Wanting To Be Alone

I’m holding on to you,

My dear,

I’ll never let you go.

But what if space

Is what I need? I may be

Here, physically,

But my presence isn’t present.


I love you

Don’t you love me?

Yes, but I

Love myself more.

The World was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook

“The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook” was the absolute best book that I could have read at this point in time in my life. Why? Because Christy Potter showed me how to be thankful for what I have, showed me which authors I need to know and recognize, and reminded me of the small things that I should never forget, and instead embrace. Full of inspiration in the form of short essays, short stories, a couple photo journals, interviews, etc. that will make your heart sing with creativity and put life back into your seemingly colorless day.

Christy Potter is an amazing and honest writer that will make you feel the changing of the seasons as they progress on paper. She pays homage to respectable writers that deserve recognition for their craft including, but not limited to: Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Suess, Lois Lowry (also conducted an interview with her), and C.S. Lewis (who she affectionately refers to as Jack). The way Christy Potter talks about writing is incredibly inspirational. She’s an encouraging writer that convinces her audience to do what they truly enjoy doing as an individual. Some of my favorite chapters were when she talks about the different quirks of various writers, her interview with Lois Lowry, and a narrative essay called “Christy Goes to England: Searching for Jack” that gave me chills, and “To my unconceived child on Mother’s Day” that left me with a tear in my eye.

This book made me realize how out of touch I’ve been with my greatest hobby: reading. And it has inspired me to set goals to write more, attend book readings or even join a book group, take more pictures, read more great authors that I have yet to experience, learn and grow, spend more time in libraries, go abroad, and most importantly to realize that inspiration is everywhere.

This book is an excellent read for anyone with passion, a creative mind or spirit, or a writer at heart. Easy to be read by anyone Young Adult and older to spark that creative match that may or may not still be lit within you. This book made me feel very passionate about the craft of writing and left me with only one question in regards to Christy Potter: why won’t you love her Philip Roth?!

10/10

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Everything interesting and creative has to be called a hoax at some point by those with limited creativity.”

“Poetry is one of those things that seems to frighten and fascinate people in turn. A bit like marriage, really.”

“If there’s ever been a mental image that has encouraged me to keep going with my writing, it’s Janet Evanovich burning all her rejection letters.”

“There is such beauty in how uninhibited we are before the world teaches us to be inhibited.”

“The time I spend writing, or gardening, or sculpting, or playing my flute, are the moments that define me. They are the times when I am myself the most. I’m done fitting my art into my schedule. It’s time to start fitting my schedule into my art.”

Still [Life]

Canvas

Freshly stretched

And never used

That smells of paper

Feels like silk

And tastes like new beginnings

Until you pick up your brush.

 

Inspiration moves you

Stroke by stroke

As you create a masterpiece

Day by day

Until passion dwindles-

Then you’ll wait

Until it strikes

And you’ll overcome.

 

The end result

Will be a painting

Of insurmountable beauty

Created by the still life moments

That you captured in your mind

Heart and brush

Forever preserved in paint

For all to see and admire.

 

http://www.napowrimo.net/ prompt for day 27.

Spring Eggs

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So,  the day after Easter we found these eggs hidden in a flower pot that was housing a fern. If you look at the edge of the pot, there are faded white parts that the bird has been perching on a scratching up to design her nest. This was day one of the discovery, and I continued to take pictures daily for a period of time. It was very interesting to see the way the eggs were sorted, and the new eggs over a period of time. Nature is just amazing, isn’t it? 😉

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All of the different ways the eggs were being organized. Never once did I touch the eggs or the anything around it. I wanted to make sure not to disturb the nest and scare mother bird away!

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She continued to lay one to two eggs daily over the span of 1-2 weeks.

But we never saw her once. I believe she was staying on the nest over night, early mornings, and the evenings. Possibly throughout the day as well.

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We finally started seeing the bird around. I believe she’s stopped laying eggs and has since been keeping them warm from the unpredictable Arizona weather!

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I just couldn’t wait any longer to share these pictures with you guys!

After some research, we believe the bird is a quail. I got close enough to take a peek at her while she was nesting (not close enough to scare her away!) and I briefly saw what I believe to be the distinguishing feather on the top of her head, so we’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll try to post updates when possible, because this is a really unique experience for me and I’m pretty excited about it witnessing it and photographing the occasion.  🙂 Thank you all for your support!

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