How To Deal With The Fog of (The Writing) War

How To Deal With The Fog of (The Writing) War

April 14, 2014

“All these trips that we lay on ourselves–the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds–never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. This is who we really are: We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”

My eBook of Short Stories FINALLY Launches + Spring Giveaway!!!

My eBook of Short Stories FINALLY Launches + Spring Giveaway!!!

April 7, 2014

Hey courageous creators, Finally the day has come: my second eBook, a collection of three of my short stories, is now available for purchase! About this book: These three short stories were first featured on the blog, Courage 2 Create, through a now discontinued series on the blog entitled “Featured Short Stores.” These three stories were so engaging and so enjoyed by Ollin’s readers when they first appeared that–to this day–readers are still asking him for more. Designed to surprise and subvert the readers expectations, these short stories are enjoyed far more if little is known about them before the reader goes on the adventure. The first story starts with a man looking to heal his broken heart by visiting a mysterious healer; the second story begins with a professor taking his family on a plane ride to an unknown destination referred to only as “The Last Refuge;” and the last story begins with an anti-social loner who delivers a letter whose […]

What’s Your Most Favorite Inspirational Quote of All Time?

What’s Your Most Favorite Inspirational Quote of All Time?

March 31, 2014

Hey courageous creators, Everyone once in a while I like to take a step back and let my readers take the spotlight. Today is one of those days. I’ve been thinking about inspirational quotes lately and how they are some of my favorite things to share with folks. Tid-bits of wisdom can be so powerful because they can be easily remembered and then shared with others. And even a well-written sentence or two of hope and inspiration can really be a break-through moment for us and may even shine a light through our hour of darkness. So, today, I’d like you to: 1. Share with the rest of us your favorite inspirational quote of all time in the comments below. (It can be about writing or life, it doesn’t matter.) 2. Tell us how this quote has influenced your life in a positive way. Can’t wait to add some of your favorite inspirational quotes to my list of all-time fave’s! […]

Trust What Your Intuition Is Telling You

Trust What Your Intuition Is Telling You

March 24, 2014

Last week, I visited Joshua Tree National Park. It was a truly moving experience. Who would’ve thought that a desert in the middle of nowhere could be so beautiful? Visiting the park was like going back in time, to the wild wild west. While there, I could easily imagine how the landscape in Southern California looked like when the only people inhabiting the area were bleary-eyed Native Americans and rugged cowboys: Khaki-colored rock formations stand solitary atop flat lands dotted by several hundred Joshua trees. (The trees are so perfectly equidistant from each other you would have thought some overworked gardener had arranged them that way after several centuries of hard labor.) There’s a palpable silence there that leads one to display a quiet reverence. If you venture off to a section of the park called “Keys View” you will reach a higher elevation where you can sit a top the San Bernardino Mountains and catch a glimpse of the […]

The Man of Big Things

The Man of Big Things

March 17, 2014

Recently, I walked into the first floor of the building I work in and found myself face to face with dozens of mandalas. A mandala, if you did not know, is a Buddhist symbol that represents the universe. You might have heard of those buddhist monks who, huddled on the floor, will painstakingly create mandalas made of colored sand only to, in the end, wipe it all away in one dramatic swoosh of their hand-held broom. (This ancient ritual of creating mandalas is supposed to help these Buddhist monks practice the art of detachment.) The mandala was also a little bit of an obsession of the late, great psychologist Carl Jung: the famous apprentice of Sigmund Freud, and the man who coined the term “synchronicity” to describe the meaningful coincidences human beings often experience as they go through life. Jung was also the one who coined the term “collective consciousness.” Jung saw a much bigger universe beyond the small ego […]

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