Most professional creative artists are familiar with the challenge of having to sometimes divide their inspired energies between remaining focused on one area of productivity while occasionally, simultaneously, completing work in another. It was that kind of cognitive agility that allowed the music of Michael Jackson’s Xscape album compilation to reconfirm his genius in 2014, five years after his death in 2009.
It was also that kind of determined flexibility which allowed this author to remain on track with research for current literary works in progress while also publishing more articles, essays, poems, books, and blog posts throughout 2014 than previously realized. Their titles and headlines confront some of 2014’s most compelling issues, any number of which is likely to continue challenging humanity in 2015. They include the “Bring Back Our Girls” social media campaign, guerrilla decontextualization, the impact of Stand Your Ground laws on race relations in America, the cultural impact of poetry, and war and terrorism across the globe.
One important part of the reason for the sustained output was the motivation provided by invitations from administrators on LinkedIn to contribute to their Pulse News platform, which often features the work of LinkedIn “Influencers.” Responding to every invite was not possible but the infectious inspiration of certain topics proved too powerful to resist.
The List below
On top of the above, invitations to contribute poetry to the new Black Gold Anthology and to Poetry Life & Times prompted the fine-tuning of several previously-unpublished poems taken from two books of poetry, including a volume of New & Selected Works, currently in progress. So, in the course of constructing a Timeline Table of Contents for the Year 2014 going into 2015, the list below is what it looks like up to this point. For articles published in multiple segments, only the first parts are listed. Also, please note that in a few special cases some articles were republished in extended formats and these will be indicated with a second link:
Timeline Table of Contents for 2014 Going into 2015
The reference to Michael Jackson at the beginning of this article was not arbitrary. He once famously wrote and sang these words: “Every day create your history/ Every page you turn you’re writing your legacy.”
One interpretation of the classic lyric is that Jackson is suggesting an individual should live his or her daily life with the mindful intention of making a positive contribution to humanity. Another is that one should literally document specific aspects of his existence to avoid the pitfalls of guerrilla decontextualization. Both concepts are worth considering when leaving the old year behind and entering the new because both can provide tools of insight and clarity that help make it possible to identify past mistakes and do a lot better in the days ahead.
Contemporary award-winning American author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.