Where has it gone?

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How many times have I sat here and asked myself, “Where has all of my inspiration gone?”  And then in a single burst of newfound creative energy, it all seems to come back to me in full force.  I live for the days when the thoughts pour right out of my head into a jumbled mess upon my college-ruled blue lined paper.  Those words literally look up at me and beg me to put them into some kind of sensible order.  We all face writer’s block from time to time though, and I think the best way to work through it, is to pick up a pen, and just start writing anything and everything that comes to your mind.  Kind of like what I’m doing right now.  In fact, I really have no idea where these words are currently taking me.  I’ve been stuck without a decent thought or idea for months now.

I know I’ll never give up on the idea of being a writer because it’s the only thing in my life that has ever remained a true passion.  I almost believe that a part of me would surely die if I ever did try to give up writing altogether.  My soul seems to crave words as if my very life depends on them.  So my advice to anyone who may be struggling at the moment is to keep pen and paper handy at all times, and just jot down random thoughts whenever you have the opportunity.  I think you’ll be surprised by just how many ideas suddenly pop into your head, which may often lead to wonderful stories that you might not have thought could ever be possible.

Just never give up, you’re a writer after all, whether you feel like you can officially call yourself that or not.  If you’re here and you’re writing for a blog, then you’re a writer, and it’s important that people hear what you have to say.  You’re words mean something, and you never know whose lives you might touch by the simple things you say and share.  Anyway, these are my thoughts for this quiet Tuesday evening, and I figured it was time to get out of my rut and write something.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  Keep on writing and never give up!  Love, ~M  xoxo


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June writing prompt participants

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Congratulations to all of you who participated in the prompts for June.  I thought I’d be able to participate myself, but life seemed to get the better of me.  Here’s to hoping that July will inspire us all!  Have a great month everyone!  ~M xo

June Writing Prompt Participants

  1. A sprinkle of balderdash

Having fun blogging – https://stc7029.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/a-sprinkle-of-balderdash/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/06/01/a-sprinkle-of-balderdash-junewriting-poetry/

Jaquintinwriter – https://jaquintinwriter.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/a-sprinkle-of-balderdash/

Playing with words – https://playingwithwords.blog/2018/06/01/a-sprinkle-of-balderdash/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/06/01/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt-june-1/

Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/a-month-of-june-prompts-in-one-day/#more-3154

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/06/04/a-sprinkle-of-balderdash/

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July Writing Prompts

 

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Here are the new writing prompts for July.  I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I enjoyed coming up with them.  Have a great month of writing everyone!  ~M xo

And, if you’re new to the idea of writing with the help of prompts, here’s what I like to do with them…

To begin, settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts listed below.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance!  😉

 

  1. The rights of wrongs
  2. Turning back Tuesday
  3. Vigilant vigilantes
  4. Spontaneous eruptions
  5. Unexpected revelations
  6. Plumes of a pigeon
  7. Jiggled and joggled
  8. Powerful and persnickety
  9. Cobblestone passages
  10. In the summer following my birth
  11. She was magic
  12. Salty shorelines
  13. Enough is enough
  14. Marching through madness
  15. Chances are…
  16. Antics of an arsonist
  17. Flakey and filling
  18. A real humdinger
  19. Time prospered
  20. Catawampus creatures
  21. The answer is the question
  22. Pouty Penelope
  23. Mangy mutts and milkmen
  24. Lavishly loved
  25. Perpetual pandemonium
  26. Lemon tarts shaped like hearts
  27. Abstemious intentions
  28. Routinely ravished
  29. She wore a red dress
  30. Death dangled
  31. Inky adventures

June Writing Prompts

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I can hardly believe it’s already June, where does the time go?  This month I decided to get *my girls involved once again, and so many of these are ideas are taken from the minds of an 8 yr old and a 16 yr old.  They always come up with some great prompts, and so I’m glad I asked them for their help.

If you’re new to the idea of writing with the help of prompts, here’s what I like to do with them…

To begin, settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts listed below.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance!  😉

Have a great month of writing everyone!  ~M xo

  1. A sprinkle of balderdash
  2. Callipygian curves
  3. Hornswoggling hellos
  4. Sour drop dreams
  5. Tissue paper troubles
  6. Malicious metaphors
  7. Lackadaisical lollygagging
  8. Cotton ball caricatures
  9. Beyond the ballyhoo
  10. And then we all fizzled
  11. Ethereal evolutions
  12. Memoirs and milestones
  13. Laughing like a lyrical lush
  14. Pirouetting penguins
  15. Torturous turnips
  16. Whistling whirligigs
  17. Sylvia’s secrets
  18. Penciled in blue
  19. In cahoots with chaos
  20. Ghastly goobers
  21. Dazzling doohickeys
  22. Code R A I N B O W
  23. Bottoms down
  24. Absquatulating aliens
  25. Carnelian and carbuncle
  26. Remember the magic
  27. Spastically spiffy
  28. A river of fortitude
  29. Bodacious barnacles
  30. Cockamamie conclusions

*Special thanks to Brianna and Autumn Cook for all of your wonderful ideas.


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May Writing Prompt Participants

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I was so impressed by the response this month from all of you who participated.  I really enjoyed reading all of your lovely creations.  I was thrilled once again by Walt’s compilation, moved by the ever beautiful words of Dorinda, captivated by Michael’s fantasy fiction adventure, intrigued by the variety of stories from Cosistories, enlightened by The Bag Lady, laughing along with Sarah and her sweet sense of humor, resonating with June Ann’s words, and inspired by Playing with words.  I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with for June!  😉  ~M xoxo

  1. The in-between

Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/a-month-of-may-prompts-in-one-day/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/05/01/the-in-between-maywriting-poetry-romantictuesday/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/05/02/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt-may-1/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/the-in-betweeners/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/05/03/the-in-between-part-1-of-31/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/in-between/

Having Fun Blogging – https://stc7029.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/deep-in-thought-deep-in-space/

Jaquintinwriter – https://jaquintinwriter.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/topic-hip-hop/

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May Writing Prompts

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Phew!  I almost forgot to get these done!  Lol… Guess I’m gonna start needing more reminders in my old age.  😉  Thank you Dorinda Duclos for reminding me this month.  ❤️

And if you’re new to the prompt scene, here’s what I like to do with them…

To begin, settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts listed below.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

Have a great month of writing everyone!  ~M xo

1. The in-between
2. Senseless sacrifices
3. Liquid love
4. Time binging
5. Morphing into magma
6. Crystal clear consolations
7. Popsicle periscopes
8. Saturated pleasantries
9. Cylindrical circumstances
10. The pendulum of posterity
11. Witchy warts
12. The spotted speck
13. Glass houses
14. Cloudy dimensions
15. Rinky dinky
16. Fight or flight
17. Bavarian cream dreams
18. Forgotten ruins
19. Bottled bliss
20. Leathery lies
21. Artichokes and anchovies
22. The night of nin
23. Window of warning
24. Pastel perspectives
25. Frilly frocks
26. The century of certainty
27. Hobnobbed
28. Hickory and dickory
29. Candy curtsies
30. Velvety violets
31. Anchored avenues

*Also, if you’re not sure how to create a pingback for your post, just copy this link into your post and I’ll get a notification from you.  Thanks!  ~M xo

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2018/05/01/may-writing-prompts/

 

April Writing Prompt Participants

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Hey Everyone,

Hope all of you had a great month of writing.  Sorry I’ve kinda dropped off this month.  Been busy and completely unmotivated to write, which I noticed seems to be a similar trend with many other bloggers as well.

Anyway, May is a new month and with spring finally showing her face again, I think all of us will finally get back into the swing of things.  Thanks to all of you who participated.

Here are the top writing participants for April…

Night Owl Poetry

Cosistories

Afterwards

The Bag Lady

Cactus Haiku

 

April Writing Prompt Participants

  1. The explosive egg hunt

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/04/01/the-easter-egg-hunt-napowrimo-aprilwriting/

Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/a-month-of-april-prompts-in-one-day/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/stars-date-04012018-the-hunt-for-the-explosive-egg/

HAVING FUN BLOGGING – https://stc7029.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/hodgepodge/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/04/03/mission-primary-room-101/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/04/30/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt/

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What inspires you?

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What inspires you?

This is the thought running through my mind today as it’s been nearly a month now since I’ve had any inspiration to do much of anything. It’s as if a light switch has been turned off inside my brain and I almost feel as if all of my emotions have left me. I think it’s very difficult for a writer to write anything when they feel emotionless. Especially as a poet, we live for emotions and all the wonderful words that spill out of hearts and minds. I think I’ve shut off a lot of my emotions because it somehow seems easier that way. I’ve also found myself pulling away from people more often. There are a few who I still let in, but for the most part, I don’t really share what’s going on in my life. As I get older, there seems to be so much more drama, and I suppose I’ve been feeling the need to sort of rid myself from all of that. I call it self-preservation, and I know it’s simply necessary at times.

I don’t feel in any way like I am suffering from depression, even though it may look that way to outsiders. I’m actually feeling very content right now, just to be alone and to reevaluate my life. I’ve been homeschooling my girls for 12 years, and even though I love the time I have with them, I still miss my career in Biotechnology more than ever. It’s hard being a mom sometimes. I’m pulled in so many different directions. I’m often not sure which path to take, but I always try to put my girls first in every long-term decision that I make. And yet now that they’re getting older, and my two oldest daughters are married and starting lives of their own, I’m finally taking the time to consider what I want for a change.

I really want to work outside the home again. I honestly miss my 60 hour work weeks because I truly did love my job, and I’d like to find another job that I can enjoy just as much. I’ve recently enrolled back in school, and at 46, I think I’m one of the oldest students in my class. But it matters not, I’m determined to start a second career even at my age. This time around I’m pursuing a degree in digital media and web design. I’ve been saying for years that I wanted to get into web design but didn’t think I could afford the cost of school. After checking into it though, I found out that I qualified for government grants, and I also applied for a scholarship. And between the two, I haven’t had to pay a dime. So now I sit here wondering why I waited so long to take the plunge and I’m practically kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

The good thing is, I’m doing it now, and I’ve got to stop looking back and just keep moving forward. I feel as if time is running out in some respects. It’s almost like there’s this invisible force pushing me along, telling me to hurry up before it’s too late. Sometimes it helps me to get away and quiet myself for a few days, and so I’m currently sitting all alone in a lovely cottage in the woods. It’s absolutely beautiful here, and I’m finding that this is probably the first inspiring day I’ve had in a very long time. The sun is shining through my window, and I’m so thankful to have this time to reflect and hopefully turn the light switch to inspiration back on. I’ve got three more days here to figure out how to do just that and determination is starting to settle in. It’s blessings like these that keep me going. I hope all of you are having a very blessed week as well and I’d like to know, what inspires you? ~M xo


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Final Project – Week 8

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Well here it is, my final drawing for the 8 week course I’ve been taking.  I think I did a decent job with this class, especially considering I haven’t drawn much of anything in nearly 30 years.  Still not sure if I’ll continue with it, but if I do, I will likely try to illustrate some of my own books.

It’s snowing here again in Wisconsin, and although it’s pretty, I still wish spring would stop teasing us.  On the upside, it certainly does make for a great day of creativity in some form or another, which I’ll most likely take full advantage of.  Anyway, hope everyone is having a great weekend!    ~M xo

If you’re interested in publishing a book, this one’s for you!

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Hello, fellow bloggers and writers of all kinds,

I am addressing this post to all of you because I do believe the following information will prove to be quite useful to the majority of you.  I am a self-published author and published my first book through CreateSpace and KDP this year.

I began my writing journey just three years ago with a blog I created here on WordPress.  Before I started blogging, I began keeping a daily journal of my writings, and after awhile I decided to start sharing what I had written.  Those original journal entries were a great start, and I ended up really enjoying my first year of blogging.

Several months into blogging though, I found out that WP offered some writing classes, which can still be found at; The WordPress Daily Post.  After taking the introductory course in poetry, I started to feel like that was what I enjoyed writing the most, and so I began my journey as a poet, which is what I mostly write nowadays.  And if you like poetry, you can visit my other blog (Her Writing Haven) to read some of my more recent poems.

During that first year of blogging, I also ended up participating in National Novel Writing Month, (Aka, NaNoWriMo) and turned my journal entries into a historical fiction novel, called Revelations of the Past.  Shortly after finishing my book, I was offered a job with Channillo and began publishing a book of serialized fiction chapters, which can be found at; Channillo.com.

Since then, I’ve dabbled a bit in short-story writing, inspirational quotes, and travel blogging.  However, because I’d fallen in love with the idea of poetry, and because it came the easiest to me, I began writing poetry more than any other genre.  And because of my passion for it, I was able to publish my first book of poetry this year, called; Beneath the Canopy.

I began the process of creating my book, by compiling my poems into a software program called Scrivener, which was just the sort of program I needed for formatting my book.  After a lot of research, I decided that CreateSpace would be my choice for self-publishing.  I could have gone with IngramSpark instead, but the following link explains why I decided to go with CreateSpace first. IngramSpark vs CreateSpace.  However, I do plan to use IngramSpark in the very near future because it will allow me to sell my book to a much wider audience.  So I’d highly recommend checking it out. 

The first thing you need to know about publishing is that there are about a million different ways to go about executing the process, which is why I’m throwing in my two cents here and giving all of you an example of the path I took to get to this point.  I am happy with the results thus far, and so it’s a path I would recommend to anyone who asks me. 

There are however some things about publishing that nobody bothered to tell me before I started.  These are just some small things that I’ve learned on my own, but could have made the process a bit less daunting, had I known all of this beforehand.  So these are the kinds of things I wanted to pass on to all of you. 

First of all, when I decided to begin the process of publishing a book, I had no idea where to get an example of how to set up the format for one.  The good news is, that if you create an account with CreateSpace, you can then go in and download an already prepared MS Word template, which you can then use to format your book.  So I’d advise anybody who is thinking about publishing, to go in and download that template, before you do anything else.

Secondly, you need to know the difference between PCN’s and ISBN’s, and where you can get both of those.  Every book needs an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).  This number distinguishes your book from every other book in the world, and is required for publishing purposes.  (And on a side note, you will need a new ISBN for any new revised copy of your book, and for all of the different formats of your book as well.)  A PCN on the other hand, is a Preassigned Control Number, which allows the Library of Congress to assign control numbers in advance of publication, so that your book can be added to library collections throughout the world.  The PCN is optional, but without it, your book cannot be made available to libraries for purchase.  Here is the link to apply for a PCN.  As far as the ISBN goes, I recommend you read this article, before you decide what to do about purchasing one.   CreateSpace will give you a free ISBN number if you choose, but there are reasons you may want to buy your own.  I chose to buy my ISBN from Bowker, and if you go this route, I’d advise you to buy a complete lot of them if you plan to publish more than one book.  It’ll save you a ton of money in the long run.

I haven’t tried to find a traditional publisher for any of my books, and I have 11 more in the works.  I wanted to go through the process to see what it was like to publish a book, and I didn’t want to be waiting months or years to find a publisher to accept my work.  I suppose I’ve always been more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, and I’d heard nightmares of people who’d gone through publishing companies and just weren’t happy with the outcome.  If you decide to go with a traditional publisher, here is a link to a book that may help you find one, Authors Publishing Guide 2018.

And last but not least, before you can publish your book, you’ll need a book cover.  I think the easiest place to get one these days, is over at Fiverr.  This is where I bought my book cover for Revelations of the Past, and it only cost me $15.  However, that was just for a very basic design.  For my book, Beneath the Canopy, I purchased my book cover through, End2endbooks.  They ended up doing a pretty good job for about $165, and they are currently offering a discount if you go here.

And so there you go… I hope this will be a great resource for any of you who are contemplating the idea of publishing a book in the near future.  Please feel free to share this post with anyone else that you think would benefit from it.  Also, I am an affiliate for Scrivener, so if you decide to purchase the program, and want the in-depth classes they offer with it as well, please check out my page concerning all of this, here.

I hope this will be a good starting point for all of you, and if you have any questions, I am always here.  Feel free to contact me anytime, by clicking on my contact page listed in the above header.

Happy writing! ~M xo