Robin Williams Lived

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Robin Williams lived a life that brought laughter and joy to millions through his comedy and acting.

He died at his home from suicide on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age 63. He battled a brain disease that included severe depression. Even with treatment, support from loved ones, and a successful career, mental illness still can be a deadly disease.

I remember when I first learned that Robin Williams had a mental illness and I was encouraged by his openness. I loved his work in Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and his role as Mork from Mork and Mindy. My favorite work of his was stand-up comedy.

He had a brilliant brain. And he had a brain with a disease. He richly blessed us with his life.

May all of us find ways today to reach out and offer hope to one another…

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Book Cover Reveal Party!

Cover-Reveal1Dearest readers,

It is both an honor and a privilege to bring to you some exciting news from one of my poetic inspirations, Morgan Dragonwillow. I first came across her blog two years ago during NaPoWriMo and was captivated by the rich prompts she was providing daily. Since then we’ve become internet friends and have worked together on both NaPoWriMo and OctPoWriMo to provide prompts for other poets. Now she is preparing to release her third book and has collaborated with a local (to ME) writing buddy, Andrea Moore, to design her book cover!

I am pleased to reveal the cover for Soul Prompts: Finding and Hearing Your Inner Voice.

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Soul Prompts is a spiritual writing experience that gives you a direct line to the source of inspiration.

If you could communicate with your soul would you?

If you could hear what your soul’s plan is for this life, would you want to hear it?

What if learning to communicate with your soul could help you get your words on the page?

Soul Prompts will help you connect to that voice within whether you want to have a deeper spiritual life, a better understanding of your purpose, discover which path to take next or to help you get your stories written.

Are you open to the possibilities?

It’s time to have a conversation with your soul.

This book is for you if you want to:

  1. Take your writing to a deeper level.
  2. Explore your connection to your soul.
  3. Live a more spiritual life.
  4. Have a better understanding of your writing journey.
  5. Figure out your next step.
  6. Discover where your words come from.
  7. Learn why your soul chose this life.

And so much more.

Soul Prompts: Finding and Hearing Your Inner Voice – Paperback and ebook – coming out this October!


This beautiful cover was created by the artistic and wonderful Andrea Moore! Working with her was a pleasure and she was very patient with my questions and suggestions until we were both happy with the results! If you are working on a book and don’t have a cover yet, I highly recommend you have a chat with her!

Andrea Moore a

Cover Artist

Andrea Moore grew up in a town so small, on top of a marsh, that the mosquito was considered the city bird. She uses her degree in computer graphics and her artistic abilities to sprinkle joy throughout local consignment shops and Etsy. Andrea is now breaking out of the box further as she explores the adventures of book cover creating.


Fun Trivia Game

What’s a party without a game? In this game you will hop from one blog to the next, finding the clues and when you think you have the answer, go back to Morgan Dragonwillow’s post, Soul Prompts Book Cover Reveal Party, and put the answer in the comments. The first person with the correct answer will win a signed copy of Soul Prompts and a $10 Amazon gift card. Have fun!


Where in the world is one of my favorite places to sit or walk and connect with the source of creation and to remember we are all one?

CLUE: It’s at the intersection of two rivers. Next Stop Professional Moneta International

Good luck but most of all have a great time!


Me aAuthor

Morgan Dragonwillow is a poet, survivor, lover of all things magical, dancing with words, recovering perfectionist, and indie author that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Soul Prompts by Morgan Dragonwillow

Soul Prompts

by Morgan Dragonwillow

Giveaway ends September 27, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Mommy and Me and Vera

I had a blast hanging out with my mom today. She is 71 and I challenge anyone to just TRY to keep up with her, especially when shopping! The local Kmart is closing in another month, so we spent 2 hours picking through there today. After all that time, with her reward points, Mom spent $1.74 on 2 key chains and 6 lollipops! I, on the other hand, found much more since I had not been in there in ages. I think my favorite find was a new pair of bright neon aqua blue and pink tennis shoes for $5.

When we finally made our way back to her house this afternoon, she and Dad cut the grass and I set up my art travel kit on a table on the carport to work on today’s painting. I had no clue who would show up on my canvas (watercolor paper) today, but as I began sketching her hair, the little curl appeared on her cheek. As I worked on adding color and detail, she informed me that her name is Vera and she has some stories to tell!

I’m already excited about seeing who wants to appear on my canvas tomorrow!

#2 of 30 - Mixed media on watercolor paper

#2 of 30 – Mixed media on watercolor paper

#1 of 30

What a crazy busy day! I drove 6 hours from my home to my parents. Had about 30 minutes to catch my breath before jumping in their car for another hour to see my oldest son’s first orchestra concert, then another hour back to my parents’ house. I sketched this first portrait in about 15 minutes with a few more details added from the backseat on the way to the concert. I added color with watercolor crayons, white acrylic paint, a black pen, and a Distress Ink pen. I’m excited about this new challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days and look forward to days when I have a bit more time to spend with the creation. This gal needs a name… suggestions are welcome!


Mixed Media Portrait by Amy McGrath

Mixed Media Portrait by Amy McGrath


Quick sketch

Quick sketch

Z is for ZaniLa Rhyme

Inspiration came from the NaPoWriMo blog today inviting a farewell poem. It felt right and fit well with the zanila rhyme form. Join me in May for a brand new creative adventure!

Abstract in Acrylics by Amy McGrath

Abstract in Acrylics by Amy McGrath

I’m glad you came to my blog this month

And read what I had to share.

‘Tis not the end, so come back, my friend.

I have art and poetry to spare.


This particular challenge is done.

My poems I wrote for you.

But come back, my friend, ‘tis not the end.

I have another challenge to do.


A new mountain is in front of me…

Thirty paintings, thirty days!

‘Tis not the end, so come back, my friend.

Leave me some comments, critiques, or praise!


Or better yet, join in on the fun

Come painting along with me!

Please come back, my friend, ‘tis not the end…

And share your own creativity!

Y is for YOU

Today’s post is the one that almost wasn’t. As I type this, it’s 11:30pm here and this has not been one of my better days. The dramatic change in barometric pressure is wreaking havoc on my body and I’ve been less that motivated to write today. Part of the lack of motivation was because I knew there was no form for Y. If I’ve learned anything about my own process, it’s that I love having constraints to what I’m creating. For poetry, I like to find a form and manipulate the language to still express what I’m feeling. For art, I like having a specific lesson from a class or a limited palette/material list to drive the creation. I was listening to this week’s lesson for Life Book 2014 when this idea came to me. If nothing else, I’m proud of myself for completing 29/29 days thus far in the month’s challenge. I look forward to bringing you a new form tomorrow for the final day. I’ll also be announcing my newest challenge that I’ll be sharing here beginning on May 1st!



Do you remember who you were before someone told you who to be?

I’m beginning to remember.

Who do you think you are?

I’m no one.

And yet, I’m everyone.

I’m just like you.

But in my own way.

What do you have to offer to me, to us, to them, to the world?

I have right now. Today. This moment.

I have compassion and kindness.

I have love in endless supply.

I have passion – for life, for living, for creating and doing more.

Why YOU?

Why not me? Why not YOU, too?!?

X is for Xenogeny

Since there is no poetic form beginning with X, I made a small attempt at a shape poem. These tend to challenge me more than they should. If you’re curious about the title, you can find the definition of xenogeny here.


Nature                                                       Nurture

Born this way                Learned behavior

the eternal adoption debate

Developed                       Inherited

Unique                                                  Similar