Cassie Premo Steele – Co-Creator, inspires me each week with her creative poem written from one word entries by friends on Facebook. “Wordy Wednesdays” was my initial link to Cassie after I saw a poem posted on another friend’s Facebook page. What began as a weekly entry for me, has developed into an inspiring discussion of poetry, online creativity, book publishing and a brief book discussion for her Pomegranate Papers, published by Unbound Content. My luck was with me to spend an evening with Cassie, discussing our natural creativity, writing, developing creativity online and Cassie’s journey.
When the first poem appeared on my ‘wall’, I was intrigued to discover the process Cassie follows as she “creates” a poem using our words. Cassie writes in her blog about the book developed from our offerings, “In less than a month, I will be publishing the world’s first book of Facebook Co-Created Poetry. Since 2010, I have been co-creating a poem each Wednesday with friends on Facebook by asking them to suggest a word in the comment boxes below my status update and then co-creating a poem using all their words. The book is called Wednesday and will be released by Unbound Content– a small, independent, woman-owned publisher in New Jersey, on May 12th. The book includes the names of over 300 Facebook friends who co-created the poems with me. So I know for sure that Facebook is not a waste of time.”
Cassie’s advice is to write, to note your surroundings, write for 20 minutes every day. Yes, every day. Write, record, note, but always, write. Whatever your internal conversation, there is a creative gene in all of us, let it breathe, bring it forth and if you need inspiration, seek to co-create with Cassie. You’ll be glad to discover your inner radiance.
Just when I wanted to be the bravest of the brave
I am weak with longing
Life dances tantalizing before me
And i weep for those
Life is the sum of all your choices. ~ Albert Camus
Do you follow through regardless of the project’s difficulties or do you know when to say ‘enough is enough’? Do you finish every race regardless of how fast or slow you are? Do you overcome every obstacle vowing to finish or can you accept some projects are best left incomplete?
I am raising children, teaching problem solving and working on personal projects. I tend to be agreeable and accepting and strive to keep everybody happy. And that isn’t always the best thing for me. Selfish or self-preservation? A quitter or a sense of self-worth?
I didn’t want to be considered a quitter, and yet, the project seemed to suck all creativity from my bones. I was paralyzed by the simple tasks and the interpersonal struggle. Complete the tasks and pat my back or let go and move on? It is a matter of perspective and yes, there are personal feelings of self-worth involved. Character issues also, as I was raised to complete the project, regardless of outcome. You signed on so you must finish, disregard all sense of accomplishment or value.
I wonder what lesson is taught when the project consumes the creator yet is finished, completed, and done? My children watch and learn to persevere, to subdue anxiety in favor of checking a project off the list. No longer a creative endeavor, the project becomes a To-Do list entry to be scratched off and put to rest. What if I walked away from the project entirely, would that be teaching the kids to give up?
My dilemma is the emphasis put on walking away. Positive or negative? Walk away and be a quitter or walk away and cut your losses? Either way, a sacrifice, either way, you must face yourself in the mirror. Head held high or hung in shame. A dilemma either way.
What do you think?
- Castles of Dreams
These are a few of my favorite things:
Bright blue flowers in sunlight.
Inviting Reading Spots
On the Beach in Shades of Blue
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire
“Thank you” seems inadequate to express my appreciation and gratitude to a number of women who have lifted me, supported me, guided me, encouraged me, and yes, rescued me during my life. A dedication page in a book would continue for several pages, these women are so numerous. The following are a few of the reasons I say, “Thank you” to my mentors in my career, family, and life.
2. Creative prompts.
3. Financial advice.
4. Listening skills (X’s 10)
5. Belief in me.
6. Broad shoulders
7. Packing ability
8. Great sense of humor.
9. Soft shoes for the kick in the pants.
10. A great example of success.
What have your mentors given to you?
Thank You, Mentors
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. ~Charles Peguy
Every Monday morning, the writing prompt arrives at 10:00 AM. Joyce Norman, writer, editor and coach posts the prompt on her Facebook status and the fun begins. Anybody can play, all writers are welcome to add a paragraph or two. The dialogue segues into different dialects, the names change and revert to original and the story unfolds throughout the morning. Each author creates, each author moves the storyline forward and the plot develops over the course of a day and sometimes, a week.
Checking in on Monday morning, you might find a medieval castle stormed by invaders with broadswords, or a meeting in a South Pacific bali hai. The plane taking off with a secret stowaway heading into a hurricane gives broad latitude for the action scene to follow. Each author lends voice to the story, with great creative additions stretching over the page.
Advice from the great writers of past and present is: Write. Write. Write. And write. Practice makes perfect is the best advice for any creative effort. And the Monday Morning Writing Chain is available for anybody to add their idea and move the story forward. Add a character, write a few lines of dialogue, join in the fun. Your practice will be done while you create with other great writers of the day.
Every Monday Morning. 10:00 AM. Add your link to the chain. Let’s see what we can create.
I am currently researching life choices and new paths women follow after age 50. If you are interested in participating, please contact me here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are changing careers, retiring, becoming a grandparent, raising your granchild, a new student, traveling, facing health issues, ANY and ALL of these would be great topics to discuss. I would love to arrange to speak with you. So many of us are seeking meaning in our lives as we turn the page on another decade. What are YOU doing? I’d love to know!
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens . . .
….But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
~ Jenny Joseph
Women of a certain age – The Color Purple