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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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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THE LINK BETWEEN CREATIVITY AND MADNESS

The link between Creativity and Madness. Here are some findings from my research. I was feeling a bit crazy, mad and unusually insane today. It felt like I was slipping into some sort of a low-grade depression. It might be a combination of personal stuff and the whole weird world situation, I don’t know. My melancholy has always been present in my life, thankfully not as deep as poet Sylvia Plath who put her head in an oven to kill herself while her kids were asleep in her house. But, a feeling of angst seems to have seeped into my veins lately. I wondered if depression, melancholy, and madness were a common theme with writers? I found that: There’s a definite LINK between creativity and madness. This link between creativity and madness subject has always resonated with me. On my list of things to write about, this topic seems to always jump…

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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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SUNBATHING IN FEBRUARY!

SUNBATHING IN FEBRUARY! WhaaAAaaaaaaAAAat?? From my Journal yesterday: So, Its February 15. I am sitting outside my house… sunbathing!? HUH!? Weeeeeeird weather!! Craziness. I even had the windows open in my car today driving to the store. I was sweating. Sweating in February. Is this a definite sign of Global Warming? Global weirdness. Who knows? I’m not complaining, at all. I love sunshine. I love feeling the sun beating down on me and my face. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve always loved sun. This sun in Tennessee feels like a different sort of sun than when I lived in Vegas or Tahoe or South Africa or other places. I’ve experienced sunshine in so many places, but still—it’s the same healing vibe. Feeling the suns rays seep into me and my brain always gives me a vibe that ‘All is well’. Today as I sit here outside…

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SOMETHING GOOD!

 TIME TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING GOOD! Bob and I recently had a really awful experience at a restaurant. Bad service, bad food, owner with a horrible attitude who berated his employees in front of his staff etc. UGH! I was tempted to go on TripAdvisor, where I write a lot of reviews, and write a scathing one about this place but then I thought ‘Nahh. I don’t want the stress of that negative energy. I want to write about something positive!’ It’s easy to complain and moan and groan about what we dislike. So much of people’s time these days seems to be spent in bitching about what’s not good, what’s wrong.  (Yea, well there’s a lot of crap going on in the world! Lots of negativity to choose from!) So just to balance the negative energy I thought I’d write about something I really love. We just got this…

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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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