as Coelho would say… imperfections

 

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© Lynda Filler Photography 2018

“A sunset (or sunrise) is always more beautiful when it is covered with irregularly shaped clouds, because only then can it reflect the many colors out of which dreams and poetry are made.” Coelho on Beauty

Coelho says beauty exists not in sameness. So why do we seek perfection in all we do? As I go through my creative life, I’ve learned to love my imperfect looks, my aging face and body, the words I write that editors feel the urge to correct, a poem that makes sense only to me, a story that has no ending and no beginning but has meaning at the moment for me, and love, yes, love… which is, and will forever be, impossible to explain!

Perfection in the imperfect from the Diary of a Creative Life.

 

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© Abandoned. Rescue Me                  Lynda Filler Photography 2018

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© Shy Nude 2012                                          Lynda Filler Photography

 

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© I’m on to you, don’t even try                Lynda Filler Photography

 

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© If I trust you with my heart…             Lynda Filler Photography 2018

 

More of Lynda’s life in her Memoir LOVE The Beat Goes On

 

Heaven!

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I love my Kindle app on my iPad Mini, but… there’s nothing like holding a brand new book or your favorite classic, in your hands. The big challenge is always: where do I put my books?

Here are some cool ideas I found online to get your creative juices going. Enjoy!

What do you do with the old CD rack?

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Or how can we encourage our kids to read more? How about books shelves like these:

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We all love letters… we could do something with our favorite word. Mine is #LOVE

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Or our favorite musical instrument:

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A cool shape perhaps…

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or an old classic–wall to wall shelves interspersed with cool objects.

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Maybe one of these will inspire you to clean up those books that I know you have stacked on the floor by your bed!

Gotcha!   Thanks, Pinterest!

And while you’re at it, you might want to pick up my latest. I received this yesterday! There’s nothing like the feel of my own books! Thanks for being in my world and feel free to share these fun bookshelf ideas!

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Follow Your Bliss

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© Lynda Filler Photography    Porto, Portugal

 

Follow Your Bliss

 

flaming amber mane

flying over banisters, ledges,

stairs you climb in your haste to kiss me

 

I smile

eager for a nuzzle

books lined up in doorways

“this shop is mine!” I cry

“you can’t fly, you silly ninny!”

I giggle as your chocolate eyes look solemnly into mine

 

I stroke your horse’s head

you shake your body, stand your ground and neigh

 

only in my dreams

do I make books,

and passionate horses fly

 

but why, dear girl,

do you deny flight light?

surely you must know

limitations exist

only in the confines of your mind

 

© Lynda Filler

 

If God Brings You To It…

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It was one of those days…

I’m over it, barely, but I did lose a good day or two of productive thinking because of it.

We’re all artists, writers, poets, painters, photographers, readers, and imagineers, lovers-of-life, dreamers. And as such we have good and bad days, and some of us have fragile egos.

I sent work off to an editor. I waited excited by a story I needed to tell. In my defense I do have to say that when writing fiction I try to plot. I do. That’s the way my famous author-friends do it. But I have an amazing imagination. I truly live my stories. I go inside the heads of my people. I’m in the forest in Serbia or on a jet over the Atlantic, or blowing up a boat in the Pacific, or parkouring over rooftops in Paris. It’s why I write—to tell stories.

However this is what happens when I plot. I get surprises. Yes, my characters do something I wasn’t prepared for… or a new storyline takes me by surprise. And that’s my challenge…

She said it was a hot mess. Well, those weren’t her words exactly. She sent it back half-edited and told me to get back to work. This is my 12th work to be published. I’m not yet on any best-seller lists, but I have people who love my stories and email me wanting to know when the next JET is coming out. So I pushed through the sadness I felt and I allowed myself to learn from the critique. I accepted the harsh words and vowed to become better and better at telling my stories. I am dedicated to giving my readers the best experience they can possibly have.

But I have to tell you I was devastated. I wanted to take the manuscript and throw it away. Instead I sat down and started reading it and making corrections. And you know something? I LOVE this story. It’s close to my heart. It’s speaks to me. And I hope it will speak to you too.

We should be on Kindle by next weekend if not sooner. JET-Displaced book in my JET Kindle Worlds series.

“If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”

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Please give some #twitter #LOVE to #SunilSharma

 

Do What You Love…

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I lose myself when I create.

I finished a canvas yesterday. It hung on my wall…incomplete for five years.

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It has a sister coming soon. Here’s the start.

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And here’s my inspiration…taken from my patio…

 

It might be poetry or fiction or painting or photography or dance or fashion or..

Do it with passion and share your joy and #LOVE with the world

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Life, Lust & Love

There is only one thingSometimes I forget.

OSHO sits on my night table. The Beloved is one of the few hard cover books I own. It’s the moving and traveling–the way I love to live my life.  It doesn’t lend itself to a library of hundreds, or thousands, of books.

I’m a nomad at heart. I could live my life on the road, stopping for a week here, another there–all the things that are important to me would fit into the back of my SUV.

Crazy? Rootless? I’d rather think of it as wander lust.

I also live in my mind. As long as I have books to read…thank you Steve Jobs for creating the iPad, and Amazon for the Kindle App–I can be happy anywhere. And something to hold the images like the one above taken in Sinora, Mex. on a solitary road trip from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Whistler, British Columbia. And always, I need something to write with; I couldn’t live without my writing.

I think I’ll make a new Canva photo/visionboard. If I was truly living my life on the road, I would add unlimited airmiles to my wish list. Then I could drop in on my son and his family in Paris whenever I felt like it.

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Or maybe I would work on my current novel in Venice, the ghost of Gabriel Allon nudging me to place a twist here, a romantic encounter there. Yes, I could live for a month or two in Venice.

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Love & lust take on many forms in my life.

As Osho would say, if you miss those moments of love–whatever and whomever you love–you’ve missed the whole opportunity of life.

Enjoy:    LOVE The Beat Goes On on Amazon     https://goo.gl/T9OKPS

Want to laugh? (Editors) Thanks Goodreads!

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“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
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Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.”
Don Roff

“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
Tiffany Madison

“We never end up with the book we began writing. Characters twist it and turn it until they get the life that is perfect for them. A good writer won’t waste their time arguing with the characters they create…It is almost always a waste of time and people tend to stare when you do!”
C.K. Webb

“When I’m writing, I make words my b*tch. But when I’m editing, the words make me their b*tch. It all equals out in the end.”
Richard B. Knight

Good night and don’t forget to laugh! And go buy my new book LOVE The Beat Goes On, at Amazon and make my editor smile! (She thinks I’ve got a best seller!) https://goo.gl/VfRrkf

Thanks!