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Why Yes I am Alive.. I think

Hello humans, aliens, amphibians, and anyone else reading this blog post! How have you been? I’m genuinely curious. Even if you are reading this sometime way in the future, (do we have songs that we can smell yet?) leave a comment down below saying how life has been treating you recently.

The main point of this blog post is to inform you that I am, in fact, alive. I was involved in an internship (student teaching) this year. Needless to say, things got quite hectic and crazy. I was stressed out for much of it, and learned a lot about myself in the process. But it was a great experience, and I would still go through it all again. Especially for the kids.

I’m going to be honest and say that I don’t know what the future of this blog looks like. Adult life is fast approaching and I don’t know where it will take me. HOWEVER, I am determined to not let this blog die. I may post less often than I first wanted to, but I will try to post nonetheless. Especially the Epic Stories About Nothing. They hold a dear place in my heart. And of course, I will keep you all updated on whatever I am writing.

Well, now that you are all reassured that my heart is still beating, I suppose I will be signing off for now.

Now…. off to my graduation this Saturday!

Toodles x

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Q&A Tag

I was nominated by the lovely Benita J Prins to do my very first Q&A tag! I love reading these so thanks for tagging me! Of course, I was tagged quite a while ago. I’ve just been a little busy and haven’t gotten around to it. But here it is! *victorious fanfare* Also, I’m adding GIFs for the first time. *more victorious fanfare*

Rules

  1. Tag the blogger(s) who have nominated you
  2. Answer the questions you were given
  3. Nominate 10 bloggers
  4. Write out your 10 questions
  5. Let them know they’ve been tagged

On to the Questions!

Question #1 – What do you tend to do when you are bored?

Oh, a whole number of things. I either daydream, aimlessly scroll through Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook, watch anime, aimlessly scroll through Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook while daydreaming, or read horribly written fanfiction.

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Question #2 – Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

Hm… I usually say cold because I just get sleepy if I’m cold. If I’m overly hot, I’m miserable.

Question #3 – What was your favorite book as a kid?

Without a doubt, The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. Sometimes I think it still is my favorite.

Question #4 – Would you ever go bungee jumping or sky diving?

No. Nope. Nuh-uh. Nopity nope.

Question #5 – Blue pen or black pen?

If I’m writing, black pen. If I’m editing, blue pen. But I really like black pens. Anyone else use Sharpie pens? They are my FAVE.

Question #6 – Which fictional character would you choose to co-author a book with?

Oooh interesting question. My immediate answer is Bilbo Baggins. However, I’m gonna try to go past the obvious and see who I can think of. ~One Hour Later~ I’m going to say Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. I feel like he could come up with an interesting twist to any story I offer. He would also be very helpful at adding a dramatic flair to it.

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Question #7 – Do you hoard anything?

Journals. Journals, journals, journals. I even wrote a blog post about it. I also own a sizeable amount of plastic Walmart bags.

Question #8 – Can you curl your tongue?

YES YES I CAN and I’m weirdly proud of that. I can also wiggle my ears and twitch my nose like a bunny.

Question #9 – Do you get nervous when you hear noises at night?

Not usually. There are times, however, when I’m at home. It’s usually when I’m downstairs because there are a ton of windows. I always feel like I’m being watched if I’m down there alone at night, so hearing strange noises probably wouldn’t help.

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Question #10 – What’s the weirdest dream you can remember?

Ho ho ho let me tell you a story. When I was in Kindergarten, I got a very, very bad case of poison ivy. It was everywhere. After that, I was understandably a little wary of poison ivy or anything else that made me itch. So naturally, I had a dream that my house was invaded by a giant praying mantis that threw poison ivy bombs at me and my family.

Now it’s time for me to nominate some lovely people! Sorry if you’ve already been tagged.

Zac Tyson

Christian Meneses

Jenica Z

Olivia

Grace Crandall

Tea With Tumnus

Wendy

Brianna Merritt

Brittany Gnizak

Brett Jonas

Now you’ve been chosen. Here are your 10 Questions.

Question #1 – If you were chained to a railroad track, which fictional character would you want to come and save you?

Question #2 – You are now a villain, which means you need some epic theme music. What song is your theme song?

Question #3 – You’ve been asked to remake the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in a way that lures viewers from various fandoms. What fictional characters do you pick to play the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?

Question #4 – Tea, Coffee, or Hot Chocolate?

Question #5 – Which would you rather own? A plane, train, submarine, space ship, or pirate ship?

Question #6 – After accidentally drinking water from the fish tank, you find out you can understand your pet fish. What does it have to say and how do you use this new super power to benefit humanity?

Question #7 – A movie is being made about your fascinating life. Who do you pick to star as you?

Question #8 – What is your weirdest memory?

Question #9 – A dystopian tyrant is destroying all music because a musician broke his heart. You are only able to save one song onto your futuristic MP3 player. What is it?

Question #10 – If you were given a free day where you could do anything with no personal cost, what would you do?

Can’t wait to see your answers!

Toodles x

 

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WIPjoy Week Four

This week was titled Deep Stuff Week. The questions were actually a lot harder to answer, but off we go!

Day 18: Share a line that hints at your theme.

Now the song that had been her comfort was her nightmare.

Day 19: What’s one big reason you’re writing this story?

Well for one, this story wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote it. I have always wanted to write a fantasy novel. Also, my roommates were so enthusiastic about the idea that I felt like it was time I got serious about writing and actually finish a story for once.

Day 20: What kind of reader desperately needs this book?

Hm, the reader needs to love fantasy obviously. I think someone who is looking for a story that doesn’t necessarily end in a happily ever after would enjoy this book.

Day 21: What’s been your biggest challenge with this WIP?

My biggest problem is not having time to write. I was making a lot of progress until school started. My WIP feels so neglected because I haven’t touched it at all recently. This has given me time to think of other ideas for projects that I also don’t have time for, so it’s never ending cycle of joy.

Day 22: Represent your WIP with a single image.

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This is a sketch I did of a possible book cover. It was so hard to find an actual picture because I felt like one picture was not enough. I wanted to use every picture of a forest I found because that’s where my MC feels at home. But I guess this should do for now.

Day 23: What aspect of the book is the most unique?

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a story about someone who had immortality and lost it, so they are searching for a way to restore it. So, I think that bit is unique. I tried to introduce different cultures besides your typical medieval Europe. I’m hoping I did it well. Also, the ending isn’t a fairy tale ending.

Day 24: Share a line that’s a fantastic example of your writing voice.

Yikes. Can I skip this question? I’m not sure any line fits the word “fantastic” besides the fact that my novel is a fantasy. (See what I did there) But here you go.

“You’d think since elves are immortal, they’d have a little more patience.”

Thanks for reading! See ya next week!

Toodles x

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WIPjoy Week Three

Me: Hello readers! Today, Rehin is going to take over the blog post and answer some questions. Rehin, say hi!

Rehin:

Me: Oh, come on, Rehin. You said you would do this.

Rehin: You bribed me with immortality, but now I’m wondering if you have the power to grant such a gift.

Me: I’m a writer. I can do ANYTHING.

Rehin:

Me: …Let’s get started!

Day 11: Share your deepest regret.

Rehin:

Me: This is the part where you answer the question.

Rehin: I don’t know these people. Why should I tell them my deepest regret?

Me: Just do it.

Rehin: *sighs* I regret choosing to be a mortal. Since the readers are not from my “world” as you say, perhaps I should explain. I am half elf, half human. As such, I must choose between mortality and immortality. At a young age, my mother introduced this choice to me before I could really understand it. So, I chose a mortal life because my mother was mortal.

Day 12: How do you really feel about a character closest to you?

Rehin: …I.. don’t wanna answer this one.

Me: You told us your deepest regret. You can’t tell us about a crush?

Rehin: I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT A CRUSH.

Me: I wrote you. I know.

Rehin: Well, if we must discuss this… I feel.. strange around Kydric. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of him. I always find him staring at me. He was quiet, but once he helped me when I was wounded, things changed between us. I don’t know.

Me: Do you think he feels the same way?

Rehin: Are you suggesting the Prince of the Nyhs could have feelings for me??

Me: Spoilers. Next question.

Day 13: Weapon of Choice?

Rehin: Well, I am skilled with a bow. I mainly used it for hunting before I came across Kydric and the others. But as far as weapons go, I enjoy tonfas. I was trained with them during my stay in Peya.

Day 14: How do you feel about romance?

Rehin: I don’t.. I don’t really think romance is for me. With the Sickness, and the Gurgs terrorizing whatever village they can, there’s no time for romance. Besides, I have to focus on finding a way to reverse my choice.

Me: The spoilers… They’re too much… I can’t.. keep them in!

Day 16: Any words for future fans of you?

Rehin: I will have fans?

Me: I’m hoping so, yes.

Rehin: But, I don’t understand. Why would I have fans? I don’t do anything grand that they would like. I’m actually quite selfish. Why would they like me?

Me: That’s beside the point. If they do, what would you say to them?

Rehin: I would say.. Don’t judge me too harshly. I’m just trying to get by the best I can.

Day 17: When alone, do you make faces in the mirror? Fess up.

Rehin: This question sounds more suited for the twins. No, I do not make faces at my reflection. Except maybe to grimace at how tangled my hair gets when travelling.

Me: Indeed. Well, I suppose that’s all for now. Thank you for joining us, Rehin.

Rehin: Does this mean you’ll give me immorality?

Me: You’ll have to wait and find out. MWUHAHAHA. Oh, by the way. Thanks everyone for reading! If you missed the interview with the twins, be sure to go check it out! They are still hanging around and answering the comments you leave.

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Toodles! x

 

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The Twins Take Over Week

Me: For this blog post, the twins Lyn and Rond will be taking over! Guys, why don’t you introduce yourse-

Lyn: HELLO! Wait, who are we speaking to? I don’t see anyone?

Me: It’s an interview. You’ll answer the questions now and then I’ll post it for people to see.

Lyn: So, we won’t actually meet these “people” in person?

Me: That is correct.

Lyn: That’s… not what I was expecting when you told us about this.

Me: YOU PINNED ME TO THE GROUND so that I would let you do this. Are you baking out now?

Rond: No, of course not! Lyn is just a little shocked, that’s all. Please continue.

Me: Thank you, Rond. Please introduce yourselves and then you pretty much have free reign over the rest of the post. But don’t get too crazy with it!

Lyn: Right, okay. I’m speaking to no one. This isn’t weird at all…

Rond: Our names are Lyndergin and Rondisken and we are from the Western Shore. However, you can call us Lyn and Rond if you prefer.

Me: Why don’t you describe yourselves?

Lyn: YOU SAID WE HAD FREE REIGN.

Me: I’M JUST SAYING THEY CAN’T SEE YOU SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO GIVE THEM A VISUAL. Geez.

Lyn: Wow… I’ve never seen that side of you before… *ahem* anyways. In case the ladies are wondering, we are devilishly handsome. And incredibly strong. I wrestled a shark once.

Rond: It was a baby shark.

Lyn: It was still a shark with VERY sharp teeth!

Rond: Everyone in the Western Shore has a darker complexion because of the intense sunlight. We also have blonde hair that we let grow into tangled strands.

Me: They might understand better if you say dreads.

Rond: Dreads? But why would they be called dreads? They aren’t dreadful.

Me: I’m sorry. Please keep going. I won’t interrupt anymore.

Lyn: So we have “dreads.” What else do you want to know?

Me: Since you guys are twins, how can we tell you apart?

Lyn: Rond has a scar on his bottom lip that I don’t have.

Rond: Hey… Do you think we should have told Rehin that when we first met her?

Lyn: Nah… I’m sure she figured it out.

Me: Yeah she wasn’t confused at all…

Lyn: What was that?

Me: On to the questions!

Day 11: Share a deep regret.

Rond: Blistering Suns, that got personal fast.

Lyn: They really want to know our deepest regret? Why?

Me: They’re sadists.

Rond: Wow. Well, I guess our deepest regret is not being able to save our mother..

Lyn: In our defense, we were too young. But still, we weren’t there when it happened. Maybe if we had been…

Rond: *cough* Perhaps we should move on to the next question.

Day 12: How do you really feel about a character closest to you?

Lyn: *laughs* This one is all yours, Rond.

Rond: What?! I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Lyn: Oh come on, man. We all know about your feelings for Re-

Rond: LYN! What if she hears?

Me: Don’t worry, guys. Rehin won’t hear anything you say. Neither will the other characters.

Rond: *grumbles* Who said anything about Rehin…

Lyn: Brother, please, just get it over with. It’s painful.

Rond: Okay, so I’ve been developing feelings for Rehin. She’s just so strong and smart, not to mention beautiful. The way she fights is just impressive.

Lyn: She’s so closed off, though. It’s like pulling shark teeth to get anything out of her.

Rond: But that’s only because something happened in her past to make her that way.

Lyn: She’s also super pale. There’s no way she’d last long in the Western Shore. Rond had to build her a portable hut just for the few days we were home!

Rond: Let’s just move on to the next question…

Day 13: Weapon of choice

Lyn: Finally, something fun to talk about! Rond and I both fight with Chakrams. They are half circle blades that can fit together to form a full circle. We are very skilled with them, though of course I am the better fighter.

Rond: Lyn, please, this is hardly the time.

Lyn: What do you mean? It’s the perfect time!

Rond: Next question!

Lyn: When do I get to say that?

Day 14: How do you feel about romance?

Lyn: *laughs* Here we go again, Rond.

Rond: No, I answered the other one. You talk about romance for a change.

Lyn: Fine, I will. So, if I were to ever settle down with someone, she’d have to be amazing. I need a strong woman who can keep up with me. And of course she’ll be beautiful. Our babies will b-

Rond: Lyn, please.

Lyn: No, you said for me to answer this one, so I will! See, in the Western Shore, we have a Leader. The way we choose the Leader is by finding the strongest couple. This couple’s first born is to be the next Leader. So when I find myself the strongest, most beautiful woman in all the Western Shore, then we WILL be picked to bear the next Leader.

Rond: Next question.

Lyn: Blistering Suns, Rond! I wanted to say it!

Day 15: How do you feel about your author?

The Twins:

Me: What?

Lyn: We don’t… really like the author.

Me: WHAT?! Why??

Lyn: Well… She’s made a lot of bad things happen in our story. There’s lots of death and torture…

Rond: And unrequited love…

Me: But… But… Those things had to happen, okay? Believe it or not, I didn’t have control over a lot of that stuff!

Rond: Did you have control over the death of V-

Me: NEXT QUESTION!

Day 16: Any words for future fans of you?

Lyn: Well, to all of the beautiful, strong women out there-

Rond: Lyn, I don’t think you’ll actually meet these “fans.” They’ll just read about you.

Lyn: Oh… Then I don’t have any words.

Rond: I guess I would say, please don’t take too much pleasure from our pain. Our author really put us through a lot. I mean, the death of V-

Me: GUYS

Day 17: When alone, do you make faces in the mirror? Fess up.

Rond: Lyn does this all the time when he sees his reflection in water. He flexes his biceps at himself, too.

Lyn: Rond makes kissy faces at himself.

Rond: I DO NOT.

Me: I think that’s enough for this blog post. Say bye, guys!

Lyn: Farewell, people of the Net Lands.

Rond: I thought it was the Inter Lands.

Me: Internet. It’s not a land, it’s… You know what, forget it.

Rond: Farewell, my good people! Don’t forget to read our story so you can avenge us.

Lyn: Yes! Really give our author a hard time about our sorry tale.

The Twins: *bows in the traditional Western Shore fashion*

Me: Don’t forget to comment below! Let the Twins know what you think of them! They might just answer back! 😉

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WIPjoy Week Two

Hello again! I have had so much fun reading everyone’s WIPjoy responses on Twitter! This week, the questions were all about Settings and Backstories. Again, art is by @Knightette on Twitter.

Day 4: What emotions do you evoke with your setting?

So I had to ask my roommate who has read bits of the story because I honestly wasn’t sure. I knew a little of what I wanted to convey, but since setting was not my main focus during the first draft, I wasn’t sure how much had gotten through. But I felt her answer was better than anything I could have said, so here it is. “Transcendence. I automatically got the feeling that this was going to be about more than just good vs evil but the spiritual vs the physical world and also good for one vs good for all.” Thanks roomie! (Follow her on Twitter @tck_nerd)

Day 5: Share a line with a detail about your protagonist’s past.

My protagonist’s past has recently gone through a lot of changes. (I’m doing a major rewrite and it’s scary.) Because of this, I don’t have much written that is accurate to her past now. However, there is this vague bit. Enjoy.

“Do you not want to go back?” She remained quiet, trying to figure out how to answer his question. The answer was simple. No, she had been running away from Heidun for seven years. She did not want to go back. But how could she tell him that?

Day 6: What does your antagonist love deeply?

He loves the science behind the “cure” he has long sought after. He keeps the details of the process logged in his journal with an obsessive accuracy. He also loves his race (elves). He thinks of his race as the most superior.

Day 7: Which two characters have the most interesting history?

Kydric and Dreyd have been friends since they were young elves. Dreyd was never jealous of Kydric’s royal status, except maybe the attention he got from the ladies. Dreyd was always more friendly with the ladies, so he saw Kydric’s lack of interest coupled with female elves throwing themselves at his feet a waste. Kydric had to leave for his worldly training after his 300th birthday, and so the duo was separated. When Kydric returns, Dreyd has fallen in love with a mortal and has changed because of it. Has their friendship changed as well?

Day 8: Name something experienced with each sense in your WIP.

Smell – The stench of the Gurg’s ruined flesh as she collided with it brought bile to her throat.

Sound – Dried leaves crunched as the others came around to stand behind Kydric.

Sight – She stared at a spot of blood on his cheek to avoid looking in his eyes.

Taste – She could taste the salt from her sweat as she tried to maneuver away.

Touch – She pressed her palms into the cool stone of the tabletop, hoping that would help her calm down.

Day 9: Is any part of the backstory inspired by your own life?

Not at all. A lot of the backstories were inspired by other things, even dreams I’ve had, but not my own life. However, there is a black panther that plays a significant role in one of the character’s backstories that was inspired by my cat that passed away last year. RIP Boo.

Day 10: Share a line you love about a setting.

Clouds hugged the horizon so that the sea met the sky in darkness.

Shadows and mist swirled around them so that the trees looked as though they rose out of a dream.

Elegant pillars revealed massive hallways that led deep into the cliff.

….aaand that’s all for this week! Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts below and keep on being awesome!

Toodles! x

 

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WIPJoy Week One

This month, I’m so excited to join in WIPjoy for the first time! Because of my hectic schedule, I figured that posting the answers on my blog instead of Twitter would be easier on me. So every Saturday in September, look for this blog series!

Before we get started, I’d like to point out that the image for this blog was created by my amazingly talented roommate. (All I did was add the font, cause you know, that takes talent, too.) The image is of the Pranai Forest in my WIP. She has been a huge help and inspiration throughout this whole process. She’s possibly more excited about this WIP than I am. You should totally follow her on Twitter @Knightette btw.

For the starting week, there are only three.

Day 1: Tell us about your Work in Progress!

My WIP is fantasy novel about a half-elf named Rehin. Because of her mixed blood, she is given the choice at an early age between mortality and immortality. She later comes to regret her choice and sets out to find a way to reverse it before it is too late. Along the way, she comes across a curious group of men and an elf. She joins them in their mission to destroy an evil power residing in the east. It’s a grand adventure, but she soon realizes that if they complete this quest, she may never gain immortality.

Day 2: What stage are you at with this project?

I just recently started my third draft. It still needs a lot of work as far as the actual writing. However, right now I’m focused more on fixing any plot holes and making sure the story in my head is on the page.

Day 3: Describe your WIP with 5 verbs.

Aw I hate these kinds of questions. It’s so hard. But I’ll try my best.

Travel – It’s your typical novel in that there’s a quest, so there is a lot of travelling.

Sigh – My characters tend to sigh a lot. It’s like they’re related to me or something…

Burn – I won’t elaborate on this one too much. You’ll just have to read it to find out. (IF I ever finish it…)

Kill – There is a lot of death in this novel… Mwuhahahaha

Survive – Rehin, and everyone else for that matter, is just trying to survive despite all of the elements acting against them.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s WIPjoy! See ya next week!

Toodles x

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Titles and Questions

Hello everyone who somehow found this blog! How are you doing? I hope you are having a grand and productive day.

I decided give a little update on my Work in Progress and also to tell you guys more about it. Here we go!

First of all, I picked a title! The Mortal Choice. Eerie, right? I can’t believe it took me so long to realize that this title makes the most sense since a choice to be mortal is what started it all.

Before I give too much away, meet my main character, Rehin. Rehin is half elf, half human. Because of this, she is given the choice between mortality and immortality. Convinced at an early age to choose her human side, she has set out to find a way to reverse it before it is too late. Along the way, she comes across a curious group of men and an elf. She joins them in their mission to destroy an evil power residing in the east. It’s a grand adventure, but she soon realizes that if they complete the quest, she may never gain immortality.

Whatever will she do??? What do you guys think of that? Are you interested? No?

Now that you know a little bit about my story, let me tell ya how the writing is going. As I’ve said before, I have a first draft finished. My first goal after completing it was to go back through and find places where scenes needed to be added or lengthened. I felt like I didn’t get all of the story in my head onto the paper. I just recently finished my first go through with this step. I was able to add quite a few scenes, and I also created a long list of scenes that need to happen. Now I’m just trying to figure out where they fit it. Fun times!

Also, I added a prologue and epilogue! They are both short, but they were super fun to write.

Do you have any advice on what I should do next? What do you usually do once you finish a first draft? Wow, I’m asking a lot of questions. Please feel free to comment away. Tweet me. Email me. Shoot up a bat signal. Send me a messenger hawk. However you want to contact me. (Please do that last one. That would make all my dreams come true.) I’m stuck in bed with a cold, so the communication might be good for me.

Till next time! Toodles x

 

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Journals

It was a fine day towards the end of my junior year in college. My mother had come to town to collect the first of many carloads of the crap I somehow fit in my dorm room. I managed to convince her that I was in desperate need of a cookbook, and so we made our way to one of my favorite places on this earth. Books-A-Million. To be clear, I was not actually in dire need of this cookbook. I simply thought a cookbook that I could write my own recipes in would be a neat thing to possess. I said something about wanting to collect recipes of meals I could pack for lunch during my teaching internship the next year, and so we were off.

We entered the magical place and I immediately felt the draw towards the entire fiction section. However, my mother knew we were there for a cookbook, so she herded me towards the back aisle as I stared longingly at the books with dragons on the cover. Finally we reached the cookbook section and we scoured the entire place.

There were many, many failures. We looked past cookbooks for crockpots, cookbooks for people with diabetes, and even cookbooks for canines. There were cookbooks for various kinds of diets I’ve never heard of, and then there were cookbooks for the many delicious uses of butter. However, every single book was already written. I guess that is to be expected when you enter a bookstore.

Then, just as I was preparing to raise a white flag, my mother said words that I almost didn’t hear for the heavenly chorus that sounded. “Let’s try the journal sections.” My good people, I have been in Books-A-Million  countless times. I had found myself in the aisles for fantasy, mystery, romance, and even the psychology section. But never before had I known of the corner dedicated alone to journals.

Once my precious mother led us there, I stood staring at the tall bookshelves in helpless wonder for what felt like years but was probably only five minutes. Sometime during my coma of exhilaration, I heard my mother next to me breathe “What have I done?”

I admit, she made a mistake enlightening me of the existence of this new kind of Narnia. I have developed over the last several years an obsession with journals. I can hardly keep myself from buying every journal I come get my hands on. There is just something about the clean, empty pages that call the creative being inside of me like a siren. I picture myself filling the pages with endless story ideas, quotes overheard in conversation, cure for yet unknown diseases.

I currently own six journals, five of which I have started writing in. They each have a specific purpose. This probably means that I will never fill them from cover to cover because when I say specific, I’m talking “the One Ring can only be destroyed by casting it back into the fiery chasm from whence it came” specific.

So, back to my drooling self as I stared in awe at the many leather bound books. I knew that I already owned one journal that did not yet have a purpose and that none of my other journals were anywhere near fulfillment. In short, I knew that if I bought another journal, it would likely become a new dust collector on my overflowing bookshelf. We found a cookbook with blank inserts and dividers and promptly left the bookstore, after paying of course, before I could lose my already slippery resolve.

But the knowledge of that place is still there in the back of my mind. It sings to me while I sleep, calling me back. I will not have the strength to refuse it’s call much longer.

How I would have told this story in person: I almost bought a journal one time… but I didn’t.

Toodles x

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The Epic of the Squirrel

I’m not a good storyteller in person. Something happens between the words traveling from my brain to my mouth. I stumble over them, reveal things out of order, and repeat unnecessary details. It is humiliating. To try to fix this, I have decided to tell stories that would usually be boring in an epic way. Have you ever read The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope? If not, just know that he takes mundane situations and tells them in the fashion of old epic poems. Now, that’s not exactly what I’m planning  for this category in my blog. What I am planning is to tell you stories that are true, but I will mix just a bit of fiction to make them a little more exciting. Now, without further ado, here is the promised story about the flying squirrel.

The squirrel timidly approached the portal leading into the human’s fortress. He was there on special mission, sent by the others to retrieve the relic. They had been observing the relic through the force field for quite some time now. It lay in plain view beneath on of the many thrones the humans sat in. It was a flat, round object that glittered in the sunlight. Through the glare it cast, an etching of a human face could be seen. This relic must hold great power to have their very image scratched into it. That was why they must have it.

He was picked for this mission for a reason: he could fly. Flappy skin that stretched between his arms and legs allowed him to glide should he jump off from a high place. Through the force field, the squirrel could see the male human pass, heading for the portal. He knew his moment of glory was coming.

As soon as the gateway opened, he shot in, flying past the large feet of the human. A gurgle of shock told him that his entrance was known by the enemy. His paws pounded on the hard ground beneath him as he raced for the relic. It glowed far ahead of him. Just as he was about to reach it, a growl shook the air around him. Glancing up, he thought he might crap on the floor. A cat was descending from the throne to stand in between him and the relic. Fearfully, he backed away. His courage leaving him, he turned to flee. The portal was wide open, but now two humans towered over him. How would he ever escape? The male human now wielded a weapon that ended in a wide spread of straw.

He turned just in time to see the cat leaping towards him. There was no time to think. He ran. He dashed in front of the male, dodging the weapon, but he could not reach the portal. He continued the race for his life, scrambling to turn before he ran into the legs of the female human who was stomping her feet, the great noise disorienting him.

Fleeing from the ever encroaching beast behind him, his feet led him in a circle, bringing him back in front of the male. In order to escape the incoming strike, he risked scampering over the human’s foot. The male let out the shriek of a young child. A thud resounded, and he risked looking over his shoulder to see the cat standing dazed. The human had misfired and hit the cat instead of him. Now was his chance!

He spun on his heels and sprinted out the portal. When he reached the sweet grass, he allowed himself to pause and breathe. Looking back, he watched the portal close. The relic would have to wait till another day.

How I would have told this story in person: One time, a squirrel ran over my dad’s foot, and he screamed like a girl.

Toodles x