The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days.

Check out this beautiful post by Kattyrae over at Quixotic; she has such a beautiful and magical way with words.

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One with the Clouds, and Heaven is Near

“…And I soar through a world that is new, that is free…”

The sensation that is soaring above the clouds cannot be rivaled. As we climb steadily higher, I do not feel the panic I had assumed would set in.

Instead, there is only wonder.

That, and the overwhelming need for my ears to just pop already.

I feel free. I feel amazement. I feel that I could do this forever, this flying above everything, so close to the heavens that I could almost believe we are soaring with the angels.

The sky is so incredibly blue. Untouched by the floor of white beneath.

The captain says we are at 38K feet.

It is beautiful. The clouds below us are as rolling fields of white. In the distance, a storm is brewing. But this particular one will pass us. Is there another waiting for us up ahead? I do not know, but I do not mind. I believe we are too high for the storms to reach us; they are simply an inconsequential event that transpires below us.

Already we have been up here for nearly an hour. I does not feel as thought that could possibly be true. In merely one hour, I will have arrived in the mountains. The mountains that I love; the mountains I call home.

I know that when my time comes to return, I will be excited to return to my Lone Star, where I truly feel as though I am where I belong. I will be eager for the green that is everywhere in the south. I will be happy to once again walk those fields that are so much a part of me, I live and breathe them.

And I realize, not for the first time, that these three places, these locations that are woven into my very soul, are simply temporary spots of refuge. I am destined for somewhere far greater. And the beauty and amazement I feel now on this, my first flight, will not even begin to compare with that I will feel when I am traveling home to Him. To behold my Savior at last; to bask in His wonder, and lift my hands in praise in His presence.

For now, I am grateful for this moment of beauty. The excitement He gives me at the very thought of travel. I am grateful for the opportunity.

One more hour. I think it’s really going to fly by.

Blog Hop: A Writer’s Dream.

I say the above very much tongue-in-cheek.

Though, I suppose this could be somewhat fun. 🙂

I was asked to do this by my friend, Banjobo. And I realized; I haven’t shared much about my writing with you yet. Some of this reason is because I have this strange desire to keep my writing life separate from my “real” life. And mostly, ’cause I’m scared. I’m scared folks will see my writing for the trash it is, and they’ll wonder why I persist in wasting my life away in such pursuits.

But this is me, stepping out on a limb anyways…hoping against hope that you might not see through me quite yet. Or, even better, that there just might be something worthwhile in all this scribbling that I do….and that you might actually like it.

Book Tour: Ten Questions

This writers’ blog hop simply asks ten questions about your
current story, and then you tag five other writer-blogger
friends to participate next week.

1: What is the working title of your book?

Destiny’s Pull.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

Honestly, Destiny’s Pull is just a novella that explores a character from a book in my main series. Sean, the MC of Destiny’s Pull, is the cousin of the MC from Despite the Cost. While writing DtC, I became intrigued with Sean’s character; what made him the man he was? What exactly was his background story? Thus, DP was born.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Fantasy/Supernatural. Maybe a little Thriller/Drama, or YA even. I’m a little hazy on the genre classifications as yet. 🙂

4: Which actors would you choose to play your 
characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, I have this ALL PLANNED OUT. Now, if I could only get this published, get a movie deal, and produce the movie before all my chosen actors get too old to play their parts, well then… 😉

The MC is Sean Drakosopoulos. I haven’t yet seen any films with this actor, but based on appearance, Wentworth Miller is totally Sean. He captures his rugged independence, his loner, bad boy put-on attitude, and resourceful ingenuity.

Wentworth Miller as Sean

As for the secondary characters….Alona Tal for Lor, hands down. Has to be. She has the look, the personality, everything that makes Lor herself. Strong, confident & capable…yet vulnerable.Lauren 'Lor' Spencer

Simone was harder. I had this picture in my head for her character:

Simone

But, I had no idea as to the actress. I was brainstorming with KattyRae one day, and she suggested Catherine Zeta Jones. Now, I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I realized that she would indeed be perfect for Simone. She has that same regal, elegant beauty. Her acting abilities would easily communicate over to the Gorgon leader.

Catherine Zeta Jones as Simone

Ambrose was another easy choice. He’s the hunter with the tough facade…the man that is struggling with his inner despair and lost love. Who better than the man who brought Sam Anders of Battlestar Galactica to life? Michael Trucco is perfect for the role.

Micheal Trucco as Ambrose

As for the malevolent Malek…Burn Gorman stuck in my head. Gorman is a superb actor…I would love for him to appear in some other roles in my books, maybe even go against the grain and play someone good. But for now he stuck in this one. owen_harper

Several of the other secondary characters remain to be cast; but for Raynor, I was thinking someone like Mickey Rourke or Russel Crowe.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

There is always a choice to be made; for Sean, that choice was made while being pulled between his morals and love….do we follow destiny, or do we make our own?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an 
independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’m gonna go with an agency, if all works out.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of 
your manuscript?

Well, technically, I’m not quite finished yet. I wrote half of it in one month (back in Nov ’12), and hope to finish the last quarter by the end of January. If all goes according to plan, then it will have been 14 months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to 
within your genre?

Honestly, I’m not sure.  Maybe a little bit of Twilight, or even Hunger Games…but I don’t know if that’s the same genre, anyway.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Don’t hate me…but Twilight. Originally, this series was inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings. But at one point, after I had read most of the Twilight books, I started wondering what it would be like if some of my characters were enabled with special gifts….such as the ability to see the future. Add to that the endless hours studying Ancient Greek mythology in high school….and thus the Gorgons as you now know them were born.
This specific book was inspired by Despite the Cost…book one in my series, the Praeterita saga (see #2).

10: What else about your book might pique the 
reader’s interest?

This particular book is set entirely in earth, unlike my others. It is about the pull that Destiny has on our lives…and our ability to make our own destiny.

BONUS 11: Short Excerpt:

“There are moments when destiny hangs in the balance.
Crossroads come to us all, the chance to pursue our dreams or stay on the ground. To choose good…or evil. Whatever form she comes in, Destiny always offers a choice. She pulls us in one direction, but she always offers us the chance to go in another.
She gave me that choice today. I stood in that empty warehouse, torn between my morals and something much more powerful…the pull of destiny. My conscience told me to walk away, everything about this plan was wrong. My heart told me stay…how could I walk away from the woman I loved?

…Blue eyes and brown, as different as night and day. Both pleading with me to choose them.
Who I was, at war with the man destiny called me to be.
One offered happiness, the other peace of mind.
The choice was impossible.
But there in that warehouse, faced with the biggest decision of my life and an army ready to follow my every command; as I looked into her eyes, unwavering in her love for me, yet committed to her cause, the choice became suddenly clear. There was really only one choice for me from the start.”

Not Quite So British

I’ve been meaning to post an update here for a while now…I just didn’t think this would be it.

My grandmother is in the hospital.

She has been fighting cancer for a while now….we’ve already had her longer than we should have. And today may not have been a terrible thing that happened; she’ll probably get to go home tomorrow. The doctors were hopeful. And my family of doctors and nurses looked relieved.

But for a bit there…it was scary.

Because I realized there’s so much left I have to say to her.

I have so much I want to tell her, so much to show her. I’m scared I’ll forget all those amazing things she taught me, or the stories she told. I don’t want to think about how hard it will be for my granddad if ever she’s not there.

That’s one thing about Pearson’s. They don’t show emotion…they don’t communicate affection. They don’t say “I love you”….unless it’s to a dog. We’re rather British in that way. haha. But today; I saw something different.

As we all sat around, laughing as my grandfather teased my (single) brother about catching himself one of the pretty nurses that filled the hospital; as my mom laughed and mentioned how my granddad thought everyone should get a nurse…because he had his eye on one oh so long ago. And he talked about how cute the nurses looked back in the day, with their white dresses, and little white caps…and then something magical happened.

As he smiled at my grandmother in her hospital bed, he said “She always was such a beautiful young thing”; and she just grinned back delightedly at him. And I saw it.

Such love between them both, it made my heart ache, and my spirit soar.

You could see it in their eyes. The worry in my granddad’s…the contentment in hers. The love that had only grown stronger with time.

He talked about how scared he was when she fainted today; how he was too old to be catching her…and when my older brother pointed out how he had done it anyway, my granddad just smiled, as if to say “And I’d do it a hundred times over”…because he really, truly loved her. She forgets things sometimes, now. And though sometimes he complains…he always takes care of her. And you can see it….you don’t always hear it…but it’s there, in his eyes.

You don’t always notice it….sometimes we Pearson’s appear gruff and stoic…but underneath, we’re not quite so British after all.

Sitting in a coffee shop

I’m sitting here in a coffee shop, sipping on an iced coffee…and wishing I were somewhere else.
Some place cool and relaxing…some place soaking up the sun and fun…some place where time just doesn’t move so fast. Where I don’t have to be responsible. Where I can just be.
Sometimes I’m so tired of living…and sometimes I feel as though I’ve barely begun.
So much left to do in this life…more that I’ll never see. And I don’t want to live with regrets.
That’s why I do the best I can. I fail…a lot of times at lots of things. But every once in a while, I get it. Those moments are worth living for…funny, but even the mistakes are worth it. Aren’t those the things that teach you? That help you to grow, to learn…to thrive?
So, my five minutes are up, and I must sally forth once more into the world. To make a couple more mistakes…and maybe I’ll figure some of them out before they happen.
Cheers!

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15 minutes…and spring at last.

That’s all. Write for just fifteen minutes…make it count, or write something that doesn’t even matter. It doesn’t…as long as you’re writing.

It’s something my writers group came up with this past week. Just something to keep the creative juices flowing…to keep us in the habit. I missed yesterday, but it couldn’t be helped. This new idea isn’t meant to cause guilt or dread…just help us to be who God made us. To help us stop procrastinating all the time!

The more I write (or read), the more inspiration strikes. Those first few minutes are painstakingly slow…they drag, and the muse comes out kicking and screaming in protest; she doesn’t like to be woken. But after Muse sees the light of day, she becomes happier, and will eventually talk your ear off if you give her the time.

I know that there is something that God has planned in this passion for writing He gave me. He has something for each member of our group. And as we see it unfold, we are going to be amazed at His goodness. But for now, it’s an exercise in faith…in patience. And in perseverance.

Spring is coming…and with it comes new joy; new hope. It’s the way God designed it to be. Spring is a time of new life. The burden’s of winter roll away, and the next several weeks we are refreshed, restored…it’s a time to prepare for the harsh sun of summer; when we will be tested, our faith tried.

But today, it is spring. The lawn is mowed for the first time this year; the sweet smell of freshly cut grass mingles with that of the fragrant blooms that have appeared almost overnight.

There is peace in knowing that God is faithful in what He promised; there is joy in watching it unfold.

There is contentment in circumstances; understanding that God moves us in His perfect timing.

There is excitement in relationships…in restoring old friendships, and forging new ones.  At times, I have grown discouraged at the pace that God seems to move people in and out of my life; but in this moment, I know that He knows best…and I understand that we may come in and out of each others lives for the good of us all, and at exactly the right time. Still, there remains the hope that each of those friendships I hold dear at this point in my life will remain so forever.

Spring is that time when the heart overflows, when God’s loving-kindness is so closely felt. When you wonder that you ever doubted…and resolve once more to never do so again.

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
~John Galsworthy

Spring is that time when we feel a small part of what it must be to walk in heaven.

Movies I Am Currently Looking Forward To

with great eagerness!!! I’m blocking from my mind the fact that I really am not in a financial spot to be spending money at the theatre, as that robs some of the joy of anticipation. For now, I continue in blissful IGNOR[E]ance…

  • RED DAWN. This looks like a pretty cool film, centered on the premise of invasion of the US, and the battle to take back our country…and it doesn’t hurt that BOTH Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson star in it. 🙂
  • Breaking Dawn Part II. Okay, I get that you may not be a fan…or you may be crazy about it. For me, I’m in the middle. I like the stories, the films for the most part, and I’m looking forward to the conclusion of the film series.
  • The Hobbit. Who is NOT looking forward to this release? Peter Jackson is once more behind the helm, directing yet another of Tolkien’s masterpieces. This is gonna be great! Oh, and Richard Armitage singing? Oooh, that’s hot…or would be, if he weren’t a dwarf. 😉
  • Les Miserables. Oh. My. Gosh. This story (Victor Hugo, if you haven’t read the book) is one of forgiveness, love, hope; in other words epic amazingness!! Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) is directing, which means it should be brilliant; and Cameron Macintosh, the brains behind the concert AND The Phantom of the Opera, is on board as well. Oh, and that music…to die for. I must confess, I am somewhat apprehensive on that front…I mean, the music will still be awesome, but since Russel Crowe and (shudder!) Anne Hathaway are both cast in some of my favorite roles, I am not 100% convinced that they won’t butcher one of my favorite musicals of all time…Crowe might do quite fine, but Hathaway…no, she doesn’t cut it for me. After watching the trailer above, look up Ruthie Henshall singing I Dreamed A Dream (there, I made that easy for you); then tell me that Anne Hathaway was a good call. Ruthie brings so much emotion, so much passion to the role, whereas Anne brings only hopelessness (from what I’ve heard in the trailers-but, she could surprise me). Still, I am so looking forward to it.
    In anticipation of the release of this film, I am planning on hosting a party to watch the London Cast Concert and enjoy the beauty of the story and music. The many levels that are brought by the music alone is incredible, how it weaves in and out of the whole in a way that gives flow, adds dimension, and builds on every scene; add to that the star cast that brings it to life…I may very well be the only one to attend said party, but it shall be a grand ole time. 🙂
  • Much Ado About Nothing. This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic is directed by Joss Whedon…which means, of course, that it should be great. The US release date is unknown, but it has already been released in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival…Huh?
  • Great Expectations. Dickens’ morbid story of a poor orphan boy who is given a second chance…of sorts.

These will all (with the exception of MAAN) be released November-December of this year. I cannot wait. But here is a list of films from this year that have already been released, but I would love to see still.

  • Red Tails. This film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American pilots, fighting in the a combat squadron in the second World War.
  • Man On A Ledge. This looks pretty intense…
  • The Vow. Based on a true story, this is supposed to be the ultimate tale of love and determination. I’ve heard the movie is nowhere close to as good as the real story, but it intrigues me, definitely.
  • Gone. This is an intense thriller, starring Amanda Seyfried.
  • What To Expect When You’re Expecting. This one looks like a girls-only type of film, as it can get a little personal…but at the same time, it looks pretty humorous. It may be worthless, but something I put on my list for later….
  • Brave. I’ve heard this was a massive letdown…held a lot of potential, but let’s face it, our culture is too saturated in feminism and the self-journey syndrome…Yet, I still have it on my list of to-watch. Typical.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m a huge Supers fan, so I suppose it’s inevitable that I should see this.
  • The Dark Knight Rises. The continuation of the Batman series.
  • The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. This looks cute.
  • The Bourne Legacy. A new character rises to take the legendary Jason Bourne’s place.

And finally (if you’re still with me in my movie craze, then congratulations!), here are some notable releases from this year that I’ve already seen.

  • Big Miracle. This was surprisingly good. A sweet and true story of the rescue attempt of three trapped whales in Alaska.
  • Safe House. Intense. Unbelievable. Denzel Washington. Ryan Reynolds. This film was pretty cool; great characters, great actors, great storyline, imo.
  • Act Of Valor.  Inspired by true events, and starring real Navy SEALS, this film had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was a great film, but I felt completely drained afterwards. Not something to be watched lightly.
  • The Hunger Games. Who hasn’t been sucked into the trilogy? This is definitely one of the top 5 films of the year. And if you are one of the few who has not read the books, listen to me now. Leave your computer NOW, get to your nearest bookstore and buy ALL THREE books, ’cause you won’t be able to put them down for a second.
  • The Avengers. Storylines and characters collide as the team of Supers are put together and face off against a fierce enemy. Also, Joss Whedon directed and wrote the story and screenplay, so of course it was fantastic!!
  • Snow White And The Huntsman (The first few seconds of this trailer are a little inapropriate, but that’s all there is of that in the film). This dark twist to the fairy tale was a great film, and would have been so much greater if Kristen Stewart had not been cast. She does a great job in Twilight, but not much else. But, if you can overlook her one acting face, then it becomes a gripping tale. Charlize Theron was fantastic in her role. There is even talk of a sequel. Hmmm…

So there you have it, my film crazes of 2012. I welcome your thoughts or impressions. 🙂

“Those who tell their own story must be listened to with caution…[for] seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not disguised, or a little mistaken.” Jane Austen. Sift what you hear, determine the truth in it; only then may I hope to inspire you.