A Love Affair with the Moon

“Someone out there is also looking at the same stars and moon I am looking at now.”

Have you heard this before? Write something about your affair with the moon.

This is your writing prompt number 4.

Just like some other people, I love to stare at the moon when it comes in the late evening.

It is calming, gentle, and breathtaking. I feel deeply connected with it because it offers me a complete relaxation and a source of tranquility and ethereal stillness.

And it’s a love affair. It comes every night, wherever I am, to give me light where there is ultimate darkness.

Image by: NicePng.com/moonlight

Now, let me share with you mine.

Here’s an excerpt from my work-in-progress romance novel, “Thinner than Water“.

This is what Russell said to Viven …

“I once had a love affair with the moon.  A star fell on my hand, and it glittered like a big diamond.  Then the moon told me, ‘I give it to you to light up your paths.’  She kissed me and whispered, ‘If you wanted to see me, just lookup.  I will always be on the other side looking at you too.’  When I opened my eyes, she was gone.”

Till next time.

Dream big and make it happen.

Ninagracia


Some Women Are…

Let us take a break to breathe in some air, drop our shoulders to relax, and let us celebrate the little moments that make our lives glitter and colourful.

Today, our beautiful cousin is celebrating her birthday.

This is the milestone in her life and to be with friends and family
that she adores would complete her day.

From all of us, here’s a gift of poetry specially written for you…


From all of us,

Happy Birthday cousin!

Read-view: Two by Two

Two by two
By: Nicholas sparks

Two by Two is a story that shows no one should never walk alone during the difficult times in their life.

This post is my interpretation of the story and what brought me to react towards certain things and change my perception of everything around me.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks is a first-person narrative. The story is told by a character named Russell Green.

Russell’s narrative voice is very appealing. Most of the time he is earnest, but there is always an air of humour and fun every now and then when he speaks. He uses some common modern slang expressions. When he is angry, sad, or worried, it is not hard to detect all those feelings in his tone of voice.

First, the characters in the story, who are they?

Russell Green is the central character in the story.

He is a successful advertising executive, married with a young daughter, and owns a beautiful house in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The other characters in the story show different personalities, attitudes and views of the world and the life they live in.

For instance, Vivian, Russell’s wife – after a long absence from work, she recently got a job as an in-house PR Officer working directly with the CEO of a real estate developer. Before she met Russell, she was a successful publicist for a talk show host in New York. Having a child prompted her to stay at home and look after their daughter and the household. She wants to raise her daughter according to the lifestyle she imagines and establishes it early in her childhood. Her materialistic ideals, such as an easy life, job security, and money, was unimpressive and selfish. Vivian is a strong-willed woman, ambitious and manipulative.

Marge, on the other hand, is not only Russell’s older sister but is the driving force in Russell’s life. She is also a best friend, a confidant, a companion, and adviser – all rolled into one. When life seems too much for Russell to bear, she will be there for him to lean on. Marge is the type of person you wish she were your sister also.

Russell describes his close relationship with his parents and how they accepted the concept of same-sex relationships. They are very supportive of Marge and her partner Liz on their journey.

And then, London is the daughter of Russell and Vivian. She is almost six years old, and her bubbly personality always puts a smile on Russell’s face.

Lastly, Emily was Russell’s former girlfriend.  Her unexpected presence in his life became the moment when a surprising and beautiful friendship is formed.  

Now, here’s a little bit about the story…

Two by Two is about love and relationships – love between husband and wife, between friends, between parents and children, and love between brother and sister.

It is a story of a family going through significant changes and loss, and how each and every one of them has their own way of dealing with their grief. It shows that loss has a way of bringing out the best in each of them.

The story brings about a hard choice between the life that Russell thinks he can still fix and a life that is simple and uncomplicated.

When it seems like Russell has it all, and success is at the top of its peak, an unexpected turn of events suddenly changes the course of his life. His marriage, his livelihood and his career took the hardest hit.

Here’s what I think about the book and the story…

The book is a long read. It goes into astonishing levels of details. There is unnecessary small talk that could have been omitted to make the story flow faster and read a lot easier. It is easy to lose one’s concentration, and I lagged behind and lingered for a little while because of so many details and the amount of information in the story, which I think is not essential. I felt like I was dragging my feet to move on to the next chapter.

There are flashbacks in every chapter of the story, introducing each character and events in his past life. Sometimes, there are too many, too much and too long introductions.

Nevertheless, the author took me out of my real world, and he took me on a journey into Russell’s world. When I was in his kitchen, I smelt the sweet aroma of the glazed carrots he was cooking in the oven. Then, I was in his living room, witnessing the argument going on between him and his wife, Vivian. I felt the sudden need to butt in and give Vivian a piece of my mind. Somehow, it made me very angry, and I wanted to pull Russell’s earlobe and tell him off-“Stand up for yourself, will you!”

I started hating Vivian for her selfishness and the way she treats Russell. I saw everything and heard everything, and it made my blood boil.

I am not satisfied at all with the ending of the story, especially with Vivian’s change of heart and getting away with a clean slate. Whatever transpired when Vivian and Marge met up to say their good-byes, my suspicion was that Marge had something to do with it. Marge always fixes everything. Vivian suddenly became one of the good guys. Whatever happened at that time, I guess we will never know. As for me, it did not change anything. I still don’t like Vivian.

What moved me…

There are some beautiful moments in the story. One of them was the dance that Russell and his little daughter had that day. This is what is going through in his mind at that very moment…

          “It was, I realized, the first dance I’d ever shared with my daughter, and I didn’t know when or if it would happen again. I couldn’t imagine dancing with her in a few years – by then, the idea would probably embarrass her – so I lived in the moment and gave myself over to the dance, thankful for yet another wonder at the end of an already unforgettable week.”

We often lose sight of the fact that as we watched our children grow over the years, their free spirits would always fill our hearts with hopes and dreams. They may not know what we are going through in our lives, but they still help us get through the day. It is seldom that we will find a soul who will hold your hand or walk beside you to pass through that untried door, but good friends and family will always stand by your side all the time.

Our society is also rapidly becoming focused on the socio-economic status of every individual. We always aspire to live on the high-end of the spectrum, a jet-setting lifestyle, lots of money and power. That makes me ask these questions: When is it enough? How much is enough?

Apart from that, would it make you think twice if this story happened to you? Would you feel what Russell feels and would you consider doing what you want Russell to do?

Till next time.



Cheers!



Ninagracia

The Power of Pictures: “The Not So Camera-Shy Pup”

We are surrounded every day with countless photos of events surrounding our lives. Having easy access to cameras nowadays, taking photographs is a thing of the past.

We take photos of everything we see, our families, our friends, our children, the food we eat, the people on the streets, places, and even animals.

To snap a photograph of your pet with your mobile phone is hard enough, let alone make him sit still and pose for a picture.

But here is Waffle. See what he does in front of the camera.

Get set … Ready …

Say CHEESE!

Oh, Yummy!


Write something about the photos.

This is your writing prompt number 3


A visual writing prompt helps you to think about and develop a topic to write.

Visual images such as this, can stimulate your imaginations and sometimes capture your emotions.

Looking at the photographs help you to dig deeper to come up with a new story.

This is more helpful if you are writing a children’s book.

When you respond to picture prompts, it encourages you to think and interpret the photographs creatively.

Think about applying humour in your writing. It will be fun.

Feel free to share what you came up with using these photos. Send them in. It will be fun to read them all.

Till next time, say Woof, Woof!!



Cheers!


Ninagracia

One-Size-Fits-All: Is it True in Writing?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to writing.

Writing is not the same as shopping for clothes, where one-size-fits-all would fit anyone.

Clothes may look so good on the rack, but most of the time, not on our bodies.

The same thing is true with writing.

We all come in different packages, and we are unique in our own way.

What we write reflects who we are – our strengths, talents, and style.

There would be areas in our lives that our level of expertise, experience, and skills would be the same as the others. Still, it is very unusual that two people would come out with the same materials. Multiple factors would normally affect the outcome of our work.

Even our education and our age, all contribute to how we write.

More often, we get the same advice over and over again from established authors on how to do things properly.

We followed everything up to the very smallest detail, hoping that it would lead us to the same path that made them successful.

Other writers can give us advice on the writing process or what worked for them. In many cases, we would never achieve the same result.

Their advice is precious gems that should not be ignored or discarded. They are valuable pieces of information that has been tested and tried by those successful authors.

Learn from that advice. Take the ones you can use and leave out the ones that don’t work for you.

Remember, those rules and advice should only serve you as guidelines and not a template. All the rest should come from you – your style, tone, and voice.

Pave the way and create your own path to success. It may take longer, but determination, perseverance and hard work would take you there.

Till next time, dream big and make it happen.



Cheers!



Ninagracia

Images by: https://www.nicepng.com/

20 Funny Quotes

Our lives today are unfolding in unpredictable ways where there are global pressures and urgency to try to stay on top of the situations we are all in now.

We desire for fast solutions because we worry about our own and our family’s health, work, and finances.

We crave for some good news or good stories to listen to, but they seem so hard to come by these days now.

Sometimes quotes can provide us with a burst of inspiration, motivation, and strength to help us get by for the day or for weeks to come.

Here are some of the funny quotes that I have collected over the years that could bring a big smile on your face.

“The first time I sang in the church choir, two hundred people changed their religion.”

-FRED ALLEN
American Comedian
Fred Allen was an American Comedian. His radio program The Fred Allen Show made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio.
Born:  May 31, 1894, Massachusetts, USA
Died:  March 17, 1956, New York, USA
Education: Boston University

“I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

WOODY ALLEN
American Screenwriter/Director/Actor
Woody Allen is an American Screenwriter, Director, Actor, Comedian, Author, Playwright, and Musician whose career spans over 50 years.
Born: December 1, 1935, The Bronx, New York, USA

“Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore, and you sleep alone.”

-ANTHONY BURGESS
English Writer
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL–who published under the pen name
Anthony Burgess was an English Writer.
Born: February 25, 1917, Greater Manchester, U.K.
Died: November 22, 1993, St John’s Wood, U.K.

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.”

-GEORGE CARLIN
American Stand-up Comedian
George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, social
critic, satirist, actor, and writer/author who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
Born: May 12, 1937, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 2008, Santa Monica,California, United States

“If you have a secret, people will sit a little bit closer.”

-ROB CORDDRY
American Actor/Comedian
Robert William “Rob” Corddry is an American Actor and Comedian. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and for his starring role in the comedy film Hot Tub Time Machine.
Born: February 4, 1971, Massachusetts, United States

“I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.”

-RODNEY DANGERFIELD
American Comedian/Actor
Rodney Dangerfield was an American Comedian and Actor; known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddy Shack, and Back to School
Born: November 22, 1921, New York, United States
Died: October 5, 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA

“My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.”

-JIMMY DURANTE
American Singer
James Francis “Jimmy” Durante was an American Singer, Pianist, Comedian, and Actor. His distinctive speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America’s most familiar and famous personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. His jokes about his nose included referring to it as a Schnozzola, and the word became his nickname.
Born: February 10, 1893, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 29, 1980, Santa Monica, California, United States

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

W. C. FIELDS
American Comedian
William Claude Dukenfield, also known as W. C. Fields, was an American Comedian, Actor, Juggler, and Writer
Born: January 29, 1880, Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 25, 1946, Pasadena, California, United States

“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”

-BUDDY HACKETT
American Comedian/Actor
Buddy Hackett was an American Comedian and Actor.
Born: August 31, 1924, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 30, 2003, Malibu, California, United States

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.”

-MITCH HEDBERG
American Stand-up Comedian
Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Hedberg was an American Stand-up Comedian known for his humour and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy featured short, sometimes one-line jokes mixed with absurd elements.
Born: February 24, 1968, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 30, 2005, Livingston, New Jersey, United States

“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.”

-OLIVER HERFORD
English Writer/Artist/Illustrator
Oliver Herford was an English Writer, Artist, and Illustrator. As a frequent contributor to The Mentor, Life, and Ladies’ Home Journal, he sometimes signed his artwork as “O Herford”.
Born: December 2, 1863, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Died: July 5, 1935, New York, USA

“Older people shouldn’t eat health food; they need all the preservatives they can get.”

-ROBERT ORBEN
American Comedy Writer
Robert Orben is best known as an American professional comedy writer. However, he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician.
Born: March 4, 1927, United States of America

“If men knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they’d never marry.”

-WILLIAM SYDNEY PORTER
(Pen Name: O. Henry)
American Writer
William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name O. Henry was an American Writer. O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and clever twist endings.
Born: September 11, 1862, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 5, 1910, Asheville, North Carolina, United States

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”

-RONALD REAGAN
40th President of United States of America
Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before that, he was the 33rd Governor of California, and a radio, film, and television actor.
Born: February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois, United States
Died: June 5, 2004, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
Presidential term: January 20, 1981–January 20, 1989

 “When I eventually met Mr Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always.”

-RITA RUDNER
American Comedian/Writer/Actor
Rita Rudner is an American Comedian, Writer, and Actress.
Born: September 17, 1953, Miami, Florida, United States

“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”

-JERRY SEINFELD
American Stand-up Comedian
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld is an American Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Television/film Producer, known for playing a semi-fictional a version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld.
Born: April 29, 1954, Brooklyn, New York, United States

“Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer    the phone?”

-JAMES THURBER
Author
James Grover Thurber was an American author and cartoonist. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine.
Born: December 8, 1894, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2, 1961, New York, United States
Awards: Special Tony Award

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

-LILY TOMLIN
American Actress
Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin is an American Actress, Comedian, Writer, and Producer. Tomlin has been a significant force in American comedy since the late 1960s when she began a career as a stand-up comedian.
Born: September 1, 1939, Detroit, Michigan, United States

“When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.”

-JANE WAGNER
American Writer/Director/Producer
Jane Wagner is an American writer, director, and producer. Wagner is Lily Tomlin’s comedy writer, collaborator, and life partner.
Born: February 26, 1935, Morristown, Tennessee, United States
Partner: Lily Tomlin (1971–)
Education: School of Visual Arts, Morristown High School
Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing in Comedy Variety, Variety or Music, and more.

“If women ran the world, we wouldn’t have wars, just        intense negotiations every 28 days.”

-ROBIN WILLIAMS
American Actor and Comedian
Robin McLaurin Williams was one of the best comedians of all time. He was known for his skills and the wide variety of memorable voices he created. He performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s. He rose to fame for playing the alien Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy in 1978–1982
Born: July 21, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Died: August 11, 2014, in Paradise Cay, California


Till next time. Cheers!

Ninagracia



Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
https://www.brainyquote.com/

Rhythm and Rhymes: Giving

When we hear the word “giving”, the first thing we think about is a GIFT.

We give gifts to establish or strengthen our relationships with our friends and family.

“Giving” means different thing to some people. It is an emotion we feel towards other people or even to our self.

Poetry is a gift that a writer can give to their readers to help them understand themselves and even make them think.

Here is a poem from The Little Book of Love Poems.

“GIVING” is written by Nora B. Cunningham. It is concise but direct, and it makes you think.

Take special note on the last line.

First, here is a snapshot of Nora B. Cunningham. From the information I gathered, here’s a little bit of who she was.

Nora Belle Cunningham was an American poet. She was born in Kansas on July 23, 1887.

Her first poem was published in “Youth’s Companion” in 1920, and her career continued for the next 55 years.

Her poems were published in magazines such as “Commonweal”, “Lyric”, “The Harp”, “Poetry”, and in newspapers such as “New York Times”, and “Kansas City Star”.

She never married and devoted her life caring for her invalid mother and a sister who became disabled by arthritis.

She died on September 28, 1975. Her papers and correspondence are archived in the collection at Wichita State University.

Meaning of the poem:

Giving is a short poem that conveys a powerful message that the author wanted to get across to her readers.

Her words were sharp and clear, that made it easy for her to connect to her readers.

The author spoke about self-love.

What she was saying was that giving was not all about love, care, and help, but it is also about helping the person you care the most to appreciate herself and her worth.

It is about liberating and giving herself a daily priority and a stamp of approval to become the person she wanted to be.

In this poem, I could only visualise what was going on the author’s mind. It made me connect with her like her desire to be a strong and independent person.

So, there you go. Feel free to send in your comment and views on this poem. I love to hear your opinion on this one.

Till next time, cheers!

Ninagracia

Sources:
https://allpoetry.com/Nora-B-Cunningham
http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/Collections/ms/79-03/79-3-A.HTML
The Little Book of Love Poems. (2002 ed.) Giving: Nora B Cunningham (late 19th  Century)

Prompts and Cues: First Kiss

Do you remember your first kiss? How did your first kiss go?

Our life is filled with so many “first” – first job, a first pay cheque, first boyfriend, and the first kiss, which is only one part of our journey.

The first time you kissed someone, or someone kissed you, it becomes one of the most memorable moments of your life.

Kissing is a romantic gesture and an expression of affection. You could probably still remember who you were with, where you were, and who initiated the kiss.

Whether the kiss lasted a second or two, it would stay in your memory as the best and most passionate kiss you ever had.

Perhaps, even up to this time you still remember every detail of that kiss you had, whether it was adorable, an okay one, or awkwardly hilarious.

So, let’s find out.

My first kiss went a little like this . . .

Finish this story.

This is your Writing Prompt Number 2.

Writing practice helps us get better in writing.

Using writing prompts will help us improve our creative writing process.

You’ll never know, once you filled up your treasure chest of all the things you wrote in response to these writing prompts, you may end up with a brand-new story, or it could give you some fresh ideas for another project you are already working on.

Now, let me share with you mine.

Here’s an excerpt from the romance novel I am currently working on.

Well, I used a few imaginations I picked from here and there and from…you know what.


A gentle wind blew her hair and face, sending a chilling sensation to her whole body. The cold breeze that was creeping through her skin gave her a sudden rush of desire for his touch-those warm and strong hands touching her and loving her. She waited with anticipation to kiss him and feel the warmth of his breath on her lips, but she could only dream about it.

He touched her cheek with the back of his fingers, and her pulse throbbed rapidly. She closed her eyes, but the warmth of his eyes was overflowing with desire and passion. She looked into his eyes, and she fell into a trap. She could not breathe, but she could not let go of him. Like a captive prisoner, she pushed him away, but he pulled her back even closer. He lifted her chin and bent down to kiss her forehead. His kisses were like rose petals softly brushing her eyes, her nose, and her cheek. She could no longer take it. Her body became limp surrendering to his powerful arms, but only his strong hands on her waist were keeping her aground while she held onto him, and the warmth of his breath on her face captured her lips in a long deep kiss that lasted for an eternity.

There you go. Now it’s your turn. I couldn’t imagine what your story is like. Feel free to share it here.

Till next time. Enjoy all your “first”.

Cheers!

Ninagracia

Read-view: The Alchemist

The Alchemist
25th Anniversary Edition
By: Paulo Coelho

I took a deep breath, and when I looked at the clock, it was already 5:00 a.m.

I couldn’t believe that I did not sleep the entire night because I was reading a book.

What was unusual about this book that kept me reading the whole night? Why couldn’t I put it down?

Here’s what I can tell you about it. It’s everything!

When I finally put it down to grab at least a couple of hours of sleep, I looked at the cover of the book once again and sighed, WOW!

WOW, for one extraordinary reason that it was breathtaking and engaging.

The story has two parts.

  • Part One is all about the boy’s desire to travel and to know the world. It is what he always wanted to accomplish. It is his Personal Legend.
  • It is also about the recurring dream that set him on a journey to go to the Pyramids of Egypt to find the treasure that will make him very rich.
  • In Part Two, the boy met the Alchemist who taught him lessons about life, people, the Soul of the World, and about following his dream.

This post is not a book review, but only my interpretation of the story and what brought me to react towards certain things and everything around me.

The entire story contains messages that are so broad, intense, and meaningful. It is vibrant and truthful because we all have lived through it in our lifetime. It made me rethink our approach towards life, people, and loving someone, and how some of us abandoned our strong desire to achieve our dream.

The story took me to another part of the world – my world, and my journey.

Here are some passages that I got particularly connected with:

          “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

Come to think of it, it is true.

You and I have probably experienced this one time, or more often in our lives. Some people seem to know what is best for you and what is not. They push to you their own opinion about how you should live your life without regard to your feelings or your situation in life. They want you to be the person they think you should be. They seem to know who you should be. And if you didn’t listen to them, they get angry, and they believe you deserve the life you currently living now.

But the truth is, we all have the ability to choose our path and how we want to lead our lives. No one could do that for you, nor could know this except you – because your heart knows what is best for you.

The boy in the story knew that. He traveled to different places, met new people, and become friends with them but he doesn’t need to spend so much time with them because he has to move around again. That is why travelling appealed to him.

       “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Some of us have chosen to abandon our dream. We allowed those negative feelings and beliefs prevent us from fulfilling our strong desire to see the reality of our vision.

Sometimes, we embraced the idea to dream about our dream because we have already got used to the way things are. We are afraid of change – to change our ways of life, our environment, or who we are.

Some are only afraid that they may not realise their dream. And that there is nothing left for them except concede defeat and give in to disappointments.

But there was a boy, the boy in the story had decided to follow his dream-his Personal Legend and find the treasure. He would travel to Egypt, and from there, he would look for the treasure.

Everything that had happened to the boy occurred between sunrise and sunset. He was a shepherd that morning when he left the fields of Andalusia. He crossed the sea to another continent. By the time the sun began to set, he was already in another country, a stranger in an unfamiliar place, no money and no longer a shepherd.

He understood that the chain of events that happened were all linked together to help him achieve his dream.

In conclusion, the boy didn’t realise that he was already living his dream. He achieved his goal to travel and to know the world simply because of his desire to find the treasures.

He met different people along the way. He made new friends and learned from them. He walked the Sahara Desert, felt the wind on his face, and discovered that even the sun, the wind, and the desert have their limitations on what they can do.

He found out that the treasures he was searching for that would make him a wealthy man were right where he came from because they were just within him all those times.

The treasures were material symbolism. I believe that the true meaning of this is that the treasures were all about the wisdom and experiences he learned on his travel. These are gems that he can share with other people to help them understand everything about life, people, and the world itself.

So, what do think? Feel free to send in your comment. I love to hear it.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Ninagracia

Writing Can Be Brilliant – Let’s Celebrate

I had several pieces of paper tucked away somewhere where no one could find them. Why? They were my little notes or letters I wrote to myself mainly when I was upset, angry or feeling unhappy. At a very young age, I had been accustomed to doing this over some time.

I wrote a short poem on a piece of cardboard of a tissue box when I was feeling down or confused. I wrote myself a letter on a page of my mum’s grocery list because the boy in my class liked another girl. I also wrote myself a letter on the lining of my school bag when I lost my dog. And, I also wrote a letter to Santa to give me a new puppy for Christmas. Big and small events in my life were all written down and hidden away from everybody. It wasn’t a diary. Most of them were accounts of sad, angry, or unhappy feelings.

And, I found it easy to write because these outpour of feelings and emotions were all meaningful imaginations and impressions of real events.

If you notice, some stories will pierce the very core of our hearts because beneath the surface of that imagined event lies a part of the author’s dramatic revelations of their life and experiences that were partly truthful and colourful.

Because writing can be brilliant.

It is a way of sharing our experiences, describing our feelings, and even communicating more complex ideas effectively.

But writing doesn’t have to be all about sadness and unhappiness.

Just because you are unhappy doesn’t mean you can write a beautiful story or a good poem.

Our life is an unfinished novel on its own. Each chapter tells what we have actually lived through.

And our life story will go on a chapter by chapter for many years to come until the writer of our life story writes the final chapter.

There are so many things that are making sense to me now because I got older and that life should be celebrated every single day.

So, do you have a celebratory song? I particularly love the song “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff. It is a song that I couldn’t wait to play on my MP3 while lying in bed to celebrate a tiny happy event in my life. It was not all about writing, but every event that I think should be celebrated.

I played this song when I finished a chapter on the story I am currently working on.

I listened to this song when we adopted a puppy and when we got a new guinea pig.

I also played this song when I lost 200 grams after weeks of dieting. Well, try to understand, dieting is so HARD, that’s why it’s a celebration. (No food. I just listened to my favourite song. Honestly!).

Let’s celebrate.

If you want to hear this song, just click the button and feel free to sing along with this if you know the lyrics.

Song: I Can See Clearly Now
Artist: Jimmy Cliff
Album: I Can See Clearly Now
Writer: Johnny Nash


Here’s just a few I celebrated . . .

 So here we go. Find the song that you can play or listen to celebrate.

Till next time. Dream big and make it happen.

Cheers!

Ninagracia

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