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The night is here, yet here I sit
With eyes that would not close,
And thoughts that wander through my head
And will not let me doze.

My mind is tired, my body tired,
And yet I cannot sleep;
I feel as though I've been on guard
For days without a break.

The worries of the day are gone,
But still I cannot rest;
I feel as though there's something more
That I must do, or else.

I know not what it is, but still
It haunts me to the core;
It keeps me from my bed, and keeps
My mind from wandering o'er.

I'll try to sleep, but I know well
That sleep will not come soon;
I'll try to rest, but I know well
That rest will not be won.

So here I sit, with eyes that would
Not close, and thoughts that wander on,
And I will sit until the dawn
And then I'll try again to sleep.

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Done But Not Forgotten

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The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me,
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bard's sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

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Indie Writing Advice

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I have been writing on and off all of my life. Of course, when I was in school it was mostly for assignments, and things of that nature. But in my early 30s, I caught the writing bug and never looked back. I am what people call an indie writer because I am self-published. And I have learned so many things on this journey, which is not over. I have many ideas that I want to work on.

One of the biggest things I can tell other writers, especially those in the beginning of their writing career, is this. 

  1. Do not compare yourself to anyone, and I mean anyone. People will tell you all sorts of things to make themselves look better than they are. They will tell you they wrote 10,000 words today, or they wrote 100,000 thousand words this month. They will tell you all of these things and more. Maybe they did write that much, and if they did, good for them, but do not try to measure yourself against this. I am lucky if I write 1,000 words a week! 
  1. Do not compare your first draft to anything. It is a first draft, and you will rewrite and edit many times before getting it right.  
  1. Take everyone’s advice with a grain of salt. What works for one might not work for someone else. 
  1. Do not try to be everything. As indie writers, we have to be many things, writers, artists, editors, marketers, and so on. No one is expecting you to be great at all of these things. I for one suck at marketing, but I am learning. The more I work at it the better I get. But do not get down about yourself when you struggle with it. There are others out there that can help. I for one always hire and editor. 

Overall, do this for yourself. There are many writers out there, but you are the only you. We want to hear your story. So don’t get discouraged, just be yourself. 

New Kids Books

New Books! Van and Bunny: Van Gets a Pet! and Orion and Puppy: Moving to a New State #children #childrensbooks #illustrator #illustrations #booktock #booktocker #pets #kids #color #coloredpenscils #art #kidslife #artwork #childrensbookstagram #kids #colors #drawing #newbook #newrelease

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Horror Sounds

made this for a friend. He loves horror and thinks like Dracula and Frankenstein. #horrorstories #horrortok #spooky #dracula #frankenstein #monster #creepy #creepysounds

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I am working on new ways to promote my writing. I saw this on TikTok and I thought I would try it on one of my own poems. This one is short because I made it for Tiktok but I am making them longer. I try to do 30 minutes for writing sprints and then 8 hours to help people sleep or if they are writing all day.

Life is too short by Nancy Ann Creed (Rambling of My Heart)

#poetry #poetrybook #poetrytok #poetrylover #booktok #books #calm #calming #instrumental #flowers #sunflower #poem #poemsofinsta #poetryisnotdead #poetrystatus #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #writinginspiration #readingcommunity #writing

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Calming Sounds

I have been making these calming videos. Manly for writers and readers but anyone can use them. When reading or writing, let these sounds relax you so you can focus on whatever you need, reading, writing or simply housework or other work. #thunderstorm #thunder #rain #rainsounds #readingcommunity #readingcommunity #writinginspiration #relaxing #relax #relaxingsounds #reading #readingcommunity #writinginspiration #writingcommunity #writinginspiration #nature #naturesounds #rain Check out Nancy Ann Creed’s works at:

Here are some of them! Check them out! If you have a sound like you like that most, comment it and I will work on making it.

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The party's started, and the music's loud,
But I'm not really here, I'm just a crowd.
The laughter's ringing, and the drinks are flowing,
But I'm the one who's left, the one who's going.

I'm not sure why I'm here, or why I came,
I guess I thought I'd fit in, but I don't seem the same.
I'm different, I'm strange, I'm not like them,
I'm the one who's left out, the one who's not invited in.

I watch them all, they're laughing, they're talking,
They're having fun, and I'm just sitting here, watching.
I feel like an outsider, like I don't belong,
I'm the one who's left out, the one who's all alone.

I want to join in, I want to be like them,
But I know I can't, I'm not like them, I'm different.
I'm the one who's left out, the one who's not invited in.

So, I'll just sit here, and I'll watch them all,
And I'll try to smile, and I'll try to pretend,
That I'm not the one who's left out,
That I'm not the one who's all alone.

Calming Sounds

I am creating a series of calming sounds. I use these to help me focus when I am writing. I might use them in the future for writing sprints but for now I am just making them and putting them on Youtube for others to use for their own reading or writing.

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Inspire Someone!

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You are the light that shines through the darkness,
You are the hope that gives us strength,
You are the courage that keeps us going,
You are the inspiration that makes us better.

So never give up on your dreams,
Never give in to fear,
Never stop believing in yourself,
Because you are the one who can change the world.

So go out there and make a difference,
Show the world what you can do,
Be the inspiration that others need,
And change the world for the better.