in a review in a rough sense of the past year now that I think of it, but I’m still uncertain about that.  It might be neat to do a quick synopsis of lots of successes and failures, and what I can glean from each so I don’t end up making the same mistakes and hopefully help others as well so they don’t make the same mistakes as me.  We’ll see.

You all have a wonderful evening.
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Author’s Note:

I’ve been incredibly busy today organizing my home office that looks more like a disaster triage center than an office, but let’s just pretend to make it more palatable. My original intent was to do my usual posts, share poetry, and so on, but I decided to put all that on the back burner given that organizing was more important, and something that if I do it correctly (*Crosses Fingers*) then I won’t have to do it again for a long time. The core parts of organizing that is, not the regular little things like index card notes or sticky notes that I’m bound to scatter all over the place like a tornado.

I also plan on writing a post on the subject of “Why I Write”, which I thought would be a neat concept that was brought about an IG user named FacelessVerity. They had two posts in sequence talking about why they wrote, and I found it very intriguing and refreshing, so I thought I would write something similar. That entry won’t fall under a regular musings given that it’ll be at the foundation about writing, but I’m still stoked to perhaps walk through all (or most) reasons as to why I write.

It’s my contention that writing is one of those concepts that can do a lot more for the world than people give it credit for, but that’s a whole different topic I would like to discuss in the future. You all take care.
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Hades | #Poem | #Poetry | #Writing | #CreativeWriting | #NoctisBlackburn | #DarkPoetry #Darkness | #Mythology | #Gods

Hades ©

The rivers of Hell spilled maliciously through Earth
Shivers & yells thrilled the wicked viciously into mirth.
Those sickly, gripped by doubt, crawling, calling dread;
Souls quickly ripped right out; all bodies falling dead
This scatter plot is for the living, it then dehisces death
It matters not, death’s unforgiving; like the bliss of meth
The stark reaper grips you whole, resolutely tightening
As the dark keeper rips your soul, absolutely frightening.

Noctis Blackburn


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Maintaining A High Output In Writing | #WritingCommunity #Poetry #Poems #CreativeWriting #Prose #NoctisBlackburn #Writing #Inspiration

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
– E.L. Doctorow

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
– Louis L’Amour

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August 9, 2019

Writing is an extremely time intensive process. 

It is easy to spend dozens of hours a week working on your craft, drafts, editing, and so on, without it even being a job for you.  This is why it’s paramount to keep your energy levels up (physically and mentally) and your inspiration topped off as much as possible, for it allows for seamless creation of content whether you do fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, or anything else.

The aforementioned was stated because I’ve often been asked how is it that I’ve written quite a few poetry books so quickly, and my main answer when asked has always been that I make sure that my inspiration is always there.  I am always exposing myself to things that inspire me, whether it is music, movies, words, passages, moments, people, interactions, meaningful memories, previous write-ups, diary entries, letters, notes, emails, you name it, all of that inspires me to the core.  It keeps the embers of inspiration lit to such an extent that I’ve actually come up with a term named “Writer’s Flood”, which will be discussed at length in a future blog.

To sum it up now though, the term ‘Writer’s Flood’ is the opposite of the term ‘Writer’s Block.  Where in traditional ‘Writer’s Block’ you couldn’t write if your life depended on it, ‘Writer’s Flood’ means that you’re so inspired writing basically takes care of itself, it’s almost like you’re  tapped the well of inspiration and it costs you no energy and your output at such a time is incredible and nigh effortless.

The vanguard thing I do now is that, whenever I feel this inspired, or significantly inspired, I end up writing, whereas before I would have specific time slots to write.  Well, the latter idea, though great on paper, almost never works that efficiently for me.  If it works for you, fantastic, it just doesn’t serve me that well.  As such, it matters not whether I’m at the coffee shop, a friend’s house, playing pool by myself, at the gym, at Barns & Noble, maybe a restaurant, you name it, I plop down my notebook, or write on a book, or use the phone, and begin writing.  And it’s not uncommon during the most inspiring moments to knock out 50 or way more poems fairly quickly.  This isn’t always the case, but it happens probably once or twice a week, with several other times, sometimes multiples a day, me writing a lot of poems at varying times, as well as many other passages and so on.

I say all this because this isn’t some special talent, or anything that’s inherent to only me.  I know one person that’s beginning to do it considerably, and another two that are taking this approach and its working well for all of them. 

So what exactly do I do?  Simple, as mentioned in the introductory paragraph, I do things that infuse me and/or increase my energy levels coupled with things that inspire me, whatever that may be.  Certainly, what may inspire me, may certainly not be what inspires you, but each of us can be hit by inspiration, or actively seek it.  And once we infusing ourselves with tsunamis of energy, writing doesn’t become a choir, but an adventure. 

I fittingly chose to write this on a Friday Night, because I’m between hanging out with friends, and I’m about to head out by myself to my favorite spot.  This place is the place where I draw a lot of inspiration from, and I’ve written hundreds of poems, countless journal entries and blogs, and everything in between here.  Because of this, I try to go there on Friday nights as much as possible, because it works for me, though I know this wouldn’t work for everyone. 

Bottom line: do whatever works for you.  Seek inspiration however you can.  If you’re always being energized when in the company of others, or while having conversations with others, this should tell you all you need to know about what works in inspiring you.  Or if something else inspires you, do that.  Do whatever it is that brings joy to your soul.   And hopefully, once you create these circumstances for yourself, it’ll be a long time before you experience Writer’s Block again, because hey, if you can circumvent ever having Writer’s Block, why not do it? 

You all have a wonderful evening. 

3 Mistakes I Learned From Publishing My First Book | #Writing | #WritingCommunity | #Poetry | #Prose | #NoctisBlackburn

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July 23, 2019

When it comes to writing, it is an arduous task, and there’s no need to make it more complicated than it already is.  Even so, whether you already write for a living or you are doing it as a hobby, there are seemingly small and yet significant tips that when kept in mind make writing simpler and enjoyable.

With that canvas set, we will proceed into discussing the 3 biggest mistakes that I used to do constantly, and still struggle with from time to time.  Some of these may already be known to you, especially given that some teachers do teach this in school, but not all do.  Given that, I will proceed showing the breath of my mistakes in hopes that these help others avoid them so they can save time and learn how to hone their craft that much quicker.

#1 – Overusing Commas

I still do this a lot myself, but not as much as I did months ago.  I am uncertain how many people struggle with this concept, but I know that I tend to overuse commas at least twice as much as I should.  It might be because I attempt to streamline my thoughts in sequential fashion and I am afraid of that logical chain might not be understood.

Irrespective of that though, make sure that you do not overuse commas.  The simplest way to learn how to use these is by reading sentences out loud and seeing how they flow.  While this method isn’t perfect by any means, it sure goes a long way to helping writers realize where commas do not go, and where others might.

#2 – Overusing Semicolons

This problem is something I struggled with considerably about two months ago or so, but thankfully it’s not that hard to overcome.  The way I overcame this was keeping in mind that unless what follows the semicolon was downright imperative to the aforementioned and needed to be organized as such, it was probably better to break up the thoughts that follow the semicolon and create a separate sentence. 

#3 – Be More Specific

This one is something that many (or most) probably have heard by now, but it is something that everyone struggles with, myself included.

Poetry is one way in which I am learning how to be incredibly precise, nigh like a surgeon when I attempt to pick words, because it helps convey in salient fashion what you wish to impart.  There is no shame in taking care of how you choose words and how you employ them, for writing is a craft and the only way to get better at the craft is by practicing it.  Being more specific is the tip of that spear.

There are additional mistakes that could be discussed, but in the interest of time and efficiency I will stop this right here. 

If any of you have any additional suggestions I would love to hear them below. 

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#Book Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser | #SmartReads | #Poetry | #Poems | #Prose

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
– E.B. White

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”
– Plato

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July 23, 2019

In On Writing WellThe Classic Guide To Nonfiction, William Zinsser writes an easy-to-follow no-nonsense approach into the core essentials of writing.

Providing a smattering of meticulous examples, On Writing Well does a lucid job of clearing up some of the confusion writers might have about style, methods, leads, endings, et al., while setting the foundation for a stronger individual repertoire.

In fact, regarding this, Zinsser speaks about the importance of everyone to have good writing skills given today’s newfound environment where a lot of communication takes place through the emails, the internet and so on.  This is crucial since most of us employ the tool of writing in a daily fashion.  Zinsser urges individuals to seek to sharpen their skill set in order to become better communicators simply by employing tenets  in this book.

As hinted to before, Zinsser also make incisive use of many salient examples throughout the book by breaking them down and suggesting some writing tips in cogent fashion.  Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Broken down into four parts, the book covers [1] Principles, where notions such as clutter and style are covered, [2] Methods, where leads and endings are covered, [3] Forms, where various forms of nonfiction are explored at length and [4] Attitudes within writing, which is self explanatory.  All parts offer ample insights, many of which would be useful to nigh all individuals nowadays, especially if you have to write anything on a daily basis, whether it is emails, memos, etc. and are new to writing.

To accomplish sound things in life, one needs an ironclad scaffolding upon which to set oneself in.  Writing well is no different.  The insights provided by this book will help those that employ them. Couple the tenets in this book with those of those within The Elements of Style 4th Edition, by William Strunk J.R. & E.B. White , and one has the recipe for success.  Both have helped me quite a bit, as I hope they help you.
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Bound To Bliss | #Poetry #Prose #Poem

Bound To Bliss
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Our fateful moment rose to a fever pitch,
the perfect temperature, smoldering,
in the extant elegance of chaos
that encapsulates eagerly the transmutation,
where elements either disintegrate,
or melt mellifluously into something greater,
something substantial, like accursed souls,
bound by bliss, slaves to substance,
entrenching armies of passion
deep within the catacombs of Hell,
perennially at war, fighting furiously,
for the only real thing they know
to be true.
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Zy Marquiez ©

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Blackburn Bits #5 – Privacy Considerations

The world we live in is no longer the world our parents grew up in.  These days, personal information has been monetized by corporations for myriad reasons, showing the premium than private data has for certain sects of society, particularly the criminal underworld. 

In a perfectly moral world, such considerations wouldn’t even taken place, but we live not in a ‘perfect’ world, we live in a world where information isn’t only used against individuals to make money off of them, but sometimes, criminal elements of society will use that information to control individuals into doing whatever questionable acts they deem fit. 

Moral of the story, be careful who you share your information with, particularly personal information like your full name, address, work place, personal pictures, and anything else, and also be careful where you share that information, because at times that’s just as important as the information shared, if not more so.  All of this might be obvious, but given that much of what’s obvious (i.e. people “should” eat healthy) can often be glossed over easily, I share this as a reminder to hopefully urge individuals to be more mindful of such considerations.  

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Privacy Concerns On Social Media

This video is a cursory overview about the fact that everyone should be careful with what type of personal information they share on social media given the fact some people are not beyond using that information against you in myriad nefarious ways.

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The Road Of Tomorrow | #Poetry #Poems #Prose #WritingCommunity

The Road Of Tomorrow

The road
of tomorrow
cannot be created
with the shattered bricks
of yesterday.
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Zy Marquiez
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Note: ‘Shattered bricks’ is a metaphor for mistakes being (erroneously) used as a foundational component for the future in whatever you are seeking to create by yourself, or with others. This was written with considerations that often times we wish to do the best for ourselves in the moment, which resonates into tomorrow, except we continually keep repeating the same mistakes that holds us back. I know I make this mistake quite often. Bottom line, I just need to be more mindful of the steps that I take in order to do the best for myself and others.

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