Posted by: Kelly Deeny | July 1, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Morning Glory

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Write…just write…don’t overthink or over analyze…what does this image inspire you to write about?

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 29, 2015

Motivational Monday: Rollercoaster Inspiration

Photo taken at Hershey Park (no endorsement implied)

Photo taken at Hershey Park (no endorsement implied)

We wait with anticipation

Time inching by

Until we strap in and start accelerating

Up we go, excited for what comes next

And not wanting the ride to end

 

In the moment, we’re flying free

The miniature setting below just a blur

We’re consumed by the exhilaration

Unconcerned with the problems that await us

We speed through the air, constrained yet not

 

Right side up

And upside down

Twists and turns

Fast then slow

We come to a halt yet the ride of our life is already moving.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 21, 2015

Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Happy Father’s Day

WEEK FIVE UPDATE:

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This week’s Petals of Appreciation celebrates the fathers in my life: my dad, my brothers-in-law, friends, uncles, and grandpops. Here are some examples of why you deserve my appreciation today and everyday:

  • You impart a love of learning – reading to them at night and doing homework
  • You support their extracurricular interests – going to dance recitals, athletic events, and gymnastic classes
  • You are both structured and loving – providing them security and a safe environment in which to grow
  • You make them laugh and hold them when they cry
  • You tell them they are loved and reassure them of that fact every single day

To all the fathers out there (whether through genetics or adoption) who raise up instead of knocking down, I celebrate you. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 17, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Word Trio

ImagineHomeHope

Use the three words in the image above as creative inspiration. What will you create?

Have fun and keep writing!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 15, 2015

Motivational Monday: Presently Write

Presently Write

Moment by moment 

Present in time and mind

Don’t look back 

Nor project forward 

Time never stands still 

It keeps moving 

So must we or else

Risk getting lost for hours, weeks, or years

Minute by minute 

Beat after beat

Get to the heart of what matters. 

WEEK FOUR UPDATE: Cup Half Full

Filling my metaphorical writer's cup

Filling my metaphorical writer’s cup

Set amidst a city rich with history, the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference made an impression that will last for years to come!

I walked through the hotel doors on Friday morning with my head held high, my laptop bag full of writing implements, and an open mind for developing my craft. When I left on Sunday afternoon, not only was my bag overflowing with resource materials, but my artistic spirit yearned to return to the keyboard, ready to write!

So much hard work goes into putting together a high-quality conference such as this. I will write a more thorough recap of my PWC 2015 experience, but in the meantime, I wanted to share my appreciation for all those who made this an experience that I won’t soon forget.

As such, here are just a few of the individuals who earned this week’s PETALS OF APPRECIATION: Lu Ann Cahn, Eileen D’Angelo, Don Lafferty, Autumn Konopka, and Carol Sabik-Jaffe. Please click on the referenced names to learn more about each of these knowledgeable and talented individuals.

Join the Petals of Appreciation Campaign:

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Each week, from now until June 30th, 2015, send one Thank You letter {or card} to someone who made a positive impact on your life: family member, friend, mentor, teacher, police officer, social justice champion, musician, actor/actress, writer, author…the list goes on.

*Please use #PetalsOfAppreciation on social media to help keep the gratitude moving forward!*
Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 8, 2015

Motivational Monday: Keep Writing

Keep Writing

Must keep writing

My book won’t finish itself

The characters would stay stagnant

Unless I keep moving the story forward

 

Must keep editing

Line by line

Page by page

Catching inconsistencies

And grammar errors

 

Must keep focused

On the destination

While on the journey

Believe in the art

And the author creating it.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 6, 2015

Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Writing Groups

WEEK THREE UPDATE:

Writing can be a lonely art form.  We sit with our computers or empty notebook and wait for inspiration to hit us.  We become affixed to our need to create.  To leave something tangible, meaningful, and valuable behind when we depart this life…but we don’t have to go close ourselves off in order to be a successful and fulfilled writer.  We are part of a community of artists.  Joining with others who understand our struggles, celebrate our victories, and tell us the truth even when we don’t want to hear it.

My affiliation with two writing groups changed my life for the better.  These groups of artists are the focus of this week’s Petals of Appreciation Campaign. They deserve my thanks today and all the ones that follow.

  • PENNWOOD WRITERS GROUP: With advice from an acquaintance, I realized that I needed some artistic stimulation in my life.  So, I found a writers’ group that met at one of the local bookstores. This group of writers met twice a month, offering support and constructive critique to the members of the group. I was welcomed immediately by a woman with a smile on her face and joy in her eyes. I’d found a home that I didn’t know I’d been looking for. We exchanged tips, insights, and advice…but mostly, we applauded our shared love of the written word. Nearly ten years later, the woman who welcomed me is one of my dearest friends. Thank you, Cate, for welcoming me into the Pennwood Writers’ Group, going to Broadway musicals with me, and letting me watch award shows at your house. I love you, my friend!
The unofficial mascot of the LBCW.

The unofficial mascot of the LBCW.

  • LOWER BUCKS CREATIVE WRITERS: About five years ago, my world shifted and my weekdays opened up. I spent nearly every day at the other local bookseller chain, working on the novel I’d just started, editing the play I wrote in college, and drafting a non-profit business plan. I decided to test my business idea by running a writing workshop based on a specific theme each month. I asked the store manager and she gladly agreed to let me run the event at the store. “You should post it on meetup.com,” she recommended. When I looked into the site, I discovered a place to meet other artists who enjoy writing as much as I do. I formed the Lower Bucks Creative Writers group in January of 2011 and over 100 meetings later, this group of writers continues to flourish. Our member numbers increase weekly and our “regular” attendees shift occasionally, but I am immensely thankful for all of them. I intentionally facilitate the group around the idea that writers need a blend of socialization, feedback, and support from one another. Through allotted time for writing and receiving constructive criticism, writers of all skill levels and genres gather to share our stories. Through this venture, I’ve made professional connections and wondrous friendships. Special thanks go to Doreen, Camille, Maria, Alie, Pam, KC, and other LBCW members!

*This coming weekend (June 12-14th), I’ll be attending the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. The last two times I attended the conference I came away rejuvenated, inspired, and refocused to write. I’m thrilled that some of the LBCW group members are coming with me this year and that their fellow “writer friends” are attending as well. Check out the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference to learn more!*

If you do not have a writing community near you, start your own!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 3, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Other Worldly

To the moon

Use the image above as creative inspiration. Draft a sci-fi story, poem, song, or in-depth article on climate change. 

Have fun, be creative, and keep writing!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | June 1, 2015

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY: Ashore Thing

Ashore Thing

I’ve come so far

Yet now’s the moment to decide

Whether to find a way across

Or remain isolated where I stand

 

Calm and serene

As air meets water

Nothing to fear but the unknown

Does the depth of my will

Keep my head above water

 

Shall I tread, ride, or fly

In order to continue my path

Do I have the strength of body, mind, and spirit

To withstand the river’s fickle nature

Or will I succumb to fatigue

 

I can imagine all scenarios

From the ground on which I stand

Staring out towards a destination

I need to move forward

But won’t get far until I take a step.

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