A writer writes, a daydreamer dreams, an actor pretends: which of these roles do I truly wish to be identified with?

Now months after the writing retreat with Natalie Golberg, I am making a new commitment to my writing. The pressures of a typical 60-hour workweek, family, and the business of living are not going to prevent me from finding my voice. It is all about choices. At this moment I alone am choosing not to write. Standing high on the pulpit of my to-do list, projecting to all that would hear, I mute the cliché of having “no time”.

Is time scarce? Absolutely. I have many responsibilities but if I truly want to do this, it is within my reach. The difference is being cognizant of the choices I make and not blaming some nebulous external force that prevents me from reaching my goal.

Writing is my meditation, my practice, and another world that I can inhabit. In the words of Joni Mitchell, I need to be there when ‘the janitors of the shadow lands, flick their brooms at me.”

Who bears witness to this? This blog in essence is my public declaration (albeit to an empty room). On a practical sense, I see this medium joining with my handwritten journal — used for my warm ups — the laps I will swim, the blocks I will run; all to remain nimble as mind flows into the ink or the tap tap tap of the plastic keys on this computer.

About Kevin S Moul

Kevin S. Moul is a widely published semi professional photographer who is also passionate about writing. He writes to achieve the same discovery with words that he captures with his camera. Writing projects include memoir, character studies, and themes associated with his lifelong interest in urban and epic fantasy. Canadian by birth Moul now lives in Southern Arizona and often wonders how he could live so far from the ocean. His photographic ‘genre’ is restaurant food and beverage, portraits of authors, and travel and tourism landscape photography. His work can be seen regularly in Phoenix Arizona based magazines, and recently in the promotions of authors Natalie Goldberg and publications of Erica Rivera. He blogs and offers samples of his writing at www.kevinsmoul.com, a gallery of his photography work is offered at www.tootallmoul.com Partial List of Current Photography 2011 & 2012 Photo Gallery - Desert Nights Rising Stars Writing Conference Frequent Contributor - ASU Marginalia Magazine http://www.asu.edu/piper/ Food and Catering Photography for Website (90%+ of images) http://fscateringscottsdale.com/ www.writersdigest.com (February 2011 Edition, Photo of Kevin McElvoy in discussion of ASU writer's conference) www.hollyhock.com (Cover Photo of the 2010 Catalog) www.ericarivera.net. (Author shot on her Memoir 'Insatiable' and multiple contributions to her web site and blog.) www.nataliegoldberg.com (Web Site and promotional photography) www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale (Food and lifestyle photogrpahy)
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