Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tiger lilies and crow feathers

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This book was magical. It captured my heart from the first page. The prologue was something that would stick in my imagery pile for a life time. There is lovely scenery in this book, believable characters, honest workings. I felt like I was really there. And little miss Tink as a narrator was just lovely and brilliant. I don't think the story would have gone the same if she hadn't told it. I was so hooked on Peter and Tiger Lily I really didn't and couldn't see it any other way. This book will go in my keeper stash. I believe that Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my favorite writers now, just off this book alone. Their love was real; it made me ache. This book will make you love everything about young love, old love and yourself kind of love. But it'll make you hate that you could feel that deeply just to have it snatched away. Please read it, You'll love it. <br />The only part I didn't like was when Wendy entered, for obvious reasons, if not obvious, read it. But the ending seemed a bit rushed. I get she wanted it all to hit Tiger Lily but I would have loved the pacing to be a bit slower so that I could believe what was happening between the three of them and even though everyone gets a happy ending, I didn't believe their happy endings for one second. Nothing led to the points of conclusion. But Tiger Lily and Peter's love was definitely worth it.

picture from Goodreads

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Love Makes You Crazy or Turn to The Dark Side

I've made it to the quarter mark in my book. I wish to be finished by the end of June, which means I should be farther in my writing than I am now. I'm not too worried because at least I'm writing. And I have hit the mark where Bethany will have to face her demons in order to save lovely Matt, the boyfriend, from death by family.
This is what I've been looking for to help motivate Bethany to endanger herself to this world who has just basically beaten the girl.What else is there to do when someone you love is on the line? Anyhow that's my update.

Wish me luck!

Here is a little drawing I did back in 2007 of no one in particular.

Monday, April 8, 2013

What I'm Up To? This.....

I am working on a piece inspired by Dallas' Deep Ellum's Art Festival. I went there and loved it, no doubt. i just left wondering what more could I be doing in my art work. I haven't picked up a pencil in about three years maybe (to draw). That's a little scary. So I've decided to draw one of the characters from a nice little book by the title of Ubiquitous I'm working on. Not my current WIP but a beloved and my first book to ever have words.

This is day two work. I've never done anything this big before, so i'm really nervous about proportions.But i'm excited to be drawing again. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy V-day!

I was saving this for an anthology of poetry. But tis the day. Be HAPPY, today.

My apologies

I'm sorry,

Thinking about him

still makes me smile.


Lately I've been wondering about my latest novel. It's been on the back on my brain, and having me to ask myself if I really want to finish the darn thing. Well, yes, I do. I do want to finish it; yes I do want to write it.
Over my journey to be a "writer", I've learned that writer's block comes in many different forms. Since I've been question my skills as a writer lately, or a novelist I should say, I find myself unmotivated. I know I have a story to tell and I want to tell it. I'm used to poetry though, a few lines to express an emotion and your done. 
A novel isn't even your emotions. It's digging into this person who's shouting in the back of your head to tell his/or story, only you have to fight the echoes of your own thoughts, of everyone else's thoughts, of the market, agents, editors, publishers oh my. (smile... :) I couldn't resist it) and then the readers, the imaginary readers you hold in your head that you picture buying your books and reading them, hoping they will love it, pretending that only one of them would hate your book because you know that everyone won't love what you do. ha ha ha, you laugh at this lonely person who hates you. But still, in the back of your mind is your character, clawing their way through the crowd of fans, trying to tell his/her story. Meanwhile you get it wrong and the words that come out on page are hogwash because you couldn't hear your characters words right.
So what do I do? I get frustrated.
Then I jam.

This is who I jam to, my writing inspiration. I listen to these people because their voices capture me, their words sing to me and their instruments motivate me.

Emeli Sande: Our Version of Events (album)
  Jill Scott: all
Florence and the machines:  all (but right now I love her version of Take Care originally by Drake and Rihanna)

        Jason Mraz: Coyotes (single) Butterfly (single) We sing, We dance, We steal things (album)

         Neon Tress: all (This is a really wicked band. They have yet to create wrong in my eyes.)

   Fun.: Some night (single and album)

Sugarland: all

         Jessie J: Domino(single but she has really great ballads on her album too)

       Bruno Mars: all (but I’m really into When I was Your Man)

       Hunter Hayes: wanted (single but his album is really nice too)

       John Legend: Evolver (album); Get Lifted (album)

         Ben Howard: Every Kingdom (album)

Notable Mentions

       Taylor Swift : I Knew You Were Trouble + Brittany Spears: scream and shout





pictures from

Friday, January 18, 2013

I Treated Myself.....

Today, I enjoyed myself with family, my lovely sister and her extravagant husband, and here are the results.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Are You Still Carrying Around Your Ten Year Anger?


  It doesn’t have to be ten years; maybe it’s been five minutes, three hours. Anger is still anger; and soon if you carry it around long enough you’ll start to smell like you’re angry. What I mean by that is you don’t want anger to become what your known has. It’s easy to stay angry because most of us are known to be angry or to get angry, it’s a comfort we learn as children, that sometimes screaming out loud gets us what we want. The thing you have to remember as adults or as teens, is that now that anger won’t go away after you’ve screamed, it’ll still be there.

So how do I get rid of my anger?

Well, that’s easy and it’s not easy.

The first step to overcoming anger is forgiveness. That’s a hard pill to swallow. I remember the first time I heard I had to forgive someone to move on to what god had in store for me. I fought against it because no one knew how I felt, what this person did to me. I won’t tell it here because why I was angry doesn’t matter. How I forgave does. I decided that I was no longer going to give any more time to being mad. Who benefits from it? Not me because I was isolating myself, I was depressed, I felt worthless (I’d been angry for a long time). Was the person I was mad at benefitting? No, that person could have cared less. They went on with their life as if I didn’t matter and I thought if I brood long enough that person will notice that I’m mad at them. Oh, so, brooding didn’t work? Maybe I’ll scream and see what happens. I screamed and I screamed and that person screamed and still I was angry and that person left and went on with their life.

Now I was left alone to be angry at someone who wasn’t even there anymore. Pride will tell us that we shouldn’t forgive that person or those people. But God says to forgive everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, For god did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our lord Jesus Christ.  So don’t be angry at yourself for being angry. Anger is not a sin but when you let that anger fester inside of you, when you feed off of it, you start to make bad choices that leads to sin.

Sometimes God allows us to see what anger looks like or to feel it because he says sometimes I just want to know if you’re strong enough in me (by getting his word because faith cometh by hearing) and if you’re strong enough period not to give in to it. Let’s face it, some people in this world come just to ruffle your feather. Are you going to let them? Are you really going to let those people stop your blessings? Stop you from living your life or finding your purpose? Forgive someone today and that burden will be lifted out of and off of you. Simply ask god to help you forgive him or her or them and he will. It won’t come immediately because God also wants to know if in your heart you really want to forgive and move on. Matthew 11:30 “….. my burden is light.” If Jesus thought that his burdens were light, why on earth are we complaining about what someone has done to us? Let’s not anyone have that kind of control over our lives anymore. It’s a tough process and one that won’t feel right at the moment but nevertheless it’ll be worthwhile in the end.

“In your anger to not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27


Photo provided by