Steps In Between

Celaine Charles ~ My journey as a writer.

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Ekphrastic at Easter

As inspiration stirred for this weekly post, my spirit also fell on the importance of Easter. I’m not going to discuss my personal ties to Christianity today, but suffice to know the layering of interpretations and meaningful significance in the two, for me, are great. Here’s the definition of ekphrastic from Poets.org: “Ekphrasis (also spelled “ecphrasis”) is a direct transcription from the Greek ek, “out of,” and phrasis, “speech” or “expression.” It’s […]

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Writing Takes a Second Wind

Sometimes I come home from a long day at work d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. I crawl up to my writing desk and pray for a spark of motivation to do my writing. But on other work days, just as long and grueling, I somehow catch a second wind. Those days take me by surprise, and always I am fortunate to accept and appreciate them. The commonality between both examples above? I put myself […]

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April Poetry Surprises & Good News

Surprising poetry inspiration first, with a little GOOD NEWS in the end… Read on! It’s the first Sunday of a new month, and that means celebrating poetry: https://stepsinbetween.com/poetry/ The irony? My need… task… burden… joy… every tiny piece of my heart… needed to complete my novel rewrite has replaced my inspiration to write poetry. How did I solve this dilemma when posting new poems each week to my poetry page, […]

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Revel in Spring Writing

Spring’s relief; we can throw up our windows and sweep out the floors. In writing terms, we can clean out all those old projects and let the light touch them once again. I see it as a Revel, with fairies stirring up all kinds of dust, yet only reminding us of what we already have. * Enjoy these lovely fairy pictures from Cicely Mary Barker throughout my post today * […]

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Sometimes Writing is an Aloe Vera Plant

I am beginning to learn even my multi-tasking mind has limits, or at least seasons. While in some seasons I carry out several great feats, in others, I slow down to refine only one. Writing projects are unfolding for me like this. And it feels good to acknowledge that it’s okay. Typically, I can focus on a multitude of projects at one time, nurturing them as I would each seed […]

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Luck Finds Those Looking

Please follow this link: https://stepsinbetween.com/2018/03/18/a-little-luck-without-the-salt/ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a “Throw-Back ” Sunday for me for two reasons: 1) It’s my father’s and son’s birthday today (yes, on St. Patrick’s Day). A very festive time in our family. 2) My original post on the idea of luck (one year ago) is a dang good one. Rereading it, I realized that luck did, in fact, find me after focusing on Sadie Holloway’s […]

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Writing Streamlined

Time is limiting. Yet, I’m always looking for new ways to organize it, or use it more efficiently. Last week I shared my need to rest. My body demanded a halt in my writing in unflattering, forceful ways. I blame my husband for the virus, but my down time was enlightening. My aging body is changing, and so therefore, my time. Since I can’t sustain the energy to carry out […]

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Resting to Write

  I’m taking a day. Breathing in the fresh air, exhaling the stale. Resting my mind and body from the busyness of things. It’s not in my nature. I’m trying to close my eyes for a while. Just breathe while everything around me presses on. I have so many joys in life and have never imagined choosing between them… or reconfiguring them each to fit just right. I want it […]

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Sad Chapters ~ February’s Poetry Celebration

  Can we skip the sad chapters in life? The heavy-laden story arcs that need developed for substance? The crucial contradictions to the good parts of a lifespan … in order to appreciate all we have… is more than distressing. I choose not to read sad stories. I refuse to watch depressing movies. I protect myself and my heart from breaking as much as humanly possible. Surrounding myself with everything […]

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