Special Announcement

March 5, 2012

In case you were wondering what I have been doing with all this time away from WAASA, I have been writing books. My new book,  The Elements of Faith, is available on Amazon.com in e-book and will be avaliable in paperback by August 18, 2012 . Soon after the first few pages will be made available free right here on WAASA. I would like to extend a very special thank you to all my readers who have been with me on this writer’s journey. If you have not already, I hope you find your writer’s voice.    

peace&blessings,

          ~cj~

Categories: Blogging.

The Blinking Cursor

January 10, 2011

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Every morning I wake up to do battle with the blinking curser on my computer screen. I doesn’t say anything it just blinks as if to say “Come on already.” I’m sure its mocking me. Whoever came up with the idea that the cursor should blink is indeed a sadist.

After I pray, I lie in bed knowing its waiting for me. Although I have ideas while lying in bed I’m not quite sure how to implement them. I drag myself out of bed, write in my journal, watch the sunrise and proceed to do battle. 

I know I can do it, I do it every day, but somehow there this underlying notion that this is it; I just cannot write today. What do I do? I write anyway. I write because I cannot allow irrational fear to keep me from doing what I most love to do in this world.

I sit back, relax and have a soothing cup of tea; my passion for writing begins to flow; I embrace the cursor in all its sadistic ways. It is no longer the enemy but simply a tool with which I craft my art.    

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Categories: Blogging, Writing.

Lovely Words Vol. 22

October 11, 2010


Welcome to the October 11, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. We have a wonderful array of articles for your reading pleasure. Please enjoy these lovely words.

Peace


Laura Grace Weldon presents On Living Happily with Less  and Mom Knows Nothing  posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “There’s a bright side to chaos, change and loss. A collective shift.”

Inspiration


Diane Saarinen presents Day of Remembrance Lantern Festival posted at Autumn Follies, saying, “I think the captions and photos tell the story.”

Poetry


Madeleine Begun Kane presents Infamous Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Who Inspires You


Lindsay Samuels presents 50 Famous Fictional Characters That Are Based on Real People posted at Library Science Degree, saying, “Writers of all types draw inspiration from themselves, their friends and family or famous figures in order to create memorable, nuanced characters. It happens regularly in every form of media, oftentimes without the audience’s awareness.”

Writing


Larry Dignan presents 10 TV Shows That Writers Really Love posted at Online College Courses.

Byteful Travel presents How to Increase your Power through Travel posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Today I share my personal philosophy on why travel is such a fantastic catalyst for growth, and how you can harness it to accelerate your own growth.”

Dianne Hanson presents Dealing with Self-Doubt as a Writer posted at Pro-Writer.

Robert Labonte presents If It?s Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is posted at Form Over Dysfunction.

Books


Jena Ellis presents 10 Mesmerizing Works of Metafiction posted at Online Certificate Programs.

Carol Vertz presents 10 Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing posted at Liberal Arts Colleges.

Graham Alice presents 100 All-Time Greatest Popular Science Books posted at OEDb: Online Education Database.

 

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of lovely words using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Lovely Words Vol. 19

August 30, 2010

 

Welcome to the August 30, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Summers gone far too soon; stretch it out a bit longer reading our author’s lovely words.

Inspiration

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd presents Note to Self « Naked Lady in a White (Silk) Dress posted at Naked Lady in a White (Silk) Dress, saying, “A to-do list I wrote to myself for my wedding day.”
 
Juan Santiago presents Feria posted at LensVerse.

Poetry

writersmelon presents Not myself anymore posted at www.writersmelon.com.
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents High-Tech Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Writing

Missy Frye presents Sculpting a Poem posted at Incurable Disease of Writing, saying, “Poet Anne McCrady compares the creative process of sculpting and writing and shares ideas for sculpting a new poem.”
 
Tarahlynn presents ?Home? posted at Tarah Wolff, saying, “This blog post is taking me another step toward finding peace throughout this hard spell in my life. As always, my book and my writing is what pulls me through.”

Writer’s Resource

Tod presents Criteria for Writing a Great Blog Article posted at Tod.FM, saying, “Keep this list in mind if you want to create the best articles you possibly can.”
 
 
shawnwade presents Online Article Writing  and How Easy Can be Press Release Copy Writing  posted at The best ways to write web content, saying, “The latest avenue of income generation as a writer is online article writing. Countless websites offer advice to aspiring writers of online content, giving them tips on everything from creating websites to signing contracts.”
 
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Lovely Words using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Categories: Blogging.

Georgia on my Mind

August 23, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

“Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.” Although Florida is my adopted home, Georgia is my comfort food. It’s mid August and I would imagine the leaves will soon consider turning in Georgia. Don’t’ get me wrong I love the tropical Florida sunshine, but there is something so artistically interesting about the fall season.

The trees begin a symphony of unending colors. The Georgia leaves start out young and green only to turn a bright yellow, burnt orange, then toasty brown and slowly fall from the trees as they play their final swan song. Looking out in the back yard was always a feast for the eyes.  

When I was a child my father would drive my brothers and I from Georgia to Tennessee just to take in all the colors of the autumn leaves. Sometime we would listen to music, sometimes talk, and other times we were so completely in awe of nature’s beauty no words or sounds were needed.  

We would drive along thinking our private thoughts unaware that we were making memories. I count my leaf memories as a wonderful part of my childhood.  I guess after a leaf has lived its leaf-ful purpose it deserves to have people take notice as it takes its final bow. I imagine one can learn a lot about life just studying the life cycle of a leaf.    

 

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Categories: Blogging.

Write to Listen to Your Own Voice

July 13, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

One of the reasons I get up early and write every morning is to hear my own voice. In America we are bombarded by messages 24/7; and sometimes it is difficult to discern the truth. Writing early before the clutter of the day sets in allows us to hear your own authentic voice.

There is so much information being thrown at us, sometimes it hard to decide simple things such as, do I really want to eat or am I affected by the commercial of happy people eating creamy, delicious ice cream cones. I bet if I ate a creamy delicious ice cream cone I would be happy too.

The messages are subtle but they are everywhere. It is imperative for all of us to stop and think rather than just operate on automatic pilot. Writing gives us an instinctive point of view that makes us stop and listen to ourselves.

We should listen to ourselves because so much of what we need to know about life is within us. We just need to take the time to listen to our inner-voice. If we are always ravaged by TV, computers, and other outside stimuli, when do we have time to hear our own voice?  

The act of writing renders credence to having an authentic voice. Writing it downs gives our voice weight; it is no longer just a thought here one minute gone the next. Writing it down means this is what I think and this is why it is important. Writing records your personal history and who can tell your story better than you?     

 

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Categories: Blogging.

Wordless

June 28, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Today is challenging in that I have written several articles to post, yet, I’m not putting them out for anyone to see because I’m not feeling it. In fact I’m feeling quite wordless today. Whenever the words don’t come or I am not pleased with what I have written I simply sit and continue to write.

This phase is not quite writers block but rather a time of reflection. This is a time when although I am writing it is of such a personal nature I cannot share it. I don’t like feeling wordless; it’s very isolating. Wordless or not I sit in front of my lap top and write; more than half the battle of being a writer is showing up, sitting down, and writing.

Writers should write even if they don’t feel like writing because everyone else who goes to work gets the job done whether they feel like it or not. Writing is an art but it’s also about discipline, a successful writer is one that shows up and gets to work.

So, even though I am feeling quite wordless this morning, I am grateful for the words that do come. I know that tomorrow is another day and I get to start again with new thoughts and new words.   

 

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Categories: Blogging.

What makes a Writer a Writer?

June 3, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

 

After you have put in the time and actually practice writing on a daily basis what makes you a writer? A while back I thought a writer had to credentialed to consider him or herself a real writer. But, after I received my credentials I still did not feel I could call myself a writer.

It took a few years for me to realize I am a writer because I write. It’s as simple as that writers write. Becoming a proficient writer requires time and practice as with any profession, but the title of writer is what you bestow upon yourself.

Writers observe the world and provide commentary. They inform, entertain, and provide a general sense of the temperature of the world around them. Writers are the artist who feels the world’s pain, injustice, and joy.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to become a writer you are a writer because you practice, you feel it, and breathe it. Writing is a wonderfully crazy, obsessive profession that is often not easy for those who are more social to understand.

 Writing takes a lot of discipline and hard work which to others looks like you are sitting around doing nothing. Writers are readers in fact capable writers may read more than they write.  Writers are chameleons who get lost in their task and must constantly work to stay grounded.

Of all the jobs I have had, and I have had many, writing is the most fulfilling. It seems all of life has prepared me with the experiences needed to succinctly (I love that word) express my feelings to others in a relatable manner. Writers see beauty in words; writers see beauty in life, but most of all writers write.

 


 

 

 

 

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Categories: Blogging.

Mistakes…

May 18, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans 

I am in the process of becoming and I have horrible growing pains. We are always in the process of becoming but I feel now is one of those fork in the road moments in time that determines my destiny for years to come.

I can’t not explain how I know this except to say we intutitutively know when we are at a crossroads road in our life and we must either go straight, left or right. Needless to say I am spending a lot of time in deep thought and prayer. I am taking into consideration the consequences of all my actions.

I’m trying to figure out what will make me happy long-term rather than just addressing my present wants and needs. Growing up seems to be an ongoing process in which I am not always adequately equipped to participate at an optimum level.

I would love to be one of those people who get life served up on a silver platter. Instead I stumble through life getting bumps and bruises from the lessons learned along the way.  Anne Lamott says, “You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t.”

I guess I’m tired of finding out who I am not and want to get on to the business of who I am. It seems as if as soon as I get a handle on it I start to transition again. Every ten years a new person emerges; the only light at the end of this tunnel is that the new person is always a better person.

I know it seems I am lamenting my plight but in reality I am analyzing out loud in an effort to find understanding. Some people talk, or think things out but I prefer the written word. Everything becomes clearer after I write about it.

Okay, maybe everything does not become clearer but I do feel better after writing. Writing is one of the few things in life that speaks to my soul. I have made a lot of mistakes in life, of which I have no regrets, but becoming a writer is not one of them.

 

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Categories: Blogging.

Technology-less

May 17, 2010

C. J. Stegall-Evans

I spent the majority of last week without internet service. I found the experience to be both beneficial and mildly frustrating.  It was beneficial in that I was able to sit and watch the sunrise without out thinking of what else I could be doing. The days I did not to work outside the home felt slower and easier.

After a couple days I did not feel the need to check in with the outside world or read the news online. I took long rides on my bike through the city as if I were a tourist. I did not read any more than usual but I did feel less rushed.

Career wise I did not move mountains but I did step back and reflect on my wonderfully peaceful life. I am reminded of my technology-less week this morning as I stop working a couple times just to listen to the rain.

Although my week without technology was quite freeing it was also mildly frustrating when I could not post here on WAASA or check my email. I love getting up in the morning writing an imperfect article of whatever is in my head and posting it online.

I enjoy encouraging other to write and I hope those of you who checks in on me every morning were not too disappointed. I also missed checking my email. I have an enormous backlog of email of which I whittle away on a daily basis.

After a few days of missing email duty what was enormous has become insane. So, as I sit here writing, I am trying not to become overwhelmed at the thought of my bulging email box. All the work did not get around to last week is still waiting for me.

 I look at last week as a sort of mini-vacation. I am grateful for small miracles but I am also grateful to have my technology back.   

 

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Categories: Blogging.

In Praise of Teachers

May 4, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans 

I wanted to become a teacher because teachers do this amazing thing; you know the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, well, teachers just give it away. Teachers stand in their classrooms every day and dispense the keys to success. Teachers are not only responsible for what they do in their classroom they are also expected to lead impeccable lives outside their schools.

 In a society where good role models are few, unfortunately, it is incumbent upon the teachers to take up the slack. Teachers and the school system have a huge responsibility in that they are the foundation that holds civilization together.

I was recently gifted with a mug that says, “Teaching is the profession that creates all other.” Teaching is a profession of service to others that is bigger than any one individual. I believe it was Mr. Spock form Star Trek II who said it best, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Teaching is an honorable, yet, thankless, and low paying profession that requires high ethical standards, the patience of a saint, and a boat load of prayer.

 

** It’s Teacher Appreciation Week; take the time to let a teacher know he or she was/is important to you. **

 

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When the Student is Ready…

May 3, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Life has so many crossroads it seems we are always in need of someone to teach us or there is some life lesson to be learned. Life in itself is one huge lesson that we mere mortals must adapt ourselves to in order to flourish.   

Flourish is an interesting choice of words, in life it seems some of us learn life’s game plan while others fail to thrive. Where are the teachers or masters for those who fail to thrive; are those people not listening to heart beat of life? Or is it the age old question “why do bad things happen to good people?”        

I guess I am being a bit cynical lately because I have run into far too many people who are not ready to meet life head on. They are constantly beating their heads against a brick wall and wondering why it hurts.  I have encountered perfectly nice people who do not realize they are not living.

Living means learning and growing and accepting the teachers in our lives in whatever manner he/she or it appears. Some people are so busy knowing everything that they don’t take time to listen to what life is trying to teach.

Let us not forget at one time or another we are all students of life and we must slow down to listen to what life has to teach us. If we do not awaken that within us that seeks truth we miss out on so many life’s lessons. Remember, “When the student is ready the master appears” (Lao Tzu).

 

 

 


 

 

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Categories: Blogging.

Lovely Words Vol. 10

April 26, 2010

Welcome to the tenth edition of Lovely Words also known as the April 26, 2010 publication. The tenth edition is a small, yet, welcome millstone of a project that truly warms my heart. What I love most about editing Lovely Words is I get to read the articles. I have found some of my favorite blogs and bits of wonderful information from the hundreds of submissions. Please enjoy!

 

Inspiration

 
 

Poetry

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Musical Chairs posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Writing

Isabella Smith presents 10 Important Writers Who Went to Jail for Their Work posted at Online University Reviews, saying, “These 10 listed in the article endure an atrocious and unwarranted fate for the supposed “crime” of expressing themselves. Please take some time to explore these other stories as well – doing so will open eyes to the disgusting acts intended to squelch justice that tragically characterize everyday life for millions of men, women, and children across the globe.”
 

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of lovely words using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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I Dream of Sleeping

April 20, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans 

This is one of those rare weeks when I am so overbooked I am averaging approximately four hours of sleep per night. I still get up and write for at least an hour before I officially begin my busy day. This morning I thought I should spend that hour sleeping but my fingers wanted to write.

I remember that success is mostly a due to persistence, just showing up and getting the work done. Besides, who actually needs sleeping when I can actually write about it? As much as I love to write right now I only dream of sleeping. If I were sleeping I would dream of sleeping.

I know you are thinking she got of early to write about nothing; but that’s the thing about a writing practice, you write even when you don’t want to. You capture your sleep deprived ramblings in hopes of maybe mining something from it for a later project.

After this week it will be easy to write about a sleep deprived character. A writer puts a piece of him or herself in everything they write. Writing sleep deprived adds an extra layer to who you are as a writer.

 Will I book a week like this again? Absolutely not; but I am taking the experience and learning from it. I am learning to appreciate the slow pace of my life just a little bit more. I am learning why people forget to look at the sunrise.

I am also learning that I love to write even when rambling on in a sleep deprived state. Most of all I am learning to just write no matter the situation and what and see what unfolds.

 

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Categories: Blogging.

The Dream becomes the Dreamer

April 7, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Lying in bed I begin to dream. In my dream someone is running after me. I am running away from whoever is chasing me but I am also running to find myself and wake me up. I want wake me up to remind myself that I don’t have to be chased; I have it within me to change the situation. I need to remind myself that I am both the dreamer and the dream.

I wake myself up in the dream and I am keenly aware that I am dreaming. I cease running and myself and I stop to enjoy each other’s company. I tell myself that she has more control over our life than she could begin to imagine. She tells me to stop running and turn around and meet life head on.

I tell her “I am only running to find a space in life that works for me.” She tells me to stop and make a space in life that works for me. She tells me it’s time to plant roots and grow that I have been running much too long.  I listen but I am still uncertain she sees the big picture after all I woke her up. She says “I wasn’t sleeping; I was waiting on you to catch up.”          

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Confessions of a Plant Killer

March 31, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans  

I started a post about my grandmother’s garden and as I began to edit I decided I had to come clean: I am a plant killer. I never planned on a plant killing lifestyle but I just can’t seem to help myself. A few years ago I even killed an artificial plant (my cat helped).  

In truth I really love plants every few years I will try to grow one. Most recently, I received a rosemary; as I am pulling out of the parking spot I think I see the plant move closer to the door. It must be my imagination. I’m almost home and I look back again, while at a traffic light and catch the poor plant as its about to jump out the window. I sigh, because I know the plant would rather take its chances on tar in the Florida sun than go home with me.

I get my plant home, I water it, I nurture it, I do everything my research tells me to do. My cat even loves this plant. She does not eat it but rather curls her body around it and cuddles. This plant is getting water and love and everything I can possibly give it. Week four rolls around and this plant is on its last leg.

I can’t figure out for the life of me what I could have done wrong. During this period I was also attending a gardening volunteer class. I thought I would learn not to be a plant killer and help my community with my new found plant knowledge. I enjoyed the class except all they talked about was plants. I’m used to writers talking about writing and teachers talking about teaching but I felt outside of my comfort zone in the plant cult.

They kept torturing me by asking about my plants; If I didn’t get out of there soon I would break. I knew any minuet they would all rise, start chanting, “plant killer, plant killer” and start poking me with gardening tools. I tried but I’m never going to be a volunteer gardener. I also may never become a plant owner. I lament my fate as I prepare to throw out a pygmy date palm I’ve had since 2004. I’ve tried those so called hard to kill plants; believe me it’s not that hard. I find solace in having the ability to write about plants.    

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 

 

 

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No Expectations, Please!

March 23, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Most days I wake up with all these expectations of what my life will be like today. Well, today is different for whatever reason I have no expectations. I feel good about this day but I have no set plans. It is freeing in a way but the part of me that want to control every minute of my life is rather confused.

I have only one thing written in my planner. I have a zillion and one things to do; is it possible to just let things go on a week day?  I’m not sure but I will try. I like when new concepts or feelings introduce themselves into my life. I view it as an opportunity to dig deeper and learn more.

I’m curious as to where this will lead as a person and as a writer. Is this a lesson only for today or will I find a way to incorporate it into my life? This strange gift brought with it a new layer of awareness because I really want to be fully present and experience this day.

*** I will finish this thought pattern this evening***

6:23 pm

I attempted to have a day with no expectation just an open heart. I did a lot of listening and was genuinely interested in what students and co-workers had to say. I met quite a few new people and made a point to remember who they are and their story. I don’t feel as if I judged anyone but rather embraced them whole heartedly as themselves. I also noticed that I did not judge myself as harshly. I did not worry whether or not I was making mistakes; I just did my best.         

 

 

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Working as a Sacred Art

March 22, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I worked really hard last week and even had one 15 hour day.  I began the 15 hour day asking “how Lord” and as the fun filled day sped by I ended it saying “thank you, Lord.” Although I work four part-time jobs I am not complaining; I am grateful. I would much rather have four jobs I am passionate about than one job I hate.

In the past few years I have taken to making sound decisions about the kind of life I want to live and what that entails. It has been quite a challenge to find employment that speaks to me as person and as a writer. I have no desire to re-enter the rat-race therefore it is imperative that my jobs revolve around the things I love which are writing, reading, and teaching.

I write from home on a daily basis both for myself and others. I also read from home. I used to always think wouldn’t it be nice having a job where I could read all day? Now, I still can’t believe people pay me to sit on my patio and read; go figure.

This may not seem like much to some of you but I know so many people who are unhappy with their lives.  I wonder at what point do you stop and say this is not the way my life is supposed to look. I fear at some point some of us give up and just start meandering aimlessly through life.

I beseech everyone reading today, to please find that thing that you are passionate about. If you don’t know, think back to when you were a kid. What made you happy? A lot of times we realize who and what we are meant to be when we are younger but time and well-meaning people sway us from our path.  

It’s never too late; so sit down and figure what you want to be when you grow up. Life is too precious to spend one day unhappy or out of place. Go out and make that life you were suppose to live. When you get a chance (today) sit down have a cup of tea (or coffee) and write about the life of your dreams. Feel free to email it to me with dreams in the subject line at cjse@writingasasacredart.com; I love to read. I’m excited for you already!

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 7

March 15, 2010

 

Welcome to the March 15, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. There was quite the interesting array of submission for this volume. Although Lovely Words has published an article on spousal abuse our primary focus is peace and harmony. Therefore, we ask that authors please submit only articles that enhance our consciousness of what it means to be human. We will start today edition with a bit of poetry. Everyone, have a lovely day.      

 

Poetry

Madeleine Begun Kane presents A Miss-Misunderstanding posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

 

Robert Terrell presents dawn smiles posted at the existential poet.

 

Inspiration

Simply Luxurious presents Uniquely Perfect posted at Simply Luxurious.   “ Have the courage to create the life of your dreams.”

 

Writing

Rowena Hebert presents 37 Lectures Every Writer Should Listen To posted at Online Degree Programs.org: Top Online Degrees.

 

Florine Church presents 10 Most Valuable Books in the World posted at Online Colleges.net.

 

Kristie Lewis presents 101 Habits of Highly Effective Writers posted at Online Degrees.net Blog.

 

Lovelymary presents 10 Famous Literary Characters and the Real People Who Inspired Them posted at Online Colleges.net.

 

This concludes this edition of Lovely Words, thank you for reading.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Living Bird by Bird

March 11, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I am working on several writing projects and am finding it impossible to just sit down and finish one. I have made a little head way on each project but nothing substantial. There are days when I sit at the computer going through projects trying to figure out which one to work on. When I begin to feel I will never finish anything I remember the following passage from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:  

 

          When my older brother was ten years old he was trying to get a report on

          birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next

          day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen

           table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened

           books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my

           father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brothers shoulder,

          and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.

                                                                             ( Lamott, 1994 p. 19)

 

This passage comes to me often in life. It reminds me to take a step back and evaluate the circumstances. This is one of my favorite stories because we should all take life and writing bird by bird.  Life and writing have a lot in common because writing is an expression of life.

Life is to writing as music is to dance. Writing is an interpretation of life just like dance is an illumination of music. Writing is a celebration of life both the good and bad sides. Although, I find it quite difficult to celebrate when I am looking at a blinking cursor.

Today when I look at my projects I am grateful to have so much work and so many ideas. Whenever I get new ideas I simply file it away in my idea book knowing I can take each project bird by bird.   

 

 

 


 

 
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Writing to Find Serenity

March 10, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

 

God grant me the serenity to

Accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

Wisdom to know the difference

( Reinhold Niebuhr)

 

I have been writing a lot lately, and although I find it cathartic the consequences are both good and bad. The good consequence is I am honest with myself more and can’t hide behind conscious or subconscious emotions. The bad consequence is that I have to admit for the last week or two I have not been fully present for my life.

I feel overwhelmed and have been wallowing in past mistakes, would have, could have, and should haves. This is no way to live one’s life. I am grateful that writing always puts me back on the right track.  I cannot change the past only cultivate a brighter future.

I work really hard to be present for my life and am unsure of how I could slip. Anyway I am back and feel a renewed appreciation for life. I cannot get the time back I spent worrying about things I cannot change but I can make the most of the present time.

Writing always brings me back to the present, and allows me to deal with issues I thought were too large to tackle. Writing grounds me in ways I never could imagine when I began journaling as a child.  In writing I find serenity, a safety net that it enables me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Academy Awards going the way of Kanye?

March 8, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I was watching the Academy Awards last night and was shocked to see, producer, Elinor Burkett bum rush the stage and commandeer, short film director, Robert Ross William’s acceptance speech. Has everyone gone Kanye West?

In the creative community the Academy Awards are considered the cream de la cream. Everyone dresses to the height of fashion and are expected to be on their best behavior. Does this change because we have a disagreement with the person who wins an award?

I don’t know about you but I watch the Oscars for a bit of escapism. This moment brought the show down to its lowest level. I was enjoying the entire pump and circumstance, paying careful attention to what everyone was wearing, and having an all around good time. Elinor Burkett let the air out of my balloon.

 I hope the future of award season is not to expect ill behavior at every ceremony. I’m sure Ms. Burkett had her reasons for her behavior, but I wish she had picked a less public venue to make her statement. I am always disappointed when human beings act in a less-than-humane manner; but I also think that being creative Ms. Burkett and Mr. Williams should people should try to find a more inspired means to solve their differences.            

 


 

 

 

 

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Dreaming in the Rain…

March 3, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans 

I love rainy day dreaming. Most mornings I’m out of bed by five, but on rainy days I give in the dreamer in me. I lie in bed and daydream about waking up in (my future) cottage on the beach. I lie on a soft feather bed under a down comforter, as if nestled in a cloud.

No one gets out of bed early on rainy days when they are nestled in a cloud. The rain is coming down hard in rhythm to the crash of the ocean waves. The louder it rains the more I feel as if I really am on the beach. I am in a fetal position; there is no outside world only this moment, this time. I feel safe and secure allowing my writer-self to give way to my dreamer-self.

Our dreamers have to have space in our lives so that we can see future possibilities. To have a better future we have to be able to see a better future, and then work toward that goal. I let go of thought and lie still feeling my atoms separate and salt air feels every fiber of my being. I am a conscious-yet-unconscious part of the Universe.

I luxuriate in this feeling because it’s not often I can mediate at this level. I hear the sound of a train its vibration making the dream even more real. The ocean, the train, can life be any better than that? I keep my eyes gently closed trying to fit eternity into minutes. The ocean roars, I pull my comforter up around my ears making a cocoon.  

My cocoon is warm, soft, fluffy and free of worries. Today I take a day off from the rest of the world to be a dreamer. I am especially kind to myself and forgiving of myself and others. Today is about a very small world with only goodness and light. Tomorrow can be whatever it chooses but today is for spiritual and emotional healing.    

 


 

 

 

 

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Why Did the Writer Cross the Road?

February 25, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans                          

Why did the writer cross the road? Because she was driven; corny, yes but true. Do you want to become a proficient writer?  The road to writing well begins with reading, writing and rest.

Writers are readers who learn their craft from other writers; find at least fifteen minutes to read every day. Reading is one of the most amazing tools in a writer’s arsenal. Reading takes you out of your life; it inspires ideas and hopefully reminds you writers are people too. More than anything writing should encourage you to live with passion. We all know the more passionate we feel the more we write.

Write, write, write, and then write some more, as I have said in previous post writing is a practice. The more you practices the better you becomes. Practice brings writers  a confidence that a pile of rejection letters can’t take away. It may take a while to find the right editor and or audience but writing like education is something no one can take away from you. So, get goodnights sleep and start everyday by putting fresh words on a page.

 Ah, then there is rest…(insert long exhale here) rest rejuvenates your mind and body.  Proper rest helps you find your balance, so that you may live a semi-sane existence. Rest is also important to physical and spiritual fulfillment. It is imperative we make time to rejuvenate our mind and body on a daily basis. The road to writing well is easier to navigate with a healthy mind and body.

 


 

 

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Embracing Techology

February 24, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

It is so amazing to be alive in the twenty-first-century, with all this technology at our finger tips. Imagine more knowledge than one could ever use just a keystroke away. I am an original Spock-loving-techno-geek, but when I decided to sink my whole heart into the art of living, I let my technical skills subside.

Since my site was recently hacked, and seeing the error of my ways, I picked up a few books which brought my techno-geek self back into my life. I guess as twenty-first-century-citizens it is incumbent upon all us to embrace technology. We are truly in an information age where one is paid for what they know rather than producing some kind of physical labor.

It is a bit of a challenge for some of us writers on the other side of twenty to reconcile the writing lifestyle and technology. But like writing it becomes easier with practice. I am fascinated to see where go from here as technology engulfs almost every facet of our lives. Simplicity is being redefined every day and it is up to each of us to decide when technology makes things easier and when it becomes clutter.  

Specifically, how do we who are enamored with the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” reconcile technology and simple living? Do we have to choose; or do we try to find the right juxtaposition?

 

 

 

 

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