Daily Prompt: Flow

Today’s prompt was to represent the word flow.  My offering is a photo and a poem.

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You let the words flow as the ink meets the paper

Scribbling a story your heart holds so dear

You’ve crafted the characters and finished your tale

Now you hope and you pray someone else wants to hear

By:  Lisa

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Resolutions in November

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This year has been filled with many challenges.  This caused me to put one of the things I love the most on the back burner.  Yesterday when I saw a “post a day” challenge, I decided it was time to get back on track.

So, I am resolving (in November) to do a better job of making time to write.  When you are passionate about something, you should make time for it.  That is what living and loving life is about.  God gives us all gifts and we are to use them to make a difference.

Although I am not a professional and haven’t had any formal training at writing, I have had people tell me that things I have written touched them in some way.  If I can touch one person, then it makes it worth the effort.

Love and Blessings and thanks so much for all of your support!

Daily Prompt: Pick a pen or a font

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”

When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

I still write by hand quite often.  I honestly believe that the feelings and musings flow from me better when I am writing them as opposed to clicking on a keyboard.  I journal in pen and write many of my “first draft” blogs in pen or pencil.  I feel very fortunate to have a journal with some of my mother’s poetry and thoughts written in her beautiful hand.   It’s like having a piece of who she was and I am certain that it would not have carried the sentiment and meaning if I had been handed to me on a flash drive.

There is also something very special about receiving a hand written letter.   The penmanship seems to flow with the writer’s personality and even captures their mood.  An email from a loved one is appreciated and can convey love and emotion, but receiving a fat envelope with that familiar scrawl on the outside trumps it every time in my opinion.

During school days, it was nice to see a note written by your teacher telling you what a great job you had done.  It showed that they had taken the time to seriously consider your hard work and meant much more than just a mere sticker or gold star.  Speaking of school; who still has their high school yearbook and doesn’t enjoy looking back at the silly “signatures” our young and immature, yet loyal friends left us to remember them over the years.

We live in such a hurry up and rush world that things like letters or even handwritten notes are more meaningful than ever.  They have the power to cause up to pause for a moment and consider some of our quickly dying past times that perhaps we should rescue before they are forever a memory.

And with that, I think I will go write a card or letter, with a pen!

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.  ~Author Unknown

To post today or not to post

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Near the first of November, I committed to a post a day challenge for the entire month.  At first, it seemed fairly easy to keep up and prompts provided fodder for my imagination and helped keep me motivated.

However, I have learned something about myself and I am sincerely interested in how other bloggers may feel about my thoughts.

When I am in the mood to write, or when a topic is heavy on my heart or a memory so close I can touch it, the words simply flow from my pen.  It’s easy, and those are what I consider to be my best posts.

In the times that I am trying to force myself to meet a quota (like every day), I feel like my posts are lacking.  Some days, there may be a great prompt that brings back a beautiful memory and I can roll with it.  Other days, it seems as if I can’t focus at all and if I force myself to dig in and write anyway, it doesn’t feel right and I am not pleased with the finished product.  I call these my “inferior” posts.

I understand that we should all write regularly and be motivated to start something and finish it, but I guess I am just not sure that posts with a “deadline” are my thing.  I certainly couldn’t see myself writing for a daily newspaper.

I started to ask, “Is this okay?” but I know it is for me.  I don’t plan to give up and will continue to make the time to write more frequently, but if I miss a day or two, I give myself permission not to stress.

I welcome your insight and comments.

Have a great week!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Writerly Reflections

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This week the challenge was, “tell us how you fell in love with books and writing”

As for exactly when my love affair with books and writing started, I don’t remember.  My earliest memories have me snuggled up in the lap of whatever adult I could cajole into reading to me.  Thankfully, I was surrounded by them.  I was also the firstborn child and first grandchild, so yes, they were quite willing.

The first thing I remember reading myself were the old “Dick and Jane” primers.  One of my other early favorites was Amelia Bedelia which I loved to hear my granny read because she was very dramatic and made me feel like I knew the characters personally.  Curious George and the man with the yellow hat took me on many adventures and Dr Seuss always made me smile.

When my brother, my sister and I were still quite young, my mother made what, in my opinion, was a glorious decision.  She signed us up to receive Childcraft books!  Oh, the thrill!  They were to arrive monthly and at the end of our subscription, we would own a full set.  We already received Highlights magazine, so the trips to the post office were going to become twice as exciting.

As I grew, it was Charlotte’s Web, all the Judy Blume books, Little Women, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, then Anne of Green Gables, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.  There was Watership Down, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Gulliver’s Travels and The Outsiders.  Although I wasn’t as enamored with it then as I am now, I read the Bible frequently also.  The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson were two books that touched my life deeply.

Reading was my favorite pastime and I was often called bookworm by my brother and sister who didn’t share my passion.  My love for the written word inspired me to write as well.  I still have the first story I remember writing; it was a short story about a family during colonial times and I believe it was an assignment for what was then called Social Studies.

I always kept a diary and keep a journal to this day.  As life moved on, I failed to record as much and couldn’t seem to find the time to write, but it was always there, bubbling beneath the surface.  I think we are all born with gifts and callings and it is our role as parents to encourage those gifts.  As individuals, when they begin to resonate within us, we should introduce them to this world and practice them to perfection.

My writing resumed its former importance when my children arrived and I felt compelled to leave a record of things; something they could refer back to and remember me by.  I treasure a book of poetry left to me by my mother.  It shares a part of her that most didn’t know and when I read a selection, it is her voice I still hear.  It brings me comfort, so I feel I can leave something similar for them.

Blogging began for me a little more than a year ago and originally was born out of a desire to become a better writer with the end goal of published inspirational fiction.  As I see how much I have learned and grown in the past year, I am content to continue to stay on the same course until I am ready for bigger things.  Maybe it will only serve as a journal of sorts for my children, but if I can occasionally even touch one person with my writing, by either causing them to think or reflect, or maybe feel better than they did before reading it, I will have accomplished something.  To touch a life, even in a small way, really is a big thing.

Lastly, writing is just something I have to do.  It doesn’t appear to be a choice.  Sometimes it may seem buried in the chaos of this life, but there are days that I must write, or I feel like I will burst.  I truly feel like reading and writing are both absolutes for me; they have been and will be a part of my life forever.

I blog because…..

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Lately, it’s been difficult to write.  I have second guessed myself regarding what I feel is one of my “callings”.    Yet, something deep inside provokes me to continue, even when the wind seems to have left my sails.

The reason I started blogging was two-fold.  One reason is that I have experienced enough of this life to have something helpful to say that might touch a life, even just one.   Barreling quickly towards 50, and married with two grown daughters and one grandchild, I have gained veteran status in many areas.  I sincerely want my words to bring reflection and healing.

The other reason is that since I was a child, I have had a love affair with words on paper.  Whether journaling vacation antics, writing short stories and poetry, penning long detailed letters or just jotting down random thoughts, nothing else gives me the thrill and sense of fulfillment that writing does.

My long-term goal in starting a blog wasn’t to find out if writing is something I should do as I can’t imagine not doing it, but to get better at it, knowing that one day I will finally have the experience and courage to write a novel, my life long dream.

Since I long for improvement, I will now solicit advice from those of you who have supported me.  (Thank  you!)  Is there a particular type of post that you like “best”?  Are there topics you would like to see me blog about?  And, does the fact that I also participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge take away from my blog?  Should I possibly separate the two?

As I start the new year, and hope to be a better blogger, your valued opinions and wisdom will be greatly appreciated.

BLESSINGS!

Lisa

Just a smile for you

I took this photo of some flowers I planted with my granddaughter for a butterfly garden.  Our daily rains have encouraged lots of growth.  When I found the quote, I couldn’t help myself, had to share.  Hope you enjoy.

Earth laughs in flowers

 

Daily Post: Asleep when the ball dropped

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I was awake when a multitude of time zones celebrated the beginning of the New Year, just not in this one.  This isn’t a departure from the norm for me.   I remember occasionally watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (or whatever labels it’s been given throughout the years) and there was a time I used it as another excuse to party.  However, for most of my 47 years, I have been deep in sweet slumber as our little slice of the globe rang in the new.

The bad thing about this is…well, I can’t find anything bad about it.  I woke up early, feeling refreshed and ready to actually enjoy this first new day of this New Year.  This is day one of 2013; a new day, fresh grace, opportunities untold.

The first, unstained, unsullied page of a brand spanking new book and I own the rights.  The pen is mine, therefore so is the outcome.  How will this tale unfold?  What will this story bring?  Who are the new characters and how will they develop and interact?  Will the primary genre be romance, suspense, action?  There is much to be determined.  I have free will; I can choose.

I am thankful that I am not alone in this endeavor.

It’s already been a month!

So, today is my 1 month blogging anniversary.  I think I have managed to post almost every single day of that month, even though some days were more challenging than others.  I’m enjoying myself immensely and already learning a few things that will improve my writing skills.   

I think this is a good time to thank those who faithfully read my attempts at insight and humor and those who encourage me with their comments and emails.  Some of my wonderful friends jumped right on board without even the knowledge of whether I could properly form a sentence.   Thank you all very much for your support!  My hope is that we can all become better friends, share knowledge and help each other in this journey we call life!

Love and Blessings!

Lisa

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