Monthly Archives: December 2011

Response to Don’t Make the Shallow Seem Deep Article Located on Advice to Writers

I have read countless books where the author appears to make shallow topics appear to be deep oozing with substance. In my opinion, writers utilize this tactic when their writing skills are lacking needing further development and or they have not collected a sufficient amount of data to support their claims.  Generally speaking I have found these works to be wordy and ambiguous. Furthermore, I concur that great depth is developed from simplicity.

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Gentle Reminders

Sometimes life can beat us down so bad that we forget to be grateful.. This has been the worst year of my entire life and I have no idea why.Because I am so sure that my suffering has been in vain how can I liberate myself?  Today I was feeling sorry for myself thinking the only thing I had to look forward to was seeing the people who caused me so much pain suffer. I refuse to give up until I see them get what they deserve. Then in the mist of my distorted thinking a soft gentle voice sent a faint reminder that said to me, “today is not your birthday.” That is when I was reminded that I was out of kilter because I didn’t get something I felt I deserved and what was it I deserved when it isn’t even my birthday. I know how to be at peace when I’m in the midst of difficulties but it just seems my trials are never ending…………..And sometimes I forget but life seems more manageable when if in the middle of my difficulties I remember to be grateful. What could I be grateful for when my life has fallen apart and doesn’t look like it’s going to be restored anytime soon? I know why i’m grateful because my mindset is changed. I do the best I can so there’s no reason to feel guilty. All I need to do is to continue to put one foot in front of the other.  JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Creator, Poet, Songwriter

With words I create emotions.

Emotions that stir feelings.

Feelings that before now were forgotten, out of bounds, untouchable.

Feelings, created leave people yearning to die or dying to live.

Who am I?

I’m a creator, a poet, a songwriter.

I invent words, words that validate your feelings and give them meaning.

I give you a reason to laugh, and an excuse to cry.

I tell you it’s ok to dance to live each moment as if it’s your last.

Who am I?

I’m a creator, a poet, a songwriter.

I manipulate words that inform you it’s ok to give and to feel love.

I use words to paint pictures, pictures that create visual images, images that formulate questions in your mind.

Who am I?

I’m a creator, a poet, a songwriter.

I give you a sense of purpose.

I motivate you to action.

I force you to have an opinion.

Who am I?

I’m a creator, a poet, a songwriter.

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Respect The Muse

Sometimes I’m laying in bed trying to sleep when a fleeting thought comes to me invading my personal space. Immediately I should stop, focus  and put the pen to paper. But I don’t always which places me in a compromising position. I’m being disrespectful and neglecting my feelings. Having been rejected, the thoughts and feelings leave as a consequence for my actions. Writers block is the punishment I receive for not respecting my muse.  In a state of complacency is where I remain until I stop and humbly submit myself. Once I complete this task the thoughts freely flow and once again my muse subtly returns reminding me who’s in control.

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Why Do I Write

A few years ago I had the fortunate experience of teaching Spanish to seventh graders. Often my children would display inappropriate behaviors which I knew they knew they weren’t supposed to be doing. At first my opinion was their actions made Oprah Winfrey’s claim when people know better they do better invalid. Sometimes their events were so bewildering that I wanted to know why they behaved that way. At that time my experience with teenagers was limited because my child was not yet a teenager.  I began asking questions? What was making their little brains tick in such a negative manner?  For personal enlightenment when I found their behavior lacking I asked them why did you do that?  Usually they couldn’t answer. They didn’t know why they did what they did. Giving credibility to Oprah I gave them a tool for measuring their behavior. I told them if you don’t know why you’re doing something chances are you shouldn’t be doing it.  You’d be surprised  how they changed when they knew they had to be accountable for their actions. Today, I got up with a case of the why’s? ????. I did a quick reflection of my life. Which right now consists primarily of writing. I asked myself why do I write?  I write because through my words I find courage to endure for another day. I find solutions to my problems. I find it as a way to vent without offending others. I write because I find my voice and opinions through my words. I write because writing allows me to get closer to my God. I write because it’s a tool for me to find my place in the world. I write because it allows me to say what I can only put in words. I write because it allows me to record my life lessons for others and helps me to personally remember them. I write because it’s healing, it’s innovative, it’s rewarding.  I write because it’s how I live my life. I write because it’s who I am.  I am a writer….

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Baby Steps

This week I received the proof for my book. I felt a bit discouraged when I noticed all of my mistakes. I have a lot of editing to do. It was overwhelming knowing I’d have to go through each individual page with a fine tooth comb. Searching for the major as well as minute mistakes. My limited amount of knowledge led me to believe that my proof would come out looking like a book. I was also in the process of building this website which is coming and going as it pleases. The web address keeps changing. This is frustrating because its limiting the amount of traffick to my site. Okay, I got side tracked but I remember when I first sat down to write my book. I didn’t think I would ever finish. I finally had to shut off the muse after many reviewers were complaining about the length of my first book. Once I finished I felt a sense of accomplishment. It took me a significant amount of time to finish. The days when I felt overwhelmed like today I took baby steps. Many nigthts I wrote when I didn’t feel like it even if just a paragraph. It didn’t take long for those paragraphs to add up to pages.

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