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


Writing In The New year

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Since it’s the start of a new year, it’s time I look over my writing results for 2017. And from there, tentatively plan what it is I hope to achieve in 2018. You could call this the writer's version of a new year resolution. 🙂 2017 Writing Stats are as follows: 2nd and 3rd drafts … Continue reading Writing In The New year

#poem inspired by The Falconer series

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“What Could Have Been” A sad smile as the snowflakes fall Is all that I’m left with as he turns to leave, As he drifts into the shadows And the darkness swallows him whole. What could have been What would have been If we’d had a chance If we’d had a longer life to share … Continue reading #poem inspired by The Falconer series

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

In Remembrance

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Another loved one has departed this year, just after Christmas, my grandma Nancy. This is dedicated to her: “In Remembrance” Sweet and thoughtful, Always there to give an encouraging word, Never harsh, even to those who were unkind But wanting peace and love for all peoples. A lover of nature, When she looked out the … Continue reading In Remembrance

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!