A Quote Post Challenge!

I was nominated for this Challenge by Charles French at charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com, a great place to stop by an refresh your creativity. Thank you Charles for nominating me.

I love quotes, I always have. It is wise, I think, to gather wise words to live by and here are several that give strenght, hope, and love too!


“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein


Oscar Wilde



“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde


Lewis Carol


“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Rumi“The wound (in your heart) is the place where the Light enters you.”





I nominate:

1. http://www.aviewtoabook.com

2. anotsojadedlife.wordpress.com

3. waywardspirit.wordpress.com 





A Story to Lift Your Spirits

24677453By chance, as I was looking for something to read on my kindle, a book cover caught my attention. A darling little girl and her Bassett Hound were sitting under a beautiful tree looking up at the title of the book, living with Spirits, My life as a Spiritual Medium, by Sarah Christine Lalonde.  I wanted something different and thought the title was interesting. It was one of my best decisions, ever. I always wanted to know more about this subject, but generally, most books of this nature seemed cookie cutter at best, but not this book. Sarah brings such warmth to her personnel stories of growing up with spirits with such insight, understanding, clarity, and love that you can feel your own spirit lifted. Sarah also introduces the reader to a beginning understanding of how all of us are spiritual beings with abilities we may not even know we have. These abilities for the greater good are about self-growth, and an understanding of why we are here in the first place. I highly recommend this introduction to self-discovery and enlightenment with spirits.

THE STARLING by New Author, Kathy Lauren Miller

New Starling


The dystopia novel, The Starling, is a fantastically exciting foray into a world, our world, that may exist in the future. The author, Kathy Lauren Miller, uses real scientific possibilities that are actually on the drawing board of technological advances as we speak. She carefully crafts two characters, like Jamie, a young girl in an emotional crisis and, by a twist of fate, is transported through time to earth’s dystopian future where humans are dominated by a malevolent AI and various degrees of terrifying humanoids. Jamie is used as bait to draw out free humans who live like Outliers on the hidden fringes of society. Quinn is a humanoid, whose internal program has been altered by a secret group inside this dystopian world, to make him a little more human. What happens between them defies logic but creates in its path a different way of thinking and hope for the future.

What Stephen King Taught Me

Stephan King


Stephen King wrote a seminal work on fantasy fiction writing—a memoir of the craft on writing by the same name: Stephen King: A memoir of the Craft – On Writing.

When I decided to write fantasy fiction, instead of just dreaming about it, I decided the best place to start would be with Stephen King. Who better to learn from but a master fiction writer?  So, I purchased his book in the year 2005, read it several times, high-lighted tantalizing concepts, tabbed with sticky writable tabs until I had outlined the entire book.  I soon learned that reading about writing, tabbing every conceivable point of interest does not necessarily create a master fiction writer or even a mediocre fiction writer.

So, I stopped reading books on writing and just started reading books I loved: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Potter, Hans Christian Anderson, and so many others.  I happily read a lot of books—good, I thought, know I can start writing. Nope.  Even though I looked at the world through fantasy colored glasses, I had a terrible fear of ineptitude.  I was the student who couldn’t spell, never learned phonics, didn’t know a consonant from a vowel, and a homonym is what? Regardless, I managed to get a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and even a PhD.  I was a competent mimic.

So, what did Stephen King teach me? Stephen King taught me how to trust my instincts when he wrote, “stories are found things, like fossils in the ground.”  “Stories”, writes King, “are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world.”  Stephen taught me to lean heavily on my intuition, my inner sense of things without the mimicking and sense of ineptitude.

Well, that’s great I thought, because I walk through this world wearing fantasy colored glasses where every nook and cranny is rich with fantastical possibilities—like magical stones, talking trees, whispering air, mumbling water, and things, like humans, who walk the earth.