Monday, January 16, 2017

New Year New Rhythm

Rhythm is different for every family. I am talking about the flow of how we get from one day to the next. I noticed with the new job that the flow of my house is changing. I will for the first time in my life be working an evening shift. My children are now grown so I easily accepted the position. I set the ebb and flow of my household by making dinner at certain times or doing errands during certain times. I wake and hit the round or I wake and slowly enjoy the morning. Either way I set the tone of the house. Are we all rushed, late, and hurried out the door, or are we more relaxed, making our lunches, and enjoying the process of slowly starting the day. Whatever way we deal with each day the ebb and flow is always changing. With my working the new evening hours I wont be able to open and close blinds. Turn off and on porch lights. I also will make everyone dinner at noon, so they can heat it at 6. Our rhythm is important to me.

My writing flow is also changing. The hours I normally would write are no longer an option. I will have to change my rhythm to including writing, because the voices inside my head is yearning for their stories to be told. I am a writer of short stories. I want to get my MFA in Creative Writing. I want to teach youth the joy of when you think no one is listening to write it down. I want them to have a safe space for their voice. I want them to know they can freely express themselves without fear of being condemned. Writing is such a powerful thing that I do workshops on it from time to time to hopefully spark someones mind.

2017 has brought changes to my life, my boyfriend just moved in with me; to my work, I have a new evening full time job, and my daughter is applying to graduate schools (so these are probably the last few months of living with her ).  Every avenue of my life is changing and it is taking some time to adjust. The house is feeling it, the boyfriend and my daughter too. I am the energy of the house. The one who gets things done. So for now I adjust, get up and get things done earlier, so at night I can work :D

Writing is an important aspect of my life and I hope yours as well. Happy 2017 and hope you and your family are finding your new rhythm.

And last but def. not least writing prompt #2 for 2017

What do you see? Hear? Witness? What story does this photo tell in your mind? Write it out and have fun.

Happy Monday!!
Your story teller/poet

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Years 2017 and Photo prompt 1 of 2017

I wanted to stop in and wish you all a very happy new year. I know for so many, including myself, 2016 was hell. (sorry cannot put that another way) It sucked! It sucked for so many reasons. I for one am glad to see it go away.

I wanted to also give you your first photo writing prompt of 2017. I hope you have your pen poised, your computer booted, or however you write, ready to go. I know writing hit the back burner for so many of us over the holidays, but it is time to make it come back to the forefront.

So here is 2017 first photo prompt:

Good luck and get your writing going now!

Your story teller/poet

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Writing: Rules, Advice, and Grammar

Writing is a solitary event. Your brain and you sit somewhere and connect words. After this happens you write these sentences down somewhere. You form images for others to see while using words to conjure emotions from your readers. If you are a good writer you write so that your readers feel a connection with your story, words, and characters. You write to evoke emotion. Your words, while now only your words, go into the world fully formed and your readers change their meaning. They infer their emotions, their history, their take on your words based on their lives and you are devastated, or are you?

As writers we set out with a thought, perhaps if we are  lucky a world, a character, or some story line that will resonate with others, the readers. We have a set vision in our words of how they will touch peoples lives. How they will be received and when readers see our words as something different, something more to them, we get mad or hurt, but in reality our words are still well received and the readers are still connecting with them.

I have had numerous sources give me writing advice. The number one thing I know is readers do not do a close reading. Their life, emotions, and history infer into my words, my characters, and my writing. I have learned through all this advice that when I write, I write for me and me alone. I do not write as if I am only writing to 26 year old women. I write for me, to get out the voices in my head, the characters that are building in my mind, and to see my story on the page. Writing advice sometimes will squash creativity. Writing groups and books are all good, but you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Honestly it is your words on the page and practice helps. Writing with imagery, deep description, and building characters readers can connect with takes hours and hours of practice.

Grammar plays a big part in your writing. Yes write grammatically, but also with slang if it fits, or other words if they fit. For instance up north people call a shopping cart a cart, in the south people call them a buggy. Use the proper grammar and dialect to convey your characters and story. Do not be afraid to misspell something. If your character only went to school till he or she was eight, by all means misspell a word. As long as the reader can figure it out, like perhaps write it phonetically, then your writing will still hold meaning.

This year I joined
This was one of the best decisions I made as a writer. I am part of 14 writing groups now. I submit to which ever genre of writing I am writing, but there are great editors on this site. People tell me what they like and why about the writing. I have also had people tell me add more here. I have had no one be mean or ugly about anything. I hope to keep growing as an author and to keep being pushed by some great writing prompts on Medium. If you are looking for a great writing platform I strongly suggest you try this. I have written more this year due to Medium then in any other year and I so enjoy the community of like minded writers I have become friends with.

I hope you are busy writing and keep plugging away at it. Those words are not going to connect themselves.

Happy Holidays to you all!!
your story teller/ poet

PS. You can find the latest chapter of Melanie's life story here: Melanie's Life Story

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The New Norm

Relationships have an ebb and flow like everything else in life. A relationship is an organic thing. It changes, it adapts, and if it is a good one, it will grow from each adaption. In the natural world if you do not adapt you die, if you do not adapt in a relationship it ends. A couple needs to move and flow through their relationship over streams, over mountains, under bypasses, and anywhere else the relationship shall wind.

Recently my relationship has  had a huge mountain throw in its path. My sweetie was moving his stuff to live with me in Georgia, from Texas, and had an accident and broke his arm. We needed to ebb and flow like the dickens. He made it home and we have been finding a path to our new routine. Life throws broken arms at you (not literally ) everyday. Flat tires happen, broken bones, happen, illness happens and so on and so forth. The ebb and flow instantly changes. A couple needs to move around the mountain to sustain a happy and healthy relationship.

January will be 17 months for us. We are by no means a perfect couple, but we do adapt pretty well together. If only one person adapts and the other one does not, the one who does not will be swept away in the current of change. Life is full of uncertainties, but one should not be that you can not count on your partner.

New norms happen all the time. We change jobs and have new alarm times, we get new cars and we learn to deal without that third cup holder, we have pets who do not go to bed when we do, so we tucker them out in hopes of all of us getting sleep. The new norm happens without you noticing. New routines are in place before you even realize it. New responsibilities for each partner happens. Right now my honey has none and I am picking up his. There is no choice. He has a broke arm and needs to rest. The new norm is he relies on me for just about everything and I am ok with that. I adapt, he adapts, we change and grow. He learns more and more how much I love him, I learn more and more how much I love him, and we ebb and flow into a new routine.

Life is filled with boulders in our way. We see then right as we are about to smash into them and just like that we flow another way. Life has so many rocks, pebbles, and boulders that as a couple if you want to go through life together you both need massive adaption skills. At any point one could do 100% of everything, while the other heals, and honestly that is ok. You need to be with a partner who adapts with you, but who also will be there for you when you have no choice but to be stagnant. Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons even when we do not expect them.

Happy Holidays to you all.
May your days be filled with love, adapting along the way, and friendships that warm your soul. I am so thankful for the friends I have around me. Especially one person who got me through Bio with mad studying skills on adaption.

much warmth and love
your story teller/poet

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Writing, Relationships, and Holiday Whohaw!

As I write more and more these days, I find myself slowly falling into a new routine with my writing. I write for a few websites and I realize ( Big surprise as everyone who writes says to do this ) having a writing routine keeps me writing.

I had a creative writing professor tell me "Write what you know" and so I throw what I know into poems, creative fiction, creative nonfiction, and just about anything else. I place my characters into parts of what I know, places I know, and feelings I know.

I have taught workshops on creative writing. I have taught writing workshops, lead writing groups, and all around read pretty much everything on what anyone ever said about writing. I am not an expert, but I know reading all genre of books helps my writing.

Writing is cathartic in getting past grief, in healing broken hearts, and basically dumping everything into the page. Writing helps us move past, deal with, and help others. Our words, our stories, if we are lucky touch someone else and help heal them as well.

My relationships have strengthened with numerous writing friends. I meet with other writers regularly, I attend writing conferences, and I submit my pieces online through my editors. All of these relationships help with my writing. At first it is scary sending your words out, but it is worth it. Yes you should write for you first, but if you send your words out into the world, others will respond. They may not always like or agree with our words, but they do read them. If we focus on the story and not the end result, say publishing, then our writing will be strong and stand alone. It can handle critique.

With the holidays fast approaching writing sometimes takes a back seat, but honestly with a writing routine this year I hope I am able to write right through the season. So many new stories will happen with family and friends gathering, but in the end it is my life, my stories, and my choice if I write them to share or not.

I hope this post finds you well. I will start back up my photo writing prompts in January. With the holidays I am leaving it for right now. I hope though you find your own stories to write. If you are interested in being a guest on my blog please leave a message and I will get back with you.

Happy writing to you all and happy holiday season,
your story teller/poet

  Photo by  This is the Wiesbaden German Christmas Market which is where I used to live many moons ago :D

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Writing Promp #15...and here we go....

It is that time again. Autumn and another photo prompt. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I have said that time and time again. As a photographer and writer I find inspiration in the changing of seasons and new photo prompt for autumn. We have so many sights  and sounds at this time of year. We have leaves crunching under our feet, we have blustery days and with them laying of clothing. We have an abundance of apples, abundance of hiking trails to view the colors, and we have gathering of family in friends as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving later this week.

With so much going on we might struggle to write, but write on we must. For this writing prompt I thought I would include something a little out of season. Perhaps this will encourage you to think outside your box. I hope you are all enjoying fall, writing, taking photos, and I hope you all ( if you are in America ) have a great thanksgiving.

So here is week 15's photo prompt for you:

A little something for your eyes. Hand spun yarns!!

Happy Writing!!
your story teller/poet

PS do you like to write on paper with pen or pencil, or do you like to write on your computer, or laptop?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Photography Shots & My Vantage Point

So it is not surprise with all my photos on my blog that I am a photographer. I realize though that I honestly do not talk about the process. I do not tell you why I shoot what I shoot and I have not told you about why I use the camera I do. Recently I did an artist statement for my photography and I want to share some of it with you, so you know why I take macros mostly and what I want to achieve by taking these.

So here is part of my artist statement:

I use my photography as a way to document nature and bring its fleeting beauty to others who would not otherwise be able to see it. I love to add textures to my work to add a touch of magic to the natural beauty of nature around us. My goals with my photography is to enhance nature in such a way that it makes people yearn to be out in nature and that ultimately it does bring people out into nature. My work is a small gift in the transitory world around us.

One of my favorite items to shoot is leaves. I love them in autumn,but every time of year they are just gorgeous in any form. My #VantagePoint is intimate with the subject. I am almost down on the ground with the leaves. Or straight under the tree shooting up the trunk. Sometimes they are macros, sometimes they are not, but always beautiful light is captured. When I go hiking I trip a lot. I am always looking up, I am searching for the light. I am hunting for the magic and I almost always find it. 

 Capturing the magic is what makes me a good photographer. I see things others do not. I see texture, light, and great #VantagePoint (s).

The photo below was taken on the floor in the woods. I am always looking where I find the light. I follow its rays and try to capture those fleeting spots.

  My favorite place to shoot is out in nature. My Canon 60D has a swivel back so for this leaf photo with the acorns I did not have to get down on the ground. I could look through the back, which was angled so it saw this scene, and I was standing up and off the dirt.

Now I know the 60D is a huge honking camera to be lugging around and I am here to tell you there are some amazing compacts out there. The Light L16 camera is a new camera with DSLR capabilities with a much smaller camera to tow. You can see it here Here
and check it out for yourself.

I love nature. I love bringing it indoors for others to see who might otherwise not ever go into the woods. I picked the Canon 60D a few years back based on I am a Canon gal,but also because of its clarity, diversity, and all the amazing features it in. I can shoot black and white and add a red filter, which intensify the shading in a black and white, right in my camera. I can change a photo to a toy filter and have a regular house look like a dollhouse. It has so many amazing features. I hope you get out, take your camera, large or small, and shoot some amazing autumn and/or light photos.

your story teller, poet
Happy Autumning,