Original Quotes, Notes, ‘n’ Anecdotes on Writing ‘n’ Creativity

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Stephany Spencer taken off guard, age 20

Hi! I am Stephany Spencer, Poet, Lyricist, Memoirist, and Musician — a professional Jackalinof-many-trades. And a retired teacher on her endless summer. Welcome to my own little corner of the world-wide web! 

As we speak, my rather new Website continues to grow and I continue to develop the skills of being a first-time Webmaster and Blogger/Photoblogger:
 It’s work so fun, I doubt it’ll ever be done!
I do love the creative process —
The “one-on-one.”
I’m thrilled to share it with you on my very own little block of the globe:
My  valuable virtual acre of Internet real estate! 

I’m looking forward to connecting with you. Till then, feel free to click around and scroll down on this blog site, and also on my Menu Bar, to become acquainted with my Website. It was lovely chatting with you. If you are a follower of my blogs, that’s even lovelier!

Till next time, then, be well and cheers!
Your Host,
Stephany Spencer

PS: Please note:
Ever a Creative, the world is my oyster and I a pearl forming within.
Life is my canvas on which I purposely paint and spin
With gusto, all the while it takes me along in
a new dimension —
Then hopefully on to the “pearly” gates and within!

 I have learned: “If you rest, you rust” — You either live or die.
Bob Dylan so aptly reminds us of this in his lyric line
borrowed from the late great singer-songwriter, Woodie Guthrie:
 “If you aren’t busy livin’, you’re busy dyin’.”

And So here’s to life!
I’m tryin,’ yes, I am —
And though I ain’t thru cryin’,
“L’ Chaim,” and cheers, 
~Stephany Spencer

PS: On another note, I am the proud progeny of a long list of writers and poets:
I’ve inherited a bit of their giftedness for writing verse, for better or worse.
This is my double-edged sword: A gift and a curse.

But Life goes on, comes and is gone …
Sail On,” says my California Writers Club emblem.
 Now if you look closely, you may see me sailing on,

“Writing” “write” now on a song!
So “write on”!
Dwell in possibilities,” said Emily Dickinson.
These possibilities are all that keep me from falling off
As I get along!

Stephany Spencer





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  Ode to The California Writers Club

The California Writers Club is our oyster, 
And we writers the pearls being polished within her.

Stephany Spencer  2016 

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 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of CWC-SFV,
Wherein the California Writers Club has been our oyster,

 And we members pearls growing within her;
 Daily being polished till we sparkle and glitter,
With illustrious word pearls that glimmer ‘n’ shimmer.

Stephany Spencer 2016



 

Advice for Creatives: Dare to fail or fail to dare!
 That is, take it on a dare — Dare to fail to do well.
For you must first dare to fail,
 or you’ll never discover
if you can do anything well!

Stephany Spencer 2017




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Advice for Creatives: To do Well, First Dare to Fail —
or Fail to Dare Do Anything!

Bouyed when Pressfield encouraged creative works,
My own creativity now no longer shirks;
I’ve ceased hiding my light beneath lampshades;
Because today I dare call spades spades;
I’m beginning to finally face my muse
And my own creative juices use.

‘Tis said one must “paint badly” to paint well;
Or dare to “write badly” to tell a tale;
Where our creative works will lead,
If we but follow our beckoning heed,
We never can know nor can we tell;
All we can do is dare to fail,
In order to find out if we can do well.

In other words, we must start somewhere
Our powers of creativity to share and wield —
Resist resistance,” stresses Steven Pressfield,
In his inspired work, The War of Art;
If we don’t dare fail, we’ll never start,
Never write the book of our heart;
Never let genius do its part.

So dare to break through the blocks:
Whenever your amazing muse knocks,
Win your inner creative battles
By daring to fail to ever do well;
The final outcome time only can tell.
But it’s worth the effort to give your gifts,
For you discover and fulfill yourself as well,
When you create art and tell your tale.

Stephany Spencer 2016






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1-  “Point Blank:”  The point at which all thought leaves the frontal lobe and one comes face to face with writer’s block.
(Author unknown — Dan Pointer?)




2-  “Point Blank:”   The point at which one’s pen comes face to face with an empty frontal lobe shot by the bullet of writers’ block.
(Stephany Spencer)





 

Most creatives who’ve achieved monumental fame
First had to master their dynamic domain.

Stephany Spencer






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~  I was sixty before my dormant creativity
Picked itself up from the doormat
Where it pretty much played a passive act …
For forty years, to be exact.
( Stephany Spencer)






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~  I was sixty before my dormant creativity
Picked herself up from the doormat,
Dusted herself off, and began to shine —
After having lain there forty years
Collecting the dusty cobwebs of time.
Hallelujah!! Now I no longer need an X-Ray her to find !
( Stephany Spencer)





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~  My creativity lay hibernating thirty years
In the dusty cobwebs of time,
Before it picked itself up and came back out
Into the light of day to shine;
Now I no longer need a flashlight it to find!
( Stephany Spencer)






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“Think in terms of possibilities.”
(Emily Dickinson)






 

This quote I wrote — I wrote this quote:

Yesterday’s sorrow is the humor of tomorrow;
In other words: Today’s sorrow is grist 
For the humor mills of tomorrow.

Please Note: I wrote each quote; 
Though the concept has been around a long time,
‘Twas moi who put it to rhythm and rhyme.

 (Stephany Spencer)




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Innovation
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas

as in escaping from old ones.

~ J M Keynes

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“Long Fellows”

I’m a poet and I know it,
But my feet don’t show it:
They’re not “Longfellow’s;”
They’re “short fellows“!

(Stephany Spencer 2002)


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