Silent Nudge…

Pellets jabbing me…

Echoes of Pain…

Walk…Walk…

Ice cold on my skin…

Walk…Walk…

Grey…Wet…

Does this hurt?

Walk…Walk…

Shiver…Remember…

Quiver…

Deep Breath…

Walk…Walk…

Tears…Years…

Release…

Walk…Walk…

Echoes of pain…

In the rain…

Walk…Walk…

‘Imagine Magic’…acrylic, mixed media on 24×18″ and 3″ deep canvas…

Thank You Thank You Thank You…to all of you who write, paint and create…

‘Walk in Peace’…acrylic, oil pastels… 40×32″ on canvas…

A Poem for my family and friends who quietly inspire me…

A Creative Mind…

helps us through the grind…

It’s a silent time…

A brush stroke here…

A thought there…

It’s a strong quiet nudge…

keep going…keep going…

Without words…we just know…

It might be slow…but our family and friends say…just go…

We are connected…Art and Life run through us…

Gentle offerings of love…

Like watching a Dove…

May we all ‘Walk in Peace’…

Thank You for all your love and inspiration…

It has helped me release…

On this journey we call Life…

It is from my heart that I paint and write…So again…

Thank You I say…

Keep going keep going…

and all will be okay…

Acknowledgements…

Paul and Stephen Reeves…my fearless sons who taught me many lessons of love…keep going boys…love you so much…xo…

Robyn Moleiro…my best friend…your unconditional love and words, helping me and others to this day…keep going Robyn…love you…

Linda Wartski…a creative stylist and lover of people…keep going Linda…xo…

tracycampbellwriter.wordpress.com…a creative writer and painter and a great friend who is inspiring and inspires…keep going Tracy…

justartlessons@rogers.com…Corrine Donnelly…a beautiful painter who loves fairies and nature…and teaches others…keep going Corrine…

Kate Morning…a talented painter and a breath of fresh air just like her name…keep going Kate…

healthnutnutrition.wordpress.com…Nikky Goncalves…a creative thinker and writer and fearless traveler…keep going Nikky…

Lesley Iamurri…I have not known Lesley for too long, but in this realm, time doesn’t exist…she is a Weight Watcher Leader and so inspiring to all of us who are wanting to discover more of who we are within, and release it, along with some physical baggage… lol…keep going Lesley, as you would tell us…

Katie Curtain…katiecurtain.com…A creative wizard inspiring others…keep going Katie…

I will definitely be adding to this list…Thank You Thank You Thank You all…

Jennifer Hough…’The Vital You’…An ambassador of love and peace…evolving minute by minute…keep going Jennifer…xo…

This post was inspired by…

Do You Think Awards Are Important?

When I receive an award I perform a happy dance.

This past week I was awarded, not one, but three blog awards.

First, I was honored with the “Inspiring Blog Award” and the “One Lovely Blog Award” courtesy of Stephanie Nickels. She is an editor at Christian Editing Services. Thanks, Stephanie!

For these two awards I was asked to share seven facts about myself. So here they are:

7 Facts Everyone Is Dying To Know :)

  • Writes for children, tweens, and teens
  • Draws and paints whimsical works of art
  • Avid reader
  • Rare breed dog owner
  • Motorcycle mamma
  • Antique lover (rooster, pineapple, and sheep collector)
  • And wife of a supportive, hard-working husband :)

The third,–another Liebster Award presented by Kittyb78. Thanks, Kitty!
Kitty blogs about writing, marketing, and publishing.

Pursuant to the Liebster Blog Award rules, Kitty provided eleven questions designed to “get to know me” outside of my blog.

What prompted you to set up a blog?

I attended Write Canada 2011 and was encouraged to start a blog then. Let me tell you though, the idea of exposing my words to the world made me almost puke. As we know, fear can prevent us from moving forward. So instead of allowing fear to grab hold, I kicked it to the curb, and plunged into blog sphere. That was 15 months ago.

What are our favorite hobbies and why?

My hobbies change depending on where life has taken me.

Indoor Activities

My Nana taught me to knit at the age of five. I learned to needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilt, weave baskets, (don’t even go there,—I’m a basket case some days), draw, paint, play the piano, and sing in the shower.

Outdoor Activities

I enjoyed water skiing as a kid. I downhill ski, ride on the back of a motorcycle, attend car shows, and I love anything adventurous. I’ve even held a boa,—so warm and cuddly.

When did you discover you liked to write, and why?

As a teen I kept a dairy, that is, until my mom discovered it in my underwear drawer. Wonder how that happened? I didn’t pursue writing seriously,—oh my, has it been 3 years already?

Why?

Good question. I like a challenge. No seriously, it’s another creative outlet that was waiting to emerge.

What are your biggest passions, and why?

My first passion is for God. Without spiritual guidance, I’d be nowhere. My other passions are listed in the second question.

How would you describe yourself in five words or less?

Easy-peasy. I’m a perfectionist, love to procrastinate, driven, motivated, and a cheerleader (not the high-school kind). I love to cheer others on.

What aspects of writing and reading do you enjoy the most, and why?

On Writing

To study my craft, and then apply what I’ve learned to become the best possible writer.

On Reading

I love getting lost in imaginary worlds.

What is your idea of a perfect romantic moment?

You’ll have to ask my hubby. :)

What is your favorite genre to read/write, and why?

I enjoy a good mystery. I love reading picture and chapter books, and young adult novels (no fantasy or vampire stories). I suppose that’s why I tend to write stories aimed at those genres.

What do you consider the weakest part of your writing?

Ugh! Did you have to bring that up? Where to place commas and trying to remember a million writing rules.

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

I don’t have one.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Lord willing,–a well-known, published author. Autographs anyone? :)

To pay-it-forward, my nominees go to the following writers and authors. They are in no particular order.

Clara Bowman-Jahn is a published author. Check out Stacy S. Jensen’s review for Clar’s new book. I purchased a PDF copy of Annie’s Special DayBuy a copy. You won’t be disappointed.

Tina M. Cho is a prolific freelance writer and published author of 16 books.

Vivian Kirkfield is a teacher, and an author who writes picture book stories that help toddlers learn their colors, numbers and ABC’s. Buy a copy of her new book,–Show Me How!

Stacy S. Jensen is a published author and has a memoir-in-progress.

Susanna Leonard Hill is a published children’s author. She also provides fun and challenging writing contests.

Karen Lee is a fabulous artist, and a writer who attends my library writing group.

Belinda Burston is a gifted writer, and the fearless leader of my other writing group,– The Writer’s Nest

Laura Bennett is co-writing a book with her husband,—The Miracle of Us: Confessions of Two Online Daters.

Marcy Kennedy is a freelance editor and writing instructor. She writes fantasy, and is my mentor and editor. :)

Thank you for inspiring, encouraging, and motivating me to become a better writer, and a human being. Now it’s your turn to pay-it-forward.

Who inspires, encourages, and motivates you?

Shorts and Sweets…Week 8…

Summer Short And Sweets – Week 8 The Final Week!

I can’t believe it.  Didn’t we just start Summer Short & Sweets?  And here we are, August 24th, purple loosestrife blooming, lots of kids already back in school – although not mine – and this is our last official day of SS&S!

Your challenge for today is to take a good look at the picture below.
Image copyright Heather Newman 2012
Woweekazowee!  That is some picture isn’t it?
Now, in the comments, you may write your choice of the following:
1.  A pitch for a children’s story, any level (please specify PB (picture book), ER (early reader), CB (chapter book), MG (middle grade), or YA (young adult)) based on the picture, in the manner of Short & Sweet Week 6
2.  The first 50-100 words (or more or less – whatever gets the creative juices flowing) of a children’s story, any level, (please specify PB, ER, CB, MG, YA) based on the picture.
3.  The last 50-100 words (again, more or less is fine – whatever works for you :)) of a children’s story, any level (please specify PB, ER, CB, MG, YA) based on the picture.
4.  Choose a character (there are at least 10 possibilities!) from the picture and introduce us to him or her – who he/she is, where he/she came from, how he/she got into this situation – a character sketch of sorts.
5.  Choose a character and give us a one paragraph synopsis of the story told by the picture from his/her point of view.
6.  The title of the story told by this picture – give us a good one! 🙂 (and again please specify level)
Now then, back to the matter at hand – today’s Short & Sweet.  Pick whichever of the 7 options above inspires you most.  I’m hoping with 7 options and that amazing picture you will find something inspiring 🙂

Thank You Heather for giving us such a beautiful painting and sparking our imaginations…
With that being said, here is a little tidbit of a story…a pitch (PB)…

‘A Day in the Life of Gertrude’… ‘a Wizard’…
As Gertrude simmered her pot over the fire, she warned Freddy, (her friend the raven),( because wizards do not have enemies), that this concoction may not sit well in his tummy…’It might change you’…Please, she said, do not be tempted by the beautiful smell and taste this…You will be sorry..

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Shorts and Sweets…Week 7…

For today’s Short & Sweet, we’re taking a field trip!  It can be anywhere you want – and anything that fits into what you’re already doing – no special outings necessary.  Going out with your kids to the beach, the zoo, a museum, the playground, the library?    Going shopping at the grocery store?  Washing the car?  You don’t even need to leave the house – the kitchen or the back porch will be just fine!

Your challenge today is to describe a setting – any setting that tickles your fancy.  In 50-100 words (more or less if you like, that’s just a ball park) make us feel like we’re there.  Take a careful look at your surroundings – whatever they are.  What does it look like? sound like? smell like? feel like? taste like?
BUT – here’s the trick 🙂 – you can’t use the actual word of the place!  So if you’re describing the kitchen, you can’t use the word kitchen.  We have to be able to guess!
For an extra challenge, describe it from a kid’s perspective – try to look at it through the eyes of the average 5 year old – the typical picture book age target.  Places can look a lot different to a five year old than they do to an adult.  Different features stand out, and kids’ react to things differently.

 

Okay then…Here goes…My thoughts as I think them…A Great Exercise of the mind…

Well Suzie thought…We are here!!! Looking up she crooked her neck backwards and almost lost her balance…Wowee…those trees are touching the clouds…She turned in circles round and round…Trees trees and more trees…Green Green and blue sky…She heard that buzzing noise that you only hear on a hot summer day…She could hear many many birds singing…They must be high up in those tall tree tops because she could not see them but they sounded so pretty…Looking at all the pathways, she decided just to choose one and explore…Her Dad followed obediently…

Shorts and Sweets…Week 4…

Well S came to mind…Here goes…I think…I write…I suppose…

Stella was supposed to be sleeping…She simply shuns those supposed to, should, shouldn’t words…They absolutely suck…Staring at the silent darkness she prays for sleep…Count sheep she could hear Mother saying…She sees stars…Sparkling stars…so spectacular…She starts to sink slowly to sleep…Ahhh sweet…so sweet…

 

Shorts and Sweets…Week 5…

Summer Short And Sweets – Week 5

Woo-hoo!  Time for Summer Short & Sweets! 🙂

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So let’s have some fun, shall we?  Let’s see what we can think up today…

First, choose an emotion.

Got one?

Second, choose an animal that emotion makes you think of – either similar or opposite – but you can also go random and see what you come up with 🙂  Again, a list for anyone who’s feeling uninspired 🙂

Okay.  Here’s what we’re going to do:

1. Pick an adjective that compares/relates/associates your animal to your emotion (e.g. if you chose angry and cat, you might choose hissing, spitting, or twitchy for your adjective)
2. Write an action filled phrase describing how the animal moves (e.g. if you chose cat you might say slinking, slitted eyes shifting suspiciously)
3. Write a phrase telling where the animal lives (e.g. if you chose monkey you might say in the crown of the rainforest)
4. Write a phrase that either tells readers why the animals acts the way it does, or possibly how others react to it (e.g. if you’re writing about an angry monkey you might say screeching for the baboon’s banana)

Put it all together like this:

Emotion
is [a/an/the] adjective from #1  animal
action filled phrase from #2
phrase telling where animal lives from #3
phrase telling why animal acts that way or how others react to it from #4

and you have a) a short poem and b) great practice in simile/metaphor!

  • My brain hurts…not used to doing these little exercises…I’m not complaining…haha…I’m glad I did it…

    Anger…
    Is a growling dog…
    Teeth barred, muscles tensed…
    Waiting waiting…
    in a cold damp basement…
    Hungry and lonely…