INSTANT FAME as a writer?

INSTANT FAME as a writer? I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately. Would I  want instant fame as a writer? NAH! I really don’t think I would. I am enjoying writing what I want to write! I really prefer writing in all different styles and subjects from poetry to short stories, essays, blogs, books, to memoir. I am loving the freedom of exploring ‘being a writer’. Also by writing every day (showing up at the page),  I know I am finding my writer’s voice. Who the heck  KNOWS where my blog writing is leading, where it will all end up — but guess what? I am enjoying the process not focusing on the destination. Oh, also writing is fun. I feel like I am in writing school all by myself now. I am the sole student and sole teacher. Haha. I am learning a lot daily and it…

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‘TAKE YOUR BROKEN HEART AND TURN IT INTO ART’

‘TAKE YOUR BROKEN HEART AND TURN IT INTO ART.’ MERYL STREEP ended a recent speech with this quote by the late Carrie Fisher. I like it. I think it is a very appropriate statement, especially in these times with so many people seemingly experiencing broken hearts. Politics, the world situation, health care issues, joblessness—people definitely have broken hearts lately. No doubt about it. Some people feel the need to go protest and write letters but I think many creative people more than ever feel the need to focus and dedicate to making more art. Make something good out of the craziness. Out of the madness. Out of the uncertainty. Turn their broken heart into art. I’ve always believed this to be true. I am sure there are happy joyfully glee artists who make art merely to express their existential bliss and contentment,  but my guess is that many artists express art from…

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A few poems from my book ‘WORD EXPLOSION’

On today’s Blog I thought I’d share just a few of my poems from my third book: ‘WORD EXPLOSION’ https://www.amazon.com/Word-Explosion-BLAST-Eclectic-Poetry/dp/1535470739/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 BOOK DESCRIPTION: ‘This is the third and maybe my most diverse poetry book. It is an eclectic collection of subjects, themes, and styles from silly to serious. Just as life is dark and light, this book has both extremes. Chapters include Beauty and Nature, My Writing Life, Alive with Alliteration, My Personal Stories (my life as a musician and visual artist), Uplifting Thoughts and Deep Contemplations.’  Here are just a few customer comments from my first two poetry books: Catch a Poem by the Tale and Limerick Explosion.     ‘Not just a book AN EXPERIENCE! Her humor, her precision, was equally matched by her sensitivity in each and every word she chose.’ Anne Peterson   5 stars! Get this book NOW!! Creativity requires a certain madness, as evidenced in this first published book by…

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CHOCOLATE, VANILLA, STRAWBERRY? I might be the pistachio nut.

     CHOCOLATE, VANILLA, STRAWBERRY? I might be the pistachio nut.   This Blog is not about ice cream. It’s about how I feel about Book Reviews. A fellow author and I were talking about this and she said: 1/3 will love it. 1/3 will hate it. 1/3 will be indifferent. This equation could be used for so many other aspects of life, eh? Some people prefer chocolate, hate strawberry and despise vanilla. Others love vanilla and strawberry but dislike chocolate. Some love vanilla but don’t like chocolate or strawberry. Others only eat chocolate. Yadda. Yadda It doesn’t mean any flavor is better than another. BETTER is a subjective word. Ok, so everything is a matter of personal taste. Honestly, I might be the pistachio nut since I might be a bit of a nutty writer.( I might be an acquired taste.) Kerry Lonsdale, Author of the novel Everything We Keep wrote this about Book Reviews: …

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ADAPT OR DIE!?

ADAPT OR DIE!?   I just finished reading the book Gone Girl. The main character is a writer who got fired (let go) from his job as a magazine writer in New York. He was blaming his demise on the evil….. Internet! ‘Those damn online magazines and ‘faux news’ sources snatching my job from me!’ he complained. But after bitching and moaning he figured he had to adapt. He ended up buying and owning a corner bar in Manhattan instead. He found it to be a more lucrative choice. Deep down he knew he was a writer but he had to think of what to do for a living now. He had to: ADAPT OR DIE. LIFE  is MooooOooooVing so fast, isn’t it? Technology changes every day it seems. It feels like we are living in a whole new world—whole new Universe sometimes?!  So many cultural icons that were staples in our country also…

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THOUGHTS ON WRITERS BLOCK

 THOUGHTS on  WRITERS BLOCK   ‘Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.’ –CHARLES BUKOWSKY “Sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing’. –H.W. ALMAAS Today I was in the bookstore and found this cute book called Writers Block in the shape of a Rubik’s cube. Nifty!  I realized I didn’t have this problem, though. Lately, my issue is an ABUNDANCE OF IDEAS!!  I have soooooo many ideas it’s crazy. I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I just HAVE to write it down, which is why I keep a pad of paper near my bed.  Hey, I’ll never run out of stuff to write about because: life is full of ‘stories’. good stuff bad stuff sadness joy confusion excitement grief  social issues Everyrhings a story to me now—which is one reason I love writing so darn…

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SO MANY GURUS. SO LITTLE TIME.

SO MANY GURUS. SO LITTLE TIME.There are sooooo many different types of ‘self-help gurus’  and philosophies out there these days. Definition of Guru – Wikipedia ‘In pan-Indian traditions, guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a “counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual …’ Just a sample of some New Age. New Thought gurus. There’s  Wayne Dyer, Eckart Tolle, Neal Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins, Mooji.         Also so many choices in spiritual philosophies. Mindfulness Meditation Centering Tapping Science of Mind The Law of Attraction Silent retreats Firewalking Breathwork Course in Miracles Then there are other philosophies which promise enlightenment like Taoism, Buddhism. The list goes on. Honestly, I’ve…

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THE ONLY JEW IN SEVIER COUNTY?

THE ONLY JEW IN SEVIER COUNTY? So I’ve been living in Sevierville, Tennessee for over 9 years now. I am a Jewish woman. You might think of that as an oxymoron. ‘Well, it’s a longgg story’… actually, it’s not that long so I’ll explain. In 1999 I was living in Las Vegas and began to sell my visual art for a living. From 1999 to 2003 I traveled to various Art Festivals around the country from Vegas to Scottsdale to Cincinnati (with my boyfriend Bob). In 2003 I was struck by lightning at an outdoor show in Columbus, Ohio. YEP. I was the only artist that got struck it seems. It was one of those flooky things. A huge epic Benjamin Franklin type thunderstorm suddenly hit the Art Festival. My booth was filling up with water. My art was getting soaked and was crashing down to the ground wildly. Quickly, water…

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DOLLAR STORE DICHOTOMY?

DOLLAR STORY DICHOTOMY? I’m guilty of it too. I buy a lot of crap (err… necessities!?) at Dollar Stores. I noticed today that they had some gorgeous, modern colored dishes  — Mexican pattern with colorful swirl— that I looooved in there. Honestly, I was tempted to get a whole set of this stuff! The quality seemed ok (not as good as the work of some ingenious potter friends I’ve seen at art shows, but good enough). Some pottery crafters price their work twenty to thirty times higher than this. Last year I bought a cool unique $36 mug from a potter I met at an art festival. It had a nifty face carved into it.   I love the quality and craftsmanship of it. I drink my coffee from it daily and It makes me happy to have supported an artist–but damn I could’ve gotten 36  dollar store mugs for the same price!  Some creative friends of mine say…

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IN BETWEEN LIVES: Cocoon to Butterfly

BETWEEN LIVES:  Cocoon to Butterfly   So here I sit today …in between lives… I’ve let go of my old life —my visual art business—and now I am emerging with a new life. My new life of the writer. I know. I know. It‘s not a simple thing. In order to go from A to Z  you must stop off first at F and G, right? ( I even have a poem called A to Z in my 3rd book, Word Explosion). I am well aware that it’s not an easy task…especially for a writer to change a  life, but…I’m doin’ it! I am not unrealistic. I know the odds of making it as a successful writer are super slim but then again what is ‘success’? What is ‘making it?’ To me, success is writing creative works. Putting out a body of work.That’s it.  I feel that I am already a ‘success’ because I self-published three books…

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