AWC Keyword Festival: Day 5 – Loneliness

If you have to ask yourself if you know loneliness, is that a good sign or a delusional one?

Do I really not have those moments of longing? Or do I just not recall them? I mean, I’m sure I’ve had them in my younger days. But as of late…

Am I shallow if the internet and video games can occupy me, or emotional stable that I don’t require another’s presence to be at peace?

I’m smiling to myself as I ponder this. And wonder if it makes a difference which is true.

I suppose it does. Reasons and meanings behind things and all that. Self-awareness, you know.

But if I had to answer, I don’t think I do. Not really anymore.

Going alone to the movies or out to eat by myself was never given a second thought. That much as been a constant.

Do I not get lonely because I really don’t need the company? Or did those in my past who were unreliable make this a preferable way?

And is it worth it trying to suss out the correct answer?

AWC Keyword Festival: Day 4 – Dream

Dreams are a funny thing for me.

Whether it is based on actual data or has become personal folklore, my mind tells me that if I place too much hope on something coming true, it won’t. That a dream I’m dead sure will come to pass, shant.

The subconscious ones are no less in my control. Oh, I might know what inspired an appearance or a prop to appear. But my brain makes it’s own tracks and keeps the controls away from me.

my dreams are abstractions to me. I don’t follow the likely ones too close, well, perhaps better to say with no real seriousness.

The ones I live are the ones that will never happen. Whole conversations with people I will never meet. Ideas for dwellings in just the perfect place. The ones where the stars align just so.

Dreams are fickle things that I am still learning to dance with. They help the work day pass. They are snacks, not a full meal.

And I wonder if they should be more. Or that’s all I can manage.

AWC Keyword Festival: Day 3 – Tomorrow

Tomorrow keeps its own time and has no cares for you.

You can fret and worry after it, but it pays you no mind.

Tomorrow is never fully yours, it’s just the hope, the fear, the ambition of whatever you’re carrying today.

Tomorrow smiles and shakes its head when it sees you running after. Then it stretches like a cat and falls asleep in the sun’s rays.

It lives rent free in your head, or it doesn’t. Either way works for it.

Tomorrow never slips from your fingers.

You never had a hold on it to begin with.

AWC Keyword Festival: Day 2 – Change

A change to my outlook came because of the 7, through their music but not of their music.

A land of a city, a food, a moment in history.

The small box in my head that belonged to “South Korea”. All in black and white and flat.

Then I was shown color and movement.

Glimpses of history and culture, honored but brought into a present context.

Pan into Gyeongbokgung Palace, with few seconds of BTS 'IDOL'.

The city of only a name, given a face.

Like any modern city, it’s a weekend dream.

And a weekday reality.

A place where three generations of a family (scheduled around vacations and late work days) react to the videos of their youngest member’s oppas, who sometimes visit her in her dreams.

Where a MV Director, Assistant Director, and Editor don’t let their knowledge of the biz get in the way of enjoying themselves.

I’ve liked music from groups outside the U.S. But they didn’t make me take baby steps with food from their countries, or neighboring ones. They didn’t make me want to learn their languages, their alphabets.

I could not have given you a reason how or why a change like this happened to me.

Cause it took 7 reasons. All wanting and happy to show you their homeland. To invite you to


AWC Keyword Festival: Day 1 – Youth

They look at the 7 and see only Youth.

See only the years they’ve lived, not the path traveled.

They smile to themselves, thinking, “We need not worry.

They are young and will not be here long. We know the way of things.”

They see not their Minds, their Hearts, their Spirits.

They see only 7 Youths.

But stay blind to one fact.

They were only 7 once upon a time.

But have so many more now.

Weekend Edition – Be Your Own (Writing) Idol Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

A thought for today.

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Be Your Own Idol

idol joeyI have a confession. I watch American Idol.

There are worse things I could do, I know, but spending several hours each week plugged into my DVR definitely feels like a guilty pleasure.

My beau is my enabler. We’ve been watching together for a few years now, and have become self-educated aficionados on the art of the song choice, the correct way to do runs, and the fine balance that must be struck between a great vocal performance and mesmerizing stage presence. What keeps me watching the show is not, however, the display of technical vocal prowess or even the thrill of finding out who wins. What keeps me watching is the chance to witness the transformation of these young performers as they unfurl and stretch into being their own artists.

A couple of months ago, I shared my phrase for 2015: Believe in your…

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Weekend Edition – The Magic of Clarity Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

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The Magic of Clarity

lightning treeWriting is an alchemical process that transforms modest words into entire worlds. We begin with an amorphous idea and the ability to string words together in a way that taps into our senses and emotions. We weave a spell that evokes a sense of time and place and experience. Using only these humble tools, we build an alternate reality. We give life to the players on our stage and send them off into adventures of our own devising. If that is not magic, I don’t know what is.

Imagination and creativity are oft-cited ingredients in the story-crafting elixir, but there is another, less frequently cited ingredient that is at least (if not more) important: clarity.

Clarity is both your inspiration and your North Star.

Though you may not know it, it is often the spark that ignites your imagination. It is that bolt of lightning that…

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