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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rebirth as an Artist.

I'm excited with my new approach to writing and blogging. Thus far, I'm satisfied, even a bit ecstatic, over my new writing of short stories. I'm finding new inspiration in some of the new blogs I'm following. This reaching out to different blogs focusing on different subjects--philosophy, art, poetry, music, photography, self-discovery--plus my second drawing course, has rejuvenated me. I feel reborn: a new person. I'm happier now than I have been in a long, long time. Stepping out of your old ways into new ways of viewing life and doing things is powerful. I highly recommend it.

It amazes me that, at 66 years old, I can feel this way. It's not a 66-year-old feeling. It's a childlike one.

My drawing courses and my attempt to work with pastels has taken a bit of time out of my days. But, it's a time I'm beginning to look forward to more and more.  My artistic talent is minimal, but it feels huge in my mind. Perhaps it's a delusion. But I'm having fun with it.

Tanya Reimer told me I should write for men, men's stories, which is part of my move to crime fiction. That's a man-thing, isn't it? I know, a lot of females write crime fiction.

I don't know where this fascination with criminal minds comes from. I think it's in part because we know, deep down inside, committing a crime is something we'd all do if the right circumstances came about. Many of us have already committed crimes during our lives. Perhaps they were petty crimes, stealing something from a friend, beating someone up, breaking something that belongs to someone else. Perhaps some of us have committed more serious crimes. There's a dark side to everyone, a shadow side, and to ignore it is to do so at your own peril.

How long and how deeply I'll delve into crime fiction is yet to be determined. All I know for sure is the ideas are swirling, and that's a good thing.

14 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Isn't is wonderful to feel renewed when discovering a new passion?

Julia Hones said...

This post is exhilarating. Yes, I know what you mean. It's the voice of the creative fire. I'm trying to get back to working with pastels as well while my daughter paints or draws. (I know other writers who also love to paint...)

Saumya said...

I love every part of this post. It's inspiring how you've branched out and read about all of your interests. That's something I've wanted to do but haven't accomplished in my own blog. So glad you're sparked and feeling reborn! Can't wait to see where it takes you :)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Applauding your embrace of lifestyle. Warms me to feel the happiness through your blog. Play is a big part of creating you've captured that childlike sense of play.
Enjoy, amaze yourself and you'll amaze your readers.

J.L. Campbell said...

Good for you, Richard. Sounds as if you're at the start of a brand new adventure.

oceanfullofbottles said...

That's great, I felt your excitement in these words. I think this "childlike" feeling you describe is very precious and should be preserved in all of us, until the end of time. As long as we hold onto that ability to be amazed with life and enjoy the little things, we will remain young forever.

Elise Fallson said...

What a great post. I actually feel excited reading about how excited and rejuvenated you're feeling. This renewed passion will show in your writing and in your art and there is no age limit for it. And if crime fictions is what sparks your interest, then go for it!

Helene Titsch said...

Love this post! And love that passion! I have that same feeling about photography. Everytime i pick up my camera, I never know what I'll get and making it happen is so rewarding. At 60, it's a great feeling to have! Congrats and stay the course!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Richard, I am really happy for you that you are writing as well as painting. Hope you get more writing done.

Jasmine J said...

Love this post - and your blog! Thank you Richard for leaving such beautiful, encouraging comments. Truly appreciate them.

Tanya Reimer said...

Nothing better than to see someone having fun. YAY!!!! Betcha see the passion roll in to your work too.

David P. King said...

Well, if you truly feel younger than 66, that means you're truly young at heart. Something I hope to be in the next 30 years. Glad to hear your work is working out for you! :)

Maria said...

Great post! You nailed it when you said you were having fun, this is the key to life. Having fun, and feeling passionate about what we are doing is what makes us happy.

Damyanti said...

Good for you :) -- I need a writing spurt like that!