Category Archives: Weekly Inspiration

That Like Button

Has Facebook ruined social media of any form? I have a blog to interact with people… Yet no matter what I try to interact with my readers, it would seem that even here, a place full of writers, we don’t take the time to comment… Instead we just click on the little like button…  It makes me wonder about other things as well. I recently watched a video online that I really thought was very inspiring and thought provoking… I will share it with you here:

 

So what do you think? Do we spend too much time on our electronics?  Do we spend all our time with short cuts, not writing things out?  Looking at posts and thinking TLDR?  What are your thoughts?

A bit of Inspiration

So, I have managed to fall a few days behind on my writing, but today that is not what I want to share with you.  Instead, I want to share my day’s distraction.  A video that speaks to the deepest parts of our selves.

This is a big part of why I write in the New Adult genre.  The exploration of identity, of why we are who we are, of trying despite the odds stacked against us… it is powerful!

 

What do you think?  What goes through your mind when watching this video?  What emotions does it evoke?

Inspiration: Picture ‘N Poem

Reflection ~ Lunasa Photography

On The Water

 
The last light of day,
the first rays of dawn,
show the rivers of flame
dancing on the waters!
 
Tempting you deeper,
Look inside
bathe your soul and heart,
find your desire!
 
Fulfilled by a promise,
the elements merge
Guiding you onward,
cleansing your spirit!
 
By: White Raven, 9.23.2013
 

A special thank you to Lunasa Photography for the use of her inspiring image!  Please, take a moment to click the photo and check out many other wonderful works by Lunasa Photography!

Share your thoughts and feelings inspired by this beautiful image, or even the poem.  Or better yet, share a bit of writing of your own inspired by the picture!

Renewing Yet Again: Achieving Goals

It seems to me that life always has this way of taking over, or maybe I just let it, who really knows. What I do know is that all I can do is continue to try and in that vein I am back again, maybe? hopefully? something.
Dreams, goals, all those things we want to achieve, sometimes life knocks them back and that is what happened. I often talk of NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNo, well I participated in the last Camp NaNo, and I even achieved my goal word count, that I had to keep lowering, until I had it at its lowest. I was somewhat disappointed in myself. He I went from regularly getting at minimum 50k words a month to just barely scratching 10k!
I spent part of that looking at what it was. Was it the genre of the story I was trying to write, I shifted it, nope didn’t help. Was it that I didn’t feel the idea, well, I really love it and think it has potential, so no it couldn’t be that either… In the end, I think it boiled down to being burned out. From so much in my life, from writing all the time and really pushing (which is how I really feel one achieves their goals), and just trying too hard. The last piece I wrote before I was so proud of, felt it was my best ever piece of writing to date, I just couldn’t compare to it, so in the end, I stepped back. I let life happen for a little while, I recharged.
Let’s fast forward to now… Knowing the only way to achieve my goals is to fight for them, I am back, more refreshed (I hope, *grins*), and ready to take up the gauntlet once more.

All that said and out there, I have been trying something new. I have been playing a video game *gasp* I know, shocking for me too! The game is League of Legends, and to be honest I suck! But, it has been a fun new learning experience. In trying to get better a friend directed me to a really great youtuber, and one of his video’s really hit me. There is much encouragement to be had in this world, and no matter your dreams; to be a writer, a gamer, photographer, or whatever they are you can take something from those around you! So I will leave you with this wonderfully inspiring video, and I hope it gives you that little spark that it gave to me!

Weekly Inspiration: Zach Sobiech

I know many of seen this… but this young man is beyond inspiring and I couldn’t not share his tale!  It reminds me so much of B and the way she choose to live her life and deal with her cancer.

 

There just are no words for the incredible person this young man was.  I hope he was able to inspire you to live… Life is short and precious.  This week is the five month anniversary to my wifes death.  People like them can inspire us to live!

Weekly Inspiration: Neil Gaiman

I don’t know about you… but one of my favorite authors, one who really touches me and inspires me as an individual is Neil Gaiman.  I think because to me, he is real.  So many of the writers we know and love… they are “out of reach” whereas, he doesn’t seem to be.  He ‘gets involved’.   So today I want to share with you a video, one where he is talking to a graduating class.  It is a little longer than my usual, but I hope you enjoy!

 

So?  What did you think?  Did his words inspire you?  What touched your heart and mind this week?  If you were to share something most inspiring to you, what would it be?

Weekly Inspiration: Novels

Todays bit of inspiration is from a picture I stumbled upon on Facebook.  As writers, our novels are so much more than just words on a page.  They are the very essence of who we are!  This was just so fitting that I knew the moment I seen it that I had to share it with all of you!

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What about you?  Does the words resonate in you?  Do you also find it to be true in your writing, that the words on the page are so much more than just words, but your very essence?  Your heart and soul?

Weekly Inspiration: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I saved this post for today as it goes hand in hand for my start of the week theme of Inspiration.  I have to say, I like to think that I could inspire others in my own little way and so this award is a particular honor to me!

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Much thanks goes out to Wordsmithing Ain’t Easy for nominating me for this award!  If you haven’t yet checked out her blog you really should!  She shares all kinds of book reviews, odds and ends of what is up and coming in the book world and her own dabblings in this journey we call writing!

 

Well, true to form we all know I wont follow the rules of a “bunch of work” but I truly love the spirit of sharing other bloggers, so here are some who inspire me!

 

I can’t post about anyone who inspires me more without mentioning Dreamland’s Insurgents.  Not only is he a great writing companion, he always inspires me to think and often look at something just a little differently!

A Writer’s Touch hits my list, because of the very thoughtful posts.  She has inspired me to “dig a little deeper” on my own blog.

Amber Skye Forbes for the personal way she approaches her writing and the thought and consideration she puts into her responses!

Black Coffee Poet who has totally changed and shaped how I look at writing and for which I am eternally grateful!

Book Reviews & Poetry which has some amazingly inspiring poetry!

Creative Mysteries for an open and honest approach that always gets me thinking.

Maggie Madly Writing whose blog I come back to day after day!

Saphir Drachen’s Writer’s Blog is another that I come back to day after day, enjoying the humor!

 

I am sure there are many more out there, and many more to come who will inspire me in this writing journey!  I can’t thank my readers enough!  So I hope that you find these blogs as wonderful as I have.  What are some of your favorite blogs on the interwebs?  I would love to read them for myself… please share them!  Who has inspired you the most on your blogging journey?

Weekly Inspiration: Interesting

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Looking at the world around us in a different light is one of the biggest gift of writers!

I really love this picture because it helps remind me that it is all about outlook.  How we look at the world.  If we always remember to look at the world differently, then we can craft our stories to reflect the ideas we see to share them with those who are not as blessed as to see the world differently!

 

What about you?  What inspires you to look at the world around you a bit differently?  What do you see in your day to day that becomes something amazing and fun?  How do you share that in your writing?!?

Making Connections

Just yesterday I made a life changing connection. When we think of connections we think of meeting new people, seeing old bonds, and learning associations. But really it is more than that, it is also a process of discovery, of ourselves and how we relate to those things, people and places outside of ourselves.

This connection I made because of a video I watched by Black Coffee Poet, after reading his blog post Never Give Up Writing. The part that really stood out to me is where he speaks about how Writing is Ceremony.

This was a life changing connection for me. Why? you may wonder. It is simple. I have always said and believed that Words ARE Power. Believed that we should always live what we believe, as we are an outward expression of that belief. But I had always felt that something was missing. That there was something more than words being power, and there was! The Power of words is just an outward expression of the Ceremony! A beautiful ceremony shared with us, given to us by the gift of creation that the Creator instilled in us all!

In the words of Black Coffee Poet “Don’t think about the end result. Enjoy the Journey! Live the process! Write your own Path!”

Take some time, look at his blog, his youtube videos!  Make your own connections!  Find your own inner writing ceremony!  Share the Inspiration with others in your journey, as I have done.