The Tragic Death of Chris Cornell: Depression’s Toxic Bedfellow…Suicide

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Chris Cornell’s death will stand to be one of the saddest moments in rock history as yet another infinitely talented artists is no longer of this world. It is one of the most profound recent tragedies next to the loss of Prince, at least for me.

He was gifted with one of the better rock voices in the modern era of grunge and alternative rock. Cornell was blessed with raw talent that made him a Rock God, one that aspiring as well as successful musicians idolized. And to pair up his throttled, husky voice, Chris had the perfect looks to be the front man for Soundgarden and Audioslave. The man with a 4-octave vocal range was also lead songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day: The Humble Responsibility of Mother

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Taken By Hubby: Ariabella & I yesterday after seeing Sesame Street Live! So fun!

You don’t have to give birth to a child to be a mother. Plenty of women who cannot have kids are excellent mothers. They exude love and kindness and that motherly charm for friends, family, coworkers and even complete strangers. If one of these women adopt, they provide a warm, secure home. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Does The Time GO?

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Dissipating time

Traces of itself dissolves

Leaving me behind


Note: I’m working full-time now, so my time is slim. I didn’t include an audio today for my Haiku. I will try my best to comment and read your blogs. ❤

Some days I feel like time just evaporates right before my eyes. So, I try and find gratitude with the time I do have for myself. Some days we don’t have a lot of “me” time. It’s not the quantity that truly matters, but the quality. Quality time is better than an exorbitant amount of wasted time. Read the rest of this entry »

Masterpiece (Flash Fiction)

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My inquisitive nature has led me to foreign places. I’ve understood the nature of exploring the odyssey of unique beauty, obvious and tranquilly available at my grasp. Spain had been at my selection, rich in the lather of cultural heartiness. Old dust, buildings erected from history, and life living in the spirit of the people recovered from old traditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Responding to Hate with Love

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To clarify, love isn’t a magic wand that prevents misunderstandings, ceases all wars and dissolves emotional roadblocks. Personal baggage is a part of the process of living in an unfair world, one in which we are the results of toxic parenting styles we didn’t choose, that unite us in blood to personalities often challenging our own. Read the rest of this entry »

San Bernardino School Shooting: How Do You Explain Murder to a Child?

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My daughter is brave, smart, and, I’ve been, told advanced. But could her little body manage a bullet fired by a gunman who bursts into her classroom with revenge on his mind, fueled by psychotic anger blinding him from all rationality? Parents in San Bernardino are asking themselves a similar question, as their city suffered yet another tragic shooting. This time at an elementary school, no less. Read the rest of this entry »

When is a Novel Truly Finished? Seriously, I’d Like to Know!

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When is a Novel Truly Finished? Seriously, I’d Like to Know
By Debbie Ridpath @ inkygirl.com

“They” say that writers are never quite done editing their novel, that there can always be some bit of tweaking or full on rewriting to perform. But at some point you need to know when it’s time to end the rewrite process. I’m not even sure I know when that moment is exactly, after rewriting a few chapters, deleting stuff, and having a professional editor go over it. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy Vampires: What or Who is Depleting Your Energy?

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Energy Vampires: What or Who is Depleting Your Energy?
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Did you know that our brain uses more energy than any other organ in our body? It takes approximately 20% of the body’s energy to keep our brain’s powered. Everyone is different, but most of us can feel emotionally or physically drained from time to time. I know that having children can deplete our energy, because we’re giving and giving and giving of ourselves on a continuous basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Saying Goodbye To A Dear Old Friend: My MacBook 2011

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I’m writing this on my cellphone, because the toddler poured coffee all over my laptop. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. I have replaced the hard drive for a solid state, increased its RAM to max memory. The screen, keyboard, motherboard, and graphics card have been replaced (free because the issues weren’t my doing.)  Read the rest of this entry »

Why It’s Important To Do One Thing At A Time

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Most of us multitask, but how effective are we when we do so? Yesterday, I decided to try to do something I haven’t recently. I tried doing just one thing at a time. What an original idea, right? I mean, if you actually try to do one thing at a time, you’ll find that it’s harder to do than you realize. When mastered however, it can save you a lot of time making you more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome

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As I said in a previous post I’m trying to network with more bloggers, so I’m reblogging this thanks to Jason AKA “Opinionated Man” @ Harsh Reality. Hoping more people will like, follow, comment and grow our network! I always follow back and have been doing my best to comment more on other blogs that I read.

Feel free to check out the original post. There are over 2000 bloggers commenting and waiting to connect on the thread!

Happy Monday!!! 🙂

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Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 2,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

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Focusing On The Right Details

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The details get washed by our fast paced lives until days go by in a blur and everything in them fades into long sleepless nights. Insomnia draws out my days and forces me to struggle awake after my mind has finally shut down. But, I try to stop and see the details in the smallest things, to pause and ingest sheer beauty. Read the rest of this entry »

Stopping Myself From Stopping Myself

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Sometimes depression speaks to me through resounding voices that ask me what the hell am I doing all this for. Then, I find myself consumed with feeling absurd, that perhaps stringing words together is nothing more than a waste of time. The writer inside yearns for continuous approval, and removing denial from the equation exposes my weakness, that I am too delicate and too easily broken. Read the rest of this entry »

To Search The Past

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We look out in search for resolve

Disguising today with yesterday

Stuck replaying stupid mistakes

Until right now is the only place

Ignore this moment will dissolve

Regret finds a day to replay again

Moving beyond cold superficiality

Finding love and joy to be internal

FLOWER

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Fuchsia life overcomes me

Laving in your excellence, I cradle splendor in my hand

Overwhelmed by the conviction in the air

We sit in silence holding on to hope, holding onto each other

Excising oppressive clouds, the sun showers its approval

Releasing you at last, to let you live out your beauty

 

You Were Wrong

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You’ll be a terrible mother, you said

You’ll never be wanted by anyone, you said

You’ll be another pathetic divorced wife, you said

You’ll never be a real writer, you said

You’ll amount to nothing, you said

You’ll be sorry when I leave you, you said

You’ll never be good enough, you said

You’ll always be crazy, you said

You’ll never be happy, you said

Guess what…you were wrong

If You Want To Traditionally Publish Your Novel, Don’t Self-Publish

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Counter to my own beliefs on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I found out the raw truth behind the challenges. A while back, I wrote a popular post on To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish, as I was conflicted on the big debate. Traditional publishing is what most aspiring authors hope to achieve. I say aspiring authors because we’re all professional writers, but an author is published. I know this sounds very elementary but many writers get it wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of Attending A Writer’s Conference: Pitching to Agents & More

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One of the obvious benefits of attending a writer’s conference is pitching to agents face to face. An agent even commented during the recent West Coast Writers Conference in Los Angeles that attendees are already ahead of the game, as compared to blind query submissions from writer’s they never met or at least referred to them.

There’s a wealth of information at conference attendees’ disposal. Let’s investigate. Read the rest of this entry »

Pursuing The Arts: Depression & Creative Minds

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Fell in love with this charcoal work by Bored Art. Discovered it while searching for a perfect image to reflect depression & those that suffer from it. This is a magnificent portrayal.

Depression and writing seem to go hand in hand, at least they do for me. The hardest thing about the arts is pursuing a big picture and personal vision without experiencing discouragement. Read the rest of this entry »

We All Become Manic After The New Year!

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The New Year brings out the manic in all of us; at least I can speak for myself, anyway. It’s not like I’m not already prone to a little OCD…well, I’m actually more than a little OCD.

Every year we get a chance to kick ourselves in the ass and broadcast to our friends and loved ones all the things we have on our to-do list during the coming year. One of my manic goals is that I plan on posting a blog every day, which isn’t such a bad thing ex Read the rest of this entry »