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Poetry Corner – Be Light

You are beautiful, my dear.

Let your light shine

To those around you –

Bathe them in the light

Of your compassion and love.

Be a star in

Someone’s night –

Guide them home

By your light.

Comfort a child in need

With your strength,

Give someone hope

For tomorrow.

Kindness is your gift –

Freely given it should be.

Love those around you

And you will be set free.

Take care, fellow travelers.

Keep Writing

Keep writing.

I tell myself to think,

To breathe,

To move my limbs again

And most of all

Keep writing

When the whole world’s

Caving in.

When the chaos stretches

My comfort zone and

Worries fill my mind,

All I do is whisper

“Keep writing”

And my voice again I find.

So when the stars

Are dying

And the trees all break in two –

My advice is keep writing,

It’s all that we can do.

Find your rhythm

Take each day in stride

Write healing in your heart –

When you’re hurting inside

Keep writing.

Take care, fellow travelers.

Poetry Corner – I Am

I am the willow –

Mourning that I cannot

Reach the sky like my kin,

Yet compassionate enough

To provide shelter for the heartsick.

I am the stone

Beneath your feet –

Cold and hard, cracked and

Weathered by time and cares,

Yet a firm foundation to stand upon.

I am the stars

Shining even in death,

Sharing beauty from beyond the grave,

Blazing through the night.

I am everything and

I am nothing.

The universe converges within me

And I am huge.

The universe embraces me

And I am minute.

I am one –

We are one.

All is one and

One is all

In the Universe.

I hope you all remember that life is good, and that we are much more than we sometimes seem.

Take care, fellow travelers.

Poetry Corner Extra – Sleeping

Hello! I feel in the mood to post a poem today, so here we go! I wrote this one on November 21.

Sleeping softly breathing –

Your rage fueled by fear,

By loneliness and sorrow

Is spent – burnt out like a star.

Such precious life,

So still in the sleep you

Claimed you did not want.

Your brightness lights our lives,

If only you could see

That you illuminate your

Own path – there is so much

That you can be.

You try so hard –

I know you do, I see

It every day and sometimes

Your feelings feel too much

And you’ve got to let it out.

But still you smile,

You can laugh and run for joy.

You can make it if

You take my hand.

I’ll see you through this storm

And the next. Please believe

I want the best for you.

You matter and I care.

Sometimes that’s all there is.

Sometimes you will hurt

And sometimes you’ll be

So, so angry; but life goes on.

The sun will shine

Down on you, like it

Always does. The fear

Will fade to happiness,

The anger become passion.

I see the future you can

Have, if you could but try.

You’re just like any

Other boy. You learn,

You think, you imagine and

Create. You feel, so deeply

And so strongly and at

Times you’re overwhelmed

By the strength of those

Things you feel!

But you are strong –

So, so strong – and

I know you can

Handle them.

Because you smile,

Laugh and grin.

You can’t yet see

Your own shine,

But the light can’t see

Itself. Breathe deep and

Smile again. All will

Be well. You’re just

Like all the other kids,

Dreaming now of sweet things,

Sleeping, softly breathing.

You are not alone.

Take care, fellow travelers

What I’ve Learned About Writing From Pokemon

I admit, I am a huge nerd when it comes to Pokemon. I was in a trading card league when I was a kid, the first video game I ever had was Pokemon Yellow, and yes, I still play the games.* I recently got White 2. If you know anything about Pokemon, you know about regions. Regions are sort of like states or territories and, as of this new game I got, there are sixteen regions in the Pokemon world (though only five are in the main games). This new game takes place in the same, albeit expanded, region as a previous game. To me , this expansion was the greatest gift the creators could give. Why? Because I love exploring new things in familiar places.

This is as true for writing as it is for gaming.  As a reader, I love stories that take place in one world, but different parts of that world. This is the reason that I’ve developed the world in which Quest for Salvation is set to the extent I have: because there is always something new to explore. I love the thought that, even if you think you know everything about a place, something new can happen and suddenly you aren’t so knowledgeable (and I just have to say, that word looks like it shouldn’t exist). Sure, it can be disorientating and scary, but once you push that fear away, it’s a whole new exciting world.

In the Pokemon games, you can explore new places as you advance in your skill. This is like writing in that as you become a more practiced writer, you have new ideas, you expand old ideas, and you can experiment with new styles or genres. Each time I try something new, I feel a rush of excitement and readiness for the next step.

The most important lesson I’ve learned from Pokemon? You aren’t always going to win. Sometimes I have massive failures in the games and I get frustrated. It’s the same with writing. When I have writer’s block or completely ruined the perfect scene by writing it down, I get frustrated with myself. Okay, let’s be honest, I get pretty darn angry. BUT! I keep going. In Pokemon I don’t give up after one loss, so there is no reason to give up on my story. After all, I can fix the writing more easily than I can train my Pokemon to higher levels.

Here’s the thing: don’t give up. No matter what your dream is, don’t give up. In Pokemon the dream is to become the Champion. In writing, it is to be published. Maybe you want to be an actor or a politician or an artist. Go for it. You can do it.

Take care, fellow travelers.

*I’m even writing a Pokemon fan-fiction with one of my best friends. At least I know I’m not the only one who still loves Pokemon 🙂


Neil Gaiman’s 2012 Commencement Speech

Neil Gaiman’s 2012 Commencement Speech

One of the hardest things for any writer (or any other type of artist) is getting stuck. Whether it’s writer’s block or being unable to get just the right look for the image you’re drawing, or figuring out the pattern you are following for sewing or knitting or crocheting. Getting stuck makes me want to give up, just quit and never write again. But sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration to keep going. I don’t mean inspiration as bam! an idea suddenly hits you. I mean encouragement, something to remind you that it isn’t always so bad, that most of the time you really enjoy what you are doing.

When I was struggling with my rewrite, I came across this speech by Neil Gaiman at a commencement ceremony. It inspired me to keep working at my novel, even though it wasn’t making me feel very good at the moment. And so I will pass it along to you, so that maybe you will be inspired as well. (In case you are confused – I know I was – click the title for this post and it will take you to the video.)

By this point in the week, I am usually pretty tired, which means I need more inspiration. So every Thursday I will find something short and hopefully inspiring to pass along.

Until tomorrow.

Take care, fellow travelers.

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