Steps In Between

Celaine Charles ~ My journey as a writer.

Super Bowl Writing ~ An Analogy

It’s the Super Bowl. Many of the players are injured, exhausted, maybe even feeling desperation. They’ve come so far, worked so hard. They’ve dreamed about this day since tossing dust-covered junior Wilson’s on the playground. The list of sacrifices; extensive. The cost involved, both physical and mental, could support an army. And most players would do it again. Some call it crazy, others call it passion. Regardless, on this culminating […]

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Time Flies: Stretching Before Spring

Time flies in a blink. This recurring message has been the alarm I’ve needed to stir from January’s slumber. A few usual occurrences unusually moved my focus from pause to start, and now I am awake, inspired. The sources were random, though I’m sure when you take notice of what inspires you, it may also feel just as unplanned. For starters, I binge-watched the current season of This Is Us on […]

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Want to be a Writer? Be a Magnet

You will find some “magnetic” writing advice at the end of this article, but for those who are striving to create in the world, this message will hopefully uplift. Do you want to be a writer? Do you want to create? Be a magnet. Be a magnet to everything you desire. I am sure you have heard the various sayings, you are a magnet to what you want to attract […]

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Framing a Feeling ~ Inspiration from Andrew Wyeth

“I think a person permeates a spot, and a lost presence makes the environment timeless to me, keeps an area alive.”  ~Andrew Wyeth Over the holidays I visited the Seattle Art Museum, and was fortunate enough to take in “Andrew Wyeth In Retrospect.” This diverse collection celebrated the painter’s life over seventy-five years. Many of his pieces I knew, and they spoke to me, although there were a few that stirred my […]

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January Renewal: Don’t Resist

Don’t resist the rest you need this time of year… use the time to think ahead. I have writing advice, as always, at the bottom. But let me start with a mental image about January… I am imagining a chrysalis wrapped in layers to protect a tiny caterpillar from aggravating weather; the wind, the rain, the cold. I imagine the hardships of her short past, good and bad, can be […]

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Year-End Reflections: Insights From a Squirrel

The squirrel outside my window gobbles up birdseed with the same eagerness and contentment today as he did yesterday. I imagine he will feel the same tomorrow, New Year’s Day. Eagerness and contentment. I had to think about those adjectives. But, I’ve been watching Starlight (that’s what I’ve named our squirrel), and those are the words that best describe him. I wonder if they are words I could use to […]

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Merry-Merry: Socks or Chocolate

It’s Christmas Eve, for those of you who celebrate. But, it’s also Sunday Post Day for me. To begin, I am wishing you all a Merry…everything you celebrate, believe in, and/or value as a custom this time of year. A sincere Merry-Merry to you all! As for my writing advice, it is something new I just tried below. I’m calling it a Glimpse: Take a memory from one of the […]

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A Holiday Ticket to Writing

Holidays can bring out unusual feelings. Hopeful, nostalgic, inspired, and joyful, yet also crazed, anxious, melancholy, or even hostile. I hope whatever you’re feeling today, eight days before Christmas, you are able to sit down with paper and pen (or computer and keyboard) and write down your feelings. Write without guilt. If you are an artist— sketch, paint, create. Use this stirring opportunity as a ticket to express. Memories, Aspirations, Realities […]

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Requesting Your Thoughts

Dear readers, I have a favor to ask. I am working on a special project involving adoption, and am looking for new (honest) perspectives in my research. Would you be willing to share? Of course, I have some writing advice at the end, as always.   Currently, I am looking for thoughts on adoption from any angle… the adopter, the adoptee, the mother choosing adoption as her choice, or the […]

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