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Sunday night and I’m at a loss for words. I can feel them fluttering, swarming, pounding, and writhing about my brain but getting them on the page seems like an impossible task tonight. So I’m going to find a new direction.

Today, I was going through old boxes of mostly junk, as I continue on my declutter my life project, and I found some old poetry. Poetry I had written years ago. Really bad poetry. Hell, I’m not even sure it is poetry.

It reminded me that I don’t have to be perfect to be creative. I feel like we get in our own way sometimes. In my case, lots of the time, and that is a disservice to ourselves. I can be creative and successful. I am creative and successful. Not because I’m a published author. Or because I’ve written the next great American novel. I haven’t. I may never do those things.

I was reminded today that it’s okay. My poetry, bad or otherwise, is one more step on my path. It’s an opportunity to reminisce about days long past and consider where I want to be in the future. Today’s find is a time capsule without directions. I don’t remember what I was thinking or feeling when I wrote it. And I didn’t leave any other notes. This could be a piece I was planning on expanding or a random scribble made during a meeting.

I’m going to share this random piece of whimsy because I feel like it deserves some sunlight after being stuffed in a box for who knows how long.  

A flash of diamond nestles black.

The silver pearl sparkles, glows.

Historians watching, guiding bright.

Travel on the crimson pathways.

Onyx becomes amethyst while soft mist wanders light. 

Who knows – maybe the sparks of a new story will be found as I consider this filament of meaning from days gone by.

 

Three Thoughts on Sustainable Blogging Resolutions

I found so much inspiration within this post. Great ideas to keep me motivated and words of wisdom for when things don’t go quite like I imagined they would.

 

How to set goals you’ll be more likely to keep.

Source: Three Thoughts on Sustainable Blogging Resolutions

Indiana Jones and Writing My Way Through Today

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I admit it – I love writing prompts. The “What If” game and the paths that the stories take as they flow from my imagination and down to the page. Today is Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m happy with my success so far. I may never actually get an entire book written in a month but something about NaNoWriMo always gets my motivation speeding down the highway of my dreams.

I have found that for me to write on my primary story I need to get the juices flowing first. Freewriting is helpful but tends to become journaling which isn’t always a good mental place to begin writing my fiction. So I collect writing prompts from anywhere and everywhere. I wish I could say that I came up with the prompts myself but in truth I just am shamelessly using someone else’s brilliant ideas in the hopes that my own brilliant ideas will come out of hiding.

Today’s writing prompt is:  An archeologist stumbles upon a ancient library filled with working spell books.

In my vision I see Indiana Jones fighting booby traps, snakes, and natives to find the library. Then wondering what the hell he is going to do with a library of magic books!

I’m not sure that this piece will ever be more than just a plot bunny in my writing journal but it was certainly fun to write. And I hope the idea takes you on a new adventure as well!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder who the person staring back at you is?

I know that one of the most important things is how I see myself. I want to see the lion when I look in the mirror but some days that is easier than others.

I am aware that I am not alone in these struggles. And I have so many things to be grateful for I wonder if I should even post this…

Why do we insist on seeing the worst in ourselves? I always look for the best in others. Positive intentions – that’s one of my first thoughts when I’m frustrated or irritated with someone else’s behavior. So why don’t I give myself the same latitude?

It’s a mystery and something that I’ve filled pages and pages in my journals about. I have not yet come to an answer, not really, but I always feel better after having written.

When you get right down to it that is my self-reminder for the day. Writing always makes me feel better. Whether I’m writing in my journal, working on my fiction, or just brainstorming, the act itself helps me to process the world and my reality. And that makes my life run smoother.

But there is still the nagging critic that comes back to haunt me when I least expect it. Dealing with him is hard – I swear he’s a member of the Zombie Apocalypse because he just doesn’t die! But I’m getting better with shutting him up and as I focus on the quiet within myself I find I can hear the murmurs of my Creative Genie more clearly and she’s the one I want to hear. Getting to the quiet and not always peaceful but ever creative land within my imagination is getting easier. And for that I’m grateful.

Tonight my mind is racing and my emotions are all over the place. It’s been an eventful day and I can hear my journal calling me. That’s the lovely thing about writing – it can be shared or kept private depending on the message. And I have definitely written something’s that should never be shared with the world! I’m not sure what tonight’s writing will bring but I’m sure that it will be powerful.

This post did not come out like I’d planned but that’s okay. Someone once said “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” I don’t ever remember who said it but feel like it applies. I’ll get back to my plan tomorrow, who knows, I might actually get that post done too!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Inspiration of Lists

This week has been filled with an overwhelming number of details, challenges, joys, and irritations. As I try to weed out the junk and focus on this post things keep popping back into my mind’s eye. Normally I enjoy the tangents that my mind explores but sometimes it’s just too much to keep up with. That’s when I find myself making lists. Lots and lots of lists.

Now, if you aren’t a list maker this may not make any sense but something about getting the words, ideas, images, and feelings out of my head and onto the page just makes my day flow smoother. I’ve made lists for everything under the sun at one point or another. Most of the lists are shuffled to the side and recycled the next day or the next week. But some of the common themes and messages from my Creative Genie appear often enough that I can’t help but notice.

For some people making a list and then not being able to check the items off the list as completed is a lesson insanity but for me, lists are a guide. A treasure map if you will. They give me a starting place on the adventure that my day will be. If things aren’t going the way I want them to, I just choose another item on the list to complete. And with that choice my whole day changes.

I have also learned that something’s I put on my list not because I want to do them but because I feel like I “should” do them. As I was reminded from reading Elle Luna’s book the decision of what I must do and what I should do is mine. So my list is now a place where I can weed out the “shoulds” or decide if it’s truly something I want to pursue. And as with all things, my needs, dreams, desires, and musts continue to change. It’s a struggle, sometimes, to accept those changes and let go of things that used to bring me joy, but I’m infinitely happier when I do.

What sorts of lists do you write? I have lists of writing prompts that I love and lists of one’s I’ve never used. I have lists of places I dream of going and books I want to read. I have lists of family members and lists of the paint colors that are on my walls. I have lists of character traits, character names, and stories I plan to write. And I have lists of movies I’ve enjoyed, songs I can’t get out of my head, and people who inspire me. I have To Do lists for this hour, tomorrow, this month, and this year. Hell, I have To Do lists that will never be complete. I have all these lists and if I sat here I could come up with many more, but that is not my point.

So what is my point? That lists are only as good as the action behind them. For some of us they are excellent organizing tools but the list should not be the end result. Remembering to take the next step, the leap off the cliff into the unknown, is where I sometimes get stuck. But this is my life. And the only one I’m going to get. So making the decision and taking the next step is what I am focusing on.

Taking action and making a change is what led me back to this blog. It’s given me a new outlook on my life and a new way of looking at how I intend to reach my goals. For a while now I’ve been drifting, letting other people choose my direction, and a simple list written on the back of a napkin at lunch gave me a new perspective. And the energy to take the leap.

So tonight, I’m going to dust off some of my old journals and take a look at the lists I wrote when I was younger. I know that I have not achieved everything I thought I would, yet, but I also know that what I want has changed. Looking at the bones of my old dreams will give me a chance to revisit those feelings. Embrace those emotions. Celebrate how far I’ve come. And plan for tomorrow’s adventure!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Today is a new day. Cliché I know but it’s how I feel. I’m taking control of my life, my emotions, and my journey. I have lived my life making decisions based on what I thought others wanted. Sometimes based on what I wanted and sometimes against my better judgment. Those decisions have made me the woman I am today and I’m grateful for them. Not to say that I don’t sometimes wonder what my life would have been if I’d chosen differently…but I can’t go back. So no regrets and no pity parties, just open eyes, dreams to chase, and a positive attitude.

I just recently finished reading a fabulous book by Elle Luna called The Crossroads of Should and Must . This book inspired  to revisit my blog, which had been sadly abandoned for more than 2 years. I had reached a point where I didn’t believe that I had anything to say. Nothing to share. The creative well was dry and I had no idea how to refill it. I wish I  say that everything was better now, but that’s not accurate. Life happens and sometimes it’s tragic. When those tragedies strike we can either hide and wish that it would all go away. Or we can acknowledge how we feel, embrace the suckiness of whatever has occurred and keep moving. I’ve done both and although sometimes it feels like I’m marching in place rather than dancing forward, at least I’m moving. Right?

Anyway, back to the book. It’s wonderful! Not only is it a quick read, if you want it to be, but it’s also thought-provoking. By the time I’d finished reading it I had pages of notes and comments written in the margins as well. I highly recommend that if you haven’t had a chance to read book that pick up a copy. The basic idea is that we often do what think we “should” instead of what our heart and soul say we “must”. There are many reasons that we do this and I’m guilty of most of them, but the great thing is, we return to this crossroads many times.

Those crossroads brought me back to my blog. I made a different choice when I stood before the sign this time and turned in a new direction. I’m inviting all of you on this journey with me. I don’t know where it will take me. Or what I find there tomorrow but it will be an adventure. I’m hopeful that I will find to make “who I am and what I do” one and the same.

If you want more information  Elle Luna’s book check out her video.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Birthday ramblings

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Today’s inspiration – a fabulous image created by Wyland. Some day I am going to be able to own an original of his, but for now I make do with posters and reprints. The power of his work speaks to me, no matter the format, and makes me wish that I had even a tenth of his creativity. Not that I can imagine being able to create the beautiful pictures that he does, I do much better with words, but he never fails to inspire me!

I spent much of today alone, which was an interesting way to spend my birthday. It came around a lot quicker than I imagined it would this year and I just didn’t have the energy to spend on others. I’m happy to say that the day went well, I spent the majority of it cleaning out boxes that I should have gone through ages ago. I’m not done yet, but I do feel like I’ve achieved some semblance of moving towards a clutter free existence.

LOL – not sure I will ever get to a clutter free existence, if I’m being honest with myself! But I am moving forward in my determination to de-clutter my external surroundings in the hope that it will help me to also de-clutter my mental surroundings. Clear out the cobwebs, shake loose the bats, and begin a new journey.

In the meantime, I’m continuing to write. Although the last few days entries seem more like a verbal purge of random chaos than any semblance of order, but once the purge is over and the cobwebs have blown away I’m positive that my writing will make a bit more sense. At least I certainly hope that is the case!

Today’s plan!

It’s Monday, but for me today is Friday! I’m off the rest of the week and even though my To Do list is a mile long I am looking forward to being away from the office for a while. I plan to get everything on my list done, but as I realize that is a big task I’m prioritizing by what needs done immediately! I’m tired of the way that my house looks so I’m going to be Spring Cleaning…even if it is the end of summer! 🙂

My intention is to get organized again so that when school starts in a few weeks I will be ready for anything. Including a potentially boring class and trying to balance both school work and my own individual writing. I know I can do it, I only have 3 more classes before I complete my thesis, I just need to get my head back in the right space.

 I love this picture, I wish I had taken it. It’s my inspiration for today because it just begs to be written about.

I really like how the flowers are perfectly reflected in the water and how they seem to be pointing the way to a hidden doorway. Who knows where that doorway will lead, but I’m sure it is a place filled with wonder and magic! I’d love to spend all day there…but unfortunately work calls. Since it pays the bills my wonderful writing journey will have to be slightly postponed, but at least I will be able to pick up where I left off when I get home this evening.

This morning’s inspiration

A 4:00 am wake up call is no way to start the day….unless you are expecting it. However, the day is going well so far, which is kind of surprising. I’m on day 2 of my new plan and so far I’m feeling great about it. I’ve read that it takes at least 21 days to make a new habit so I’m off to a good start.

I’m very excited because I feel like my creativity will continue to expand as I focus on my writing consistently and I am enjoying the confidence and motivation that I’m experiencing. I know that not all days are going to feel like this but I intend to start looking for the blessings in my life instead of focusing on the challenges.

Lots of things to do before grad school starts back up but that is a list for later today. For this morning my thoughts are flowing and I’m heading off to capture them. I know that today is going to be a great day!

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

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Not my picture and I’m not sure what the location is but I find the image very inspiring!

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