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Has a piece left you crying, emoting, or visibly shaken? Can you relate to it intensely or identified with it so strongly you feel the need to share it? Have you witnessed some exceptionally good writing? Then please forward it to me!

This is a call to my readers to help spread the good stuff we so frequently encounter. I’d like to showcase some of the brilliant writers we all know! They deserve some recognition.

Please link to those pieces in the comments or email to me – sushibocks@gmail.com
I will repost them as they are made available to me. I’ll also share those beauties which I’ve found on WP and other places.

Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I Did Art!

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The Brooklyn Art Library – Sketchbook Project

Not trying to knock my efforts here, but I don’t know if I would call it great art. One definition of art is that itย is a form of creation, so expressed in that way, I DID ART! And I enjoyed it very much.

I was excited to be notified today that my sketchbook “I’m Fine” was received and within the next 6-8 weeks, it will be digitized for the whole world to see. When it’s live, I will post more information so you can see my creation for yourselves. Please be kind.

To give you a little bit of backstory on this, last year I ran across an ad about it and decided to participate. My thought was to showcase my writing in a non-traditional way. Seeing how I delight in being untraditional, this made perfect sense. Plus their mission statement below encouraged me to say “Hey, why not?” I loved the inclusivity of this project and it gave me an opportunity to try something different than I would normally do.

12 years ago when I started The Sketchbook Project, I wanted to create an informal outlet for anyone to create art, with a purpose. I believed and still believe in the notion that a creative community is stronger than its individual artists and that a project can be impactful in a way that is different than a traditional gallery.

With over 45,000 sketchbooks from 30,000 different global creative people, we have grown over the past 12 years to be the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. We have reignited art careers, inspired first-time creatives and even helped a few marriage proposals.

We find ourselves at the intersection of the social and digital transition and analog ephemeral needs.

By allowing anyone to participate, we have grown to a massive worldwide community of not only professionals but amateurs, moms, dads, mailmen and more.

We do not believe in the statement โ€˜Iโ€™m not an artist.โ€ Because it doesnโ€™t matter. Share your story, draw your stick figures, just own it.

We can promise you a lifelong commitment to keeping your artifact safe while continuing to act as a time capsule for global creativity.

Thanks for being a part of our community.

STEVEN PETERMAN
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

For more information about it or if you’d like to get involved with the next one coming up – Volume 16, click here.

 

Gone By And The New

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2019 is in the can!

This past week, I took the time to reflect on this past year and also, what 2020 might hold for me. 2019 was a wild ride for sure! Managing to hit and exceed so many of my goals with this blog has left me elated! I can’t express how incredible this ‘writing’ part of my life has gone for me this last year. Practically, every day I had the opportunity to read my favorite writers and enjoyed the freedom to elaborate my feelings and thoughts to my heart’s content. Every month, I celebrated immense personal satisfaction as I witnessed my work being showcased in print and online. This year I also had a chance to be mentored allowing me to continually work on my craft and diligently hone my skills. I was given so much to be grateful for. 2019 has been the bomb!

In that vein of being grateful, for this next year, I’d like to give back to the WP community and beyond. My theme for this year will be Paying it Forward. Iโ€™d like to promote, showcase and highlight the good stuff that may not get as much recognition as it deserves.ย 

In 2020, you will find me reblogging and commenting on more people’s inspirational work. I read over 290 blogs on average and there is sooo much good work out there. So I will share it with you, some of it is from days long past but I will also share more recent pieces as I come across those that make me go Oof. I would encourage you to recommend pieces to me as well. Whatever has you relating to it, feeling deeply about it, identifying with or seeing some exceptionally good writing, then please forward it to me. For now, this little mission of mine will be called HITS HOME. I’ll be periodically requesting you to share pieces that stir your head and your heart. I’ve not gotten all the details worked out yet but watch for an announcement soon.

This will also be the year I spend working on my next book and introducing another project on IWH very soon. Stay tuned for more news in the next few weeks about my new ideas and the direction of them. 2020 will be an interesting year!

And don’t fear, I will still be writing but it will depend on what’s going on in any given week whether I will publish to WP. Some weeks may just consist of reblogs and requests for what HITS HOME for you!

Wishing you all as much success as you can dream for yourselves this year!!

Needing Help With Some Research

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Hello Word Press Community!

I was hoping to enlist you for research in the area of love and romance. Are you single? If yes, please consider participating. For those with a gazillion followers, even just reblogging this post would be amazing whether you choose to participate or not. It would be appreciated!

The goal is to get as many responses as I can get. Thousands, if at all possible! I would be so grateful if you could make that happen!

This is first and foremost for research for a piece I would like to ultimately write but the bonus to this social experiment is that it might enable me to possibly help you. I’m not making any guarantees that I can, but Iโ€™d like to try! The data gained from this research will be valuable for what I’d like to write about. There is no cost, no membership, no purchase what-so-ever. Iโ€™ve created a questionnaire that can hopefully work to bring you to someone who holds the same values you may have. Having said that, you can certainly opt-out of this part of it if you only want to participate for the research piece of it.

So, if you are actively searching and hope to be #FindingOneInAWorldFullOfMany, please click below to be taken to a simple survey. All I ask is that you answer the survey honestly and supply an email address so possible matches can be emailed to you. Before emailing anything to anyone, I will ask permission from all parties. Your email addresses are private, and I will not share them with anyone unless you agree to it. Nor will your email addresses be sold to any third-party. And if you don’t qualify or don’t want to participate but still want to know the outcome from this, please feel free to email me at sushibocks@gmail.com requesting updates. Thanks!!

Click here to be redirected to the survey.

Christmas With Spill Words Press!

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What would the holidays be without one last publication receiving recognition in 2019? Well, kinda sad, if you ask me! LOL Spill Words Press has graciously picked up my submission With Awe In Their Eyes!! That’s a really nice present if you ask me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to Dagmara and the editing team. I really appreciate your support of my work!

Honored with another Liebster Award!

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Pritam Bora

Thank you so much for the nod, Pritam! Again my apologies that it took me so long to respond. My November adventures pushed me way behind on my reading! I’m still trying to catch up! LOL

And I apologize also that I won’t be participating but I will answer your questions.

Response to Pritam’s Questions

1. What motivates you to write?

Deep emotions, words that just seem to need out of my head and into a post, anger, injustice, beauty, love, relationships, nature, politics…
And so many more things. Bottom-line, the need to express because speaking these things doesn’t necessarily always come out the way I want them to.

2. What do you think about the inequalities in the world?

I think it’s a shame that as conscious beings some of us don’t seem to value a mentality beyond “I’ve got mine, screw you.” There should be no inequality but it seems that hurting others intentionally is all around us. It’s sad and sickening.

3. What kind of movies do you watch?

All kinds! But I think I mostly tend to drift towards action and comedies. Occasionally I like a well-done drama or one that really makes me think.

4. What do you think about the education system in your country?

Desperately needs improvement!! And my guess, total restructuring as we find that education is so different for everyone.

5. What do you think about social media?

Total time-suck but I like being able to stay in touch with my friends around the globe. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. What do you think about democracy?

It needs an update.

7. What do you want to do in life?

I want to touch people’s lives positively and be in a position where I can deflect harm the best.

8. What do you think about climate change and the role of developed countries?

My opinion is that climate change will continue to ravage our world as it has always done. The only difference in our current climate is that it is an ‘unnatural occurrence’ which is affecting us now. Man and the progress (and I say that with caution) brought about changes that have escalated a chain reaction of destruction. Of course, that is what nature does – destroy, resurrect, death, life, and so on…

The shame of this progress and understanding how it was impacting our world, especially in developed countries, is maddening. They know how much it would have been helpful to ‘get the big picture’ and instead seem to ignore it. IMO, they should have been the leaders to help reverse or at the very least, work on solutions to heal our planet.

9. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How does it help you?

I think that I’m mostly an introvert but can be an ambivert at times and even more seldom, actually enjoy being extroverted.

10. What is your evaluation of your government?

Throw them all out and start again! Well, not all but most. I want true representatives of the people to speak for me. And by that, I don’t mean those who ‘are like me’ but rather those who work for the best interest of all they represent.

11. What are the five best songs according to you?

I can’t do that because there are just too many that move me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I will tell you of the current musical artist that I adore and have for about a year now – LP. Here’s my favorite song by her.

 

Thanks again, Pritam!!

Officially Listed On Poets&Writers!!

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December is usually not that great for me. From Thanksgiving until March, my mood is generally cloudy. Thanks, SAD. So seeing me with a smile on my face and my mood up going into the end of this year is a rarity. It’s so out of character for those who know me personally.

After I published Every Day I Pause last year, I became familiar with Poets & Writers. This organization was founded in 1970 and is an awesome resource for writers, publishers, and agents. Their mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. I made it one of my goals to become listed as a poet with their non-profit. I’m thrilled that I was able to fulfill that objective within a year! Click here to view my profile.

Their requirements to make that happen pushed me out of my comfort zone. But it also gave me continued satisfaction to reach the milestones necessary to become listed as a writer and poet in their directory. Achieving the requirements and now the reward – well, it makes me burst with joy! I’m very happy to be able to be a part of their organization.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #4

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This nomination came from Kritika of Undressed Thoughts. Thank you so much for the nomination, Kritika! This was so kind of you to think of me. I appreciate it! Readers of IWH, please go visit her lovely blog.

These nominations are thrilling to get but sometimes very difficult to put into my schedule. This is one of those times so I won’t participate fully but I will answer all of Kritika’s questions. I’ve said it before on many occasions that this is a great way for us to all get to know each other a little better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kritika’s Questions for me

1.ย Do you search for difficult words in your writing? like I do. I have to search for meaning.

Search, no. They actually find me! I have an app that sends me a Word of the Day. If it’s one I don’t know and it’s interesting, I will try to use it in my writing.

2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? any specific flavor, please mention the same.

Both! But usually more tea and that’s daily. I prefer White Tea.

3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phones notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

I prefer writing on my desktop or laptop but I will use my phone if I’m out and about when a thought strikes me for a potential post. Then when I get home I elaborate more and evaluate if it would be a good piece to post.

4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

Any country which has a beautiful white sand beach with palm trees and crystal clear blue water.

5. How many books do you have in your own library?

Currently, 127 but my guess is there have probably been close to 500 at one time. These are just the absolute favorites. I’ve probably read into the thousands! LOL

6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

Demonstrated in protests – Women’s rights & LGBT equality – but I support a variety of other causes. Whatever is unjust must be called out, and I do that frequently. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

Sometimes life is just putting one foot in front of the other and going in the direction of a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

Comedies are my favorite but I can get into a good drama with raw emotions.

9. Are you a bathroom singer?

Nope, more like a car singer.

10. How do you spend your Sunday?

First, it’s completely necessary to languish in bed for a bit, then usually writing and reading. And laundry.

11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

Yes, but usually just as side noise. I frequently read blogs when I have the TV on. I adore Survivor, Mom and Madame Secretary. Found another one recently called The Masked Singer. Very entertaining.

Thanks, Kritika! ๐Ÿ™‚

Published on Spill Words Press!!

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Language of Woods is getting noticed!! Thanks so much, Dagmara K. and the editing team for picking it up for publication, I’m thrilled to be featured on Spill Words for the third time! If you’ve not had a chance to see some of the words represented there, please do as they feature many talented writers.

 

*Image from Spill Words Press