Lovely Words Vol. 25

November 22, 2010

Welcome to the November 22 edition of Lovely Words. In honor of Thanksgiving, let’s all take a little time to reflect on the people and things that make us grateful. We at Lovely Words are grateful for our readers; thank you so very much for hanging in there as we incur growing pains. Everyone, please have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

Who Inspires You.

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Thanks To Mom, We Tried Turkey Farming posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “As a way of honoring my mother, we tried raising pastured turkeys.”

Writing

 
Shaheen E Lakhan presents Free Will is NOT An Illusion posted at Brain Blogger, saying, “Many scientists think that free-will is an illusion. That is, intentions, choices, and decisions are made by subconscious mind, which only lets the conscious mind know what was willed after the fact.”
 
 
Erin Pavlina presents Believe It and Achieve It posted at Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “My twin sister and I started playing basketball when we were 10 years old. My father was elated as basketball was his favorite sport. He taught us all the basic skills and worked with us every weekend at the gym to improve our game, then he signed us up for a local community basketball league…”

Inspiration

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents 9 Amazing Reasons To Be Optimistic posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Hope builds when beautiful, often little-known wonders are uncovered. Find out how things are getting better in surprisingly wonderful ways.”

Poetry

Missy Frye presents Where are We? The Importance of Place posted at Incurable Disease of Writing, saying, “Poet, Anne McCrady says, “a great poem, like a photo or a postcard or a painting, begins by creating an image for the audience to consider.”"
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Hairy Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.
Laura Grace Weldon presents Poetry Diet posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Is it possible to sustain ourselves by poetry?”

 

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Meditation for Writers

November 16, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Writers should meditate on a daily basis because clears the mind, renews the spirit, and helps to fill that empty void. Meditation clears the mind by allowing for moments to just be; you have no future no past just this moment. Meditation renews your spirit in that it’s like a mini vacation where you come back refreshed and ready to take on your life.

 Meditation is like a vacuum cleaner in that it clears out the negative voices that tell us we can’t do this or that. It stills that voice that is always trying to under mind our sense of self-worth. It helps to fill that empty void by getting rid of all the clutter; getting rid of the clutter makes room for our prayers, religious, and/or spiritual practice to take root and actually fill us up.

 Meditation helps us to stop retelling all those old stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Stories like this person is to blame for my down fall… the world is against me… why try…. In meditating we are able to live more fully in this moment realizing there is nothing we can do about the past and if we wish to build a better future, we start right now in this moment.

 Meditations is a must for writers in order to see life as it is rather than creating mental models for individual and putting people into the little box of who we think they are; such as, if we work together and you think I’m a jerk, then that’s the lens through which you view my every action. No matter what I do because of the mental model you have in your head about me it’s going to perceived as a jerk move.

Meditation frees the writer to see people as themselves rather than a series of acts. When we see people as individuals and expect the best from them we will be amazed at how often they rise to meet your expectations. When are free of the negative voices that weigh us down, we are also pleasantly surprised when our own lives begin to surpass anticipated outcomes. So, right now in this moment, take a few seconds and just breathe.

Categories: Life.

Lovely Words Vol. 24

November 8, 2010

Welcome to the November 8, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Please enjoy our quietly beautiful selection of articles that are perfect for a chilly fall day.

Inspiration

 
Laura Grace Weldon presents Letting Beauty Go posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, ““Best not get attached to Beauty,” I was warned by people older and wiser.”
 
Erin Pavlina presents The Secret to Forgiving Yourself posted at
Erin Pavlina – Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People, saying, “Have you ever made a mistake you thought was so bad that you simply couldn’t forgive yourself? So bad that you sunk into a depression and were unable to move on? Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why can’t we forgive ourselves for our mistakes? How long must you flog yourself before you are…”

What Inspires You

 
Nikki Hodgson presents I heart Grenoble posted at Never A Dull Moment.

Poetry

 
cindy bell presents Joy: A Haibun posted at The Graphic Haibuneer, saying, “A haibun”
Madeleine Begun Kane presents A Limerick Loser’s Lament  andElection Results Madness  posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog

Writing

Amy Waterman presents The Writing Club posted at Waterman Words, saying, “Is writing a solitary activity or best shared in the company of others? I discuss whether or not joining a writing club can help you with your writing … or hold you back.”

Peace

 
Jim Edwards presents On the Inside; You’re Not Growing Old!  and Henry Loeffler’s Miracle Testimony  posted at EverydayChristianFamily.com, saying, “Words expressing how older people feel and my friend’s story of finding peace when near death.”

List

 
 
Lindsay Samuels presents The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History posted at Library Science Degree, saying, “Characters of both the purely hated and “love to hate” variety make appearances here to encourage improvised games of comparison and contrast. Pretty much every literary character will have his or her defenders – particularly popular romantic leads – though a hefty proportion of them seem to inspire as much disgust as delight.”
 

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The World Stopped

November 3, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

It rained last evening and the world stopped. The world stopped to look at the individual droplets rolling down the screened patio until they all merged and were simply wet. The rain is so thick you can barely see beyond the screen. We all have important things to do, yet, the world stops to listen to the weeping rain.

 The world stopped because a good rain is like a good cry, it renews your spirit. It makes you feel like no matter what has gone wrong in your life everything will be okay. Rain is such a charming part of nature; you have to love its churning sound; the way it showers the world making everything fresh and new. I imagine God is patting Him or Herself on the back so pleased to be the official sponsor of rain.

Last evening’s rain  was an answer to a prayer, for we all need a little rain in our lives from time to time so that we may stop and get that cozy feeling of just being. No future, no past, just rain. A tranquil rain is like a symphony for the eyes and ears; it captures your attention and enthralls your imagination.

Last evening’s rain with its dark clouds gave an ethereal quality to an already beautiful world. I can almost hear God say, “Rain, yeah, well done, well done.” Amen. So remember the next time it rains to stop watch the show nature puts on just for you.    

 

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Categories: Life.

The Most Essential Word

November 1, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

The word “because” is one of the most essential words for writers. Although, it is quite utilitarian in nature it also possesses a certain poetic quality. I use because often, some examples are I Write Because and Because…, but the Beatles use it best.

Because is such a simple word yet it has such emotion pull. We are more inclined to listen to others when they give us a reason. Because is a lovely word not necessarily in its sound but in its varied uses and its ability to evoke emotion. John Lennon writes, “because the sky is blue it makes me cry.” What better reason to cry?

Because not just a valid word for writers, we all use it. Apologies go much better if you say “Please forgive me because you are so important to me, I never want to hurt you.” Someone would have to be made of ice to overlook an apology like this.

If that does not make you give the word because a little more respect then listen to this: because has been scientifically proven to be the most persuasive word in the English language. People seem to respond to it because it strikes a cord somewhere deep within the subconscious and compels others to listen to your reasoning.    

Will you get your way every time just by using the word because; absolutely not, but it will ensure others will listen to you. This is part of life we all want to be heard, loved and appreciated.   

 

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Categories: Life, Writing.

Lovely Words Vol. 23

October 25, 2010

Welcome to the October 25, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. We are pleased that you stopped by. We have an abundance of list articles this week; lists are always interesting because they are so packed with information. Please enjoy and stop by the writer’s site and leave a comment; thank you so very much for spending time with us.

Inspiration

Byteful Travel presents How to Stop & Listen to the Magic of Autumn posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Striking while the iron is hot is a key factor when creating art, at least metaphorically. That’s what I did yesterday. I went out to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. In the process I discovered, and photographed, something of the Essence of Autumn itself. (high resolution photos included)”

Poetry

probabilityZero presents Saucer posted at Recurial: A blog of programming, politics and poetry., saying, “A simple, calm little poem about alien abductions and the meaning of life.”
 
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Tasty Books posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.
 

Writing

Missy Frye presents The Gift of Ordinary Days posted at Incurable Disease of Writing, saying, “Practical ways to be re-awakened to the poetry around you.”

List

loomis1324 presents 50 Ways to Find Inspiration when your feeling down! posted at Success Demands Action, saying, “We all go through periods when we feel down no matter how successful we may be or may not. Whether its something simple like a gloomy day or a catastrophe these 50 ways to find inspiration when your feeling down will help you! I”
 
 
Michael Erins presents Famous Last Words: 50 All-time Best Last Lines In Literature posted at Masters in Education, saying, “Take this list for what it is – a fun celebration of both the literary craft as a whole and the writers skilled enough to hold an audience’s attention until the bitter end.”
 
 
 
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Write for Yourself

October 18, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

The best advice I have ever read about writing came from Cyril Connolly, who says, “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” Writers living in the information age have so many outlets for their craft. It is easy for us to pick a trendy target audience and write for that group (notice all the vampire sensation lately). While finding a trend and jumping on the band wagon may be easy at what personal cost is it to the writer him or herself.

I always tell my son the hardest thing in this world to be is yourself. This maybe especially true of writers because we spend so much time observing the world around us and recording, sometimes it’s difficult to tell where the words end and we begin. Therefore we more than any other group have to make sure we are honest with ourselves; after all one hundred years from now all that is left of us will be our words. That has to mean something.

We dishonor ourselves when we put words out into the universe that don’t come from a place of honesty. We have to write for who we are and not for any current trend, or the way we would like others to perceive us. To have the heart of a writer is something to be treasured, even if others don’t see it. Our job is to see what others do not; to do this we have to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror.

Writing is one of the easiest looking difficult job; we don’t get to leave it at the office our words follow us everywhere we go. They sometimes wake us in the middle of the night because they can’t wait to come out.  Our words are important, therefore, when we are tempted to write material that is not true to whom we are as human beings we have to remember the reason we became writers, and stay true to that which we are because the most important thing we have is our integrity.   

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Categories: 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.

 

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Categories: Blog Carnival, Blogging.

Finding Balance…

October 4, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

In looking at my coming week I see so much work and so little time. I am trying to balance writing, work, school, and something that resembles a personal life. Although I am taking time out every day for prayer and meditation I am having a difficult finding the perfect schedule.

Right now that perfect schedule seems to be if I awake I am working. I know from experience this agenda will take its toll on my health and personal life; but I don’t see another choice. I stop, and remember to breath. I remind myself that the world doesn’t fall apart if I take a nap.

I feel grateful that a lot of my work can be done from home. Lately I find it more comforting to take on one assignment and complete it before starting another. I am no longer a multi-tasker I am someone who follows through on projects.

I’m hanging up my cape I no longer wish to be Superwoman; I just want to make a peaceful contribution to my little part of the world. I do that best by sitting at my desk putting a few words on a page.

 

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Categories: Life.

Lovely Words Vol. 21

September 27, 2010

Welcome to the September 27, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Dear Writers, we would like to thank you so very much for your submissions. We apologize that we do not have room for them all. We must also remind writers, we are a small niche blog dedicated to writing and the writing lifestyle. We are not political or angry. We have no interest in cults except convincing every one of the cathartic benefits of writing (join us). Although all submissions are appreciated, only those that fall within our niche marked will be published. Thank you all for joining us for this edition of Lovely Words, please enjoy.

Poetry

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Weepy Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.
 
Scott Killen presents Prodigal posted at Killentime, saying, “A poem of repentance by Scott Killen.”
 
Byteful Travel presents You were Always Truly Safe poem posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “While still in travelling mode, I was struck by an inspiration and wrote this short poem about what the phrase”truly safe” truly means.”

Lovely Words

Anonymous presents Top 50 Famous Thank You Quotes posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, “I was inspired to put together my Top 50 Thank You Quotes after producing the Thank You Cards”

Writing

 
Nevada halbert presents The Power of Words posted at ourworldtraveler.

Books

Zen

Laura Grace Weldon presents What To Expect From A Load of Crap posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “It’s all about the day unfolding through the attitude we take.”
 
    
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