Tuesday Share: The Dream

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My poem, The Dream, was selected to be included in this month’s anthology with Visual Verse 🙂   Click on the VV’s link to see the image used for this month’s inspiration.  Enjoy writing poetry and like to participate?  Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to be notified of next month’s image.

 

The Dream

 

I dreamt of my sister last night
as I watched her walk down a road
towards the golden gates

The urge to call out
filled me with an urgency
I couldn’t understand

Like a thief in the night
the illness stole her essence
covering the core in
unending darkness and despair

Before I could say a word
she turned to me with a smile
I’d not seen in years

I swore her body shimmered
like a jewel in the sunlight
her soul for all to see

And she waved
                  farewell
                         my little
                                    sister

© Carrie Ann Golden 2018

 

Stop by and check out the other poems especially the one by Susan Richardson, Perfection Has No Sound, which is incredibly (but haunting) beautiful!

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The Dreamer In Every Writer (Need Feedback?)

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“A dreamer will not stop having that dream until it has been fulfilled” -J. Wilson

    Some time ago, I wrote a few posts on the dreamer in all of us.  At times, we even sabotage ourselves so that a particular dream doesn’t come to fruition.

    Other times, though, life just gets in the way; and we find ourselves with choices that we wished we didn’t have to make.  Dreams get put on hold, or given up altogether as we are forced to go down a different path from the one we dreamed about and hoped for.

    Years pass as do various cycles of ups and downs that come with each lifetime; but, your dream still waits for you…yearning for that moment when you decide to return to it.  By this point, you’re wondering if you still got “it.”   Is the muse still with you?  Can you still put into words those images and voices that have been locked up in your mind for so long?

“There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” -Rachel Griffiths
    Dreams deserve second chances.
    Don’t they???
    So, you sit down in the chair, and pen a story.  One that’s been pestering you for ages.  Done.  Finished.
    Now, what?
    You need a reader.  Some one to give feedback on your story.
    *Gulp*
    Take a deep breath, dear writer.  I like to give this feedback.
    Interested? 
Here are my prerequisites:
    1. You’re still unpublished
    2. You’re 21 years old or older
    3. Story is fiction, and is 2,500 words or less
    The feedback I’ll provide will be mainly for the content of your story (how does the story flow, are there any plot holes, are the characters interesting enough, and so on).
    Still with me?
    Awesome!
     Using the Contact form below, or if you prefer, the comment section at the end of this post:
    1. Tell me what prompted you to return to your dream
    2. A brief description of the story you’d like feedback on
    This opportunity will remain open until March 31st.   Two winners will then be selected by no later than April 3rd. At that time I will contact the winners for their stories.

A Writer’s Re-Commitment

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Happy October 1st!  Fall is in full swing now with radiant colors everywhere.  With the cooler weather upon us, I’m starting to crave pumpkin spice coffee and muffins!

Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to write a guest post for one of my readers’ blog-Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams; which consequentially got me thinking about all the dreams I have that I want to reclaim.    Especially one in particular: writing a book in remembrance of my Dad (who passed away on September 26th, 2014).   I am going to re-commit myself, as a writer, to spend the next year or so focusing on this.  From time to time, I will update you on my progress in the hope that my readers will support me and hold me accountable. 

What about you?  Is there a dream or passion project that you want to re-commit to?  Please share with us so we, too, can offer you support and encouragement.

Sabotaging Your Own Dream

Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen.” ~ Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

Do you find yourself falling short of achieving your dream time and time again,?  Granted, there are some things that happened that are just out of your control, but what if you are the one at fault?

Huh?

You constantly procrastinate, or you talk yourself out of it because you believe someone else can do it better or that you’re not good or able-body enough to do it.  Or, you’re seemingly well on your way to succeeding on a particular passion project when suddenly, you dropped the ball and it all falls to pieces.

Sounds familiar?

According to Psychology Today, “behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals.”   It’s the same kind of behavior that we consistently participate in that causes us to self-destruct any dream we attempt to bring to reality.

For writers, this comes in the form of the inner critic.

Your work will never be good enough.

No one will want to read that. 

That idea has been done before so don’t even bother.

How do you stop this behavior?

The most important aspect in successfully ending the self-sabotaging behavior is awareness.  Become aware and acknowledge the certain behaviors that are holding you back, and then separate yourself from those negative thoughts and actions.  It’s a process that if practiced often enough, you can finally be free of the self-defeating behaviors and focus on the things that matter: your dreams.

 

 

 

 

Giving Up Your Dream (Poll)

This poll/question is part one of two so stay tuned for the second one (coming your way in two days!)

 

 

If you’re willing, please share with us what happened that cause you to let go of your dream(s).

Time To Dream A Little…

Whenever you write a story, have you ever envision it being created into a film?  If so, ever picture in your mind who you would have play your main characters?  This is what I’ve done for my current horror serial; for fun, mind you although I’ve always dreamed of having one of my stories produced into either a short or feature film 🙂

(Click on picture below to see my choice of actors)

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Who would you have as actors to play your main characters?  Dream big!  Have fun 🙂