Lately it has become very popular to occupy a place. So I suggest this weekend we occupy our imaginations. Let's devote some time to our creativity. Let's make a writing date. Let's take our notebooks to a coffee shop, or art gallery, or train station. Let's sit down and occupy our imaginations and see how we can change the world.
If you need a prompt to get you started use these three words in a short story:
doodle, crumb, song.
(And let me know how your own Occupy Imagination went. What did you do?)
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I recently had to give a presentation, in my Astronomy class, on an asteroid named Apophis. It will come within 24,000 miles of the earth on April 13, 2029 (below a lot of the satellites). You get quite a view from there, drifting by. That's where I was occupying.
Wow! That is a great thing to 'occupy'! Very impressive.
Remind me again in 2029 to look for that, eh?
I'll have to see what my memory is like then. I'll be 79 later that year!
79 or not, I am still counting on you! (And I am not even going to work out how old I will be - it's too early in the morning for math.)
I forgot to mention this. It's supposed to be overhead at 3:43 PM on April 13, 2011, which is broad daylight in our timezone so you won't see it. Maybe you can book a flight to Europe, where it's 6 hours later and watch it go overhead.
Ha! Yes, thank you, Mario. That's a great excuse to just jet off to Europe. It is all just part of my glamorous lifestyle!
You sound like someone who writes historical fiction. Your past is not your future. You need to think like a science fiction writer. The future is what you can dream. In 17 ½ years, you could be the J. K. Rowling of historical fiction and have problems keeping track of all your money. Who knows.
Probably too deep for a Saturday evening, huh?
"Your past is not your future."
Thank you, Mario. I needed to hear that.
I have the same issues. I forget that also. Part of it is trying, even after failing a number of times. Part of it is confidence that the past is the past and you can go beyond it and the rewards are worth it(even if they are for yourself only - that you did it).
Someone once told me that you know you made a difference in life if 50 or 100 years from now, someone even knows you existed. That's a little extreme of a statement but for me, right now, I raised good kids that I hope will raise good kids. I'd like a little better, although that's a good start.
There's this story about Edison. Apparently it took him 1200 tries to perfect the light bulb (don't quote me on the number, we all know I'm bad at them). But anyway, once Edison had his light bulb working a reporter asked him what it felt like to fail 1200 times. Edison's response? "I didn't fail. It was simply a 1200 step process."
Isn't that a great story?
I totally believe that you raised great kids, btw.
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