Review and Shout Out for Colleen Chesebro’s Heartstone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

A wonderful heartfelt review of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy from Linda. My heart is full! ❤

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swamp%20fairy%20ad%20with%20birdI was transported back to a joy I haven’t experienced since my earliest enthralling reading days, a fairy-tail so believable I couldn’t forget it.  Colleen’s characterizations of Abby and her animal friends made me feel just as I did as a child, in love with animals and the unseen world.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  I felt as though I experienced things I miss from my life now.  I took the liberty of including other reviews.  I am not the only one loving this book.

“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers,” Steven Spielberg

The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

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Would you love to own your own calcite fairy stone pendant like Abby Forester wears in the book? Here’s how to…

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How Much Viking Lore Is True?

A great article about one of my favorite myths: The Vikings and Norse Gods. ❤

Archaeologists have confirmed key details in Norse oral histories (but not the dragons, elves, and trolls).

Source: How Much Viking Lore Is True?

The Faery Godmother

Excellent advice! Worth a read! ❤

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

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Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Faery Godmother, from The Faeries’ Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth

The Faery Godmother: “Gifts, Talents, Grace, Helpful Lessons”

“One morning recently, I was having breakfast at the local cafe and my favorite waitress, Peggy, stopped by my table and asked what I was working on. I showed her my scribbled in copy of Good Faeries/Bad Faeries and explained that I was “choosing” the cards for an oracle deck. (Of course, the faeries were choosing them, but didn’t necessarily want to explain that to the whole cafe.) Peggy had been having a bad morning with difficult customers, and she had reached the stress point where she was dropping and spilling things, which only made matters worse. I encouraged her to pause for a bit, since the cafe wasn’t really busy, and…

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Calcite – The Fairy Stone in the Heart Stone Chronicles

One of my favorite things about writing my first YA novel has been all the collaboration I’ve received from my blogging community. In many ways, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy encompasses the theme of family and what it feels like to belong to something bigger than life itself, which is how I feel about this community. Thank you. You have all made me feel like I belong. Abby and I seem to have much in common. 😉

It is with my greatest pleasure that I want to introduce Irene, from IreneDesign2011.com. She is one of the first bloggers that I met when I started on WordPress, and she has become a good friend. If you don’t know Irene, you will want to check out her blog. She is one of the most creative jewelry designers, and I love her work.

As I was writing the Heart Stone Chronicles, I came up with a brilliant idea. You see, in the book, Abby Forester inherits two precious things from her mother: swamp land that has been in her family for generations and a calcite pendant which is a piece of a calcite heart stone found in that very swamp.

Calcite is considered to be a fairy stone, and it is believed that it bestows upon the wearer, the magical properties of prophecy and healing.

My idea was to offer a calcite pendant similar to the one that Abby wears in the book for an affordable price. I knew just the person for the job… Irene. Now, I can’t promise fairy visitations or that you will suddenly possess the ability to prophesize the future – but you never know!

My friend, the amazing author, Eloise DeSousa, created a video (I love her accent) to introduce the pendants. (I told you this was a collaborative event). You can find Eloise here: http://amazon.com/author/eloisedesousahttp://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com.

Even though the book is not available until January 3, 2017, I wanted to share the necklaces with all of you because I think they will make an excellent Christmas present. Here are the links to the two necklaces (small calcite & large calcite):

https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852170/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped

https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852682/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped

This would be a fabulous gift for a teen who loves fantasy books and believes in the possibility of magic. In fact, I put these same links in the back of my book so that my readers could have the opportunity to experience the healing properties of calcite, firsthand.

I hope you will check out this unique gift idea. My granddaughters can’t wait to get their own calcite pendants.

to my blog family! ❤

Samhain, Fairies, and Symbolism in Your Writing

With the Samhain (Halloween) celebration just around the corner, I wanted to gaze back into the past to see how this ancient festival evolved and became the holiday we celebrate today. Besides, if you write fairy fantasy, you’ll want to incorporate some of the ancient myths and other such symbolism into your work. It is important to make a connection to our ancient past and long held beliefs. It gives your work a realistic touch.

Samhain (pronounced: “sowin”) is from the Gaelic for “Sam,” which meant “summer,” and “fuin,” which meant “end,” giving us the definition of “summer’s end.”

mysticalmind.com also shares the fact that the Irish separated the year into two halves to represent the seasons. Summer occurred from May 1st – November 1st, while Winter was from November 1st – May 1st. Samhain marked the beginning of Winter. Samhain Eve, (Halloween) became the night to celebrate before the first day of winter began.

So what does Samhain have to do with fairies? Plenty. The Irish believed that during the celebration of Samhain Eve, the portals into the Otherworld swung open allowing the fairies and supernatural beings to roam the earth. Now, it is easy to make the connection as to how our Halloween traditions evolved into what they are today. I came to the conclusion that Halloween was invented by the Irish!

Even more interesting is how the Irish interpreted what the fairies were. There was a belief that the fairies were angels who were not good enough to be saved nor bad enough to be lost. mysticalmind.com also shares: “The ancient Irish Book of Armagh calls them, the gods of the earth.”

Magickalenenchantments.blogspot.com shares:

“Possessing the power to bewitch or bedevil humans with their illusions, known as glamours, fairies gradually found their way into the myth and folklore of many European cultures.”

“Glamours,” used in the sentence above was a new definition for me, and I had to look it up!

Glamour originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see when in fact it was not what it seemed to be.” Glamour-wikipedia.com

Even more interesting, was the widely held belief that on Samhain night, when the fairies freely roamed the earth, they grabbed unsuspecting humans and placed them under a permanently enchanted status. This bewitching was said to cause people to go mad, or to die from some strange incurable illness. I couldn’t help but think what a great way that was to explain a medical condition that didn’t have a cure.

The legend also specified that every seven years the fairy beings captured babies or small children which they would then sacrifice to their god.

The number seven is significant in early folklore and Christianity. Seven was creatively used in many myths and fairy stories.

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Seven circles intertwine to form the symbol called “The Seed of Life.” The Seed of Life symbolizes the six days of creation. The central circle symbolizes the day of rest.

Seven also represents the seven colors of the rainbow. Isaac Newton classified the seven colors of the rainbow as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. (ROYGBIV).

My research has played a huge part in the writing of my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy. I believe that sharing some of the old myths in new ways in our writing gives our story credence, even though it is a fantasy.

The use of symbolism in our writing gives our readers a way to relate to our story by creating a deeper meaning to our words.

WritersHelpingWriters has an excellent article entitled, “Five Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story.” Click the highlighted link to the site above to read the blog post.

So tell me all you fantasy writers out there. How do you incorporate symbolism into your novel writing? Do you look to holiday celebrations for inspiration? Inquiring minds what to know!

 TO SEE YOU ALL. Thanks for stopping by. ❤

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.

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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. ❤

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…

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Photographer John Rutledge captures images of what appear to be fairies | Daily Mail Online

Check out these amazing photos and video of what may be actual fairies! I believe… DO YOU?  Click the highlighted link below to see for yourself. ❤

John Rutledge, a rapper in the Welsh band also known as ‘GLC’, was walking in a field near Newbridge, Wales – and now claims to have photographic proof fairies exist.

Source: Photographer John Rutledge captures images of what appear to be fairies | Daily Mail Online

The Third Dimension – The Realm of the Swamp Fairies

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Welcome to Fairy Swamp.

What could be better than a visit to the “Third Dimension,” with my swamp fairies? Come along for the ride!

I entered the horizontal plane of oblivion drifting into the third dimension as if I were being born again. Inside, the dark void pushed me forward like a vacuum in reverse. I found myself spewed out, thrust into the past and the future all at the same time. I drifted into a cosmic soup of stars and blackness, floating in a 3-dimensional gloom. An overwhelming longing overtook me. I felt homesick. I longed to feel the warmth of home.

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The primordial swamp was before me. I could hear chanting in the background as the swamp fairy gazed deeply into my eyes gazing into my very soul. She raised her arms as if it were a signal of some sort. Instantly I was covered in butterflies of every color and size imaginable. I felt them all around me.  Multicolored wings touched my skin beating in a rhythmic motion.

The fairy nymphs were everywhere I looked.  I felt no fear.  I stood enthralled with my eyes closed as I soaked in the glory of their beings. Iridescent wings gleamed in the light from the sun which burned holes in the fog which swirled around me. The fairies held me close in a tight embrace of love and light. Their warmth made me feel humble.

I felt their unity, their strength in numbers.  I knew I was part of them and my heart began to beat in time to the steady drumming of their wings.  I continued to stand, silently reveling in the unity of the fairies surrounding me.  I knew in my heart I had come home.  Taking a deep breath, I exhaled, living in that exact perfect moment. I was one with the fairies.

As quickly as it all began, the swamp fairy released the butterflies, and they immediately flew off into the sky. However, they did not look like butterflies anymore. Instead, they had taken on their true appearance, their camouflage discarded. They were tiny swamp fairies wearing the colors of the spring swamp, clothed in brown, and a brilliant green, the color of new leaves. Wild flowers of every color were twisted in their flowing hair. Golden flecks of light bounced around them like glittering stars in the night.

I yearned to stay with them but felt the tug of time as it sucked me back into the obscurity of my human life.

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A Visit to Fairy Swamp

Welcome to Fairy Swamp, the inspiration for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy.

While I am away on vacation, I thought it would be a great time to share some photos and video from 2015 so you can see where my inspiration came from.

We had quite the storms in Florida and many of these photos share the effects of one storm in particular.

Below, you will see seagulls who have come to the fields surrounding the swamp to eat. The torrential rains actually drown the bugs. What a feast!

 


Down the road, another neighbor’s horses were out early drinking from the puddles that formed miniature ponds overnight.


Fairy Swamp was wet and wonderful that morning. The rains brought much-needed relief to the fairy population.


Water filled the slough. The sounds of bullfrogs croaking in deep bass voices filled the air.


Bugs swam and darted below in the murky depths of the black water.


The brilliant greens beckoned to me. It was only a month ago, the trees were still naked.

Here is an amateur video I took of Fairy Swamp. Can’t you just imagine the swamp fairy hovering in the foggy air?

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“Fairies” – A Cinquain Poem

My friend, Judith Barrow suggested I try writing a Cinquain poem. This was a new form I had never heard of, so I decided to do a little research. Here is what I found out:

Image credit: Ol’ King Cole’s Castle

Here is a site that will help you with word count and syllables. It is called wordcalc.com. I use howmanysyllables.com. Click on the poem workshop tab and try it out.

Here is an example of a cinquain:

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Here is what I came up with!

Poet.org shares, (please click the link to learn more about this poetry form).

“The cinquain, also known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem or stanza composed of five lines. Examples of cinquains can be found in many European languages, and the origin of the form dates back to medieval French poetry.”

I guess it has been poetry week on silverthreading.com this week. Won’t you join me? Try out some new poetry forms! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! ❤

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories

I just had to share these wonderful memories Michael had of time spent with his grandmother in the garden. The magic is evident in his words! ❤

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“Fairies do belong –

In the magic of our hearts,”

It was my grandmother who first alerted me to the fairies in our garden. Grandmother cultivated ferns of all descriptions and amongst them lived the fern fairies.

My grandmother was always a curious and often times quaint lady. She spent a lot of time in the fernery and once I understood why it became my favourite haunt as well.

For each variety of fern there was a variety of fairy, Among the maiden hair lived the most delicate and fine featured fairies. They floated about, they moved with such grace and precision it was relaxing watching them go about their business.

Grandmother introduced me to them. It was a ritual as they didn’t make themselves known to anyone.

For as graceful as they were they were also very aloof and private. You had to be invited in and Grandmother had…

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It’s Time to Spread Some Fairy Magic!

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Did you know this is the best time to see fairies?

There is a magic in the air in the northern hemisphere today. I can feel and see the energy crackling and sparking!

What?!! You don’t believe in fairies?

What about Tinkerbell or Peter Pan? You don’t believe in them??

Alright, I guess you don’t have to believe in fairies in the literal sense… even if I do! Instead, celebrate the joys of summer! Have a barbecue! Let your kids dress up in costumes and just have fun!

But remember… keep your eyes out for those fairies. They like to disguise themselves as butterflies, dragonflies, moths, and birds…

There are several ways to celebrate…

Hubspages.com says you can celebrate with a couple different rituals, one for the day, and one for the night:

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt. 1: Opening Reading

If you see a fairy ring

In a field of grass,

Very lightly step around,

Tiptoe as you pass;

Last night fairies frolicked there,

And they’re sleeping somewhere near.

If you see a tiny fay

Lying fast asleep,

Shut your eyes and run away,

Do not stay or peep;

And be sure you never tell,

Or you’ll break a fairy spell. — William Shakespeare

Someone says (or, if solitary, you can say everything):

Tonight is the night– tonight, the veil lifts between the world of the fairies and the world of our own. Our circle here is our portal between those worlds, where we can draw back the veil and take a peek into the realm of the fairies, but just for tonight!

We shall welcome them into our circle, and who knows what will happen? If you dare follow, let us begin!”

“Have Fun with Fairies Tonight

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Summer Solstice Ritual pt 2: Circle and Quarters

Sprinkle fairy dust or flower petals if desired, or use a wand, staff, branch or flower to cast the circle saying:

A circle, thrice, we cast this night

To seal the magic portal tight;

The first time that we come about,

We shut unwanted spirits out;

The second time we go around

we cleanse the air and sanctify the ground;

creating a sphere of sacred space,

a safe and hallowed meeting place;

The third time round, as we go,

As above, so below,

We seal this circle round times three,

As is our will so mote it be!”

“Summer Solstice Ritual Pt 3: Recite (or Sing) The Stolen Child

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My fairy houses will be completed when my granddaughter’s Maleah, and Arianna, come to Colorado this summer for a visit. I hope to make three of them similar to this one below! Those meadow fairies need shelter in the winter, you know!

Fairy House, photo courtesy of Pinterest, wholesalefairygardens.com

If you see a fairy today or tomorrow, make sure to let me know. I would love to hear about your experience!

Happy Summer Solstice! May the blessings of the fairy nymphs find you all!

Embrace the magic and believe!

The Naiad Nymphs – Elemental Water Fairies

The Naiad Clan of fairies features prominently in my first novel, The Swamp Fairy. A quick look at Greek mythology shares that the Naiads, who are female spirits, are the nymphs that lived near water.

Nymphs are considered elemental beings or mythic creatures. They correspond to the elements found in antiquity: earth, water, air, and fire.

The Naiad nymphs are the fairies that controlled the waters of fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.

Theoi.com explains:

“The nymphs were immortal, minor divinities who were invited to attend the assemblies of the gods on Mount Olympus.

The Naiad Nymphs were often classified by their domain:
PEGAIAI were the Naiad nymphs of the springs;
KRENAIAI, the Naiads of fountains;
POTAMEIDES, the Naiads of rivers & streams;
LIMNADES and LIMNATIDES, Naiads of the lakes;
HELEIONOMAI, the Naiad Nymphs of marshes and wetlands.”


A Naiad by John William Waterhouse, 1893; a water nymph approaches the sleeping Hylas. (Source: File:Naiad1.jpg – https://en.wikipedia.org)

Technically, the Naiad nymph clan in my book would be from the classification of “HELEIONOMAI nymphs.” I took some creative liberty to keep things simple by having the Naiad nymphs in charge of the swamp in my novel. Normally, it is the River Gods who lived and ruled the marshes. Since my swamp or slough contained fresh water, I let the Naiad nymphs lead me to their story.


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“Naiades,” from Paleothea.com
shares:

“The Naiades were the nymphs of fresh water streams rivers and lakes but were not limited to these water courses. Many Naiades could be found prancing around with Artemis, who chose 20 Naiades from Amnisus for companions. They were the daughters of river gods. They had extremely long lifetimes, but they were not considered immortal and were believed to have sat in on the Gods discussions on Olympus. There were 5 types of Naiades:

Pegaiai, the Nymphs of Springs

Krinaia, the Nymphs of Fountains

Potameides, the Nymphs of Rivers and Streams

Limnades or Limnatides, the Nymphs of Lakes

Eleionomai, the Nymphs of Marshes

Above is a detail from John W. Waterhouse’s painting of Hylas and the Nymphs. That particular story is important to the Greeks as Hylas, the beautiful beloved (yes, in the sexual way) of Heracles, was sent to go get water on the island of Mysia, and the naiads there, totally taken in by his beauty, carried him off. Every year, the priests marched to a neighboring mountain and called Hylas’s name three times.”

Naiad Nymph: Mythmaniacs.com

The history which surrounds the Naiad nymphs is filled with amazing stories. The Naiads were highly worshiped and many cults sprang up to honor them. Young people, male and female, cut off some of their hair to pay a tribute to the Naiad nymphs each spring in coming of age ceremonies. It was not unusual to find gifts of honey left in areas where the Naiad’s were thought to dwell.

However, the Naiad nymphs did have a dark side. They could be quite jealous and stories were written how they would capture young men who exhibited exceptional beauty. It was not unusual for a Naiad nymph to merge her soul with her human captive. The Naiads often played the part of seducer or simply became the seduced.

The origin of the Naiads changes with literary sources. Steeped in myths and ancients secrets, it is believed the Naiads are the daughters of Zeus, the daughters of the river gods, or part of the Titan world of Oceanus.

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The blithe Naiad nymphs –

fairy protectors of swamps,

stay on their good side.

Colleen M. Chesebro

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all!

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Glimmering Wings – A Haiku

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #97 words for the week are Magic & Glimmer. You know, I just can’t help myself! What fabulous images I have running through my mind of fairies, nymphs, and all things magical!

Those glimmering wings –

bewitched me with their magic,

I own a nymph’s heart.

(Photo image from Pixabay.com)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will see you again!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Fantasy”

It’s 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, Silver Threading!

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

Ronovan and I have decided to change it up! Spring is in the air and it is time for something different! BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

NOW it’s your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Each week we will include a theme  for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate! Woo HOO!

In fact, Ronovan and I will alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing. Make sure and join us. You never know what we will come up with!

To see all the Entries from last week click HERE for the links in the comments of last weeks Challenge Post.

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you. We thought it would be fun to split the brain power needed each week. All of you get hosts that are reasonably fresh and fun to play with each week, so join in!

WQWWC fantasy theme

This week’s theme is “fantasy,” or any variation of the word: FANTASY!

So what do you do?

You select a quote that inspires you. Then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all using the quote either in your story or as the title of your masterpiece. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote.

Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use FotoflexerPicmonkeyCanva, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday, we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

Each week, we will include a link to the previous week’s post so that you can go to the links and comments to see all the inspiration that was generated.

BOTTOM LINE: Have fun and be creative!

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My contribution to the genre of “fantasy,” is a poem I wrote for my novel, The Swamp Fairy. I hope you will enjoy it!

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“The Fairy Guardian”

Pink fairy bells tremble

in the early morning breeze,

a tinkling sound that is sure to please –

the Gods high above looking down

foretelling the tales of the swamp fairies;

their cocoons all nestled in Live Oak trees

that swirl and dangle high up in the leaves.

Spider web lace dances in the sun, as

myriad tree reflections sparkle as one –

shimmering in the watery depths redone.

Watch as the noble nymphs of the Naiad Clan

gather to honor the exalted

fairy guardian of their fraternity.

All hail to Abby!

The prophecies ring true!

The sacred heart stone

will guide her through.

Stories will be written of the amber

haired beauty, whose

uncommon courage led her to become

the young fairy guardian

who saved the slough from the evil one.

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2016 © Copyright-All rights reserved Colleen M. Chesebro, of www.silverthreading.com

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Writing “fantasy” will set you free!

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The Fairy Whisperer – A Haiku

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #92 has given us the prompt words of “Life & Path.”

In addition, we are able to link to the 52 Week Photo Challenge hosted by some of our Haiku Challenge friends in unison with the above prompt words. This week’s photo prompt is “Path.”

The Fairy Whisperer

Her life path is clear –

A fairy whisperer writes,

As nymphs murmur near.

~*~

2016 © Copyright-All rights reserved Colleen M. Chesebro

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Fairies | Elemental Beings

Artwork by Josephine Wall

I found this site and had to share the magic! ❤

Fairies are the most commonly known Elementals probably because Fairies are everywhere. They are the guardians of plants and flowers. Every plant has a Fairy on it or even…

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Silver’s Writing Fever – #am writing!

I just want to let everyone know that I #am writing! I have set a deadline for the completion of my manuscript The Swamp Fairy. I know I have not been the best blog friend right now as I have not been able to visit most of you. I hope you will forgive me and know that I think of you all daily.

I will see you all soon!

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The Elf Killer – Part IV: A New Discovery

Mel’s Midweek Writing Prompt for this week is: Option 1: Sentence Starter –

I live in a society without rules, without boundaries; it is a dark and desolate place.

Click here to learn more about this creative writing challenge. Believe me, it is addictive! I love it. These are my stream of consciousness stories. I write them as they come into my mind with the prompt from the challenge. In addition, I have been posting my contributions to ReadWave. Check it out. It is another great site to display your writing talent.

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Rawmall slowly rolled over on the hard-packed earthen floor of the burned out elven hut. His head throbbed and felt like brilliant flashes of lightning were slicing into his brain. The acrid smell of smoke lingered in the hut as well as another unsavory aroma, of which he could not remember the source.

Gently, so as to not disturb his pounding head, he shifted his weight to his hands and knees. He balanced himself for a moment. Once the hammering in his brain subsided, he rose to his feet. Rawmall noticed that darkness had descended on the burned out elven community of Morr. He staggered towards the grey ashy remains of a fire where a cauldron was perched, still warm. The stench was overpowering and suddenly he remembered the events of the day.

The slaughtered body of the blue-haired elf, the human head of the elf killer boiling in the cauldron, and Nedra the Witch, all flooded his memory with the force of an assault from an enemy. There had to be at least fifty occupants of the elven community that were bewitched by Nedra somewhere in the Timmoral Forest waiting to be found. For a moment, Rawmall found himself temporarily blinded as the jaded fragments of his memory came together.

“I live in a society without rules, without boundaries; it is a dark and desolate place,” he thought to himself. Damn, that witch, Nedra! She had been pursuing him for the last couple of years now. Rawmall knew her game. She was a soul-eater. Every time she devoured her prey, she gained their strength. Men, women, elves, trolls, even half-breeds like himself, had fallen to her womanly wiles. Nedra was a seductive enchantress who always got her way. How he had escaped this time and why, he did not know.

A cupboard near the overturned table produced a loaf of stale bread and a gourd filled with water. Not the best meal, thought Rawmall, but better than nothing. Crouching in the shadows he ate his dinner slowly. In the silence he heard a slight rustling sound behind him.

Rawmall stopped eating and quietly set his dinner on the floor. Stealthily he crept toward the far corner of the burned-out hut. A dark shape moved softly toward the fire with little creeping motions. Its appearance was distorted and covered with some type of dark cloth. Suddenly, two brilliant blue eyes peered out from beneath the dark material.

It was a grundolyn female. She was small, only about two and a half feet tall, with pale skin and dark hair. Grundolyns work for the elves in exchange for a place to live. They have been the servants to the elves since the beginning of time. Many grundolyns live with the same family for generations. How this one came to survive Nedra’s bewitching was a mystery to Rawmall.

“It’s alright little one,” said Rawmall to the grundolyn. “You’re safe with me.”

The grundolyn stared at Rawmall and shivered, pulling the dark cloth around her shoulders. She spied the bread and water gourd on the floor and ran towards them. She grabbed the gourd and drank deeply. Water leaked out of her tiny mouth and dripped down her chin.

Rawmall sat back on his haunches watching the grundolyn with a puzzled look on his face. “How did you end up here, and not bewitched like the elves and the rest of the grundolyns,” he patiently asked her.

She shook her head and started to eat the bread, tearing it into shreds she could fit inside her small mouth. Rawmall repeated the question to the grundolyn, this time raising his voice. The grundolyn still did not respond. What the devil kind of black magic is this, thought Rawmall.

The grundolyn looked at Rawmall and covered her ears with her hands. Then she placed her hands over her mouth. She repeated this a second time. Rawmall edged closer towards the fire and pointed at his lips and then pointed to the grundolyn, motioning for her to look at him. “Can you hear me?” he asked her.

She shook her head trying to tell him “no.” She opened her mouth and pointed inside, nothing came out. It was then Rawmall realized that the grundolyn was deaf and dumb. She could not hear Nedra’s curse so it had no effect on her!

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Thanks for reading my continuing saga of the elves in Timmoral Forest.

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