Wishing all my Poet friends and those you just enjoy reading it, A Happy World Poetry Day!
Wishing all my Poet friends and those you just enjoy reading it, A Happy World Poetry Day!
So a Recap of 2015… Well for me the year started off by seeing in the New Year celebrations in Liverpool, UK with my BFF of 28 years, with her family & friends – a mad & fun loving lot that I wish I could hang out with more often if it wasn’t so damn far to come visit…
Then next up I headed over to Ireland with my mom to visit her childhood hometown & family, I hadn’t been here since I was 6 yrs old… And it turned out to be a really special time to share with my mom, as she reminisced and talked about her childhood memories as we were sightseeing – it definitely was a totally different way of life back in the 1930s & 40s…
After nearly two weeks around the Southern Ireland charm it was back to London… to say cheerio to my niece, and other family n friends…
“The London Underground”
Then it was back Down-under to OZ – to the heat, reality & work… but also after being away for nearly 3 months I was really looking forward to seeing my son and my dog again!
In hindsight it was a great trip, even with a few bad moments thrown in… It is a trip I wish I could do every year to see my family & dear friends, come on Lotto!
The rest of my year was filled with an emotional and educational growth…
In Poetry I spread my wings more this Year… as I entered into the “NaPoWriMo Challenge” in April; I became apart of a Team on Facebook via my friend Angel Poet called “Poetry In Motion” – which ran weekly Poetry Challenges & I also helped administrate a New Blog called “Vagrant Poetry” via Facebook & WordPress set up via my friend Shawn D. Standfast.
Poetry In Motion = Facebook
I also took on further studies in my Nursing career towards becoming a Registered Nurse and made some New friends along the way!
My Goodreads Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books, which I achieved and surpassed by reading 140 Books all up – the list of these books read are below!
My favourite all up read in 2015 would have to be the “Demonica” Series by Author Larissa Ione – it goes into really interesting concepts about The Apololypse, The Four Horsemen, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demons – lots of different types, Good vs Evil etc… as well as being based around great story lines about finding your soul-mate and falling in love, but I found it enlightening and a thought provoking read!
A painting done by the talented Mr. Benjamin Prewitt for my “Niece’s Wedding Gift” – I actually flew into Portland, Orgeon, USA and got to meet the Artist and view some of his other amazing works!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Well April is the Month for Poetry ~ 30 Poems in 30 Days!!!
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.
The Website http://www.napowrimo.net/ is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, or (National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.
Poetry means different things to each of us… it is an appreciation of Poetry in the art of expression for those that like to write it and for those who like to read it!!! Challenges like this to me personally helps me to grow as a writer who is still in the early stages of learning! What I dearly love about Challenges like this is the bringing together of like minded people and their individual interpretations to the Prompts… I find it fascinating and it enriches my soul!
This Month as well as taking up the #NaPoWriMo Challenge of writing a Poem a day, I am going to try and Post a Poem a day from some of the Famous Poets that I have enjoyed reading over the years… I am behind already in this Challenge but aim to catch up quickly over the next week!!!
So please join me and let’s Celebrate Poetry Month together ~ by either taking up the Challenge, Reading, or just by spreading the word!
To start off this Challenge I thought I would share with you all some Poets that I have come across over the past few years since starting my Blog ~ Words Across the Oceans!
Some Poetry Authors whose Books I have purchased and been inspired by are:
Elena M. – Amazon
Gem Derbyshire – Amazon
Christopher Poindexter – Amazon
And here I have listed some “Poetry Blogs” that I read regularly and enjoy:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Hi all 👋
Wishing you each a Happy New Year! Let’s hope it’s full of some great times & memories… Peace, happiness and love… Debs xox
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
The incredible Amanda Carrington the very talented lady behind V0Ella wrote this beautiful Poem above… as V0Ella Crew is currently running a Campaign called #IAB ~ I AM BEAUTIFUL Challenge asking their followers on Twitter & Facebook to send in a Photo, write a Poem or share their personal Stories on this subject of how we feel about ourselves and our bodies…. It’s really touching and inspiring so please go check it out!
Website – http://www.voella.com/we-are-beautiful/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/V0Ella
I found this picture on the Internet and thought it summed up perfectly the Motto behind this Challenge but we need a Superman one too! 🙂
Here are my entries…
My #IAB Story:
I hit puberty at a younger age than the majority of girls do… I remember being the first in my class to get pubic hair and boobs… I hated going to swimming and having to change in front of the others because they would look, stare and point at me as if there was something wrong with me… Boys would also stare at my boobs when doing any training for sports… And when I got my periods I thought I was dying and didn’t tell my mom for a few days… So at that young and tender age of eleven/ twelve I really started to hate my body and didn’t want to become a woman at all!
Over the years I was never what I’d classify as model thin but I was thin and curvy but had always thought of myself as fat… when I had my son at the age of 20 I became very unwell with my Under-active Thyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease) and went from 57 kilos to nearly 90 in my pregnancy… in which I got to experience how people do actually treat you differently when you become overweight… I experienced this from my sons father to certain family members and even some friends… I am now in my 40’s and I have never really got that extra weight off… which has held me back in life from pursuing certain things as I have always felt I’d be judged by others…
Anyways moving on as the years have flown by since then and with all the lessons you learn along the way… the good, the bad and the ugly… you learn to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and see life from a different perspective… especially in my job as a Nurse… time is precious… And people who like to sit in glass houses and judge others for their personal choices in life or by their beauty, scars and flaws… I have come to realise really have no idea about living life to the full and are missing out on special treasures because of their narrow-mindedness!
“So my motto is to embrace myself, people, life and living”
My #IAB Poem:
I am flawed
I am not perfect
But I am coming to accept me for who I am…
For it is not what I perceive to be perfect
That wakes up everyday
To face the world in which I live…
Who tries to lends a hand to others
Especially the sick and thoughs in need of care
Through my job…
It is the “I AM BEAUTIFUL” me
Just as I am
With my imperfections…
And that is perfectly alright!
© debradml (2014)
A few weeks ago another friend Tammy L Wilkins ran a similar Campaign called #ImNotPerfect – http://t.co/2XwwhlKJq4
A wonderful young lady that I have got to know over the past few years online, Tammy – Louise Wilkins, is running this great campaign via her Blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts… and she has asked a group of us to participate!
For more information check out her Blog Post http://t.co/2XwwhlKJq4
Definition of Perfect:
adj. Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be….
Hmmm I am so far from this definition…. and I am imperfect in so many ways!
As time is flying by faster each year and the body is changing rapidly as I head for the next big milestone age of 50, in not so many years to come… I am by no means perfect and never have been… I have always hated my body and at times my self quite a lot… I have been over-weight since my 20’s, suffered from depression and have been hurt a lot in life both emotionally and physically… People can let you down and we can let ourselves down too… but the one thing I’ve learnt through all my lessons so far is that we can’t control others, we can only control ourselves…
In my line of work though I have come across some amazing people who are facing much tougher roads… and some are much younger than me… SO I am learning as I get older to just try and let go and live each day as best I can because who knows how long we have to enjoy it!?!
And when Tammy asked if I would like to take part in this Campaign of “Embracing the Imperfections we behold” I was happy to… as it is a great idea to stop, breathe and try to appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are… Imperfections and all 😉
I also came across this beautiful Poem 20 years ago I would like to share with you all…
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927
Well a lovely friend that I have got to know over this past year, Chris Kuhn, whom wrote her first novel in 2013 “The Muse Unlocked”, has very kindly has asked me to answer these Four Questions below from my perpective as a Poet!
Blog Hop Q & A:
1. If you could achieve anything with your writing in 2014, what would it be?
Hmmm…. This year I hope to develop my knowledge into the different styles of Poetry and gain a better understanding into the processes… therefore I hope to become better writer!
2. What are the top 3 demons you must slay to achieve your goals in 2014?
Geez… Time is the biggest problem for me! Allowing myself to unwind from real life at times, feeling free to explore and unleash the words and creativity, at the moment it happens in sporadic waves.
3. Name three things that inspire you to write.
Life, feelings and experiences!
4. What advice do you have to give a new writer who is considering writing fiction and/ or poetry?
Wow ok…. well I don’t write Fiction at all and I consider myself a complete novice when it comes to writing Poetry as I am only really learning myself… but I suppose what I would say to someone who asked me about writing Poetry would be for them to imagine a feeling or picture… and then for them to close their eyes and let the words flow from their mind on how they want to express it and then as I write, I edit by reading it back to myself out aloud to see if its sounding right and that it has a type of flow to it!
Ok so now I get to tag a few other people to answer these questions too… so… I’d like to give these wonderful writers a chance to share their own perspective on those four questions.
The main Genre that I’m into is Fiction, nothing like a good escape into Tolkiens’ magical world, a saucy Romance Novel and/or Erotic Story 😉 … But I have a wide taste and I am always open to reading new stuff!
Over the past 12 months I have found Goodreads and Twitter where the world has opened up to some wonderful Reads, Authors and Poets! And my to reads list is now “Humungous” 360 Books and counting… lol
I have also found some great Book Blogs that I now follow…which Recommend, Review, Interview and Run some cool competitions ~ I am having so much fun!
# Some of these Book Blogs are:
*My Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books – I read 117 *
You can checkout my Ratings and Reviews by clicking on the Goodreads Link below:
Poetry & Prose:
#These two wonderful people Jennifer & Morgan Locklear asked me to participate in a Random Fan on their Blog – where they asked me three questions and I got to ask them three, was so much fun…. So go check them out as they are a very talented and inspiring duo!
Today’s post is a segment we like to call Random Fan and here are the rules:
Once a month Morgan and I will invite one of you to ask us three questions, but be prepared because we get to ask three of our own in return.
If you’d like to opt in, please leave a comment below and your name will be entered into consideration. January’s Random Fan will be chosen and contacted via email on December 10.
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This month’s Random Fan is DebraDML. Many thanks to Debra for signing on for this experiment. If you’d like to know more about Debra and her blog, be sure to visit Words Across The Oceans at http://debradml.com/
Debra: You both have stories on the ‘Twilight Fan Fiction’ site, what is your opinion as writers sharing your stories via there?
Morgan & Jennifer: We’d never heard of…
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