Saturday, February 13, 2021

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2021 RWISA "REVOLUTION" Blog Tour! @YvetteMCalleiro @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to Day 3 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! Today is MY day!  Take a peek at my piece for this tour…


by Yvette M Calleiro

The cocoon -

Formed because of a virus,

Reinforced by fear and anxiety.






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.






Emergence -

The walls slowly crumble.

Timid to step out but

Resolved to join the world again,

To rise up and feel whole.






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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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  1. Yvette, your words really uplifted me today and added a bit of sparkle! Thank you for such a positive post!

  2. I have had the same issue during the pandemic, Yvette. I had hoped to finish my second novel, with all "this time on my hands." Right...Instead, I've felt as if I've had cement in my brain. Thanks to having read Jan Sikes's second novel, "The Convict and the Rose," I found some inspiration. Your poem is the icing on the cake! I went back and read the 60,000-plus words I'd already written and started working on it again. RRBC members are simply the best. Also, I just applied for RWISA University!

    1. That's wonderful, Wanda! I'm so happy to be a small part of your journey. :-)

  3. Beautiful, Yvette. Big hugs from afar! 🤗

  4. Yvette, I know how hard you work to improve your stress level. Thanks for such an uplifting post.

  5. I loved this as much, or more, than when I read it the first time, Yvette! Well done. :)

    1. Aw, thanks, Mark! I am so happy you enjoyed it. That makes my heart sing. :-)


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