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“Shy Writers Die.”

“Shy writers die.”  — Shreya Vikram (in an email to Paul Sunstone).

“The moment you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself.  That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”  — Neil Gaiman.

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The Trade-Off

“The fewer the words, the more they punch.

“The fewer the words, the less anyone hears something new.

“Two hundred and eighty-eight characters are for those who would repeat to me what is already in my head.

“Economize when telling me what I already know, but speak whatever volumes you must to show me new worlds.”

— Paul Sunstone (I have spoken, your turn now).

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Walking With Robin

(About a 2 minute read)

“The morning sunlight, in the spring, bounces off the sconces on the pendulum lights [in my kitchen] and creates a star-like pattern on the ceiling.  It’s a signal that spring has arrived.” — Robin, Breezes at Dawn Blog [Brackets Paul’s].

Anyone wishing to find his or her own true voice — but who is uncertain what that means — would do well to study Robin’s posts on her blog, Breezes at Dawn.

Of course, it is nearly impossible today to express a wholly new idea, especially outside the sciences.  Those who do now and then manage to come up with something even approaching a wholly new idea tend to be keen observers, rather than creative alone.

Robin is quite obviously a keen observer (see above quote), but — offhand — I can’t recall her expressing any more original ideas than the rest of us.  What makes her voice her own are not the ideas she expresses, but the virtually unique and special way in which she expresses them.

In short, her style.

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Paul’s Random, Annoying Question of the Moment

Why do you blog?

About a dozen years ago, my therapist got it into his twisted and warped mind (we’re highly compatible, Arun and I) to nag me to blog until one or the other of us was defeated in exhaustion. Took him six months, but he won.

But if that were all there was to it nowadays, I would post maybe twice, maybe three times a month.  I post far more often than that (during my active periods).  So why lay on the work of posting up to five times a day — or even more?

Too many reasons now to list them all in a short post. But perhaps this one will interest you. Writing is the best way I know of to clarify something — so long as you write honestly.  The only time writing to clarify has ever failed to make things at least a little bit clearer to me is when I’ve strayed from the path of honesty.

Beyond that, writing to an audience (as opposed to merely writing to myself) is the best way I know of discovering my best voice.

By “best voice”, I mean the most honest self-expression I can manage and still communicate with at least one other person in this world.

The way I see it, to communicate we much compromise.  Compromise between the truth as we see it, and the ability of someone else to “get” what we say about it.  Words are like that.  Words by their most fundamental nature force that compromise upon us.

In blogging, I have discovered an excellent way to find and learn to express my best voice.

Does any of that make sense?

Why do you blog?

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What is Poetry?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Paul offers his own way of distinguishing between prose and poetry in response to a question from a friend.


THE CRITICS THIRST FOR MORE! “‘What is Poetry?’ is a block of dry ice.  It chills the reader’s heart.  It freezes the reader’s mind.  And when it at last evaporates, the reader is left without so much as a single drop of water to drink.”  — Arun Ghani, India’s Blogs and Beyond, “The Herald and News”, Hyderabad, India.

THE CRITICS COMPARE!  “In his post, ‘What is Poetry?’, Paul Sunstone reveals he possesses the aesthetic sensibilities of a public toilet.  No, that is not quite it. That is not precisely it. It can be said with greater justice and with much greater precision that the Grand American Fraud of Blogging reveals himself to be possessed, demonically possessed, by the aesthetic sensibilities of a public toilet; a men’s public toilet, and not one that the cleaners have recently visited.” — Aloyse Leblanc, Le Critique Passionné de Blog, “La Tribune Linville”, Linville, France.

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Even Artists are Human. Even Artists.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Paul’s thoughts on the notion that artists feel things more deeply than other folks.


THE CRITICS ROAR: “Sunstone’s ‘Artists’ post puts me in mind of 1975 when the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco lingered on his death bed for weeks before having the proper decency to exit the world and take his damnable evil with him.  ‘Artists’ is by most common measures a short blog post, but Sunstone nevertheless manages to make it a long one.  You soon find yourself praying for it to end. Praying hard for it to end.” — Gus “Gunning Gus” Johnson, The Blog Critic’s Column, “Leper’s Gulch Gazette”, Leper’s Gulch, Colorado, USA.

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A Flock of Sparrows for Majel: Most Poets Are Some Other Poet

A Flock of Sparrows for Majel

(About a 10 minute read)

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” ― Oscar Wilde

I. Insufferable Snark

Hi, Poet.

Hi, You!


Hey, you enthralled heart,
You passionate devotee of the
Great Gut-Slugging,
Slut-Goddess of Love,
Suffering, Lost Causes, Crushed Dreams,
Forlorn Hopes, Teenage Self-Images,
And Poets!


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