Book Release! Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All Is Out Now! | #Poetry #Prose #Love #Books #LoveConquersAll #Amor VincitOmnia

As a preface, the above book that has just been released, Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, has been released under my other pen name, Zy Marquiez. I know this might spur some confusion, but I lead off with that fact so individuals realize that I am one and the same, Noctis Blackburn and Zy Marquiez. As I continue to release books, the deliberate dichotomy will be incredibly significant, but that will be touched upon in the future.

With that out of the way, Amor Vincit Omnia means a lot to me for myriad reasons, much more than I could probably ever convey in words.  The fact that this book begins with an 11 page introduction shows how serious this book is to me, and how much I wanted to set a proper foundation for the argument that Love does in fact conquer all.

Moreover, the fact that this book is triple the size than my previous book Halcyon Days (word–count wise), also shows the significant extent I was willing to go to in order to extend the argument of Lover Conquering All as precise as possible under the intricate circumstances of such a broad topic.  This isn’t filler content at all however.  Not even close.  The book features dozens of notations, not unlike most of my previous books, examining various different circumstances of how Love does in fact hold the power to change society through all strata, and not simply from a romantic point of view.

Yes, many of the poems in the book are written from a couple’s point of view, or a romantic point of view, but the poems are often metaphors operating on multiples tiers, not unlike life operates physically and metaphysically simultaneously, and those metaphors are extrapolated upon in the notations with key poems in mind, and crucial concepts in mind like kindness, goodness, appreciation, and so on.

Now, at its core, the book features two different arguments of how Love Conquers All.  The first argument is the one that is covered through most of the book given its complexity, which is explained in the introduction.  The second argument is simple, very simple.  I happen to believe both are true.  That said, what I myself believe is irrelevant, as I make it a point to explain in the book, I share these thoughts for consideration purposes only, examining of how Love could hypothetically not only “conquer all”, but could also create resounding change in the world. 

Of course, the book is written with a very broad point of view in mind, sampling many subjective and objective points as well.  The point is life, Love, and the paths that each individual take, happen in so many complex ways, to try and explain away such a concept and emotion as Love in a “one–size–fits–all” type of way would be very ignorant, or perhaps, shortsighted.  Life is, and always will be much more complicated than that, particularly when emotions are involved.  Even so, I do think the topic of Love isn’t explored with as much depth and care as it should be, which is one of the vanguard reasons why I chose to write this book. 

Ultimately, what you believe about Love is your business, and you have every right to believe what you do because the life that you live is yours and yours alone, and the path that you are on is yours alone as well.  I simply hope that this book offers something of substance that will help you consider not only Life and Love in a kaleidoscope of circumstances and how those ultimately help you grow as a person, but also how Love can help create that type of resonance that in fact does ultimately help change the world.
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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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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. 

#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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