In the Breeze

Does night come before the dawn
Or does it follow day?
We weren't around when it all began
So really who's to say?

Who sprinkled the stars across the sky
And gave them their magical light?
That hides in the rays of the sun in the day
And only comes out at night?

Who hung the sun in the sky so high
Its light shines down on all?
And takes a whole day to travel the sky
Earning some rest by nighfall

Who gave the moon its ghostly gray glow
Waxing and waning by night
Or the eternal enchantment of its pull
In which lovers and wolves delight

So keep your eyes up to skies in constant awe
Of this world and all its mysteries
Don't dare let go of your questioning mind
The answers are in the breeze




Solace for the Soulless

My latest poem〜a dark sentiment on love, loss, and eternal anguish. It's definitely got a dark theme〜but there is some light if you look hard enough. ツ

Your coffee's not yet cold
But your spot in our bed is
I still feel you here...smell you...taste you
But you're gone

It wasn't enough that you stole
the once-beating lump from
inside my chest
You took my breath
You took my reason to breathe

There is no solace
for the soulless

I am dark and empty now
My skin cold & gray without
the flush of blood coursing
through my veins

Veins that once were
crawling with you
Veins that became a part
of all you consumed
But I would never be enough
to quiet the hunger
that consumes you
No one will ever be enough
to appease the monster within you

You will go on sucking souls
in search of the pleasure 
that eludes you
Begging for an end to
the misery that plagues you
All the while stringing
sacrifices in your wake

I lie dead
soulless and rotting
amid the carnage strewn 
along your road to ruin
With one last notion
gnawing at my consciousness

I pity you.

My suffering has ended
but yours carries on,
The hell inside you will rage,
its fires scorching black
the dirt that gathered
where your soul should be

Locked forever
in your own private purgatory

The one true 
solace for the soulless


Taming the Procrasti-beast

It's a huge hairy beast that sucks all the time from my day. Every day. 😞

So I searched my soul and Google to find some ways to tame that merciless beast. This is what I came up with. Hope it's helpful to you...and me, too! 😎

Did you find any of these tips helpful? Not helpful? Let me know in the comment section...I'd love to hear what you think! 💜



#I ❤ Lists!

Hashtags... they may be annoying (not to me personally, but I've heard talk ツ) Yet they are extremely useful... and sort of magical, considering what they do. However you feel about them, it's hard to deny they have become necessary for survival in the world of social media. Especially for writers... monumentally for indie authors. ツ

I've put together a list of 36 hashtags (some specifically for indie authors) into an handy-dandy infographic.ツ You may be familiar with some of them... or all of them. I am a lover of lists ~ I need them in my life. Hopefully my obsession will be of some use to you! ツ

for future reference

#IARTG ~ Indie Author Retweet Twitter Group
#ASMSG ~ Authors Social Media Support Group
#ian1 ~ Independent Author network
#myWANA ~ We Are Not Alone
#1k1h ~ One thousand words, one hour



The Un-WED Writer

I recently read an article by David Jose Older (find it here) that has completely changed my life ~ my writing life ~ in huge ways. ツ

I am the worst procrastinator.....but the best at it, unfortunately. For so long I've told myself that if I'd just sit down and write EVERY day, it would become a habit and then problem solved!

Except telling myself that never solved the problem. No matter how many times I reminded myself to start writing (just 3 weeks to get the habit started...easy, right?!)...it never happened. That highly regarded golden writing rule did not seem to be in the stars for me.

The guilt came on like a slow burn threatening to devour what was left of my motivation. Wherever I looked, smart, talented people were telling me I need to write every day (WED)! And they knew what they were talking about...even worse, they actually DID it themselves! What the hell was wrong with me?! How could I consider myself a writer if I couldn't even commit to writing every day? Writing is my calling...my passion...so why was this so hard?

Because I'm a failure.

That's what I began telling myself. I fail as a writer if I can't manage to write just a little EVERY day. And it became a vicious cycle because the last thing I wanted to do was write after I'd convinced myself that I'm such a horrible failure. Why bother if I sucked so much?

All that crap thinking left the building when I came across this article. ツ BOOM! It started off by calling the WED rule "nonsense". O_O  That immediately grabbed my attention and sparked a little light at the end of my tunnel of guilt and failure. He wrote about NOT giving yourself hell over it.....but forgiving yourself instead. Give yourself a pass for not meeting some made-up metric in writing that is completely unattainable for some of us. It was so freeing to read those words...like I had broken out of the WED chains that kept me bound...and unproductive.

It's not about creating forced habits...but it's not about waiting for your muse, either. The secret to productive writing lies somewhere in between. The best thing you can do for yourself is find your personal writing rhythm. It's kind of like finding your writing voice. It's not something you can go looking for, really.....you just have to pay close attention. When do you usually find the time to write? When do you do your best writing? When is the most challenging time for you to write? Set your writing schedule to what works best for you.....totally personalize it. Make your own way and trust that flow when you find it. Trust yourself to know when you should be writing and when it's time to take a break.

Once you do find your rhythm, it will become second nature to you....almost like a habit. ツ