“Few Things Are Impossible To Diligence And Skill.” –SAMUEL JOHNSON

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-==SAMUEL JOHNSON==-

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A Quote And Some Necessary Words… …Ya Know… …Because I Can.

Alright, My Peeps…

…I’m Sure You’ve Noticed A Bit Of A Change AND Change-Back In Regard To My Recent Bloggin’ings.

There, For A Little Bit, I Was Putting Much Much More Of MYSELF Into That Which I’d Written.

Then…

…Rather Suddenly…

…I Pulled Myself Back.

I Had Quickly Felt I Was Putting Too Much Of Me-Me Out There To Y’all.

I Know Putting One’s Self Out There Is Generally Considered Part Of The Game Which We Call “Writing”…

…And I Just Wasn’t Sure Where I Was Going With It All.

I’m Still Not Totally Totally Sure.

We Talked About My Sleep (or lack there-of).

We Talked About My Mental State AND The Personal Difficulties Surrounding Said Mental State.

We Talked About A Lot.

Hell…

…I Talk To Y’all More Than I Talk To My Shrink.

Odd As It May Sound…

I Was A Lot More Comfortable Telling Y’all What Was Up.

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Alright…

…So What’s This Quote Bid-nass I Eluded To In My Headline?

It’s Actually One Of My Faves…

…And I Felt It’s Something I Should Share With Y’all.

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THE ARTIST IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE GIFT, BUT THE GIFT IS NOTHING WOTHOUT WORK.

Γ‰MILE ZOLA

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Honestly…

…I Know For A Fact He’s Pretty Much Right.

You Can Be The Best At What You Do…

…But Without Constantly Working At It….

…You’ll Always Have That Looming Cloud Of “Waning-Skills” On Your Horizon.

With The Bulk Of Things In Life…

…One Must Keep At It.

At Least…

You Do If You Want To Improve And Make Whatever It Is Better And Better.

That’s A Fairly Established Fact, My Peeps.

You Know It.

I Know It.

We Know It.

Do I Have A Gift?!

No.

Not Really.

If I Do Have A Gift, It’s The Gift Of “LOVING TO WRITE”…

…Whether I’m Good At It, Or Not.

Do I Have A Painstakingly Cultivated Skill That’s Taken Me Many MANY Years To Merely Get This Far-Along?

Yes.

Yes I Do.

Am I Satisfied With The Results Of Said Cultivation?

No.

No I’m Not.

Why?!

Because That’s The Other Side Of The Coin.

One With This Sort Of Skill Can NEVER Be Totally Satisfied.

Never Never Never Ever Never.

You Can’t Be.

It’s Personal Evolution, My Peeps.

We Keep The Same That Which We Can…

…And We Must Work At Bettering The Rest.

I’ve Been Tinkering With Writing Since The Age Of 3-Years-Old.

I Simply Love Telling Stories.

Whether It Be Fiction, Or Not.

Whether It Be A Review Of Something, Or A Non-Review Review.

Whether It Be (almost) Telling A Humorous Anecdote, Or (almost) Telling A Joke.

Whether It Be Playing Off Of The Quotation Of Another Person.

Each One Requires A Different Type Of Mindset…

…And Therefore A Different Style Of Writing Is Called-For.

If You Do Everything The Same Way, You’re Likely Bound For Eventual Failure.

Granted…

…Eventual Failure Is Part Of Our Community Called Writing.

Not Every Piece You Write Is Going To Be Widely Accepted, Nor Hailed As A Victory.

And All Of This Comes About Through Hard Work, And Determination.

The Skill Of Writing Is Important.

But There Are Other Skills Involved.

And They’re Different For Each And Every Person.

What Motivates One Doesn’t Necessarily Motivate Another.

SO…

…I Want You To Know I DO Plan To Dig A Bit Deeper Inside Myself.

I Want To Be Able To Tackle Any AND Every Topic That Pops Into My Head, Regardless Of How Odd, Or Crazy, It Sounds.

I Want To Be Able To Show-Off My Skills…

…And I Want To Be Able To Continue Evolving My Personal Style.

Evolution…

…In Every Sense Of The Word…

…Is What We’re Chasing Here.

Like They Say…

"Always The Same... ...Always Changing."

That’s How I Feel Abouy This…

…This Writing Bid-nass.

It Can’t Take You Very Far If It’s Just Like Everyone Else’s…

…Nor Can It Take You Very Far If You Don’t Put Yourself Into It.

You Simply Must Must MUST, My Peeps.

And I Will Be.

I Must Must Must.

You Can Win The Hearts And Minds Of A Few Peeps If You Churn-Out The Same-Ole-Same-Ole…

…But I Don’t Want That.

I Want To Win The Hearts And Minds Of A Larger Swath Of Peeps Because They Truly Enjoy What I’m Doing.

And I Sincerely Think People Respect An Artist More-So When Said Artist Is Doing Things A Little Differently Than The Rest Of The Pack.

I Can’t Think About It In Any-Other-Way.

And You Really Shouldn’t, Either.

One MUST To Bring Something New To The Table.

Period.

And I Think I Will.

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Late Nights And Early Mornings Just Don’t Jive. It’s My Life In A Nutshell.

Well Kids, Here I Am.

It’s Just After 5AM…

…And I’m Already Wide Awake.

I Didn’t Get To Sleep Until Well After 1AM, So I Haven’t The Foggiest As To WHY On Hell’s Half-Acre I’m Wide Awake.

I Have A Lot On My Mind, Yes…

…But Still.

None Of It Is Important Enough To Keep Me Awake…

…So I Am Simply At A Loss For My Lack Of Quality Rest, Today.

I Stayed-Up Last Night…

…Reading Reading Reading…

…Trying To Force Myself Into Being As Tired As I Possibly Could.

I Think All That Did Was Make My Eyes Sore And Bleary.

I Was Reading Some…

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

…And I Ran Across A Quote That Seriously Could’ve Been Written Specifically For Me.

"IT TAKES LESS TIME TO DO A THING RIGHT THAN IT DOES TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU DID IT WRONG."

Oh, How True That Is.

My Peeps…

…I Freely Admit…

…I Am Simply Under-Skilled.

As A Writer, I Do Succeed At Times.

But With Most Other Things In Life…

…Essential Or Non-Essential…

…I’m Still More Likely To Screw-It-Up Than The Next Guy.

Being Accident Prone…

…Being ADHD Out The Ass…

…And Being That Way My Entire Life…

…I Could Spin A Yarn A Light-Year Long About How Many Things I Funkyed-Up Over The Years.

I’m Totally NOT THE GUY You Want To Invite Over To Show Off Your New White Carpeting.

Nor Am I The Guy You Want Helping You Trim A Hedge.

Nor Fixing Your Computer.

Nor Washing Your Car.

Nor Walking Your Damned Dog.

Chances Are…

…If You’re A Betting Person…

…You Could Put All Your Money On…

"BRAD Will Screw This Up BAD."

It’s The Story Of My Life.

My Family And Friends Can Easily Attest To That Fact.

Need An Example?!

Have You Got A Lifetime To Spend On Listening?!

My Favorite Description Of My Work-Skills Comes From My Father.

His Favorite Thing To Say When I’m Working With Him On Something, Is…

"Watching You Work Is Like Watching A Monkey Try To Fuck A Football."

Yeah.

It Always Makes Me Laugh When I Hear It, Also.

He’s Not Being Mean When He Says That.

Honestly, He’s Just Being…

…Well…

…Honest.

Doing Something Correctly…

…For The Most Part…

…Is Beyond My Mental And/Or Physical Abilities.

Often Times I’m Forced Into Trying To Explain How/Why I Screwed Something Up.

Whether It Be To A Family Member…

…A Close Friend…

…Or Someone In An Authoritative Position…

…I’m Almost ALWAYS The One Trying To Explain Why Something Didn’t Go As Planned.

Period.

I Would LOVE To Be Able To Do Something Right.

I Would LOVE To Have The Attention-Span To Learn A New Skill.

I Would LOVE To Be Able To Go Somewhere And Do Something WITHOUT Having To Say…

"Well Shit, I Have No Idea How I Blew This One Out My Ass... ...But I Did."

It’s Funny How Something As Simple As A Line Of Text…

…Like That LONGFELLOW Quotation…

…Can Make The Mind Go All A Flutter.

And That Brings Me To Another Quote I’ve Happened-Upon Recently.

"A BELIEF IS NOT MERELY AN IDEA THE MIND POSSESSES, IT IS AN IDEA THAT POSSESSES THE MIND" --Robert Oxton Bolt

To Me…

…In The Context We’ve Been Discussing…

…Perhaps My “Lacking-In-Skills” Is All In My Head.

Perhaps I Could Do Some Of The Things I Generally Find Daunting And/Or Impossible.

It’s Simply That I Don’t Believe In Myself.

I Have This Belief Locked Into My Brain That I’m Useless In Most Situations.

That I Can’t Accomplish Something Because I’m More Apt To Screw-It-Up…

…So I Go Into Each Situation Not Thinking About Success.

I Go Into Them Thinking…

"Good God, How Am I Gonna Blow This One?!"

…When I Should Be Thinking…

"Alright, Let's Do This!"

It’s Something To Ponder, My Peeps, Fo SHO.

So…

…Even Though The Hour Is Early…

…I’ve Got To Try Try Try To Maintain A Positive Mental Outlook.

It’s Not Easy.

Especially When It’s Something One Is In No Way Used To.

But I Keep Trying, My Peeps.

I Try Very VERY Hard, Actually.

Let’s Hope It Helps.

Otherwise…

…I’ll Be Explaining To Someone How I Screwed This One Up, Also.

I HATE EXPLAINING MYSELF.

Hate It Hate It HATE IT.

Why?

Because I’m Not So Good At That, Either.

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It’s FRIDAY, Kiddies!

Let’s Get Through The Day WITHOUT Screwin-The-Pooch.

M’Kay?

M’KAY!!!

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