Come sit with me and let us chat a while. It’s been a hectic week at the café, let me tell you why.
When you step into a café what’s the first thing you do? Do you get your favourite brew? Or do you study the menu?
What’s on the menu at GDG?
- Promote Yourself Monday – party on a Monday!
- Tuesday Writing Prompt – unleash your creativity
- Pay It Forward Thursday – time for some love and kindness
We had a party on Monday, it was the best! It was Promote Yourself Monday (PYM) and everyone submits a link to their own writing. Follow the guidelines in the prompt. This week I am so blessed to make new connections with some really creative writers. But it was also good to see old friends post their wonderful writing.
Mandibelle, my beautiful friend and very talented Barista presented her modern sonnet; Mandi did something really exciting with music and words here, your spirit will soar from reading her words.
Tuesday Writing Prompt (TWP) currently hosted by Beth and Devereaux, is a quick 10-15 minute write. So be spontaneous, use brevity to convey joy, sadness or laughter, the prompt is your creative playground on Tuesday. This week the phrase was “smoke on the water”. The writers contributed haikus, rhyming verse and even a narrative on Native Americans. There were some with humour, a very smoky one by Stephen and then the one that was very heartfelt and mystical of two souls meeting on the water from Linda.
Things get very exciting when Pay It Forward Thursday (PIFT) opens for submissions of links to posts you have read that has touched you and you want to share with everyone at the café. Give someone some love and tell us why you think their post was amazing! Love shared is love doubled! This week’s offering was stellar. I wish I could write about it here but it would be just too much! 15 pieces of outstanding writing you must read to feel the heart beat of the cafe.
Would you like an adventure now or shall we have tea first?
~ Alice in Wonderland
I think I will have tea today, strong aromatic Punjabi Tea, a personal favourite especially on muggy equatorial afternoons when conversation is the only thing to do.
Our dear Megha has more published work and I’d like to take a moment to say how I admire all her achievements, she continues to write and produce poetry that has depth and vision.
Lots more on offer at the GDG but this week I wanted to highlight those specials to you! These are the GDG features that allow you to showcase your writing and appreciate the works from others, a place to meet new writers and poets and artists.
WELCOME NEW BARISTAS!
Before I make my way around the café and greet the friendly Baristas, I would like to introduce 3 new additions and one much deserved promotion. Please welcome Abbey, Michelle and Reena and congratulate Devereaux!
Spare a moment and read GDG Founder Stephen’s welcome message here.
At the GDG your Baristas present an interesting mix of words and thoughts, brewed from the finest from around the world, from the States to the Far East till right Down Under, we have something for everyone’s flavor. Not forgetting those across the Pond, where the accent is lovely and her people too, then swing over to the subcontinent on the deep blue Andaman Sea, we do have something for everybody.
MICHAEL @ INK OWL ME
My first stop is at Michael’s corner in the cafe, he will be embarking on a new career and I read his story here and here. I’ll let Michael tell you in his own words; words that I can relate to and a journey I know we all wish we could take too. That journey towards our dreams no matter how scary it may seem. I appreciated Michael’s candour about what has shaped his writing and given him strength to go on writing. Thank you for willing to share your story to inspire others.
Freedom lies in being bold – Robert Frost
ERIC @ EDC WRITING
“Sam and Erin’s” story continues. Last week they seemed to be getting closer to meeting then this week something happens in their online world that leaves me anxious for the next part. This is not just a one-dimensional banter. It’s a very modern love story and I am hoping for a happy ending, because it’s really brilliant how Eric navigates both feminine and masculine feelings in his story (well he says it’s their story!). Drop in and take a look.
There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
CHARLES @ THE RELUCTANT POET
Charles is a great promoter of writing across WordPress, I like to sit at his table, it’s always warm and cosy, a lot of posts are re-posted on his blog and writers edified for their beautiful work. Charles writes some of the loveliest poetry, simple words but always from the heart, romantic love poetry that makes me feel soft and dreamy but this week’s share at the GDG was a little edgy, about a restless heart, selfishness and choices a person makes that affects others. Read Charles’ Something Better and feel the emotional turmoil. He is very good!
And now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good ~ John Steinbeck
Many times we feel we must tweak or rewrite our poems or stories and try to achieve perfection, so I like the Steinbeck quote above. I can relate it to writing, when we don’t have to be perfect, then we can be good, I think good is so much better than perfect, if we were perfect it would be like a one hit wonder and we never write another good piece again.
You should write because you like the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading and reading is the finest teacher of how to write – Annie Proulx – author – Postcards, The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain
A reading, thinking writer writes better. I like Annie Proulx’s quote, it strengthens my belief that we must read to write. So we need words to inspire words. One word prompts or phrases can be very good at bringing out a poem or story.
I look over Stephen’s shoulder and he is writing in his new category on the GDG menu – Crazy Writing Thoughts – he lists down some prompts we can follow and will be sharing more. Don’t forget to check back, Stephen has such a generous heart sharing his knowledge.
Then I sit with Eugenia, she posts prompts on her blog BrewNSpew, she invites you “to join our talented community and challenge yourselves by writing your own poetry using the weekly featured word”. I love the energy she creates!
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty
~ John Steinbeck
I do not know what that means but I like how it sounds! How many times you come across phrases like that or even poetry that sounds so amazing but you don’t understand it but it makes you stop and think? Maybe we need to find out why we read poetry?
WHY WE READ POETRY?
In a study published in 2013 in Journal of Consciousness Studies, researchers at the UK’s University of Exeter had participants lay inside an fMRI scanner while they read various texts on a screen. The research suggests (among other findings) that reading or listening to poetry is useful for something besides just rousing our emotions and elevating our souls. The same mental skills that we exercise in struggling to understand T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock “ — i.e., flexible thinking and the ability to ponder multiple meanings — also help us to navigate unpredictable events and make choices in our everyday lives.
How cool is that?! Functional MRI and looking into the heart through the brain, I could not contain my excitement! It was my working life and writing passion colliding majestically!
Another equally interesting study made some heart-warming conclusions. An excerpt of that study say……Reading poetry helps us chill out and figure ourselves out. Researchers found that it stimulates the parts of the brain linked to our resting states, the posterior cingulate cortex and medial temporal lobes. Those are part of a network of brain regions that are active when someone is just sitting and relaxing, and have also been linked to introspection.
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper ~ W.B Yeats
So what do we challenge ourselves with this week? When we read poetry and look into ourselves what do we discover? What magical things will we see when our senses grow sharper?
At my poetry open mic one of the poets suggested we all have a poem introducing ourselves. That idea was quite appealing and so I wrote one. I will be sharing it on the GDG this coming week, as I wait for yours.
I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be stilled
~ Sylvia Plath
I end with a these powerful lines from Christine’s poem Dissolution about a writer losing her voice, it resonated with me because I had lost mine for a while.
some days my savior
some days my hell
that I cannot
Write your poem about you, it could be a story waiting to be told or a song to be sung, write BECAUSE you must! (pingback to this post and I will feature it on the GDG)
And with that I am posting this a day early and off on my holiday, to play in the sand dunes and be inspired in that place only my heart remembers.
Have an amazing weekend my friends!
Hope & Light