Amazing Year Day 320: Manday

21 Jan

Mondays are what I like to call “Manday.” For the past several weeks I’ve been consistently the “man of the house” on Monday for I whip a fresh dish of chicken and veggies. Who said it wasn’t macho to wear an apron?

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Amazing Year Day 319: One Eye

20 Jan

For those in the know, this means the start of something special.

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Amazing Year Day 318: Urban Walk About

19 Jan

Another Saturday and another walk of discovery into the heart of Taipei. I even met a friend, man’s best friend to be specific. Or maybe it’s a fox? Doesn’t matter, it’s cute.

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Amazing Year Day 317: thinking of you

18 Jan

To an old friend from my days in Broward County, Florida, you were the only person I ever played in the rain with. What seemed simple then, is cherished forever. You are now backstage at the greatest concert of all time. #rip

Amazing Year Day 316: The Idea that Stared Back

17 Jan

Eager for a picture book idea to flip its pages into my StoryStorm tally, I stared long and hard at this little fellow…

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and an idea stared back. Thank you!

Amazing Year Day 315: Ummm…

16 Jan

Yeah about today. I think I bought pizza?

#ooops #lostforever

Amazing Year Day 314: Accountability to the Rescue

15 Jan

Fame is a powerful spotlight and casts a shadow over the cast of characters who play integral roles in helping said celebrity rise to fame. Behind every writer, is a parade of struggles and doubts. It’s difficult to continue, but in the end all we must do is tend to our trade. When family and friends are supportive but able to fully grasp the spoil and toil of such a craft, it’s easy for a writer to feel alone. But there are many walking similar paths who can be of assistance and truly push us back on the road. I’m lucky to know a fellow writer willing to trust me enough to embark on an “accountability partnership.” While this may entail critiques and advice, it’s more like confession. We are sworn to report our weekly progress towards our hefty, yet achievable goals. I’m looking forward to challenging each other as we share the often unpublicized daily struggle to hone one’s routines and craft into legacy.

Amazing Year Day 313: Creator’s Zen

14 Jan

I don’t know how it happened, yet a simple dimming of the lights, an adornment in static-stinging satin pajamas, and I was there. A province of bliss. Peaceful joy careening in and around me. What would I write? While some ideas did flow from the pen, I just sat full of potential and happiness.

It didn’t hurt that my all-time favorite soundtrack was musing in the background…

Amazing Year Day 312: A Supportive Menagerie

13 Jan

Contemplating in the early morning, the pieces of my mind were struggling to fit together. Then I looked at one may think is a simple piece of decor, an homage to childhood… oh no my friends… this is not just any collection, it’s a menagerie of friends… and when they each smiled at me, my day was given the glorious start it needed. Toys are not just to play with, they are dazzling sprites of inspiration and support.

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Amazing Year Day 311: An Artist Walks

12 Jan

For anyone wishing to journey into their full artist self, I recommend Julia Cameroon’s The Artist’s Way. It was a key piece in my path towards not only publishing but finding the confidence and perspective to realize my dreams. Walking in this World, the sequel to The Artist’s Way, was an obstacle for me as with two attempts I made it only to week 6 (of a 12-week course). Well, I’m back! Today was the start of week 2, and fully embracing the “artist’s walk” I wandered through Taipei instead of taking the convenient MRT to my next destination. And wow, just like that I was connected to a wide and wonderful world.

I noticed…

the simplistic fun of street art,

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a potential cafe to take my wife too,

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the Lord works in mysterious ways,

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A holy red light district?

this city sure does love its underground gyms,

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a delicious dinner can unexpectedly appear,

friends from Japan are never far away,

even hotels can have dumb, silly names (that’s how it should be),

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some things never change (as they shouldn’t),

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an obscure hill on the corner is actually the bottom of a ship from another dimension directly below us upside down (thank you, Stranger Things),

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despite the city being a mass of concrete, there truly is a polite flowery jungle in there,

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and lastly home now appears magical!

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