Sunday, August 28, 2011

Every Eye Trained On A Different Star

The theme of this week/month for me has been Stars - so in honor of that I'm posting just few words and letting a link, a picture, and a video all relating to stars, speak for me, all of which are a creative expression of one type or another.

My current WIP (that's a work in project for you non-writer readers) features a story line that revolves around Fate or Destiny. I'd like to believe it illustrates how even if our path seems written in the stars, how things turn out is up to us and the choices we make. You can check it out here:

I make hand made hula hoops as a hobby. This is one I'm particularly fond of:

And finally. The following video is a new song by one of my favorite bands Snow Patrol - the song is - Called Out to the Dark. The album hasn't been released here in the US yet. I believe it comes out 9/4/11 and I can't wait till I can get this song on my Zune. Until then I'll have to settle for watching this video which is totally awesome. The title of this post is a line of lyrics which I love from this song. This song totally inspires me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aliens in Alaska?

I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I’m a complete science fiction and paranormal lover. Favorite movie of all times is The Abyss, second would have to be Serenity. The shows I HAVE to watch are usually found on Syfy or have sci-fi components, Eureka, Stargate in all it’s carnations, Star Trek (all but favorite being TNG), Heroes, TAPS Ghost Hunters (the original not so much the International), The Walking Dead, Firefly…. I could go on for hours.

Anyway, living in Alaska you’d think I wouldn’t get a lot of sci-fi experiences. Well unless you buy into that new movie with the aliens in Nome. I haven’t seen it. I have however had a few interesting experiences myself. Once, when I worked nights I was out walking my dog at 2:30am along with my mom. We had to walk the dogs in opposite directions otherwise they’d play and not do their business. About five minutes into the walk the sky, which in the winter was completely black, lit up like it was two in the afternoon.

The light only lasted a ten seconds, maybe fifteen but it was a bit alarming. I went running back around the curve of the street and confirmed that my mom also saw it. There was nothing on the news. I don’t usually watch the news but actually did for the next week. A year later there was a small article in the Anchorage Daily News about a space mirror that Russia was considering to reflect light onto Siberia. Maybe misaimed? I’ll never know if that was it but it’s certainly a good and legit explanation.

This brings me to the point of this blog. My brother and his friends had several experiences while out walking in the summer midnight sun. There was an invisible, unexplainable creature that used to buzz them as they walked.

It’s a mystery that has bothered him for years. Recently he came out to my house to visit. Both he and my roommate were outside in my yard. I have a few acres and a swamp which draws many different animals. While outside walking the dogs they both experienced the same invisible, unexplainable creature buzzing them.

After some research they discovered that there is a bird called the Snipe. It’s tail feathers make the “drumming” noise they heard. The birds can be difficult to see but are attracted to open, wet lands such as my swamp or my parent’s marshy stream. They found a sound file on the internet that matched what they were hearing exactly. Sure enough when they went back outside and looked in the swamp, there it was, in the swamp. Though the little thing was surely sneaky and was able to vanish right in plain sight.

So, while I still love nearly anything sci-fi or supernatural and believe there are many things that cannot be explained. My own and my brother’s personal unexplainable experiences have simple explanations.

Do you have any strange or unexplainable experiences of your own?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Deja Vu all over again?

I recently watched a movie that I expected to be awesome, but was completely disappointed in. The concept was really interesting and the trailer sold it in one light. But the actual delivery was entirely different.

I’ve been thinking about this same issue in the last few weeks for several reasons. One reason is because I’ve been participating on a website for writing and reading. It’s a wonderful site that helps encourage writers of all ages. Earning fans and being read allows them to gain the confidence to believe in themselves and receive feedback. It’s not a site for critiques, which hopefully they’ll find when they get to that point. But there are writers of all levels on there.

The site has some really great stories on it but there are also a lot of the same, done and redone over and again. So I’ve been thinking about how a story idea can sound epic but fall flat in the wrong hands or vice versa, a tired, overdone story line done well can be epic.

I have a secret love for exactly this type of overdone story line, (not telling which) and have avoided writing one myself because, well, I like to read them. They are a guilty pleasure. But I have decided to try my hand at it, if for no other reason than to write what I want to read. And I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to write this particular story line or any other saturated story idea and make it stand out from the throngs of mediocre or badly done?


I know I totally failed at keeping up on posting my training schedule. Life and stories and training got in the way. But I finished my first triathlon, got my shirt and my medal and feel pretty friggin awesome about it. I didn't set finish with a fantastic time, I wasn't completely last but even if I had been I'd still be proud. Coming in at the end with all the volunteers and my awesome sister-in-law cheering me on was an experience I'll always remember with pride and fondness, even if I fell like sitting down in the grass and maybe crying a little bit. =D

Check out the sweet shirt!


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