Sunshine Award

I have been given The Sunshine Award by Jane Thorne, bluefiadiaries, and Olive Twist. Born in November I have never felt I brought a lot of sunshine to the world, so it is difficult to express my suprise, and my gratitude to these fellow bloggers for this nomination – Thank you, thank you, thank you…

The rules for this one are about sharing some info about yourself so here you are:
Favorite Colour: Blue
Favorite Animal: Shumanee Tatanka
Favorite Number: 9
Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Coffee
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook (with perspective)
My Passion: Porsches
Favorite pattern: Snowflakes
Favorite day of the week: Thursday (wanting better than having)
Favorite Flower: Rose

The general rules suggest passing this award on to 10 blogs – here are five, and I’ll reserve five for the future 😉 :

Writernubbin for your passion
A Kiss Of Bliss for your light
finding life in a death for your courage
Stronghold for your strength
Divine Rhythm for your heart

And for those who might wonder where what I write comes how, or at least how it gets here, this is an article I wrote for a couple of years ago:

My Writing Experience
As writers, we often ask ourselves, why don’t I like what I wrote? Why doesn’t what I write read the way favorite authors write? What’s wrong with me? I have great diction, I spell perfectly, I know the difference between its and it’s, but my poems just don’t reach, they don’t grasp. There always seems to be something missing.

Notice when you write, the best things you have written, the ones you love. Are they about the times your heart was full? The times you laughed till you couldn’t breathe, or cried so hard you wouldn’t look at yourself in the mirror? What is it that makes those words special – that makes them sing? I am sure everyone at least once has heard a song or piece of music and said to themselves – “Now that’s got soul”.

Soul; Regardless of who you are, where you were born, the faith you were raised in, soul is a universal concept. I won’t bore you with Webster’s meaning, because for each of us it has its own … ore than a place, more than a feeling, larger than thought, or the depths of the heart.

But where is it found? In the writer’s craft, the soul is the inner self; it is the part of us from which creation springs. Think about that – ‘from which creation springs’. Words are not just thoughts made manifest, they are thoughts and feelings, framed into words, so that as writers we re=create the emotion, the thoughts, the colors and the sounds, in the mind of the reader, to allow them to share the very same experience again with us, yet within their own frame of reference.

One of the best ways to start connecting is to keep a journal – or many journals – As Natalie Goldberg says in ‘The Writing Life’ it is important to write every day, and it is best to do it at the same time every day. I like mid morning, when things are settled and I have some time to collect my thoughts and feelings and put them into written words. I keep my journal with me as much a possible, and ALWAYS keep small notebook in my pocket for those special moments … don’t ever think you will remember an inspiration and be able to write it down later, like a dream you will wake up and it will be gone.

Create a place where you like to write. Comfortable, well lit with some natural light so you can feel the day and the night passing. By a window, indoors or out, even a kitchen table when cleared. It just has to feel comfortable. Most of all it should be a space free of the chaos and confusion of the day to day. Surround yourself with the things that delight, and inspire you. Pictures of your family, nature prints, needle-points your mother made …

Remember too that if you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have time to write. I find I alternate between periods of intense reading, and periods of intense writing, the kind of writing that goes beyond a daily journal. The books I read, and the thoughts and feelings they invoke in me serve as a catalyst to guide and inspire the things I like to write about.

Another source of connection for me can be movies and television programs that are well produced, and have depth and meaning. Often when I finish watching, I pick up a pen, or go straight to my keyboard and out comes inspiration. There is something called the ‘Alpha’ state that video is very good at creating in us. When in that state the inner self is easier to communicate with.

Finding your inner self as a writer is connecting thought and feeling together, giving them form in pen and ink, through the hand. When we want to write a sentence as much as we longed for our first kiss, when we read the line on the page and can smell the salt air again – hear the waves rolling on the beach where we walked hand in hand, then the inner self becomes manifest.

I have a print I bought in Provincetown, MA and on it there is a simple a water jug and the words ‘Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much the heart can hold’… But the poet, above all people, will never stop trying.

13 thoughts on “Sunshine Award

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! 🙂
    And your writing experience, I definitely feel much connection to that. Especially when you talked about one’s “inner self” – it’s hard to define ourselves in that area, but writing really brings it out. It really does.

    • You may not even recognize your strength in these times until many years have past,just trust that it is there. I’ve always felt a connect to that ‘inner self’ and I think you are right the writing gives it a forum to surface – Thanks for pointing that out 😉

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  3. Thank you so much for the Sunshine Award nomination; I will be working on this and the ABC award this week. Your Writing Experience article really resonated with me, Peter. As, I am sure you can tell I write from my heart and soul, which currently is filled with such warmth and positive energy.

    Most of my life I tried to live in a positive state of mind; but, as we are often products of our environment, I have a couple of dark moments in my life, which one day I may share. Everything is not always rosy, but we can choose to see rain as wet and soggy or as an opportunity to play in the puddles (and seek rainbows). Thank you so much for everything, Peter. You are truly a gift to this world, as I look forward to reading your poetry and prose. ♥ Angi

    • Angi – As are you … Yes, there are dark moments, as the Navajo say “The sky would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears”. I grew up with a step brother who I have come to realize was a clinical psychopath … he used to call me Janey because the only way I could get him to leave me alone was to scream like a girl … Maybe that’s why I have a great tenor voice now 😉

  4. Congratulations, grandfather! You bring so much sunshine into my life here! I love and honor Jane for herself and for giving you this award! I was very intrigued and somewhat surprised by some of your answers to those quetions. Most rewarding reading this post is! Yes, a poet must read poetry! You are so very correct! And artwork is endlessly helpful as inspiration, as well.

    • I enjoy them all. About a year ago I got an ebook reader, not a kindle or nook, but a brand that reads pdf’s. I downloaded enough reading for a lifetime, but anyway that year I think I read 40 books. A lot a William Walker Atkinson…

  5. first congrats;well deserved
    Second thanks for the nomination; It meant to me a lot the way you’ve done it..
    &regarding your article; i loved the way you expressed the feelings when they turn to ink tracing papers&immortalizing memories also i agree with you about reading;who doesn’t have the eager to read may write only but never evoke any deep or arouse any passion..
    May your sun keep shinning

  6. We gain inspiration from life and writing comes from the soul, written with true heart it will go out there with a good energy … you bring sunshine to me Peter x

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