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Prayers for Writers

  Prayer of a Writer  Lord of all things, whose wondrous gifts to man Include the shining symbols known as words  Grant that I may use their mighty power only for good. Help me to pass on Small fragments of Your wisdom, truth, and love. Teach me to touch the unseen, lonely heart With laughter, or the quick release of tears. Let me portray the courage that endures, Defiant in the face of pain or death; The kindness and the gentleness of those Who fight against the anger of the world; The beauty hidden in the smallest things; The mystery, the wonder of it all…. Open my ears, my eyes; unlock my heart. Speak through me Lord, if it be Your will.  Amen                                                                                                   –  Arthur Gordon A Writer’s Prayer …

Time is My Friend (a Haibun)

In the past I viewed time from the same perspective as the rest of the world. I saw time as expendable, limited, and something to grab because it is fleeting. Things changed when I decided to look at time from a different perspective. When I decided not to hurry, I discovered an entirely different aspect of time. I saw that it is limitless. I realized that time is expandable – it can be stretched to infinity. I learned that we can dance with it. And time is always there – here, now. It will never disappear – time lasts forever. holding my breath I run after that which has no legs Time is of the essence, we are told. Time is essence, I now know. Time heals. Time allows us to unfold our wings. Time waits for us. Time is my friend now. Time indulges me. It waits for me. I see more clearly when I am not in a hurry. There are no more marathons for me to run. photo credit: clockwork gold via photopin …

At a Turtle’s Pace

I’m making slow progress in rebuilding a writer’s life. I’m going at a turtle’s pace, so different from last year’s attempt, when I thought I was just being determined. But going at a fast and at times frenetic pace resulted in stress and soon I began to equate writing with stress. Now I am going slow, taking my time. I am enjoying the process of waiting and watching the words flow and typing and writing them down. Blogging used to be a big deal and required much time and thinking. Now I sit before the computer and ask myself, “What do I want to blog about today?” I asked myself that question a while ago and there was no answer. “Oh my, I don’t have anything to write about,” I whispered to myself. So I decided to meander and see where the energy would take me. I thought of revisiting  an online writing community I used to participate in and was so surprised by the changes within the group. It has grown beautifully. I made a decision …

Fun Time!

I wanted to have some fun today and surfed the web… and discovered Storybird!  It’s a great visual community that revolves around storytelling. Storybird allows anyone to create wonderful stories accompanied by gorgeous artwork in a matter of seconds. You can write a poem by choosing an artwork and some words that you drag into the artwork   Press the Publish button and voila! You have a copy of your fully illustrated poem!   I also wrote a few pages of a picture book and this is the cover   Here are the first two pages…both written in a matter of minutes!   You can also create a multi-chapter longform book. There are lots of great artwork that you can use to illustrate you poem or story. Grab some fun now!

A Passive Stretch to Ease a Writer’s Aching Body

    Last week was an extremely busy one for me, mainly because I committed to submit ten articles to a London publisher. Sometimes we make decisions that are totally insane, and that’s what I did when I accepted the writing assignments that had to be submitted within one week after acceptance. I managed to finish all ten articles one day and a few hours late because I was able to work on them only a couple of days before the deadline. It required hours and hours of striking the keypad and needless to say, by the time I finished, my shoulders and back were really stiff. Through the years, when the body stiffens and begins to ache due to overwork, I always do a passive stretch which I call the “Fulford stretch.” It’s an easy and highly effective way to relax the muscles. This stretch was recommended by Dr. Robert Fulford,  who was a leading practitioner of cranial osteopathy.  In his book, “Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life: The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force,” he …

Lessons from Rock Balancing

I’ve always had an affinity for stones and rocks. So, late last year when I heard about rock balancing, it was a no brainer – I simply had to learn how to do it! I took some small stones and a few rocks from the garden and brought them into my bedroom and in the evenings, I tried to learn how to balance stones and rocks. There’s a science to it, actually. You just have to “help” the rock find its center of gravity by “assisting it.” You let the rock fall and then slightly turn it away from the side where it falls. The rock falls and falls and falls, and each time it does, you turn it slightly, until finally the rock stops falling – it has found its center of gravity! I’ve spent many nights balancing rocks and stones. There’s a feeling of exhilaration each time the rocks find their center of gravity. I’ve done the same thing with my writing – I’ve set goals over and over. I’ve fallen time and time again. I’ve tried …