Posted in Promoting Books, Promoting Poets & Artists

📖INTERVIEW: “Rainbows & Dreams” by Michelle Murray🌈

🌈A book of poetry ranging from nature, to musings, to Native American inspiration. Poetry that inspires and takes you away to far away places.🌈

👉Click here to add this book to your poetry collection!


Poetic musings inspired by the Great Spirit, Gaia, and her beautiful inhabitants… Needless to say, I’m very excited to be talking to you about your poetry book, Michelle! Other than those three elements, what else inspired Rainbows & Dreams?

My inspiration came from life experiences and various other places, including people, songs, and walks through my neighborhood, as well as thinking at lunch, sitting, reading, a song that played on the radio, or a saying that stuck with me. My inspiration comes from many places and in many forms.

That’s a lot of inspiration right there! Your book certainly is multidimensional. How did your passion for writing poetry come to be?

I started writing poetry in high school, and was lucky to win various contests and be featured in “Whos Who Among American Poets.” I took a break to raise my children, and now I’m trying to get my work out again.

That’s wonderful! I’m glad you’ve been reconnecting with your poetic spirit as of late. So, we now know what inspired you to write Rainbows & Dreams, and now I’d like to know more about the central message of the book as a whole.

The main message I try to convey is hope and to keep going. Life can get you down but there is always another day and another chance if you are willing to take it.

That is such a beautiful message. What poets influence you the most? What inspires you in general?

I love Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Robert Frost. I also enjoy music and books.

Excellent choices! What does your creative writing process usually entail?

I don’t really have a writing process. I think of something and start writing, then go back and revise if I don’t like it. I’m trying to get in the habit of writing daily but it’s harder than it seems.

Daily writing certainly can be challenging, but it’s infinitely more rewarding. Kudos to you for setting the bar so high. I wish you the best of luck with that goal, any future work you’re planning on putting out there, and everything else in life. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’d love to share my work and get thoughts on it. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments!

Thank you so much, Michelle! Chatting with you has been a complete and utter pleasure. Be blessed always.


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Michelle, left. Cosplay of Miranda from her fantasy series, right.

Hello! My name is Michelle Lee Murray. I am a married working mother of two fine young men. I live in Wisconsin. When not writing I enjoy reading, especially science fiction/fantasy and classics. I also enjoy doing painting, crafts and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going for walks and swimming.

 

Michelle’s Official Website
www.mlmurraymurray.wixsite.com/mirandasdreams

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Photography, Spiritual Poetry

Barked Buddha (poem + photography)

Watch as winter bluster inspires
barked Buddha to dance in its sway,
conducting Gaia’s symphony
through intricate mudras
with its flailing limbs—
all on public display.

 

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Go here to see more starry nature photos and poetic captions.

Posted in Photography, To My Friends

New Creative Venture: Cosmic Raven Photography 🖤📷✎✨

Since the moment I had my very first camera phone in my hands at the age of 16 or 17 (that’s over 10 years ago now), I’ve had an avid interest in taking pictures. (Poetry was always my #1 love, though.) Anyway, back in the flip phone days, I can’t say most of those pictures were all that pleasing to the eyes, but that didn’t stop me from filling up countless memory cards.  I also dabbled in quite a bit of photo editing, in an attempt to merge the dream world with reality. Here are some flip phone pictures I took and edited in the past, so you can get an idea:

 

Once I got my first smartphone, the photo quality improved, and I was filling my iPhone’s storage in no time. I also used my mom’s old digital camera every once and a while. In the back of my mind, I had this nagging need: a professional camera, but I told myself that 1. I can’t afford it, and, 2. I’m not an actual photographer so who am I kidding? I figured I should just stick to my poetry, and that’s what I did for a while. A long while. Drawing, painting, and photography were passions, but they always seemed to take the backburner to the written word.

Well, months ago, I decided to invest in what makes my heart sing (Thank you for the creative push and camera suggestion, Bob!), and bought myself a decent camera. Okay, it’s actually pretty nice. It’s no Nikon, but I still love it! So yeah, I fell in love with it after the first picture I captured through its non-phone lens.

On the day when sprlumix.jpging showed herself in the heart of winter (60°F+ in mid-January in Ohio is nuts! And it looks like another spring-like day is upon us today… You know what that means!), I grabbed my new camera and ventured out into the woods, taking as many nature photos as possible. It was a gray day, but everything seemed immensely colorful to me. The serene mix of fresh warm winter air in my lungs and the glow from my newfound love of snapping photos invigorated me. It also helped diminish my winter blues and cabin fever that comes with working from home.

P1000163.JPGAfter returning to my humble abode that same day, an idea smacked me across the face. Well, not literally, but I’m a poet, so some dramatization is in my nature. 😛  So, as I was saying… I thought to myself, “How awesome would it be to infuse outer space with Gaia?” Then Carl Sagan’s words came to mind: “We are starstuff.” (which is both poetic AND scientific). Then, another thought: “How cool would it be to also write captions for each picture in mystical poetry form?” In those moments, Cosmic Raven Photography was born! I figured my best platform for this sort of thing was Instagram, so a created an IG account (@CosmicRavenPhotos) for my stardust-infused nature photography a few days ago. The feed will be filling up fast because I’m making this a daily thing. I mean, I already have enough pictures to last me months on end… 😀 This will keep me motivated to write poetry daily and/or revive old poems, and above all, keep my soul happy. 🙂

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

―Carl Sagan, Cosmos

It’s such a relief that I didn’t actually listen to my inner (or outer) naysayer every single time it said “But it costs too much,” “You’re no photographer,” “What if people don’t like it?” or “You might fail.” Please, if your inner dialogue or someone’s negative comments  are ever like that for anything that could potentially bring you unparalleled joy, let it go into one ear and right out the other, into a massive black hole!

P1000163 Cosmic Tree.pngThat being said, to see more of my starry pictures and poetic captions, feel free to follow me on Instagram @CosmicRavenPhotos (I’ll follow you back, of course :D) or simply go to this link: www.instagram.com/CosmicRavenPhotos

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Lake Erie Sunset 🌅 (photography) 

There is truly nothing I enjoy more than relaxing by the beach during a breathtaking sunset. 🌞

Posted in Photography

Brandywine Falls (photos)

This park was only a 40-minute drive from me!