Friday, 30 August 2019

Spotlight & Guest Post: Confessions Of A Traveler:The Observations Of Alien 597 by Clara L. Molina

Confessions of a Traveler: The Observations of Alien 597 by Clara L. Molina

Grotesque insect looking beasts, which burst out of your chest, and have acid for blood. Grey and short aliens with big eyes, who want to take over your mind, and they do horrible experiments with instruments that go up your anus. They’ve come to take over the world, and make you into a zombie or dinner. If they ever land in full view, they would either be worshiped and a new religion would form, or murdered immediately, and their ship parts sold to the highest bidder. Alien 597 read her report about aliens that humans had encountered. 

A short story about an alien visiting Earth.

Procrastination. It isn’t all bad
-How to make sure your procrastinating for the right reason.

Procrastination is purposeful, and writing and periods of nothing go hand in hand.

Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Voltaire - these are all influential authors, that have at one time or another had writer’s block. A feeling of dread has come over every writer at one time or another, but all successful authors have lived through it, and lived to tell the tale.

Let me check Youtube, I need to put the dishes up, let me get up and put the right music on, there’s a sock on the floor, so let me fix the sock drawer. Yet time is slipping away, it’s called the dreaded procrastination, but do not dread. Learn from it.

What to do when you begin to procrastinate? You need to stop, and figure out why you are procrastinating. If your stopping to contemplate the wonders of the universe, then please, life is too short, do not deny yourself. Keep contemplating on this, it may even be good writing material later on. If your procrastinating at work, because you hate your job, well, the answer is obvious, your not passionate about your work.

What are you passionate about? Don’t fake your way into passion because everyone is doing it. Don’t punch into work, talk the talk, and act the act. You are what you think about when no one else is looking and seeing. If your not passionate about your work, then procrastination will be your friend forever.

What do you get for your time? You never get get it back, the hand is moving, but your getting nothing. If your passionate about what your doing, then you must repurpose procrastination. That’s right. Procrastinate with a purpose. Fill the void, and channel it toward your passion.

How do you do this? Ideas for writers come from everywhere - our experiences, our encounters with people and situations, a movie that moved us, and music that invoked heavy emotional feeling. When your stuck on a piece of writing, continue with the idea in your head, and use the world around you as a helping hand.

Ideas do not come out of being stuck in a hole, unless your writing about being stuck in a hole. Don’t see procrastination as the enemy, see it as a process, a means to an end. A contemplation about the universe, that could be a backdrop to a book. Your tire blowing out, and the frustration you felt, that you can now write in words so clearly for a character.

Make sure procrastination is pointed in the right direction, and get your compass aligned. Carry a notebook, and experience the world with purpose. A good book is on the horizon, and you have procrastination to thank for that.

As Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?”

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Clara L Molina writes Science Fiction books most of the time, dabbles in comic drawings occasionally, and writes to laugh at herself all the time. She has a computer science degree, but has been a lifelong writer. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys fresh air and days where her hair is not frizzy.