History: An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
—Ambrose Bierce (1842–1913?)
Bierce was a writer and a journalist. His lyrical and almost mystical short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, has been filmed several times and is highly respected. For a long time he wrote a newspaper column that ran cynical social commentary. The column was titled The Devil's Dictionary, and many compilations have been published with that name, often ending up incorrectly in the occult section of bookstores.
Personally, I prefer his cynical and humorous view to the better known (but just as cynical)
Welcome back to the work week, everyone. Here's a brief post for the day, inspired by a long, rejuvenating weekend where I did only the things that nourish me, including writing.
Julia Cameron says, "We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance."
Do you agree? Do you use writing as a form of prayer and meditation? I asked two of our own authors for their insight on the topic. I knew they would say something beautiful to say. That their answers are so similar does not surprise me at all.
Sara Wiseman, author of Writing the
Virgo, The Virgin
August 22 to September 22
Keywords: Intelligent, detailed, discriminating, analytical, reserved, conscientious, neat
As a Virgo you are known for being detail-oriented and having a strong work ethic; you get great joy from checking items off of your to-do list. Be sure, however, not to miss the bigger picture as you focus on the details. You may have been shy in younger years, but as you gain life experience you also gain confidence. You are organized, and can piece together puzzles of vast information.
Virgos do best with those they know well; you are not that comfortable with the situation of meeting new