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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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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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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THREE GENERATIONS of CREATIVE REBEL SOULS

‘BUKOWSKI, BEATRICE AND ME.’ Three generations of Creative Rebel Souls. So I discovered this wonderful author and poet online the other day named Charles Bukowski. I had never heard of him and I am so glad I found him while randomly searching YouTube. I totally resonated with his spunk, sarcasm, talent, wit, rebel spirit and of course his tragedy. Here’s what some have said about him: ‘Hilarious man but very tragic and ill.’ ‘He’s kind of cheerful and miserable at the same time’. ‘He was a miserable bastard but his words were so damn profound.’ ‘ Shakespeare of the down and out!’ ‘Hands down one of my favorite writers and poets’. ‘Salty old fart, reminds me of me.’ ‘At least Bukowski lived the life he wrote about. A lot of poets are posers.’ ‘Very talented man, a very important piece of american culture.’ ‘He makes more sense as a rambling drunk…

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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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CALLED TO WRITE.

Michelle Monet Feb 20 I posted this article on medium.com today in a group called “All about writing’.  It is addressed to other writers but I thought Id share it here too.  DO YOU FEEL “CALLED” TO WRITE? I definitely was. ONE OF THE BOOKS I am working on is called ‘My Call to Write’ — Excerpts and Essays from a Writers Journal’. This book will chronicle my journey from last January (when I got my serious call to write) through today. The catalyst for my writing ‘frenzy’ was when my beloved cat named BigBoy died. He had a horrible cancerous tumor in his mouth and I watched him slowly wither away and succumb to this disease.  I was like his nurse for the past few months of his life. It was a heartbreaking time for me. I loved this guy with all my heart. I had him for 16 years and he was close to…

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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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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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