WELCOME TO DAY 3 OF THE #RWISA “REVOLUTION” BLOG TOUR! #RRBC @YVETTEMCALLEIRO @RRBC_ORG @RRBC_RWISA @TWEETS4RWISA #RWISAREVOLUTIONTOUR

Welcome to Day 3 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour!  We’d like to introduce you to an amazingly supportive RWISA member, Author, Yvette M. Calleiro.  Take a peek at her writing below…

EMERGENCE

The cocoon –
Formed because of a virus,
Reinforced by fear and anxiety.
Surrounded
Protected
Sheltered
Imprisoned

The incubation –
Agonizing silence led to loneliness.
My inner voice tormented
Until the tears flowed freely
And the salty river healed the soul.
Meditation led to self-reflection.
Acceptance
Forgiveness
Release
Self-care

Emergence –
The walls slowly crumble.
Timid to step out but
Resolved to join the world again,
To rise up and feel whole.
Resilience
Strength
Courage
Hope

The RWISA Revolution Blog Tour challenged its authors to write with this year’s theme in mind: A New Year – A Fresh Start. Immediately, I thought of a cocoon. A caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly is not an easy one. This past year has not been easy for any of us. Even though I’m used to being home most of the time, being isolated and fearful of getting COVID (or worse, giving it to someone I love) has crippled me at times. I spent this year working on my inner self. I took meditation courses and worked with my therapist to manage my anxiety better. I’m a constant work in progress, but I feel stronger and healthier today than I was a year ago. For that, I am grateful. RWISA (Rave Writers – International Society of Authors) asked us to ponder a few questions, so here are my thoughts.

What are your plans for the new year?

This year, I plan to continue being careful and cautious when out and about. I will continue to strengthen my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I will nurture the friendships that held firm despite the distancing. I will continue to create memorable moments with my family. Without them, this year would have been much more difficult.

What are your goals?

I had hoped to write an entire novel during COVID since I was home so much, but my muse locked herself in her own cocoon and refused to cooperate. She, too, has burst through and has begun to share her mojo with me. With the help of my RWISA critique group, I am going through my final edits for a new novel. It’s a young adult novel with no connection to my current series. I will publish it at some point this year.

I am also writing Drake’s story once again. For those who have read my Chronicles of the Diasodz series, you know I’ve been working on this for a few years. He and I have had a bit of a difficult time in telling his story, but we are finding our way through. My goal is to finish writing his story this year. Then, I’ll use next year to revise and edit it before sending it out into the world for everyone to enjoy.

What will you do to contribute to the betterment of our society?

I believe in the energies of the world, and I choose to spread kindness, love, and laughter as often as possible. As a teacher at a middle school, I empower my students to be confident in their abilities and challenge them to be positive and productive members of their communities. I also post inspirational quotes on my Instagram. I have a separate Instagram that focuses on being proud of the beauty within. It’s been dormant for a bit, but I’m hoping to get it restarted. We need more positivity in the world, and that’s my little contribution.

How will you succeed in the midst and in spite of COVID-19?

One needs to define success in order to answer this question. For me, success is a day when I stay present in the moment. It presents itself as a moment where I notice my anxiety and allow it to flow down my mind’s river of worry without me. It’s when I make a student feel accepted and cared for or when my son sits with me at night to watch a show together.

I do not measure success by money earned or by a title. Instead, I measure success by the impact my choices have on those around me and on myself. As we continue to deal with COVID-19, any day where those whom I love are alive and well is a successful day for me. This year, I celebrate the little things because those are what matter most.

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Did you enjoy Yvette’s writing?  Then please, help us support her and her work along this REVOLUTION tour! We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of her profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s talent.

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RWISA Profile

What Yvette has to say about RWISA…

Check out Yvette’s book…

“BREATHLESS”

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Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a great way to promote your creative endeavors? Perhaps you’re seeking to add some prestige to your body of work! If this sounds like you, we invite you to come on over to RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA.

At RWISAwe invite and accept into membership only the very best writers the Indie community has to offer.

If your work is exemplary and speaks for itself, stop by the RWISA website today at RaveWriters.wordpress.com and find out how you can submit your sample of writing for consideration.

We’re an exclusive bunch but we’d love to have you join us!

NOTE:  If you’re looking to improve your writing while taking another route to membership into RWISAwhile you’re at the site, visit RWISA UNIVERSITY!

Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave the author a comment below!  To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the tour’s home page!

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  1. It is the little things! I understand your fears and anxiety. Thanks for sharing your experience and your future plans. I suffer from PTSD, and anxiety can be crippling sometimes. Last year was rough. Sometimes panic attacks struck for seemingly no reason. I have a few calming chants I repeat when I start to feel anxious to try to prevent the full-blown attacks. Meditation can be powerful. I wish you good luck in this new year. 😊

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  2. Reblogged this on Watch Nonnie Write! and commented:

    Welcome to Day 3 of the RWISA REVOLUTION BLOG TOUR! Meet Author, Yvette Calleiro as she introduces us to her beautiful, heartfelt poetry! @YvetteMCalleiro

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  3. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    Meet one of my favorite authors, my friend, and someone I greatly admire: Yvette Calleiro!

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  4. This was a wonderful post, Yvette! Love and light – that’s what you are 🙂

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  5. A wonderful post and poem, Yvette! Soon we’ll be soaring! ❤ Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Hi Yvette, I’m not a poetry reader but enjoyed your short piece on the pandemic. I also liked your answers to the posed questions – responses that we can all resonate with. I do especially like the reference you made to your ‘muse’ being locked away and failing to cooperate…at least it’s not arguing with you. Enjoy the tour – looking forward to reading more from you.

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  7. Hi, Yvette! Your poem beautifully expressed your journey through 2020 and your metamorphosis through the many stages of growth to emergence. I enjoyed your thoughtful comments in answer to the questions and thought how much we’ve all grown this year. We grow in the valleys in order to reach the heights. I look forward to your publishing the book you’re working on now, and then I look forward to reading Drake’s story. I continue to enjoy getting to know you. Be blessed, and continue to be a blessing.

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  8. The poem, “Emergence,” by Yvette resonated with me because 2021 was a year of transformation. As an author, I almost felt like I was in a cocoon of self-reflection trying to understand how I can come out of the darkness transformed, ready to fly. Congratulation, Yvette, for putting what many of us felt into such profound words in your poem.

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  9. A beautiful piece and poem, Yvette.

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author February 13, 2021 — 4:46 pm

    I loved your poem, Yvette! I particularly connected to this line, “And the salty river healed the soul.” Wonderful follow up with the questions and insights. Everyone is struggling to find there way and I do think muses have been in the same place. We all need to find our way forward and your post offered that hope. Xo

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  11. petespringerauthor February 13, 2021 — 4:40 pm

    Oh, man! Yvette sounds like my kind of teacher. I’m heading over to try and connect with her right now. Middle school is such an impressionable age. “I do not measure success by money earned or by a title. Instead, I measure success by the impact my choices have on those around me and on myself.” That’s my philosophy in a nutshell, too, although I wish I expressed it as well as Yvette.

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    • Aw, thank you Pete! I do my best to help my students empower themselves to be aware of the energy they carry and how to mold it to benefit their present and their futures. I also teach intensive reading skills. Lol! 🙂

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  12. Yvette, what a beautiful poem! Much success to you on your blog tour today!

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  13. Hi, Yvette. This is SO beautiful, so hopeful and so free of judgment. Just reading your beautiful poem uplifted me, and the words that followed gave me the courage to keep fighting my own battles. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Thank you, Yvette, for sharing your thoughts with us. My prayer is that anything close to 2020 never happens again! Have a great tour.

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  15. What a lovely, inspiring piece Yvette. Thank you so much for sharing. After reading and enjoying the Diasodz series, I am looking forward to discovering more about Drake. 🙂

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  16. Good luck on the Tour Yvette! I will check out your short story soon.

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  17. Good Morning Yvette,

    I love your poem. It suits well to your thoughts on the contemplative questions that you replied to from RWISA. I enjoyed reading your responses.
    Take care and continue with your excellent writing. Your world-building in the Chronicles of the Diasodz Series is very well done.
    Shalom aleichem

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  18. Hi Yvette, you sure nailed it with feeling gratitude for the small things.

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