New month, who dis?

Inspired by @JDEstradaWriter I am marching through the new month with some blog prompts. To kick it off, let me introduce myself again. My blog tells you about me as a writer, but here’s a bit about me off the keyboard. In no particular order…

  • I have 13 cats. We had seven, but then we were adopted by a mama kitty (Star) and her five little girls: Tabbs, Mouse, Toes, Semi and Oreo. They are six months old now and we have no semblance of a house left.
  • I am studying for my special education preschool teaching credential. One year down, two more to go.
  • Besides my works in progress, I started a travel journal when the travel bug bit me last year; it bit me first out of necessity, but that has carried over to fun adventures.
  • I am also working on a book for my kids with little scraps of memories about my life and the family I was born into, so they have those snapshots of where they come from and how I got to be the mom they know today.
  • Friday is pizza night for my family and, consequently, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts are, you guessed it right, pizza!
  • I have five granddogs, nine grandcats and one grandrabbit.
  • This year I am traveling to Sacramento and Oregon.
  • I am a Dragon Sister. My sisters and I have each gone through some very difficult times and we survived and thrived. So we are kick-butt Dragon Sisters. I think I am the last one to get a dragon tattoo, thinking it will be small and incorporate the semicolon.
  • I am currently collecting mini bunny figurines carved out of quartz, jade, amethyst and any other interesting stone or crystal.
  • Weakness Alert: Diet Coke!

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Quietude

Photo by Lisa Barker

(100 Word Challenge)

Moonlight bathes the sky creating a silhouette of the tree in the front yard.  The house sleeps.  She types and only the intermittent clicks of the keyboard and the ticking of the wall clock punctuate the stillness.

Deadlines.

Bursting creativity.

She gives in to creativity and hopes for the best in meeting those deadlines, shedding the angst in story writing while she composes her essays for graduate school in the back of her mind, a sort of double-writing.

No longer a mother of little ones, she still wavers between duty and dreams, asking, “Why not?”

She has not slept tonight.

Hello, I’m back

Public domain image. If you know who this belongs to, let me know and I’ll happily post credit.

This is my writing blog/website. I am slowly but surely cultivating it for readers and other writers. It’s a quiet place, new to the world, but old and familiar to me. If you are just discovering my home on the internet, welcome!

I like to write 100 word challenges that are snippets of mood, reflection or even a moment or tiny short story. Sometimes I post song lyrics to share my current mood or emotions that are setting the tone for a current work in progress. But recently I have shared the illness and loss of my sister. Why would I do that on my writing blog? Because it deeply affects my writing and, as such, I have been quiet online and sitting with my memories, enjoying and celebrating the life of Susan and dancing around the grief.

But now it’s time to write again. I can tell you that I am ready. The itch is strong with this one.

I hope you will stay-tuned for more little snippets of writing, lyrics, poetry, and news about the happenings of this writer.

Currently, I am working on a book that I will give to my children this year for Christmas. I am also being interviewed at the end of March and hope to share that with you. On the side, I am working on a venture to help other writers and to hopefully avoid customer service as a second job. Grad school is going well but has suffered due to grief and writer’s block. Today feels great, though, and I feel like I am climbing out of the the pit that Creative Ones often visit. Blessedly, it makes writing that much better when we come back to it.

I hope this day finds you happy and healthy!

With love and gratitude,

Lisa

Update on my sister Susan

Susan camping in 2018

Please step up your good thoughts and prayers for Susan. They have stopped her feedings as her body is no longer accepting them and they are keeping her comfortable in bed. She is still having a hard time mentally and emotionally but knows you all are surrounding her with your love and peace. My youngest sister and I are going to be with her so she is not alone. Susan has no family in Maine. Please send us there with your thoughts and prayers so we get there in time and are there for her passing.

Prayers and love for my sister, please.

Please keep my sister Susan in your thoughts and prayers and ask for or send peace and healing of heart and mind as she comes to her last days. She is in the final stage of ALS and may therefore be in her last two weeks. She is really having a rough go, a very rough go. So ease of mind and a full heart knowing people have her wrapped in prayer and love would be so helpful.

If you would pass the word to your prayer groups, prayer chains, spiritual communities, friends and family to just pause for a moment and think of her, know that she is keenly aware of the peace and love you are wrapping her in.

April 2012

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

“A Thousand Years

Christina Perri

Heart beats fast
Colours and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more