(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Spring is here, Earth Day right around the corner. We are back in Maryland this spring, building our dream house. I ache to get in the garden, to start creating something new and to watch it blossom into something beautiful. Winter is difficult… Read More »The Arrival of the Red Cardinal
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams I have never lacked creativity, in fact growing up my imaginary friends were the best ones I had. I tend to be a dreamer, and following… Read More »Focus Tips For Creatives
Toxic connections are sometimes the hardest ones to spot because we are taught to try to find the good in people or to give second chances. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a good example of how we tell ourselves that what we see might not always be the truth.
When I started Dancing with Fireflies I really wanted just a little space on the canvas to create something personal. I thought maybe I’d share some short stories, do some random thought posts, or talk more about living with Lyme disease. I really didn’t know for sure where it was going to go and I really didn’t think much about gaining readers at all. But things have really changed! Now… Read More »The Origins of DWF
Sometimes I’m no good at writing poems. I tend to lie about what seems to rhyme. Sometimes I am just terrible and can’t find the words I have a mean temper when writing poetry. What does that say about me? that poems seem so hard? Sometimes I’m no good at being a Poet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wrote this poem back in 2014 as part of a… Read More »Mindfulness Monday -No Good
I think about my childhood sometimes, trying to make peace of it and understanding. It wasn’t easy growing up with a parent with a mental illness, she just wasn’t who I needed her to be and looking at it now, I am thankful that my great-grandparents had the insight to see that when I was born and tried to step in to help. For the most part, I was raised… Read More »Sail away
I’ll admit it. I love yoga, really. I love the music, the movement, and especially the nap at the end. I actually enjoy getting into that meditative place and finding comfort in the pain as I stretch out tired muscles and move forward to the next pose. Yoga is incredibly therapeutic. Many mornings I will get up earlier than the rest of the family and go out to the… Read More »My Truth about Yoga
I should tell you what exactly the 9’s are. The 9’s are 19,29,39,49 ect… that year before the big change in your life. That year when you try to wrap it all up and make it look like the last 9 years you spent doing something lasting and memorable, those are the 9’s.
When I close my eyes there is a brief second that I can almost feel you. So I close my eyes often, hoping that if I do it enough there will be a whole minute in the day when I don’t feel this thing that I do now. People walking by might thing I am sleepy and need a moment to rest my eyes, they can’t know that I am… Read More »Lost
I wrote this a few years ago after my best friend and “brother” died. I just didn’t know how I was going to get through this horrible feeling called grief. I took to writing as a way of getting all of those emotions out of my head and setting them free. What I learned was that there are so many people out there trying to figure out how to cope… Read More »Tuesday
I was recently requested to join a team of other writers who contribute their writing talents to a very well-known web group. When the request first came in, I initially rejected it. I am a writer, I write because that is my passion and who I am. But when I thought about it more, the offer and the possibilities I feel like this is a door that I want… Read More »Thoughts About Being Called An Expert
Ready… set… go! That’s sort of how I feel right now. I took some time off to put my head together after some recent moments in my personal life that just seemed to be sucking up my thoughts. But in the back of my head, I just felt like I just wanted to get back to work, back here to my blog, and get out of the moment.… Read More »Ready… Set… Move On!
I can’t say I even believe in heaven anymore. This magical place where only the good belong. The ones that don’t screw up, go the wrong way, get sucked in by just trying to survive and forget this almost impossible place, they belong in heaven. The rest of who aren’t sure about feathery angels and golden rules, where do we belong? Do we belong in that odd nothing where those… Read More »Come back and Haunt me.
One of the biggest tips I have ever heard about writing is that you need read. Reading gives you inspiration, guides, and it even will influence your style. Reading helps to expand your vocabulary and gives you a world of inspiration. Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind explains that reading, in general, makes you smarter and keeps your brain firing as you age. Reading reduces stress and… Read More »Reading to Write – Reading challenge
One of the things I love most about writing and blogging is that I get the change to connect and meet other people who are also chasing their dreams. We all start out with this one little spark, this dream that we think about in the middle of the night, this little firefly of goals, ideas and plans. What we do with that spark is what changes us from… Read More »Chasing the Dream – The power of Visualizing
Many of us start our blogs as diaries, a place carved out on the web for our dreams, thoughts, sometimes rants, and a few crazy memes. These blogs are created by the hour, last for a while, and usually die in a year or so. However the blogs need focus, and a purpose. You won’t create a blog that people want to keep reading if your readers can’t pinpoint what… Read More »Changing Focus and Gaining Strength as a Blogger
I know.. I know.. I am a girl, I am supposed to like butterflies, rainbows, and poems. I am supposed to have looked for a guy who likes long walks on the beach, making me dinner, and whispering sweet quotes into my ear as I drift off to sleep. And I might get kicked out of the girl club for saying this, but I really can’t stand poems. April is National Poetry month. … Read More »Truthfully, I really don’t like poetry.
A few years ago I found myself dreaming of doing more with my writing. I wanted to be a writer but I couldn’t seem to get passed the dreaming phase and on to the actual writing. Like so many people I was stuck until I accepted that no matter the outcome, I would never know what it was like to be a writer without actually trying. I had to give… Read More »Shut up and write!
I have always been a writer. I was the kid in school who loved to do the essays, the creative writing pieces, and always kept a diary. I loved reading and would spend my weekends curled up on the couch with a book instead of out with friends. Books became my friends during the times when real ones were few and far between. I was the girl who enjoyed the… Read More »Being a Writer Is “Complicated”
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings” ― John Gillespie Magee Jr. Related articles The Hight Flight of John Gillespie (staypoetic.com) High Flight (seanjreeves.wordpress.com) Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” — C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves) Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that… Read More »We are powerful beyond measure – Marianne Williamson
Almost 30 years ago, I left my house in Lake Isabella, California in thin pajamas and sneakers. My birth mother and I drove 30 miles, a little over an hour away so I could in the course of a few hours leave my teenage life behind and become a mother. This is my story of that night. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make… Read More »October
“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.” ― John Rogers Related articles Writing Your Book: Creating a Great Protagonist (fastpencil.wordpress.com) Protagonist, Antagonist (ramblingsofastoryteller.wordpress.com) Crafting a Memorable Villain (paperpenandnoplan.wordpress.com) The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block – Might Not Be What You Believe (warriorwriters.wordpress.com) Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
“Such lonely, lost things you find on your way. It would be easier, if you were the only one lost. But lost children always find each other, in the dark, in the cold. It is as though they are magnetized and can only attract their like. How I would like to lead you to brave, stalwart friends who would protect you and play games with dice and teach you delightful… Read More »Such lonely, lost things you find on your way – Catherynne M. Valente,
“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
As a writer I know from my past mistakes how easy it is to fall bad habits while trying to pursue a writing career. We get so involved in our writing that sometimes we fail to see that we haven’t eaten right, lack exercise and the only light we see is that glowing burn from our screens. Before you know it, you’ve packed on the pounds, turned an awful shade… Read More »Stay Healthy While Blogging
When I was little my best friend was old. Not just older, she was OLD. In fact she was my best friend until I was an adult and the whole time I knew her she was old. But not old and boring, she was far from that. I mean she was from a different place in time old. I loved her so much that I adopted being old for myself. We… Read More »Old
“Ohhh she’s so nice!” “She’s the nicest person I know.” “She has a perfect life.” These things are never said about me. That’s because I gave up being fake about who I really am and started loving the real me. I am not always nice, sometimes it happens. But I am known for being fair, honest, and knowing what my limits are. In fact, trying to be nice all the time is… Read More »Be Real, Not Nice! End Fake Nice!
“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair We are all there sometimes, when it feels as if there is nothing left in your soul but hurt. It hurts to think; each thought just rips open your heart and leads to more pain.… Read More »Cry til you can’t anymore…
Here’s a photo I took of my daughter last summer. She’s just a beautiful and unusual girl, I love taking photos of her. This week I want you to find a photo, piece of art, or something that reminds you of summer. Post it on your blog or and share your link here. Don’t have a blog yet? No worries, just share your photos on our new Facebook page! I’ll share my… Read More »Wordless Wednesday Mission – Feels like Summer
Did you write a fantasy short story? Share it today! We would all love to see what creative works you have been working on. I even have one to share tomorrow morning. It’s something I have had for a while, and in honor of Fantasy month I thought I’d bring it out to share with you tomorrow. So, dig out your pieces and share them! You can post a link… Read More »Who has a Fantasy short story to share today?
The act of writing is a discovery process. During which the writer keeps on learning new things all the time. It is a common fact that many times writers are unable to publish their writings for certain reasons. But the writing that never gets publish is also very important because it is a great milestone in cosmic exploration and self-determination. Keep Reading Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average:… Read More »Writing For Recycle Bin!
Do you know what faith is? Are you religious or do you follow the traditions of religion because it is more of a family tradition? For many people religion and faith is a hot topic. And like most hot topics, we writers love to dip into the heat and pull out something to write about. I struggle with religion and the concept of G*D and belief systems. But I find… Read More »When you feel it.. you’ll know.
Into the Contrast It’s amazing to me to see the great contrasts of life. Where there is darkness, soft rays of sunlight break free and hope emerges. Where there is great sadness and despair joy can still be found. That is the contrast. The contrast is the stark difference in the situation. Someone once asked me how I could look back at some of the difficult times of my life… Read More »Into the Contrast
I am so thankful today for the ability to clean my bathroom. Yep, I said it. I am thankful that today I can tend to my house, tend to my bathroom that I only have to share with my husband, and that I am blessed enough to have that experience. At first as I walked into the room my thoughts grumbled with negative messages. ” If he would clean up… Read More »Random thought: Cleaning toilets
Pretty is as Pretty Does. Every day we are bombarded with images of what a “Beautiful” woman is supposed to look like. We are told that a beautiful woman is tall,yet not too tall. She doesn’t want to be taller than the man who wants to take her to glamorous dinners in her designer 6 inch heels. She’s thin, but she eats because eating disorders are out, yet not too… Read More »Pretty is as Pretty does
Can you just go away and give me some space? I need to think. I say that a lot. Sometimes I feel like there are just too many people in the world and it smothers me. I need to sort out all of the thoughts that are flooding into my head and make the noise go away. Why is there always so much noise? People chewing, cars going by,… Read More »Go away.. til I want you
The world is full of annoying people. Really, you might be sitting next to one right now. They are the ones who go about their lives doing what they do without any care of how much they drive you bonkers. Or maybe they are the frustrating Brother in Laws that are constantly poking fun of you and laughing when they see you have gone from cool and collected to steam… Read More »I have a bubble shield around me and you can’t bother me
This week’s Blogger comes to us from A New Perspective Perhaps and in her blog and talking with her through comments, I have come to realize I have found a new friend. She’s very down to earth and very cool, and through her blog posts about her life I have come to find that even though we come from different places we are so much alike. From her love of comforting… Read More »Blog of the Week – A New Perspective Perhaps
“I don’t know if I can do this again… it hurts when I try.” Just do it… once you start it will hurt at first, but you will see the reason. “Every time I think about it, I just want to curl up in a little ball and cry.” Well… maybe that’s because you need to get over something. “Maybe I do, but is it really worth the pain?” I… Read More »The Voices.
My heart clenches as the seconds click by, closer and closer to that moment when I know that there’s nothing left to do but hold your breath to keep from crying. I hate that I cry. I just want to hold on tight, pull you against me so that you won’t leave. I need you to stay, I need you to keep me from feeling as if I am a… Read More »Return to me.
Turning 40 is a dreaded moment in a woman’s life. It’s the big 4-0.. the day when you have no clue of what to expect but you are now no longer in your 30’s. I turned 40 this year, I waited for my hair to turn grey, my vision to get worse, and to actually FEEL 40. It’s almost my birthday again, and to tell you the truth most… Read More »Turning 40 is all it cracked up to be!
When you write for a blog you should always have someone in mind as your average reader, someone to whom your writer’s voice is speaking to and trying to connect with. Is there someone that you have in mind? Perhaps you drift off to that 10th grade English teacher who once gave you the compliment on your writing and told you to follow your craft. Or maybe you have… Read More »Who would you want to read your blog?
I truthfully rarely know what I am going to write about until I have finished the last sentence. Sometimes I have a theme in mind, something that I feel passionate about when I sit down to write. Other times I need some prompting to get the juices flowing. Sometimes the ideas come to me in the strangest places and I have to text myself what they are so I don’t… Read More »What do you write about?