|Main Feature Image – Great Hairy Willow Herb|
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
|Music – Gifts Under The Tree|
|How Christmas is Made|
A brave little mouse and a curious cat,
a tiny pig traveling far and a bird who gathered so much of this and of that,
befuddled, I wondered where was the bear,
on and on I muddled, stopping…I wouldn’t dare,
to find at the ends,
all the contented Christmasy friends,
a gift for the mouse far larger than his house,
the cat safe and sound, by love he was found,
along came Santa from somewhere, to help pig make it home from nowhere,
and the crow…who in his very heart did know…
that a Christmas tree is made from what you already have,
a single sock or a bit of string,
a lost bauble or give away bead
yes, crow knows, it is made with any and every
small tiny thing…
© Suzanne @ All My Heart Sees
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|Tall Whitetop, Mugwort and Great Hairy Willow Herb|
|Cuppa Community Chat|
|Gatsby and Paula|
image above property of Paula Light
|Today’s Cuppa is with Paula and Gatsby of Light Motifs II|
I began Light Motifs II in 2008 but began posting regularly in 2011 (I had other blogs). I used LMII [Light Motifs II] to deposit quotes and poetry that struck my fancy and song lyrics.
For a few years, I frequently wrote about my misadventures in dating, but that eventually began to depress me, so I stopped. My readership grew via my participation in prompts, which influenced me to post higher-quality writing.
In April of 2021, I refreshed my blog, deleting the old content that wasn’t up to par, scheduling the posts I still liked for republication, and focusing on new content.
My writing style is relatable and down to earth, and people connect with my humour and willingness to be genuine rather than trying to create an image or brand. Lately, poetry is my favourite genre, with flash fiction a close second. I’m also fond of rambling on in response to questions.
|Do the opinions of others matter to you, and if so, why? If not, why?|
Yes, of course, they matter! Beyond the obvious of caring what my daughters think and wanting to keep my employers happy, I care about my readers’ opinions. For example, I’d be devastated if someone left a bad review of one of my books. It also makes me happy when people enjoy the poetry, fiction, and (sometimes) humorous personal essays and peeves I share on my blog. I really do dig all the positive comments.
Does your written content speak to people on a human level?
I think it does. People have mentioned that I write in a simple, straightforward style, and I’ve been nurturing that over the years. I always proofread my writing; if it sounds confusing or ambiguous, I change it. I don’t mind admitting mistakes, which people relate to more than those who try to cultivate an impression of perfection.
When did you start writing poetry, and what influenced your writing the most?
I began very young, around eight years old. I wrote a poem about snow for school; when I brought it home, my mom put it on the refrigerator, which made me happy. It was a simple rhyming poem, and everyone liked it.
As a teenager, I wrote the usual angst-filled poetry about my various crushes and feeling lost and lonely in a crowd. Song parody influenced me greatly because I gravitate toward humour, and I was also greatly influenced by the excellent poets I read for high school and college classes.
I enjoyed the works of talented poets such as Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mark Strand, Carolyn Forche, WS Merwin, etc. I noticed that the most compelling poetry contained concrete images and sense perceptions, so I incorporated those into my writing and still do.
A book you could read over and over and why?
I have a lot of favourite books, but the one I could easily read again (and again) is The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. There’s just so much rich content in this novel, as well as actual history, and it’s very much a “writer’s book” in that it explores the different points of view of the various characters and various paths for the story to take. It continually asks, “what if.” The narrator also breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the reader, proving the old adage “if it works, it works.”
For your writing style, which would you prefer for six months – a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere or a busy metropolitan hotel and why?
I prefer the busy city! It would be great to stay in a posh hotel with all the comforts and focus solely on people-watching, which always inspires me to write. The vibrancy of a city with its lights and art and restaurants and traffic and odours, and movement stimulates my imagination. If I were stuck in a woodsy cabin, I’d probably stare at the view all day and not write anything.
The people who most inspire you are?
I’m inspired by other writers and poets, whether they’re traditionally published or sharing their work on their blogs. Originality, creativity, and a genuine attitude motivate me toward the same.
Your guiltiest pleasure is?
I eat way too much sugar and should focus more on nutritious foods. I literally have a bag of gummy bears on my night table! This has to stop, lol.
When was the last time you made a positive change in your life?
I am a work in progress and always attempting to improve and be better. This year, I cut back on the amount of time I wasted on Facebook and quit Twitter entirely in October. It’s simply more satisfying to use my free time for reading or writing than to get involved in online kerfuffles, even if only as an observer.
I’ve also been trying to ask more questions of other people, especially friends, which I was wary of doing for a long time due to my bad experiences with dating. I got told off by a few men for being too nosy, and that caused me to pull way back on the questions. It’s only recently that I realized I might be coming off as uncaring because I talk about myself but don’t ask anything. One of my good friends mentioned this, which I took to heart and had been trying to remedy.
Can you easily confide in others, or do you bottle your emotions up?
I’m an oversharer and have to continually censor myself from babbling on for days.
|There we go folks, l hope you enjoyed this morning’s Community Chat with Paula and Gatsby as much l did. Until the next time.|
We both wish you a lovely Sunday.
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