Introductory

Progress on the Journey

INTJ female writer who set out to become a published author of contemporary literature. She published her first novel, Memory Bound, in October 2018. She continues to write, including novels and through entries on this blog. Writing includes horror/mystery, young adult fantasy and science fiction.

All opinions, mistakes and dog hair are my own. Thank you for joining me. Pass the tea kettle, would you?

I need my space grey NASA funny sweater with matching slipper socks.
Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 8: “The Boxer” & A Funny Introvert Shirt 🥊🚀

Today is my rest day from cycling. I’ll be cleaning the peregrine nest top to bottom, reading and writing more of my current novel in the works.

I went to a show last night and one of the songs performed was “The Boxer”,  originally sung and performed by Simon and Garfunkel. I don’t think I ever properly listened to the lyrics before that night. I recognized the song immediately and looked it up when I got home. It’s full of pain, ugliness, beauty and resilience. I may listen to it on repeat when I write today. It really touches something in the human experience.

Also, take a look at my funny sweater I bought. I’ve been coming across a lot of NASA clothing at a store I frequent and I’ve been scooping them up eagerly. 🤓👍

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Enjoy and see you tomorrow for Day 9. Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie.

 

Reposts/Reblog Shares

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath. — Steve`s Country

Hello everyone! Welcome to something a little different here at Steve’s Country. I showed one DIY that I did last spring, something to just hide some unsightly totes sitting in the corner of my living room. It wasn’t perfect, but it sure looks a lot better. So, today I will show my process in making […]

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 6 & 7: Cycling & Peacock People 🦚🚴‍♀️

I ran out of time yesterday, so I doubled up my biking today. One hour and a few extra minutes for eating junk food yesterday. It was a weak moment.  Go team. 😁👍

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 5: Cycling & Beautiful, Alive Writing 🇨🇴🚴‍♀️

If I need a dose of energy lately, I blast the Latin or Mexican music. Tonight, I listened to a lot of Shakira. I rediscovered a song of hers I used to listen to on repeat from her Live and Off the Record CD: Ojos Así (Eyes like Those).

I love the passion of songs like these; it’s authentic and refreshing. The feelings are powerful and vulnerable. Art needs to be wild, free and true. I strive to write this way. No books in a can, lazy formula plots or characters with puppet strings. Your story must have life!

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Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Days 1-4: Cycling & A Funny Story🤛🚴‍♀️

Better late than never to get on the Blogmas wagon, right? November bicycling ended up mostly being a wash, but I’m back to bicycling steadily in December. We’ll play this Blogmas thing by ear and see where it goes. Just three weeks until Christmas!

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Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Happy Thanksgiving & Thank You 🦃✏️

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and a brief note of thanks. I’m very thankful to all the writers I’ve met on here and continue to get to know. We’re all on our journeys and it’s nice to see the encouragement and support we give each other in our little corners of the internet.

Thank you as well to my followers and to those who have read my scribbles, whether on here or in my book. I hope you’ll continue to share your scribbles, too. If you want to become part of the Arcian crew, just hit that follow button; we’ll be glad to have you.

So write on and enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers. Pass the cranberries, wouldn’t you? Kia kaha!

Novel Updates, Writing: I've Got Gadgets and Gizmos a Plenty...

Author: How I Write (and novel update) ✏️

When I write, I’m in the room my characters are in, listening very hard to both their words and the silence. I look around and see what they’re doing, or not doing, and begin to see the items and environment around them. It comes in layers, similar to an oil painting being painted.  Patiently you wait for each layer to dry (your rewriting and edits) and details, smells and sounds begin to come to you. You can hear the rain pattering against the windows, you can hear the quick breathing of your character. The wooden stairs creak, you feel the dusty carpet beneath your feet. Your character speaks and you write it down. It’s like being a witness to something that’s already happening; you just need to have the presence of mind to write it down and respect the story. That is, write the story down truthfully and freely.

Once this happens, you’ve made it back to Oz–the individual world of your story, I mean. You can write. You need to simply listen to what’s already going on around you. If you stumble, the story stops, your characters freeze, and you realize you listened wrong. It’s alright: this is normal. Go back. Once you’re on the right track, your characters will come alive again and won’t miss a beat in their actions.

I hit just over the 2,000 word marker today with my next novel, GOTD. It’s a small milestone but a big one for me since I was stuck for awhile. My characters were like the Tinman before he got all of his oil: clangy, loud and mostly immobile. I rewrote until I found my way back and the story came to life.

How’s your next novel coming along? Leave some words in the comments below and we can encourage each other on. Kia kaha!

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Happy writing. Ker-kaw! 🦉

Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Ponderings

Author: Prairies of Quiet & Burning Out

I have come to think that burn out has different stages and scenery. It’s like watching a prairie fire over time–eventually, it burns itself out. You’re left in a quiet, peaceful, albeit grey area of ashes and soot. This is the layer that brings back life, if you let it.

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Quick humor

Ten Second Humor: Ear Infection & Ghosts👻👂

You know you don’t feel good when it sounds like someone’s walking around upstairs in your house and you shrug and break out into impromptu opera.

“Oh well,” you think. “Maybe the ghost-intruder will like it and is shuffling along, dancing in his white, bloody sheet.”

Delirium, thy name is…zzz…

Cheers!

Other Interests

Author: Autism & Down Syndrome College Roomies (SBSK)✏️

Whenever I’ve had a particularly trying day, Special Kids Special Books (SBSK) puts the wind back into my sails. The youth and adults who Chris and his partner interview on their YouTube channel are amazing and full of life. I’ve learned so much and have been humbled at every turn. These people are warriors.

So if you’ve had a crummy day, or can’t quite solve life’s latest questions, pop on some SBSK. Here’s two friends I met today, as Chris always refers to his interviewees.

Cheers and keep moving forward. Keep writing. ✏️