I am delighted and honored to have recently been interviewed by Author Sandra Jackson….
I am delighted and honored to have recently been interviewed by Author Sandra Jackson….
I recently read an article about the (not so) amazing benefits of laughter (found here: http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter) , which got me thinking… When was the last time you had a really splendid giggle? A laugh-until-you-cried laugh? If it’s been more than a few days, then it may have been too long.
My coworkers and I went for lunch one bright day…nothing special, just a little spot nearby that has really good pork barbeque sandwiches ( which is a specialty in our part of the country and not at all what you might expect since no BBQ sauce is involved)….and ice cream! Not necessarily a great combo, but when you have a few hours to kill…
If you know anything about me yet, you know one thing for sure; wherever I go, laughter ensues. Not to say that I can’t be serious, I can, but giggles are just so nice, really, aren’t they? So it doesn’t take very long before we are doing more laughing than eating, before we are quoting Seinfeld episodes, Big Bang Theory, and generally having more fun than anyone else in the place. Not unusual, actually; I like to enjoy myself.
It’s a Friday, by the by. This means it’s the one day a week I allow myself a soda (or Pop, depending on your location), specifically Mountain Dew Voltage: Bottled Blue Bliss. 90 lovely mg’s of caffeinated liquid candy to supercharge my morning, since I am most assuredly NOT a morning person. On top of that I’ve also ingested an additional 96 mg’s of caffeine thanks to a morning Starbuck’s Gingerbread Mocha Chai Latte (but that is a post entirely worthy of itself!) In other words, I am about as revved as a person can legally be during the first three hours of the work day.
I confess Diet Coke with lunch was not a brilliant idea and at this point, I am the resident entertainment for my coworkers, it’s a lark, if you can keep up with me, but this is not the end of the story…No No No! This is the beginning. I mentioned this lovely little luncheonette serves Ice Cream, did I not? Yes, I did and they do, but they do not serve just the plain old dish with a few rainbow sprinkles; they create masterpieces of confection worthy of the Louvre.
Admittedly, the sundae should have been the entire meal, but in all honesty, it was an afterthought, and in spite of my vociferous protestations, my charming coworkers select the perfect dessert prepared especially for me.
Peanut Butter Overload. (and yes, it is everything it’s name promises it will be) Chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, liquid peanut butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces, peanuts and, in case that isn’t quite enough sugar to put you into a coma, whipped cream with three….THREE…cherries. (feel free to insert orgasmic sigh here) Heaven Help Me!
Thirty minutes later, I am officially buzzed without having ingested even an infinitesimal drop of alcohol, but we have to get back to work, believe it or not. Into the car we climb (and I actually manage that miraculous feat without incident), and off we go. 15 minute drive, Easy Peasy, right?
I cannot honestly tell you what set me off. In my state, it may have been anything, but I start giggling. It’s a cute little giggle, really, and it’s as infectious as any giggle could be. Unaware of the joke, my coworkers join in and before long we are all laughing, which is ridiculous, since no one knows what we are laughing at, which makes me laugh all the more; curls bouncing, tears coming, cant-catch-my-breath mirth that has a predictable outcome. Everyone else laughs too, until we are all breathless and teary-eyed.
Honestly, I have no idea how we got back to work, since my friend driving the car was crying so hard she couldn’t possibly see the road, but make it back we did and, after sitting in the parking lot for another five minutes catching our breath we finally dismount and adjourn to the office.
Not amazingly, (after the queue for the loo diminished) although the morning had been taxing, we now felt refreshed, rejuvenated and (I’m looking for another R-word)…revitalized; sugar and caffeination not withstanding, (since I was the only one thusly intoxicated.)
So the next time you are feeling peckish, feel free to find a little luncheonette and enjoy a bite with your crew, but be sure,
be Absolutely SURE,
that you have yourself an UTTERLY SPLENDID GIGGLE.
Wonderful Image found on Pinterest
Who Give more than they receive,
Who Stand against the surging tides,
Who Cherish Each Breath, Each Heartbeat;
For there may not be another,
Who Sacrifice that others might not,
Who Uphold what is taken for granted,
Who are Unseen, often Unheard;
Yet Never Forgotten,
Who walk in Honour
And Boldly Go into the darkness
Where others fear to tread.
All Heart-felt Gratitude and Unwavering Respect
To All Those Who Have and Do
What is the cost of Death and Shadows,
Fire and light?
What is the Impact of bombs exploding
Through the Harrowing Night?
Do we consider the Tears and Sorrow,
Guns and Ammo?
Who carries the Flag,
our Soldiers in Camo?
Will we remember their Courage and Honor
Their Distinction by Hours?
What Tribute of Memory remains
Beyond the Scattered Flowers?
In Loving Remembrance of all those who have and who still do serve this country/ Every country. On this day of Honour as we recall the sacrifices made, it may be the best time of all to understand that ALL soldiers serve for love of their own country and to protect and honour the way of life THEY hold dear. Right or Wrong, Truth or Lies, the Soldier carries the heaviest burden.
Soldier Image found at: newbyzantines.net
flowers Image found at: shenizjanmohamed.com
Where wilt Thou go
Oh My Love,
Where my Soul would not Follow?
Unto the very Ends of the Earth,
Beyond the Seas of Stars,
Even there I shall Follow Thee,
Oh My Love.
For even as Time
Slips ever onward,
Entrapping and Enwrapping us
In Its Cosmic Web,
My Heart will Seek Thee, Eternally,
Questing after Thy Love,
Desiring only The Touch of Thy Hand,
Yearning for the Sweet Wine of Thy Loving Kiss,
Oh My Love.
In all my Life, as Truest Breath can tell,
I have Known Thee,
Waited upon Thee,
Longed for Thee,
Seen Thee in all others, who pale by comparison
To Thy Beauty.
Oh My Love.
Thine is my Heart,
Thine is my Soul,
Oh My Love.
Photography found at: http://www.mojan.com
Time spun in a loose thread. So much had happened, so much was left undone. Unsaid. His life, as it might have been, hung in the precarious balance. All that could have been was already lost, wasn’t it. Did he really have a choice or was he as driven by the storm as the leaves that spun around him in the frosty November wind?
Possibility and reality battled for his bliss as surely as he battled for supremacy, but in the end, did it really matter? He hadn’t chosen what had happened to him; he didn’t ask to be what he had been made into, but what he was drove all he would be.
It was exhausting and he was tired. He wanted so much more, so much less. Just to dance on the breeze, blissful, free. Just to be, what he chose to be.
Less than more.
A spin on Sephiroth from Final Fantasy. Discover more about him here
I truly wish I could make out the signature of the artist, but thank you to whoever it may be. If you know, please tell me 🙂
I am so honored to have been featured on Guy Lozier’s blog and magazine. Please stop by and enjoy 😊
“The Power of Positivity is Positively Powerful!” —Cynthia A. Morgain
Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author; columnist for the national magazine Fresh Life Style, and a member of the Poetry Society of America and Artists for Peace. Creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan’s powerful story relates how the power of hope, acceptance and forgiveness can change the world, when positive action is taken to create change. The only way to achieve peace is to become peace.
Morgan is also the author of the popular blog Booknvolume where over 18K followers can explore Morgan’s own brand of poetry and English Sonnets, musings about life, personal recipes, photography, book reviews and more.
Upcoming projects include a fictional drama in Regency Period England; a foray into the lives of a young housemaid and an immortal archangel in French post-Armageddon earth…
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Dark Fey Breaking into the Light has been nominated for the Author Academy Awards!
I would be very grateful if you Please take a moment to stop by and vote. Thank you ever so much for your support.
(The link takes you to the site. Click the vote button, then scroll past the directions to the listings. Click to page four, Fantasy. My book is near the bottom of the page
Shades of yesterday traversing tomorrow
Lilting Memory of Joyful sorrow
Whispers Singing of golden hours
Tales unfolding like Blooming flowers
As Time unplaits her gossamer hair
A Rhyme and Dance
Calamitous and Fair!
Beautiful original photography by Jordan Cantel
Welcome to the first ever #WriteFantasyFriday Fantasy writing prompt on BnV. 🙂
Using the photo prompt above, we will begin this (hopefully) fun writing exercise with a little world building. Where is this amazing place? What is it used for? How did it come into being? (just some thoughts – you don’t actually have to answer them.) Your post should:
Create a post on your own blog…write whatever you choose, (Please see post specifications and additional instructions here) and link back to the prompt post on BnV with a pingback . If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, find an excellent tutorial here.
To ensure I see them, and also to invite readers to visit your blog, please copy and paste your posts link into the comments section of this post.
Each week, I will feature selected posts from the week on BnV. Thank you for sharing your time and amazing talent with all of us. I hope you will Enjoy!
Beautiful Original Artwork by John Stephens
Celthric.com is a Science Fiction and Fantasy blog, promoting indie authors, artists, creative works, movies, games, and various other topics of interest.
Celthric asked me how I got into writing, what my writing routine is, how I come up with ideas, and asked more in depth questions about Dark Fey, such as what inspired the story and what is the message behind the shadows.
Please pop by and visit Celthric. You’re sure to find a topic of interest!
Welcome to a new chapter in BnV history! Im excited to kick off what I hope will be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding writing prompt series that will not only, perhaps, stretch your writing skills, but allow (fantasy) writers to find and enjoy each other’s writing/blogs.
Here’s what I’m thinking… (I will post the first writing prompt this coming Friday!)
Each Fantasy Friday, I will post a picture or series of pictures as a Fantasy Writing Prompt. I will specify what the post should be about: a little world building; a conversation between characters; a conflict perhaps; I might inflict a word-limit; or a format, just a direction to get the imagination flowing. Then, it’s up to YOU.
Use the image(s) provided as inspiration to create a post on your own blog…write whatever you choose, (Please see post specifications below) and link back to the prompt post on BnV with a pingback . If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, find an excellent tutorial here.
All Pingbacks from your blog need to be manually approved, so to ensure I see them, and also to invite readers to visit your blog, please copy and paste your Title and link into the comments section of the post.
Each week, I will feature selected posts on BnV by copying/pasting the first several lines of your post and a pingback to your blog. Please be sure to use the #WriteFantasyFriday hashtag so we can all find each other.
Writing Prompts are a Fun-tastic way to share your skill and to find others with similar interests. Please be sure to visit, read and explore the sites of other writers.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent with BnV. I’m excited to meet you, learn more about your writing, and build a community through Fantasy.
For my fellow writers: Would you be interested in a writing prompt series that would showcase your writing?
I’ve had this thought turning for several weeks in my mind to run a writing- prompt series on my blog. This wouldn’t be the same ol’ same ol’ and would not be quite like other writing prompt posts. It would be a picture/ image with a specific prompt in mind…. something you have to write about concerning the picture. Ok ok that’s your basic prompt- produce prefabrication, but this is the variation.
I’d post a picture like above and ask writers to create a character in 1000 words or less. Or I’d post a landscape and want writers to do a little world building. Maybe I’d post two characters and see what fantastic dialog they might have or what sort of conflict they would get into.
Being a fantasy writer, and someone who loves to create, the notion appeals, but does it appeal to you?
I welcome you’re feedback, because if your game, it’s a go!
Touch the Flame to the Burning Candle
And Brighten this darkness with Your Love,
For as Sweet as any Wine could Intoxicate,
You Bring Bliss to my Fragile state.
Caress my Senses with Your Softest Smile,
While the Moon ‘s dance Indistinctly sways,
For as Breathlessly as any Dream could Beguile,
You bring Abandon to my Pounding Heart.
Tempt my Imagination with Your Eloquence Sublime
And Stare into me like an Angel, Knowing All,
For as Divine as any Love could ever Be,
Are you, My Precious Darling,
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