Nerve Wracking | Grammarly Blog

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The Grammarly Blog brings us another great explanation of which phrase is correct… wracking or racking! Click the highlighted link at the end of the post to read their explanation. ❤

“Nerve-racking” is the original and correct spelling of this phrase, which describes something that makes you extremely nervous. “Nerve-wracking” is a widely-used and well-established variant…

Source: Nerve Wracking | Grammarly Blog

Elemental Beings

There are four elements in nature: fire, air, earth, and water. In fact, our ancient astrological signs are based on these four elements.

The three fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The three air signs are Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini. The three earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. And lastly, the three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Even ancient humans recognized the power of the elements. Antiquity is filled with the myths and stories of the elementals.

Each element has a spiritual energy attached to it. This spiritual energy, in my humble opinion, is what the fairies are composed of. Many take the form of birds, animals, or even insects for protection from human intervention. They consist of cosmic energy and inhabit a parallel plane of existence. When they do show us their true forms they resemble Gnomes (earth), Salamanders (Fire), Sylphs (Air), and Undines (water).

The gnomes are the nature spirits belonging to the earth. There is a subgroup listed as well. They are Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

The Salamanders are the ancient beings that are fire. We can’t live without them, as ancient man found out. These are the most powerful of the elementals and ruled by Djinn. They resemble balls of fire or lizard-like creatures almost a foot in length.

The Sylphs are air spirits said to live at the highest peaks of the mountains. They are the rulers of the winds and have a temperamental nature.

The Undines control the waters of the earth. They live within the water atoms and cannot be seen with normal vision. There is a subgroup of Undines which are Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids, and Water Spirits.

The Undines are what I based my Naiad fairy nymphs off of in my debut novel. That is why I portrayed my swamp fairy to be green-skinned; resembling the water of the swamp she inhabits.

swamp-fairy

Each elemental being is unique to their environment and they mirror that existence on earth. I believe they can understand our human thoughts. However, they are not individualized beings. They belong to a collective consciousness that lives on a separate plane from us. I often describe them as bees belonging to a hive, communicating for the collective good of the particular hive, or clan.

The elementals are not immortal and cannot be destroyed by the four elements because they are etheric and part of the four elements of nature. Nature takes care of their own, although elementals cannot change their element. They can’t start out as a Salamander and switch to an Undine, for example.

It is not surprising then when my research on the elementals revealed that when their time on earth is finished, they are absorbed back into the collective consciousness of the elemental realm. I feel they are reborn or reincarnated when their expertise is called upon to aid humanity once more.

The Elementals answer only to the Devas.

Wikipedia shares:

“A deva (देव Sanskrit and Pāli) in Buddhism is one of many different types of non-human beings who share the godlike characteristics of being more powerful, longer-lived, and, in general, much happier than humans, although the same level of veneration is not paid to them as to Buddha’s.”

Summitlighthouse.org
is a great place to learn more about the elementals.

Thanks for stopping by to learn about the elementals with me. ❤

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 11 – Game Birds

I just stumbled upon this challenge sponsored by Elsie in New Zealand, on her blog, Ramblings of a Writer! How exciting. Since I’ve started my own Tanka Challenge how could I resist? You can never have too many Haiku or Tanka Challenges for me. ❤

Her requirements are to make the Tanka about game birds. I call this:

“The Grouse”

The Greater Sage Grouse

feathers spread out in glory,

challenging his foe

to a duel of virtue

fighting to acquire the girl.

~*~

Thanks for the invitation, Elsie. See you next week!

GREAT NEWS! TANKA Tuesday starts 9/27/16

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Join me in the TANKA Café for an exciting new challenge.

Share your love of poetry and write a Tanka!

See you there for coffee, tea, and Tankas!  ❤

Silver’s Fairy Portal

A couple of months ago, my two granddaughters, Maleah and Arianna, and I set out to create some fairy houses for my office. After all, you can’t write about fairies and invite them into your life and not have somewhere for them to visit you!

Maleah & Arianna

I had a plan in mind, but I just couldn’t see the vision. After careful thought and some great help from my friend Chelley, the fairy houses began to take form. Chelley’s two boys, Landon and Crosby even came over and made miniature fairy houses with us!

Chelley helping Landon

I helped Crosby

We used beans for the roofs, and beads to decorate the exterior. We used a lot of paint and glitter. 😀

After a couple of hours, we were finished!

There’s a great deal of symbolism featured on this fairy portal as it relates to the Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy. There are butterflies and dragonflies, and even a hummingbird! (You’ll have to read the story to find out what that all means) ❤

Silver’s fairy nymph portal

One thing I do know. The fairy nymphs are here to stay. They now have plenty of room and can choose which house is best for them. That’s good news because today is the first day of autumn. Winter snows are not far off…

Happy first day of Autumn from Silver Threading

How to Create a Compelling Character Arc – ProWritingAid

Did you know that almost all characters follow one of just three kinds of character arcs? Seriously, you want to read this! Click on the highlighted link below to read this great information. ❤

The standard definition of a character arc is how your main character changes over the course of your story.The most common form of character arc is the Hero’s Journey. An ordinary person receives a call to adventure and, at first, he or she refuses that call. There’s usually a mentor who helps the hero accept or learn how to attempt the adventure. Think of Yoda in Star Wars. But there’s more out there than just the good guy or gal who’s transformed by the end of the story. Not all characters undergo some major transformation. In some cases, they will grow, but not transform…

Source: How to Create a Compelling Character Arc – ProWritingAid

#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Farewell”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself.

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Here’s who joined us last week:

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Unity” – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ The Old-fashioned Way ~ Roald Dahl #WWQW « Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “UNITY” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday – UNITY | The Writer Next Door

Writers Quote Wednesday Unity | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Unity | thoughts and entanglements

#WQWWC – Unity | imanikingblog

Prayer – New Day | Mother Willow

Haddon Musings

Two on a Rant

Always a Writer

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // John Steinbeck – ZEN AND PI

The Resilience of The Broom – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Here is Ronovan’s post from last week with the theme of unity

Ronovan and I have enjoyed all the creativity that has blossomed from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Many months ago, Ronovan agreed to join me in this challenge to give me a break every other week. I can never thank him enough for his friendship! He added a whole new dimension to the fun!

We have had the best time. However, by mutual agreement, this will be our last quote challenge.

I started this challenge, over two years ago and feel ready for a change. Ronovan and I are both working hard on publishing novels. Our paths are leading us in different directions.

If anyone would like to take this challenge on, please do. If not, #WQWWC will pass into the darkness of the blogosphere.

I haven’t given up on challenges… not yet. In fact, next week, I will host my first TANKA TUESDAY, held at Silver’s Coffee Bar (We have tea, too!) on the blog.

This will be a weekly challenge that you won’t want to miss!

Stop by, grab a seat and enjoy a steaming cup of joe! But be ready… you’ll be writing your own Tanka poems!

I’ll see you all next TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

FOR TANKA TUESDAY


So, here’s the deal. If you want to participate this week, please do, and use the theme of “farewell.” I will still retweet your post and stop by and say hello. If not, take a break, and join me in something new, next week.

The past two years have been amazing. People who joined the quote challenge became my friends. On a weekly basis, we boosted each other up and helped to inspire writers to new levels. I am proud of the time we spent together.

I will miss each of you and hope that you will stop by, and say hello often.

Many hugs,

Ronovan & Silver

Does FB Sell Books & Do Writers Need a Facebook Fan Page?

This is a must read! What do you guys think? How do you authors do with your fan page? ❤

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Social media is powerful for connecting us (our books) with the very people we wrote them for to begin with. But, we are wise to appreciate that creating a brand and cultivating genuine and passionate fans is not going to happen overnight. The deeper the roots, the stronger the brand and the platform.

Why that is important is if we keep chasing the newest shiny, we fail to ever gain compounding results. We are chasing fad after fad. Thus a saner approach is to build places that are the most stable.

***Yes, we can build on Instagram and SnapChat and the like, but that will come with more risk and possibly devour time we need to write more books.

The blog is still the strongest and most resilient form of social media. Blogs have been around since the 90s and unless the Internet goes down? Blogs will remain.

But other…

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From Grammarly to WordRake: A Review of 6 Automatic Editing Tools

There are some great FREE editing tools here. Check them out! Just click the highlighted link at the end of this post to see the list. ❤

 

Which automatic editing tool is best for writers? We tested six popular options.

Source: From Grammarly to WordRake: A Review of 6 Automatic Editing Tools

Gray or Grey? | Grammarly Blog

I run into this word all the time. I want to use “grey…” hmm. Maybe I have some English leanings! LOL! Anyway, click the link at the bottom of the post to read the differences. ❤

Grey and gray are two different spellings of the same word. Gray is more common in the United States, while grey is more common in…

Source: Gray or Grey? | Grammarly Blog