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The Age of Aquarius

Posted by moprod on December 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A paradigm shift and the Year of the Dragon blends as we move into the Age of Aquarius.



 

 

 

 

 

2011 was a rough year for me...and I'm not alone. So much anxiety with economy declines, loss, illness, traumatic events in the world, (I could go on). The earth itself groans under currents of change bringing about nature's calamities. Yes, 2011 was a tough one and I'm ready bid "adieu" to the last twelve months.

 

As the image of myself waving "good-bye" to 2011 flashes in my mind, I see the image pivot as the approaching year comes into view, ready to be greeted with celebration. Of course, that's what most will be doing on Saturday night, celebrating the arrival of 2012.

 

But what does that mean? What awaits us all in the 365 days of the approaching year? The answer lies with a dragon. It's the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac and true to its name, we can look forward to a year of ambition. Unafraid of challenges and ready to take risks, this year will be one displaying itself in grandeur. Success, passion and unbridled determination follow those who live under the sign of the Dragon and 2012 will be no exception.

 

Indeed, major changes are occurring even now all over the world, preparatory to moving into the progressive age ushered in by the Dragon, 2012. Vibrant and positive are the characteristics of this new age, a time sung about in the annals of the late 1960's - the Age of Aquarius.

 

Best described as a creative period, Eric Rankin defines the Age of Aquarius this way:

 

"...we are shifting away from old, fear based habits and imagining a whole new reality for ourselves - a reality based on hope rather than despair, of abundance rather than lack, of peace rather than war, of contentedness rather than yearning, and of connectedness rather than separation. We are awakening to the fact that a new era is upon us, and we have the ability to co-create the hopeful future we desire for ourselves and this planet."

 

Hope, creation, content, abundance and connections. These are the energies we will greet in 2012. Now is the time to begin. Now is the time to take up your creative genius and move ahead with that dream. Resources will present themselves to you as you open yourself up to the endless possibilities awaiting you in this new year. Let's face it with welcoming arms and move with grace into the powerful Year of the Dragon and the innovative Age of Aquarius!

For Writers

Posted by moprod on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer.  You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one.  If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.

Isaac Asimov




The Nemesis We Call "Writing"

Posted by moprod on December 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

"There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." (Ernest Hemingway)


Frequently I hear from aspiring authors the following statement, "I have all kinds of ideas and have tried to write them down but..."   You can imagine all of the "buts" that have followed that statement. Yet it's true!  So often, as authors we begin the exciting challenge of putting our thoughts, ideas and dreams on paper only to find that we get stuck mid-way through the process and stop.


I faced the same challenge as a brand new author and found myself caught in the same traps that hinder so many talented authors from sharing their wealth on the written page.  Fortunately, an early evening forum intervened on what would have been another statistic leading to stagnation and finally defeat for me as an author....and the Deja vu series would never have been completed.  I want to share this tremendous insight to you here and now.


The SECRET to becoming an author is to WRITE!  


There you have it!  No-holds-barred...the raw truth of a writer's success.  WRITE, simply WRITE.  Okay, it sounds rather simplistic but as most writers will tell you, there are always "bumps in the road" to writing.  The most common pitfall is not enough time (or at least the perception of not having enough time).  That pitfall is the easiest one to conquer and one which I hope to alleviate for anyone facing it.


Writing is simply that...writing.  There is no right or wrong about it, except to NOT do it.  Whether it be a sentance, a paragraph, five minutes or hours...the key is to just write and to do it daily.  No correction or editing required, at least not at this point.   You must simply take time to get your ideas down on paper (or laptop) and move ahead no matter what you think the effort may look like.  I bought a tiny netbook for just this purpose.  I am a type-A personality when it comes to doing things properly, particularly writing and grammar and spelling.  That "hang-up" of mine would lead me to utter defeat in accomplishing the most basic piece of the writing process were it not for this tiny netbook that does NOT all me to re-read all that I have written.  I can only go forward because the screen is too small to read more than a paragraph or two.  Hence, I write and I write forward, not backward (editing).  The ideas flow and are typed as they surface.  The storyline continues forward and is not hampered by misplaced adjectives or spelling errors.  Everything is forward and with time, a novel is born.


The time for "filling in the fluff" (as I call it) and editing out errors comes later.  Much later!  I hope to address that process in another post.  For now, let me issue the challenge to all of you who seek to write.  JUST DO IT!  Promise (and make it a priority) yourself a few minutes every single day to jot down a little more of your idea and/or story.  Promise yourself (no matter how rediculous your writing may sound in your head) that you will move forward and continue your ideas and thoughts on paper, knowing you will have time to go back and "fix" anything that isn't "just right".  Promise yourself the flexibility to write a sentence, thought or an entire chapter if that is all of the time or energy you can devote to one sitting.  The strength in the promise is that you will DO IT daily.


Please feel free to contact any one of us here at Midnight Omen Productions should you find yourself frustrated with the writing process.  Our aim is to support you in your goal of writing .  We are here to help, however that may be for you.  Ghostwriting services are tailored to fit your budget and needs and can be as extensive as a collaborative project or as simple as a phone call or email.  We are here for you!


Now go.....get out that pencil (or laptop) and write!

Archaeological Finds - Pirate Treasure

Posted by moprod on December 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

"The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate"  (Bern Williams)


Truer words were never spoke and still remain so, "says I".  Overwhelming interest continues to peak as discoveries are made of buried "treasure" undersea.  Not all treasure is made of doubloons and jewels, as would divers and researchers agree.  Recent discoveries of long-lost ships belonging to notorious pirates peak the curiosity of landlubbers such as myself.  


With the excitement of a child, I find myself scanning articles and e-posts about archaeological finds that include Capt. Morgan's lost ship discovered in waters off of Panama (a fitting end to that pirate's plunder of the area and rather ironic really) and the Queen Anne's Revenge off the coast of North Carolina.


Just one month ago, I was contacted by the amazing researcher and underwater explorer, Mike Daniel who made that famous discovery in 1996.  A brilliant historian, Mike enthralled with details and facts about finding the Q.A.R. and the project as it now stands.  Our conversation drifted to other "finds" he has uncovered and those still waiting to be discovered.  Images of the shipwreck flooded my mind as I listened to his account of seeing the majestic vessel for the first time, an image not seen in over three hundred years!  


History lies waiting for us to stumble upon it, perhaps not so accidently.  The magic of the discovery is ours to enjoy vicariously through the heroic efforts of men like Mike Daniel.  It is this author's hope that we support efforts to research and discover artifacts, learning more about the rich history preceeding this modern century by visiting websites such as Q.A.R. Found:  http://www.qarfound.com/  and local maritime museums.


"Fair Winds in Yer Sails, Mate!"  and thanks for bringing history to life, Mike Daniel and those who do the same.



Photo Shoot with David Dugle Photography

Posted by moprod on November 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Creative genus crept into the photo shoot the moment I stepped out, allowing David Dugle to do what he does best - take magnificent photos.


In his gentle manner, David stated, "I have an idea" and placed his flash inside a lantern and said simply, "Let's see what happens".  Magic happened in the darkness of a moonlit night as shot after shot produced results beyond our imagination.  The culmination of his talent and eye for the "big picture" produced some of the amazing photos you will see associated with the TV series, Midnight Omen (a sample of which is on the homepage).


David is a creative professional this production company will associate with for a long time to come.


David Dugle Photography  - located in Jacksonville, FL.  Contact info through his website:

http://duglephotography.com/




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