Silmaril Awards 2018 nominations, Most Epic Hero. The time has come!

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Yes, it's beginning a tad later in the summer than usual, but hey, we're going to have fun with this! For those who are new to the annual online ceremony, it is the time when awards are presented to fantasy characters nominated and voted by YOU the attendees. These awards will be presented by characters from … Continue reading Silmaril Awards 2018 nominations, Most Epic Hero. The time has come!

The Life of Minstrels, a Guest Post by author Jenelle Schmidt

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Today author Jenelle Schmidt is here to talk about minstrels. Why this topic, you ask? Because her new book Minstrel's Call is now available, and there's an epic giveaway to go along with it! First let's hear from Jenelle, and then you'll have a chance to enter the giveaway which is full of all things … Continue reading The Life of Minstrels, a Guest Post by author Jenelle Schmidt

A Little Healthier, 3 Things I’m Doing In 2018

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I can't believe 2018 is already here! And what better way to start it off than with healthy tips that will make us feel better and more energized? I know I sure need it after dealing with the whirlwind that was 2017 and the loss of four dear people in my life. So, without further … Continue reading A Little Healthier, 3 Things I’m Doing In 2018

The #Writing Ritual Tag

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The lovely Galit Balli tagged me to answer this series of fun questions related to writing habits. Thank you, Galit! Let's dive in! When do you write? (time of day, day of week) So far it's been a few hours in the evening and several more in the night. The house is calm during those times, … Continue reading The #Writing Ritual Tag

The Dead’s Mistakes #poem #flashfiction

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I pause on the little stone bridge That overlooks the brook. The water passes beneath the arch of stones Gurgling over pebbles and bubbling past weeds. I listen to the voice of the brook A voice that has lived much longer than I have, A voice that has witnessed days of gladness And days of … Continue reading The Dead’s Mistakes #poem #flashfiction

The Handwriting Challenge

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To be honest it's been a long time since I've put pen in hand to write anything longer than a note. I'm a type-everything-on-the-computer gal, so my pen writing skills need some brushing up on! Thank you to Nandini over at Unputdownable Books for nominating me for the Handwriting Challenge! In this blog hop, participants write … Continue reading The Handwriting Challenge

#poem “Can There Be A Way?”

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I look out a window at the tree that grows too close to the power lines A gorgeous oak tree, vibrant and strong. But it must be cut down, Because of this increasingly claustrophobic, industrial world There’s little room for nature to grow. Pavement replaces soil Streetlamps replace trees Stars are blinded out by false … Continue reading #poem “Can There Be A Way?”

#poem Autumn’s Wonder

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“Autumn’s Wonder” The maple tree changes Into a bouquet of gold and orange Like a sunburst sunset Capturing my heart and my sense of wonder. What tells the tree to change its leaves? What warning has it been given that winter will soon draw near? That soon will come the time for slumber and wait … Continue reading #poem Autumn’s Wonder

The Story of Stingy Jack O’Lantern, & The Origin of Trick-Or-Treat!

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As Halloween draws near, I feel it'd be fun to have a look at the traditions that surround this holiday, and discover how those traditions first began long ago. Haven't you wondered why we carve pumpkins, and why children (and adults 😉 ) dress up and knock on doors for candy? The answers we shall … Continue reading The Story of Stingy Jack O’Lantern, & The Origin of Trick-Or-Treat!

Mystery Of The Gargoyle

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Welcome to the first #MondayTopic post! Because it's the season of October and all things spooky, we're starting off with the mysterious gargoyles. What are these strange creations carved out of stone? During my time living in Italy, I often came across them in the old part of town we lived nearby, and during holiday … Continue reading Mystery Of The Gargoyle