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Creative Writing: Creative Presence, My Poetry

Creative Writing: Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds

I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on another one, takes out a guitar starts to strum. Above, on the promenade the runners have begun to run. On the road, the traffic is starting to thrum. Down here where the waves whoosh and turn, we sit on, the young singer and I, two faces upturned, warmed by the same sun the same sky and the sound of the sea underscoring his song. For me, a poem is a key,…

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Poems To Inspire: The Daisy Dance
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Creative Writing: My Poetry

Poems To Inspire: The Daisy Dance

And what can we learn / from the daisies / on this summer day? / The lazy ways of their / opening?/ The unfurling of petal / light fingers, cupping yellow / fistfuls of wind / to dance with the sky? For me, a poem is a key, unlocking a moment in time and revealing the infinite well of possibilities that every moment holds. Poetry brings us to creative presence. Interested in reading more?

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Creative Writing: My Poetry

Poems To Inspire: I Am

I have thoughts/ but I am not my thoughts. I am/ one who sees them swirl. What can be seen/ is not the seer. I have/ thoughts but my thoughts are not me. I have a body / but I am not my body. I am / one who makes it move. What can be moved/ is not the mover. I have/ a body but my body is not me./ I have feelings/ but I am not my feelings. I am/ one who feels them feel. What can be felt/ is not the feeler. I have / feelings but my feelings are not…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Tree Knot

Sometimes a / knot grows so big it’s all / you can see Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Wedding Day Cast-Offs

Baubles and / hearts stacked to one side. Wedding / Day’s over. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time,…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Homeless

Beneath the / promenade of stately homes: / the homeless. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is full…

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New Book: How Authors Create Money and Meaning

I’m at work on a new book, looking at the opportunities and challenges for writers today in a rapidly transforming publishing landscape, where digital opportunities are changing everything we thought we knew about books. Filled with facts about contemporary writing and publishing, this book also offers creative and practical insights and instruction in how today’s authors can make a living — and a life — from writing. As Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, I’ve seen a lot of writers doing a lot of different things. I’ll be drawing on all of that, as well as the experience of publishing…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Walk in the Park

Park walking / the time of bluebells, your hand / In my hand Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Bluebells

bowl of bark / moss and leaves, bluebell circled / once a tree Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: The Waiting Game

Lying green / flat and still water lillies / in waiting Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is…

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