some time ago in my studio

Awesome writing here!

sheila sea

there were nights
I would wake up with water
pooled in my ducts.

I would look to my side,
gather the strength to roll over
and crush the company that wasn’t there.

I was beyond what we know as lonely.

with terminally wounded feminity,
singed in healing fire,
I was not quite ready to be reborn.

I often wash myself with these memories
and absorb them into my skin.

I often breathe into her and thank her for letting me begin.

– sheila c

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One for the Tree: Seasons

Lovely words.


needs respiration
and every part of you is covered


dead skin
needs exfoliation
and every part of you is covered


are for protection
and every part of you is covered


All life
needs rejuvenation
and every part of you is covered



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A Few Quotations on Reading

Dynamic quotes on reading! Give your children and grandchildren the gift of books. They will thank you for it.

charles french words reading and writing

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”                                                       Confucius


“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

WAR AND CONFLICT BOOKERA:  CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift Collection) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 200-FL-22 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 113

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Jacqueline Kennedy


Remember to keep reading!

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Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript

Super helpful advice. Six self-editing tips for your manuscript by Kristen Lamb. #6 had me in stiches. I purchased the “Emotion Thesaurus” and refer to it all the time. Another awesome post!

Kristen Lamb's Blog


Over my career I have literally edited thousands of works, most of them written by emerging writers. My greatest frustration always was (and still is) when I couldn’t even GET to critiquing the deeper story elements because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

Good editors are NOT cheap. There are also many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

#1 The Brutal Truth about Adverbs, Metaphors and Similes

I have never met an adverb, simile, or metaphor I didn’t LOVE. I totally dig description, but it can present problems.

First of all, adverbs are not ALL evil. Redundant adverbs are evil. If…

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