Posted in Life, Writing

Spring and New Beginnings

With today being the first day of Spring, I thought it a good time to write of New Beginnings.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  All around us, we see new birth new growth and new beginnings.  

My last post here was in November.  Since that time, a lot has changed for me.  In early December, I lost my job.  It was a mutual parting of the ways and it’s a good thing.  I was burnt out and ready to do something else.  So I retired. 

I put my house up for sale and with the equity I had in it I was able to pay cash for a home away from the hustle & bustle of the city.  I bought a “fixer-upper”.  My house is about 100 years old.  It said 1925 in the listing, but looking at some of the woodwork, etc., in it, I’m told that it’s probably older than that and that accuracy of building records back in 1925 were iffy at best. 

I love the house and could drone on and on about it here, but that is not my purpose of this post.  I was speaking of New Beginnings. 

When I lost my job, it was quite a shock to me, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise.  I went through a period of having a self pity party.  I also had a milestone birthday approaching, which did not help my mood.  So I crawled into my cave, quietly pouted and licked my wounds.  

Now, having emerged from that cave, I see life with a different point of view.  A New Beginning with new opportunities and new winding roads to explore.  

My dining room (my favorite room in the house), has the most amazing morning light.  That, I have decided, will be my place to write and create once again. 

Writing is something that feeds my soul, exhilarates me, consoles me and gives me purpose.  I need it.  

You will be seeing me around WordPress more often, my friends.  As I crawl, then stumble my way back into an upright position in life.  

As Always, Thank you for joining me on this journey.  

Penny ❤

Posted in Life, Writing

Ah, the Joys of Publishing

No, I won’t go off on a rant here. Although, that would be easy enough to do, considering the subject.  But, I will spare you. 🙂

Those of you that have your work published in places other than WordPress are familiar with the need to give the publishers UNpublished work. I do have a problem with accomplishing this. 

I’m not as prolific a writer as many of my friends here at WP are. I consider it a good week if I can post something here 3 or 4 times a week. But this doesn’t mean that I was necessarily write what you see here on each of those days. I share quotes or other people’s work as well. 

This brings me to my point. (I hear you saying, “Finally!) I am going to spend more time compiling some UNpublished work in order to submit for publishing. Therefore, you will not be seeing as much of my own work here. 

I have been very fortunate to have had some of my poetry published online as well as in print.  You can check out my Publications Page HERE if you would like to know more. But my efforts have been hit & miss.  

My intention is to be more focused in that pursuit. You will still see me here.  I can’t seem to stay away, even when I want to!

Thank you to all of you that follow me and put up with my sometimes rambling, nonsensical posts!  

Penny ❤ 

Posted in Writing

What the Heck?!

Maybe one of you can help me with this.  

Sometimes when I insert a picture into a post, and then publish that post, I get the strange Icon you see above, rather than the picture I was trying to post.  

What am I doing wrong?  I thought I had this issue figured out, but obviously, I don’t. 

Help! 

Posted in Life, Writing

Likes

“You like me! You really, really like me!”

I don’t think that sweet Sally Fields ever lived down those words.

Thank You, to everyone that took time to visit my blog and like something that you saw here. I appreciate it so much!

Years ago when I first started this blog, I had no idea how big of a part in my life this blog would play. It’s become not only a place to express myself, but also a place I can come to and always be welcomed. It’s a place where I can check in with friends that I’ve made here. It’s also a place where I can discover new talent and make new friends.

My time here has been rewarding in ways that I never imagined. Thank you for being here for me and for joining me on this journey! Penny

Posted in Poetry, Writing

#NaPoWriMo – The Weekend

My participation in the #NaPoWrMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) has been out of step with everyone else. I did the Sneak Peek prompt, thinking that participation would begin the following day, the 1st day of April. But it did not, it started That Day, April 30th. This put my whole way of posting off.

I usually do my writing and then plan on posting it the next day. I write when I can. If I have 20 minutes of downtime at work, that’s when I’ll write. If it’s at 9pm, after my day is done, That’s when I write. I rarely write and post what I write on the same day. Today will be an exception.

I will more than likely participate very little or not at all in NaPoWriMo on the weekends.

If you are interested in participating in NaPoWriMo, go HERE to check out the information. Have fun!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

What Have I Done?!!

OMG, what have I done?! I saw Ron’s post about NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) and on the spur of the moment, I signed up to participate! Yikes!

I haven’t been doing much writing of any kind lately. I could say that I’ve been busy. I could say that work has been especially busy and stressful lately. I could say that I just don’t feel inspired. All of these things are true.

But what it boils down to is my priorities. I know this. I need to Make The Time to write. I have not been doing this and because of this, my muse has gone on strike. She snubs me.

So, here I go. Write a poem a day, every day, in the month of April? Sure! Why not? It starts tomorrow!!

If you would like to participate in the insanity, the NaPoWriMo’s website can be found HERE. The rules are pretty simple and the only one you are accountable to is yourself. So Come On! Let’s do this!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Posted in Life, Writing

I Know… You Warned Me!

I know, I know, you warned me again and again about the Block Editor that WordPress has insisted upon us using. That it was coming. That there were tutorials & how-tos. That I should practice with it.

Obviously, I have resisted. What I was using worked, worked great, in fact! Why fix it if it’s not broke? Right?

Well, WordPress has forced my hand. So here I am, stumbling over the building blocks of the Block Editor. ha ha… 😦

WordPress has also been playing around with other parts of the site lately too. I find that I have to search for things that I used to be able to locate with no problem. Why, WordPress, why??

I know that with time, this will become old-hat. But why push me out of my comfort zone? Was the Classic Editor some weird threat to WordPress? Did it allow a security hole of some kind? What was the harm?

If you know of a work-around or a way to get back the Classic Editor, PLEASE let me know.

No, I don’t want to be told ‘how easy’ the Block Editor is. I’m mad, dammit! And I want to stay that way! 🙂

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson 2021

Image by Tikwa from Pixabay 

Posted in Life

Oh, the Joys of DIY

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been absent lately, the photo above will explain why.  As you can see, my kitchen is quite the disaster here.  This photo shows me ready to repaint my kitchen.  You may like the color (I don’t), but the job they did was terrible.  Very sloppy.  I’ve been in the house for 2 years now, so it’s time.

This will give you a hint to the new color.  🙂

I’ll be back in a few days with AFTER photos.  Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and stay safe. ❤

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Posted in Life, Poetry

Eureka! The Humble Thesaurus

Why is the thesaurus so great?  This is resource that will expand and improve your creativity in ways you never knew!  This common tool is something that I had overlooked for YEARS!

I’ve been blogging for several years now.  5 or 6, I think.  My blog has changed and evolved a few different times.  Right now, I mostly focus on poetry.  I now write my poetry with a minimum of 2 tabs open on my computer.  One to actually WRITE the work and another, my new-found Best Friend, the thesaurus.

If I am trying to convey a feeling and I don’t seem to be able to find the right word for it, I always jump over to the thesaurus.  In poetry, you want what you are trying to express to flow in a way that is pleasing to the reader.  If it doesn’t, your work will fall flat.  One word can make all the difference in the world.

I’ll give you a few simple examples.  If I want to say that I’m angry in a poem or story, rather than use the word angry, my thesaurus suggests fury, indignation, rage, passion and many more.  I find these much more creative ways to express anger.  Don’t you?

Another example.  If I want to express that I am sad, my trusty thesaurus suggests the words bitter, dismal, wistful and many others.  Sound better?  I think so too.

To me, using the thesaurus can make or break a poem or story for you.

In the tiny Elfchen below, titled A Splash of Starlight, in the 4th line, I used the word illuminated rather than the boring word, lit.  A much more eloquent way of expressing the same thing.

a
splash of
starlight bathed the
night and illuminated our
love

My revelation of the thesaurus, described above, may be something Old Hat to many of you out there.  But to many others, this may just be the thing that unlocks that creative inner voice that has been trapped inside you!  You can find Thesaurus . com HERE. 

So, tell me, what revelation in writing have you discovered that helps you?  Please share!  

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels