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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

What Kind of Mood Do You Write In?

Looking across the storyscape, right before I begin to write. Just at the point of visualization (because I have to type). Have to remain present. Keep it loose. Don't let it drag me into a deep morning of daydreams and what-ifs. Won't get anything written then. 

There is a tension there, at that balance of the optics. The kind of tension that gets your leg shifting. Gets into the skin. Sizzles. You want to keep it close, but like the eye-candy, this tension needs to be maintenanced for distance and intent.

Some things just run off and don't tell you. Don't say a word. Just sulk out the backdoor -- some even leave their key. On the stair. Like it be ritual or something. Like you were watching when they snuck out. 

Then you spend three hours searching for the remote because they left it in their room again. You're glad they're gone. Now you can get some sleep instead of being up and down all night looking for them because they didn't say anything and you think they're dead or something. Right? Shit sucks. And they steal the remote. Not yelling. Just saying. 

Hell, I don't even watch tv. Haven't for twenty years. It's been a few months now. I can't even get the energy up to go all-caps for the tv. Yeah so it starts somewhere around here. Bit nostalgic. You stumble across a cool word: nobodaddy. Bit worked up with no energy to do anything about it. Got the right glasses on. Nobodaddy? Not too bright. Not too dark. Now we can write.