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2014 Writing Process Blog Hop

Copy (2) of IMG_0561So, I have this rather interesting case of sudden popularity. A few weeks ago one of my online friends contacted me and asked me to be part of a blog hop – then she disappeared on vacation and in the meantime another dear friend asked me a similar question, luckily for a different day. I am beginning to believe I am missing the gene that allows you to say “no” – even if I have no clue as to when or how I’ll make it happen. So, here I am writing about my writing, something I rarely do.

Today’s feature artist is Morgan Dragonwillow. She is the one that nabbed me for a post this week. I shall answer the questions as she presented them and do something a bit different next week. Morgan’s participation can be found here. You really should check it out. She is a sincere and sensitive lady and a truly inspired poet. I have found much of personal value in her work and she is a really nice lady to know.

What am I working on?

That is a touchy subject just now. Writing was on hold while I waded through another tax season as my “day job” is accounting. In any case, I have an open project updating my first book, Who I Am Yesterday, which is about coping with my husband’s dementia. Then I’m working on a piece he has wanted me to do for years (though he no longer remembers) about the Book of Job.

Then, recently, a friend of mine encouraged (dared?) me to join in a fiction writing challenge. I don’t do fiction. But, well, it was a friend. And I had fun! I kicked out about 20 flash fiction pieces in a month. They are all here under 30 Cubed or simply Fictional Adventures.

How does my work differ from others of the genre?

As writers we all like to believe that we have something unique to offer; and we do. No matter how homogenous modern technology makes us, we still have unique perspectives. My writing is supported by years (well, decades) of “people watching,” the trials and travails of mentoring in business and in life and the experience of being a caregiver. I deeply love science fiction-fantasy, but I also find history, philosophy and the sciences spellbinding. My hope is whatever cake I bake with this broad mixture is of interest to hungry readers looking for something a bit off the common path.

Why do I write what I do?

Published or not I have always written. I’m a pretty private person so sometimes working things out requires a conversation with my computer (or other more antiquated means) to sort things out, collect research, understand a new concept, or learn something new. I write because I am driven to organize thoughts. There came a time when other folks expressed an interest in what I was writing, and so an author was born.

How does my writing process work?

Well, that depends. If it is a nonfiction work that requires research I read. Lots. Take notes. Lots. Then store them in my Scrivener project folder. During a recent foray into fiction writing I basically sat down in front of a blank screen and, well, “went somewhere.” While I was describing “were” the story would take shape and eventually I would know who “I” was. When I write about being a caregiver I walk through the things that make things work, and the things that didn’t. Try to find the humor, and find the experiences that might help others. I guess writing for me is so much a part of who and where I am it takes all kinds of shapes.

Now, here are the lovely ladies that have been duly warned by be that they are next!

Megan Elizabeth Morales is a female who loves Star Trek, is a Netflix Junkie and loves Comic-Con. She’s a bit of a dreamer, isn’t she? One day when she was eight years old, she just started writing, and she’s never stopped since. She lives in Snohomish Washington with her parents, and is soon to be a 2014 high school graduate. She harnesses the powers of Epilepsy to expand her eccentric imagination in her novel she’s currently working on, and JK Rowling is her role model in the writing world. You can find her at a Red Robins, or at her home daydreaming about cheeseburgers, and scrolling on the computer looking at high heeled boots and regular heels.

Etta Jean was born in Sacramento, California and destined from birth to be a bard. She told tall tales while devouring the creative worlds of others until she finally had to create her own. She has seen both good and evil in her life, and her stories, like life, have no half measures. Her happy endings never come without cost, though, for she truly believes we can’t appreciate the good and the joy without the bad and the pain along the way. Her current haunt is a comfy house in her beloved hometown where she wrangles three feline fur-kids while constantly overbooking her calendar. If she’s not chained to her desk, she’s stomping through the scenery in search of equally fantastical photographs.

Lenora Rogers: The mother of three grown children, I live in Cullman, Alabama. My passion for history and the arts has driven me start all kinds of projects such as groups on Facebook and to create my own special place on a blog (lenorasculture.wordpress.com), And with the success of that blog. With encouragement from some great friends, I decided it was time to take the next step a start writing a book. It is never too late to set goals for yourself and follow them. I found that with determination, hard work, persistence and a great support system, anything is possible to achieve. I am currently working on my first novel, The Haunting of Simone, with co writer Stacey Brewer.

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Review ~ Wild Woman Waking: Finding the Path to Who You Are

Wild Woman Waking by Morgan Dragonwillow with photography by Tui Snider

Morgacover18n is a dear friend of mine. One of those found in the madness known as Facebook. This is her second visit to my little alcove. You may remember her previous offering, Dancing within Shadow. Her poetry touched me then, and it continues to do so. Through her poetry she finds a way to paint a story of the pain, discovery and joy of her life. She openly shares her journey so that others may find the strength necessary to seek their own path, their own journey to healing.

Morgan’s work is beautifully illustrated by photos from another friend of mine, Tue Snider. This lady has an incredible eye for detail and can turn the mundane into an amazing inner journey. Who would think that a photo of a drain in a boat house would have artist interest? Somehow, this photographer can and does.

Here are just a few bits of how these artists have managed to create together. I chose this first piece because it speaks to me. I know something of the journey from insecurity and fear to strength and peace.

Fall

When you are hiding
within yourself
afraid to be who
you really are
it is hard to speak
your inner truth
fear is a constant
companion
daring you to trip
daring you to fall
but falling is
the only option
because standing
hurts
too
much

Another one that resonated with me so deeply was “Fire.”  I don’t recall have a circle of friends I could feel this free with; but I do know a few people who can make my heart dance and sing.

fire sm

Fire
Born in the dark of night
slow
moist
and sacred
embrace your brilliant self
wake to your desires
to the blazing morning fire
velvet
soft
wild
open
where the soul remembers
bringing women to the circle
to dance laugh and celebrate.
in the dazzling joy of life

And just one more teaser of Tui’s work, finding extraordinary in the ordinary:

Pic3 2Check out Morgan’s musings, and Tui’s impressions of the world around us. I’m pretty sure you’ll find something just for you.

Morgan Dragonwillow is a shadow poet and recovering perfectionist that strives to inspire other poets and writers. She especially enjoys helping those that have had trouble letting go of the fear holding back their words from landing on the page. It thrills her to her marrow when her words inspire someone to write; it is one of her greatest joys. Morgan released her first poetry book, Dancing within Shadow, in March 2013. She is intimate with shadow and dances into the heart of it. She believes that diving into what most people try to avoid makes great fertilizer for all types of creativity, especially writing and poetry. She writes poetry to be able to say things, feel things that she can’t seem to express or feel anywhere else. Morgan lives in Marietta Ga. with her partner, their Pekinese, and their long haired Tabby. She loves creating of all kinds but words are her passion. You can connect with Morgan from the links below.
Morgan Dragonwillow’s Amazon author page
Morgan Dragonwillow’s Shadow Poet & Author Page: Dancing where others fear to tread.
Facebook Author Page
Pinterest
Twitter

Tui Snider is a freelance writer and travel blogger specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cultural traditions, and quirky travel destinations. She is also a photographer. Her articles and photos have appeared in BMIbaby, easyJet, Wizzit, Click, Ling, PlanetEye Traveler, iStopover, SkyEurope, and North Texas Farm and Ranch magazines, among others. She also wrote the shopping chapter for the “Time Out Naples: Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast 2010” travel guidebook. Unexpected Texas is her first book. For Tui, travel is a mindset. Her motto is “Even home is a travel destination,” and she believes that “The world is only boring if you take everyone else’s word for it.” She has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. Her first book, “Unexpected Texas” is a guide to offbeat and overlooked places within easy reach of the Dallas – Fort Worth region of North Texas. You can find Tui all around the web.  Tui has been a guest here as well, check out her book Unexpected Texas.

Feel free to say hi:

Tui Snider’s Amazon author page
Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel blog
Facebook author page
Instagram
Pinterest

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Reflections on what “Networking” is really all about

Sometimes in the wild and woolly world of the Internet and Social Networking, you manage to form lasting relationships with people you may never meet personally, but dearly wish you could.  Since I began my adventure I have found a number of these people.  People I have not met, may never meet, and yet feel that they have become a very special part of my life. Morgan is just such a person.  I am charmed by her input, inspired by her passion and whether or not we agree on things, I admire her gentler touch in bringing issues to the forefront.  When such a person pours her soul out into poetry, I consider it something worth noting.

Starting WedFront thumbnesday, June 19th through Thursday, June 20th,  Morgan will be offering the Kindle version of her book, Dancing within Shadow, for free.  This 2-day event will launch a promotion that will run 7-10 days at which time (drum rollllll) – she will release her paperback version.  There are new poems, photographs, and a brand new cover for both the paperback and the Kindle.

What I love about this little book is that Morgan has expressed some of the pain she experienced in her childhood in such a manner that anyone that has suffered at some point can wrap themselves up in her insight and inspiration.  She provides few details and does not linger long before she moves on to the process of growing out of that pain, growing into something beautiful and fulfilling.  She takes your hand and leads you into her world:

 The Journey Opens

I am diving into poetry to discover

what lies beneath the surface

and between the spaces

of time and me.

Finding much I’ve learned

and much still to grasp

the spaces I find

filling up fast.

Whatever comes into play

I shall discover more

of me I will to see

Divine.

The journey is opening to all

where we take it now

is up to you

and me.

 

When she asked if I would give her a spot on my blog I jumped at the chance.  In return I received a poem written just for my little Alcove:

Reflections of You

Looking into time
looking into your reflection
reflection of colors at sunset
reflection upon the water
water flows with emotion
water flows with images
images taken from memory
images come to life
life filled with choices
life mixed with mistakes
mistakes that you would change
mistakes that turn to dust
dust fills the air
dust makes it hard to breathe
breathe deeply into now
breathe silently into peace
peace can be gained
peace can be reality
reality looks dark
reality can change
change for the better
change can bring joy
joy leads to laughter
joy in the moment
moment in time
moment of solace
solace of mind
solace opens wide
wide into spaces
wide open heart
heart opens to healing
heart opens to love
love brings you together
love makes you strong
strong you stand
strong joined as one
one and one makes two
one and one with you
you shine within
you and I always
always loving you
always and forever
forever in my heart
forever entwined
entwined we are
entwined with you
you and me together
you and me equals love
Love
Together

Morgan is Co-host of @StoryDam and creatrix of OctPoWriMo (a poetry month in October). She is intimate with shadow and dances into the heart of it believing that diving in to what most people try to avoid makes great fertilizer for creativity whether it is writing, painting, or any other form of art.

Writing and publishing her books have been a dream since she was eight years old. She finally made that dream come true last March when she published, Dancing within Shadow. Filled with beautiful photos and art, this poetic journey travels into Morgan Dragonwillow’s troubled childhood to discover her courage, her refusal to be broken, finding love, and the light of transformation. There are defining moments in each of the four sections – Darkness, Rebellion, Love and Light. Morgan Dragonwillow shares pieces of her soul opening a path through the darkness.

Morgan’s creed is rooted in poetry for, “Poetry has anchored into my very being and I find that it draws me back to the page again and again, more than any other form of writing.”

“I don’t know about you but I have tremendous stage fright. What I mean is that any time I have to be in front of people whether in print/words or physically I get extreme anxiety and my brain starts to shut down. The closer to the date the harder it gets. Somehow, between my partner cheering me on and telling me there isn’t anything I can’t do, and me pushing myself to get through it, I come out on the other side.

Is there anything that causes such anxiety in you? How do you get through it? Do you get through it?”

You can find Morgan in a number of places:

Dancing within Shadow Amazon Link is http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-within-Shadow-ebook/dp/B00C100FPC/

Website http://morgandragonwillow.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mdragonwillow.writer

Twitter https://twitter.com/MDragonwillow

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