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The Road Ahead

It is the first day of a New Year. I feel good and with that feeling are thoughts of starting things afresh while remaining real in my good intentions. Resolutions. Promises. Whatever labels you might attach, they are part of the road ahead… This immediately brings to mind the saying and I had to look it up in order to get it right… to me “the road ahead is paved…” made just as much sense and, for the purpose of my post, was spot on. In fact, the “hell” part didn’t even come to mind, but it was an interesting read and the underlying meaning was apparent after doing so.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” One meaning of the phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless fail to take action. Procrastination, laziness, or other obstacles may be the cause of the failure. In any case, the saying is an admonishment that good intentions are meaningless unless followed by action. A different interpretation of the saying is wrongdoing is often masked by good intentions, or possibly that good intentions, even when enacted, may have unforeseen bad consequences (hence the “hell” aspect). (source: Wikipedia)

With all the projects going on I have neglected time for my own creativity. Lately, I have embraced the freedom the office gives me as I am able to leave the physicality of my company work in the office – I say physicality because my mind never turns off completely to the concept of publishing. I live for it. But, living it and then leaving it “at the office” has given me the time to do things at home that need to be done. It has also allowed me the opportunity to engage in creative actions that feed my soul – one of late is coloring my own sketches AND adult coloring books given to me by my sister. Throughout this trying year, my focus was on projects signed by Dream Write Publishing, and that is what made 2015 an amazing year – we published 15 new works!

In order to boost and infuse my own creative spirit, I shuffled ideas around in my head and challenged myself to come up with some plan that might keep me on track – for the day, the month, the year… There are those of you who know how well that goes for me! It’s all good – the putting to paper what needs attention – the infamous to-do list with its promise of organization and achievement – but I am embracing who I am and what I enjoy to make this year one that will bring happiness. If I want to color until 2:00 am… then I will. If I want to disappear into the mountains to track wild horses, I am going to do that, too. Slowly, one thing at a time, I am going to transform myself and my surroundings over the course of this year to embody happiness and health. I will support the people I love who mean the most to me and will love myself for who I am, not obsess about what I am not. It is in our own hands what we do with the time and talents we have.

I offer no resolution to fail. There is no “good intention” to go bad. There is no holding back because I intend to take the road that likes ahead. I left hatred and negativity on the midnight hour to fade into the nothingness of no longer important. The tank is full of passion and promise and that is all the fuel I need to work toward an amazing year of successes.

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In Touch with Writing Reality

My words keep me in touch with reality despite the fact I like to write fiction. It is in creating these alternative realities we solidify a connection with words and other writers, we reach out to our readers, and we delve deep to discover our inner selves. When we pull from within we stir up memories, emotions, thoughts; our words become drenched in our creative spirit. Down there is a collective pool where we dig up experience in order to add authenticity to our words. We write what we know because we keep all this tucked in our learning cabinets until such time we require it and draw it forth. We hold our emotions here, too – as we have opportunity to use them in real life we sympathize or empathize through personal experience, applying it to our writing, fact or fiction. Our words reflect our reality. Our writing life is forever entwined with our life journey.

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From somewhere in the vast unknown I know you are watching over us and although we feel like an empty abyss has opened up flooding us with overwhelming despair, it is our naivety that leads us to believe there is only darkness where you are. Perhaps, there is light and love as you find your new place within the next part of your journey. As I wrote today, and uploaded a new book, I thought of you. Although my accomplishments will always mean a great deal to me, it is with sadness that I accept the fact you will never hold them, read them, or say how much you liked them. No matter how many readers come to my blog – and I appreciate every one of them for they are a valued literary connection – I have to also accept that my number one fan will not return. Today, delayed realization finally set in and I could justify my inability to sleep well last night and identify the reason for my need to cocoon today. It has been 2 months to the day since you left us – we feel no less the loss your passing created and we love you all the more.

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Small bits and pieces fall together into an eclectic mix. I finally completed a project that was ongoing for some time now, uploading the result as an Ebook on Smashwords. A Writer’s Life ~ My Ode to the Bard, is a collection of written pieces that offer suggestion and, hopefully, inspiration to fellow writers. Articles, poems, reviews and some photographs/illustrations featured in the book came to me over the course of a few years during the time I was searching for myself as a writer and discovering different aspects of the writer’s life. My greatest influence has been the connection I have with writing friends, the establishment of a successful writer’s group, and the acceptance of my craft as my journey. These are my thoughts and opinions and just to share them is a success ~ if it inspires just one new writer to seek their dream, it will achieve more than I could ever hope.

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My writing is what helps me deal; it keeps me grounded; it fills me with hope ~ that is the reality of it.

 

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The New Year and Love

It is said that the backbone of all wealth and success is in essence a belief in oneself and a love for others, for where love lives wealth and success follow. This is not to say that you need to be a millionaire to be wealthy or the CEO of a fortune 500 company to be successful. It simply means that if you have love you already have success and if you have love you are wealthy beyond measure. No award or amount of cash can replace the value that love has. If you love something everything about it is worth it.

As writers we have a passion for the written word and that passion is love – as someone recently commented to me – there are many forms of love and each has its value in our lives, making it whole and playing a part in making contentment and happiness. This intangible asset cannot be traded for all the gold in the world – it is in us to give and it is not love until we do so. Love is like the radiating refractions off of the color prism as light hits it – it reflects and glows and rebounds in all the colors of the rainbow spreading joy and warmth and truth in its wake. When it is shared with others it is an investment for it grows and becomes a foundation that is deep rooted in our hearts, in our minds and in our soul.

A beautiful forwarded email came to me last week that spoke of love, wealth and success. The pictures put to some of these presentations are remarkable and awe inspiring. The idea behind the email was: three bearded men came to the door and if you could only invite one in who would it be. The subjects in the email discussed the reasons for each and there were good arguments for why it should be wealth or success but it was decided that love would be invited in. Upon the invitation, all three entered the home with the explanation that – to invite love means that all else follows.

I receive poems everyday from “Poem Hunter” and have on occasion printed them, shared them and at the very least, have read them most days. Many poets are favorites including Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Robert Service and of course, William Shakespeare but once in awhile something will cross my email path that is either rare or unknown. I thought it very beautiful and on this very topic and since I intended to watch “Troy” over the holidays it is most fitting.

“Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?”

On what is best

Some celebrate the beauty
of knights, or infantry,
or billowing flotillas
at battle on the sea.
Warfare has its glory,
but I place far above
these military splendors
the one thing that you love.

For proof of this contention
examine history:
we all remember Helen,
who left her family,
her child, and royal husband,
to take a stranger’s hand:
her beauty had no equal,
but bowed to love’s command.

As love then is the power
that none can disobey,
so too my thoughts must follow
my darling far away:
the sparkle of her laughter
would give me greater joy
than all the bronze-clad heroes

– translated from the Greek by Jon Corelis

Sappho

I think that even though this is most beautiful it proclaims that  love conquers despite fears, woes and worries. It is often used as the reason for leaving behind those who no longer fit your life plan as is evident in the numerous breakups, divorces and affairs. It does not eliminate grief and as we see in this world today, it will not even stop wars for as many as there are that proclaim a love in a higher form, they too use that form to validate their reasons for it.

I love to watch the movies – it is one of my passions – and I use this media for examples, often posting pictures from favorite films and of favorite celebrities. I realize their wealth and success does not mean they have love for there are many relationships lost within that artificial pedestal world. There are many, though, who have love as well and it is not just in the movies they make or in the company they keep. Many have causes and passions that make them real just as we are.

For my part, I will revel in the love of family, friends and in my creative passions. Love takes many forms and I will not lose another year to grieving over being alone for I already have wealth and success in the loves I keep.

So I leave you with these words as I intend to write on love for the month of January and on to my other passion, movies – off to partake in the great love affair of Helen and Paris… there I can dream of battles fought for love of woman, country and the gods… and … besides, we all know no one can take your dreams from you…

No one can take our dreams from us...

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