Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 25, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Snow, man!

In need of a little creative inspiration?

Then, use the image below as a starting point for a story. It can be non-fiction or fictional, a play, a scene on a TV show, poem, or essay.  There are no correct answers or guidelines you must follow.

WPW - Snow, man!

Don’t overthink it or edit as you go – let the story build and the words flow!

I’d love to read the finished works, so please comment below and share the link to your blog or website.  If you don’t have either of those, tell me about your experience.  What style of writing did you choose?  Did you start in one direction and the story end up somewhere completely different?

Please use the hashtag #WritingPromptWednesday on social media sites to connect with others who are doing the prompts.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 23, 2015

Motivational Monday: Flowers & Stones

#KeepMovingForwardChallenge

THROWING FLOWERS AND STONES

Nuggets of praise and critique

Can affect us only if we absorb them

Do we let them seep into our spirit

Guiding our choices and defining our actions

 

Opinions of others come freely

Whether we ask for them or not

How we process them

Can move us forward, or keep us stuck

Acknowledge the compliments

And the criticism as opportunities for growth

Look at them objectively

And keep that which moves you forward

 

Craving acceptance can push you

In a direction you weren’t anticipating

While hearing perceived disapproval

Keeps you stuck in place, or

Retracing your footprints

 

Move forward, not back

With your head held high

As you walk along the path

Acknowledge those who throw flowers

And the ones who choose stones

But keep looking ahead, not behind

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 19, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Seven

Spring is nearly here! Thank heavens to Betsy – whoever Betsy is!!!!

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#KeepMovingForwardChallenge

I love the season called spring, and not only because I was born during this season. It’s a time of celebration, spiritual renewal, and inspiration for me.

CELEBRATION

During April and May, my immediate family celebrates seven birthdays. We decorate in early April, and keep them up through the end of May. I love birthday months in our family, because there’s so much joy and laughter. We have a lot to celebrate this year, and that knowledge motivates and inspires me every single day. Plus, we celebrate Easter during this glorious season…and that just so happens to be my favorite holiday. I love the frilly dresses and bonnets, the vibrant colors, finding Easter eggs scattered throughout the yard, and chocolate…can’t forget that!

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

Though many people have labeled me as ‘religious’, I distance myself from that categorization; the term ‘spiritual’ fits better. I have always felt more empowered through a personal relationship with the deity named God. Formulized religion sometimes counteracted the development of that relationship and only had me shaking my head in disappointment. The religion that defined my childhood and early adult years no longer fulfills my spiritual needs, and keeping my heart and soul open to other possibilities is key to my personal growth. Although my religious search continues, I still thoroughly embrace Easter. There’s something so magical about that holiday, as though all seems possible!

The difference now is that while I believe all is possible, I understand that I must keep moving in order for the possible to become probable. That’s not always easy, nor does it happen in a timely fashion, but I realize that I must continue growing and progressing in all facets of my life – professionally, personally, and as a member of society.

INSPIRATION

I am a proud member of two writing group: the Pennwood Writers’ Group and the Lower Bucks Creative Writers. Through this association, I have developed friendships that will span the test of time. These are people who build me up yet tell me the truth, cheer my triumphs and bemoan the hurdles, and inspire me with their artistic talent. Discussing the craft and sharing insights has helped me become a more confident writer, and I relish the opportunity to interact with my fellow artists. In fact, come June 12-14th I’ll be doing just that at the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. I highly recommend attending this 3-day conference, whether you live in the Philly area or not.

WEEK SIX HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Auditioned for a local theatre and got a callback right away!
  • Completed multiple blog entries for my author and genealogy blogs
  • Came up with a way to develop one of the characters in my YA novel
  • Decided which workshops I want to take during the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
  • Took a walk around the block with my niece and nephew

I’m breaking out the cracked shell that I’ve kept myself in and rising with the season’s change. I’m excited to welcome each day and the lessons that await!

*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*

Is spring your favorite of the four seasons? If so, why? What helps renew your inspiration when you feel stuck?

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 16, 2015

Motivational Monday: Loving Characters

One of my earliest, and favorite, necklace designs

One of my earliest, and favorite, necklace designs

We celebrate, cheer, and follow along

Romantic tales featuring fictional characters

They move us, inspire us, and leave us dreaming

Of not only what could be, but what should

 

Fairy tales of glass slippers,

Poison apples, or spinning wheels

Inspire me because

These are young women with kindness in the heart

And strength of spirit

 

Romantic pairings on the big screen or small

Connect with us in different ways

We root for one pair over another

Anticipating the moment when their paths finally cross

 

Whether you gravitate to tales of magic kingdoms

And love conquering all

Or wish upon a star-crossed TV pair,

May you be inspired to find love

That’s rooted in respect, understanding, friendship, and a connection you can’t always define.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 12, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Six

After the progressive developments discussed in Week Five’s entry, a dear friend suggested that I wasn’t just “moving forward” – I was leaping!

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#keepmovingforwardchallenge

I started the week motivated, excited, and hopeful of the future. However, I realized that the journey depends on my willingness to keep moving even on days when laziness wins out over productivity. Some personal and professional benchmarks were met, while I spent other days developing skills that were lacking.  One of which is my video production skills. So, I decided to step off the path and try something a little different this week.

Do you set high or low expectations for yourself? Is it difficult to celebrate even the smallest of milestones?

*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 9, 2015

Motivational Monday: Shining Bright

SHINING BRIGHT

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#keepmovingforwardchallenge

The light’s so bright

Yet it doesn’t hurt

It stimulates my senses

And awakens my motivation

 

The colors heighten my awareness

While the sounds inspire my creativity

I look up to the sky for inspiration

Only to realize it already surrounds me

 

Moments ignored and those we cling to

Can have both positive and negative effects

It’s up to us to choose our path

And let our own light guide the way.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 5, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Five

A STEP IN THE ‘WRITE’ DIRECTION

Week Five

I’m riding the waves, walking through those open doors, and gaining momentum along my journey.

This past week, I wasn’t just moving forward…I was walking with my head held high, confidence in each step, and a song in my heart.

If you’ve read my bio or followed along the 111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge, then you know that my creative interests are many: writing, acting, jewelry design, singing, film/TV, and theatre. Each and every one stimulates my mind and awakens my spirit. During week 4 of the Keep Moving Forward Challenge, I embraced almost all of them and took steps forward along my path.

2016 BROADWAYCON

On Friday of last week, I posted an entry to my entertainment blog about the first-ever convention for Broadway fans! Though the event is not until January of 2016, the tickets go on sale soon and the first thirteen special guests were recently announced. I’ve written blog post after blog post about my love of theatre, you only need peruse An Entertaining Idea to see the multitude of entries focused on this interest. So, I was overjoyed at the announcement of this convention and had to write about it. Visit the BroadwayCon website to learn more about this wondrous event!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

I attended a workshop this weekend that put the confidence back in my step and reaffirmed my love of written communication. While I started writing as a source of cathartic expression, it quickly turned to a spiritual and artistic outlet with which others connected. Fittingly enough, the Delaware County Press Club held its “How the News Works” workshop (part of its Professional Development Workshop series) at a lovely place called Open Connections.

Me (on the far left) with my fellow writing groups friends and Jim Donovan.

Me (on the far left) with some of my fellow Lower Bucks Creative Writers and Jim Donovan.

The attendees listened to an insightful discussion about broadcast news, online & print media, and the impact of social media in the industry. I listened with intent interest to each of the guest speakers: CBS 3’s consumer reporter Jim Donovan, syndicated writer and radio journalist Debra Wallace-Forman, and accomplished anchor/reporter Susan Barnett. I laughed, took copious notes, and met some creatively inspiring individuals. I discovered that Susan grew up in the same town that I call home – Levittown, PA – and we had a delightful discussion about our shared appreciation for this beloved community.

ACTING

I studied acting in college and discovered a creative interest that both captivated and motivated me. I happened upon an art form that I hadn’t considered prior and found that I not only enjoyed it but was good at it. The confidence I had as an actress didn’t hold when I transferred colleges, and it certainly waned over the many years since. However, while the flame diminished it never extinguished. I took a risk, stepped out of my comfort zone, and signed up this week to audition for a play at one of my local theaters. I’m excited and nervous, but mainly proud, to take this step.

I may lose my footing as I walk along the path, but I’ll keep moving forward with the creative arts guiding my way!

*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*

What helps you move forward when you stumble? What motivates you to keep going?

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 2, 2015

Motivational Monday: How Interesting

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

You…yes, you! You are creative.  Did you know that? Do you embrace that descriptive term or cringe at the mere idea? I ask you to consider that we are all creative beings in one way or another.

Take a few moments out of your Monday schedule to ponder the following:

  • What inspires you?
  • What stimulates your creativity?
  • What art forms do you enjoy either as an active participant or as a spectator?

Throughout the course of the day, jot down three examples of your creative interests. Do you like to cook/bake, quilt, play sports, sing in a choir, or write editorials? Maybe you enjoy coming up with fun and inventive games for children. Perhaps you facilitate professional development events, always striving to engage and motivate the staff.

What interests you?!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | February 26, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Four

LET’S RECAP

In last week’s entry of the KMF Challenge I wrote about doors swinging open and indicated that I’d have a lot to report during today’s post. That I do!

I received a plethora of helpful suggestions, insights, and advice in response to my Writing to Inspire…and Earn a Living blog entry. As a result, I’m riding a wave of possibilities.

Week four

MOVEMENT

I went right to work (pun intended) researching employment options, strengthening my resume content and format, and evaluating what it is I’m seeking to achieve with my writing.

One of the helpful pieces of advice I received this week reminded me that even though I may write something, it doesn’t guarantee that it will be read. I could write a piece full of lyrical beauty, stunning imagery, and insightful suggestions, but does it still hold true if no one knows it’s there?

Picture, if you will, an art gallery. Work made with care, passion, and inspiration hangs on the wall to display the artist and their creation. She stands in the gallery waiting for the public to realize they want/need to see the inspiring artwork, but the artist greets only those who knew she was there. For reasons abound with self-preservation and fear of rejection, she neglected to notify the public of her presence. She expected that simply because she made it, they would come.

So, while I take great care with the words I choose and the stories I create, I need to apply the same dedication to marketing my work. Or else, I’ll be left waiting for an audience that won’t know to come.

GOALS FOR MOVING FORWARD (Week 4):

  • Research marketing/advertising options for promoting my written work
  • Seriously consider my time spent on social media and it’s return on my investment
  • Replenish my wallet with business cards and proudly hand them out to friends and strangers, alike.

How did you do this week? Did you encounter hurdles, get stuck in your journey, or find a creative outlet to help you keep moving forward?

*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | February 23, 2015

Motivational Monday: Movie-ing Forward

Movies

An original poem inspired by a great year in film!

Our favorite films can inspire

They offer insight into the world

And to our perception of it

We ponder, reflect, and grow with each frame.

 

The films that remain in our collection

Don’t always receive their due credit

Yet there’s a reason they matter

Embrace that. Explore why. Promote it with pride.

 

With each roll of the camera,

The actors take action

To help move the story from page to screen

As each part, behind and in front, plays their role

They create lasting effects that are truly special!

 

 

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