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Celebrating Your Writing Independence & Freedom…

Today is the 4th of July…the day when parents everywhere lose what little sense they have, go out and buy their small children explosives. Yep…today there will be kids 3-16 being handed a small device that could take off their little hands or burn their little noses off….because in America, in terms of celebration…that makes sense to us. (Only in America…at least in other countries they have the good sense to get the kids drunk first) Yeah us!

I am going to propose a saner celebration for us writers. I am going to suggest that we take this day and in-between our BBQ and Bic lighters we give some thought to our independence as writers. One thing that most people can’t argue with about America is that we are afforded a few more freedoms than a lot of other places. One of those freedoms comes in the form of expression and writers, well, we are the most expressive of all. We take to our keyboards or note pads, often with reckless abandon, and write whatever we want to, whenever we want to. We are free to do that and it’s kind of cool.

In many other countries the governments do everything they can to stop writers. Some reporters are actually killed for what they write. Children are controlled within schools and discouraged from self-expression. Regular writers are sometimes imprisoned for years at a time just for writing stories about what is happening inside their worlds. And some years back, a famed Muslin writer actually had to flee a country for his life just for writing a book. He still lives in fear of being killed. (Salman Rushdie) Writing is often not something folks can do openly or freely.

So take a moment today and celebrate the fact that you can write freely and spend some time sending out good energy to those folks in other places who maybe don’t have that freedom so readily. When you pick up your pen or sit down at your keyboard, marvel at the fact that when you peck away at those keys there is no one standing over you threating jail or worse. Celebrate the writers who came before you and the many writers who will follow you along the path that all writers take….the path to story and the freedom that you have had in traveling that path. Happy 4th Writers!



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Posted by on July 4, 2022 in Inspiration, Writing


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Software - The Freedom Not to Be on the Internet

Ok, I admit it…the title is a play on words. Today’s post is actually about a program that helps folks gain freedom from the internet. Now if I sound like the internet is a prison, that’s because it can be. We have all done it…gotten out of bed, slogged over to the coffee pot, sat down at the computer and suddenly it’s 6:15 p.m. and the kids are asking if grilled cheese is really dinner. The internet can catch you and hold you for the better part of the day if you let it.

I get caught in the trap if I don’t severely organize myself. There is so much to do on the internet. As it is, I get up and check my e-mail, update Facebook (personal), update the Facebook fan page, check my website, update my blog, check the news and look at the obits in my hometown newspaper (okay, that last one is a little creepy but I am at an age when folks I knew in high school are dying off…it’s sad and interesting all at the same time) If I allow it, the internet can bleed through into my writing time very quickly. You really do have to have enormous self-control and…well…and I don’t. (There I said it)

So what can you do if you are an internet weakling like me? The answer for me, currently, is a software program called “Freedom”. Freedom was developed for the MAC originally (because all the really cool programs are) but now you can also get it for the PC. The program does only one thing, turn it on, tell it how long you’d like to be offline, and it kicks you offline. It literally blocks your system from the internet for the time you allot. Freedom enforces freedom. Once the time you set is up, the program allows you back onto the internet.  If you want to get back onto the internet before the time is up you’ll need to reboot your entire system and having to do that means you’re less likely to cheat, and you’ll enjoy your freedom. It’s a really cool program. You can get the program here; and it will cost you $10 but it is two lattes well spent for a little freedom from all those e-mails from your mother-in-law and Timmy, your creepy childhood friend, the Facebook updates about everything from people’s choice of underwear color to if their two year old has finally gotten he hang of potty training and those annoying doomsday news flashes about 2012 warning of impending doom. Go ahead, admit that you are addicted to the internet and buy yourself a little “Freedom”. It’s really worth it.


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