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Tangential Elements

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A little prose for the day…and truly tangential for I was heading in a completely different direction when I began to peck at the keys today.

She wonders if he knows the strength of his spirit, for it surges across the landscape like a river seeking a path, cutting its way through difficult terrain. She admires him, reveres him for keeping his course through suffering. Would be easy for him to give up, accept his lot in life, but his light shines, and she has been soothed by its warmth and for that she is grateful. She has found freedom in his kind of love – not one of superficial promises or declarations, or false assumptions of “more.” Instead, they move in the deeper waters of life’s ocean, where the open heart of the universe embraces their need and want and desire without judgment. He is, at once, complicated and simplistic, and she dances with both sides of him without missing a beat because she has been moving to the same rhythm her entire life. Theirs is an intimacy of understanding, likemindedness and dreams. Deep thought and exploration for truth and meaning suffers him to write. Seeking to understand the dark places of the heart propels her ramblings. Their pens both strike the paper not to share some wisdom from within but instead in an effort of hopefulness, in order to discover that which lies within the vibrations of life. They never reach for an umbrella when the words begin to fall like rain. Instead, they lift their heads and open their arms and get soaked.

An Inspired Woman

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She is everything, subtle and bold

She is the tiger and the tamer,

The demon and the soul

A little girl, dancing in the rain

A woman full on, rising from a flame

 

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Where the Words Come From

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I know what pens the words, the fuel that feeds the fire

I smile, I sing and do everything like every face in every crowd

Inside the demons roar, they call to me to bleed

Weeping, the tears fall, and I’m alone in my own heart

There is no bravery in my soul; I am a broken doll

 

Whose eyes refuse to close; sadness breaks the dawn

Under a sun that always shines, and I put on my plastic

Smile to be whatever, whomever the day requires

 

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Celebration and Shout-Outs!

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One of the greatest bonuses to blogging is the opportunity to interact with some awesome people. In the world of bloggers who are also writers of fiction, poetry and songs there are some very creative folks who endlessly inspire me. What I love is that we may all come from different backgrounds, be of different cultures, straight, gay, Christian, atheist, believe in aliens, believe in nothing or everything – doesn’t matter. We can read one another’s work and judge the work, allowing it to stand for itself, its creativity and style. When I read something that a writer has poured their big ole writer’s heart into, I don’t care if you have neon green hair and decorate your square foot of Earth with spaghetti noodles. I’m reading your words – maybe they’re a direct reflection of you, maybe not. You can be as anonymous as you want in this regard.

 

I’ve written about writer support before, but this goes deeper. This goes to respect – for the work, no matter your politics or religion, social standing or economic status. If I hadn’t started blogging I would have missed out on YOU, and I would never want that!

 

I’m a little over-the-top excited because I’ve hit a milestone – surpassing 10,000 views to my blog and I want to thank some folks. So let’s celebrate together! Each one of you is topnotch in my book, wonderful to share your ideas with and chat with from time to time. I’m grateful in every way that you have stopped by at some point or another with a kind word or a ‘like’ to a post.

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 (me, when I saw my view count!)

Some of you have been such amazing supporters of my blog that I think some shout-outs are in order!

 

Carrie Rubin: Okay folks, if you’re not following her blog, The Write Transition, you are missing out on a witty, funny, diabolical mind. She will soon be a published author of a medical thriller but in reading her blog you’ll be convinced her forte is humor. I can’t wait to read her novel and see the other side of this brilliant chick!

 

Mike Schulenberg: His Realms of Perilous Wonder blog is nothing short of genius. This fabulous human is entertaining, intelligent, funny and very considerate. I’ve got a feeling his WIP is going to knock our socks off – can’t wait ‘til he finishes his book.

 

David in Maine (as he refers to himself): The Haiku master and so extremely helpful to me with my blog. A real friend and all-around great fella. If you are looking for uplifting Haiku to brighten your day, check out Five Reflections.

 

Scott Morgan: Must, must, must check Scott’s blog and website, Write Hook if you are writing anything! Scott is my editor for my upcoming collection of short stories and he knows his stuff. If you find the words “damn, shit, hell or fuck” offensive, get over it. He’s a straight talker with a potty mouth and a brilliant mind and I love him to death. If you want an honest assessment of your writing, if you are looking to learn more about character building plus be entertained by his own great story-telling abilities, this guy is one to follow and his website is the place for you.

 

Elliot: One of my favorite English transplants, his blog, Brain Splats is entertaining, informative and fun. He is great to respond to comments and heck of a smart guy.

 

J. Scott Sharp: Jason is one of these guys that oozes nice and he has been supportive of me from the beginning. He’s published several short stories of his own and always has a kind word. A great fella to follow on Twitter by the way! I’m lucky to call him a friend! Please go by his blog at J. Scott Sharp.

 

Julie Frayn: Julie is a brainy chickadee who somehow manages to make grammar the sexiest thing going. She has a couple of WIPs in the works. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a couple of her short stories and wow – they are great! Find her at JulieBird.

 

Sean P. Farley: Another one of my earliest supporters and I’m one of his biggest fans! I love his honesty as a blogger, admitting when he needs a push to write and sharing those fears we all have as writers. He’s super talented and kind. Find him at Boulder Uphill.

 

Don Carroll: A poet who’s support has been unwavering. I can always count on Don for an assessment of my work and a kind word. Find Don and his poetic musings at Poetics- Cool Out of the Rafters

 

M.G. Edwards: World traveler and author – this guy is amazing! His blog, World Adventurers, is full of pictures and information you won’t get anywhere else – after reading one of his posts, you’ll feel like you’ve been where he’s been, walked where he’s walked!

 

Garden Summerland: Talk about a fresh breath of air. Garden is as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside, and what a writer! She’s got books available and then offers countless flash pieces on her blog, Flash Fiction Addiction, for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

Other bloggers to check out:

Read Between the Minds

My Tangerine Day

Legion Writer

Resurrected Writer

Clotildajamcracker

Dean J. Baker (brilliant poet!)

Single Again

Writerlious

Voice Deep Inside

Fiction Flood

Hasty Words

 

 

If I’ve left you out this round, please know I didn’t do it on purpose. I’m thankful to know all of you and so glad you take the time to stop by, read a post and comment. Thanks to each and every one of you for helping me reach a blogging milestone!

How about you? Any blogging moments or milestones you’d like to share?

 

(Images courtesy of Microsoft ClipArt)

 

Amusing Muses

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(Just having a little fun with words tonight – I hope you enjoy it… )

 

Male poets and their muses,

The male novelist is implicated, as well

Whisperers of tantalizing inspiration

Do they touch your pen, pray tell…

 

Do they have hair of gold?

Lips of truest shade?

Do they model perfection

In every single way?

 

The female writer of words

Can surely join in the fun

What sort of muse should inspire

A woman’s creative flame to burn?

 

Will he be built as an Adonis

Listening to her every sigh

A lover only in her mind or

Real flesh to cling to at night?

 

It shall be scandalous, risque in truest form

She’ll be one of ‘those women’

But won’t she have such fun…

An Interest in Pinterest?

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Hello one and all…I’ve been snooping around various social media and I’m sort of falling in love with one called Pinterest. Before I go on with this post, let me say now that if you aren’t utilizing social media to network with others, establish a following and promote your work/writing, you are really missing out on an opportunity.  Besides a chance to market your work, you are gaining the chance to meet and interact with some amazingly talented folks and build some truly wonderful relationships.

You guys probably know all about Pinterest but if not, here’s the skinny in simplified form. It’s as the name suggests – a place to ‘pin’ things of interest to you on a ‘board.’ Others can follow the things you pin to your virtual board and share those items with their followers. In this way, it’s another available marketing tool for those of you with books to sell. Ok, so maybe none of this makes sense. Take a look at my link below to see an example of what Pinterest is about.

I have several boards but one is called Books – All Things Bookish – where I’ve pinned several books and book-related items. If you have a book link you’d like pinned to my board, please let me know via the comments section and I’ll be happy to pin it.

You can get as creative as you like with your boards. If you want to stick with writing, try a fiction board, poetry board, non-fiction board, favorite author quotes, pictures of bookshelves, bookmarks or just about anything you like! You can have a board that only promotes your novel(s).

My own link to Pinterest is http://pinterest.com/sheilapierson1/

I use Facebook, Twitter and now Pinterest. I’m signed up with others but have not taken the time to do anything significant with those yet. Which do you use? Which do you like best?

Twitterland – How I Love Thee…

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I resisted. I denied. I loathed the idea of signing up for this thing called Twitter. A good friend of mine dropped subtle hints like, “Get off your procrastinating ass and sign up for Twitter already! You’ll love it.”

I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand how 140 characters could convey anything significant to anyone. Finally, I gave in and I signed up.

I was amazed at how many complete strangers readily followed back when I followed them. They were interesting, interested and shared their knowledge willingly. The best thing of all is that they were writers! I was afraid to even call myself a writer for so long and these people were shouting it from the Twittertops – Writer, Author, Wordsmith – unabashedly proclaiming their identity to the masses.

With these things called Tweets I discovered people genuinely interested in promoting the work of others, networking in ways that built relationships, and providing something I call “Tweet Relief.” Tweet Relief is a tweet that’s plain funny, silly, ridiculous and even juvenile, as long as it makes me laugh out loud.

I’ve been following Ashley Barron@dcPriya for a while now. She always provides her followers with invaluable information, freely offering the knowledge she learns from others via tweeting and blogging. The other day she tweeted this:  “As much as you think you can find your own typos, you can’t.” #Interview with #Selfpub #Fiction #Author @CarlPurdon http://ow.ly/9DViy

I clicked on the link and read the article. It was an interview with Carl Purdon, author of The Night Train. In this article, he mentioned he used yWriter5, organizational freeware for the novelist. Of course, I clicked on the link and within seconds I downloaded the free software. I was stoked! Her tweet led me to her blog, which led me to discover a new author in Mr. Purdon, all about his writing and publishing experience, plus the added bonus of the free yWriter5 software.

This is only one example of the great advantages of Twitter and what it has done for me. I’ve come to know some amazingly creative minds via Twitter and so grateful for each one!

One piece of advice…if I may. Whether you’re new to Twitter or a seasoned pro, please don’t forget to use good manners, treat others as you would like to be treated, and say ‘thank you’ when you’ve garnered some much needed support, promotion and help. You might even return the favor by re-tweeting something for them. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, sign up and find out.

Oh and by the way, there is a book available to help you with the ins and outs of Twitter and blogging called Blog & Tweet – How to Make a Splash Online by Kathy Lynn Hall.

(Special thanks to Ashley Barron who readily allowed me to use her as my prime helpful Twitter example!)

Information, Links, Books:

Ashley Barron@dcPriya via Twitter

http://blog.thepriyas.com/  via blog

Her book, “The Birthday, A Short Story” is available via

Amazon.com

Barnes and Noble

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Mr. Carl Purdon’s book The Night Train is available via Amazon.com

Blog & Tweet – How to Make a Splash Online by Kathy Lynn Hall available via Amazon.com

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