Thank You for 2017, Hello to 2018!

Everyone,

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for following my poetry throughout 2017. It is so greatly appreciated. Warm hugs and hot winter beverages for all.

I really wanted to put a lot of reflection into this post for you – it is very rare that I actually write anything outside of poetry here in Tiny Fawns Land. However, with the new year just a handful of hours a way, I felt this is a nice time to reintroduce myself as a writer.

This blog post will be quite lengthy – not because I like talking about myself (nooooooo thank you!), but because I really want to talk about my struggles and successes with writing poetry this year. In addition to this, I’m also going to highlight ideas I’m considering for the direction I’ll be taking with my poetry here in Tiny Fawns land as a result of those struggles and successes.

Before I begin, a quick note:

During winter of this year, due to a job relocation and … well, the winter blahs, there was a block of time I did not update with poetry daily. I did my best toward the end of this year to submit backdated poems for each and every day missed so they are all accounted for. Apologies if your notifications and reader were slammed with numerous updates from me over the past couple of weeks!


Looking back, this year was “the first year” for a few very important decisions.

2017 is the first year …

  • … I have ever committed to writing poetry daily.
  • … I have ever decided to make writing a new year’s resolution.
  • … I ever succeeded fully in a new year’s resolution and in writing goals!

For 2018, there are a few steps in writing I would like to carry with me from 2017.  There are also a few that I’d like to throw overboard and say, “get out of here!”

I will highlight them in two sections called “Positivity for the Mind” and “Healthiness for the Heart.” This seems a bit tedious, I know. But my mind is always swimming with thoughts upon thoughts upon thoughts and mapping them out in lists … well, it just helps keep everything neat and tidy. So here we go!

 

Positivity for the Mind

One step I’ll continue to take in 2018:

Daily Routine – Discipline was key for me. Not necessarily for improving my writing, but for committing to action. With the daily consistency of pulling imagination from the mind and recreating it as words on paper or computer screen, I enabled my writing to take on a solid, secure presence in my daily life. I stopped shelving my thoughts and began the long journey I am still on in learning to nurture my thoughts in positive and healthy ways.

One step I’ll be leaving behind in 2017:

WordPress Daily Prompts – Participating in the 2017 daily prompt challenge was an eye-opening experience that definitely whipped my daily writing routine into shape. I recommend it for a challenge when starting out a new blog or when needing a bit of direction for writing theme ideas. In 2017, I wrote two poems daily – one for the daily prompt, the other a completely original post for the day. However, for 2018, I’m ready to sincerely focus on exploring my own original themes in addition to original posts for each day.

Healthiness for the Heart

An improvement I’ll focus on in 2018:

Mindfulness – This is strongly related to the following point I’ll make. I’d like for my poetry to convey a kindness and gentleness when expressing different themes. For example, if I have poems concerning “resentment”, I want the poems to be relatable without fueling or sparking resentment in the readers’ hearts and minds. I want to challenge myself to create writings in the future that are genuine to themes but properly treat the words, emotions, and ideas I use with mindfulness. I am on the pursuit of making words feel light and not dark, regardless of theme.

A flaw I’ll attempt to leave behind in 2017:

Emotional Litter – I want to continue freely expressing my emotions and thoughts – but I’d like to challenge myself to re-imagine how I word them on paper. I  have always impulsively written about how I felt and thought in the moment. The flaw I have with this is that I tend to over-think, especially when emotions are negatively spawned from anxiety or stress. So my goal is to “clean up” my emotions by thinking of everything from a different angle – an angle of kindness on the heart. I hope in 2018 my poetry will feel as if it is making a progressive move forward.


 

Future Paths for Tiny Fawns Land

  • I will continue sharing an original poem daily.
  • Instead of participating in the WordPress Daily Prompt Challenge, I am going to be thinking of 5 or 6 themes for 2018. I will then write a poetry collection for each of those themes. These poetry collections will not be shared daily.
  • There are other ideas, but they are still in the baby stages and I’m not ready to 100% commit to them yet.

As always, thank you for reading. I hope 2017 comes to a peaceful end for everyone and let’s look forward to 2018.

I’d love to know where everyone hopes to go with their writing in the next year? Please link me to your goals or comment! 

Happy New Year!
-Brianna Dawn, AKA Tiny Fawns

A Special Note

Happy Midnight Greetings from Japan!

I wanted to let everyone know that from March the 23rd through April 4th I will be spending spring vacation with my boss and her family in Australia. They were gracious enough to invite me and I honestly cannot think of a better way to celebrate Ostara than by relishing in the beauty of the Gold Coast.

During this time, I will be limiting my access to the internet and all forms of technology. I fully plan to roll around in the sun and fun of Australia and let it wrap its warm arms around me … either that or it’ll kick me in the ass with a lightning bolt of artistic inspiration … or maybe both? We can hope. 🙂

Anyway, I digress. During this time, I will not be participating in the Daily Post WordPress challenges that I usually do to meet my goal of posting poetry every day of the year. (I will double up on these once I return to Japan and settle in on April 5th). 

Instead, I will be prescheduling two poem updates each day that I am absent. 
These poems are all previous poems I wrote back in 2015. 
They will be a part of an ongoing poetry collection entitled 
Reflections 2015, A Poetry Collection of Written Works by Tiny Fawns.
I will update this collection during periods of time when I am not available to provide realtime daily updates.

You can see an outline of the poem titles and dates they will post on my Poetry Collections Page here. 

All comments, questions, and ping backs will receive a response once I return (April 5th).   

This will be my first time to visit Australia so I’m hoping during this time to not only enjoy all of the wonderful experiences and adventures that await, but to also tackle a poetry project I’ve been mulling over since the end of February. If this project comes to full fruition by the time I leave Australia, I will be very excited because it will hopefully be a nice little pocket of poems I hope journals or publishers would like to stick their hands into.

Thank you for reading this long and rambling update. 

I hope the arrival of Spring brings you all happiness, inspiration, opportunities, and peace! 🙂

-Brianna Dawn, AKA Tiny Fawns

funerary (& personal thoughts)

(I’ve provided personal thoughts on why I wrote this particular poem at the bottom of this poem. I hope it resonates as a tiny high five of encouragement for those of you who may find yourself struggling with art or needing that little bit of a push to finally put yourselves out there). 


in my head there is a pyre
inspiration plays the lyre
setting my fingers and hands on fire
the Canvas in front of me inquires
Continue reading “funerary (& personal thoughts)”

Thank You, Everyone

As I begin typing this blog entry, there are about 13 minutes left of the month of January in 2017. Soon February will wake up and step into the world for a solid 28 days of windy cold wintry weather that will keep me wrapped up in every piece of fleece clothing and blanket I own.

As January draws to a close, I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have decided to click the follow/subscribe on my poetry writing and artistic dabbling.

This year, I decided to refresh my world by setting a series of small goals that could only be achieved over a lengthy time frame. I’ve always been more of a climb to the top of the mountain kind of girl, seeking out super large life goals to accomplish. However, as I grow older, I thought it would be refreshing and healthy to recondition my mind to think differently about goals and to discipline myself with routine in order to improve my skills and to … well, not procrastinate on all of the wonderful art I could be doing now instead of saying “I’ll do it later.”

Every single poem you’ve read, every colored work of art, every update you’ve seen touch this blog is proof that I’m sticking to these goals:

– One post a day for the entire year,
– One post a day for WP Daily Prompts
– One post a week for the WP Discover Challenge
– One post a week of a Shadowscapes colored pencil project

Though these seem small, to break into a committed routine after a lengthy time sleeping through a couple of years of depression, I can honestly say I’m proud of myself for these little nuggets of positivity. My artistic passion and interests that have been quiet for so long have in a sense been reborn again, all shiny and new! This has motivated me to start a new writing project and to also learn how to do watercolor painting (which I hope to share here as well). Furthermore, this has given me the strength to delve into spiritual paths that have opened up healthier roads to travel emotionally.

Anyway, before this becomes too lengthy of a post, thank you for following and sticking around. You all have been a great encouragement.

-Brianna, AKA Tiny Fawns