Wednesday, June 28, 2017

…On Poetry and Fiction – “The Dictionary, Thesaurus and Google are Your New Best Friends”

                Whether writing Poetry or writing Fiction, have you ever entered the phase of your writing where you were just stumped, puzzled, confused, baffled, disheartened and unable to move on? Did you ever feel that your writing was just not up to par? Were you ever at a point where you looked at what you had written and it just seemed worthless, simplistic and insignificant? Of course you had.  You actually sat there and stared at your computer screen, feeling terribly embarrassed that someone may one day read this garbage you just wrote. You had great ideas in your head, but some of those words you had chosen to express those ideas in your poetry or fiction, just did not convey the message you desired; just did not create the images you desired; just did not arouse the emotions you desired. We’ve all been there, done that, and felt like failures.

So now what do you do? You get up and take a break and dwell in self-pity. You look into a mirror in your home, and begin to wonder who you really are. Are you a writer? You certainly don’t feel like one. Yet writing is your passion, your greatest love; and yes, this IS who you really are.  You look back into the mirror and notice yourself blushing from thoughts of humiliation, thoughts of self-consciousness, thoughts of self-doubt; questioning your own worth and your own creativity. The person staring back at you is not someone you like or admire right now. That image of YOU lacks self-esteem, exudes sadness, and has lost the glow in its eyes. That image of you seems weak; it seems broken. -  No! No! No! Can’t have that now! Those are simply images of how you see yourself at this particular moment in time, as you struggle to create…Those images are not who you are! Those images are not real! – So, what now? – You must look away with determination and a renewed strength. You must get back up again and become whole. You must do what is near and dear to your heart. You must write beautiful poetry and create marvelous fiction. Yet still, you feel a part of your soul has been ripped out of you and you are unsure as to how to start over again.  You are frozen in time with no direction ahead of you. You are lost and alone without a friend in the world. You struggle to move forward, but you are drowning in quicksand. You are stuck in your own mind.

Well - have no fear, dear writer. I know those feelings all too well. I’ve seen those images in my own mirror many times. However, I’ve also discovered that there were three very special and loyal friends at my disposal, who would be more than happy to help if I called upon them. So may I introduce you to them? One is the “omnipotent” Dictionary, that will provide you with any word you need, listed in alphabetical order, ready to save you with a quick jump into your poetry and/or fiction. This friend will provide the meanings to any word you choose, and show you the correct form and pronunciation of every word you select. Now is that a great friend, or what?  

Well, there is more to come. Your second special and loyal friend is the “unfailing” Thesaurus, that will provide you with a wide selection of magical words, allowing you to choose the ones that best suit your needs, emotions and creative mind at the time of your writing. Thesaurus will pick up where you leave off, so that only the most perfect words will become your most perfect poetry and your most perfect fiction. Isn’t that a magnificent friend to also have on your side? Feel better? - Okay then…Well, we now have your third special and loyal friend here that will take you on journeys which have no bounds. Journeys where you can research any information you need to know about, any information you need to learn about, or any information you need to verify in order to write your poetry and tell your stories with clarity and realism.  That third precious friend is “informative” Google.  I know you’ve spent lots of quality time with this friend. I have, and it’s been well worth it.

So now, I’d say you are on your way to writing the most harmonious poetry and the most unique fiction at every attempt. You will continue to create beauty from this day forward; beauty that you will share with the world with great pride, not painful embarrassment. Treasure these three friendships, for they will never let you down. Keep them by your side at all times. Be sure they are only a “reference” book away or, better still, a click away on your computer. Feel free to download the “omnipotent” Dictionary  and “unfailing” Thesaurus apps to your phone. “Informative” Google is already there. Remember, they will never leave your side if you never leave their side. Carry them with you. They want a “literary” relationship with you that will continue to flourish. They will forever guide you, assist you and enhance you as you write, write, and write some more.  

Be brave now. Go take a look in that mirror again. I guarantee the person staring back at you has been made whole again.  That person is confident, strong, creative, happy, smiling and one you will forever admire and respect, once again. That person is YOU -  a successful writer, who now has the most valuable and treasured support from three very special friends.   

A few parting words…REMEMBER THIS:

If your poetry is meant to take your readers to emotional depths, you must be sure your words are perfectly chosen in order to match the theme of your poem and the passion in your soul.



If your fiction is meant to take your readers on fabulous journeys, you must be sure your information is accurate, factual, honest and true, so your fiction is believable and your characters real.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Fourth of July - "Ode to the United States Military"



My Dad, Mr. Peter T. Stabile, WWII Veteran (Deceased), Trained Medic in the United States Army. Pictured here with his Parents (and my Grandparents), Ralph and Lena. Thank you for your service Dad - and to all military (past, present / living, deceased) - You are all brave, special individuals.

Below is a poem I recently wrote, for submission to Spillwords Press, for their July 4th presentations.

Don't forget - Thank any military person you know or see, and thank our beloved Veterans as well, for their service.

HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE! Enjoy your barbecues, and don't forget the troops! Invite them to your backyard table, even if only in spirit. Never forget. Always remember...


Ode to the United States Military

Happy 4th of July America!
Happy Independence too!
We would not have our freedoms
If it weren’t up to you

God Bless the Red, White and Blue
And the military who stand by you
They fight with valor to protect your land
They respect your flag, and hold your hand

There are those, of whom, from faraway places
Aim to destroy our home and God-Blessed spaces
Yet our men and women in various uniform
Rise tall and proud to confront their faces

The US Military has no fear
They are on a mission far and near
Whether overseas or in the States
Their loyalty lives, no matter their fates

So unselfish are their spirits, hearts and minds
Brothers are they - all colors, all kinds
They leave parents, babies and wives behind
Many tears are shed as they serve mankind
How do we thank these superb troops?
          With smiles and handshakes?
          Allegiances, salutes?

I know one way we can show we care
I know one way we can show we’re there
Just hang “Old Glory” in front of your home
          Let her fly, let her soar, let her dance, let her roam
          Her stars and stripes will travel far
Our Military will see it, they’ll know who we are

So enjoy your barbecues, and embrace your freedom
Just remember those who have paid the price
Happy 4th and God Bless you, wear a smile, please be nice…
          And do thank a Veteran – not once, but twice!