Weekly Photo Challenge: Move Forward…Don’t Stop!!


Some days find me like a dead stump. Doubt and fear find my creative spirit idling in neutral, unable to move forward.  Even caffeine fails to throw me in first gear! Have you noticed, as an artist, no matter what media is your passion, when self-doubt and fear creeps in, how easy it is to give up? Whether a writer, photographer, actor, or even as a blogger, you begin to think everyone is far more talented and smarter than you are. Instead of another artist’s work inspiring, you spiral into despair and whine how hopeless it all is. Unfortunately, spending too much time in this state of mind, can fence in and kill the once vibrant creative life.  We stop writing, the camera goes on the shelf and as a blogger, we simply stop posting.

Dale Carnegie says, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

So, if you happen to be stuck, as I am sometimes, but want to move forward again, then, perhaps John Frusciante’s words can help…

“I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake.”

Ha! I sent doubt and fear back to no man’s land by posting for this Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward. You can too! Simply take action and do not quit!! 

How do you move forward when stuck in doubt and fear mode?


Desperate Liberation

copyright-David Stewart

It was a bad omen. First, the day of Mi-Cha’s surgery, her ride never showed, which meant walking through the city streets and crossing over the chilly town square and pass, reluctantly, by that new sculpture. Not only was its form hideous, but worse, Mi-Cha sensed her entire being pulled into the truth of her own despair.

Her youthful beauty was quickly fading.

Despite serious warnings, Mi-Cha wanted liberation from both aging and her Asian features. Unfortunately, Mi-Cha and several other women received serious deformity after their blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery and Botox treatments.

The con artist cleverly eluded arrest.

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“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

~Kahlil Gibran

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THE CHALLENGE: Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)

THE KEY: Make every word count.

Please join us and to get started go to Rochelle’s place:  15 February 2013.

If you seek more on today’s photo prompt, simply click Links In Collection below. Enjoy!