The Capacity to Love is far Greater than any,
It reaches across vast divides
Drawing the disillusioned together
Unless it is never Given Expression.
In these troubled times, our random acts of Kindness may not be trusted, but they are invaluable. Our compassion may be met with incredulity, but it is inestimable. Our willingness to be more than what the world around us has become may raise eyebrows or garner suspicion, but the alternative is more lethal than any pandemic will ever be.
When shadows fall dark and deep
and echoes of Gladness
weep in reverie,
When callous choices strut with bravado
while Kindness goes unheard,
Where anger laughs vitriolic
and Need sleeps empty,
The door stands open for ebon shades
to clutch and tear
while Mercy Keens
This poem was Inspired, in part, by this post
Amazing Image created by Ursula88
Please be sure to stop by and see whats happening on my new blog Word Mongery and Musings…Great New Book Reviews, spotlights, and More 🙂
If you’re looking for your next book review read, The Mercy Series is a (Dark) Fantasy Dystopian Drama that has been compared to Stephen King’s Gunsligner opus and Bernard Shaw’s historical fiction; Outlander and Game of Thrones!
“Clandestine reminds me of an awesome blend between Bernard Cromwell’s historical fiction (if you haven’t read it, see “The Last Kingdom”) and Steven King’s Gunslinger opus. It’s an excellent balancing act that draws you in and makes the story somehow feel plausible, thus allowing you to share in the emotion of the characters along the way.” – Audrey Dickman Reviewer 5 Stars
Author Cynthia A. Morgan has crafted a beautifully atmospheric fantasy piece that delivers on all fronts of storytelling. Readers seeking strong characters with realistically developed emotions will enjoy the central pair, who are put to the test in many exciting ways as the novel unfolds. For those who…
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Indie author E. Ozols lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she spends her time on walks with her dog. Her articles and posts have appeared in Latvians Online, Laiks Newspaper, and Femme au Foyeur.
Ozols’ newest novel, Hope the Little Fox, is already receiving rave reviews. Reedsy Discovery selected it as one of the “best indie books to read this week,” and gushed “With its lush writing and incisive critique of gendered expectations, Ozols’ novel will enchant adventure readers and fans of strong female protagonists.” Reedsy Discovery’s full review, written by Rebecca Reed, was recently featured right here on Word Mongery and Musings.
What was it like writing Hope the Little Fox? E. Ozols talks about it below.
Oddly enough, I don’t remember how or why the initial idea for this book materialized. I can’t pinpoint where I got any of the early ideas for the story. What I…
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of Golden Truth
Whisper in Delicate Splendor
of Forgotten Time
to be Remembered
of Honest Wonder
Transpose the Silken Shades
of Timid Courage
to be Displayed.
Beautiful Photographs found on Pinterest. Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Photographers.
Of All my Understanding
Touching my Soul in this Dimness,
Speak to me in Whispers
Loud enough to Hear
Yet Gentle enough
That my Fragile, fearful heart
Does not Take Flight.
Of All my Comprehension
Leading me Onward Into the Breaking Morn,
Cast Your Light onto
My clouded Path
So my weak and straining Perception
May Ever See
Of All my Boundless Joy
Transforming In this Bleak and Tainted Place,
Shine From me into the World
So others may See
And Know this All Encompassing Pleasure
Beautiful original Artwork by: valeriemonthuit at Deviantart.com
Those who dream by day
are cognizant of many things
that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe
These days have grown dark and darker. My Spirit is weary of the hatred and noise, the unrest and outrage, the lies and the very great loss all around. Loss of Trust. Loss of Hope. Loss of Love.
What allows us to continue to Dream in such times? Some say Dreams are only misfiring electrical stimuli in our brains. An expulsion of left over energy from the day that our body is shuffling off, but I Believe Dreams are much more. Can a misfiring electrical impulse fill our hearts with Hope? Would a shuffling off of left over energy Inspire and stir us to action? I think not.
Dreams live within us, each hour of every day. They softly whisper, whether we are listening or not. Today, we fill our days with so much other noise we barely notice. Outside electrical stimuli has blinded us to our own internal sources; yet when we finally shut off, when the hours of moonlight and stars hush our rushing haste, our Essence is still able to speak.
Speak through Dreams.
Dreams teach us things we’ve forgotten. They Remind of those who have gone before and places we’ve left behind. They touch us with gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, imagery that leaves us wondering, but do they speak truth or merely prattle nonsense?
I Believe they tell us things we need to remember. They speak about our strengths as well as our weaknesses. They Guide us, or would Guide us, if we allowed them.
I have recurring themes in many of my dreams. I often dream of tidal waves threatening to sweep me and my loved ones away. Or I am driving my car and the brakes fail. I even have a recurring dream about a house that has a witch abiding in the attic whom I fear more than anything else.
Odd? Maybe. But if I take a moment to think about these images, I realize that I dream about waves and being swept away when I’m stressed and over-burdened. Is my body telling me what I’m ignoring so I can better cope with the challenges of the Day? When I dream about my car losing its brakes, is my body whispering that I’m feeling out of control and in danger of being hurt? Is the witch that lives in the attic the dark negativity in my mind that casts spells of fear and suspicion that could bewitch and mislead me?
‘Those who dream by day
are cognizant of many things
that escape those who dream only at night.’
What are your Dreams telling you?
Beautiful Original Artwork by: Jim Warren
There was a small village, set in the middle of nowhere. While the rest of the world updated their Facebook pages, Tweeted, LinkedIn, texted, posted, and multi-tasked at a pace even Data from the Enterprise would find impressive, this tiny island of inhabitation, cohabitation and harmony went on in blissful serenity. Isolated from the modern economy by miles of wilderness and separated from the modern culture of Want, Avarice, Greed, and Self-Promotion. This community set its standards for excellence by different measures.
Led by a Chief who was the most honorable, who was just and merciful, caring and compassionate, yet strict in his moral code, the people of the village lived in a collective accord with each other and with nature. They shared their wealth, as well as their poverty, equally; they worked together for the prosperity of all and, when needs arose outside their sphere of influence they would make appeals to their Chief to provide for them.
One day a young man came to the Chief with a request of pressing urgency. Sitting down at the fire with this young man, the Chief listened carefully to his concerns without interruption, his kindly expression filled with understanding and patience. The young man, however, was fretful, distracted, impatient and tense, and repeatedly rose from his place at the fire to pace around the room or go to the door and stare anxiously outward, his emotions ruling his thoughts and logic.
It was not a simple request he was making. What he needed was not something to be found within the limits of the village and the price of collecting it was costly. Nevertheless, the Chief listened, understood, and assured the young man he would work diligently on acquiring the item, regardless of how long it took. He asked the young man to wait until he sent word to him that the item had arrived and he could come back to get it. Agitated and unappeased, the young man went away.
The following week the young man returned. His countenance was shaken; his nerves were frazzled. He asked the Chief all over again for the item, repeating much of what he had already said, never giving the Chief a moment to assure him that the process of acquisition was already taking place and it would not be long until it would be shipped to the village. Overwrought with worry, the young man begged insistently, growing angry when the Chief tried to explain that the young man would have to wait just a bit longer.
Another week passed and no message came from the Chief to tell the young man the item had arrived. Thoroughly vexed, he decided to set out on his own for the towns, miles away through savage wilderness, with little money in his pocket. He did not know how he would attain the item he needed, but he carried with him a blade that would protect him from harm as well as convince those who sold the item of his urgent need. He left his home, his village and his chief.
The very next day word came to his hut that the Chief requested him to come to his tent at the center of the village. The item of his desire had finally arrived; the Chief had worked tirelessly, night and day, to raise funds so it could be purchased, packaged carefully, shipped and he now stood with the delicate, beautiful treasure in his hands, awaiting the young man’s arrival so he could give it to him and they could celebrate together.
The young man, however, did not come. He did not know the answer to his prayer was waiting for him, because he had wandered away out of impatience and anger. He did not know that all he had to do was come back to his Chief, open his hand and receive it.
How often I am like this young man. Blustering, Begging, Bartering, yet often, not quite patient enough. OH! What treasures have I lost because I wandered away!
Beautiful Photograph found on Pinterest. Credit Gratefully Acknowledge to the Original Photographer.
Trust is Taking a Step forward, in spite of not knowing what the outcome of that step might be.
Trust is Walking in the Light of Faith, even when your mind is full of uncertainties.
Trust is Hoping in the face of improbability.
Trust is Believing the Path you are on is the One Meant For You.
Trust is closing your eyes and Listening with your Spirit.
Trust is Knowing that you will never be led to a place you cannot contend with or from where you cannot Learn and Grow.
Trust is Behaving like what you Expect to happen has Already happened.
Trust is Working towards Goals you never Dreamed of Setting.
Trust is Smiling when the Sweet Voice of Reassurance Whispers in your ear that Everything will be All Right.
Trust is Living with Joy when you are surrounded by cheerlessness and anger.
Trust is Waking to the Dawn with a Thankful Heart.
Trust is Loving even before Love Arrives.
Trust is a Daily Choice.
Beautiful Original art by: Stuart Manuel
Memory of Elden Days
Whispers of Forgotten Time
Breeze of anticipation Dancing
on Under-stated Rhyme
Chance encounter of Recollection
As Chivalry unfolds
Granite apparition rising
from palisades untold
Memory of Yesterday
Wisp of Unspoken Lore
(So often we forget what we should Remember
Time and place whispers, softly, silently,
And though history repeats itself
We barely heed what we knew
and know not what we forget to recall.)
Beautiful Original Photograph By Anne McKinnell
of Unencumbered Time,
Tracing Platonic limits
in Corporeal Design,
Hearken to Capricious Notions,
Luminous and Insubstantial,
Yet Inescapably Entrancing.
Delving Past the Material Void
of Deliberate Voracity,
Talisman of Consideration
Challenging Human Capacity.
Lovely photo found at: http://www.andrewcomiskey.com
I’d like to introduce D.M. Cain to you. A marvelously skilled author who has a new series – A Chronicle of Chaos (The Light and Shadow Chronicles)
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Next Chapter Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series installments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos, The Shield of Soren, Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow.
Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.
Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her partner and two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing, and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).
Bound by fate. Severed by blood.
In a realm ravaged by war, The Brotherhood of Shadow and The Children of Light will stop at nothing to destroy each other.
The warrior known as Chaos fights in the name of honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he considers himself the strongest in the land, until fate puts him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.
The two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to defeat one another only leads them closer together.
When the forces of Light and Darkness collide, where will their loyalties lie?
★★★★★ – “Outstanding. Strongly recommended to anyone who likes young adult fantasy.”
★★★★★ – “A unique and different approach to the old themes of angels and demons.”
★★★★★ – “Fantasy world, demons, angels, complex moral dilemmas. I’m sold.”
HI DM 🙂 What do you love most about writing?
I love the sense of discovery and adventure that comes with writing fantasy. Although I plan my work and have an idea where I want scenes to go, there is still a sense of the plot unfolding before me. Sometimes, after a long and difficult day all I want to do is lose myself in my fantasy world.
I know precisely what you mean! So tell us, what inspired you to write your book?
When I was around ten years old, my friend and I created a whole imaginary world and made up hundreds of stories that existed in those settings. The books I write now are inspired by those stories. As I got older, it became less a passing interest and more of a calling – I couldn’t allow the stories to remain locked in my head forever.
I , for one, am so glad you didn’t! For me, the story just seems to happen and I just type it out Do your characters dictate what or how your write in any way?
In order to write believable and likeable characters, an author needs to really get into their heads, and know them inside and out. By doing so, it almost gives the characters life, and with time they start acting on their own! Sometimes I can be deep into a scene and something can happen that I had never intended. For example, in my current novel, a character grabs a flaming torch off the wall and sets fire to a room (which is very much in his character!) and I had no idea that was going to happen when I sat down to write! Characters have minds of their own and sometimes all I can do is to go along with the flow.
Thats often difficult for a non-writer to understand, but characters really do become alive while you’re writing the story. And so often, the story takes turns you might not expect. Are you a painstaking plotter or are you a discovery writer?
I have always been somewhere in the middle. I tend to plan my overarching plot points and get to know my characters really well. But it takes a while to get into the tone of a book and sometimes my original plans have to change because they don’t work anymore. I think, for me, the most important thing is to be adaptable and to be willing to change the plot if the story needs it.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring author?
Get into the online writing community. There are so many fantastic writing groups on Facebook and Twitter. The writing community is fantastically helpful, inspirational and supportive. I have met editors, illustrators, promoters, publishers and many more through my online presence and it has given me a lot of knowledge about the industry. Plus, I have made lots of amazing friends who are always there to motivate and push me, read my work and give tips, or just have a brainstorming session with.
Are there any characters you’ve created that you would like to meet and why?
Hmm.. tricky. Raven from The Phoenix Project is moody and intense, Chaos from A Chronicle of Chaos is arrogant, Callista is too intimidating. I really like Dana and Soren from A Chronicle of Chaos – they’re both friendly and cool.
I liked Raven as well. His intensity was what drew me into the story. Do you get drawn into stories too? If you could live in a book, which one would it be – why?
Again, a tricky question, as all the books I like are in dystopian, war-filled, cataclysmic or apocalyptic nightmares! I wouldn’t mind living in the world of The Magic Faraway Tree – I loved it so much as a child.
Writing really does become our lives, even if we still have day-jobs. Its fabulous when someone recognizes all your hard work with a stellar review, but What about bad ones? How do you deal with those?
I used to take the criticism badly and get upset for days. But unfortunately, bad reviews are just part of being a writer. Now, I don’t dwell on them but I make sure to read them carefully. They can be a valuable source of advice – if you know what a reader doesn’t like, you might be able to avoid it in future.
Speaking of the future….What’s exciting you about your next project?
My current project is a new novel in my fantasy series, The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The Sins of Silas is so much fun because it is from the POV of the opposing army and I haven’t written anything from them before. It’s great fun to have the characters inverted – the bad guys are now the good guys and vice versa. Plus, Silas Wilder himself is a mischievous trickster and a hedonistic bad boy, so he’s all kinds of fun!
Before you go, can you tell us something about you that we don’t know yet…like…Do you have a Mantra or a Quote you try to live by?
‘Every book is written one word at a time’ – I like to remind myself of this. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to write the words. Even the classics were only written one word at a time.
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I’d like to thank D.M Cain for sharing her valuable time and talent with BnV. I hope you enjoyed learning more about her amazing work and will take a few minutes to explore her website….its amazing!
. Got 15 minutes to sit back with a beverage? GREAT! Because li’l ol’ me will be featured in a Live Interview on Chat and Spin Radio! Can I tell you how excited I am 🙂 Oh, hee hee, I just did. Right, so grab a burger and beverage, a steaming cupa’, or after dinner […]#Live #Interview on #ChatandSpinRadio
Getting ready for my live interview on an international radio station with up to half a million listeners….can I say I’m a weeper bit nervous?