Jul 03 2012

Goodbye, Andy Griffith

Posted by: Stacey at 6:19 pm
In: Celebs,TV

1926-2013

Gone, but not forgotten:

Slideshow: Andy Griffith through the years

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Jun 22 2012

Can writers be “tortured artists”? Yes. Just ask me.

Posted by: Stacey at 10:44 pm
In: Writing

It’s funny. When I first started writing when I was in my early teens, I didn’t think of myself as an artist. I had this image in my head of a frustrated painter furiously working his canvass. Even though years later I learned that painters weren’t the only people who could be classified as artists – and that writers, too, were considered as such, I still never considered myself one.

It’s only been in the last few years of my creative writing ventures that I’ve felt like I identified with “being an artist” – specifically, the infamous “tortured artist.” Now, let me make it clear that I do not consider myself to be especially gifted or “deep” when it comes to creative writing. I have never taken any formal classes nor had any other type of formal training, did not major in English in college, any of that stuff. I just know that I love writing – especially “old school” writing with a good old pen and notebook, and a few cushy, colored pillows piled around you while you work. Oh, and don’t forget the lemonade or iced tea nearby. Window open. Breeze blowing in.

Yes.

Anyway, how do I, as a writer “artist” who is not particularly gifted in that arena, identify with the “tortured artist”? I wrote (“micro-blogged”!)about it earlier today and tonight on Twitter:

Read a mind blowing quote from one of my book inspirations. Wish I could share it but then I’d have to reveal who it is. 😉 #CrypticTweets

I really hate to sound like such a sap, but that quote floored me – I literally gasped. Heart rate accelerated. Knees weakened. #moved

This sounds crazy, but I sort of know what they mean by “tortured artists’ whenever my creative writing spurts hit. : ) #craft

Some creative writing ideas just grab you in the gut and consume you. #craft

Any of you out there reading this who write, or paint, or sing, or act, sculpt, entertain, dance etc … is this not the absolute truth? In the last month or so I’ve picked up a notebook and pen and started writing my a** off. I’m too painfully shy to tell you what it’s about, and who/what my inspirations have been, but it’s just like an inferno that envelops you and you can’t shake it. In a good way.

I’m up at 3 in the morning sometimes putting pen to paper. It’s crazy.

But I love it. I’m not one of those depressed artist types who is unhappy about everything. To the contrary, I can’t wait to get all my ideas on paper and am excited as heck most of the time to just be in the frame of mind to write, and to have ideas with which to play off of.

So maybe I’m not so much “tortured” as I am an “antsy artist” – hmm? 😉


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Jun 15 2012

Hey, You! Just Be A Woman

Posted by: Stacey at 5:21 pm
In: Girlie Girl,Music

Easier said and done some days, what with the routine we have to go through to look our best – and the mental gymnastics we sometimes perform to put ourselves in the right frames of mind, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – would we, ladies? 🙂

Woman lounging

Relax ….

In the meantime, a little R & R time is in order. Just in time for the weekend.


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Jun 13 2012

How to kick yourself out of “writer’s block” mode

Posted by: Stacey at 6:26 pm
In: Home Decor,Writing

Redesign your home office – or create a new one. The pictures in this post (found on Pinterest) will amaze you! Before and after shots of a spare bedroom converted into a lovely home office space. Here’s my favorite:

Home office makeover

Lovely! Soothing and inspiring.

I like the color of my office (a soft buttery yellow color) and have been angling for a few months now to get some new office furniture (the set I currently have is over a decade old and severely worn) to change things up a bit and to get the creative juices flowing again. I can write about politics all day long but sometimes get into a bit of a “writer’s block” funk when it comes to creative writing, even with ideas swirling in my head.

The colors in the bright spare room pictured above are not colors I would be bold enough to pick for my own home! LOL. But it’s still a very nice look and conducive to letting your creative, softer side stand out. 😀

Don’t have a good pic of my home office to show you (and am not taking one right now – it looks like a disaster area!) but I do have one of my outdoor office to share.

The outdoor home office of yours truly. ; )

Problematic for use on cooler days but on warmer days, it definitely works! 😉

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Jun 02 2012

Because a girl needs a little rock and roll in her life …

Posted by: Stacey at 12:40 am
In: Music

Awww MAN. Whitesnake and Steve Vai. My heart races!

Raw heat, energy, passion. Unashamed of being big time alpha males who loved “hot women.” What’s not to like about this band? 😉

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Mar 02 2012

It Was Inside That I Cried

Posted by: Stacey at 3:26 am
In: Life,Relationships

“Don’t be deceived by what you saw, it was inside that I cried“:

From CeCe Peniston’s 1992 “Finally” album.

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Dec 05 2011

Wedding Singer love

Posted by: Stacey at 10:57 pm
In: Movies

Watched the movie “The Wedding Singer” over the weekend for about the 100th time. Just love it. I’m not a big Adam Sandler fan but he is adorable in this movie. The fact that it’s set in the 80s and plays a lot of the songs I love doesn’t hurt anything.

I can’t help it – I’m a child of the 80s! 😉

For those of you who know the movie know the song “True” is sung in the last scene by another “wedding singer”: Mega-talented actor Steve Buscemi. His version is deliberately funny and off key. The original is, of course, much better:


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The original song was played in 1984’s “Sixteen Candles” movie. I think it’s during the scene where Samantha is watching her high school crush Jake dance with his girlfriend Caroline at the prom.

Ah. Memories. 😀

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Jun 01 2011

Engine Starter

Posted by: Stacey at 8:40 pm
In: Music

Sing it, gal!

Opening lyrics:

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, and it’s bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship there
See how I’ll leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark

Full lyrics here.

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Mar 07 2011

Man and Woman

Posted by: Stacey at 10:18 pm
In: Relationships,Writing

Happy coupleHer eyes flutter; his eyes assess
Her cheeks pinken; his cheeks dimple
Her hand strokes his face; his itch to explore

Her skin is like satin – smooth, unblemished; his is coarse – scattered with scars
Her hair is windswept; his is carelessly unkempt
Her heart dances; his thuds

Her outer softness conceals the quiet inner strength his presence gives her;
His outer strength hides an inner vulnerability that has come to life because of her

She giggles; he guffaws
She wiggles; he grits his jaw
She tempts with a smile; he sits, both of them helplessly entranced

Blissfully perfect? Oh no, not quite. Just revelling in a moment that feels just right, hoping it never ends.

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Nov 07 2010

Things I’m thankful for

Posted by: Stacey at 7:20 pm
In: Faith

Got this in email this weekend. I liked it, but what I’d add to it right now is that I’d be thankful for a shoulder rub, as my right shoulder is killing me. Just in time for my first day back at work from a six day vacation. Fun days ahead. 😉

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Thank youTo really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

And bless each and every person in my life!! I love you Lord Jesus!! 

Amen!

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