12/28/2014: Doing What You Love

The Fog and the Light

The Fog and the Light

MELBOURNE, FL — #Writing #MyLove

1:50 PM

Yesterday, reader Nathan was asking about my doubts and motivations when it comes to writing. What got me thinking was when he asked, “Did you ever ask the question how will it work out?

I used to. Back when I was trying. When I was trying to be a writer, I used to ask that question a lot. (“Writer” = Identity = “Me” = Very Important).

No more though. Now I write because I love to write. Thinking back on this, practically everything I’m good at, I love doing. Which isn’t too hard to understand really—nothing mystical at all here: What you love to do, you do more of it, so you naturally get better at it… and if you stick with it, you get good at it—maybe even great at it.

I no longer write with a goal of success in mind. I write because whatever it is—the subject of what I’m writing about—feels like it needs to be written. Ditto my photography. I’m not looking to be a success in my photography, I just love taking pictures, and sometimes the subjects of my photos feel like they want to be taken. Like they need to be taken.

Ironically, this screw-success-do-what-you-love attitude is reflected in my current spiritual practice. After my initial awakening five or so years ago, I deeply wanted to be a successful teacher and that was reflected in my blog and other works. This Wayne-the-teacher attitude/identity has faded quite a bit over the years, but it was only recently—with my deep disenchantment with the world (and a key reason for starting this journal)—that I’ve finally given up the idea of success… on convincing or selling this stuff to others.

Now I’m (paradoxically selfishly since my practice is all about selflessness) focused more on what I really love: TaoGodHer and my relationship with Her. Consequences be damned, I’m doing what I want.

That sounds kind of cold and cynical, but when you look at it, maybe there’s (unintentionally) more to this than at first appears. People seem to like my writing and photography, so maybe this doing-it-for-the-simple-love-of-TaoGodHer will have a similar effect.

3:13 PM

Re-reading the above, I’m struck once again with how the Everything-Is-Alive archetype (for lack of a better phrase) keeps appearing in my awareness. As the I-thing dies/dissolves, TaoGodHer starts to suffuse things and thoughts: The Light/Dark archetypes; the insights needing to be written; the objects wanting to be photographed.

This isn’t a mental thing for me. It’s not a theory or an explanation or a philosophy. It’s a real thing, an experienced thing.

Everything—not just things, but even concepts—feels alive. Everything feels suffused with Her essence.

12/27/2014: To The Writers

Picture of a Picture of Panera Bread

Picture of a Picture of Panera Bread

MELBOURNE, FL — #Writing #FourthWall

8:12 AM

In between the Joy of Eternal Being practice, I’ve been “tinkering” with a few techy things in Ulysses. I’ve been tweaking my workflow, researching the built-in stylesheets in preparation for exporting these journal posts into ebook format, and playing with Ulysses’ beta version for the iPad.

One of the reasons I love Ulysses—besides its simple and clean interface—is in how logically it is designed. Similar to web design, you write the “source code” (your text) and use stylesheets to export your text to various formats (Word, rich-text, HTML, ePub, …). They have built in stylesheets so you don’t have to know anything special to export your work, but—if you do know CSS—you can create your own stylesheets to customize your own personal designs.

I use Ulysses to write all the text for this blog, then export it to HTML to preview it in the browser. When I’m satisfied, I simply copy and paste the text from the browser view into WordPress for publication on the blog. What is key in all this is that I’ll use the same source text to export all the blog posts into ePub format to create the ebooks at a later date. Same source text—two different products.

This strategy Ulysses decided on—one source document that can create many output documents—is a huge benefit for today’s writers faced with a multitude of publishing formats demanded by the industry and technology: A double spaced plain text document for editors, a Word document for agents and publishers, a PDF document for proofreaders, an HTML document for the web, an ePub document for ebooks, ….

I wish I had done this with the WayneWirs.com site, it would have made Awakening of a Mystic—a collection of previous blog posts—a piece of cake (I still haven’t compiled, copy/pasted,  and/or massaged Awakening out of the posts I tagged four months ago because it’s such a mess).

Note: I highly recommend the book, Writing A Novel With Ulysses III by David Hewson for some great tips on using Ulysses and organizing your writing in it.