Category: Cely Blog

Writing Tips from the Bards

We asked our Bards if they have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors, and this is what they served us up:


7795837Robert Cely: If you really feel called to write, then it’s something you have to stick with. A lot of people I knew wanted to be a writer one day, and I am the only one of them that is still hammering away at it that I know of.… Register or log in to access full content

The Difficulties of Dieting as a Clue to the Nature of the Universe and the Quest for Meaning

Anyone who has ever tried to diet has probably at some point looked down at the scales in frustration and asked that eternal question: Why is it so hard to lose weight? That quickly leads to other, equally riveting and frustrating mysteries. Why should the tasty foods be the fattening ones? Why does exercise have to be so hard? Why can’t chocolate be a belly-slimming superfood?

But the problem doesn’t end with food.… Register or log in to access full content

A Better Answer to Apathy

After introducing the problem of apathy in our culture, one so rife that our age could be called, The Age of Apathy, I presented what I believed was a pretty good answer to the question of our national malaise. And while I still think it is a good answer, containing many necessary elements in combating complacency in our culture and our hearts, I also realize it is an incomplete answer.

I know this because the apathy I am most intimately acquainted with is my own.… Register or log in to access full content

Answer to Apathy

I know this is rather long for a blog, but after posting a work called The Age of Apathy, a challenge came up to offer answers to the question of apathy. How did we get this way? What can we do about it? Here is my brief (somewhat) offering on the subject of apathy. Or rather, it is my answer to apathy.

I have always held that most of our problems end up being theological or philosophical ones.… Register or log in to access full content

Age of Apathy

There is no greater question, one more rich with impact and implication for the whole universe, than the question: How should life be lived? Strangely, there are very few that explicitly ask this question today, and even fewer who venture an answer. This despite the fact that all of us carry an answer around in our souls, though few are aware of it. But all that we do, all we say, how we work, how we eat, what we believe, what we worship, what we do with our time; all this and more is bound up in how we believe life should be lived.… Register or log in to access full content

Upcoming Works

Working on several different projects nowadays.  It seems like I tend to write just like I read, with more than one going at a time.  Hopefully, I will be able to produce some long and short works so content keeps rolling out.
    Right now the main focus is on three works.  The first is a collection of poems and short stories.  I’m not sure what the title will be.  Tossing around Poems and Parables and Searching for the Edge of the World as possibilities. … Register or log in to access full content

Why I am a Writer

It seems fitting and proper that every writer ought to have a philosophy of writing, a reason for why not only he writes, but why we should value the art of storytelling as a culture.  I suspect most writers do.  It is difficult to imagine that any man or woman who has spent any time at all agonizing over plot and character and how to explain what is in their heads just the right way, has also not committed some time to reflecting on why we should write, and also read, in the first place.… Register or log in to access full content