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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.) 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

Focus tips for creatives

Focus Tips For Creatives

(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

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The Origins of DWF

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

Sail away

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

My Truth about Yoga

  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

The 9’s

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.

Lost

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

Tuesday

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

“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”

Ready… Set… Move On!

    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!

Come Back and Haunt Me - Lessons I've Learned Since Losing a loved one

Come back and Haunt me.

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.

Reading to Write – Reading challenge

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

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Changing Focus and Gaining Strength as a Blogger

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

Truthfully, I really don’t like poetry.

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.

Shut Up and Write - overcoming your fearful voice and do what makes you happy.

Shut up and write!

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!

Being a Writer Is “Complicated”

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”

laughter-silvered wings – John Gillespie Magee Jr.

“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]

What! You too? -C.S. Lewis

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  “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]

We are powerful beyond measure – Marianne Williamson

“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

October

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 ― John Rogers

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“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 – Catherynne M. Valente,

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“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,

Stay Healthy While Blogging

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

Old

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

Be Real, Not Nice! End Fake Nice!

“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!

Wordless Wednesday Mission – Feels like Summer

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

Writing For Recycle Bin!

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!

When you feel it.. you’ll know.

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

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

Pretty is as Pretty does

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

Go away.. til I want you

  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

I have a bubble shield around me and you can’t bother me

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

Blog of the Week – A New Perspective Perhaps

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

The Voices.

“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.

Return to me.

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.

What do you write about?

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?