The Daemon of Creativity

27 07 2010

©July 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Creativity and suffering are not synonymous! There I said it! As I undertake my first steps into creativity, I am struck by the enormous pressure creative people have to bear.

If they are unknown, they have to deal with the fear based reaction of their family and friends. “Aren’t you afraid you are never going to be successful? Aren’t you afraid of the continuous rejection you will have to deal with? Aren’t you afraid that you are going to devote your entire life to this craft and nothing will ever come out of it? No money, no rewards, no glory? Aren’t you afraid at the end of your life to see only heaps of broken dreams slathered with the bitter taste of failure?

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That Special Book in My Life

9 07 2010

Her  Lover (Belle du Seigneur) from Albert Cohen. And I have read it over and over. I do not care for the plot, although I find it a very interesting, realistic, passionate and sometimes cruel study of love, the consummation of love and everything this words encompasses. But what fascinates me about the book is the intrinsic musicality of the book.There is no other way that I can define it, That book is music to me. I do not see the words, but hear the music that springs from it. Albert Cohen’s writing is so melodious to my ears that I fall under its spell every time I read it. To me, the book is not a book, but a melody, a symphony of rhythm, coloratura and composition that just fascinates me,  I do not know how the musicality of the book translates into English, but in the original French, it just enthralls me and resonates with me at a very deep level to the the point that the story does not matter. This is the only book I had such a reaction too in all my years of book worming.

If I Had Unlimited Resources, I Would…

30 06 2010

If I had unlimited resources I would

That’s a lot of pressure to come up with a inspirational, fun and witty answer. But the truth is I don’t know. This is the kind of question we are seldom confronted with in real life. If I was a Miss Universe pageant I would say “World Peace”. But I am not. I am a middle aged woman bent on developing her passion for astrology, creativity and herself. Sure, unlimited resources to create whatever we want seems like a dream come true. But would it be fun? Helpful? Inspirational. Would it help me become a better person? I think this is a choice we have to make everyday independently of the amount of resources available. But it certainly could make for interesting times and stories.

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My Cultural Voice — The Danger of the Single Story for the Identity Adventurer

31 05 2010

©May 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

One of the reasons I blog is that Astrology Unboxed helps me find my own voice. Something that is hard to hear when you have multiple cultural voices. Being multicultural (French, American and Brazilian) felt to me a good conversation piece at a cocktail party but not something you really were proud of. I felt too rootless to really enjoy it as an added benefit of who I am. However this week, I was reminded that our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.

I listened to a speech that Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, presented at the last TED conference [link to this speech?]. Her speech tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story (a cultural story that excludes any other) about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

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Mind-Empower-Reality’s-Creation-Unlock-Reawaken-Yourself: An Acronym for Mercury in Pisces

21 05 2010

©May  2010 by Fabienne Lopez

It goes like this. Every other week, I have a coaching session over the phone with my writing coach, Beth Barany.  We will go over the edits  of the work I previously sent her, clarify doubts, ping-pong ideas for conclusions,  massage concepts for the “meaty “part of the post, etc. That’s the easy part. Then comes the dreaded question:

Beth: ”So, what are you working on?”

Me: Uhhhhhhhhhhhh… Silence. More silence. Breathing. Even more silence. Sigh. “I don’t know. I have nothing to say. No new ideas.”

It’s almost like a ritual.  (I hear a chuckle on the other side of the phone). Beth then starts to bounce off ideas. She helps and teaches wannabe bloggers how to get started in blog land. Therefore she has a lot experience with that kind of reaction. As we start to banter, my imagination gets all warmed up and playful, starts to take off as images come pouring down as a summer rain, refreshing after a hot day.

And that is Mercury is Pisces.

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Writing during Mercury Retrograde: A Blogger’s Experience

19 04 2010

©April 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Astrology Unboxed started during the Mercury retrograde in Virgo that happened September 6, 2009 through September 29, 2009. For this new Mercury retrograde transit in Taurus (from April 18 to  May 11, 2010) I feel the need to stop, reflect and review some thoughts and discoveries concerning the creative process.

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A Writer Emerging: Song of My Soul

31 03 2010

©March 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Like many bloggers I want to write about specific events in time in the hopes it will attract readers because the subject matter is on the news. In January 2010, the big news, in the astrological world, was Jupiter moving into Pisces and how Jupiter was going to affect all 12 signs. There was also some speculation on how Jupiter was going to play out in terms of events at the world level (what astrologers call Mundane Astrology).

I start reading about Pisces, Jupiter and Jupiter in Pisces. After pages and pages of reading, I was bored. Not in the sense that what I read was meaningless, but in the sense that it did not inspire me, no thrills, no gut feeling, no little knot of excitement in the pit of my stomach, no whispers of inspiration. Zip, nada, niente, zilch, nothing. All the reading I had done was just a jumble of words, with no meaning. I could only hear blah, blah, blah. Not good!

I officially had writer’s block. The deadline was fast approaching and I do not want to miss it. My eyes were focused on the sand dial slowly slipping away while I felt the pressure increasing to come up with something, anything that could be published.

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