Sunday, February 27, 2011

In two days...

I've almost read halfway through Jane Austen's "Persuasion." I can't believe it! It took me months to finish reading "Mansfield Park," Jane Austen's longest novel with a whopping 344 pages. That was a lot back then. I've also learned that aside from "Persuasion" being her shortest book at 181 pages, it's also the last novel that she published before she died.

On another note...Any "Chicken Soup for the Soul" story submissions for the category I chose and one about "Canada" is due tomorrow/today. It's 11:56 PM by my clock, so it's technically still February 27th, but it might be February 28th by the time I finish this post.

There's another book topic of theirs I'm thinking of submitting a story to later. The deadline for that topic is sometime in May. It's still a ways off.

I haven't been able to do much writing in my poetry book since I wrote "In the Secret." Inspiration comes and goes, but I hope to take some time out of my day soon to have another creative writing session.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Before they were movies...

They were paperback or hardback books. "The Twilight Saga," and "Harry Potter Series" most people know as books turned into movies. How many people today know that "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Jane Austen Book Club," "East of Eden," "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Great Gatsby," "To Kill A Mockingbird," and Matt Damon's "Bourne" trilogy also started out as books before they were turned into movies? The list is endless!

"Sex and the City" was a TV series turned movie from a book as well. "Lipstick Jungle" wasn't as popular a TV series, but came from the same author who wrote "Sex and the City": Candace Bushnell.

How many people in the world today realize Jane Austen's contribution to the movie industry? "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," "Persuasion," "Mansfield Park," and "Northanger Abbey" are all Jane Austen's books, and all have been made into movies. The more well-known titles have countless remakes as well.

I'm on my Austen high horse because I just finished reading "Mansfield Park," started reading "Persuasion" today, and before either of them I read "Pride and Prejudice." Each love story has a happy ending, but not without hardship. The differences I've seen in "Mansfield Park" and "Pride and Prejudice" leaves me in awe of Jane Austen. They seemed so different from each other at times, it was like two different people wrote each book.

Even if you've never read any of these books, chances are you've seen a movie adaptation.

Friday, February 18, 2011


It's not Veteran's Day,
but I was thinking about them anyway.
The sacrifice that was made
whether they were POW slaves,
or not I don't know.
I just know they have selfless souls.

Some came home to awaiting wives
while others gave their lives
so I could be free
from a dictatorial monarchy.

Some soldiers become veterans
before the war is over.
I think of Desert Storm,
and what the norm
is now we're in a war
with Iraq again about terrorism.

My daddy fought for his country
in the last century.
First in Korea then Vietnam,
but he came home.
I would do anything to have him back
among the living as a matter of fact.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Three Newer Poems

In The Secret

In the secret where we've met
I'm allowed to be upset.
What you did before
leaves me wanting more,
but do I want to risk
it all to be kissed?

How do I know
if our love would grow,
or if it will fade away
on some distant day?
Leaving me heartbroken,
and yearning for completeness again.

Is it too much to ask
to forgo everything that passed?
If I could forgive and move on,
I know I'll be able to find "the One."

Breathe Out, Breathe In

I breathe in, I breathe out
a wellspring of emotions
and abysmal notions
of a life I can have
if I took the risk to grab
on tightly with both hands,
and follow the rainbow's end.

Why aren't you here?
I need to hear your voice loud and clear.
I need some sage advice
on how to get on with my life.
Instead I breathe in, I breathe out
while living without.

I need a father, I need a friend.
When will the death spiral end?
I'm teetering on the brink,
so I breathe out, I breathe in
until I can see you again.

I'm constantly taking pills to numb the pain
of the jackhammer in my brain
while I fight to keep sane.

Across the Universe

Across the universe
everything is reversed.
Day is night,
and night is day
ever since you went away.

I don't know if I'll ever get back
the happiness I now lack.
The empty hollow deep inside
is what I constantly hide
from family and friends.
With my family, they're also on the mend.

A "boulevard of broken dreams"
is where I seem
to be living these days.
I would desperately like to move away.

Just a note to say I wrote "In The Secret" last night, and the other two poems are older. They all seem to fit together, so I decided to clump them into this post.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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"Chicken Soup for the Soul" Entry

I've been spending the day thinking about what story I wrote I would like to share first with my followers, and decided on my short story "An Answer to Prayer" that I submitted to "Chicken Soup for the Soul" that may be put into it's next book about devotionals during times of trouble. I say it's the next book because it has a deadline of February 28th for story submissions. So here it is:

An Answer to Prayer

“During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I carried you.”

-Footprints In The Sand

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

I’m only thirty years old, but I have faced many hardships in my short life. Through it all, God has been the glue keeping me together through my devotional time with him, and in my worship time. Whenever I’ve felt discouraged, I’ve thought of the poem “Footprints in the Sand.” No matter how many times I’ve read the words, I’ve felt so blessed and comforted knowing I was in His loving arms.

On November 17th, 2009, my world came crashing down on me once again. My dad had been battling prostate cancer for a couple years, and went home to be with the Lord that day at 1:30 am.

My parents divorced when I was two years old, but they remained great friends. My dad and I had a very close relationship. I was a daddy’s girl. Anyway, on November 17th, my sister came to the door with my mom and one of my brothers to tell my brother and me the news. I could tell by the look on their faces when I opened the front door that my dad was gone. Up until the day he died, my brother, Ray, and I had been regularly visiting my dad 3-4 times a week. I always loved the way his face lit up when he saw me, was willing to buy me things when I couldn’t afford it, and gave me rides if he saw me walking on the street. My dad rededicated his life to God five years before he died, and couldn’t wait to go home to Jesus when he found out he had cancer. He would tell us how he was ready to be with the Lord, and not to be sad because he was going to a better place.

A couple days after he died, I was sitting at my computer desk missing him like crazy. Through my tears I prayed, “Dear God, I need a hug really bad, but the person I want the hug from is now there with you.” Almost instantly, I felt arms wrapped around me and knew my prayer had been answered. God was giving my dad a chance to hug me goodbye.

It’s been over a year since my dad passed away. I miss him and think of him everyday. When I’m grieving the most, I remember the special hug I received. He’s no longer in pain, and I try to remember all the good times we shared while he was still alive. Now I have two Heavenly fathers watching over me. I feel blessed that my dad had a full life, and eagerly await our reunion someday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Writing Projects

I have many writing projects I work on as time allows. There's my second poetry book, "Second Thoughts," that has been my main project for a couple years. I'm about to publish that as soon as I finish adding a few more poems to it. Then there's a couple romance novels on the back burner, one is titled "A Day at the Beach," and the other one is in brainstorming form. There's also a spiritual autobiography called "Leaving a Legacy of Love: One Woman's Journey Through Life" that I work on from time to time, and a book idea I had for "Letters to Jesus" that's pretty self-explanatory.

There's also a book called "The Shepherdess Princess" that I began writing for a writing contest. I guess it could also be deemed a romance novel, but has a lot to do with the Prince in the story, and his taking the throne back from his evil uncle. The romance between the Shepherdess and the Prince begins in their childhood where they start out as friends, and become something more as they end up fighting his uncle side by side.

I also wrote and submitted a short story to "Chicken Soup for the Soul" to be put in an upcoming book. If my story is chosen, I get a check for $100 and they send me a free copy of the book with my story printed in it when it's published.

Welcome to the garden!

This page will solely be used to share my writing projects with the outside world, and my love for writing in general. What I share here will eventually be bound into book form, or may just be talking about authors I love or what I happen to be reading.

I normally have to be by myself in order to create what I write, and sometimes that means taking a notebook and pen to some park where I could be at one with nature and feel a sense of serenity. I've also longed to have my own garden someday, so I could sit for hours among the plants and take everything in. Like my very own "Secret Garden" to enjoy. Until that day comes, this'll have to do.

So, welcome to my garden paradise...