Hermeses of Belgrade... SWIPE!
[...] And Apollo swear also: “Verily I will make you only to be an omen for the immortals and all alike, trusted and honored by my heart. Moreover, I will give you a splendid staff of riches and wealth: it is of gold, with three branches, and will keep you scatheless, accomplishing every task, whether of words or deeds that are good, which I claim to know through the utterance of Zeus. But as for sooth-saying, noble, heaven-born child, of which you ask, it is not lawful for you to learn it, nor for any other of the deathless gods: only the mind of Zeus knows that. I am pledged and have vowed and sworn a strong oath that no other of the eternal gods save I should know the wise-hearted counsel of Zeus. And do not you, my brother, bearer of the golden wand, bid me tell those decrees which all-seeing Zeus intends. [...]
But I will tell you another thing, Son of all-glorious Maia and Zeus who holds the aegis, luck-bringing genius of the gods. There are certain holy ones, sisters born — three virgins gifted with wings: their heads are besprinkled with white meal, and they dwell under a ridge of Parnassus. These are teachers of divination apart from me, the art which I practised while yet a boy following herds, though my father paid no heed to it. From their home they fly now here, now there, feeding on honey-comb and bringing all things to pass. And when they are inspired through eating yellow honey, they are willing to speak truth; but if they be deprived of the gods' sweet food, then they speak falsely, as they swarm in and out together. These, then, I give you; enquire of them strictly and delight your heart: and if you should teach any mortal so to do, often will he hear your response — if he have good fortune. Take these, Son of Maia, and tend the wild roving, horned oxen and horses and patient mules.” [...]
Homeric Hymn to Hermes
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|| Go Create || After a couple months of moving around a lot and an being in a mindset where I was struggling the make any headway in pretty much any creative endeavors I have been thinking off and on about creating things and what I need to do to instigate some more creative habits. The first and foremost issue is my own tendency (and I’m a sure others encounter this) to get stuck in a predictive and planning mode where I make ideas, but become more ‘doing’ repressed. I have an array of ideas building up, but when it comes to making something happen (or finishing something started) I hit a wall where I feel my creative skills (music, pottery, writing, etc) aren’t where I need them to be to communicate what I want. That being said I want to share some wisdom I have been given and some thoughts about this. The best and often most effective thing to do is to just start and keep working. It’s sounds super unromantic, especially in regards to creative avenues that are seen to be so emotionally driven. This is something I have learned specifically from witnessing and learning from those who create work that moves and inspires me. I will post again soon highlighting some artists and creatives that inspire me with what they make and their mindset, but I want to focus on one specific person here. And that person is Stephen King. For those of you who don’t know I really love his work and his writing for a wealth of reasons. Specifically for this post his mindset in how he writes so much quality work so often. And it always comes down to that he gave himself structure and strives to sit down and write at least a handful of pages every day. Whether his feels ‘inspired’ or not. That’s it. Only in the process of doing, and finishing work, do we truly make progress. Having finished products to look at even if they are not perfect is essential to actually understanding your craft and learning to communicate using the language of whichever craft you use. So I encourage you all, to just get out and start making things. I don’t care if it’s perfect. The subconscious shame of unfinished work is way more detrimental to your creative ‘juices’ than imperfect work will ever be.