Art, Writing, and the Pursuit of Expression

Another interesting blog to share!

Adam west

Death would have been better…

If only for a fleeting span…

Clouded, blind, and flailing.

Moments, like days, can trip near any foot. Toe-catchers we’ll call them. There is something unique about moments, they lie beyond measured time, they endure minutes. The painting above has something to do with that, in an obscure, far-off, and unexplained way…

There are moments that bend toward a drawn out stuckness, a mire of trapping, that elusive span of time can grab hold and dwell. Some should be held. Others still, hold darker lingerings.

Why do I write? Or paint?

It’s because of these very moments… the ones that threaten who we wish to be, those breaths where everything seems to snatch away… and sometimes do. When we are left with only ourselves.

I write for the notion of expression. For the harried moments that breathe life into a heart-wrecked soul.

This painting is…

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Blog Sharing Saturday: My (mis?)adventures with yarn

This was one of the first blogs I started following when I joined WordPress.com ages ago. It’s run by the wonderfully multi-talented Anita. Thanks to her, I have also joined the Mystery Stitch A Long she wrote about just recently.

She writes mostly about projects she’s either crocheting or knitting, and I love reading about it. If she ever does a video series, and I find out, I’ll be subscribing and watching each one!

Don’t take my word for it though, click on the link below and find out more about the lovely Anita!!

My (mis?)adventures with yarn

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Share #4 – unseen by Shreya Vikram

https://shreyavikram.com/posts/2071

This beautifully evocative piece hit a nerve I just had to take a moment to process what I had read. It was a real “wow” moment for me. Even now, I still have these feelings and experiences. I highly recommend reading this piece and please, let’s talk about it.

I look forward to seeing you on the flipside so don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver

Blog Share #3 – unbolt me the literary asylum

First off, I love the name of the blog. It’s very evocative. Don’t you think so?

The blog is bold and doesn’t hold back. I find it’s a delicious feast of words and imagery. I followed a “Click Me” plea (something I don’t usually do), and it led me to a place where I can buy some pretty cool blog related swag! TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE are the ones apparently in charge of the literary asylum, and I encourage you to take a trip! You can go here to step through the doors. I dare you. I double dog dare you. NO, I TRIPLE dog dare you!! LOL I don’t think you’ll regret it.

I really am quite taken with this blog. It’s uncensored so not for anyone under 16, at least. No, I didn’t find any porn on there, but this site encourages open and honest, fearless speech. It exorts you to share your thoughts and ideas in whatever form they take, raw or polished.

Vulgarity becomes rich prose as it bares the soul of the writer speaking in their most natural way. Pain becomes a salve that heals. The raw becomes refined in the waters of acceptance and encouragement to share. I wax a bit poetic perhaps, but I’m allowed. I highly recommend this blog, and I hope you will feel free to share some of your own work to it. I am thinking of doing that very thing when I have some time.

Again, check out unbolt me

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Personal Update – March 20

The world is under attack by a virus – something that acts like the flu but is much worse. It hits people over 60 and those with chronic conditions that weaken their immune systems harder than anyone else. New cases pop up all the time it seems, and the death toll is rising. Countries are closing their borders, banning travel out of, into and through out their lands. The media is having a field day reporting only bad news and not really sharing the good news. The good news, more people have recovered from this virus than have died from it. You don’t hear about that though.

I am one of those who are “at risk” as I take a medication that suppresses my immune system. I tested positive for the virus, the COVID-19, and I’m on self isolation until I either recover or get worse which will mean quarantine at an air force base in Houston Texas, or possibly Beaumont. I haven’t asked about that because I don’t think I’m going to be that bad. I hope not at any rate.

Keeping Busy:

My Pretty Futon

This is what the futon in my livinroom looks like with my last two projects on it. The plush is the Valentine’s gift my gentleman friend got for me because he knows how much I like cats. He’s so sweet! I have decided to go through my bookmarks and make the projects on those pages. I have quite a few bookmarks so it’s going to take me a while. Currently, I have two afghans and a body pillow in the works. When I run out of yarn, I have crochet thread I can work with. 🙂

Work: I had to quit my job. Not just because I have an infectios virus but because I could get sick again working there. The company doesn’t provide paid sick days. It penalizes you for missing even a single day, and it doesn’t excuse more than one or two days even with doctor excuses. People come to work with the common cold, flu, bronchitis, even pneumonia with several I only heard about!! The place is kept cold, sure, but I am susceptible to even the smallest, most benign of these conditions. My doctor advised me I needed to find a different job or I risk getting sick again. The second time might not be so gentle on me.

Cooking:

Mediterranean style Pierogis

I found a recipe for pierogis online, and I love pierogis so I decided to make some. The recipe said I could use anything for the filling if I didn’t want to go traditional. I didn’t have any potatoes or sausage so, I used what I had. I diced up two different kinds of squash, some yellow onion and some mushrooms. I used ricotta cheese as well. The sauce is Tahini sauce, just a little thicker than what you find in restaurants. I love the smoky taste of the roasted sesame seed this sauce has, and it was perfect for the pierogis!! I’m going to make more when I can get more flour and some potatoes for a more traditional dish. Next experiment: Korean pancakes!!

Writing: I’m doing some freelance writing while I slowly put the second draft of Golden Knave on the computer. I don’t really like typing on a computer, but I’m getting better at it from all the stuff I’m doing. I’m learning a lot about freelancing, and I might write some posts about my experiences, if anyone is interested. Let me know, please.

Randomness: I tried watching Harrow, but I’m having a hard time relating to the man, Harrow, himself. I can’t stand his girlfriend, one of the others in the ensemble cast. I don’t like how she behaves. The rest of the cast is okay. I watched three episodes of Manifest and lost interest. I watched half of the first season of 9-1-1, and I like it.

I’ve also read the book before the newest one by J.D. Robb, and I’ll write a review for it soon.

I watched a couple of movies, The Osiris Child and the 10th Kingdom. I’ll write reviews for them too.

Not much else is going on right now since I’m stuck inside, but I’ll try to keep writing articles for you to read. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Travel Inspiration

I have been having fun visiting the blogs of some of the travelers who have so nicely begun following my own blog though mine is not about traveling per se. Thank you all by the way, each and every one of you wonderfully talented and unique people who are following me! I wasn’t expecting such richness when I began my blog. It’s more me just writing what I want to share, or it was in the beginning. However, I digress. This post is about traveling.

Looking at all the pretty pictures and reading all the lovely stories has me inspired to do some writing. I can’t, obviously, go very far – thank my job mostly for that – but I do want to get out and do a bit of driving! I love to drive – just hit the road and go! Being the person I am, I can’t just go without a plan though. I need to find a place to go to, or a general vicinity. I had once planned just to go to a town about 20 miles away and for once, I decided to take a loop that was supposed to take me closer to where I wanted to go – in theory anyway. I took the wrong exit and ended up in little town I’d never been in before. Best thing to happen to me in a long time!! Their little cafe has the best buttermilk pie I have ever tasted and some of the best catfish in a non coastal town!

Again, I digress but only a little bit this time. My apologies.

As luck would have it, I have a three day weekend coming up this very weekend! I’ll be traveling to visit my gentleman friend and then, I plan to visit a town closer to home called Groveton. It’s a little town, but I’m hoping there’s a library so I can try to get some history on the place. I love visiting places, finding out their history and checking out any old architecture there might be about. I’m doing this on Monday so if there is a library, it’ll be open. It should be anyway, but you never know in a small town.

I’ll be taking pictures I promise! I’ll also be writing about the visit – no matter how it turns out.

All this because of the other travel writers here in my little corner of the blogsphere sharing their own travels with me! Thank you all so much!! I feel so excited and can’t wait to get going!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Blog Share #1

I follow several blogs and posts, and I like to share them. I have shared several WordPress blogs, and here’s my first blog post outside of WordPress which I think is worth the read:

https://eclipsedwords.com/2020/01/13/why-you-should-look-your-fears-in-the-eye-and-smile/

I found it interesting, and it made me think. These are two things I always want to share. 🙂 Let me know what you think or better yet, tell the author what you think. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!