The Second Coming- William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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Operation:Windy City

Tomorrow morning I’ll board a plane, with my parents to Chicago. I’m traveling to the Great Lakes to visit my brother. He’s graduating from Navy boot camp.

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We don’t think about it, yet everyday millions of people are traveling around the world. They hop on planes as if it were like going for a walk. I’ve never been on a plane before. It will be an interesting experiance. The flight will take a little over two and a half hours. I’m bringing a couple books and my Ipad mini on board. I’m hopeful we get the window seats. I’d love to take some shots of the clouds.

While there we will be visiting certian locations such as the United Center, The Field Musuem, and a couple other spots. The trip will last five days, so we have limited time to see everything. My number one goal is to eat a Chicago deep dish pizza. They look delicous. I’ve always desired to taste one. Here is my chance.

I’m excited for the adventure to begin. I won’t have my lap top, so I’ll post pone blogging until next week. I’ll take lots of pictures and share my experiance when I return home. Have you ever been to Chicago or flown on a plane? How was your experiance? Take care WordPress family.

That’s What Friends Are For

Oh, no. Oops. That’s not good. Not good at all.  The door was open no longer then five seconds and boom he’s gone. Where did he go? What do I do now?

Arthur will be pissed. I’ve got to do something before he finds out. But what can I do? Lie? No, I won’t. I can’t lie to Arthur. He’s such a good friend to me. I’d break the poor  boy’s heart, but I can’t tell him the truth either. He’s going to be mad. Mad as a hater.

My cell phone rings. Who could it be? Could it be Arthur? Rats! It’s him. Why is he calling me now? Ignore it. He won’t call back. Oh my gosh he did call back. I have to answer him now. Great just great.

” Hello?” I said” Oh, hi Arthur. How are you?”

” I’m about to get on board my flight.  I can almost taste the sandy shore of Normandy. I’m sorry to have left you  coup’d up in my home. This trip was unexpected. I hate to burden you, yet there is no one more trustworthy to me than you old friend.  Thank you, Charlie,”

” You’re welcomed,”

” How is Griffin? Arthur asked” is he giving you a hard time?”

” Nope. Not at all. In fact he’s out for a run-“

” Really? Where is he running? He’s still in my home, right?”

” Oh yes. Of course. I meant to say he’s in the backyard. He’s chasing a squirrel. Hyper little dog you’ve got,”

” Keep a good eye on him, Charlie. Remember to not leave the front door open or else he’ll escape and you’ll have to go chase after him. I’d hate to find out my dog had gone missing while I was away. But I can always trust you,”

” Yes,” I sighed and stared out the kitchen window” Arthur, I’ll call you later. Griffin is digging a hole. I’ll get him in before he escapes,”I better find that dog  before the sunsets or else Arthur’s going to kill me. The things we do for our friends.

 

 

The End of the World

I found an idea for a story.  So far my idea features a resourceful youth protecting her younger brother in a post apocalyptic version of our world. This is a pretty basic idea, yet I’m thrilled to have an idea to craft and mold into a story. A legit story.

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If you’ve followed my blog since the dawn of its creation you’ll know how much I’ve desired to be an author. The journey of a writer is long. There is tons of information to learn and better yet understand. I’m now at the point where I can put my pen to paper, jot down a few notes and get creative. I have control over the fear. No more excuses. I love the post apocalyptic genre. There is something beautiful about it. I recently watched Netflix’s series The Rain. It had many similarities to some of my ideas. That is a good sign.

I don’t know everything about this genre, so I’ll put on my thinking cap and develop the seed. How will a majority of people die? Who will be the antagonist? What evil lurks beneath the shadows? What if there is magical gnomes cause we need more stories featuring sneaky lawn ornaments coming to life. Maybe that will be better off in another story? Those are a few questions  out of the thousands to be answered. I’m glad to share this news with all of you. Thank you for encouraging me. I would have given up without your help. The support within the writing community is special. I enjoy receiving advice and spreading the message. Lets enjoy the process together!

Rest In Peace

My grandmother passed away this week. She was 87. Her death was sort of expected, yet losing someone still leaves a hole in your heart.

 

I’m glad her pain is over. She had been in and out of many hospitals. Her strength to overcome illness and injury was astonishing. I think it has a lot to do with her attitude. She had this child like mentality. She’d wake up each day in joy. Shopping was her favorite thing to do, although she’d usually return the items she’d bought  a week later.

 I now have only one grandparent left alive. It’s strange to see grandpa without grandma. I’m glad he has Cisco, their Chihuahua, to keep him company. It must be weird to be a dog when your owner dies. It’s hard to explain information like that to a dog.

 

When you lose someone memories come back. I’m remembering things she said to me when I was a child or certain events from the past. It’s fun to think  back to those times. One memory has been stuck in my head for years. Back in 2004 grandma had knee replacement surgery. Things didn’t go so well. Conflict emerged during the surgery. At the time I was nine years old, so when I heard what was going on I was upset. I started to cry then a miracle happened.  Sammy, my oldest dog, stood at the top of the stairs. She had a twinkle in her eye. She walked toward me then lowered her head. I clenched my hands around her and then we prayed. I said” God, don’t take my grandma away. We’re not ready for her to leave us yet. Please let her stay a little while longer.” And He honored my prayer. Grandma lived another fourteen years. Pretty epic.

Rest in peace grandma Rosie. Go say hello to grandpa Will and grandma Irene for me.

 

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Reading

I’ve always had a taste for literature. I enjoy stories whether in a film, a song, or a book. Especially within books. I like stories about either fact or fiction. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll taste it. I love to read, but the cold hard truth is I can’t possibly read everything.

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There are so many books out there. Stories from today or from centuries ago. It be nice to proof read every story line as if I’m the Scarlet Speedster, but the amount of caffeine needed to accomplish such a task would be astronomical. Slow down, Hermione Granger.

Reading is fun, but it’s time consuming. I use to try to read from a large pile of books, but those days are over. I challenged myself to stop and read one novel at a time. This routine has been helpful although sometimes I do splurge. I’ve gone from a casual reader and transformed into a critical thinker. There is a lot more going on between the lines. If you don’t pay attention you may lose sight of the importance of the story.

Stories are about more then a fancy character going on a life changing journey. Stories are proof of what humans are capable of. We might not be able to fly on a broom, yet the courage, wisdom, and bravery could be within you. We have to look into the mirror and say lets go!

 

The Rain Season One Recap

If you like stories with youths living within a post apocalyptic  world this show maybe for you! The Rain is a Danish television Netflix series. The first Danish series on Netflix ever. Season one started in May. I began to watch it back in May, but wasn’t paying close attention, so I stopped watching halfway through episode one, yet returned to watch all eight episodes last week. What a ride!

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It seemed like a normal day at school until Simone’s( Alba August) father shows up. He tells his daughter to get her things cause it’s time to go. Something terrible must be about to happen. Simone and her father meet up with her mom and her  little brother Rasmus(Lucas  Lynggard  Tenneson) in their car. They hit the highway and leave town which Simone and Rasmus find as odd. Simone tries to get information, but her father and mother tell her to not worry Rasmus. He’s a little kid, so don’t freak him out. Soon acid rain starts to fall. Simone is like” ok, now I can see why my parents are freaking out.” The siblings are  brought to a bunker, but dad leaves almost immediately to go save the world or something like that. Simone and Rasmus are told to stay in the bunker, but someone starts to knock on the bunker door. The kids assume it’s their father, so they go and open the door, but it’s not their dad, yet some stranger being killed by the acid rain. This guy yanks Rasmus out of the door and into the rain, but mom comes to their rescue. She shoves Rasmus back into the bunker, forcing herself into the acid rain. RIP mom.

For the next six years Simone is left to care for Rasmus, yet as he gets older he desires to leave the bunker and explore. Simone tells him to stay put, but she knows they’re running out of supplies. While Rasmus sleeps she puts on a hazard suite and goes outside the bunker. The World as she knew it has changed.

In episode two others come into play. Simone and Rasmus meet Martin, Patrick, Lea, Beatrice, and Jean. Simone and her brother join this rag tag group. Throughout each episode they search for supplies, food, locations to stay at as well as where their father went. Don’t forget to stay out of the rain.

Each episode of season one was fantastic. The setting and plot were amazing, yet the characters stole the show. Simone is a great protagonist. She’s kind and determined to keep her father’s wish, yet she’s also complicated. Every character had a good storyline. Those who view this series should be able to relate to at least one of the characters. The side character I like the most is Lea. Lea has carried some demons, yet her faith is strong. She brightens each scene and helps her friends to stay motivated. I really liked how they portrayed her character and showed Christianity. Forgiveness is a large theme within this series. I like a dark, edgy show that draws off the light.

The Rain is similar to books or shows such as the Walking Dead, the Hunger Games or the Maze Runners, yet this show is so original. Like I said the characters make this show. You root for each of them and hope they succeed.  I don’t want to spoil you, so if you have Netflix I recommend watching this show. Let me know what you think about it.

Write Every Day( It’s a trap!)

I don’t think there is a right or a wrong way to write, yet there is some basic writing tips that aren’t always beneficial.  One rule of thumb I absolutely dislike is write every day. Before you attack me with flaming arrows you writing theorist let me explain myself.

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The idea to write everyday is glamoured by writers. It’s seen as a sure way to get into a writing routine. Stephen King writes 2,000 words per day. I should probably be doing the same thing, right? Well no. I do agree the more you write the better off you’ll be, but lets not act as if writing each moment of your existence will make you a better writer.

Writing everyday should be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe you’re a author whose been publishing books for over a decade. Writing everyday may seem like nothing to you, yet those of us who aspire to write and publish are probably not there yet. This advice may work well for a pantster and congrats to you friend, but it’s not working out for me. Our minds work at a different pace. That’s ok.

Lately I’ve taken a short break from writing. The longer I’m away from writing the more passionate I get. I think about past stories I wrote. I laugh about the mistakes I made or how corny the plots were. All of those under developed characters who reached a void of no return.  I took 72 hours off, yet am still eager to write something else. The muse visited me while binge watching shows off Netflix. I got a whole list of what if questions. Do you see what I’m saying?

Whether you write everyday or once a week remember the most important point of all. You’re a writer. You enjoy to write stories, blog posts, or even a tweet. Writing brings you joy and that is what matters. Forget writing everyday. Don’t worry about the word count. You have an idea. Lots of ideas probably. Be patient. You’ll figure it out.

Jurassic World Two Fallen Kingdom- Spoilers

I’m not normally the type to give away spoilers freely, yet if you’ve already seen Jurassic World two or watched a few of the trailers you’ve already been pretty much spoiled. Lets just get to the nitty gritty.

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Jurassic World 2 isn’t really a movie. It’s more of a bridge gaping the first Jurassic World to the upcoming third installment. There is no true beginning, middle nor ending to this film. It began at a certain time after the previous film and ended on a predicable cliff hanger.  They spent around 170 million dollars to make us wait for the real movie….. Ok.

Jurassic World Two opens similar to other Jurassic Park films. Some dude’s are doing  sneaky stuff around the park at night. They find what they’re looking for and escape alive except for one dude who got eaten by a sea creature dinosaur. Rest in peace dude or pieces? Next scene jumps to the media showing us that the volcano on the island is about to erupt. A majority of people are like ok, so no more dinos whatever while a minority are all like save the dino’s cause all dinosaur lives matter. The protagonist aka Owen and Claire are in the minority. They basically decide what the heck lets go put our lives in danger to save dinosaurs. It’s not like this hasn’t gone horrible wrong before.

 In the second act we learn that the antagonist who planned to save the dinosaurs and put them on a sanctuary island is really just planning to sell them for profit. #Dinosaur trafficking. This dude is so ” evil” he kills his boss and plans to hold his grand daughter( who happen to be a clone) as a hostage. What a sick and twisted jerk. Who does he think he is, Count Olaf? ‘Worst of all this guy creates a super powerful Raptor machine. He’ll make around 130 million dollars, so lets sell, sell sell. As long as some dumb, naive character doesn’t open the cage and try to steal a tooth everything will go as planned. Again haven’t we seen what has happened before in this series? Sigh.

The dinosaurs eventually escape and are free to roam the countryside of California, because the clone child decided they’re alive so why not? The movie ended with Owen, Claire and Macy driving off into the sunset while dinosaurs are destroying everything in their path. Maybe I shouldn’t call these people the protagonist?

Jurassic World 2 will receive a lot of hate from the fandom, yet it wasn’t a total failure. I try not to take a movie about dinosaurs seriously. I mean bringing dinosaurs back to life? There are more ways to make this corny rather than realistic.  Universal is milking this which won’t make the super fans happy, but across the highway Disney is doing the same with Star Wars. Many franchises seem to be trending this direction.

It be nice to go to the movies and see a film with a real story line, but those days seem to be fading away. Television seems to have taken the top of entertainment. They’re promising us the third film will be worth watching, but there is room to be skeptical. The dinosaurs are free. How will they stop them now? I’ll cross my fingers and hope Chuck Norris shows up. That would be a solid ending.

How My Personality Helps My Writing

I’ve been researching personality. There happens to be sixteen personalities. My personality falls into the category of ISFJ. Basically I’m like Captain America or Bilbo Baggins.

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ISFJ’s are introverted beings who care more about the needs of others than themselves. We live practical lives. We care more about concrete rather than abstract ideals. We don’t care for conflict, yet do wish people would show us a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

It’s amazing to learn so much about yourself. These are the reasons why you act they way you do and can help you to improve your life, but how does this affect my writing habits?

I’m still searching for those answers, but so far I’ve learned I’m definitely a plotter. I need a good sense of direction rather then diving into a swimming pool of sentences without proper structure. First I think then I act. My strongest trait is observation. I take in every detail and use what I need for each project. Like I’ve always said there is always a loophole.

ISFJ’s care about people. I don’t care how rich someone is or how powerful they’re. If you treat me well I’ll treat you well.  Most assume introverts are quite beings. I’m normally silent, but introverts like me are the most charismatic. When around strangers I barely speak a word, but when around my besties I become a chatter box. Since I care so much about my friends I tend to pick up their quirks. Their success or failures also affect me emotionally. I guess if you can’t beat them join them. Plus who doesn’t enjoy being flattered?

I came across this information by accident. I’m grateful I did. This has helped me to figure out more about myself. It also comes in handy for character development. I’m glad to be a nurturer. A life of servitude isn’t bad, but please remember to tell me thank you.

If you have taken a personality test let me know what your results were. I’d love to know cause ya know your needs matter more than mine lol.

 

Gilmore Girls Series Recap

Well folks. I finished watching the Gilmore Girls series. Ironically it took me about twelve full months to watch the entire series dating back to August of 2017. I’m not sure if I should be proud or concerned. Gilmore Girls is a lighthearted series, so I wanted to share my thoughts on the show and how it relates to my own life.

 

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Gilmore Girls was a show following the story line’s of Lorelei Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory Gilmore. They live within this quaint Connecticut town called Stars Hollow. It’s sort of like Pretty Little Liars Rosewood without all the murders. In season one Rory life is changing. She gets an opportunity to go to an establish private school called Chilton. If she goes to Chilton her chances of getting accepted to Harvard will improve. And Rory adores Harvard for about three seasons, until her Yale boaster grandparents get into the picture. Anyways Lorelei  Gilmore obviously can’t afford such a privileged school, but she wants her daughter to accomplish her dreams, so she finds a loop hole. Lorelei asked her parents for help, but their relationship had been wishy washy since Lorelei’s teenage years. To cut a long and messy story short the grandparents agree to fund Rory’s schooling on one condition. Thou shall have dinner with us every Friday night. And they literally spend their Friday nights at her parents home forever. It turns into a bittersweet ending tho.

There are unique  characters in this show. They each add their own blend of ketchup and mustard into each episode. I assume most look at this show and think of the old motto it takes a village to raise a child, but it also made me think of the verse from the Bible” Love your neighbor.”

 

Shows like Gilmore Girls aren’t really around today. It drove the importance of family matters home. Lorelei is a single mother dedicated to her one and only daughters life. She does what it takes to raise her child and prepare her for life’s unexpected twists and turns. Rory respects her mom and understands the hardship she had faced. Rory rarely has her actual father in her life, yet other gentlemen come in and handle the rope. Family is not based on blood, yet those around you who become your family.

I see myself in the character of Rory. I love to read books and have a passion for writing. The world is a cruel place for us introverts, yet we’re strong and determined. Plus we have awesome moms. I’m going to miss Stars Hollow. It’s a beautiful town full of interesting people. I’m interested to check out the new series, but first I’ll watch the rest of Anne with an E. Now that is another excellent show.

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