I’M SO GLAD SHE WASN’T PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN.

I’M SO GLAD SHE WASNT PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN. Gillian Lynn was a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her popular theater choreography associated with two of the longest-running productions Cats and Phantom of the Opera. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Choreography and won many dance awards. Later in her life she was asked by an interviewer ‘How did you become a dancer?’ She said, ‘I was a young girl in the 1940s and I was very was hyper. My mom took me to many doctors and specialists. One doctor said ‘ We think she has a learning disorder.’ (ADHD hadn’t been invented yet or they might’ve lumped her in that category which is what many doctors do nowadays.) She sat on her hands for twenty minutes, sitting in the stark oak doctors office while her mother talked to…

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F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!!

F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!! About a year ago I got kicked out of an online memoir writing group for saying that ‘…sometimes I use the F-word in my writing if it’s appropriate’. I was told by the moderator: ‘…Only writers who don’t have a good use of vocabulary have to resort to profanity to get their point across’… Resort to profanity? I never said I resorted to it. I said ‘I’d use it if it were appropriate.’ I was then asked to refrain from that kind of language in the group or I’d be banned from the group. HUH?? Banned? From a writing group? For using a word? Isn’t it our 1st Amendment right of free speech? According to Wikipedia “The average person swears 80 times a day” What about all the many Classic books in literature? (Some are full of profanities in almost every chapter). I also thought about the well-written…

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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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A FEW POEMS FROM MY FIRST POETRY BOOK

SOME POEMS FROM MY BOOK:  ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ Julie Andrews lost her voice in 1997 from a vocal chord issue. JULIE ANDREWS Julie Andrews can’t sing anymore She lost her sweet voice. Some say it’s a pity, yes it’s a shame and it was not even her choice. The doctor said Julie, no singing! She moaned and cried, why me? After years of severe self-pity, She wrote children’s books and was set free. She knew that she must express but her voice now came from her pen Not the notes from her mouth but the lines on the page made her joyful and lively again. It’s hard to explain to a novice who is not a creator as such, When creative expression is stifled, Your soul will miss it so much.  It took me from January to May to finish this first book. This poem I used as…

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Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’

I was asked recently to write a short essay about my Memoir writing journey for the “Women’s Writing Circle’ network. Thanks to Susan Weidener for featuring my story on her site.  Women’s Writing Circle A place to share our stories . . . by Susan Weidener Monday, February 13, 2017 Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’ by Michelle Monet   I met poet and writer Michelle Monet through an online memoir writing group. Here at the Women’s Writing Circle, it has been our pleasure to feature authors from around the world with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. In that tradition, please welcome Michelle who candidly confesses how memoir is often a marathon of soul-searching and digging deep, but ultimately leads to hidden treasure. People always suggested I write my story because I’ve had an interesting life. I have sung on some of the largest stages and for some of the largest audiences in the world.…

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GREAT, GOOD or ‘EH’?

GREAT, GOOD or ‘EH”? We need all three for success. THIS IDEA came to me last night in the middle of the night. I’m glad I keep a pen and pad next to my bed. I jumped up and wrote this down in the dark not to wake up Bob. Some things we create are highly inspired and great. Others might be mediocre and others might be lacking or “eh’. You do all three of these types of work when you are a creative person. I mean, not everything you do can be a home run. SPORTS ANALOGIES For instance in baseball. A baseball player will have a variety of plays in a game. Some will be first base runs others strikeouts and others home run hits. Obviously, the home runs are the more scarce. More often than not it is a base hit or a strike.   Every time a batter…

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55 YEARS OF COOKIE BINGES!?

55 YEARS OF COOKIE BINGES!? My life as a food addict. I am 55 years old. I have had food obsessions, compulsive binging episodes, and body shaming issues since maybe age 12. My mom was also a food addict. One of my earliest memories of her was me sitting on her bed when I was around 9 years old. I laid on her bed on my stomach, watching her try on her clothes in a wild feverish panic! I can recall her face vividly in my mind as she would throw each piece of clothing off her body onto a huge pile while cussing. ‘DAMMIT. NOTHING FITS ME!!!’ ‘NOTHING LOOKS GOOD!!!’ ‘I LOOK SoOOooO FAT!!’ I was a young impressionable girl and this vision of my mother’s self-disgust and self-loathing sank into my subconscious. No doubt! Yes she SO wanted to be thin and ‘worthy’ and ‘acceptable’ but I realize now…

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BOOKS. BOOKS BOOKS!

BOOKS I’VE READ since last January Today I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’ve read since last January when my life was taken over by writing.  Almost 100! YEAH! Some of my favorites on this list are bolded. Most of the books here are Memoirs and Poetry books (because that has been my primary focus) but I am branching out this year to read more genres and definitely more fiction. ENJOY!           ‘Writing Down the Bones- Natalie Goldberg ‘Out came the Sun’- Mariel Hemingway ‘Can we talk about something more pleasant?’-Roz Chest ‘Ever Faithful to His Lead’- Kathleen Pooler ‘Last Jew of Treblinka’- Chil Rajchman ‘Chicken Soup for the Writers Soul’ ‘A Night without Armor’ – Jewel  ‘The Poetry Handbook’ –  Mary Oliver ‘WILD’ –  Cheryl Strayed The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene brown ‘Unsinkable’ – Debbie Reynolds  ‘Monkey Mind – Daniel Smith…

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THE ‘SEEKER’

I LIKE BEING THE ‘SEEKER’   ’The truth isn’t always beautiful but the hunger for it always is’ Nadine Gordimer This short poem is from my third book Word Explosion. THE SEEKER ‘If your past was easy Maybe you wouldn’t have become the SEEKER If things were going smooth and gung ho Then you might have Just sat back and enjoyed  it Enjoyed the easiness You might not have become  the SEEKER Some are chosen I believe to be the SEEKER Accept and Embrace your SEEKER  position’ I love the idea of being a seeker. I like to follow my enthusiasm and curiosity too. I write what I am curious about not necessarily what I know, which is what is said you should do as a writer. Half the stuff I write about I am still seeking an answer to. I’m not sure how I feel about a subject so I…

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LETS MAKE MISTAKES!

LET’S MAKE MISTAKES! ‘If you’re making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re DOING SOMETHING.  Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here.’ NEIL GAIMAN When I met my boyfriend Bob I was afraid to make mistakes. I was almost terrified of them. I thought they were to be avoided at all costs and did everything I could to not make one. Have you ever noticed how many more mistakes you make when you are freaking about making one? How tiresome! Now I’m learning to change my entire mindset on mistakes.  BRING EM ON!! I say. ‘GET IN THE ARENA’  One of my favorite authors and TedTalk mentors is Researcher Brene Brown. She…

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