Monthly Archives: March 2016

Awake #atozchallenge

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I had a dream I was awake and I woke up to find myself asleep.Stan Laurel

A description, perhaps, of surreal images as reality cuts into dream, or our perception of the world from the edge of semi-consciousness. 

Either way, to be awake is to be conscious, correct? Even if stimulants such as coffee play a role. For the most part, however, we’re conscious of our surroundings and ourselves once we’re awake. 

But just how truly awake to the world are we? Does the simple state of being conscious mean being fully awake — mentally, emotionally awake?

I think not.

Awareness, self or otherwise, plays a huge role in being mindful. From time to time, while fully awake, I find myself adrift, unable to let things get through. So, what reaches the consciousness beyond mere presence?

As many things as there are humans in the world, no doubt.  I’m guessing for many spirituality plays a huge role. Passion …

… I find creativity helps treat life with a deep sense of awareness. A rich imagination. Inspiration. One must observe in order to create. Observing the world though storytelling eyes incorporates mindfulness into everyday moments.

Sure, we could get lost in moments of deep observation — I do — but even so, I usually re-emerge with parts of the story in my head. Parts that don’t always make it on paper, but they’re there, so present I could almost touch them.

What helps you be more aware of details, of the world around?

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Theme Reveal #AtoZBlogging

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I started this blog in January 2013, and pretty much cut my blogging teeth during the A-Zs of that year.  Since then, my blog grew to the tune of 350 followers, and more importantly, friendship with bloggers from all across the globe grew more than I could’ve imagined.

During my first A-Z year I met Tina, who is no longer with us. What a beautiful human being! I would not be here today, still blogging, had it not been for Tina.

Theme Reveal Day.

Now, please allow me to introduce my theme — an extension of the previous post, Moments Big and Small.

The Silvia Writes 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge theme is …

Everyday Moments.

Suspenseful, wasn’t it? I know, I know. Allow me a quick note:

I’ve been in the writing cave lately, hiding behind my computer. There is nothing like full immersion when writing, is there? Nothing like living in the smallest of moments, the everyday moments.

Some days, when in the writing cave,  I have an instant vision of where the story should go (these are good times). Other days, when ideas aren’t as forthcoming, I struggle with scenes, directions (these times aren’t as much fun).

The first two chapters are in final form. The plot is there, and so are thirty thousand words — all written. My reward to myself is participation in the A-Z Challenge, a break of sorts (or an attempt at a break from the writing cave, as it’s hard to think of the challenge as a true break), because life is about living and learning and loving each and every day. Life is about connecting with like-minded people. Life is finding beauty in places new and old, in an accumulation of everyday moments

So, let’s connect during the month of April. I look forward to visiting and reading your blogs. In the process, I look forward to learning from the experience.

Moments Big and Small

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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.  – Albert Einstein

After a wild 2015 — novel publication and promotion — I’ve been craving a life of small moments dedicated to reading, writing, and, of course, family.

There’s joy and peace in small moments.  Moments so small they don’t get mentioned. These are some of the most beautiful, liberating, and authentic experiences.

Let’s not neglect the big moments, of course. From a young age, we’ve been told to strive for something big — college, profession, marrying the right person, giving a speech in front of thousands of people. There is nothing wrong with that, except I want to focus on those overlooked and sometimes forgotten times.

The times we let life happen, and in the process — perhaps without trying — we prepare for big moments, such as the A to Z Blogging Challenge coming up next month. And the Theme Reveal Day for said challenge, on March 21st.

Or who knows, maybe we’re doing something else entirely.

Small moments are like the first steps taken on a steep climb. Because of them, and before we know it, we reach the mountain peak. Small moments are like taking the blurry images from our heads and writing them down. Before we know it, the novel is complete.

Small moments are everywhere. In fact, chances are, we’re living in the magic of small moments right now — a cup of coffee sitting beside our keyboard, a friend sharing good news, finding the perfect words to express the right idea. Talking to mom. 

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Small moments are beautiful in their authenticity. Although they seem insignificant, when those small moments add up, they have a huge impact on our lives.

The best part is, we already live in small moments. By trying to be aware of them, to slow down life and let them happen organically, the big moments will, hopefully, be much more rewarding.

On that note, I hope to see you on March 21 — A-Z Theme Reveal Day; and should strength and inspiration hold up, on to A-Z Challenge we go, one small moment at a time.

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