Blog Love: Cheryl Fassett catches fireflies

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January 2017

A blog I do not visit as often as I should :-). I shared this post on my old blog “The Bee Writes…” on Blogger and now it is here :-). Please be so kind to visit and find out more about her deep, funny and always thought provoking posts.

February 2015

Do you know Cheryl Fassett?
No? Well, then you missed one of the most inspiring and motivating people I have ever met.

I can’t exactly remember how we met, but I suspect it was via NaNoWriMo of which she is a dedicated fan. We both took part in 2012 and developed an email relationship that supported us through the tough month of November with day jobs and writing 1600 words a day. What an experience!

But the best experience for me was not to have managed the whole 50 000 words by the end of the month but to have found a new friend who is on a similar journey than me and has bit by bit developed the courage to follow her dream and be a writer.

She writes about this herself:” I have only recently realized how important it is to follow your dreams, no matter how scary it may be to put yourself out there.” (Cheryl Fassett in “About Me” on “Catching Fireflies”)

I love her blog “Catching Fireflies” as her posts always motivate me when I am down, and she makes me think about  my life and my writing. It shows not only her journey to be a published author, but also parts of her life she struggles with and things that keep her creativity going. I think it is a very courageous way of blogging, but it also shows that you can not keep your “writing-self” away from your “real-life-self”. I think we can not be parted in different roles. I believe both influences one another and makes us who we are.

If you are looking for a blog to follow that gives you ideas for writing, motivation for writing and suggestions for interesting and informative blog posts about writing in the depth of the world wide web you must not miss Cheryl Fassett’s blog “Catching Fireflies“!

Fireflies and Startrails by FoS Photography
photo credit: FoS Photography via Flickr
with this Creative Commons licence

 

Starting Creatively ~ 26Dec16

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I liked last week’s video prompt very much so I’ve decided to choose another one for this week :-)!

video credit: Juan G Pagan via YouTube

I have posted a few poetry prompts over the years and I want to post some more prompts.

However, I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness” as you can see above🙂. But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Mindful Monday makes way for apple trees

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My last post mentioned a little how I feel about the state of the world today: From disillusioned to hopeless  ~ everything is in it.

This is not the woman I wanted to be when I grew up, though. Not that I had any idea who I wanted to be but one thing always made me tick: Hope!

Hope that one day things will be better, hope that I am strong enough to survive challenges, hope to bring something good into this world.

There is a saying which is attributed to Martin Luther and it says:

If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today!

I feel we are at a turning point in history. We are at a turning point for humankind and to me at least it feels like the end of the world as I knew it.

So I’ve decided it is time to plant some apple trees.

Virtual ones that is!

 

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photo credit: David Bleasdale via Flickr

 

The idea is to have a post every Monday that speaks of hope, a positive future and maybe some utopias. I will create a new page on this blog on which I will “plant” apple trees with links to every hopeful post that takes part in “The Orchard of Hope”.

So today I invite you to write a guest post for “Just Fooling Around with Bee or The Bee Writes…” that speaks of your hope, that speaks of the future that you want to create and anything positive that you feel can make a difference in the energetic carpet that all our lives and our blogs are.

I will post a picture of you if you wish so and a link to your blog and/or social media pages in the post and then link the post to an apple tree on the “The Orchard of Hope” page.

Feel free to choose the format of your post (fiction, poetry, general blog post, photography, painting…..) and send it to me via bee.halton(at)gmail.com with the subject “Orchard of Hope”.

And yes as said in the title: “The Orchard of Hope” will be a substitute for Mindful Monday.

I am looking forward to receiving your hopeful posts :-)!

 

 

Starting Creatively ~ 19Dec16

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This week’s prompt is a video and with no further ado I introduce you to it:

I have posted a few poetry prompts over the years and I want to post some more prompts.

However, I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness” as you can see above :-). But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Blog Love ~ Following Seas

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I should keep a journal where I note down when and why I stumbled over a great blog to make sure I can tell you about it here at “Blog Love”.

Unfortunately, I haven’t done so yet and I can’t really tell you why I started following Luanne at “Following Seas”. I suspect it might have been Norm’s Thursday Doors or Linda’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”.

No matter why I started it is a great blog and I warmly suggest to you to pay her a visit here:

Following Seas

Luanne has a beautiful “About” section where she describes where life has led her (raising three children, gaining degrees and life experience and much more).

She does beautiful photo posts to different prompts one of which I like especially. It is 30 Days of Gratitude (and I just decided I will do that in January 2017 besides Linda’s “Just Jot It January”. I think that’s a great start into the new year!) 

Throughout 2016 I have become a huge fan of the habit of gratitude and the amazing transformational power it has. And so Luanne’s posts have inspired me greatly.

You can find inspirational posts, posts about writing, posts about life, posts about a cat (? 😉 ) posts….

but you know what? Please head over and find out for yourself!!!!!

Blog Love ~This, That and the Other Thing

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Today I want to introduce you to Sustainabilitea and her blog “This, That and the Other Thing”.

I fell through her door so to speak as she takes part in Norm’s Thursday Doors and her pictures are just brilliant. She can also be found on Wordless Wednesday and several other photo challenges which are met with humour and skill.

However, the lady used to homeschool and travel a lot so you can find some posts about ancient history of Greece and other places thereabouts. Incredibly interesting. And you can even find some poetry if I am not mistaken. So please take a minute to hop over to “This, That and the Other Thing” and let yourself be whisked away to other worlds and universes :-). Thank you!

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Blog Love ~ Annette Rochelle Aben

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Today I want to introduce you to an extremely versatile blog: It is the blog Annette Rochelle Aben and has the same name. She describes herself as a “~ Communicator, WordSmith, Artist, Guide, Mentor, Muse ~” and that is exactly what comes across from her blog.

Be prepared to be amazed, wondering and maybe find some answers by angels. If you want to find her newest post just go to the right and click on the bottom where it says archives. Then click the actual month.

I am off to discover some more on “Annette Rochelle Aben” 🙂

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Good Morning Writers! ~ Take Note!

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October 2016

I wrote this post in November 2014 however, it is still up-to-date on how I take note :-). Well, I am back on an Android phone but even though we supposedly get 4G around here I still can’t always use Google Drive. Never mind.

November 2014

How is your writing doing? Do you procrastinate or do you use any minute you have to write? Well, I seem to go in waves: There are times when I just can’t get my bu…… up and do anything. And there are times when I just write and seem to do nothing else.

I write everywhere

In those times I write literally everywhere: At home, on my break at work, while waiting at the doctor…. you get the gist. In those times it is good to have a little notebook with you to jot down, what comes to  mind as well as planning ahead on blog posts.

Go digital

However, it also means that I have to type things on the laptop later on which I find a little tedious at times. Not that I mind typing but typing from my handwritten notes to the laptop I do not really like. That is where mobiles come in handy (sorry for the pun my dear German readers 😉 (a mobile is called a Handy in German). Most have some sort of note making application on them and if you can synchronise those with your laptop or computer it is even better.

Google’s “Drive”

As long as I had an Android phone I struggled a little with Google docs (now called Google Drive). In theory, it should have been possible to use it on the phone and then later on have it synched to the laptop. However, we live in an area with bad mobile internet connection so google docs never worked on my phone which was highly annoying. I think it was supposed to work offline as well. But it did not.

Microsoft’s “OneNote”

When my husband got me the Nokia Lumia for me to take pictures I was quite weary to try out “OneNote” which was advertised by Microsoft. Sometimes though you just try out things no matter what and that is exactly what I did. And I was pleasantly surprised as OneNote on my phone does not need an internet connection for me to use it. I can write my notes without and then synch it to wherever else I use OneNote when I have a connection available.

Once I figured that out I was typing away like mad and also often use it to get myself organised or to write full blog post drafts which I then copy and paste on the laptop.

I still have a paper notebook

I still have a paper notebook with me as some things are just better written down by hand first but I am glad I have the digital version available as well.

What about you?

And what about you dear readers and writers? Do you prefer the good old paper notebook or do you do it digital ;-). And if so: which are your preferred apps? Please let me know!

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Good Morning Writers! ~ What's up?

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October 2016

Two years ago I was struggling a lot with my mental health. In September I was at the end of my therapy cycle and I think my procrastination was rather my mind readjusting to the newly learned tools to deal with my past and just getting back into normal again.

But I have also learned since then that procrastination isn’t that bad. You need a break every now and then. For me, it was more the worrying about the procrastination that prevented me from writing. Today, I do not worry so  much about it. I have learned to follow my gut which tells me when to write and when to rest and play. Both is important.

But what did I think in 2014 about it?

September 2014

How has your writing been in the last week? Have you had brilliant new ideas or are you bored with what you are doing? Have you achieved what you wanted or are you lagging behind?

I’m procrastinating. Big time. I could do so much more if I’d get my buttocks up and just get going but I can’t be bothered. Well, I am bothered with other things. Refreshing French. Playing with the little one. Reading. Yes, reading and what good fun that is. Drinking buckets full of tea.

All good things to do. They just get in the way with the writing. Well, never mind. I’ll get back into it. Always did, always will.

And what about you? What is your favourite procrastination and how do you get out of it?

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Blog Love ~ Notions Capital

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Today I want to introduce you to a blog I stumbled upon when I wrote Wednesday’s poem to remember Kristallnacht. It is called “NotionsCapital” by Mike Licht and he is not (I quote his about page): Mike Licht the CPA and former Denver City Auditor, notMike Licht the muscle-car expert or the poet known as “Rhyet,”not the Mike Lichts from Iowa or Illinois or Cologne or North Carolina or Puerto Rico, not the German biochemist, not the physician, not the marathon runner, not the IT account exec, not the broker in Denmark, not the architect and video game designer, not the Russian-born Yiddish poet and translator, and not the Spanish Civil War veteran.”

To be honest I am surprised that he has not  more than nearly 300 readers because his blog is an eclectic mix of music, thoughts on today’s politics and society and historic events. The posts have a lovely length and certainly make you think a little more and enjoy music a little more.

So please head over to “NotionsCapital” and find out for yourself what Mike Licht has to offer. Thanks!

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