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December 14th, 2010

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09:15 pm - My heart's desire
Excellence. Accomplishment. Something where all of my faculties - meager as they are - flow together to produce something useful, valuable. Something good.

Oh to be a good writer. All other expressive activities depend on something else. A dancer needs music. A musician needs an instrument. An actor needs his script. But a writer needs only a pen and paper.

Being able to write well must feel fantastic. An Idea arises and the Mind provides the first few words that give it a basic shape. Like a spring, the Idea works through the Mind, bringing more words flowing onto the page. Sentences and paragraphs flesh the Idea out, like adding flesh on bone. I can see that result, but when I reach out to grab it, my hands won't move.

The Mind is like a ship, carried on by the wind and waves of an Idea. But the Mind is also a conduit, chanelling that power into a work that will connect with another Mind and transmit that power.

And the power that words have. The right words at the right time can change a life.

Excellence in writing. Is that so much to ask for?

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