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Bloggers make good muses! I am getting so inspired by other bloggers and what they provide on their blogs that it is hard not to use them as my muses.

Today on Misifusa’s Blog, (presenceofpresence) she offered her readers a short video featuring Louise Hay, the great inspirational and motivational author and speaker. This lovely lady is 86 and carries with her all kinds of wisdom—but today her words particularly hit home. She was being interviewed and gave some advice on how to deal with problems when they raise their ugly heads.

Deutsch: Louise Hay in London , April 2008, Sc...

Louise Hay in London , April 2008, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ms. Hay says that when she is confronted by a problem, first she says “All is well” then follows it up with: “Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come, and I am safe.”

She says that uttering these words “quiets your inner turmoil down enough to give the universe time to give us a solution.” Now, you can define universe however you want. For me it is a combination of getting my wherewithal together, combined with a little faith and hope.

The last question she was asked in the interview was:  “Where do you go from here?”

She said: “I don’t know. Life will bring it to me.”

And that is how it goes—life provides us with the next step—all we have to do is believe that “All is well.”

#3 – Writer’s Devotional Or Why I Would Never Use the Sunday Prompt

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English: Logo of Muse in SVG Español: Logo de Muse en SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have followed my haphazard writings about this book thus far, you know the drill: Monday deals with Writers talking about Writers; Tuesday is motivation day,… etc.

Today I am going to concentrate on the Tuesday motivation and the Sunday Writing Prompt of Week 2.

The Tuesday motivation talks about Grammar—the uninteresting, stuffy sister to creativity (sometimes known as the Muse), who is always bright and exciting, and lots of fun to be around.  We all know that having the basics of grammar under our belts is a necessity, and to be honest when I was first introduced to the intricacies of grammar, I loved it. That relationship has waned over the years, and I have a new mantra to cover my bases. It is:  I know the rules so I can break them. That statement is not really true, but it makes up for my loss of memory and any grammar mistakes I make inadvertently.  Sometimes, though I make them on purpose. It is important to know when you are rebelling against the dyed-in-the-wool grammar rules and when you are not—I have to admit, sometimes I am just not sure.

Author of  “The Writer’s Devotional”, Amy Peters states that there “is a whole cottage industry of books on grammar,….each of which offers sound advice. I know because I had to read all of them to write this book.” She says grammar is important but “there are plenty of writers who spit directly in its face.” I do not spit directly in the face of grammar, but sometimes the rules need to be broken, and I have no problem doing that. (Sometimes I break the rules because I do not remember them – but I comfort myself with the fact that I once did.)

The Sunday prompt is probably an easy one for many people. The prompt is: “I like animals,…” but it is not one that motivates me.

It is not that I hate animals–I am just not an animal person. I know this admission makes me sound heartless—but I am not. In fact, I took in a kitten on the day after Halloween about five years ago as it had followed trick or treaters all the night before looking for someone to love it. That cat is now much-loved by the three men who live in my house. Seriously, they L – O – V – E, love, love  this cat.  I feed the cat so it loves me. I put up with it because my sons and husband love it so much. There, that is my animal story—the beginning, middle and end. As you can see “I like animals,…” does not fit the profile.

I have written about our cat (known in these parts as His Royal Highness) in the past. You will find it  in the  September archives of this blog. You will note that the story did not start with “I like animals,….”

Published in: on May 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm  Comments (4)  
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#1 – The Writer’s Devotional, Amy Peters

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Writer Wordart (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

In my eternal quest to expand what is left of my mind, I bought a new book called “The Writer’s Devotional” with some birthday money I had received that was just burning a hole in my pocket , or to be more authentic (shades of Oprah) a hole in my pink wallet. It has contained within its brown suede-like cover (which is why I suspect I purchased it, as I just love the soft beautifully etched surface) a promise. Actually 365 promises. The subtitle of the book by Amy Peters declares that the book contains: “365 Inspirational Exercises, Ideas, Tips & Motivations on Writing”.

Now, according to the sketchy instructions at the front of the book, I am supposed to read one of the tips, exercises, ideas etc. a day, absorb it, meditate on it, or use it to write something profound. But seriously, I know myself and cannot stick to that prefab routine. I have already completed the readings for the first week, and I suspect that very soon I will finish the book. I am not a page-a-day kind of girl. I am also not really a girl, as I have several decades under my belt past the stage of girl, but I refuse to call myself a gal, and woman is a bit too formal, and well….mature.

The book is set up with a Monday to Sunday format. On Mondays you hear some words of wisdom from a writer; on Tuesday you get motivated; Wednesday is writing class day; Thursday is about editing; Friday provides a biography about a great writer; Saturday gives suggestions on books that writers should read; and Sunday, well on Sunday you are given a writing prompt. So, all in all you get two prompts over the week, learn some unusual biographical info about writers, as well as a few words of wisdom, and get to give your muse a bit of a reprieve.

One of the things I do as a writer is write a weekly column, and I always need ideas. I plan on taking some ideas from this book, and elaborating on them both for this blog and my column. I invite you to join me on this journey, which I will number,  and include in my “Off the Cuff” section so you can distinguish it from my other contributions. I will be providing a little info from the book, but not enough to spoil it for you should you want to buy it (or enough to get me sued)—just enough to whet your appetite. Comments would be appreciated if you have something to add to what I hope will not be a one-sided conversation.  This is not just a journey for writers; I hope to make it interesting to all.

Published in: on May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm  Comments (2)  
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