My Mission Statement

I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Poetry Friday

I decided to do something different today for poetry Friday. I want you to choose a bit of poetry that best depicts your mood today. Now you have so many choices available at your fingertips, claim a verse for yourself today. I have actually chosen a couple of lines by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I woke up this morning with these lines in my head, "Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing. Learn to labor and to wait." These lines speak to me in a big way in regard to my writing. I'm doing a lot of laboring and waiting these days.

Last night I read the entire manuscript of my new mg novel, finished it late, and then fell asleep with it literally beside me. (I'm at the cottage by myself for a scrapbooking thing I'm attending today) All night long I dreamed about my story, my characters, my story arcs. It was the coolest thing. Like seeing the movie. I learned a great deal about the story, its gaping holes and strong parts. I woke up EARLY with a lot of good ideas AND a little Longfellow in my heart.

So I wish you a wonderful, poetry-filled day. Read something fabulous, write something fabulous, and kiss someone fabulous, and your day will be complete.

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