Above The Crowds Below
I hover above the crowds below
Looking up with glee
Though I only stay a second or two
They have come here just for me
Then I come back in increments
In different shades of light
To build an artwork among the stars
And to brighten up the night
Serving as a reflection
Of sacrifices long ago
I am the fusion of sight and sound
The most incredible show
These are the front and back inside cover areas of the very first notebook of poetry I wrote from the late 1990s-early 2000s. This is where I jotted my initial ideas and lines that came to me and figured I’d like to share them with you.
While overcast skies may not inspire
Or be your cup of tea
Nature has mysterious ways
Of showcasing her beauty
For when the clouds float by
We appreciate the clear days more
And always have a unique canvas
Never seen before
And when the morning dawns
Or the sun settles into sleep
The pastel creations before our eyes
Are artworks truly deep
While writing has long been a passion of mine, there are times when due to any number of circumstances, I may not be able to sit down at my keyboard and type.
For some writers, it can be a matter of carpal tunnel syndrome, for others, too much staring at a screen and for still more writers, it can be that inspiration strikes at an inopportune moment. This type of thing is why dication apps can be so handy for us.
As an Android user, I recently tried out an app from the Google Play Store and think it might be helpful for others in this field. I’d urge you to check out Speechnotes and see if it is beneficial to you.
In our 24 hour news cycle, it can be hard for journalists and editors to come up with new material. Some outlets even continue to focus on the same old information for hours on end because they can’t come up with something new. As someone who was educated as a journalist, I tend to wonder if there are moments in which the field has lost its ability to differentiate between what is and what is not newsworthy. And for those of you who are not journalists, this might be a beneficial lesson of sorts.
While times change and the norms in a craft adjust, I was taught and still understand newsworthiness to have to fit into one of more of these categories.
Something going on today will likely be more newsworthy than anything that happened a month, year or decade ago.
Of course the more something can hold meaning for us, the more valid it is for articles and reports.
An article about a new store opening in Des Moines, Iowa isn’t going to be as newsworthy for people in Flagstaff, Arizona as a new store opening in their own area.
If an average person gets a speeding ticket, nobody really cares. But, if a high-profile actor does, that might be a different situation.
People like to hear and read about things that might be uplifting and something they can relate to a bit.
Some entire publications (tabloids) focus almost only on this one.
Like any good story, conflict can be a key part of any reportage.
Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.
One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.
As a writer, I’ve even written under one.
While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.
Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.
There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:
Person vs. Fate/God
Example – Slaughterhouse Five
Person vs. Self
Example – A Separate Peace
Person vs. Person
Example – Les Misérables
Person vs. Society
Example – To Kill a Mockingbird
Person vs. Nature
Example – Moby Dick
Person vs. Supernatural
Example – The Odyssey
Person vs. Technology
Example – The Terminator