Friday, December 31, 2010


Happy New Year! And thank you to everyone who reads my blog, whether you comment or not, and whether you're a follower or not. I would like to say Thank-You to my newest followers, though.....but I'm not sure who I welcomed last! I'll just include the last six, and that should cover everyone....I hope!  Welcome Anila, loveablehomebody, Karen Pledger, Joyful, Garnet and Pink Apple!

To continue with yesterday's theme of regaining my passion for writing, I'd like to share some other information.

** While Googling for information the other night about "finding my muse", I stumbled across a very interesting blog Image & Verse. Rob Kistner and his wife Kathleen are a multi-talented couple. They write poetry, essays, and short stories. They are also artists of furniture design, collages, various artwork, etc. There are quite a few blogs listed for writing prompts and one for photography. Please visit their blog and find inspiration, as I did!

I contacted Rob to ask permission to post the following poem, which he graciously agreed upon. It can also be found in his archives here: Image & Verse (archives)  (Please do not reprint this anywhere without receiving Rob's written permission.)

Fickle Muse

Wee hours,
with the sane asleep,
this poet’s steeped
in conflicted inspiration.

Promptings vague,
I am filled with doubt,
words tossed about
the unyielding empty page.

I start, then stop,
to write, then not,
now clear, then caught
in merciless hesitation.

Fickle muse,
let’s be off with you!
I’ll start anew
when free of quandary’s cage.

rob kistner © 2007

Ah....oh, so true! Thank you again, Rob, for allowing me to share your poetry with others.


** My second piece of information is this: A New York friend, who is involved in the publishing industry, knows of my writer's block angst. We spoke on the phone recently about it and in her desire to help me, she offered a gift that is so unbelievably generous and from her heart, that I'm pretty sure I squealed when she said it. When I complete my book, she is going to take me to lunch..... in New York City!! Woo-Hoo!! I think I was speechless for one of the few times in my life! Can you say "in shock"?? (and don't even think about commenting or e-mailing, asking me who this person is, because I would never divulge her name!...Plus you probably wouldn't know her, anyway, but she is special to me!)

I ended yesterday's post with "Look Out World, Here I Come."

How about...Look Out New York, Here I Come!!

"A friend is what the heart needs all the time." -- Henry van Dyke


  1. Hi Becky,
    How Wonderful! You deserve all the best in 2011. Hope you have fun in the Big Apple.
    Happy New Year,

  2. Oops. Make that...

    "Hope 2011 is the very best of years for you, Becky."


    PS. And so it begins...the getting used to writing 11 instead of 10. ;)

  3. Is this so exciting or what?!!!

    Congratulations becky!

    I know you will wrap up this wonderful book and I am soooo jealous of your lunch date! I have always wanted to visit New York with my oldest, and we will someday. This sounds so very posh!

    Hugs and congrats and Happy New Year!



  4. Congratulations, Becky! THAT offer will definitely spur you onto finishing your book. (I imagine you're writing, at this very moment, furiously wearing your fingertips off as you tap-tap-tap away at your keyboard, trying to finish it as soon as possible because New York City is calling you.

    Write on!

  5. Exciting, lunch in NYC! I'd be squealing a little too. :)

    Happy New Year to you and your followers,

  6. I have been writing furiously this morning and it feels so good! Although still the end of one year, I hope this is harbinger for the new one. Happy writing to you and Happy New Year!

  7. What an exciting incentive to get those words flowing!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!! :)

  8. I am so happy for you Becky, you're so deserving of all the wonderful things that are happening and will happen to you in the future too :)

    Here's wishing you and your family an insightful, inspired Happy New Year!

  9. Thank you for sharing my poem with others Becky, and I am pleased it resonated for you. May your muse be only infrequently fickle -- and may you enjoy that lunch in the very near future. All the best in 2K11...!

    Image & Verse

  10. So Becky what are you waiting or...FINISH THAT BOOK! New York and lunch! How marvelous and so deserved. Happy New Year my dear friend.

  11. Here's hoping you get that lunch real soon! And take a friend with you! ;D Happy 2011!!

  12. Thank you all very much! And especially you, Rob, for sharing your poetry with us.

  13. Well Becky, I'm not surprised. You deserve good friends. Enjoy New York soon.


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