The Dragon Healer – A “Tanka”

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Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “craft” to “approach,” and I changed “rise” to “rises.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can modify the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

The Dragon Healer

Awaiting her fate –
the girl perfects her approach
with a healing touch.
The dragon rises and sighs
a mellowed-out breath of thanks.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Use these hashtags to tag your post and to Tweet each other’s poems#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: CRAFT & RISE, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions this photo invokes:

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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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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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Colleen’s Coming Attractions – “Wisp,” by Adele Marie Park

One of the best things about blogging is all the people you meet along the way. Today, I am proud to introduce to a new author, Adele Marie Park. Her debut novel, “Wisp” was just published. Are you looking for an exciting and magical read?

Adele and I share the love of fairies and all things magical. Wisp sounds like the perfect book to curl up with on a snowy afternoon with a cup of tea. Here is the blurb to interest you even further:

You can find “Wisp,” on Amazon.

Twitter @Binky567

Facebook at Adele Marie Park

Her blog: firefly465.wordpress.com

Thanks for stopping by to meet Adele.

Books make great Christmas Presents! Put a little magic in your life! ❤

My Magical Dreams Are Coming True!

Remember me? I can’t believe the time has finally come. I’ve done it! Today, I’ve sent The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy to my beta readers. I can barely breathe! I fluctuate between panic and elation… all at the same time.

Then, after missing RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge for the last few weeks, I am here to enjoy #114. The words this week are “Magic & Stars,” and must have been selected especially for me. Thank you, Ronovan!!! ❤

I can’t help but question if the fairy nymphs aren’t looking down at me this moment, happy their stories will soon be told.

Happy weekend everyone! I’m going to take a few days off. I’ll see you on Monday! ❤

#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

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, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so 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!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

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…

This is 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 the 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!

In fact, Ronovan and I 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.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), 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.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!

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

Midsummer Fairy Ritual | Source

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

William Butler Yates poem (1886) against photo of Glencar waterfall (public domain image). |Source”

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!

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 – MAGIC

It’s time to join in for the third “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on SilverThreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, and myself.

Ronovan and I have decided to change it up! Spring is in the air and it is time for something different! We have retired BeWow (Be Writing on Wednesday) and will no longer use that meme.

So GUESS what?

This is 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.

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!

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.

Are you ready to join in?

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 Fotoflexer, Picmonkey, Canva, 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.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

BOTTOM LINE: Have fun and be creative!

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The swamp was alive and bursting with bright green leaves and wildflowers in brilliant shades of red, pink, and creamy white.  Abby stood in the middle of the road watching the beauty of a Florida spring unfold around her.  Large fat bumble bees hovered above the new blooms, as the sweet nectar beckoned to them to eat from this smorgasbord of delight.

Crimson cardinals and rosy-breasted blue birds flew high in the burgeoning leaves of the trees announcing that spring had finally arrived. The fragrance from all this new life was intoxicating. Abby took in the natural splendor of her surroundings as if she suffered from a thirst that could not be satisfied. The sights and sounds were magnificent.

The most beautiful aroma began to waft through the air. It was a mixture of sandalwood and jasmine, orange blossoms and roses. Abby knew she had only smelled this scent, so beautiful and pure when she was in the presence of the swamp fairies. Abby found herself enchanted by the moment. Excitement coursed through her veins.

Suddenly, a vaporous form appeared drifting within a swirling fog. A tiny being flitting above the waters of the slough. The swamp fairy had long blond hair and glittering wings. Abby watched transfixed as the fairy began to speak in the peculiar way she had where only Abby understood her words.

“Magic is seeing what others do not. Welcome home, Abby Forester.”

Butterflies and moths of every color rose out of a rotted stump buried beneath the murky waters of the swamp. The trees looked alive as the wings of the many creatures fanned in a gentle rhythm. Dragonflies of every color in the rainbow came next. They too filled the leaves of the trees and bushes. Abby closed her eyes. She felt their strength in numbers and felt their unity. A feeling of belonging and overwhelming love surrounded her in an aura of luminosity.

As quickly as it all began, the Swamp Fairy released the butterflies. They rose in a cloud and immediately flew off into the sky. However, Abby gasped when she realized they did not look like butterflies anymore. Instead, they had transformed into translucent beings of light. 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.

Welcome to spring in Fairy Swamp.

~*~

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to my swamp fairies. ❤

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#Writer’sQuoteWednesday & #BeWow – A “Silver” Quote

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is 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!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  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 Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

FIRST, LET’S
CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

Lance Greenfield

I Manking Blog

Always a Writer

Ronovan Writes

Brew & Spew

Ever Changing

Rebirth of Lisa

Taking a Walk Through History

Cathy Lynn Brooks

The Writer Next Door

Seasoned Sistah 2

Weaving Gold

Pearls before Swine

Daily Echo

Thoughts & Entanglements

On the Land

Zen & Pi

Chasing Life & Finding Dreams

Alberta Ross Writes

Silver Threading

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My quote this week is all about the “magic” of words. You know what I am talking about. Words strung together like a shiny necklace meeting and joining to form an image in your mind. That image propels you through a story from the beginning to the end. That is the true MAGIC! When your words mean something to the reader you know you have reached them through their hearts.

I can’t tell you how many times I have a read a book where I find myself becoming emotional. I cry, laugh, and even ache with the pain of the words written. It is an experience I would think all authors desire from their readers. I consider it a gift. To evoke emotions like that from a reader signifies a deep bond with the written word.

Friend and blogger, Charles Yallowitz, author of the fantasy series, The Legends of Windemere, once said to me, “Writing fantasy is freeing.”

I pondered his statement for quite a long time. As a student learning the art of the fantasy genre, I realized that what he was talking about was the fact that as a writer you create what did not exist before in your mind with the intention of sharing it with the rest of the world. Wow! I realized how brave you have to be to expose that part of your heart to the rest of the world!

That is where the magic comes in. The Encarta Dictionary defines magic as, “A special, mysterious, or inexplicable quality, talent or skill.” I believe that we word weavers are creating magic with every stroke of our pen, or keyboard, to be more exact.

The magical energy our words create drip with sound and rhythm, conjuring up images that free us from our daily existence. If you think about it most magic spells are done by reciting words. Words have power.

So, the next time you sit down to write just remember you are the magician, the necromancer of words. Use your power wisely!

Magic is why I write. Magic is why I read.


SHARE your MAGIC with the rest of the world!

TELL US ABOUT A QUOTE THAT INSPIRED YOU THIS WEEK!

Thanks for stopping by. Ronovan and I loved seeing all of you!

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – J. K. Rowling

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is 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!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  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 Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.

On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs. I am still looking for one of our regular participants who will do the weekly wrap-up for me. It is a great way to bring traffic to your blog! Please let me know in the comments if you are interested.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress. I use the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to our first 2016 Writer’s Quote Wednesday! Can you feel the magic? I can! This year is wide open for all of us to attain our wishes and goals. All we have to do is actively participate. It doesn’t get any better than that!

My love of all things magical is never far from my thoughts. I want to experience the magic and joy in life everywhere. I could not think of a better place to start than with the enchanted words of J. K. Rowling. (Click her name to visit her website).

I have read and reread the Harry Potter series so many times I cannot tell you the exact number of times that I have read each book. I do know that my love of fairies, elves, and great fairy-tale kingdoms go back much further than that. The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Watership Down, Lord of the Rings, and countless other books helped to fuel my imagination in all things mystical and magical.

Rowling created a mystical world of wizards and witches that spoke to so many of us, young and old alike. The power behind her writing is simple story telling. She writes the journey of a hero much like a modern day fairy tale. We all can find something to relate to in regards to the characters in the series. That is the power of magic. We have it inside of us all. The power to create characters that reach out and touch us to our very core. That is MAGIC!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is coming November 2016!

GET READY!

 

Don’t forget to share what your special brand of magic is with a quote from a writer that inspired you!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Roald Dahl

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is 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!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  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 Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. I am sorry if I left anyone off last week. Please tag your posts so that I can find you. ❤

On your own blog post do a ping-back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

I found another fabulous quote about my favorite subject… magic! I just could not resist sharing it with you all. I am fascinated with the psychology behind the belief in magic. It is through the telling of fairy tales that many of us learn about the special qualities of magic. These stories fuel our imagination. They are also the way we begin to learn about life and the world we live in.

This week, Roald Dahl, one of the best children’s authors there ever was, brings us his thoughts about magic:

This is what I love… seeing magic everywhere, I look. It is that kind of special sight that enables us as authors to recreate our characters and the many places that lurk in the dark recesses of our minds. The magic is there, all you have to do is look at it with different eyes.

Do you know who Roald Dahl is? Click here to check out his amazing website. Wikipedia shares:

Dahl in 1954
Born 13 September 1916
LlandaffCardiff, Wales
Died 23 November 1990(aged 74)
Oxford, England
Occupation Novelist, poet, screenwriter
Period 1942–1990
Genre Children’s, adults’ literature, horror, mystery, fantasy
Notable works Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryJames and the Giant PeachFantastic Mr FoxMatildaThe Witches,The TwitsThe BFGThe GremlinsGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine,Danny, the Champion of the WorldThe Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six MoreMy Uncle OswaldTales of the Unexpected

 

Remember, magic appears where you least expect it!

Come on! Join in and share a quote that spoke to you this week.

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing all of you!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – A Silver Quote

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is 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!

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  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 Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

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Did you ever wonder why writers enjoy writing about a certain genre? Are they just good at it and it comes naturally, or is there more to it? I know many writers get an idea and they are writing to their heart’s content. The words ebb and flow out of them like a great sea of rolling waves. They plan their writing from start to finish.

Some writers are able to cross genres and blend their stories into new genres. The writer now becomes the creator. Their power to illustrate with words is created by their own innate artistic abilities. The writer is able to influence us with their thoughts. From their minds strange and magnificent worlds are born into the minds of their readers.

I picked the genre of fantasy for my current writing project because I wanted to deal with the possibilities of life in a way that becomes magical again. Remember when you were a child and how your perspective was naïve, but at the same time you were open to everything that happened around you? That is the response I want from my readers. I want to show that it does not matter what age you are, you can still be part of the magical process of life as long as you are open to the possibilities!

I wrote my quote this week to remind everyone that “fairies leave magic for humans – to remind them of the beauty of nature.”

Venture outside and see for yourself. I know you will find magic when you least expect it. In fact, I know you will!

So, tell us! What quote inspired you this week?

Thanks for stopping by to share in the inspiration!

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5 Days – 5 Photos Challenge: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy

I have been selected by Jennifer Nichole Wells to participate in the 5 photos – 5 days challenge. What does this mean for you, dear readers?

The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.”

Day 3: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy


I was able to capture a photo this morning

of the rarest sight indeed –

this elusive red swamp fairy

visited me with the utmost speed.

I chased, I cajoled, I begged him to light,

there was no way I was giving up this fight!

I had to have proof that magic does dwell,

in the mystic location down from my well.

Along the tree line that edges the field

the horse-hole gateway beckoned to me –

One step inside and back in time, you will be,

all alone with the elusive

red swamp fairy.

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This photo and poem are inspired by my tales of the swamp fairies which you can find on my blog by clicking here. My first young adult novel called The Swamp Fairy is currently under construction with a plan to (hopefully) publish by November 2015; to coincide with my anniversary of the discovery of the fairies last November. Here is a brief synopsis of the story:

“One autumn day, on her way to school, twelve-year-old Abigail (Abby) Forester meets a fairy who asks for her help in saving the fairy kingdom that resides in the nearby swamp down the road. A new housing project with 180 units is being built next door, threatening the existence of the swamp fairies.

The swamp fairy explains to Abby that it is her destiny to help them, as she was chosen long ago in a different time and place. The fairies have always helped humans in the past. Abby proves to be the link who can help preserve the fairy kingdom, and the natural balance between their world and ours, to keep them both intact. One place cannot survive without the other.

Abby tells her best friend Savanna, and together the two girls embark on an adventure to save Fairy Swamp. They travel back into time to the beginning of Pensacola, Florida, where the girls learn about becoming stewards of the land, human equality, and what cultural harmony really means.”

Today, I would like to ask Lisa, from Rebirth of Lisa to take up the photography/story telling gauntlet. I am excited to see what Lisa will come up with!

Thanks for visiting. I will see you tomorrow,

 

 

 

#BeWoW on Earth Day


It just does not get any better than this! Be wonderful on Wednesday, and Earth Day all at one time! I love it!

Ron and I spent our Earth Day morning mowing the lawn. It was one of those rare 80 degree F. days in Florida with relatively low humidity. After the lawn work was done, I transplanted some plants, and had a good old-fashioned chat with my neighbor next door, Su. We both love gardening and cooking, so we had lots to talk about and share.

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than communing with nature. Stop by the official website to see what it’s all about at Earth Day.org. You can read
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how the first Earth Day actually came about.

Not to be outdone, the swamp fairies celebrate Earth Day also, with a bit of prose and a tour of Fairy Swamp. Leave it to the fairies to spread some magic in the world today.

The Song of the Swamp Fairies

Darkness descends dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

Fairy Swamp comes alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickers in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rise above the slough,

as heartbeats sync and beat as one –

The Swamp Fairies

glitter in the remnants

of the setting

sun.

  Enjoy your day and spread a little of your own magic everywhere you go.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Earth Day!

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Word Snap Weekly – Magic Drifts on the Sea Breeze

It’s Sunday, and that means it is time for Amanda, of Unique Art Chic to host her fabulous Word Snap Weekly, where we can showcase our photos with poetry, quotes, sayings… anything that inspires the creativity in you! Join Amanda and me, and show us what inspired you this week! We can’t seem to stop talking about it!

I am in high creativity mode right now and floating on air. I started writing the first draft of my first novel this weekend. I am channeling the magic of my swamp fairy kingdom. Can you feel the magic of possibility? Do you feel your energy levels soar? The white light of goodness is enveloping you in a warm embrace. What inspiration can you share?

Thanks for joining me this Sunday. I look forward to seeing you all again!

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The Swamp Fairy – Deciphering the Code

I sat at the kitchen table this morning drinking coffee and still puzzling over the crazy fairy code that the Swamp Fairy sent to Miss Hilda and me last month. You can read about that here. I tried everything I could think of to figure out that code. I just had no luck. I was stuck!

A few days ago, I decided to look up a friend from my old Air Force days to see if he could help me. Chuck worked with computers, and if anyone could figure out a code, he could. I sat, impatiently drinking coffee, waiting for his answer to my email.

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It was cold this morning. I could see the horses in the field eating grass. Puffs of steam rose from their mouths with each pull at the grass. Sugar and Spice were anxious to go out back and bark at the horses. I was anxious too. This fairy code had really driven me crazy. I impatiently let the dogs out of the screened patio at the back of our house.

By the time I came back inside from letting the dogs out, Chuck had emailed me back. He said the code was something out of the ordinary. It had been a tough one to break.

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Apparently, Chuck had to load ancient fairy texts from Europe into the computer database in order for the words to make sense. It seemed the Swamp Fairy had an interesting lineage.

The fairies used words and symbols from Gaelic, and even some symbols from the Druids. Some of the letters looked Egyptian. We figured out that we could add a letter in English here and there, and suddenly it started to make sense. By manipulating the symbols and their meanings, the following words in English began to appear:

Fairy Message 1 translated

Chuck was a great person and, because of our friendship, he did not ask any questions of me that I could not answer truthfully. He knew I was working on research for my book and left it right there. Thank goodness. I had no idea how I would explain swamp fairies to rational, science loving Chuck.

Now, I still needed to figure out what the code meant. I threw on my coat and some gloves. I told Bronze that I would be back in awhile. I was off to see Miss Hilda.

The north wind practically blew me to Miss Hilda’s house behind Fairy Swamp it was so strong. This was strange weather for Pensacola, Florida in February. Usually it is not so cold. In no time at all, Miss Hilda greeted me at the door and had tea ready for us. We sat down and I immediately launched into my struggles of the past few weeks deciphering the fairy code.

After hearing of my success figuring out what the code words were, Miss Hilda had a giant smile on her face. Her eyes disappeared into the wrinkles around her eyes as she smiled.

“Silver, I have an idea about what these words mean. If you look from my house into Fairy Swamp due north, there is a heart shaped stone that sits in a dry part of the swamp. Growing in a thicket around the stone are some bushes called fetterbush. They are in bloom now since it is the beginning of spring. The flowers look like tiny pink fairy slippers.”

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Miss Hilda continued, “This is the only time of year you can see the heart stone because the bushes are so thick with leaves after the flowers bloom that it hides the stone. I found the stone years ago when I was a child. My mother and I were walking along the edges of the swamp looking for the fairies. It was spring. I remember seeing the heart stone surrounded by pink fetterbush. I almost tripped over it, as it was so well hidden. My mother used to say that I was her heart, and the heart stone was there for me to remember how much she loved me,” said Miss Hilda.

“I remember the stone was covered with lichen and moss because it sat beneath the bushes and received little to no light,” explained Miss Hilda. “The stone makes me think about my mother,” she reminisced.

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“What do you think the heart stone represents to the fairies, Miss Hilda?” I asked her. I was puzzled as to how this rock could be so important that the Swamp Fairy had to send us a message about it. I shook my head, trying to figure out what it could mean.

“I think it represents the heart of the swamp,” replied Miss Hilda. “That would make sense because it is almost in the middle of the swamp.”

“Miss Hilda, I know it is cold out, but could we go look at this rock and get a feel for the area?” I asked her.

“Sure Silver. I have an extra pair of boots in the shed you can use. It is muddy from the rains last week. We can make it safely this time of year. No snakes, or boggy spots to worry about,” answered Miss Hilda.

We bundled up in our coats and walked over to the shed to retrieve the extra pair of boots I needed to traverse the swamp. Miss Hilda’s garden was still as beautiful as it was the last time I had visited. It seemed even in hibernation the swamp fairies magic was strong enough to take care of her plants.

The wind swirled dead leaves at our feet as we walked along the edge of the marshy land. The ground was muddy and thick clumps stuck to our boots as we walked toward the center of the swamp. The naked trees reflected in the pools of water shimmering from the rays of the afternoon sun.

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Just ahead of us, I could see a thick clump of bushes with tiny pink blooms rustling in the wind. We had found the center of the swamp and the heart stone.

Both of us stood there looking at our surroundings. Overhead, birds called from the trees. In the watery recesses of the swamp, frogs croaked. The air was cold, but in the interior of the swamp, it seemed warmer, more protected. Miss Hilda and I stood shoulder to shoulder, enjoying the beauty, soaking it in.

The heart stone was right where Miss Hilda had said it would be, encircled by the pink blooming fetterbush. I could hear words whispered to me, in a voice I knew to belong to the Swamp Fairy. She said,

“Pause and look due north –

as the heart stone reads your soul,

change is uncertain.”

A peaceful calm came over me. I felt like the Swamp Fairy was there reading my thoughts, and feeling my feelings as I stood there. I looked over at Miss Hilda and a look of pure rapture shone on her face. Tears slipped down her weathered cheeks. We grabbed each other’s hands, not for comfort, but as if we were sharing something strange and wonderful and needed each other’s touch to make it complete.

Huge Live Oak trees surrounded the area. Some of the trees were almost hollow and we could look up inside of them. Tiny cocoons hung from the interior tree branches.

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What we saw next, was astounding!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow to see what happens in Fairy Swamp.

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Magical Memories

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When browsing through memories swirling within your mind,

most people often find –

magic is the least understood of the fairy-tale arts.

Fear not!  Look deep within your soul –

to remember a time

when enchantment explained your world,

first seen through the eyes of a child.

Fairies do belong –

in the magic of our hearts,

we run from the truth.

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For this Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness writing from Linda, we were asked to use the words, “least and most.” I decided to try a different form of poetry – a haibun.  This poetry form is interesting because it has two parts: a prose poem and a haiku.  The 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho developed this ancient form.

The rules are simply that the prose poem and the haiku must communicate with each other in some way.  A haibun describes a scene or a moment in time in an unbiased way.  The haiku is written in the same 5/7/5 format.  The haiku normally comes at the end of the haibun and shows us an opposite of some sort.

This is my first attempt at writing a haibun.  I really like the word combination, and the way the words flow to the haiku at the end.  I will experiment with this format again.  This is why I love stream of consciousness writing.  Creativity flows… try it!  Visit Linda Hill’s blog and join in!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I sure enjoy seeing all of you stopping by.  Until the next time,

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This week’s Ronovan’s Write Weekly Haiku prompt was: “belong and run.”

Fairies do belong –

in the magic of our hearts,

we run from the truth.

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