Haiku Horizons | Weekly Prompt: “Smart”

I have decided to play with the meaning of the word “Smart” for these Haikus. My theme for both is femme fatale, the women with blood red lips and sharp eyes, high fashion and a bitter vendetta to seize the world by its jewels and never let go. Cheers to the badass bitches that take what they want and leave the rest sweating with nerves and desire.

4a : mentally alert : bright
b : knowledgeable
c : shrewd

He writhed in her stare

As if she could see his thoughts

Such a knowing look


6a : neat, trim
b : stylish or elegant in dress or appearance
c (1) : appealing to sophisticated tastes
(2) : characteristic of or patronized by fashionable society

Heels clacked on asphalt

Sharp and loud as bullet shots

Always dressed to kill


Haiku Horizons is a blog that hosts a weekly haiku prompt every Sunday. Visit their page to participate and write a haiku of your own.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Gift Guide For Writers

Do you want to buy a holiday present for your writer loved ones? Look no further! Here’s a list of some really cool gifts that the writers in your life will love (and that’s coming from a writer. Yes, I have all of these in my wishlist or already own).



Stephen King’s On Writing

Quite literally the best resource any aspiring author and writer could have. Even if you aren’t a fan of Stephen King himself, this book is packed with information about how he succeeded at his craft. There is no fluff in here. Every section has useful tips and advice from someone who has been there and done that. He admits the journey to becoming an author wasn’t easy, but it was simple for him, because writing had been his dream since he was little. He talks about his setbacks, rejections, failures, and perseverance.

A Writing Beret

More of a joke than a serious present, but sometimes silly gifts come across as the best, and who knows…Your writer might find a fashionable use for a beret! It’s always said that to spot an author all you need to do is walk into the nearest café and look for the person wearing a beret, typing madly at their keyboard.

Vintage Library Necklace

Does your writer love books? Do they like showing off their book pride? This lovely vintage library necklace is a perfect piece to wear in order to show off their love and support of books and libraries!

Writer Emergency Kit

A fun idea, this Writer Emergency Kit has everything needed to break through that writer’s block and get your creative loved one back on track to writing their masterpiece.

Writer’s Market 2019

Every writer will tell you that the writing is the easy part. The hard part is getting it out there and becoming a published author. This Writer’s Market 2019 has all the information a writer will need in order to jump into the business end of marketing and selling their book.

A Candle For Writer’s Block

Who doesn’t love candles? Especially one that smells like regurgitated ideas and probably a vampire?

5 pc. Typewriter Coaster Set

What’s better than writing? Writing with a delicious beverage at your side. Just be sure you don’t get any water rings on the counter top. That is mahogany.

Self Editing For Fiction Writers

Editing is the bane of any writer. This book will offer tips and tricks on how to make the process easier, or at the very least, a little more tolerable.

Do Not Disturb Writer’s Door Knob Hanger Sign

Hell hath no fury like a writer interrupted in the middle of a very important scene. A door knob hanger is just what a busy writer needs for some privacy while they work on their craft, or, you know…stare at their blank word document waiting for the muse to strike.

Poets & Writers Magazine Subscription

Filled with lots of information about authors and the business of writing, Poets & Writers Magazine subcription will motivate your writer to become more involved with the community and get out there and sell their books!

The Business Of Being A Writer

Another business end gift, this book offers valuable information about the tricky bits that follow the really fun creative process.

Wrist Brace

If your writer is anything like me, then typing away at their keyboard for hours has given them a terrible case of carpal tunnel, or at the very least, a good old wrist cramp. I bought myself a wrist brace after experiencing some painful wrist stuff, and it helped a lot. I was able to power through the rest of my writing with only minimal pain!


Have any other suggestions for what a writer would love to get as a gift? Leave them down below! Good luck in your hunt for the perfect gift for your little writer loved one.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications.

Successful Authors From Fiction

As writers, we draw inspiration from all over the place. And throughout fiction, you can see representations of our noble craft portrayed in various ways that can serve to motivate and encourage anyone who decides to make writing a career. Let’s take a look at some of the big ones!

Joan Wilder | If you’ve ever seen Romancing The Stone, you know what I’m talking about. Joan Wilder is a goddess amongst fictional women, and so very relatable. A successful author living in New York, Joan gets sucked into an adventure and romance of her own when her sister is kidnapped. But what I love about her representation is that she is just as real and human as anyone I know in real life. She always forgets to buy tissues, her best friend is her cat, she’s in love with her main character, and she isn’t practical at all.

Joan Wilder: “Those shoes were Italian.”

Jack T Colton: “Now they’re practical.”

Vicki Sprantz | Troop Beverly Hills is one of those movies that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. And while Vicki has a minimal role, I find her very inspiring. She manages to portray the normal life of a romance author in one or two scenes, and like Joan, she’s successful too! She’s making bank off her writing, not like any of those portrayals of starving artists that have to sell the shirt off their back to afford dinner. She has a fabulous style, is up on the new trends for note taking with her handy voice recorder, and she openly talks about her craft, even so far as to let her daughter give her some steamy input into her writing, as she suffers from momentary writers block.

Maddie | Hush is by far my favorite movie in the whole world. It’s a horror movie that is fresh, exciting, and powerful. Maddie is a deaf writer who lives out in the middle of the woods somewhere, and while the movie is about her surviving a killer, her writing plays a major part in the movie. So, not only is she a writer, but her writing career actually plays a crucial role in her survival. That just blows my mind! Of course Kate Siegel helped write and direct the movie, so that’s also probably why it’s so good. And once again, she is another successful author! That’s three successful female authors all in a row! She’s got one book out and is working on her second when this movie picks up, and at the end, it’s her skills as a writer being able to see every possible ending to her situation, that ultimately ends up saving her life.

Jo March | The original gangster. I remember watching and reading Little Women growing up and having it totally reshape how I viewed life and the world and everything in it! Nothing is more powerful than the bond between sisters, and Jo March manages to capture that beautifully in her telling of her own story. This book predates some of the others, all the way back to the Civil War, but nonetheless, Jo is able to move to the Big Apple and get her works published. You get to see her struggle through publishing cheap thrills for magazines, all the way to her getting her first book deal with her powerful telling of her life story.

Friedrich: “Jo, there is more to you than this. If you have the courage to write it.”

John Watson | For anyone who has seen the rebooted modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, you will know that John Watson is a blogger. What an innovative way to update his writing habit from the original stories where he would pen his cases with Sherlock and “get them published” as you read his stories from the first person point of view. John Watson is a doctor who has a penchant for writing, and blogging is such a good fit for his modern character. Once again, he is successful at what he does!


Hooray for successful authors being depicted in fiction! Do you have any authors from fiction that didn’t make the list? Share them down below. And if you are a writer, don’t give up! If they can do it, so can you!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Scotland Has Seals

I’m sure that our tour guide from Heart of Scotland was understandably shook (or at least mildly surprised) when I blurted out in the middle of his dissertation about the scenery, “Oh my god, is that a seal? Like, an actual seal?”.

Travelling to a different country is one of the most intoxicatingly magical experiences you can ever give yourself. If you have the chance to travel, take it. You might find your world changed in more ways than you could imagine. Just like I was not expecting to see a seal basking on a rock in the wake of a tidal island’s recession. It would be as silly as someone visiting Pennsylvania and shouting, “Oh my gosh, you have squirrels here? Like, actual squirrels?”. Well of course we have squirrels here. They are as normal to our environment as pine trees and corn. But I had never before seen a seal in real life. The experience was awesome.

Breaking news: Scotland has seals.

This groundbreaking discovery occurred at Lindisfarne, a quaint tidal island that housed old ruins and a rural town like something out of a movie. You could walk up and down the narrow streets without fear of being run over by a driver like you could in the city. We stopped for lunch at a local café and ordered two cheese scones. This was one of our first culinary experiences in Scotland, and it may have been the fact that we were ravenously hungry, but we both agreed that we have never had anything more delicious in our entire lives. It was freshly baked, flavorful, still warm from the oven, and so big that even though our stomachs were full, we had to keep eating them because to waste them would be a sin.

This was also our first and only experience visiting a tidal island. Seeing one in person made The Woman In Black that much creepier in our minds, knowing the absolute separation that happens when the tides are high. We drove across the sandbar to and from the island before the tide rose again, as our tour guide told us stories of tourists who missed the time slot and had to wait an entire day before leaving again. And there, stranded on a rock that had, at one point been underwater, sat a seal. I felt like a pokemon trainer who had spotted a long sought after legendary.

Of course, if I had tried to take a picture of the seal from the car, as we quickly drove past, with my cell phone, the seal would have looked like a pebble and the shot would hardly have been worth it, and I wasn’t about to stop the car, jump out, set up my camera, and get the shot. We were on a time crunch. So the seal will have to live in the only place it can; my memories. But here are some lovely pictures of Lindisfarne for your enjoyment.

Hurt People, Stop Hurting People — Mommy 2 the Princess

I know we have all heard the saying that hurt people, hurt people. You hear this from so many people. You see it on social media, people are blogging about it. People are even writing books about it. It is almost as if we are giving people a pass to hurt others just because they […]

via Hurt People, Stop Hurting People — Mommy 2 the Princess

Daphne’ Danielle writes a wonderful article about forgiveness, and the repurcussions of living with the pain of being hurt, and how it hurts others in turn. It is so important that we learn to forgive those who hurt us, so that we do not unintentionally hurt someone else with those wounds we carry with us.

As discussed in my post, Forgive Yourself, you will only hurt yourself and others by holding onto that pain. It is important to forgive others, and also yourself to fully embrace the path of healing.

Daphne’s post is full of wisdom. Go take a read, and give her page a follow!


 

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications.

Sunday Pep Talk | Cast Out Darkness

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There is enough darkness in the world. A million lights could cast it out, but how many of us are afraid to stand up when we see an act of darkness being performed? How many of us turn the other way when we see injustice and abuse to our neighbors and fellow humans? You are one candle, but that doesn’t mean your light is any less important as the others. If we all show kindness, maybe the world wouldn’t have to remain so dark. Be kind. Show love. Do good. And we can make a difference in the world.