“Chasing a dream is hard work, especially when the string keeps breaking.” ~M
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Well, I’ve got some rather exciting news to tell all of you about, and I just can’t hold it in any longer. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been rather aloof these days, and I promise you, it comes with good reason. I have been secretly working on 12 poetry books, and my […]
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I was busy writing in my office tonight, when my little Auti charged through the door and announced that she had a huge surprise for me. She proceeded to drag me out of my office, through the living room, and then stopped me right in front of my bedroom door. I was told to shut my eyes, and was then led into my bedroom where our family computer resides. I was finally told to open my eyes and have a peek. This is what was on the computer screen, written just for me…
Dear mommy I love you and I want to say you’re the best I love you and you love me every day is the best with you and I think you think the same thing I hope you’re doing well so I love you hopefully you enjoyed reading this as I loved writing this have a wonderful night from: autumn ;-D
This was just the sweetest note I could ever receive! I think perhaps we need to work on her punctuation a bit, but there was no way I was going to point that out when her big blue eyes were staring up at me, looking for approval. She’s currently in my bedroom again, writing poetry and yelling for me to come and take a look. So I mustn’t keep her waiting! Sounds like it’s a Christmas poem this time! Lol… 😉
Well, here we are, already into October! Can you believe it? Enjoy this months prompts and remember to add a link to this post if you decide to participate. I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with!
1. Itsy bitsy spider
2. Moonlight reflections
4. Pink persuasion
5. Fragile whispers
6. Dandelion dreams
7. The journey beyond
8. Red velvet
9. Shadows of doubt
10. Spilt milk
11. Portions of time
12. Vacant stare
13. A touch of whimsy
14. Sardine soup
15. Goblins and ghouls
16. Hints of pleasure
18. Sickly sweet
19. Folds of forever
21. Icy tears
22. Rainbow wishes
23. Floating lanterns
24. A sliver of hope
25. Skipping stones
26. Tangled webs
27. Scribbles and dribbles
28. The twisted plot
29. Crispy cakes and stomach aches
30. Fantastical beasts
31. Slurps and burps
Oh, and don’t forget! I’ll be posting all of my responses to these prompts, over at my new blog, Her Writing Haven. Please come have a look if you haven’t yet. 😉
Good morning everyone! Come in and sit down and I’ll make you a cup of your very favorite hot or cold drink. I have a variety of options, so take your pick. I’m drinking a steamy mug of hot chocolate, which is filled to the brim with whipped cream. And yes, I’m being naughty and not following my paleo diet to perfection at the moment, but once and awhile we all need a little flexibility in our lives, and after a month like this… well, let’s just say hot chocolate has been sort of a saving grace for me.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my life has been completely turned upside down these days and I hardly even know where to begin. I suppose I’ll start off by saying that I feel completely blessed and thankful that my two oldest daughters have both survived this month. One had her home threatened by a huge fire out in California, and my other daughter who lives in Florida was in the middle of hurricane Irma. Both are fine now, and that’s such a huge relief!
Here at home, there has been turmoil as well. The first week of school was a bit rough, after finding out that hubby is deploying overseas and also that our 4 yr. old dog Pippa has bone cancer. I’m trying my best to make Pippa as comfortable as possible, but the vet said her days are certainly numbered. She may only live a few more months which is really sad to me. Hubby felt so bad when he found out and misses us so much, that he made a surprise visit home over this past week. It was nice to see him, but at the same time, it was so hard to say goodbye, especially knowing that it may be another year before I see him again.
Here’s some good news though, I had been dealing with depression at the beginning of this year and I’m feeling so much better. I was also having some physical ailments that caused me to lose 22 lbs. However, I am happy to say, that all of those issues seem to have been resolved. It was determined that I was having some terrible side effects from one of the meds I was on and once I stopped taking that, I began to feel like myself again.
I am presently working on several poetry books and figure over this next year that I should be able to knock a few of them out while hubby is away. That is of course if I don’t end up with any more hiccups. All I can do is continue to try. It’s been very hard to stay motivated and inspired. I had a friend whom I wrote about here. This friend was the one person in my life, who really inspired my early days of writing. And even though he finally contacted me and ended up explaining why he no longer wanted to be friends, it has still been very difficult to continue on without him.
In fact, as some of you know, I started my new blog just a month ago and ended up taking all of my poems off of this one. I needed a fresh start, as many of the poems I had written on this blog reminded me of my friend. I knew I needed to finally let him go from my heart and mind, and came very close to deleting my blog altogether. But I decided I couldn’t quit, and so instead I started over. I also knew that eventually, I wanted to take my old poems off of my blog anyway, due to the fact that I do plan to publish them in the near future. So ultimately, it forced me to do something prematurely that I knew I would eventually have to do anyway.
I know I haven’t been around as much lately as far as reading blogs goes, and I apologize to many of you who I haven’t visited on a regular basis like I used to. But life has just taken its toll on me lately and I just haven’t had as much time for reading. It’s hard to keep life in perfect balance and I know it’s foolish to even try. I just hope that you all know how much I really do care about you. When I say I love you guys, I really do mean it. All of you here on WordPress have become like family to me. It’s hard to explain it, but when you’re so isolated because you live in a place with hardly any family or friends around, your internet buddies become everything to you. If you’ve written a coffee share this weekend, please leave me a link so that I can catch up with you. Hope your week is filled with love and happiness! ~M
As many of you have probably noticed, I often create writing prompts for myself and try to incorporate those prompts into my daily writing. So this month, I decided to create some writing prompts for all of you to use as well. I plan to try and use as many of these as I can myself. I will be posting the results of my writing efforts on my other blog. And for those of you who have not visited my new blog yet, here’s the link. Please tag me in your post if you decide to participate. I’d love to see what you’ve written. Have a very blessed September! ~M xoxo
I’ve got some exciting news to share with all of you, so hold onto your seats! Okay, I realize it may not be all that exciting, but it really is to me. While I was away, I decided it was time to make some changes to my blog. Many of you may have already noticed, but I decided to take all of my poems off of this site. When I initially started this blog three years ago, I had never intended to use it to write poetry. In fact, back then I didn’t write poetry at all. Because of this, I have never felt like this blog has worked with my new style of writing. So with much thought, hesitation, and uncertainty, I have finally decided to take the plunge and create a whole new site just for my poems. I will still be writing here every now and then, but I will mainly be posting on my new website. If you’d like to follow me over there, here’s the link.
I can’t wait to reconnect with all of you! Hope you’ve been having a great summer. ~M xo
Blogger friend Trent, from Trent’s World has graciously given us a new word to add to the dictionary. Compty is the word, and it means… wanting to comment on a blog post but coming up empty when you try. So here’s a poem I promised to write about it. And just in case you missed it, this goes along with last night’s Midnight Madness; which you can check out here.
Is a very unique word
One you’ve probably
Never even heard
It’s a word made up
By our blogger friend Trent
Who decided to tell me
What this awesome word meant
So have no fear
This magical word is now here
Its meaning is simple and easy
And won’t leave you feeling queasy
It has to do with
Wanting to comment on a blog
During those frustrating times
When your brain is in a fog
It’s then that you can’t quite
Figure out what to say
So you just end up leaving
And going on your merry way
So thank you Trent
For sharing your word
It really is lovely
And not at all absurd
It’s too bad nobody else
Was brave enough to submit any more
Get with the program all you other bloggers
And don’t be such a bore! 😉
Written by, Michelle Cook
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By, Charles S. Smead (1909 – 1972)
*Written by my Great Uncle Charlie, may his words live on…
For the last two years now, I have been very unsure about the future of my marriage. The past sort of caught up with my husband and the present sort of caught up with me. Needless to say, we were both at fault in different ways. About four months ago, I had finally gotten to the point where I decided I was tired of trying. In my mind, I just sort of gave up and decided it was time to figure out plan B. I started picturing my life without him. Wondering what I would do apart from him and where I would go. We still have two children at home, so that was of course another concern of mine. What would happen to them if we split up, how would we work it all out? And yet I could never actually see us getting to the point of divorce. I really couldn’t even fathom the idea of such a drastic decision.
After admitting to my husband that I didn’t think I could continue on the way things were, he in turn seemed to agree. And yet divorce was the furthest thing from his mind. His immediate response was to somehow fix what was broken in our marriage and strengthen the parts which looked salvageable. For four months now, he has been trying very hard to turn things around. I have to admit, I haven’t made things easy. I have fought him every bit of the way, by not really believing any of what he’s been saying. After years of empty promises, I didn’t want to allow myself to be tricked again.
His first response was to begin by writing me poetry; which is something he had never done in his entire life. I remember reading the words he wrote during those first few months and thinking to myself… “He can’t really mean any of this.” I thought… “This is just another one of his schemes to make me believe him, but it’s not going to last.” Over the years he would say he would try harder, but there was never any long lasting changes to support his efforts. It was mostly just cheap talk and I knew I didn’t want to fall for that again. I was finally ready to move on and I didn’t want to get sucked back into a life of false hopes.
Well it’s been four months now since he’s started blogging. And I think the turning point for me was when he wrote this… Heart of Sadness. Since then, I have begun to believe that he is truly being sincere. He finally seems to understand and acknowledge how I’ve been feeling. We tell each other everything, but I had often wondered if he was really hearing me. I wasn’t sure if he understood that I didn’t feel the same kind of love for him anymore. I wondered if he could live with that fact, or if it would ultimately destroy our marriage. Yet the more we talked, the more I knew he understood, and he told me very sweetly that he just wanted me to be happy.
I suppose because he isn’t demanding my love, I am slowly finding my way back to him. We have been making immense progress, and I am finally accepting that he really is changing for the better. I’m starting to believe him when he tells me he loves me, and I’m hopeful once more that we can make our marriage work. We will be celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary on the 5th of February and I’m excited to get away for a few days and just have some time alone with him. We’ve literally spent half our lives together now, and both of us know that we can’t just throw all of that away. I honestly just can’t picture my life without him, and I hope I never can.
So to my husband… aka, SW. I have hope that we will make it, TTF…… ❤️ Love always, ~Me
Some of you may know this and others may not, but I have only been writing poetry for about a year now. I started this blog a couple of years ago, writing mostly short stories and some inspirational quotes. And now as most of you have probably noticed, I have switched to writing mostly poetry.
In fact, I counted my poems the other day, and in a years’ time, I have written almost 400 poems. I was certainly amazed when I realized how many I had written, and that doesn’t even include the ones in the “To be completed” folder. There’s probably another 100 in there.
To me this tells me, that I’m finally making progress, and that feels really good. I love the thrill I get when I complete a job, and I know I’ve put forth my best effort. And now because of my effort, I’ve had a store owner become interested in my work.
While I was downtown with a friend one day, I got to talking with one of the store owners, and I explained to her that I am a writer, and told her about my blog. Well apparently, she searched for my blog and liked what she saw, and so the next time I was downtown, she ended up asking me if she could sell my poems at her shop.
So over the past few weeks, I have been getting my poems ready to sell. I thought I‘d give all of you a quick tutorial on what I did, just in case you decide you’d like to learn about a fun creative way, to sell your poems too.
Here are the basic supplies you will need, if you decide to make this project. (Frame, ribbon or other types of decorations (see pictures below), mat, scissors, surface protector, and a hot glue gun.
Here are examples of some other decorative materials, that you could use.
Then, it’s just a matter of affixing the ribbon, or other decorative item, to your mat. (Cut your pieces, then… wrap, tie, glue, etc.)
And in the end, you may want to make a few more like these…
Then, the only thing left to do, is to put your finished mat and poem, into a frame of your choice, and there you go!
Well, today was a much better day. I still don’t have a working cell phone, but I rather enjoyed unplugging for once and I think I accomplished a lot more because of it. I’m still writing for Channillo, and so I added another chapter to my series today. I’m up to 6 subscribers now! Woo hoo! Lol…. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but honestly… those 6 subscribers mean the world to me right now. There’s just something about knowing that somebody, (anybody at all) is reading my very first book! It tickles me to no end! Yes, I’m smiling from ear to ear and doing the happy dance because of it.
Anyway, another thing that has me blissfully happy today, is the fact that I have been asked to start selling my poetry at one of our local shops downtown. Today I was finally able to order most of the supplies that I will need. I was able to find a ton of frames and mats on sale. Now I just need to figure out how to personalize and decorate each one, to really make them stand out. I’m just so excited to finally have the opportunity to move forward with selling some of my work. I am no longer letting these opportunity’s pass me by. It’s do or die time, and I need to be smart for once and take these God given opportunities that are finally crossing my path and just run with them.
Things on the home front have been improving. Hubby and I have really been working through some tough issues and I believe that we are finally making immense progress. My future seems to be clearer than it has been in a long time, and we have even been talking about writing a book together. Hubby’s a huge history buff and I’m not very good with remembering historical details as much as he is, so I think by combining my love for writing and his love of history, we may end up coming up with something pretty amazing. He’s been jotting down some ideas, and I think after the first of the year, we will begin to have some time to really sit down and plan what we want to write about.
I was gone all last week, as my oldest daughter recently got married in California. The ceremony was beautiful and each of them wrote their own vows to one another. I feel truly blessed, knowing that my daughter was able to find such an amazing husband. She is in good hands and I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that she will be well cared for. They are both currently full-time missionary’s and seem excited to stay in the mission field.
Now that I’m back in Wisconsin, I’m really missing the warm weather that we had out there. Of course I don’t miss the constant traffic that we had to deal with and the fast pace of life that seems to be the norm out there. After growing up in California, I vowed never to move back. (And really how can you, when each house is a million dollars plus on average.) I am still very much content in my choice to stay in the mid-west, where daily life is more relaxed, less expensive, and where I can actually breathe the air without coughing up a lung.
Today has been a wonderful day, I slept in late, ran errands, went to our church small group this evening, and then I came home and proceeded with the normal day to day stuff that I needed to catch up on. I feel content and happy right now and since it’s getting late here, I should sign off. So if you’re reading this, I really do hope that you have a wonderful God filled week, full of joy and happiness. Much love, to all my faithful readers. You guys are the best! ~M xoxo
To read Wade’s poem that goes along with this quote, please visit his blog at: https://lancasterwade.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/petal-by-petal/
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