Poetic Prose


 

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Photo found online. I thought it was rather beautiful. See watermark for ownership. 

When You Sleep
By: Deedra Mosley (Copyright 2017)

The silky sky flowering above,
Soft caress of your shining brass soul,
Hush, silent longing;
I’m your desire,
The burning fire in your flesh,
A dream floating through you,
The silk touching your mind palace;
Sights, sounds, and a beautiful aroma,
Falling into your world,
Drifting over you,
A ship on your sea;
When you sleep I’m there,
Beside you an empty memory,
Inside you a living flame;
Burning through your ebony walls,
Drifting into your world;
What is desire but a dream waking can’t destroy;
What are we but dreams untold;
When we sleep,
There are no walls between us,
The falling stars write our names;
Passion unfolds like a blanket,
Upon the lush sea green memory;
Don’t fade away,
I’m real when you sleep.

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Eclipse & Life Goes On 


I didn’t find the eclipse exciting here in my part of Kentucky. We didn’t experience the full eclipse. To me what we had was like a storm cloud rolling through. I didn’t even go outside for it. My teenage daughters and a few of our family members did go outside and observe it. I stayed in and watched the YouTube live feed. 

Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely amazing and we were blessed to be living in a time to experience it happening. I’m just not one to get overly excited by the hype that goes with stuff like that.

Today I’m trying to balance out my writing career and my art career. I’m starting out with some writing work then on to watercolor painting. I’m excited about the opportunity to have my work displayed for sale at the local art center. After so many years of having my artwork tucked away only to sale or give it away to just close friends and family members this will be a wonderful fun experience. 

Let the balancing act begin. I’ll be glad to take breaks from my writing each day to practice painting. I find it relaxing and a great way to let your mind roam. I really do love writing and art. 

Your favorite small town author and artist,

Deedra Mosley
Here is a concept piece I will be adding watercolor to later. 

The Short of Short Stories


   I spent most of today trying to get paperwork done so I can focus on my writing. Last night I spent time reading up on the art of crafting short stories which intrigue me. After today’s crazy running around and paperwork insanity I can now see why a short fun story would be something most readers would enjoy.

   If you spend any amount of time waiting to be seen a five minute read can sound good. You know you will be held hostage for at least five minutes if not 15. You can’t enjoy a heavy long read in that amount of time, but something short is perfect to help you be patient. 

   Standing waiting at a window today for a good 10 minutes I did some brain storming. Characters greeted me while I stood there. A man who was covered in coal dust and sporting tired eyes. A lady who couldn’t speak well, dressed in her comfy clothes holding hand written notes for someone else. Delightful people who had such good natures just below the window banging they did in impatience. 

   When there is nothing but a wait you can get up to all kinds of imagination troubles. As a writer I find myself writing stories inside my mind to help keep myself from being impatient. Problem is just having it in mind isn’t enough to make it pay my bills! Now to write it down. If you think I’ve forgotten most the story you are right. 

   I had great ideas float out of my head today! To the point I’m here writing a short story about my short story. Is it even a story? At this point I doubt it. 

Your Favorite Small Town Writer, 

Deedra Mosley

Art of Appalachia 


   My two teenage daughters and I had a wonderful trip to our local art center. It was our first field trip of the year. 

    The Appalachian Artisan Center is host to some beautiful items from our local artists. It is located in Hindman, Kentucky which isn’t far from where I live. 

   I enjoyed seeing the mix of items. You can find everything from photography to crochet items! It is open to the general public and most of the items inside are for sale. 

   It is two floors and the first floor sports the above majestic elk sculpture. There are several of these elk sculptures that can be found throughout the Hindman area too. 

   It is fun to hunt them down and take photos with them! If you’re in that area I would recommend doing so. It’s a wonderful memory to have. 

   This elk had a secret message in his mouth! Take a look at this photo I took of it. Can you hear me?


   I also took a close up of the chest area of this one too. 

   The Appalachian Artisan Center is a ton of fun and they have some wonderful programs you can participate in. I highly recommend paying it a visit! 

Your favorite small town writer,

Deedra Mosley
  

   

Stealing Appalachia


We are immoral good people.

   Here in the backwoods of Eastern Kentucky we tend to play favorites. I admit I’m guilty of it too! Growing up belonging to the families of this area I’ve been accustomed to being known everywhere I go. Let’s just be honest about it, we play favorites! We do make a big difference in our local generational families and the families of outsiders. We want our family to think well of us and we want their love.

How is being so good to our own people immoral?

   Anytime you have double standards you have a moral deficit. There is nothing wrong with loving your family, but letting yourself treat others poorly in order to heap favor on your family is wrong. That wall we toss up in the face of outsiders speaks against us. The fact we call them outsiders speaks against us. It makes it easier to justify bad behavior. When we set out to draw a defining line between us and them it sets the stage for the destruction of our communities.

Stealing Appalachia

   We have seen several situations over the years which have set in motion the crippling of this area. One that’s happening right now is the escape of Eric Conn. His admittance to criminal acts against the social security administration has caused so much harm. People have died because of his wrong doings. He is just one example of what is crippling us here in our area. He did wrong and ran away from the consequences, but we can’t escape his black mark on us. 

   When you have poverty and desperation wicked hearts will come to prey on those who are struggling. In a closed community of close knit families it’s easy to see the damage that comes from these types of wrongs. It is also easy to see why these people were tempted to be dishonest. 

How did we get here? 

   The idea of them against us. Yes, it is that simple. You can talk yourself into immortality by saying to yourself our people deserve better. Once you set yourself up as entitled to something the next step is getting it. The problem comes when we start lying and stealing to get what we feel we deserve. Or looking the other way as others do so.

   The problem with stretching the truth to save a poor man is that your morals stretch too. Once you start down that path you often can’t stop. Then comes the hurt your immoral goodness brings. You go from I want to help my family, to costing those people, your family, their hope. 

The cost of immoral goodness.

   Once you’ve lied and stolen money you can’t change the harm that you have done. You ruin your good name and the people who you represent. 

   Why are we seeing cuts to federal funding? The answer is our own greed coupled with a false justification of our saying it’s for my people. My family deserves this. Our false goodness has cost us our integrity. We are destroying our state with our own greedy prejudice. Perhaps we should ask why should the federal government fund our area’s programs after we have been caught being dishonest?

It’s easier to blame someone else than to blame ourselves.

   We should never let our poverty make us so desperate that we would sacrifice our good name to get what others have. We should never let it become a justification for setting ourselves against the outside world either. At the end of the day we must let go of our prejudices and stop taking our own people for granted. We can’t present ourselves as good to those we claim as ours, while using them to get what we want, from the outsiders we refuse to accept. 

   In the end it is us who are stealing Appalachia. Our own prejudice and desperate desires are causing the good names to disappear. Poverty didn’t make us immoral, it was our own behavior that did so. 

   I love being able to say my family helped start several of our small towns, but I hate admitting that it is me letting them die out. From playing favorites, to over looking the wrongs done to gain access to help for this area, to putting up walls to make outsiders who move here feel less than valued, we have all played a part in this area’s decline. What we need to do is stop wanting the best for just our family members and really look at the new face of our communities. No more setting ourselves up to be tempted to justify our secret wrongs by saying it’s for my poor family. 

   When it feels like most people in Kentucky are your family it can be hard to give up that family discount! Even harder to let that same grace cover those who are not yours. If we lose our culture and heritage it will be our own fault. It will be because we used poverty and desperation of our families as an excuse to turn a blind eye to our own bad behavior. 

Your favorite small town writer,

Deedra Mosley

Writing Tips – The Review


   How to write a simple book review.

Most people struggle with writing reviews of products. If you ask them to read a book and do a review they often are happy to read the book, but decline to write a review. What is it about those few words of expression that cause us to balk at writing a review? I am going to cover a simple method that helps me when I write reviews.

    I will give you some simple steps to help guide you through the process and ensure you don’t find yourself at a loss for what to say. 

 

  1.    Read the book. Remember you can’t review something you haven’t read. If you should dislike the book and not finish it be sure to tell where and why you stopped reading. That is only fair.
  2. After you finish reading the book write three things you really liked about the book. It can be the title, cover art, a specific character, setting or anything that made you enjoy the book.
  3. Write three things you didn’t enjoy about the book. Maybe you didn’t like a certain character or you didn’t like certain words. You don’t have to use this in your review, but if you do make sure you tell the why behind your dislike.
  4. Now take the above likes and dislikes and start writing them into a paragraph. If you really dislike the book feel free to focus on the why you dislike it. If you really enjoy the book focus on your likes. You do not have to have both in your review, but if you want to really be helpful it is good to give constructive criticism. That is when you give in site into what you liked and why as well as telling what you disliked and why. You are not complaining, you are focused on telling where improvement could be made and showing how that improvement would cause you to enjoy the book more.

 

Here is an example of a poorly written review:

I hate this book. It is vulgar and I wish I hadn’t read it!

Here is an example of a well written review:

   I didn’t enjoy this book because of the vulgar language. The content made me uncomfortable and I regret my choice to read it. I liked the cover art and the title of this book, but the way the subject matter was presented left me unsatisfied as a reader. I would not recommend this book to those who dislike vulgarity and immoral actions.

Here is another poorly written review:

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!

Here is another well written review:

   I loved this book! The main character is a lot like me and I could relate to his struggles. The small town where this book is set is describe well and I felt like I had lived there myself. I think the title is brilliant and the opening chapter really grabbed my interest. I would recommend this book to those who like life in a small town.

Here is an example of a well-rounded review:

   I love this book, it had me from the first paragraph with the description of the small town. The main character was easy for me to relate to and I found myself captivated by his struggles to overcome poverty. I think the title is perfect for this book, but I really don’t like the cover art. Something about the cover made me think this book would be really scary, but it isn’t a horror book at all! It is a sweet romance between two people who fight their way out of the poverty that is destroying their small town. I would like to see the cover reflect their journey more. I also didn’t really like the ending. I was left wondering what happened to them. I hope this is going to be a series and I can get answers as to what happens to them! If it is I would have liked to see an advertisement telling me to look for book two at the end. As it is I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. It is perfect for those who love romantic coming of age stories!

That was easy! 

   There you have it! That my readers is how easy a review can be. You don’t have to do a long in-depth review to do a good one. You don’t have to love or hate a book to do one either. It is okay to write a review just to practice. remember those reviews tell others if they will like the book, but most importantly the reviews give us as writers a gage as to what we need to improve on or what you want to see more of! If you liked something specifically tell us so we can keep more of it coming!

Your favorite small town writer,

Deedra Mosley

Critics & Criticism


  July 29th 2017

    I had someone a while back call me a self proclaimed author and artist. My response was to brush off the obvious troll and point out that on a daily basis I get hated on by all types of people. Even people who don’t read. Why didn’t I bother setting the record straight about my status? It didn’t matter what that person thought about who I really am. That’s why! 

   I know I’ve sold artwork and books internationally and I don’t need anyone else to validate my work other than my customers. I know my work and it’s worth and so do they. 

   Now let’s talk about the three types of criticism you will find tossed at you and the critics they belong to.

  • Bullying critics – those who are insecure and want to build themselves up destroying others.
  • Troll critics – those who are looking to smash and destroy confidant people for fun.
  • Constructive criticism critics – those who give you real feedback to help you grow and genuinely care about you as a person. 

   The first two you simply ignore. Don’t feed them! Understand that they are only interested in killing the dreams, belittling, and arguing with others. Write them off as useless attention grabbing pukes and move on. 

   Now the third one you need to cherish! Critics who give you real honest feedback which can be used to grow yourself and your craft are priceless! Take what they say and see how you can improve yourself. Their criticism isn’t to hurt you, but to help you better understand what needs working on. 

   The first two make personal attacks with no value in them. They are purely trying to smash and destroy someone who makes them feel inferior. The third one is not focused on destruction, but centered on construction of character and craft! 

   Remember, while there are three types of critics in this world, only one of them really matters!

Your favorite small town author and artist,

 Deedra Mosley

I will survive…


As long as I know how to love…

   We all should recognize those words and I bet some of you sang them in your head just now! I picked those words because they have such deep meaning and they are true! 

   Tonight I finished helping with the last night of Vacation Bible School. I limped home physically done in. My physical disability really slaps me down sometimes. Ever since last night I’ve been feeling really rough. Tonight I’m facing more medication and a swollen ankle. I feel relieved to have made it through another Vacation Bible School! 

   I’m not joking about making I survived VBS 2017 shirts either! Oh, yes, I’m going to make three of them. One for myself and one each for  my daughters, because sometimes you need a victory shirt to celebrate with. I’m seriously proud of my church for pulling off our VBS this year and I’m so grateful for the locals who came and helped us make it a really amazing experience for the kids! We survived! 

   For the love of the children and the glory of God we pulled together and pushed through till the end. It was hard work and took dedication to make it come together. It also gave our members a chance to work with some wonderful local people. Without their help and willingness to bring their children out to participate it wouldn’t have been near as good as it was! 

   The best part of VBS is the fellowship and getting to pour out our love on the local children! I admit many of those children are my family members. I love them dearly and it makes me thrilled to be able to spoil them just a bit! One of them said to me that she knew who I was… I belonged to her! Yes, I definitely do! 

   So to everyone who survived VBS 2017 worldwide… Congratulations and let’s do it again next year! 

Your favorite small town author,

Deedra Mosley
   

Tears of Sorrow


July 24th 2017

It has been 21 years since my father took his life. I was 18 years old at the time and it came as a real shock to us all. There was so much going on in my life with my entering my last year of highschool and looking at college. I hadn’t seen the warning signs of it coming.

Sometimes we are guilty of getting caught up in our own lives and we fail to look beyond our to do lists and tomorrows dreams. Today I want to remind you to stop once in a while and really look at the people you love. Look at their faces and talk to them. There is nothing blissful about being unaware!

Sorrow is deep and so is depression. We can’t brush aside feelings of depression anymore. Those moments of darkness shouldn’t be taken lightly. Too many people have been lost to that darkness for us to turn a blind eye to it still. When someone says they are depressed pay attention and take time to validate their life. The time you take to just love on them and the effort of trying to help will be well spent! It is too late to do it when they are gone.

If you are fighting the darkness of depression today I want you to know you are not alone! There are many who face the same battles everyday. You are also loved and needed! Don’t believe the lie that your life isn’t of value. There are people who you need you and care for you. Sometimes we just can’t see that clearly when the darkness hangs over us.

My heart and my prayers are for those who are fighting depression today. As I look back and remember my father and the loss of him I also look forward to what I can do to help others who are hurting today. While it is too late to change the outcome of my father’s life it isn’t too late to change it for someone else. If you have lost a loved one to suicide I invite you to share your heartbreak with me. Share your personal grief and help let others who are thinking of suicide know that it is not the answer. Help me reach out to them today. Leave in the comments what you wish you could say to the person you lost.

What I wish I could tell my father is simple: I love you and I will always need you to be in my life! I can’t tell him that now because he ended his life, but I can let all the fathers who are thinking of suicide hear it. Any parent who is considering suicide I would say to you this: You are loved and your child will always need you to be in their lives! Not a moment will pass me by that I will not wish I could share those moments with my father. Every moment of joy is bittersweet and every moment of sorrow is twice as hard.

Deedra Mosley 

July Writing Time 


                                                                    July 22 2017

It is another hot July day and everyone is trying to stay cool. I’ve been working hard on my writing career this month and I’m pleased to say gaining ground. 

   I have struggled with developing my leprechaun romance book Into The Small World which was the first book I won NaNoWriMo with. It was a mess since I didn’t break it into chapters or even try to have good written structure. 

   I definitely advise using your best writing when you compete. You’ll thank yourself when edit time comes around! Nothing like realizing you have no chapters and no set paragraphs to work with during your edit! 

   So here I am in the hot of July fighting to stay cool and find a way to make my manuscript less off a hot mess! I started by breaking it into five parts, that should make it easier on myself to edit. I’ve also managed to get part one set up in a better format with real paragraphs. 

   The writing struggle is real! It takes hard work and dedication to craft a book. You can’t just toss something together and hit the submit button, well okay you can do that… But don’t! You want to show your best writing. While some people do make money from their tossed salad writing you can imagine how much better received they could be if they actually took time to edit and revise. 

   There is no such thing as perfection. You’ll realize you could have done better and you’ll always find something you missed in your books. It’s life. Just remember to keep growing and learning as you write. If you come to a place you can’t see how you can improve your writing talent then you have come to the end of your journey. 

   We write for many reasons, but one should be to create an even better book! My next book will challenge me. I always strive to write a better book than my last. You should challenge yourself too! I

   My July thought is stay cool and keep the writing hot! 

Your crazy writer,

Deedra Mosley

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