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The Brain…my impressions..I put to paper.


They say when you see a person in your dreams and you see their face that means you MUST have seen them in real life.

The mind will NOT make up a face. Some person’s face you ran across made an impression upon your brain whether conscious or not.

They say 25% of people dream in black and white.   Another astounding fact is that they say 75% of people used to dream in black and white prior to color movies & television appearing as a norm.

What does that mean?

Our minds are so malleable it seems. Impressionable.

I look for those impressions….I seek them out.  In place, events, experiences, but mostly people.

You see, I want my writing to be REAL. As real as I can get it. The flow and rhythm of conversation. The give and take. The voice has to be right. Else, the story is ruined for me. I have to believe the character and the situation I put them in.

Yes, it  can be a fantasy and still be believable If I make you believe in it.

So I look for scenarios…places,  strange happenstances in real life… intriguing people. They may not even know they are intriguing. But they are.   I collect them all in here  (tapping the side of my skull with my finger now)  with this, my brain and catalog them for later.

So when I write.  I go to that well , that mega filing system of characters, places, things, events, and strangeness and  pull them up and out and  plop them into the story that fits. Like with most writers , it just comes. Journaling helps somewhat. It keeps the synapses firing and the memories sharper.

But mostly I just want to jump into things lately.  Experience it.  Anything new is the best…bring it on…  skinny dipping? I’m all for it.  Dancing…sign me up… Fencing with epee (sword)…I’ll take that class…more more more… I follow some of you bloggers, I have casual acquaintances on here and some I know pretty well through following and commenting and even emailing directly.

I want my brain to mingle in your flavor…taste it and get an impression of you….it’s fun to me.  I have made some friends through all this mingling of the minds I am happy to say and hope to make more.

So don’t be surprised as that almost old saying goes…be careful or you may end up in one of my novels…:)

Stuck in the In-Between – A Poem


Stuck in the In-Between


 You are trapped in the

world of what-not, what-ifs,

and wannabes.


Top at the time may be the bottom

tomorrow, a smile a slap in the face.


Your core is courageous, wrapped in a

layer of boundless denial not looked

at too closely.


The hot sun beats down as the rain

falls in a deluge to sink deep and cold

into your bones.


Reason cannot be reasoned with on a

night when the day won’t go away.


A borderlander without a home, a foot in

the door to life, dusk and dawn



But still you fight, you push and rail

against the unseen that seeks to hold

you in this dark realm of broken dreams.


Soon…Soon… you say they will see,

as you continue to climb, run, and claw

your way out of the in-between.


By Philip Wardlow 2013

WORDS – My Poetic Definitions for Certain Words in the English Language


A while back I  made a list of  certain words that had meant something to me personally  throughout my life.  With this list of words I decided to apply my own definition to them in a  poetic sense to really convey what the word means to me in a more concrete but at times abstract way.

These new definitions  would not be what you would  normally find, say  when you are  flipping through a reference book such as Webster’s English Dictionary or some such book of extensive boring knowledge that you have to begun learning  from the very start of Kindergarten all the way to college.

Of course it doesn’t end there, one day when your the Father of energy zapping kids and your relaxing back in bed with a hefty  book in your hands  you may have to keep one of those stupid dictionaries next to you on the nightstand at  your bedside because some pompous arrogrant ass of  an author had to  pick a word no normal person (or abnormal)  would ever use in their own mind let alone in casual conversation.  At times I revel in the English language and at other times I hate it simply because I believe words shouldn’t get in the way of what you are trying to convey to the reader, especially on a contstant basis as some writers like to do.

So here is brief list of the not-so definitions of words:

1.  Apathy –  A smile in your direction which never quite reaches the eyes with a sharp snap of the head away.

2. Dreams – Dim images of lost desire, a quest for innerpeace that travels on a slow runaway train

3. Friends – Pillars with which to hold onto in a raging storm where some are stronger than others.

4. Enemies – The unseen predator which lurks along the edge of life waiting to pounce.

5. Life – An endless array of patchwork on the soles of feet worn down and dirty.

6. Time – A number measured by emotions and circumstances of the day.

7. Envy  – A spark which turns into a flame soon to engulf the entire forest.

8. Justice – A rock thrown back at an unseen hand whose only intent was grief.

9. Poems – A collection of organized to disorganized words which have no meaning unless you say they do.

10. Woman – A mystery behind  a locked door where a thief must apply all his talents to get through.

***I am a word/idea collector so do YOU have any definitions for ME.  I would love to hear them….:)***