Who is your presidential candidate?

“Snoopy for President”

Snoopy for President

Based on what I have seen, heard and read so far we might be better off with man’s best friend in the White House. I say let the campaign begin now!
  • The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~M.K. Clinton
  • The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. ~Johnny Depp
  • Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. ~Emily Dickinson
  • What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. ~Andy Rooney 

Share your favorite quote or memory of dogs in the comments, I would love to hear it! (I created the above collage picture using PicMonkey, a free on-line photo editing site.)

5 Reasons I like the Super Bowl!

SeahawksWith less than 24 hours before kickoff to Super Bowl #49 (yea, I didn’t do the Roman numerals thing cause it was too much trouble to figure it out and I am too lazy to look it up), I give you my top 5 reasons to like the Super Bowl from least important to most important.  So, to not keep you waiting and guessing, here we go!

  1. The Seahawks are playing in back to back Super Bowl’s, and yes I live in Washington so you know who I am rooting for. Go Hawks!
  2. Football is an okay sport, and watching with a group of friends is fun especially if a team you like is playing. Go Hawks!
  3. The Super Bowl means football season is almost over and too much of a good thing is not necessarily a good thing. Go Hawks!
  4. The end of football season means spring is just around the corner and … well I think you probably know what that means, warmer weather! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!
  5. Yep, that’s right!  #1 reason I like the Super Bowl is that Spring Training and finally after a long winter, Baseball season is almost here!!! Go Dodgers! Go Mariners!

IMG_20140528_190408[1]“Play Ball!”

Upcoming… and the power of saying NO!

Sometimes saying NO to things is as important as saying yes to the things we wish to pursue.  Saying NO, frees up time to focus on our priorities and limits the distractions.  Because I am saying NO to the unimportant distracting things here are some things in the very near future that I will be saying yes to.

Things To do:

  1. Prepare for speaking and reading my poetry at a healing prayer ministry class in February.
  2. Complete and submit a postcard for the Twitter Art Exhibit-Moss in March.
  3. Update and refresh the Fine Art America site with new art.
  4. Finalize the edits to the 2014 novel for first round of a beta reading critique.
  5. Begin assembling my poems for a poetry collection to submit for publishing.
  6. Love God, others and myself; allow God, others and myself to love me.
  7. Be fearless!

What do you have upcoming that you need to commit to do? Better yet, what do you want to truly do and how can you say no to the distracting things so you can say YES? I encourage you to choose wisely and be…

Fearless Snoopy

OctPoWriMo to NaNoWriMo 2014

Photo edited using PicMonkey

Photo edited using PicMonkey


It was a dark and stormy night.
A time when writer’s will write deep into the fading light.
Fumbling over the words on paper that somehow dance and sing.
A Masterpiece or not may be created out of seemingly nothing.
The winds may howl and blowing rain splatters the window pane.
As the dark night begins to wane.

~Mark Schutter ©2014

As we approach Halloween and the end of October Poetry Writing Month and head first into National Novel Writing Month, I was hoping to leave a little poetry and inspiration for writing your own novel!

As Halloween approaches how would you finish the sentence

It was a dark and stormy night…?

  • Scary/Suspenseful?It was a dark and stormy night and the shallow light of the moon cast haunting shadows across the floor.  He knew this was the moment as he stood before the door his hand on the doorknob.  Holding his breath he slowly began to turn the knob and as he did he heard the screams …
  • Humorous/Funny? – It was a dark and stormy night and the chocolate stains at the corner of his lips was the only evidence left behind  from the chocolate pie and whipped cream midnight refrigerator raid.
  • Peaceful/Contented?It was a dark and stormy night, the warmth of the crackling fire cast a peaceful glow across the room. She silently stared at the pictures in the photo album, remembering the past with a smile on her lips.

Please share your thoughts, how would you finish the sentence?  It just might be the next great novel!

Do You Color Outside the Lines?

An artist is...In the beginning the lines we draw around our lives serve to define and differentiate us, and then over time they come to limit and isolate us. To experience the relationships we were meant to experience with God or other human beings we must hug those lines and even be willing to cross over and color outside those very same lines.
We often draw lines in our lives, setting boundaries all in the name of trying to keep ourselves from being hurt. In the end they keep us from experiencing all that life as to offer.  Free will allows us to be the artist of our lives and to create a life’s work that is uniquely us.  We only reach that place of breakthrough when we move past what is comfortable, what is known, what is expected and into the absurd.  We must allow the colors to run, to mingle and mix with the colors of others creating new hues and shades.
 
The community, the life we yearn for is only found in the anxiety of mystery.  We must choose to walk into the darkness of our hearts, search the undiscovered and shine a light into the dark corners revealing the beauty of color that resides there.  And by the grace of God find our true purpose to be a blessing of ripples impacting the lives of others.    ~M ©2014
To know one life
 

From Fearful to Fearless!

Fearless SnoopyFrom fearful to FEARLESS, is a shorter leap than most would think.

I recently read a post by Tara Reed on the ArtLicensingBlog.com entitled “Comfort or Courage?”  A great post that it all comes down to a choice between being comfortable and or being uncomfortable for a while when you chose to be courageous.

“Most of the things you dream of, that you don’t already have, are just outside that comfort zone. Here’s to your creative success!”  – Tara Reed

Tara helps artists succeed by bridging the gap between creativity and business.  Check out her post “Comfort or Courage” and choose to be courageous.  You never know what just may happen or is within your reach!

I am taking a leap of courage the next two months and participating in the OctPoWriMo and NaNaWriMo! Write a poem a day during October, 31 in all, and write a 50,000 word novel during November. Watch for updates!

Now what are you going to do?

 

An artist is…

An artist is...

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Robert Schumann

Any great warrior is also a scholar, and a poet, and an artist. ~Steven Seagal

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. ~Albert Einstein

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. ~Francis Bacon

The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist. ~William Blake

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. ~Paul Cezanne

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. ~Michelangelo