Starting Where You Are

gary's eyes are gone
“Gary’s Eyes are Gone”  conte drawing Chloe Cocking  Gary’s eyes are gone, jury’s out on whether mine are, too . Photo Chloe Cocking

It seems to me that creative or artistic development has intimate links with self-development.

To the degree that I am not writing and painting, I am not being with myself. (Cue the distinction between be-ing and do-ing). I spend a certain amount of time resisting my own muse by doing. I dunno why.

The upshot is I am often not a human being, I’m a human doing. I run around Getting Thing Done ™- things that I don’t actually want to do, things that probably don’t matter, things that get me nothing and waste the ‘good’ hours of the day.

So I read this and found things in there I liked, including this remark:

You always start with where you are and work from there no matter what stage you’re at or how much work you’ve already done

I think this is as close as I am going to get to a New Years resolution- Chloe, start where you are.

Hello 2016 and a quote

Hello 2016! This year DWSG will publish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Something to think about:

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious” – Carl Jung

Subject -Verb Agreement


Some guidelines to help your subjects and verbs agree:

  1. When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.

She and her friends are at the execution.

  1. When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by “or” or “nor”, use a singular verb.

The book or the pen is in the drawer.

Neither the book nor the pen is in the drawer.

  1. When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by “or” or “nor”, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.

The boy or his friends run every day.

His friends or the boy runs every day.



A conjunction is a word that joins two independent clauses, or sentences, together.

Example 1: Ellen wanted to take drive into the city, but the cost of gasoline was too high.

Example 2: Richard planned to study abroad in Japan, so he decided to learn the language.

In the examples above, both but and so are conjunctions. They join two complete sentences with the help of a comma. And, but, for, or, nor, so, and yet can all act as conjunctions.