… is now and now it’s gone.
Inspirations arose since the late eighties during times of idle musing; il dolce far niente. Once the influx of stories increased they occupied my mind. The only way to find order in this chaos was to write them down. Initially, I still hesitated because of their unusual content but a torrential influx washed all doubts away.
Many ideas would pop up non-verbally but distil either in German, my mother tongue, or in English. I felt the need of choosing a pen language. Being an ingeneer, writing, per se, was not much of a challenge but when it came to expressing unorthodox information the bias was towards German. You have noticed, I took the plunge and decided on English.
Wanting to be a good writer, I was concerned about my readers’ verdicts. Then I was only 43. By the time I crossed the 60 line, these worries had faded substantially. People may say I cannot write but they can’t say I didn’t write. Even th0ugh, before starting to publish online in 2008, I had to muster up copious courage. Whenever the risk seemed too high, I heard my Oma, my grandmother say: “If you don’t do it, you will never find out what it is like.”
Today I write when inspired and stop when the feeling seizes.
To me, the word inspiration includes several meanings which I briefly explore here, mainly to entice you to follow up with their in-depth articles on this site. The red titles are links.
• At the ground level, I would read or hear about something and feel inspired. It fascinates me, and I choose to write about it because I want to share the information. For example: About making a Point or Busy Bees or Black Holes
• A second level inspiration is triggered when I observe something, and it spurs me enough to express it. For example: Infinitum minus Atomos or Time and Gravity or Occam’s Razor
• On level 3 the inspiration involves my physical, mental and/or spiritual participation resulting in an enticement to write about it. And here are two examples: Speed of Mind and Like climbing a Mountain
• Level 4 inspirations evoke various degrees of passion; I must write. A bit of obsession still permits me to choose the timing; the full charge prevents me from resting and fulfilling my personal needs. Examples? Images of Nothing and Melting Moments
• A top-level inspiration is defined by its etymology. It is derived from Latin in spiritus, meaning: to be touched by the spirit or to be in it, enveloped by it. When this happens, I feel struck and forced to write, instantly, scarcely knowing the entrance of an otherwise foggy idea. There is more happening at this level:
– As the story unfolds, it passes through stages of increased clarity, more information, synthesis (no analysis), and eventually, it finds a conclusion or any other kind of ending. It is a balancing act between being guided by a sense of spirit and being more conscious and less erroneous writing. Examples: A Cycle or Coordinated Harmony or Stardust or Kenonics
– Now that I am familiar with this process, the initial hurdle has almost disappeared. During writing the original, I stopped worrying about how to express even my most unusual impressions. Editing for public reading involves some mind wrestling about which I have written in How to say it and Finding Words, the latter being published on another site of mine.
You have not been tempted to follow any of the above links? Here are three suggestions, which may get you started:
Number one is for the daring amongst you readers. Click here, and you will be taken to the table of content. Either, just click on any title, or, if you are more methodical, start at the top.
Number two. Here I give short introductions to four stories with their direct link on this site. Clicking on their title will take you there.
• The first story is a spontaneous discussion (with myself) about and in how far the principle of metamorphosis may be applied to all life, not only specific insects. They don’t know that they had undergone this process, why should we know? Would you want to know? Metamorphosis —
• This pondering was initiated by several comments on the simplicity of things and continues with suggestions about the components of the cosmos. Contented with my conclusions, I ended up with five, like the Five Elements of Eastern philosophy. To find out, click on Simply said —
• Imagine — is some sort of poem where each line starts with the word imagine and each line’s idea takes you to another conclusion ending up with everything.
• At a time when I needed to make a serious decision with a lack of information, my mind went ballistic. Then something happened, and this episode was written. Difficult or Not — a conversation.
Number three just crossed my mind, and I grabbed it before it could swish around the corner. I started a list of Content with Introductions. It will grow, promise.
Any of your suggestions are appreciated; click on Contact Me.
Albert said: “If only our thinkers could learn to talk and our talkers learn to think.” OK, here is a thinker trying to talk.
13 June 2011
PS: Nullius in Verba (Latin for on the word of no one or take nobody’s word for it). Hence, don’t take my word for it, check it out.