Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

The New Wave of Healing in the Dark Times . . .

We live in dark times; and, if you feel your life is completely sunny and care-free, you really should make videos about how you keep the dogs-of-malevolence at bay; then, share them widely so the rest of us wouldn’t have to suffer so much…

We live in dark times; and, I assume that most of the folks who are reading this engage in some form of art—painting, singing, playing music, dancing, sculpting, writing, and so forth…

However, this blog focuses on Reading, Writing, and Publishing; so, if you don’t write or publish, I’m fairly sure you read, right?


What’s with that rather hippie-like title up there, The New Wave of Healing in the Dark Times . . .?

The simplest way for me to explain myself is to point toward that blue link up towards the top of the left side-bar that says, Main Street Writers Movement, then share a quote from the Founder of that movement; plus, share another quote from a post two days ago called, Dystopia & Apocalypse ~ Two Seemingly Immortal Genres . . .

Quote from the Founder of the Main Street Writers Movement:

“These are scary and uncertain times, but we must continue to use our voices and to listen to our neighbors’ words….strengthen the national literary ecosystem through passionate engagement at the local level. Let’s honor and amplify our communities’ underrepresented voices. Let’s buy from local bookstores and small presses. Let’s leave our houses and dance in the streets to the sound of each other’s words.”

Now, the quote from that past post (and, I can safely say that, even if you’ve already read it, it bears re-reading...):

This is your assignment.

Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.

Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)

Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.

This is your assignment.

D’ya get the idea?

I’ll boil it down a bit:

If you have even a scrap of creativity, realize that it is Light.


Cast your Light as far as you can!

We all need more Light

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5 responses to “The New Wave of Healing in the Dark Times . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen May 25, 2017 at 2:10 am

    This is a strong assignment, one that we need to work on. We need to create new images, new symbols, when the old are taken over.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alexander M Zoltai May 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Yes, Martina, we do need to do that—that’s why we are Creators :-)

      And, you are astute to bring up how the images once used have been usurped…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. dgkaye May 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Amen Alex. A most shareworthy post my friend. :)


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 29, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Amen, indeed :-)

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye May 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm



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