Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

⌗IWSG, Wednesday 6th May 2020,

Welcome to another monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
If you would like to know more about this very encouraging and supportive writing group

Anyone can join, budding writer, published or unpublished, writer of poetry, short stories, novels, essays ... So give it a go and visit the other members , read their contributions and don't hesitate to leave comments.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!!!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Do I ?

My ritual vase is full to the brim.
Stretching before I set a foot on the floor and my early morning writing before breakfast with a steaming mug of tea are both a must. 
If someone or something takes that away, I carry an uneasiness which can border on stress and depression all day.
Definitely hung up on my rituals.

The chores come next, which I could do without but which somehow enable me to free my mind of any material concerns, responsibilities or worry.
Do-In Yoga and getting dressed polish my body and self-esteem.

Only then can I take on the day: work, activities (physical or intellectual) or serious creative writing.

The latter being performed at my desk, overlooking the garden and sky, listening to my favourite music. If Ideas come unawares outside of home, I carry a notebook constantly in my bag.

Mornings are definitely the most active part of my day ... but morning only ends when I have a snack for lunch, anything needing full concentration has to be finished before. So the said snack, yoghurt and fruit , can sometimes only take place at 2 or 3 pm.

The remainder of the day is rest and play: a nap to recharge, reading, watching films, social activities ... and a few chores at the end of the day (dinner if family are at home; cleaning up).

However I try to maintain a balanced lifestyle throughout Day or Night, forever in the Zone, thinking and writing in my head when I watch movies or read books or go to the theatre, or interacting socially; even in my dreams where characters and settings come alive and combine to create a film before my eyes.

Mozart, Requiem, here

Mozart, Zauberflöte, here

Bowie, Starman, here
            Space Oddity, here

Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, here

Elton John, Funeral for a Friend, here

Sunrise this morning from Bedroom window

Rosebush planted last year

Iris, 25 years old


Painting by my eldest

My second ' Space '. daughter's room.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you an inspiring month of May.
Take care, stay safe, not out of the woods yet.


  1. Lovely rituals, and I admire how you maintain it. I get blown off course by the littlest event, and right now the winds are fierce. I've found my way back but I'm fighting a constant wind right now and I feel that balance slipping. I desperately need calmer waters!

    1. Things will gradually settle down, even though our daily lives may be changed forever, hopefully in a more sane and healthy way for us and the planet.
      Thanks for commenting Yolanda. Take care.

  2. It's wonderful having rituals that work. I don't have any. Maybe that's why I can't write now.

  3. Hi Olga. How are you ? Thank you for stopping by. It took me many years to put these rituals into place and stick to them. They help with my insecurity as a writer, self-confidence but most of all, well-being. Mens Sana in corpore sano.
    I think we each have to find our own habits. However morning writing is something many writers share, so it must work. Wishing you an inspiring month. Take care. Da Cbiganie.

  4. Hi Susan - I'm usually prone to rituals, but for some reason not with my writing. Right now I'm working on a novel revision and my only ritual is to make sure I put in some hours before I sleep. So, I guess my ritual is to show up. Your life sounds rich - full of good work, nature and family. Thank you for so generously sharing it.

    1. Thank you Jan for stopping by. Congratulations on your novel to be published, keep me posted on its release. Yes ritual of showing up, in the right frame of mind is the ultimate goal, I think. Unlike me , you are a seasoned writer, so makes sense that your rituals have shadowed into the background. Wishing you an inspired month of May. Looking forward to reading you soon.

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I used to stretch for 30 minutes every morning. I really need to get back to that.
    I love your pictures.

    1. Stretching , essential. You can do it in bed, on your back, then twisting with your knee up from side to side and rolling out of bed, 5 min tops, for starters ...
      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Late reading all your book reviews, saved.

  6. Beautiful nature pictures and to-die-for wall of books in your daughter's room. That would inspire me!

    1. Thank you Jacqui for visiting and commenting . Yes, wall of books in every room in both my houses. Can’t do without them.

    2. It feels good just having books around, doesn't it--all that wisdom, diverse opinions, knowledge. I just love it.

    3. Yes Jacqui. Time consuming too. I gaze at them. Look closer, pick one up, leaf through, start reading again, get caught, makes me think of something else, look for another book .... not writing .....

  7. Replies
    1. Thank you J Lenni. Photography has always played a great part in my creativity, another outlet, like dancing, singing and theatre.

  8. Gappy daily activities can gather with family. Keep the spirit in the heart so that it is not saturated in this quarantine.

    Regards from Indonesia

    1. Thank you Himawan for visiting my blog. Pleased to meet you. Thank you for your good wishes and positive feedback. Wishing you an inspired month of writing. Looking forward to visiting and reading your work.
      Take care , stay safe.

    2. Your welcome, Susan.
      Thank you very much for your warm welcome to me.
      Stay in touch.

      Have a nice days.

  9. Your garden looks beautiful and I like how relaxed your daily routine is! I do find myself more productive in the mornings, but it can be a struggle getting up before my young kids sometimes, haha!

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :)

    Away From Blue

  10. Thank you Mica for stopping by. When my kids were young and I had a day job, writing was very tricky indeed. I only started establishing a real routine in 2005, when I stopped my day job and my youngest was 9. So patience, you’ll get there. Wishing you an inspiring month . Take care, stay safe.

  11. "even in my dreams where characters and settings come alive and combine to create a film before my eyes" Love that! Beautiful photos :-)

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Notes on the Women in Publishing Summit 2020

    1. Thanks Ronel for visiting. How are you doing. Wishing you an inspiring week of writing, see you next week on IWSG.


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