The Sunshine Factor

where sunshine is a way of life


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A Word From the Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine

 

I’m feeling better now and getting excited about February’s issue.  But I need you…I’m throwing out an “SOS” here:  looking for photos, artwork, stories, poems, or recipes.  In fact, Claire (the Ask Claire lady) is wondering why her mailbox hasn’t seen much action…do you have a general question she could answer for you?  🙂

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating:  don’t be shy.  Do not be so critical of your work or talent that you keep it to yourself.  I’ve been told that it’s worth it to publish a post, even if it would help just one person who needs to see or feel the message you are conveying.  Just think… if the reaching just one person happens from a lot of contributors, the more people we can reach…and love…and help…and bring sunshine to.

SEE http://www.stantonsunshine/submissionguidelines for ideas.  And, my email box is always glad to fill up.  (www.stantonsunshine@gmail.com.) 🙂

In the community spirit,

Debb

Editor


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The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Five

In taking a hard look at my blog, I enjoyed having a mixture of posts – recipes, poems, stories, articles…but I wanted more.  I wanted artwork from children and adults filling up the blog, along with guest poems and articles.  I wanted to have (and give my readers) it all!  So the next question was:  so where can I get all this additional writing?  The answer came to me when I defined what my blog is.

I call this blog and its readership a community of people with the same goal and focus:  finding the sunshine in your life in spite of sometimes negative circumstances.  Hmmm….a community thrives on its citizens all contributing in their own special way.  Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  Our Sunshine community could do that – offer up their own kinds of sunshine to the community.  We could be enriching each other’s lives!  The extra photos, art, book reviews, stories, poems, articles would fit into that niche in a grand fashion!

If I could write for my blog two weeks out of the month, and write my various projects in the other two weeks, how fantastic would that be?!  I had been having a conflict within myself about writing the blog so much I was neglecting the other part of my writing life.  Here, my friends, was my answer.  If I created a new website with a lot to read, enough to keep people busy for a month, I could do all my writing!  AND get my friends involved in a great project, too!  🙂

Next up:  Where Debb’s trail ends up and announcement of The Great Launch – coming soon to a computer near you!

 


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The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail: Part Four

Line art representation of a Quill

Line art representation of a Quill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As writers, we all have ups and downs, flow and no flow, and metaphoric high tides and low tides.  At the beginning of my blogging days, I couldn’t imagine ever having writer’s block.  After all, I thought, I have been instructed how NOT to have writer’s block.  And, I go for a walk and usually get three to four ideas for more posts.  How hard can it be to keep the writing going?   But, as it turned out, I was not immune to writer’s block — the time when creativity seems to have gone on vacation, the muse up and leaves, and you’re the opposite of a prolific genius.

Granted, I haven’t had a lot of writer’s block.  I did quick cover-ups — anything to keep to my internal deadline of posting once each day.  You probably have read the cover-ups:  the story that was filled with references to popular songs; alphabet games; anything unusual.  At least I came up with something, I thought to myself.

You might have noticed that I don’t post on a daily schedule anymore.  It was like pulling teeth when I first left the daily goal unmet.  Then I began to admire the many writers who stated they had writer’s block; by golly, they admitted it!  When things started to change in my personal life (lots of overtime at work, combining two households into one, creating a new vehicle for my writing), I finally waved the surrender flag.  I knew God would understand.  Perhaps the idea of writing every single day had been the way to get me back into writing, period. Now the new vehicle for my writing was giving me impetus to continue being a writer, albeit one for a different kind of blog.

Next up:  What was the reason behind the new website?

 


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Let’s Give Them Our Support!

I again realized the importance of writing book reviews the other day, when I was talking with a new friend.  I see book reviews on Amazon all the time.  Why are they helpful, and what purpose do they serve?

  • They are helpful tools for Independent authors — those who publish their own books, who don’t have a publishing house getting the word out about them.
  • We advertise for these authors when we help our friends and family to find good books.
  • Writing book reviews is the new “word of mouth” vehicle.
  • These authors thrive on a broad audience base — and what better way to find them a good audience?
  • Book reviews are not hard to write, and they don’t have to be lengthy.  As long as you read the whole book and comment on it truthfully, it is a good review.
  • If you wrote a book and wanted your name out there, wouldn’t you want people to help you?  If I self-publish my books some day, I know I will be hoping for lots of book reviews written by you.  🙂
  • Writing a book is a time-consuming, sometimes very difficult but courageous adventure.  Wouldn’t it be nice to give authors an “atta boy!” or “atta girl!” affirmation?
  • A book review gives life to a book:   instead of seeing just the picture of it on Amazon, a reader can get a much better understanding of it and, if they are like me, would be more likely to pick it up than something with no review.
  • WordPress is a community of writers, and many of them publish their own books.   Let’s support them as best we can!

This blog has a page of book reviews I wrote about my WordPress friends’ books.  I haven’t written a book review lately — but next year I hope to once again spend time in some delicious reading.  🙂  Speaking of which:  my new website will offer a space for book reviews that you have  written.  Let’s build up our community!

 


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New Series: The Adventure of Debb’s Blog and Her New Trail

Hello friends!  I want to tell you about a series of blog posts I will be doing starting tomorrow, November 4th.

It’s high time I take a look at the beginnings of The Sunshine Factor blog:  the purpose and pleasures of it, what I’ve learned and surprises I’ve received from writing a blog.  Like the saying goes, “How do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?”

I hope you’ll walk along the path with me as I take a hard look at my writing and prepare for my next writing adventure — my new path and trail.
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In writing solidarity,

Debb


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Time Out

TIME OUT

I’ve been a busy writer

up until now usually posting each day

Now a big deadline is looming

and lo and behold —

I can’t do it all

 

The conversation I had with myself:

“But people expect you to write every day”.

Not to worry, they can catch up with the Archives

“You might lose viewers and followers.”

Maybe they’d rather see good posts less often

than every day lukewarm posts

“But isn’t this like acknowledging defeat?”

No, it’s called taking care of myself

It’s acknowledging that I’m not Superwoman

If I don’t care of me and my Muse

then there isn’t much I can give others

“Oh, I see, maybe this is okay?”

Forget the maybes

this is a bonafide fact

there are some blogging rules better left for the perfectionists

and yes, it’s okay

“But won’t people forget you?”

No.  They know that they’re always number one in my heart

and they can write to me any time

and we can still be in touch

“But when will you start posting regularly again?”

You are still worrying, I see

I will let them know  that *maybe*

the second full week in November is the target date

“Oh, okay, but what should the readers do in the meantime?”

Consider reading and responding to the post

“Exciting New Project!” from October 15

 

With love,

Later, my dear readers ~~

Debb

 

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My Muse Was/Is On Vacation

I, yes even I,

suffered from writer’s block lately.

Never thought I would see the day

or have to use the skills I learned

to get over it.

 

So just where did my Muse go?

I think she went somewhere where it is warm and sunny;

she went off to play tennis

and then visit the ocean.

 

Meanwhile I have cooked up

a marvelous new project,

and I am writing an exciting post for tomorrow.

so Muse will have to come back

and not worry about competing with the new project.

Little does she know ~~

she is going to be a big part of it.

My readers will have parts to play, too,

if they desire.

 

Stay tuned, dear friends!

Come back, dear Muse!

 

Signed,

Debbie Dearest!   🙂

 

 

 

 


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Response to Daily Prompt

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English: William de Brailes (active c. 1230 — c. 1260) was an English 13th century scribe and Early Gothic manuscript illuminator, presumably born in Brailes, Warwickshire. He and Matthew Paris are the only two English 13th century manuscript illuminators about whom we have much personal information, since he signed two manuscripts, and his life is otherwise documented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daily Prompt: Ebb and Flow

by michelle w. on September 28, 2013

Our blogs morph over time, as interests shift and life happens. Write a post for your blog — but three years in the future.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.

 

Hi folks!

When I look back three years

and reminisce

about what life was like then —

I smile

 

Back then I was very hopeful

and I really applied myself

A lot of my pursuits

have yielded success

Other things have worked out as well

 

Dave and I finally have our two households merged

and there is actually a place for everything

*downsizing feels great!*

 

My eating disorder has left the premises

and I am leading a full,  recovered life now

 

I am now a published author of a book —

Some manuscripts for other books I wrote

have been turned down

but there are still a few more on my list to tackle

Of course, who is to say I can’t try polishing my rejected manuscripts?

 

I now own and write for my own magazine

thankfully it’s online, so I can work it remotely

I am still editing and proofreading others’ manuscripts

(also remotely)

and I like reading and writing book reviews

 

I still have my day job

that I’ve had for 27 years

I like the benefits I get there

but at times I wish I could write full-time

I won’t be retiring for awhile

so it’s best I keep using time wisely

so I can write as much as possible

 

Best of all:

I am a seven-year cancer survivor

still as feisty and funny as before

although maybe a little bit stronger

 

I am playing tennis and swimming again

life is wonderful ~ ~

 

What has changed in the last three years of YOUR life?


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Poetry Saturday: The Dream Trail

The Dream

The Dream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

~ This is a metaphorical look at chasing our dreams and goals ~

When we are young

everything looks possible

and only a few

know what their special vocation is

 

In our teens and twenties

we start to zero in

on what we really like and enjoy

and yes – what we are talented for

 

Maybe people as young as that

find their niche right away

but most of us

are busy soaking up all of life

and putting off until later

focusing on our true dream

 

My dream was like that

but then I started chasing the rainbow

of my hopes and dreams:

writer

 

The thunderclouds rolled in

(very difficult writing assignments

in my writing course)

but the storm itself did not arrive

 

Then my dream

looked very much like a summer’s day

by the lake:

water bringing inspiration

nice warm sand of ideas

trickling through my fingers

seagulls crying out

with more and more ideas

bright beach ball colors

giving me hope

children nearby playing

with giggles that lighten my heart

 

Now my writer’s mind and soul

are like the Fourth of July

colorful explosions of ideas

and a throbbing like a sore toe

 

Come follow me on my trail

as I continue realizing my dream

I can promise we won’t get bored

 

 

 

 


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A Change of Heart

It dawned on me this morning that I can’t possibly participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  I have three big projects going on besides my job, and I wouldn’t be able to give it my full TLC that it deserves.  So — till next year, folks!  Best wishes to those people that are going to write one novel in the month of November.  I’m rooting for you!  🙂


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English: Imagination (1896). Olin Warner (comp...

English: Imagination (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbert Adams). Bronze door at main entrance of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

— Albert Einstein

I agree with this one.  Without my imagination, I would not be a writer today.  My imagination fuels my dreams and aspirations, gives substance to my goals and all around is a very pleasant thing to have.

The photo I have chosen for this post is very fitting, as this person is holding a musical instrument – maybe a lyre?  It seems the Muses in Greek mythology always had music going on, too, along with their creative ideas.  🙂


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NaNoWriMo 2013!

True, it is not quite September, yet I am already talking about something coming up in November.  But, NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) 2013 is coming sooner than we think, and I wanted to give us time to start thinking about it.  This year I participated in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) in April, and you saw my results on this blog.

A few weeks back, I thought about writing a fictionalized version of my forefathers’ history.  After some wise counsel from my mentor, I’ve decided to write that during NaNoWriMo this year.   Hmmm….maybe it’s not a coincidence that I thought of the story idea a little while ago, then came a vehicle for it.  I’ve posted a milestone widget in my sidebar regarding NaNoWriMo, and I’ve also created a page for it.

If you want to elaborate on one or more of the answers above, please email me at debbstanton@yahoo.com, using “NaNoWriMo 2013” in the Subject line.  I will be most delighted and appreciative of your support!

Thank you,

Debb


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Daily Prompt: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star

Prompt book for Handel's opera Radamisto, King...

Prompt book for Handel’s opera Radamisto, King’s Theatre, London, 1720 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum number: S.501-1985, Link (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The question is: what did I want to be when I was 10 years old, and what am I now?

At age 10 I wanted to be a writer
and two years later I wrote 11 pages of a book

At age 13 my writing teacher published my composition
in the city newspaper

As a kid I had seven pen pals at one time

In my college years
before personal computers came along
I wrote letters to my friends and family
in the form of a newspaper with columns

As a church secretary
I published a monthly newsletter

I continued to love words
and I read a lot of books

I journaled as an adult occasionally
but never really got into a daily habit

I started writing books in my head
and enrolled in a writing class online

After cancer disrupted my class for a year
I finished the course later

Last year I began to blog daily
and boy, has it been a fun ride!

I have a list of at least 12 books
I want to write

I am now a book reviewer
and soon to be professional proofreader

I have been in clerical work
for all of my adult life to pay the bills

but a “real” writer I am
so my dream is fulfilled daily
even though I’m not published yet


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Do You Ever…

Do you ever have a phrase or sentence in your head that you would love to see in print somewhere? Just curious. I’ve had the same sentence in my head for a long time now. I can even see it in my mind: the paper book is open. The last page of the chapter is on the left side. The paragraph only goes halfway down the page. Its last words are:

“And he was gone.”

We bloggers are encouraged to write so that each reader can read our blog and come away with something. So what is the take-away value of this particular post? I have no idea! But perhaps it can make you smile, or that you can know that you’re not alone? Or so you can be aware that I’m so glad you stopped by? 🙂


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Book Review on Author Collette A. Henry

Hello friends,

Yesterday I read Get Outta My Head:  My Journey Living With Brain Cancer by Collette A. Henry.  Collette has a great blog here on WordPress, and I would like to share with you the review I wrote about her book on Amazon.com:

I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to read Collette’s book.  Like her friend Allen O. Green states, she does have a winning smile, and this book shows me that she has a winning life!  Her attitude, passion for helping others, and engaging way of talking with her readers, make this a very inspiring book.  In fact, I am a breast cancer survivor, and I learned more cancer facts through Collette.   She is helpful to all people, in my opinion, sharing exactly what cancer is and how you can do healthy things for yourself to hopefully keep cancer away.  Collette has a very great story that needs to be read.

I was hoping for a cancer experience book that could make you feel comfortable with the author.  I was not disappointed.  If I could, I would give Collette and her book a standing ovation.  🙂


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My Muse Is Missing!

Yesterday I wrote “Here’s Your Chance!”, and now, a day later, I realize – I believe Music (what I named my muse) is missing!  The ideas are not flowing quickly and furiously as before.  Now I understand the dilemma other writers have shared.  That is why I posted a quick poll yesterday, thinking maybe a series would get me on track again.

I am posting a new poll/survey right within this post, and I ask that even if you filled out yesterday’s version, please complete this one.  The one below gives you a chance to brainstorm – throw out any ideas that come to your mind – and that will help me in turn.  I guess I’m admitting that I need some lifelines to be thrown out to me – please.  🙂  Thank you in advance for filling out this very quick form.


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NaPoWriMo #11

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BEING

If you ask me, I’d rather be writing

I’m not into fighting.

To write is the greatest thing in the world

Let the flags be unfurled.

It is important to find your place

whether it’s running a country or running a race.

To be who you are meant to be

Is for everyone my humble plea.

Remember you have power

even in the shower

to hear your heart’s call

and for nothing less fall.


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Guest Poet Spot

Hello, Readers!

Today Nesher from http://nesherehrman.wordpress.com

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joins Sunshine Factor as a guest poet.   He’s a relatively new WordPress blogger, but I think his work is simply divine.   My dashboard, though, did not allow spaces between the paragraphs – sorry Nesher!  He wrote this in stanzas of four lines each.

Look at this:

 I asked myself the other day,
Why am I a writer, what made me that way?
That question’s ad hominem, it asks about me,
But it’s true of all writers, counting you thine and thee
Because when you sit, and examine that question
Writing’s more than a job, not just a profession
A person who writes, whether tiny or small
Is always unique, from the first word they scrawl
So now, let me see, we’ve defined some new terms,
A writer’s a creature, not a snail or some germs
But how do they form? Do they pass some hard test?
Or perhaps are they hatched, from an egg, in a nest?
Now I still don’t have an answer to the question I asked,
But now I have new ones, they are rising quite fast
Is there more than one kind, is it decided by age
Can a man be a writer if he’s not old and sage?
To answer all this we might have to digress
Because it is I who must also confess
I don’t have the answers, I don’t know who’s a writer
I just know that I am one, more than lover or fighter
And I don’t know you, I can’t tell if you are
I don’t know if you rhyme or your thinking’s bizarre
Yet one thing I’ll say, and this fact I ensure
If you think you’re a writer, then you are, to be sure
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Thanks, Nesher, for the good material in this post!  Debb


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Poll Update

There has been a nice, albeit small, response to the poll featured on “Debbie’s Experiment”.  I would like to drum up more business so that I can decide something.  The main question for me as a writer is:

If I started a blog that contained only one growing story, written by interested readers – could that story be as good as a one-author story?  Would an ever-changing (or not) “cast”  of characters and storyline be frustrating or wonderful for readers?   Are you interested in trying a unique writing project?  Creative minds want to know.   🙂

Please scroll down to the “Debbie’s Experiment” post and answer the poll, if you would.   Followers or not, friends or strangers, please consider taking the poll.   “Yes” or “No” is fine, but there is also additional space if you can elaborate.  Or, write me at stantonsunshineproductions@comcast.net to discuss.  ALL COMMENTS ARE WELCOME AND VERY MUCH NEEDED.

Thank you for your time,

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BLACK-POLL WARBLER. Male and Female. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Debb


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Humor Me, Please

Friendship

Friendship

Wow, this is my third post today.   I guess I am in what they call “the flow”.

There’s a lot of love for writing and my blog and my WordPress family all around me.

Can you feel it?

I’ve thought up some posts to write,

and I think audience participation would certainly enhance them very much.

So far, you, my family, seem to be a little shy, or busy, or quiet.

You’re bright, humorous, loving, creative, thoughtful people.

How ’bout if you humor me a little and contribute to the fun?

I’ve love to hear answers to the questions if I ask them

or get to know your writing “voice”.

I promise, I won’t force you into anything stupid

I wouldn’t hurt you for the world.

I want to get to know you better,

and to get to know someone better,

I spend time with them.

Will this be a go, I wonder?

Remember:

Audience participation is optional;

audience participation is really appreciated!

I am actually not a needy person,

but my immediate family is dead and gone,

and I do love people.

I know it just won’t be everyone’s bag, to be so vocal on someone else’s blog,

but that’s the chance I will have to take.

I’ll be posting our first “opportunity” later this week.

Take care till then!

 

Debb

a/k/a/ Mrs. Loaf

 

 

 

 


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Publishing 101 in 2013

Hello my dear family,

I’ve been wrestling with a certain decision over the past three days.

Q.  Should I self publish or not?  My writing teacher always said to have people come to me to buy my writing…but self publishing is equally enticing.

A.  Pending a discussion with a self publishing friend, I shall begin to publish my works in the year 2013, God willing, and see where that takes me.  I will keep you apprised of my path.

I see this as an exciting step in my writing career, and I titled this post as I did because I’m sure it’s going to be a learning process.  🙂

 

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English: A whole lotta books in my personal library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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The Unstoppable Debbie

Cover of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

Cover of The Unsinkable Molly Brown

English: Debbie Reynolds

English: Debbie Reynolds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was born during a time when many girls, especially blonde ones, were named Debbie.  I myself was named after Debbie Reynolds.  I guess that’s why I’ve always liked her movies.  🙂

I liked all the characters that Debbie Reynolds played.  Her roles seemed to portray her as a spunky and strong teen, then woman, adding to my admiration of her.

“The Unsinkable Molly Brown” was one of my favorites of her movies.  After that movie I wanted to be just like Molly.  Well, part of that has come true so many years later…however, I’m more like unstoppable.   Getting cancer didn’t make me stop living and having a purpose.   When I had to give up my writing class for awhile, it didn’t stop me from getting back to it later.   Once I get an idea or a dream, I pursue it.  You can’t stop me from being sensitive and loving people, animals and nature.  You can’t get me to stop writing long posts, haha!   :0)

So – I’m wondering what your particular trait is?


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The Writer In Me

I guess I’ve always had a writer gene in me, even as a young child, but I wasn’t aware of it at the time.

I wrote what I was thankful for as a second grader – with printed crayon script into the inside covers of my Bobbsey Twins books.  (Certainly not the way I treated books later on!)

I never could understand why my best friend Cindy wasn’t able to imagine her cat with ski boots on like I was inclined to do.

When I was 12 years old I started my first “book”.  I wrote on both sides of 5.5 sheets of typewriter paper, then I gave up.  But the seed was there…

Fast forward to January 2009, to the beginning of my two year on-line writing course.  The prof said that when you’re a true writer, you eat-breathe-sleep-live your craft.  Although I was impressed with that statement, I didn’t see myself as fitting into that situation.

Then August of 2009 came along, and I was dumbstruck upon receiving my breast cancer diagnosis.  [Previous history:  when my father died in 1991, I remember not being able to pick up a book and read, which was totally a part of my former loves and capabilities.]  Likewise, when I had cancer, there was a long, dry stretch during my cancer that I couldn’t even look at my computer – unless I was at work, in which case I did have to use a computer.    I let my prof know that I needed an extension for all my assignment deadlines, and he had me write to the registrar.  She informed me that they would allow me to take 6 months off where I wouldn’t be penalized with late fees.  My friends were livid that I had such a short respite.  But, by the end of that time I was able to write again.  I started a blog similar to having a Caring Bridge site, so I could inform people of how it was going.  Blah.  No pleasure on this not-WordPress-site, and I knew nothing of tagging my posts and no real support forums to use like here at my beloved WordPress.  My cancer recovery blog went the way of the autumn leaves turning colors and then dying.  I didn’t want to blog anymore.

NOW the writer in me has come to the fore.  Now I can understand how a person can eat-breathe-sleep-live their writing.  It is the only thing in my whole life that has let me skip a meal or meals in favor of doing something else.  I get blessedly lost in the word action and planning and executing and everything else.  In my head, I travel all over the world and in real life think about my writing projects constantly.

What has your writing journey

English: penulis = writer

English: penulis = writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

been like?  Whatever your journey has been or where it takes you, I’m behind you all the way.

 

 


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What Cancer and My Writing Career Brought Me

Life can be a great merry-go-round!

 

What do cancer, a usually negative thing, and my writing career, a positive thing, have in common?They both brought me:  Silly Millie.

Cancer was a gift in that once you get through that, no longer do the opinions and demands of others matter as much.   I got through cancer so now I have a right to LIVE my own life.

My writing career feeds my ego, helps me to express myself, and gives a platform for the “German leprochaun” to have a voice and be playful.

I’m incredibly silly sometimes, but I don’t worry about that anymore.  I’ve paid my dues, I don’t have to even try to be perfect anymore.  It’s a well-known but less-followed fact:  No one is perfect.  No one has to be.  To strive for that is to make yourself nuts.

“Silly Millie” helped me to love and appreciate myself and know that it’s okay to be ME.  I am continuously blown away by how life gets sweeter and sweeter, by the day, for me.  Sometimes I don’t know what to do about it – and that’s when I get silly.   Hmmm, maybe it’s a release valve, even if I’m not being stressed out.

Are you a Silly Millie, or, what is YOUR release valve?

P.S.  It’s okay to lay all your battles and problems on the ground and enjoy life…


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Writer’s Burn

Line art representation of a Quill

Line art representation of a Quill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve talked about writer’s block on my blog, and it is a common discussion among writers…but what about writer’s burn?

I don’t know there if there is such a term for writers, but I define writer’s burn as a time when you are flowing (another writer’s term I was taught) and having all kinds of creativity, but your mind is starting to feel burned out.  Usually when I am creating I have a lot of mental energy, but when my physical energy doesn’t match the mental, then there is a short, a hiccup in my process.

People often say they are burned out, and I tend to think they’re referring to their physical energy.  Well, when I say writer’s burn, I’m referring to their mental creative capacity or its decrease of it.

I wonder what a person could do if afflicted by writer’s burn?  Slow down and stop writing so much?  That is hard for me to do, because I write compulsively.  There are too many ideas in my head not to do something with them all.

Let’s get a discussion going – did you ever have writer’s burn, and/or how do you define it?  Any suggestions on what I can do?

Thanks,

Debb


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I Love Thursdays!

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Kindle 3 moved all major operates to the bottom. No comments on this point. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday is the day in the week that I have off from work (in addition to weekends).  I love to sleep in if I am able.  (I get up so early during the week, that 7:30 is sleeping in for me!)  Then I can take a long walk outside where I never get bored, since it seems there is always something new to see.  (When I walk from 4:30-5 a.m., although my neighborhood is safe, dark is dark and you can’t see a whole lot other than the blanket of stars and sometimes the moon in the sky.)

I can go to lunch with a friend or dine out alone with a handy book or Kindle to keep me company.  I usually manage to get my groceries, gas, and cash for the week, when everything is less crowded and lines are not long.

I  squeeze in some writing time, which is like an appealing reward coming my way.  I lose all track of time (and sometimes appetite) when I write, and it’s a wonderful way to while away some hours.

I  meet with friends on that day, too, so the smile on my face is in place the whole day.

I  love my day job and appreciate having it, but once in awhile it would be fun to not have to go to work – and spend my time like I do on Thursdays.

What is your favorite day of the week, and why?


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Prose Poem: Full Circuit

Prose poem:  Full Circuit

On Saturday morning, I woke early on my day off and wanted to take a walk to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I then got sidetracked by the computer and finally ate breakfast – because my body needed it.

I set off for my walk at 9 a.m. – still fairly early for most people.  However, I had wanted to leave earlier so I could enjoy nature by myself.   Some of my best writing happens on these walks, from my heart into my brain, and my writing takes off – if only in my head at first.

What lushness awaited me!  Fifty one degrees, and I only needed a long-sleeved shirt.  The sun played on everything – suburban streets, interesting architecture (I’ve always been fond of studying it), trees of many varieties among the rolling hills and streets and the city path in the woods that somehow connects everything.  I got to see a few of the trees turning color and apple trees supplying humans and birds with delicious vitamins.

English: Apple cultivation in Nepal

English: Apple cultivation in Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Normally I take only 30 minute walks – big mistake!  What I’ve been missing since I haven’t been on my 1-2 hour jaunts on the weekends for a couple of years now!

I’m glad to be alive and see/hear/smell my surroundings.  And I took a walk – because I needed it.  Wow, such enjoyment to be had while doing something good for your body!

I will also be starting yoga soon – because I need it.  My body needs to come back to alignment and stretched often.   Ahh, I feel peaceful just thinking about it!

The nearby tennis courts beckon me to pay them regular visits in the spring, which I plan to follow up on.  Wish you guys were near enough to play with me!

The cartwheels that I always want to do when I’m happy:  they have to wait to be done by this body again, but they will be done!  Age matters not.

I feel like I did a full circuit today – not in the exercise sense, but in the way my spirit, soul and body all seemed to be fed today.  Today I’m drinking it all up – because I need it.   I even want to!

I like taking walks with friends or alone.  When alone, I can contemplate a lot and still be silent.   I thought back to one of my friend’s posts the other day, how I resonate with her concept of allowing others to be different from you and judging no one.

And as always, I wish you blessings, peace and love and all the joy your heart can hold.

Your friend,

Debb


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For the Young at Heart: A Bedtime Story!

English: Kelley-Bland-Ward House, County Road ...

English: Kelley-Bland-Ward House, County Road 2 (Cahaba Road, near intersection with Dallas County Road 123) vicinity, Orrville, Dallas, AL. FIREPLACE AND MANTEL (LIVING ROOM). Built in 1855 and demolished in 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello again –

I was writing a new poem in my head today but then it changed into a story.  I will publish it in parts so you don’t get bogged down.  🙂

Where Did The Sunshine and Music go?

-by Debbie Loesel Stanton*

When there was a clunk and a clatter in the living room, the cats Tiger and Micah rushed down the stairs to get to the family room – to safety.  They didn’t like loud noises, especially Micah.  They were used to living in a very quiet, serene household.

When the coast was clear, the cats came back upstairs to the living room.  They wondered what had caused the noise, and then they found her.  “Her” was Raggedy Ann, who normally lived on the shelf in the study.  She had apparently jumped down and was trying to gather the music boxes from the fireplace mantel.  The clunk and clatter came from the music boxes falling to the floor, and the one Debbie bought in Switzerland, the one with the four little wooden legs, lost one of its legs.

raggedy ann

raggedy ann (Photo credit: schmish)

“Raggedy Ann!  What are you doing?!”  exclaimed Tiger, who was the eldest cat in the household.  He had been Debbie’s sentry cat for 12 years, and he thought it was his duty to know all the goings-on in the house.  “Don’t you live in the study?”

“Well, I do, but I wanted to call a meeting, right away, and you guys are invited,” she replied.  “I think Debbie is in trouble!”

“No way is Debbie in trouble,” Micah assured the others.  “I sleep with her every night when I’m not on my household adventures in the middle of the night.  I can hear her heart beating, that’s how close I sleep to her, and I would know if anything was wrong with her.”

“But I think even you are missing something,” Raggedy Ann protested.  “Lately whenever she comes into the study to work on her writing, she seems different.  Like she has gossamer angel wings and gauzy stuff over her. “

“But that’s good,” said the cats, “because she loves to write.  We don’t know if writing every day helps her to feel good, or feeling good helps her to write every day, but this is something she’s always dreamed of.  Why is this a bad thing?”

“Because Debbie doesn’t seem quite right.  She seems like she’s slowed down or something, and she’s not singing lately.  It’s like the sunshine has left!” Raggedy Ann volunteered.

So everyone got settled in for the meeting.  Micah jumped to his place on top of the loveseat.  Tiger sat on the loveseat, Raggedy Ann sat on the ottoman in front of it, and some of the music box collection sat in a row on the floor where Raggedy Ann had placed them.

Next up:  the household figures out what to do for Debbie.

*This piece of writing is not in the public domain.  Please contact author for permissions.


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Writer’s Block or Other Stuck Places – Part One


I have not had writer’s block yet, but I have heard several educated discussions on ways to overcome it, and I have a few ideas of my own. I’ll share them here for your consideration the next time you have writer’s block – or another situation of “stuck”.
[You’ve probably heard this one already]
* Write anything, any words that come to mind, and use no punctuation or editing, just write and write and write…for 10 minutes straight. “But I can’t even think of one thing to write about,” you say. Well, then write what you just told me; you should keep writing that, repeating as often as necessary. Or, you may find that you just may want to elaborate on one of your strings of thought as something to write after the 10 minute exercise. Maybe it’s not the project you were thinking you should write on today; but this will get you flowing.
* Exercise – if you are feeling sluggish, then a walk is in order. If you just can’t settle down, then relax or meditate for 10-30 minutes.
* Write down 10 things that you are thankful for today. That may give you an idea on something you could write about.
* If you have a pet, did it do something amusing today? A lot of my children’s storybook ideas are from situations I saw with my pets or while outside on a walk.
* Go to a public place and casually people-watch. What could the couple in the booth behind you have been arguing about? What might be the story of the lady going down the street and using a walker?
* Use “The Hand Method”. For the thumb and each of the fingers on your hand, write what you notice around you with each sense. i.e. write 5 things that you see, 4 things that you hear, 3 things that you smell, 2 things that you feel, and 1 thing that you taste. I’ll give you an example:
I see a park bench, pair of birds, green grass, a tree, and a kite in the sky. I hear birds singing, kids in park calling to one another, a tennis ball thudding as it goes back and forth in a game behind the park, and a fire engine. I smell freshly cut grass, rain in the air, and apple blossoms. I feel my soft jeans that I finally got soft enough and the plastic, stiff feel of my raincoat. I taste my stale chewing gum.

And there you have it. Tomorrow: getting unstuck in any situation.