Top 10, 20, 30 Movies

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A Facebook post this morning challenged those ‘tagged’ to name their 10 favorite movies in 15 minutes. What started as a whim, (since I was not tagged) to write down mine in 15 minutes in no particular order, became an interesting thought exercise. The first ten I wrote down, I learned, were not necessarily my [...]

What Comes After Once Upon A Time

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The Intrinsic Nature of Following Your Instinctive Writing Process Walking the thin line of explaining a writing process without having to issue a spoiler alert for the book from whence the example comes, I wanted to illustrate a writer’s phenomenon that is not unique to me, but seems almost other worldly to some writers. On [...]

Fatales Rimas

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Essay On The Genesis and Birth of Fatales Rimas A Repeatable Volitional Didactic by Robert J. Sadler © rjs 2000-2013 Author’s Note: No doubt this information can be and should be further distilled. In time I, or someone else, may find a more succinct way of expressing what has been said here. It seems that [...]


Friday, September 7th, 2012

The artist Fleurette West ( recommended a very interesting blog post entitled: “The Day I saw Van Gogh’s Genius in a New Light” Though my essay, stands alone, it does refer to and was inspired by “asada’s memorandum”. I recommend you go to that website and read and view his post. The differences in perception of [...]

Writing: What Makes It Real?

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” Recently I received a forwarded email containing the above quote attributed to Vincent Van Gogh. [1]  Given my readings of the translated letters from Vincent Van Gogh (VVG) to and between his brother Theo Van Gogh (TVG) and my acquaintance with VVG’s art, this sounds like [...]


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

EEC = Empower+Encourage+Challenge The purpose of creating a learning environment is to enhance the opportunities to successfully inculcate ideas and once instilled, earnestly foster their application.  Unimpressed, some years ago, with the experience of attending present-day confrontational, slash’n’burn, or Cuisinart-style poetry critique groups or workshops, I looked for ways to change that dynamic. Experience told [...]

Flying Car Angst

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

It was Texas, the summer of 1957.  Buck Rogers and other space pioneers were only in the movies, or on the still-largely black and white world of television.  Two monumental world-view, game-changers were yet to happen:  1) the launch of the USSR’s Sputnik on October 4, 1957 was three months away, and 2) NBC was [...]

Using “Big” Words

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

On the Use of “Big” Words Often wordsmiths, (my sister refers to me as a wordsculptor), those regular users of words who have acquired a varied and mature vocabulary come under fire for the use of certain words that may not be in ‘regular’ use in the vulgate of the vulgus. (Vulgate and vulgus, two [...]

Character Conundrums

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

a letter to a fellow writer… Normal vs Paranormal & Universal Truths I woke up this morning thinking about character conundrums and flashed on one of the points I told you I had made to the ‘students’ I talked to… that of ‘the universe is both infinite and finite; it contains only what you can [...]

Six Fidelities of Poesie

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The Six Fidelities of Poesie: expression, idea, voice, style, original intent and process are not the six principles of how to write a poem or the six essential elements of a poem, but rather six principles of how and why we write poetry. — Six Fidelities of Poesie Author’s Note: Caveat on Quoting Oscar Wilde. [...]