Seeking inspiration.

So July is coming to an end. I would really love to start posting regularly on here again.  Today I realized, that I just need to stop thinking about it and just DO IT.

Too much planning can cause one to feel overwhelmed.  Structure is needed though in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed from another perspective.  When I feel stressed out I know creating a list helps me organize my thoughts and it helps me create a game plan.

As for this blog though… I can’t treat this like work or chore.  I ENJOY writing and I love using it as an outlet for expressing my thoughts.  (Even more so when I get comments!) …so I need to just dedicate time to writing.  Whether it be straight on here on the computer or in a notepad. …and I NEED to POST.

So… now that I’ve got that off my chest.  What should I write about? Please feel free to comment and share any ideas of what you’d be interested in reading about.

Thanks!

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Get over your blankpagephobia!

So I’ve been staring at this blinking cursor for about 3 minutes now. How many of us blog owners have come across the same feeling of intimidation and fear of that BLANK PAGE and ever-blinking cursor? It’s like it’s screaming at you “ah-ha! You can’t type anything…you are doomed to stare at this blank page.

Our muses are always around… we just sometimes need to quiet that voice inside our head that is distracting us from writing the words down that are just waiting to be expressed. Sometimes it just takes that initial typing even when you’re not sure of what’s going to come out. Why be afraid? It’s not like you can’t erase it if it’s not “good enough”.

I think too often do we let that ‘voice’ talk us out of writing and the next thing we know it’s been months since our last blog entry. Sometimes we just got to put our foot down and choose to get over our blankpagephobia!

Citadel of Thoughts Won the BEST BLOG AWARD 2015 at ForumPromotion.net

I feel kind of bad because I’ve been slacking off on my blog lately.  It’s definitely a wake up call though.  My blog had to be nominated by other members AND they had to vote for Citadel of Thoughts via Private Message so they really picked my blog – it’s not as simple as voting in a poll or something. That was pretty exciting.  Time to seriously knuckle down though and start posting again.  I just need to take the time and actually WRITE!  It’s not like I don’t have anything to write about either.  So much is in the works right now… I just need to sit back and record some of these happenings.  They also rewarded me with $5 which is pretty sweet. Thank you ForumPromotion.net!

Sorry for going MIA you guys – On to the next page! 😉

Invictus – Poem written by William Ernest Henley

Invictus – Poem written by William Ernest Henley

IMG_20150616_200501_editIt was in the 6th grade when I learned to write poetry for the first time.  Hearing praises for my assignments – they encouraged me to keep writing them in my spare time. It was then that I took an interest in others’ work.

Old poetry confused me because the English language was much different back then.  Invictus became one of my favorite poems of all time.  I did not discover it until I was 15 but it spoke volumes to me at a time when I needed direction in my life.  To me, I interpreted this poem that it’s ok to listen to your own voice and decide things for what you truly believe is best for you.

The word “Invictus” is actually Latin which means unconquered.

Poetry tends to be shorter than stories which I found appealing because in the time I can read one story or book I could read many poems.  There is also something fun about them in  a sense that you can sit there and try to interpret what the writer was trying to portray OR you can just take the poem for what it is and apply how you can relate to it.

Invictus
Written by: William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.