Up Close

Shadows, Close-Up

What’s an artist to do when work demands constant attention and the bank balance precludes jet-setting? Re-think her existence. And, lo! The Bank of Home, Front Garden Division offers a no-limit credit line for all photo shoots on location!


Inspired by and posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up
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Path – a Tanka

Path Through Bleakness

Clear path meanders
through bleakness to storms afield,
whose gray consumes all
but a bantam blue patch, veiled
beyond sight in the corner.


Posted and inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol
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Open Door

Open it
walk through,
to lands
and you’ll see
to horizons
beyond imagining,
whether by travel
or pages unravelled.
Open it. Walk through.

Mongolian Countryside


Posted for the Weekly Challenge: Door
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How Does Your Garden Grow? – IWSG, July 2015

Weed, Macro

I’ve discovered that writing’s akin to a garden, the perfumed enclosure resulting from backbreaking planting, watering, and weeding. Mine, through neglect borne of insecurity, is sadly more overgrown weeds than manicured perfection or even Secret Garden shabby chic! I neglected the “write daily” habit for highly successful authors, and I could very easily spiral into the shame game – this, after all, is my modus operandi. I’m going to try something different, though, because what good would result from berating an already insecure writing self? Nothing!.

So, taking a cue from Meditation for Beginners, I acknowledge the lapse without judgement and pick up my pen to write again. If I do this often enough, the easier sitting down and writing will get (right?!). Who knows, the more I believe in myself, the more I sit down and write. And then? I have a manuscript in my hand! Or a chapbook! Or both! The possibilities!

I understand our journey and motivations are different with each of us tending our garden in our own way (or not for some of us). Whatever your style, however, believe in yourself. Why not? Who else will? Even with the greatest support groups in the world (IWSG definitely included), no one will tend our garden to our unique specs better than us. So, fellow writers, let’s get watering!


Posted for IWSG
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