‘WE ARE HIRING SMILEY FACES!’

‘WE ARE HIRING …SMILEY FACES!’ I saw this sign today in the grocery store. Ugh, They only want smiley people. My face has not been in a very smiley mood lately so I wouldn’t be a good candidate for this job. Funny but why aren’t sad faced people valued? I mean don’t sad or non-smiley people have stuff to offer the world too? I think they do! Sometimes people who smile too much make me nervous honestly. I think of used car salesmen. May weee help yuuuu? God no. I normally buy from a less smiley person honestly. Maybe there is a balance between too smiley and too depressed? I don’t think that a sign that read: ‘Depressed Gloomy-Faced People wanted!! would work too well. But what about you? Do you have days when you do decent work or even great work when you’re not in the most smiley mood? It’s an interesting…

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YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE WITHOUT VULNERABILITY

YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE WITHOUT VULNERABILITY There’s no way around it! vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty noun the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. (This post is for my writer friends). A few of my friends who write mentioned that they haven’t felt ‘brave’ enough to share their work yet. They both said they preferred to keep their writing to themselves in their journals. I find this interesting but I could relate. I told them that its ‘brave to show up and be seen’ and I really mean that. Honestly, I’d prefer to opt on the side of bravery these days. When I first published my poetry book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ it was scary. I felt super vulnerable to open myself up and share my ‘ugliness’ with the world, but I did it! It was DAMN VULNERABLE! One of my…

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ODE TO A GOOD FRIEND- A PHOENIX RISING

ODE TO A GOOD FRIEND ‘A PHOENIX RISING’ Today I want to tell you about a wonderful friend of mine Priscilla Draper and share her inspirational journey with you. She and I have been friends for many many years. We met in Las Vegas in 1999 when we were both selling our mixed media art at an Art Show in Summerlin. A suburb of Vegas. She had a tent near mine. She came with her mom, who was her helper at the shows and her ‘salesperson’. We instantly hit it off maybe because we are both a bit ‘wacky’ and ‘out of the box thinkers’. I love her brash, bold, sassy BIG, style–like these cereal boxes, she creates which are LIFE SIZE! Check em out!                       So, we are like sisters now and we’ve been through a lot together over the past few years.…

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CONVERSATION WITH MY FRIEND IN IRAQ.

CONVERSATION WITH MY FRIEND SABAH IN IRAQ (Part two of ‘An Unlikely Friendship’) This is the second installation of my story ‘An Unlikely Friendship’ with my friend in Baghdad named Sabah. We met a few years ago (somehow?) on FaceBook and we’ve been friends and corresponding every since. This is our chat from 9:42AM– March 7, 2017 Hi Sabah! How are you doing lately?? I haven’t heard from you in awhile. Hi Michelle. Im Eh, What you think about this picture? What do you mean… think???   I mean if it’s real or not Yes! I think its real.   I mean this is not from movie It’s real In mousl. I wish this end fast. Do you believe it can end?  Yes How?  Someday I hope. I believe in Trump — maybe he can do something for us God LETS HOPE!! TRUMP might be cracking down on it! Is he?He says he…

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I WROTE THIS ON THE TOILET IN 4 MINUTES.

I WROTE THIS ON THE TOILET IN 4 MINUTES The “M” Poem by Michelle Monet — 1996 This is a poem I wrote many years ago while in the midst of a major mystifying madddening mid life crisis. I thought since my name was Michelle Monet that it made sense to write a poem using as many M’s as possible. It was cathartic! I was in my late 30s. I am now 55. I found this poem/rant in an old journal and decided to add it to my poetry book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’. It was written on the toilet in about 4 minutes…HAHA. THE ‘M” POEM by Michelle Monet   Once again here I am Michelle Monet mingling with the masses and moving on with the merriment. It sure seems maddening and sometimes melancholy that I am still malcontented maladjusted or just merely misunderstood! So many mixed messages… At…

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EVEN IF NO ONE READS IT I WILL BLOG EVERY DAY!

EVEN IF NO ONE READS IT I WILL BLOG EVERY DAY! It is my commitment. I talked to my friend Mack today. He’s one of the very few friends of mine who really gets it. He gets why a person writes. He gets why a person needs to write He gets why its important to write every day He gets why its vital to commit to it. I am grateful for his friendship! Mack is one of my friends who also happens to read the same authors that I read — like Steven Pressfield, Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, Liz Gilbert and the wonderful Seth Godin. To me, they all say basically the same thing, in a slightly different way: The only difference between a successful and unsuccessful writer is that one shows up and puts their butt in the chair…no matter what.  Speaking of Seth Godin. He is the one who…

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TWELVE PEOPLE WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SPITE OF THEIR MENTAL ILLNESS

TWELVE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SPITE OF THEIR MENTAL ILLNESS From Mike Wallace to Mark Twain…they not only survived but thrived. I was doing research for an upcoming book I am working on about Creative People. I found quite a few famous people who suffered from serious and not so serious bouts of: Depression Mental illness Bi-Polar disorder OCD issues and other ‘craziness’… but were still quite successful. That’s what I want to focus on in this story. The good news! Not the fact that there are many mentally ill creative people. I mean we all know THAT is true but in this article, I want to focus on the: Many creative successful people with mental illnesses who in spite of their darkness became productive human beings.  To me, this topic is far more interesting and inspiring. Talking to a friend on the phone today about my research she said…

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TO ALL THE CATS I’VE LOoOOoVED BEFORE.

TO ALL THE CATS I’VE LOVED BEFORE!! ‘Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you’re feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you’ll feel better because they know that everything is just as it is. There’s nothing to get excited about. They just know. They’re saviors!” POET, CHARLES BUKOWSI You remember the song by Willie Nelson? Well, I’ve loved so many cats in my lifetime. I thought I would do a tribute to each one. They’ve all been special in their own way and each deserves a special ‘tribute. If anyone is a cat lover you can relate to the fact that our ‘fur kids’ are our children. Bob and I don’t have human kids so we love them as if they were our actual children. I’ll start today by introducing you to  two out of our current five cats who we love so much. ___________________________________________ First,…

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Write Drunk. Edit Sober?

WRITE DRUNK. EDIT SOBER? Yeah! I like this concept. I heard this on a writing podcast the other day. The writer said ‘Write drunk, edit sober’. It was said in jest but I think it definitely has merit. When we do our first drafts I think it is essential that we just dump it ALL on the paper and not censor ourselves. Dont even look at your fingers. Just let them fly. I do this. I like to type super fast too. It really helps to not edit it while I am typing either. GOD NO!! Just get the shit OUT!! That’s it!! Then later in the day or the next day or whenever I can, I go back and look at my drunk story, and try to clean it up. It is ALL IN THE EDITING anyway! It’s all in the revision stage, they say, anyway. Here’s another quote I…

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A FEW POEMS FROM MY 3rd BOOK.

 Here are a few poems from my chapter ‘Alive with Alliteration’ from my third book ‘Word Explosion’.  DRIPPING in DIVINE I am dripping in divine decadence daringly dabbling in dangerous dalliances damaging dialogues and diatribes DAMN! I thought it was dandy to have dappled in the dazzling darkness I was deadlocked dreadfully descending decaying in the depressing deficits now I do DECLARE! that I am definitely not defined by any deficiencies no longer denying demons and determined to diligently dedicate to my desired destination I have decided to diffuse my defensiveness no longer directionless No longer am I discombobulated or discouraged by my dreams DEDICATION! I am decidedly disavowing any type of disgraceful distrustful disgruntled dispirited depressed or downer people not dismayed by disquieting distressed diatribes Yes I may be dismally distant but I no longer need diversions and am not divided I am dizzy and dripping with the dynamic divine. I no longer…

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