My friend’s walk to Santiago, one step at a time.
Walking To Santiago
We start a journey without ever knowing
Where the road will end,
Or what we there may find;
The land rolls out and shapes with every step
A novel contour
In the heart and mind.
I am a shell, but know not what I hold,
Until the winding path reveals
Myself unto myself;
Uncovering the fault lines of the man
I think I am, or hope to be:
In the shadow lies the wealth.
We walk, and hope, and persevere;
We ache and sweat,
And shed familiar skin;
And all we know encompassed by
One foot in front, and then the other,
Safely gathered in
The swinging incense, soaring voice
Crown the heavy miles
With sacred sound and smell;
The journey has unfolded of itself
A gift to me,
And all again is well..
When one walks with intent, towards a goal, then the unexpected can happen…
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Some lovely and captivating paintings. (I like the alliterative rant halfway down too!)
Even in that condition I could see the strong composition, colour & form.
It’s unsigned (unusual if it’s by an “amateur”) An unsigned work is more often that of an artist who is working prolifically, but is not of celebrity status and so doesn’t have to think about provenance later down the line!
This is by someone who understands classical painting and has been classically taught ( it’s sketched out in Prussian blue, and quite right too, my old Art tutors would have lynched the class of 71-74 for using the colour black ANYWHERE!)
My junk shop painting here has the colours, the look and the feel of 1920’s-30’s British Art, a taste of which is currently celebrated at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings UK. www.
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Composed by Richard Strauss during the final months of the Second World War, it may reflect his sadness at the destruction of much of Germany. Certainly it is melancholic. Thought is also beguiling.
Ironically, my introduction to this piece was accidental. I subscribed to a classical music magazine when CDs were still relatively new. Continue reading “Metamorphosen”
For the first time since its liberation, permission was granted for music to be heard in Auschwitz.
This forms the central section of a three-part symphony by the Polish composer Henryk Górecki. He was relatively unknown until 1992 when the whole symphony including this piece was released and went on to become a sensation, with over a million sales, topping the classical charts in both he UK and the US. Continue reading “Slow, mesmerising, and unforgettable – Gorecki Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs””
Re-blogged from Literary Hub
Ten thought provoking pieces of advice for young writers, from Literary Hub. Starting with why he thinks that “Write about what you know” is the stupidest piece of advice he has ever heard.
I’m amazed at the lengths the authors go to research their stories. I know that Crime Thriller Girl (CTG) is a qualified bounty hunter, for example! I also particularly like the advice from David Morrell, KJ Howe’s mentor: ‘Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else’.
While I was at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate I met up with fellow debut novelist KJ Howe to chat about her fabulous thriller THE FREEDOM BROKER. Over coffee, we talked research, writing process, and how she created the kick-ass action heroine Thea Paris…
Thea Paris is such an authentic all-action female lead – what inspired you to create her as a character?
I always wanted to write a strong female protagonist. As part of my research I went out to the Phoenix desert and trained in hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting and more. I’m a big believer of if you’re going to write about it you should have experienced it. I’ve got this rolodex of Special Forces guys I can call on – they read the book – and wanted to bring an authenticity to the page. I would have loved to have been a spy!…
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I’ve looked at blank pages and wondered where to start; but this looks at it from the opposite perspective. As if a thought had come to the poet, and had been lost before they had time to write it down.