Prompting Yourself To Write 45: Frame yourself! 2013
(An updated version of a post from July 2012)
An April 2012 blog post of mine so deeply affected my friend in writing, Amanda Socci (The Creative Idea Gal), that she strongly suggested I do something a little radical to thus inspire myself.
After reading PYTW 34 - Dear Mad Macedonian: A Love Letter she shared her thoughts in a comment, and on Facebook, where she also shared my piece with her friends.
This was her overall message to me:
Dear Kiril: I love this blog post on so many levels.
I cannot begin to express how potent it was. I found it to be exceptionally inspirational. A rich, creative, fulfilling writing prompt. Kudos for having completed this exercise so well.
Here is liquid gold, carefully integrated from your pen, leaving multiple windows of insight into your unique world wide open. Here is my favorite line, and one which I think speaks volumes: "I'm your imagination...proud, bold, unchained, and unafraid!." You are not just the mad Macedonian, you are Groucho Marx incarnate!
You write so richly about your life experiences in a way that is truly enviable. You have captured your successes and turned them into power. You must print this out, autograph it, and frame it so that you may remind yourself each and every day of how good you are with your writing and talents.
A lot has happened in my life since last summer, personally and creatively.
After coming out of my recent eye cancer surgeries, last week, I got to thinking of how to revise the single-frame poster, of last year into two as I move forward.
I went to Walmart and spent $17, then came home and printed out the pieces from that version, including the 2 below, as well as her comments to me.
1. Being My Own Cheerleader is a piece I wrote a month ago, inspired by another new friend in writing.
JoAnn Jordan's Chronicles Blog began in 2005, and I continue to find it an interesting read.
2. A Creative Writer's Prayer, written by me last December.
For this edition I added 2 more pieces I am proud of, including one written since moving to Houston, last September:
I also added mention of my being a runner-up in the Purina Cat Chow Correspondent contest in 2011, and images of 3 awards fellow bloggers have given me for my writing.
Most importantly I included 3 photos from the collection of poses I recently had done at a portrait studio. The quotes with 2 of them are ' "Live Laugh Love" and "Enjoy Every Moment".
Thank you Amanda, and JoAnn, for your continued friendship, encouragement and inspiration.
In two days, an important month in my creative and personal journey begins. It will end with my attending the Blog Paws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference, in Tysons Corner, Va.
In between I will take the time to explore 3 books I have long had in my collection and feel ready, at last, to read:
1. We Are Not Alone: The Writer's Guide to Social Media
2. Are You There Blog? It's Me, Writer
How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time