I Did Art!

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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 it 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 ‘I’m not an artist.” Because it doesn’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. I’d like to promote, showcase and highlight the good stuff that may not get as much recognition as it deserves. 

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!!

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. 🙂 Thanks to Dagmara and the editing team. I really appreciate your support of my work!

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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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

Yoo Hoo!

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Came home to some good news in my email – SpillWords has picked up another piece and so has Three Line Poetry. Posts to follow! Looking forward to getting back to the prompts as well as my weekly challenge! Plus LOTS of blogs to catch up on. I’ll try to read everyone’s work as quickly as possible. I’ve not forgotten all my favorites, promise! 🙂

Writing Hiatus – I’ll Be Back Soon :)

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Hi everyone! I will be taking a writing break for the next couple of weeks as my focus needs to be elsewhere. This means the IWH Interpretations Challenge will be on hold until  December 3rd. But I will continue to have daily posts of previously unpublished pieces for you to enjoy which I scheduled in advance. Feel free to comment, I’ll still check-in and respond.

So for now, I will leave you with the recap of the Interpretations submissions from last week. Please go check out the authors!

Be well!

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Ruth – The End – Ruth Scribbles

Jen Goldie – Otherworldly – Starlight and Moonbeams and the occasional cat

Matt Snyder – Neo Eden/Days of End – A Prolific Potpourri

Deborah – Future Hope – AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY

Lisa Tomey – Energies for the World – The Prolific Pulse

Eugenia – Lurking of futures – BrewNSpew

Von Smith – Ball – Above the Noise

Liebster Award!

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I was nominated by Sadje of Keep It Alive. Thank you, dear Sadje, for thinking of me as one of your nominees. How very thoughtful! Please, everyone, take a moment to visit her blog. She is a prolific and talented writer!

I wish I had the time to follow through on the whole idea behind these types of awards but these next three weeks are crunch time for me on several different fronts. I’m incredibly honored to be nominated for this award by Sadje though and will definitely answer the questions! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people in our WP community with these awards and appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit of me as well.

Sadje’s Questions

Are you a serious blogger or just having fun here?

Serious as a heart attack!

What was the reason that made you start a blog?

Initially, it was to signal a change away from the previous two blogs I’d started, promote my book and have it become like an “author page” but the more I wrote, the more invested I became in expressing my thoughts. In a relatively short period of time, I wanted this to become my main repository of writing.

Take a while to think and let us know: what object that is in your reach right now, influences you? ( eg a tv)

My computer definitely because it is the conduit to so many things which touch me – the news, reading other’s thoughts, communicating directly with my friends and even getting to know new people.

How do you relax?

Good friends, good food, good beverages, and my loves.

Are you superstitious?

Nope

Loyalty to the one you love, or one who is right?

Hmmm. Loyalty to the ones I’ve committed to; they happen to be people I love and are right for me. But maybe that’s not what you were asking? In the case where the one I love is wrong about something, they still have my loyalty. I don’t think that’s being loyal to one is right, it just means I’m loyal to the truth.

How can we improve the environment of our planet? Do you take any practical steps towards it?

Improving starts with caring about the environment. I try to be practical by not wasting water, walking instead of driving as much as I can, recycle plastic bags when they are given to me, utilize reusable cloth bags when shopping, eat less meat and anything else I can do that will impact the environment less.

What is one habit you have that you or your family think is childish?

Being German, I’m loud and expressive. Well, at least that’s my excuse! 😉 My husband, although German as well, thinks that is childish since he apparently has outgrown some of his traditional behavior. LOL My children will probably tell you I dance in public too much. I’m an embarrassment to them. 🙂