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Friday, November 04, 2016

Vacation to Graceland by Phillip Cornell


Dee411 welcomes Phillip Cornell, author of Vacation to Graceland. Here are a few words about his writing process and style:

The Zone


The way I feel while I write is unparalleled. I have a feeling of weightlessness while I write away in my notebook. If anyone ask how I describe the feeling, I say I am in the zone. The zone is something you really cannot put a value on. There are times I write, just to be in the zone. Other times I cannot reach it, even if I am in the most relaxed state. I will say, most of my entertaining writings are products of the zone. I can see the picture I am describing, and where I am going with the piece I am working on. I do not want to say I get a high, but I definitely feel free. Real life can be just flat out depressing. If you as a person allow it to bring you down, then you are doomed to live a depressing life. I use writing as an outlet. With writing comes the zone! I do not care if I reach the zone once a week, as long as I get to experience it. The zone is therapeutic for my daily, weekly, and monthly experiences.



The best way I can suggest to how to reach the zone, is to set the mood. Me myself I sit on my most comfortable couch, and make sure that I sit upwards. If I sit to far back in the couch, then I become sleepy. But if I sit upright, then I achieve the best comfort level to be maximally productive. My brain moves very fast, so I have to make sure my body can move just as fast as my brain. Knowing this, I use sugar to boost my metabolism, to write through the brain burst. My choice of sugar is Starburst and Arizona Tea. I am very partial to the all red pack of Starburst and Grapeade flavored Arizona Tea. Once I feel the rush of the sugar, and I have a    writing flow established, then I feel myself slip into the zone.

Now sometimes I am in the zone, but I want to extend it to finish the writing segment. This is where I do push-ups to keep my body active, while my mind completes the idea I am trying explain in my writing. I use the physical activity as a bridge to help my mind stay focused. Once my mind solves the puzzle, then my hand translates it to paper. This all happens while I ride the wave that is created by the zone.  

The most challenging part about the zone, is knowing when it is over. I sometimes find myself having a writing goal in mind. Once I leave the zone, I feel like I am forcing the writing. I am big on letting the writing process be organic. Once I feel like I am forcing the writing, and not letting it flow, I stop! Slipping out of the zone has a lot to do with that. Once I have left the zone, I shortly end the writing session.

I suggest everyone find their zone. It is not restricted to the writing arena. I have been in the zone while playing basketball, or even working on my job. If you can find your zone, then you can create a passion for what you are doing. I like to think the zone follows me everywhere I go, but in reality the zone helps me to be great! 

About the Author

Phillip Cornell is a college graduate. He gained his degree in Biological Sciences, and currently works at a local pharmacy.  He is the only son of Harron and Connie Cornell, and the youngest of 3 children. In 2006 his father passed away due to colon cancer, and his mom became an inspiration to him and his family in the way she supported everyone. He has a passion for all types of competitive activity, with sports being the favorite. Overall he lives for different experiences to stimulate the mind, and firmly believes that life is something that has to be lived, read about, and dissected. His biggest weakness is beautiful women, and the thought of being a failure. Firmly believing everyone deserves their moment no matter how long or short it is, Phillip listens to anyone who has something to say. The more he writes. The more he realizes what he creates, is something that needs to be shared with someone other than himself. 

Contact Links

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Good Reads: Phillip Cornell
Facebook: Phillip Cornell/ https://www.facebook.com/phillip.cornell.5

About the Book



Non-Fiction / Vacation

Date Published: 05/18/2015

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing


A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.   

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