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H*O*T*--How I Write

Updated on May 31, 2013
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An Introduction to H*O*T*

Niche writing is one of the most effective means by which an aspiring writer can create, establish, and maintain his signature work. If I were to name the specific niches I've addressed in my writing thus far, they would include eBay, walking, and family.

H*O*T* is simply a new niche endeavor for me. I love working with acronyms because: 1) the use of acronyms helps a reader to remember the gist of what one has read; 2) at my age, I need all the help I can get to remember what I wrote; and 3) I love the challenge and mental calisthenics of creating acronyms.

H*O*T* stands for Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial.

Let's take a look at the word, tutorial.

A tutorial is a method of transferring knowledge and may be used as a part of a learning process. More interactive and specific than a book or a lecture, a tutorial seeks to teach by example and supply the information to complete a certain task. ~ Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

What you're presently reading, then, will hopefully be the first in a random series of sharing with you my personal love affair with writing.

Lilikoi, or Passion Fruit
Lilikoi, or Passion Fruit | Source

Love Affair?

You don't know the half of it.

Writing is an insatiable mistress, simultaneously agonizing and ecstasizing this hapless Hawaiian, all the while vampirically sucking the life out of me.

Ever eaten a lilikoi? It's the passion fruit. There's only one way to ingest it--you suck the sweet mucousy, seed-saturated nectar out of it, leaving an empty, hollowed out hull.

A hull. That's what I feel like most of the time when I write. Exhausted. Spent. Out of gas on the Saddle Road, Highway 200, between Kona and Hilo, with nary a gas station in sight.

To maintain my sanity and to sustain the incredible amount of energy required to extend the season of this sweet yet illicit indulgence, I engage in the only thing I can do when I run out of gas.

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I Walk

As I walk, I take in so much more stimuli than I would from behind the wheel of a car. The collective consciousness of the ideas I receive from that stimuli is in one compartment of my brain. But my entire body--every single cell--has experienced that walk firsthand and thus has a memory of it in a tactile kind of way...the breeze kissing my face...the irritating pebble that got stuck in my right shoe somewhere along the third mile...the little bug that somehow got behind the right lens of my sunglasses, tickling my cheekbone and compelling me to immediately brush him away. All of these things create, at some level, another kind of memory that accumulates in a different compartment of my brain.

Hours later, when I'm fresh from my shower, caffeinated, and staring at a blank screen, my hands perched on the keys, wondering what the hell I'm going to write, I close my eyes for a few seconds (because the mind races faster than the speed of light), and just let the impressions come rushing back.

Generally, I have a foundation for the literary house I'm about to build from the ground up...but the construction team is made up of those tactile memories. The staging of that house--the interior decorating, choice of furniture, paint colors, landscaping--is the ridding of my inhibitions. In the past, I thought I had to use booze and drugs to let Dr. Jekyll become Mr. Hyde, but today, it's easier and better than that, and there's no hangover the next morning. I simply allow myself to connect. And how I do that is to imagine that you, dear reader, are right in front of me on a front porch in Hawai'i, and the 5-year-old girl (or boy) in you is having the time of her (or his) life with the 5-year-old boy in me as we talk and giggle and squirt water from our squeeze bottles at the white cabbage butterflies that get within 3 feet of us.

Somehow, the job gets done.

I consider walking to be such a close cousin to my writing because, truth be told, I do the same sort of thing in both. I meander. I try to find new routes. The best thing anyone can tell me is to "Get lost!" because, literally and literately, I will. The paradox is that when I am lost, I am finally able to find myself.

...the me I find...
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And Who Might That Be?

Some of you can relate with me when I say, "I never really had a childhood," or, "I had to grow up fast!"

When I really, really get lost, the me I find is a five-year-old boy. He has been hiding behind countless layers of onionskin, and each leaf after leaf after leaf has to be painstakingly removed. Not in the manner of a cane knife that brutally hacks away at the dense jungle foliage, but in the manner of forceps and scalpel with surgical precision.

As I walk, as I write, as I live and breathe my way through the myriad of daily impressions, I know I have to attend to that five-year-old boy so that he can connect with the other little children awaiting him on the front porch for their fix of talking story, the ancient Hawaiian way of sharing knowledge.

My parents called him Joe, but in his heart and soul, his real name is what his life is all about: Hawaiian Odysseus.

That little boy is my writer's muse. When I protect and nurture him, he is free to run with complete and utter abandon. He provides me with the catalyst I need when I am stuck; he motivates me with his carefree spirit; he encourages me to embrace spontaneity; and when I grieve over a phrase that's stuck in my craw, he comforts me with a soft small palm on my cheek.

Above all, he gifts me with lasting impressions.

...a sense of collective guilt...
...a sense of collective guilt... | Source

And That Is How I Write

I am an impressionist writer.

Some people see the world literally. I do, too. But at a different level, and with greater intensity and clarity, I experience the world--and life in general--as a series of impressions. Spend an hour with me, and you might come away from our time with a singular thought of how good my eye contact was...and yet there's this inexplicable thing that I do...a miniscule pause before I respond to your comment or question. Within that time capsule of a nanosecond, I am mentally taking snapshots and running wild with empathetic daydreams and possibilities.

I can best provide an example of what I mean with the photograph to the right. No, I don't have a morbid fascination with roadkill. When I came upon this unfortunate sight...I had impressions.

What I could have written about the incident was a straightforward linear account:

At half past nine, about 8 miles into my walk, I came upon a dead squirrel. A car must've just hit it. I quickly took a photo of it.

The impressionist in me would sense and write something completely different:

There's a sense of collective guilt that washes over me. Here I am, in the autumn of my life, liberated in my defiance of traditional 9 to 5 occupations, occupied instead in the revelry of a liberated and flexible lifestyle that allows me to go on these long, recreational walks...only to stumble upon a scene like this. This poor creature came from a long line of squirrels that were here in the Walla Walla Valley long before man showed up and invaded their land, arrogantly labeling any animal that got in its way or imposed upon his comfort zone as a pest. Where are the babies for whom it sought to forage food? Do they wonder where their parent might be? Are predatory animals closing in on them? What of the driver who hit this squirrel? Does he or she feel terrible about what just happened? Or are they concerned about how late they are for church, thus rationalizing this event away? I look to the west. There is no comfort there. Two miles later, I still remember the dead squirrel. In a parallel world, a squirrel holding an amber bottle of Zoogami Beer is laughing and bragging to his front seat passenger opossum buddy about how cool it was to have blindsided the human trying to cross the street.

Both accounts have a unique style. Both accounts are presented with a writer's truth. Both accounts are delivered with a writer's voice.

But the dynamics of each are galaxies apart.

The former used to be my way of writing.

When I finally dared to travel as far as it took for me to get lost, I found the little five-year-old boy. And when I found him, I became an impressionist writer.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you so much, Jo, for stopping by and leaving your gracious comments. Every now and then, the muse within me unearths a golden nugget that I'm simply compelled to share with others. It's all in good fun, and if anyone gains a blessing from it, I am humbly appreciative and motivated all the more to keep on writing. Aloha, my friend, and have a wonderful weekend!

    Joee

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

    wow. This is great! What a neat concept to find one's niche. I wish you all the very best. I am sure to bring some cool iced mocha coffee to read your *hot* topics.

    Tweeted, shared and voted Up +++ and took the poll too.

    Aloha, I enjoyed reading this.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    Thank you, my friend! Your comments mean the world to me...and while what I just wrote is a trivial cliche, I truly mean it because, quite frankly, Google does not like the way I write. Neither does it like the way billybuc writes. We're both old school writers. How old? Well, you could go as far back as Emerson and Thoreau. We are personal essayists who care about providing our readers with essence of soul. This passion, unfortunately, does not suit the Google algorithms. It is what it is, dear Kathryn, and I tenaciously cling to my style of writing because it is honestly who and what I am. I'm just blessed that I'm even allowed to be here on this writing site. There may come a day when they kick me off for not being valuable enough. As much as I love acronyms, I don't get along very well with SEO. But I'll continue to write as long as they let me attend the party. I love your enthusiasm and your loyalty, Kathryn, and you can always expect the same from me. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I have to say, I really love the way you write! It is fascinating! You turn even the simplest, most mundane thing into something interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @CrisSp

    I am blushing. Thank you, my friend, for helping an old man feel alive again! Ha-ha! My bloodline is comprised of three ancient and stalwart cultures--the Okinawan gives me grounded stability; the Hawaiian rides the global surf of adventure; and the Filipino soars in the jet stream of sensuality. I regret that I had not learned in my youth how to harness all three meandering forces. Only lately have I learned how to unite all three harmoniously and share the stories this trio has finally learned how to share with others. Thank you so very much for making my night with your loving words. Rest assured that in the interview process, I thought long and hard about the writers here in the HP community who have made a serious impact on my writing...and you were definitely on my mind! Thank you for that wonderful inspiration! Aloha, dear friend!

    Joe

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    HOT! You're hot--Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial is perfectly woven! As I said, I'm catching up on my reading/hubbing and I just finished tillsontitan's interview session with you--that is awesome as well.

    First off, thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse of you and allowing us to know you more. I super love your creative mind and unique style of writing.

    Every inch of my imagination blossoms each time I read your fine hubs (and comments). There are lines coming from you that feels like I'm being transported back to my childhood (and I love that feeling) and I feel like I'm communing with learning from you. They said, a great writer should be able to make their readers use their five senses magically through their works --and you sure did my friend. Your hubs are full of life! I like the energy coming from it all. Simply, happy to connect.

    Love from the sky~

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Arun Kanti

    It's always hard work for me, Arun! I wish writing would come easily, believe me. At the same time, I have never had so much fun writing as I do in the present. You and I have a mission, you know, to reveal to ourselves, each other, and others of our generation that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks and bring their "A" game to the HubPages town square. I like that we are cheering each other on as we climb this challenging mountain to its summit! Aloha, and have a great week!

    Joe

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-Everytime I read your hubs it never ceases to amaze me how you write so skilfully and in your own inimitable way! Keep on walking and writing, my friend and allow us to learn.

    Aloha.

    Arun Kanti

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Hi, Sue! So nice of you to stop by. I love that the welcome mat extends both ways. : ) Thank you so very much for acknowledging my work and its positive impact on your mind. We're very fortunate to be members of a great writing community where we can share nuances of our writing that may very well serve to enhance each other's writing potential. I gain a lot from reading your Hubs, Sue, and I look forward to your next one. Aloha, my friend, and thank you again for the pleasant visit! : )

    Joe

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joe,

    I love the way you think. It flows, tells a story, and stirs the imagination. I can't wait to read more of this series. You tickle the mind. Up and absolutely awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your writing process. How nice to meet Little Joe.

    Sue

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @GuitarGear

    It's truly an honor to receive such kind and thoughtful comments from you, Walt, a person I admire and respect very much as a result of having read your hubs, especially one of the recent ones regarding the legacy of music generously bestowed upon your family by Ke Akua. My best attempts at writing is when I just relax and let it flow. You were most perceptive, my island brother, to point that out. Maybe I should put the earphones on more often and lose myself in the beautiful melodies of, say, Keali'i Reichel , when I write. A marriage of fluidity, yeah? : ) Aloha, bruddah, and have an eventful and memorable Mother's Day weekend with your loved ones!

    Joe

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    Walter Holokai 4 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio

    What an intimate look into the soul of a writer. This was an overwhelmingly beautiful piece and so fluid. That's how I like to describe your writing Joe, fluid. It flows. It's your signature. I bookmarked this hub and will refer back to it along with any future H*O*T* hubs to come. You're one of the coolest people I've met here on hubpages. I vow someday we will meet and play music together! Mahalo nui loa for this very special inspirational piece.

    Aloha,

    ~Walt

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Alex! Thanks for really getting where I'm coming from. Used to be a time when writing was about one's unique voice and style, the elements that expressed the personality behind the curtain. Online writing has changed all that by shifting the emphasis to pleasing the dreaded Google search engine. That's hogwash! I'm doing my part to bring "old school" back. That's why I like your innovative style and unusual voice. I can write dry. I can write narcissistic. But why bother when you can have fun writing both in a blend that, as you say, entertains AND informs? I may not get rich here on HP--but I'm certainly loving the connections and camaraderie. In the long run, the intrinsic payoff means more to me. Thanks for all your gracious words and support, Alex! Aloha, brah!

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    Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Joe, the way you incorporate your personality into your writing is inspirational because it's something I struggle with sometimes: exactly how much personality should go into a hub? On the one hand a hub is supposed to be useful but on the other hand all the online encyclopedias and Wikipedia will beat us every time if we just go for a strictly "just the facts, maam" approach. Part of the art of this is the ability to mix in some entertainment and show some personality.

    This hub is a great example of how to approach the "too dry vs. too all-about-me" situation. You focus around your love of writing. All true writers can relate to that. You also mix in other personal details but those details have a purpose and make sense in the context of what you're writing about. None of it comes close to bragging or being egocentric. It's impossible to read this and think "this guy is trying to get e-famous" or something either. It's more like: boom! This is me and I love to write. It's honest and pitch-perfect.

    Your descriptions are ballin' too, especially the one about writing being a seductive mistress. How true that is... this girl is running me ragged! Shaka

    -Alex

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Eiddwen

    Thanks so much for your uplifting words, my friend. I like to sensually experience life and this gorgeous world we live in. I run from the sadness of having taken both for granted for much of my life to the joy and utter revelry of savoring as much as I possibly can in the final season. We each have poetry in our hearts; it's just the delivery that is sweetly different. Aloha from Washington! Joe

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    I think we are very like minded and I love being able to relate to your hubs.

    Keep them coming and this gem I vote up and share.

    Enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    Thank you so much, Brad! I'm still reeling from the second to last hub that you wrote about the importance of being limitless in one's writing. It was, and is, an outstanding "from the heart and soul" testimony from someone I admire as a writer. And I agree with you about writing without limits. If one thing isn't working, kick it to the curb, not for good, but just to incubate for a while, and move on to something else. As you may recall, Karen is sponsoring a 30-Day Hub Challenge in June, and I just gotta bring my A game to the arena, Brad, because we both know there are hungry lions ravenously awaiting a good meal. We're like soldiers when we write, and we both know the Commander of our army. If we can motivate each other in the heat of the battle, then by all means, let's do it. I wish you the very best, my friend, and I hope you're actively training for a major run or two this year. I love those first person accounts of yours. Until the next hub, then, aloha and blessings from a Hub brother in WA to a Hub brother in TX!

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Aloha! Another amazing and well written hub by you good sir! Your level of talents never ceases to amaze me. I become excited every time I get ready to read one of your hubs, because I know it will be something that will send my mind on a journey during the time I'm reading it. Like another comment here mentioned, you have a way of keeping us on the edge of our seats. It's great to see how you go about writing. I'm always intrigued by other writers methods of writing. It somewhat helps me identify the type of writer I am and aspire to be. Great great job Mr. Joe! Voted up, rated awesome, interesting, and shared. Keep on keeping on!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Good morning, Mary! Your words make an impact deep within, and I appreciate your loving insight and whimsical inspiration. At some point, a writer jumps off a cliff and takes the ultimate risks...it's been liberating to do just that, and so far, the reactions have been wonderful. I challenge myself to look at things and people differently these days, and what I'm hit with is a realization that the human race has so much potential and opportunity to be more understanding and tolerant. Ironically, I don't quite have the words right now to express what I'm intending, but perhaps you can reach across the chasm, touch your fingertips to mine, and sense what I'm trying to say. It was a brilliant move on your part to reach back in time and write about the Academy Awards. When we were kids and had only black and white TV to watch, we somehow convinced our minds that black and white was the norm. I'm currently working on that notion in regards to the sky. I hope to piece it all together and present that Hub soon. Again, keeping with this theme of seeing things differently.

    Aloha, my friend! Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    What an amazing five year old boy! He has brought us such joy and entertainment, oh wait a minute, he's a grown man with the heart of a boy. Joe, your writing is so moving, even when it is a tutorial. Everything you write shows a part of you and what a wonderful part that is. I wait for each hub you write and hope I never miss one. Thank you my friend. Aloha.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @MartieCoetser

    Hi, Martie! Well, my coconut hat's off to you, dear lady, because you're doing a remarkable job putting out the literary gems while being a wife, working, tending to the household responsibilities, and more. eBay occupies any waking moment I'm not walking, writing, taking care of the yard, doing dishes, doing laundry, responding to email messages, going on buying trips, meeting with clients, so to some degree, I can relate. The one break I have is not having to change any more diapers. And, yes, as you might've already guessed, I wax nostalgic over that, too. I still have to pinch myself when I see my beautiful daughter and handsome son as grownup adults. Where did the time go? : ) Aloha, my friend! Rambling as usual....Joe

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Aloha, hawaiianodysseues!

    Although this is a paradox, it is a true fact in the world of writers: "When I am lost, I am finally able to find myself."

    I enjoyed this hub of yours because I could relate all the way and so wish I've had the opportunity to write 24/7.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Good morning, Joelle! It's already mid-morning for you, and I just got up. Your comments are always so very insightful and provocative. I appreciate both what you said about the inner child AND this very interesting concept--walking as the beginning of writing. I agree with you. There's something about how physical activity enhances our intellectual capacity. When I was younger, I would go for long runs to get inspired for writing or to prepare for exams. When I acted in high school and college and had to commit my lines to memory, I often did so while pacing. I don't know for sure, but I think there have been studies carried out by social scientists that show great results linking physical activity with creativity and other intellectual functions.

    Perhaps one of the greatest gift sGod gave mankind and the animal kingdom--procreation of the species--involves intense cardiovascular and other physiological activity as a prerequisite for the conception of new life.

    Finally, there's something to be said about the value of each--walking at a fast pace and walking for the sake of the view. On my long walks, I end up doing both, and it has greatly facilitated my use of imagery when I write.

    Thanks for sharing in this experience, Joelle. (And a note to pregnant mothers everywhere--walking is great exercise, and remember to talk and sing to your little one (because they can definitely hear and sense your voice) as you walk.)

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hi Joe! I think we all have a little version of ourself.... some may be more sad than others! I think writing can be an outlet to let our smaller self express himself or herself.... finally! It's not easy to let go of some impression of our younger one; it can influence the adult we become.

    Don't you find that walking can be the beginning of writing? It's a time where our mind can turn at a fast pace.... or it can be a wonderful peaceful time where we can be at awe with the view.

    Have a great week Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    You are one of the most prolific niche writers and positive people here on HubPages, my friend, and thus part of the reason why I love writing for this site. If I think of you while out on my walk and I happen to see a strange plant, there's good reason for it. I've learned so much from you and others that my favorite Hub authors have become a board of advisors I silently consult with as I walk, especially when the Hub inspirations start coming at me, left and right. Thanks for stopping by, Rajan! Have a wonderful week, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Your writing is so inspirational, my friend. I know I'm going to be in for a treat everytime I start reading your hub. I know I'll be enjoying this niche of yours as well. You are a master impressionist writer, if I could call it this way!

    Voted up and certainly a very absorbing read.

    Aloha and have a great day ahead!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim! Thanks for underscoring the point I was making. The little things we all share with each other have a remarkable way of adhering to the velcro in our brain. When we least expect it, something billybuc might have said, or that Radcliff mentioned in her last article, or that rajan jolly taught us about cauliflower, or that xstatic shared with us about playing a sheriff in a movie...could provide us with a key to connect with a difficult neighbor, help a loved one regarding a health issue, or embellish our writing craft. Thanks for your loyal support, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LKMore01

    And the really cool thing, Lisa, is that the only substance I abuse in order to see the world in all its vivid, living color are the bottoms of my New Balance shoes as I walk along the country roads. The mind is a wonderful thing, and I hope to take good care of it for as long as I can. Aloha, my dear friend, and keep up the good work in your marathon training.

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is a beautiful mini-seminar in the art of writing. By seeing things through this wonderfully different point of view, you are able to create a world that the poor squirrel may have inhabited and that alternative universe where the squirrel was the hit and run driver, both variations of the dry facts of the photo. This is a real winner, Joe. We look forward to more H*O*T*s.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    You are most kind, my friend, and I am honored to be the recipient of such praise from a gifted and popular writer like you. As challenging as writing can be for me at times, my effort pales in comparison to the multi-lingual gymnastics you perform. My guess is that you think in one language, translate into another, and write in perhaps a third or maybe even fourth language. Simply incredible! Aloha and best wishes for continued success here on HP, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thank you so much for your kind words, WND! Other than a little more wind than usual yesterday, the weather has been great over here...which means more outdoors work as well as the walking, which then leads to a tighter schedule for addressing HubPages and eBay. So I've been really busy, that's for sure. Thanks to you and all the other Hub friends for understanding when I can't get back to your gracious comments right away. We're ALL busy, right? Anyway, hope you're getting a lot done. I see that I need to get to one of your recent hubs and will certainly do that before the evening's over. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and my best to you and the furry foursome!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @carol7777

    I give props to my first grade books written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp. These were the Dick and Janes series. Sally was also an important character.

    See Dick, See Dick run. Run, Dick, run. Run, run, run!

    Strong on proper nouns and verbs, but very limited in the usage of adjectives and adverbs. Growing up in the islands in the midst of all that beauty, I had to learn how to either write or sing about the imagery. I was fortunate and learned how to do both. But I'm only now fine-tuning the results.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Carol! Oh, by the way, good for you for going back over your hubs. A daunting challenge but well worth the effort. I know from personal experience. : ) Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    I have a short list of fellow writers on HubPages who write the most memorable comments, and you're definitely up there! Means a lot to me because of my respect and aloha for you as a writer. All I have to do is look at your profile picture and know instantly that you have tremendous motivation to set a solid foundation for your little one. The summer before my sophomore year in high school, I got a job picking pineapple for a Japanese farmer. His daughter was a year younger than me and was the only girl in a crew of half a dozen pickers. I tell you, Liz, that girl worked circles around us boys. As we got deeper into the summer, I began to realize that this young woman, someone not inclined to stand out in a crowd, was becoming more beautiful by the day. It was my first lesson in the phenomenon of how one's work ethic can be such an endearing, attractive, and compelling quality. When I returned to school after the summer was over, I did my very best to not take people for granted, reminding myself time and time again to see the qualities in others that were invisible to the naked eye. That's when I became an impressionist writer. Have a great week, my friend! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    You're a wonderful mentor, friend, and brother, billybuc! Every time I begin to write a Hub since I met you, I either mentally refer to something you've written or said and incorporate it into my writing, or I surf the wave of positive vibes you generously send out to us. Things have been really busy on this end, but I always feel good when I can sit down and address my friends or write a new Hub on HP. You're a great guy to connect with, Bill! Looking forward to tomorrow, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @faythef

    Hi, Faythe! I'm happy to report that 5-year old Mini Me will be a recurring guest every now and then in future Hub posts. (I just have to figure out how I can afford all those chocolate chip cookies he asked for in his latest contract.)

    Aloha and blessings from SE Washington, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    It's said that writing provides cathartic relief, and I find that to be very true. Walking has the same therapeutic results. People pay good money to psychologists and psychiatrists, and I don't knock any of that. But here on HubPages, we really have it made because faithful fellow writers provide the same service for free. When I read your and other writers' hubs, I'm really being a good listener. And when I write, I'm simply giving my layout in a group therapy session and asking for feedback. There's a whole lot of wonderful healing going on in this literary site. For me, the wonderful payoff comes when someone I admire as a human being and great writer like you tells me about a real life experience and how, in a moment of confusion and anxiety, thought about how I would have handled the situation. You don't know how many times I think of specific writers, something they wrote in a Hub, and my impressionistic response to both. Invariably, I'll see or experience something on my walk that will be relevant. So, thank you for making my day with your enlightening feedback, Karen! Aloha, and I'll "see" you on the next walk!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @mperrottet

    Hi, Margaret! You're a wonderful anomaly in that you're one of the few writers I know who utilizes both sides of the brain, In real life, I'm very good with science and math. In my alter ego life--Hawaiian Odysseus--I am a product of the other side of my brain. So there's this Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing going on all the time. I'll go to an Iron Man or Superman movie at the drop of a hat, but truly, I have my own split-identity angst going on. I tried looking for therapy groups that can help me adjust to me, but I didn't have any luck at all with that endeavor. So that's why I take it out on you dear friends here on HubPages. : ) Thank you for putting up with me! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Thanks, Annette for truly getting my spirit of defiance. Must be a cop's kid kind of thing going on, but whatever it is, I'm thankful I broke free of my fear and anxiety to try new things out at an age when most people are really looking forward to retirement. With the projects and lifestyle that keep me challenged and very busy, I wouldn't want to retire. I want to live! I want to do eBay! I want to walk! I want to write! And when I learn how to do it, I want to create video Hubs so I can share songs I've written with Hubsville! In short, I'm a fool...but one who still has a lot of zest and vitality. When it's time for me to go, I want them to find me out on the road somewhere with a smile on my face, NOT in a recliner watching Judge Judy. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hello, Maria! (The impressionist writer in me saw flashing images of Natalie Wood in West Side Story just now.) LOL! And that's how it goes!

    Repressed childhood equates to over-the-top adulthood, I suppose, and every now and then, I have to reel myself in. It just won't happen in my writing, if I can help it. Currently, what I'm learning about myself as a writer is that while there is an oveall writer's voice, there can also be niche writer's voices. Makes for a complex and schizophrenic session whenever I sit down to write, but the one thing I know for sure is that I'm never bored. If I do indeed encounter a writer's block, it won't be due to a blank slate. Rather, it'll be because of a ten-car pileup at the roundabout between eBay Boulevard , Walking Avenue, Nostalgia Lane, and H*O*T* Street. Hugs and aloha!

    Joe

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Really enjoyed the humor and honesty of this HUB, Joe. H*O*T it is! You are an impressionist writer. When you feel most alive you become a sensualist, the world is vivid, the tastes, sounds and scents more intense. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    You and several other gifted niche writers have contributed to my repertoire of skills. Where once I had a couple of things on my tool belt, I am gradually catching up with the versatility Batman's utility belt. : ) It really is a tried and true phenomenon, Bill, that the more we read, the greater our potential to improve as writers. The cool thing is that we have an abundance of high quality reading inventory right here on HubPages. Thanks, Bill, for your faithful support and encouragement. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    hawaiianodysseus you are such an incredible writer with so many thoughts to share and about you it is most impressive and proud to be who you really are. I am so glad to have you one of my followers a true writer from the heart

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    That is a great "H.O.T." You are clearly on your way to more walking and creative writing and ebaying. You do them all so well, that you can ebay full time, walk and find things to write about while staying in shape.

    I don't mean to say more walking, etc. Another word. (My brain is stuck) Maybe I mean successful again. You know what I mean?

    Always enjoy what you have to say about anything and you have a knack with humor and those glorious words that make your hubs sing.

    Great one.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    As always very interesting. You do have a way with words for sure. I had an easy childhood...and grew up slowly..unlike others. Great work..

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Hi Joe,

    The way you weave your heritage into everything you write is amazing. A vibrant love for your homeland passes through your words and puts me right there on that porch with you. Of course, I do wish we were literally on that porch in Hawai'i, but I'll take the next best thing!

    Only you could bring tears to my eyes from a story about roadkill. I'm so looking forward to more HOTs!

    Aloha,

    Liz

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good morning Joe!

    What a great look at your writing process. I love that you describe yourself as an impressionist writer. A perfect description my friend, and you are so very good at it.

    Busy day so I'll make this short. Just wanted you to know that my hub tomorrow is dedicated to you. :)

    Keep on rockin', buddy, and have a great day.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

    Good morning....A very interesting article...I am looking forward to hearing more of what "little Joe" has to say..voting up and across.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Love your words, love the new picture! Very handsome indeed. Anyway, I really enjoyed your thoughts about the squirrel. It was a totally different way of looking at a dead squirrel than most people do. I thought of you yesterday as I was taking my dog for a walk. We walk 30 - 40 minutes a day now and I was bored with the same old paths ( sound familiar) so I took a new trail, and got lost. I was trying not to panic and wondered how Hawaiian Odyesseus would handle this! I decided to follow the path and as I was doing so, concentrate on how to make this into a hub. I found my way out and decided that only you can best turn a walk into a hub so I will work on other subjects and be grateful that by following your example of not panicking when getting lost can be helpful in the long run. And by the way, thumbs up to that little 5 year old boy!

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    Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    I love this new niche of yours - keep it coming! Voted up, interesting, useful and will be sharing.

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    Annette Hendley 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    You are such an inspiration. I loved reading this hub and I applaud you for your defiance of the 9-5 life.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    I am amazed at the freedom in your writing that I see, only a few short months since I have met you...

    Like you, I am convinced that walking and writing go hand in hand...an inspiration at every step.

    I am bereft when I drive past a deer, squirrel or any other furry friend along the road, who has been hit by a car. Your writing example was a written snapshot that certainly left a lasting impression with me.

    Voted UP and UABI...and HOT...! Hugs, Maria

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. What a great read this is. I'm really looking forward to this new series. I can tell you one thing, you really have a gift with your pen. You have a way of keeping us on the edge of our seats and totally engulfed in your work. Looking forward to the next installment. Voted up, shared, etc... Have a great day.