Monday, June 04, 2012

4 Tips to Help You Make Your Life Your Own

Hello. It's been a long time.  I've been dealing with: paperwork for my son and moving my mother to an assisted-living Memory Care unit. My brother bears most of the burden for my mom, but since it involves my traveling, I feel I have not been present in my own life!

It has been easier to catch up on Facebook than it has to sit and think things out thoughtfully.

But I'm getting back to it and I'd like to offer some tips on getting back to who you are.

Tip 1: Wake up on your own terms.  This is very important. When you wake up just so you can get to work on time, the day belongs to someone else (your boss!). Take an hour, half an hour, 15 minutes, whatever to get up and do something just for yourself.

Tip 2: Morning Pages:  I've written about them before and I am utterly convinced that writing Morning Pages is a life-changing tool. I've also written earlier that I am not slavish to the 3-page total.  What does the action of physically taking pen to paper do for me? It's exercise! It gets blood flowing to the brain. Even though much of it is stream of consciousness, it takes a little bit of thought to get those words out. It brings me back to myself.

Tip 3: Take a walk. Or do any other physical exercise. For yourself. I think of this video as a motivator in a very positive way. 

Tip 4: This is something I like to do, but often forget and it's key: Take time before sleep to write down a few things you did that day. What you accomplished, what you have left over to do, but don't be judgmental. Just make a little list and breathe deeply. Julia Cameron calls something like this a "Ta-Dah" List. 
Your day is over, your very own day and you get to do it again, even better, tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Write Brain Trust!

w00t! I'm this week's featured blogger for the Write Brain Trust, a group of writers who came together to educate themselves about electronic publishing. My topics this week start with copyright law and will continue with what exactly it means to be published online.
Click here!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Cathy Petrick, guest blogger for the National Museum of Wildlife Art says so much about art in her short piece. I'll quote:
"It strikes me that whenever we view wildlife art, the artist is recreating for us that moment of surprise. This painting provides another kind of jolt: as the photographer’s camera focuses on the bears, it simultaneously points at us. As we observe the artist through his art, he is also watching us."
Isn't it the same when you read an evocative poem or short story? Isn't the author often creating something he or she knows will jolt the reader? I don't really know that my "dear reader" is sitting there next to me (maybe chatting up my "not-so-dear inner editor").

But I like to think that someone other than myself will be reading my words.

And I'd like to read more of Cathy's some day.


Now that National Poetry Month is over, should I take down all the poems I wrote here and "unpublish" them? Or just say for the record, that these are all drafts and that's what the Comment button is for?

Been reading around and learning that everything I've published in my blog can be considered "already-been-published" work and thus not acceptable to many publishing concerns to whom I might consider actually submitting my work.

oh fie!

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Even a stone wears,
thinned out, flattened, ground down to
nothing under rain.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fear of Flying

I will have to get on an airplane in less than a week and I struggle with anxiety, great anxiety about it. I found this reassuring website today.
One of the things I like is that the author says to own your fear, to notice and accept your own discomfort in the situation. Because that's what it's like: a neverending, grinding circle of anxiety: I think about flying>>I become anxious because of all the anxiety I've ever felt about flying>>>feel that adrenaline kick in validating my ill and unhappy feelings!
Although the author has a book and tape program, he's been so generous on his website, I feel calmer already!