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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Real Neat Blog Award

Elyzabeth M. VaLey has given me the Real Neat Blog Award! Thank you, Elyzabeth!




Rules:


1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)



QUESTION 1 Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Mostly the United States but with Russia in 2nd place and Germany in 3rd.


QUESTION 2 What is your favourite sport?


I'm not really big on the mainstream sports, but I love watching The Olympics, especially ice skating.

 


QUESTION 3 What has been a special moment for you in 2014?


I returned to school to get my master's. Half-way done!



QUESTION 4  What is your favourite quote?

A quote I like right now is "All the arts are brothers; each one is a light to the others." - Voltaire



QUESTION FIVE. What was your favourite class when still at school?


High school? It'd have to be Theatre or English.



QUESTION SIX. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?

Hahaha...isn't this the million-dollar question. Well, I think I wish I'd learned that what you see is usually what you get. Rarely do other people or their situations change, even if you think you have the power to influence them. And if they do change, it's all in their own time.



QUESTION SEVEN What musical instrument have you tried to play?


I've tried to learn piano several times. Failed miserably!




*****

And now for passing on the award! I'll slide it over to...

Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Baby Noam

So if you have a copy of the 2nd book in The Divided series (Blade of the Divided), and you read the dedication, you'll know that I dedicated that one to Misty.

Well, this is Misty, and she recently gave birth to a baby boy, and guess what she named him...?

Noam!



For those of you who haven't read the trilogy yet, Noam is one of my good angels. He's a Thanatakran warrior, and Misty reeeeally liked him in the story. It is kind of ironic, though, that baby Noam has blond hair and blue eyes, which look more like Gidyon or Laphelle than Noam. But hey, I still think he makes a pretty cute little Noam! Now all he needs is a set of wings.

TTFN!


Friday, December 26, 2014

My Goal for 2015

I have a goal for 2015. I guess you could call it a New Year's Resolution. And it is to rediscover my Zen!

I don't know how I'm going to do this. If it takes re-reading the old self-help books, I'll do it. If it takes keeping one of those cheesy little gratitude journals, I'll do it. Whatever it takes, I'm going to get there, and I'm going to leave it up to my intuition to guide me as to how. Setting this intention right here, right now! Rediscover my Zen!

Part of the reason my Zen has slipped from my grasp is that it's been a really, really, really unusual year health-wise. And it's not anything I could have prevented. In April I got a major chest infection that uncovered some serious allergies and latent asthma. Also, forget calling it the Year of the Horse; this year has been the Year of the Migraine! I guess I should be grateful I can afford immuno-therapy and now have an allergy doc who informed me that I have migraines in addition to my allergies and asthma (which I thought I'd left behind in my childhood, boo). Now I can at least try to do something about it. Could be worse. 

The bottom line here is that feeling like crap physically (especially when you can't get enough air in your lungs) tends to put a damper on things. And it has played a big part in causing me to lose my Zen!

However, the body I inhabit is bound to croak someday, just like all of our bodies. That doesn't mean I should constantly sit around wondering when that moment is going to be. These allergies and headaches are something I'm living with for the time being, and if this Moment is all we have, well, I need to suck it up and adjust instead of throwing fits and getting depressed. Perhaps Acceptance is the first step on this winding path back to Peace.

So, yes. Zen. In 2015. Gonna find it no matter what it takes. Wish me luck


Thursday, December 25, 2014

This Blah Christmas

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas. For me, it was pretty blah.

I must have been channeling Laphelle. I just wasn't feeling it this time around. I had more things get on my nerves than make me feel warm and fuzzy. Instead of counting down the days until the big event, I counted down the days until the traffic was going to calm down. Blah-de-blah-de-blah...

Let's get on to New Year's Eve, which is probably my favorite holiday. (Halloween used to be, but I'm not as into that now either.)

New Year's Eve is a time for new goals and for reflection. It represents growth, and there are no obligations to be anywhere or buy anything for anybody. It's really a sort of personal holiday, and I like that.

2014 can kiss my butt. 2015 will be a better year.






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'The Snowman'

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to come across a cute little copy of this book, which is made up of illustrations telling a story about a boy and his snowman that doesn't need any words.

This story is a winter favorite of mine. As a child, I watched the VHS of the animated version set to an unforgettable soundtrack. I also listened to the soundtrack on my dad's record player. It was one of my favorite vinyl records he used to play for us kids.

If you aren't familiar with it, I highly recommend you check it out. It's a treasure for adults and kids alike.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Angel



Just for fun, which angel from The Divided Trilogy do you think loves Christmas the most and why?