#SoundtrackSunday September Prompt….That’s My Swagger…

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Soundtrack Sunday

That’s My Swagger

This month’s prompt is all about showing your swagger…for those of you who don’t know exactly what that is, here is the Urban Dictionary definition of the word:

How one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person’s walk. 

Chose a song, list of songs, or lyric that tells us all about your swagger and create a post, on your blog or Tumblr, on one of the Sundays in the month of September (or, if you have multiple songs, you can post on multiple Sundays throughout the month). Don’t forget to tag your post with #SoundtrackSunday and create a pingback by replying in the comment section of this post with the link to your own blog post. You may use any of the graphics included in this post, for your own answer to the prompt.

I will re-blog posts that I like, throughout the month and I will be answering the post myself. I look forward to seeing how all you creative minds out there answer this prompt!

Tips:

Don’t worry too much about choosing the “right” song; just choose a song that you really connect with…after all, it’s your life and your soundtrack…have fun with it!

If you don’t want to explain your connection with the song, don’t. The writing isn’t a requirement, it’s a suggestion. In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to really elaborate on it or not.

Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post (by posting a link to it in your blog) and return to post your own link in the comments so we can all read your post.

You can check out my response by clicking on the My Sunday Soundtrack link in the menu or by following the permalink here (wont be visible until Sunday):

Feel free to use any of the buttons on this post in your own post or on your blog.

If you’re new, get started by checking out the main challenge page here.

Lastly, if you have any questions about the blog challenge or feel you can contribute to it, in any way, email me at acwilliswriting@gmail.com.

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#BeQuotable…Day 17….Quotes About Challenge

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Image Credit: James O'Brien

Image Credit: James O’Brien

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.”
Shannon L. Alder

The Greatest Challenges that any of us have to overcome is the little boxes that society tries to place us in. For me, it was ADD, Small Town, Woman, Same Sex Attraction, Heathen, and Deviant (to name a few). These are the labels I wear around and people want to typecast me based on these facts about myself. Each presents its own set of challenges and obstacles that I must cross in order to be included in a society, who clearly rejects me. I like this quote because it, essentially, gives us the answer to overcoming these challenges….do not allow yourself to be defined by the box but rather define your existence based on your view from the box. It’s a beautiful sentiment and great motivational words to live by.

 

#BeQuotable…Day 15…Quote to Live By…@PatRothfuss…#KingkillerChronicles

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The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

This is the kind of quote that did not change my thinking but, rather, validated it. I was born with a defect….the kind of defect that lives in the brain and dictates behavior. It is the kind of defect that horrified my teachers, pastors and parents. I was born without the ability to simply accept anything as truth…to take the world at face value. Sure, ignorance is easier…more comfortable but I can’t live life that way. I don’t believe anything that I haven’t discovered myself. As a result, I find myself always taking the hard road; finding things out the hardest ways; and living the most honest life that I know. I am not without faith…but my faith is one of my own making. I am not without knowledge…but the knowledge I possess I have searched and worked to gain. I am stubborn, unmovable, and relentless at times but I am secure, curious, and strong. So, this is the code of my existence….to be continually asking questions…to always search for answers….and to live a life based on my own truth.

#BeQuotable…Day 14….A Quote that Describes Me…

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“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.” ~Rebecca West

#BeQuotable…Day 10….Quote From a Headstrong Female @amandapalmer

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“My number one goal is to never feel like I’m strictly defining myself. The minute I feel like I’m doing that as anything-as theatrical, as feminist, as songwriter-I feel like the minute I name it, I’m stuck in a box.” ~Amanda Palmer

In a world and an industry that seems to always thirst for originality, Amanda Palmer NEVER disappoints. I can relate to her, as many of us can, because of her refusal to be anything other than her true self.  The quest for today was to choose a quote from a headstrong female…Amanda Palmer was my initial choice. The word “headstrong” can mean obstinate. Amanda Palmer is naturally, and inspiringly so.

If you don’t know who Amanda Palmer is, I can tell you all sorts of things about her. I can tell you about her music, her exploits, her writing, ect. but to get a feel for who she really is, you should check out her blog, her Facebook page (like her page, she posts quite often and it’s always “good stuff”), her TED talk and her book (out November 11).

…and as an added bonus, check out her Ice Challenge Video…(and YouTube Channel)…You MUST check out An Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

#BeQuotable…Day 6…Inspiration

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“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of Value.” ~Albert Einstein

Today’s quote is dedicated to my little Brother. Happy 21st Birthday. Today is the day that makes you a man. May you go forth, and look for value, rather than success. May you search for happiness and learn to walk upright. May you succeed at recognizing your own value, and giving it freely to the world. May you surround yourself with people who appreciate and support you. May you live…a life without borders.

#BeQuotable…Day 5…The Future

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“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Of course, the future is important…I see it rising in importance, too. I see all the movies and novels that seem to be trying to imagine the future…I’m writing one myself. The problem with this is that the future is an ever-changing entity; subject to change with the slightest decision…I think that imagining the future is a way to escape the present…a way to pretend that, one day, things will be better. As it is, that can be a helpful tool in times of despair but the future should never be anyone’s main focus….allowing yourself to be shaped by the probable future is like trying to take the shape of a flowing river….it’s futile and will only lead to certain failure.

#BeQuotable…Day 4…Family

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The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.  - Pope John Paul II

“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” ~Pope John Paul II

 

#SoundtrackSunday Prompt…Your Personal Theme Song

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Soundtrack Sunday

Welcome back to the new (monthly) addition of my Soundtrack Sunday Blog Challenge…

Every great movie has a great theme song…why shouldn’t you?

This week is all about finding your own theme song. If you could choose one song to describe yourself, what would it be? ..or maybe its a collection of songs….a playlist…a symphony….Because we all march to our own tune and I want to hear what yours sounds like.

You can post your response this following Sunday, or any Sunday in August.

Tips:

Don’t worry too much about choosing the “right” song; just choose a song that you really connect with…after all, it’s your life and your soundtrack…have fun with it!

If you don’t want to explain your connection with the song, don’t. The writing isn’t a requirement, it’s a suggestion. In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to really elaborate on it or not.

Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post (by posting a link to it in your blog) and return to post your own link in the comments so we can all read your post.

You can check out my response by clicking on the My Sunday Soundtrack link in the menu or by following the permalink here (wont be visible until Sunday):

Feel free to use any of the buttons on this post in your own post or on your blog.

If you’re new, get started by checking out the main challenge page here.

Lastly, if you have any questions about the blog challenge or feel you can contribute to it, in any way, email me at acwilliswriting@gmail.com.

 

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#BeQuotable…Day 2…Love

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My favorite quote from wise mans fear.  So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

I forecast a lot of Patrick Rothfuss quotes throughout this challenge…why? Because The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are two of the greatest novels written…ever…because the words on these pages have the power to shoot straight into your heart and roll around for a while…because this may be the most perfect quote about love, ever imagined. I have loved like this…but I’ve never been loved LIKE this…and that makes all the difference…