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My struggle

I am really struggling today – it feels like a weight is around my chest and I am dragging a boulder!  All I want to do is sleep – stay in bed and hide from the world!  Depression’s hold and force is stronger today than me but I am pushing through this day one foot in front of the  other!!  My kryptonite is this miserable and gloomy day when all I see are dark clouds and no sun!!

I could not even concentrate on writing today – my brain felt too heavy and my thinking felt foggy!! Nothing seemed to make sense or flow properly today – I could not hear the Muse speaking to me.

Unique Leaves Award


Thank you to http://barbmca.wordpress.com/ for the nomination!! Much appreciated!!

My Nominations for this award are hard for me to narrow down as there are so many wonderful and unique blogs, but I will try. Please know that if your name does not hit list is just because I randomly selected list (but would have love to include all of you):

1. http://pagefortyone.com
2. http://cariwiese.wordpress.com
3. kevinbrennanbooks.wordpress.com
4. http://jumpingfromcliffs.wordpress.com
5. http://NancyYamahiro.wordpress.com
6. http://dmgreen2013.wordpress.com
7. http://raelynbarclay.wordpress.com
8. http://morguemouse.wordpress.com
9. http://thelearnedkat.wordpress.com
10. http://papermudandme.wordpress.com/

Thank you to all my friends, fans and followers for leting me share my world with you and sharing a piece of yourself with me.
Although, sometimes there are times when remembering to keep up blog can be overwhelming – I do not regret it for one moment.


Remember if I could have listed all of you – I would but it would be a very long list and an extremely long blog entry. However, I send an extra shout out and nomination to all of you as you all deserve accolades!! Keep up the great work and may the muse always be present and the whispers be loud enough to hear! God bless and have a great weekend..

P.S. To all my American friends – Happy Belated 4th of July
To all my Canadian friends – Happy Canada Day


Pintesst and Writing

How to Use Pinterest for Writing Ideas and Inspiration

How to Use Pinterest for Writing Ideas and Inspiration
Posted: 17 Apr 2013 01:00 AM PDT
Using Pinterest for writing ideas.

Over the years, I’ve used various systems for organizing and storing my writing ideas.

Of course, I keep notebooks and journals, which are great for keeping track of my own ideas and not so great for storing ideas I collect out in the world–materials culled from blogs, magazines, websites, and other mediums.

I’ve created folders on my hard drive for storing images I find online. I’ve had manila envelopes for stashing articles and images cut out of magazines and newspapers. Folders, boxes, scrapbooks… it all gets pretty messy and disorganized.

I’ve always wanted a way to keep everything in one medium (preferably electronic) and in one location. Pinterest has made that possible.


Wikipedia describes Pinterest as “a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos.”

There’s more to it though, because you can also keep track of links with Pinterest. If you find an image on a website, you can attach the link to the image and pin them both together. So not only can you save images, you can also maintain links back to the source. If you use the Pinterest plugin on your browser, which I highly recommend, you can simplify the pinning process and the link to the source website will automatically attach to the images you pin. This allows Pinterest to function like a visual bookmarking tool.

But you can also upload your own images and scour Pinterest to discover images that you can repin to your boards. I’ve used Pinterest to save everything imaginable, from articles and recipes to writing ideas and inspiration.

Tips for Using Pinterest to Collect, Organize, and Store Writing Ideas

Pinterest has many uses; for example, recipe boards are all the rage. The site is rampant with fashion, home improvement, and various other mainstream and pop culture interests. But writers and other creatives have found innovative ways to use Pinterest. Here are a few tips for using Pinterest to gather, organize, and store your writing ideas:

Start with writing-related boards: collect writing tips, resources, quotes on writing (for insight and inspiration), or articles on the business of writing. Make separate boards for different writing-related topics or stash them all in a single board.
Round up your favorite books and authors: if you’re a writer, then you’ve probably been influenced by your favorite books and authors. Be an advocate for other writers by supporting and promoting them on Pinterest.
Make an inspiration board: you can post images of people, places and things that inspire you.
Character, plot, and setting boards: I see a lot of these from writers who are developing a work in progress and from authors who are published. Images are a great way to build a story and helpful for when you need to write descriptions.
Create a prompts board: fill it with images that spark your creativity and make you want to write; this one is ideal for poets and fiction writers alike!
How Are You Using Pinterest?

Writing Forward has a Pinterest page, where you’ll find lots of creative writing ideas. I also recently wrote a post over at The Creative Penn about using Pinterest as a marketing tool for writers and bloggers. I hope you’ll check that out (and while you’re there, be sure to peruse the rest of Joanna’s site; it’s packed with excellent information about the business side of writing).

Do you have a Pinterest account? Do you use it for rounding up writing ideas? Share the link to your boards and if you have any ideas to add about how writers can use Pinterest for inspiration, please do share them in the comments.

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Weekend Plans

I think that this weekend will be a quiet,reflective weekend for me.

I may attempt to do some writing this weekend in the midst of organizing my house etc..

I have organized all my writing now in folders – labelled and everything!! Took awhile to complete because I even printed out all poems and placed in folders!!

Poetry and Short Story folders organized as such:
Poetry folders (purple)
Character information
Cover letters submitted
Extra copies
Extremely Personal
Online Blog
Submission Tracker
Work in Progress

Short Story Folders; (blue)
Character information
Completed short stories
Cover letter submitted
Extra copies
Submission Tracker
Work in Progress



Welcome To My World

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Recently I received this award from fellow author Sharon C Williams



Sharon thank you so much this is the first time I have ever been nominated for anything as I am new to this blogging experience.  Your generousity touched my heart.

Well as with any award or contest there are some rules.. Very easy to follow.


Display the award logo on your blog post.
-Link back to the person who nominated you.
-State 7 things about yourself.
-Nominate 15 bloggers to the award. (Rules can be broken and this is one of them. Do what works for you)
-Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back. With so many forms of communication this can be adjusted to however you notify the winners.

I think that the secret to an interesting writer and blogger is giving people an insight into your life and about yourself!!

Blogging I find is a way to connect to your audience on the human level on the common thread of a human experience!!

So I decided to give everyone an insight into my life,psyche and world!!

Some information about me:

Seven things about me

• I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2010

• I have no children (unable to)

• I love reading due to escapism

• I started writing when I was 14 years old as I way of coping with my emotions

• My mother is my hero (if I could be half the woman she is I would be awesome)

• My husband has been my rock and lighthouse in stormy seas

• My dog is my child of 8 years

• Feb 2,2012 I lost my fur baby Gypsy – she was 18 years old

• i love tea from David’s tea

• I struggle with emotional eating and shopping addictions

• Right now, I am working as Personal Support Worker and Child Care Provider

• A fear I have is disappointing people

Blogs that i find awesome are:






My nominations for Inspiring Blogger Award:






Soothing waters surround!
Pacifying the stresses
Slowing down the wild thoughts
A revitalizing and joyous time!
Lose track of all time
An awe-inspiring place
Anxieties and stress left far behind!
Slowly let yourself unwind
Entice senses in many ways
Wishing to be able to stay!
Tranquility and harmony
Promoting a spiritual awkening
Drowning the hustle and bustle!
Worries and fears not to be found
Lock out the crazy days!
This is what this moment is all about
Seclusion and seduction of the water
Cleansing your soul and spirit!




A Poetry Competion Site I Found





2013 Poetry Competition

Peer Review Process and eBook Publication

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is a process for the selection of poems for publication based on anonymous peer review.

Selection systems are typically driven by judges of repute, celebrities, editorial teams, fan bases or “vote for me” campaigns. Increasingly, celebrity pervades publication decisions.

The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is different. It is a rigorous process where participants read each other’s work in isolation unaware of other participants’ opinions, comments or identity. It is a neutral space.

Participation is anonymous.

The event is structured so that participants can question their own understanding and learn from others whilst simply enjoying the experience of taking part.

There will be a digital eBook publication featuring the best work from the prize. This will be our second co-created publication where the act of taking part accomplishes the editorial process.

Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym.

2013 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize

Single poem prize
Portfolio prize (two poems)

The two prizes may be awarded to the same person. Qualification for the portfolio prize requires two entries.

The Judging will take place over 7 weeks in May and June.

Participants read each other’s work in small groups of 12 poems in a three round process. The combined effect is very powerful. In the final (third) round, everyone reads the shortlisted 12 poems.

During judging, participants have access to groups of poems but poems are not published on the website.

From each group of 12 poems participants select their preferred 4 poems and leave a short twitteresque comment against their choices.

Commenting is a valuable part of the process but it is also fun and fascinating. We have set out some “thoughts about comments” which may be useful.

Participants can read comments left against their own poems after the judging has finished.

The eBook Publication will include 48 poems together with a selection of the best or most interesting comments. To be shortlisted or included in the publication entrants must have taken part in the first two rounds of judging.

The selection of poems for publication will be made by the contribution of all the participants. The published poets will be invited to provide background details for inclusion in the publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to make the selections of comments for publication.

Any subject. Style: Poetry or Prose Poetry. Maximum 42 lines. Previously unpublished work. £7 per poem.

See poetry competition rules for full details.

The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis.

Poetry competitions are no longer simply poetry competitions!

Closing date: 30th April 2013

Previous Poetry Competitions

In 2012 (the fourth year of the Prize) we received just over 1,400 entries. This has grown from 300 entries in the first year, 600 entries in the second year and 1,000 entries in the third year.

Last year entries were received from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Participants in previous years have said:

“The competition is fantastic in its approach” “The format of allowing participants to comment and judge is excellent” “The breadth of poems was fascinating” “Brilliant idea”

Check out last year’s poetry competition winners.

Check out our first publication: Poems to Talk About.

Thank you to all the participants for taking part and providing constructive feedback and thank you to the individuals and organisations who kindly offered support in the promotion of the competition.

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