Counting Stars

Lost In Amberland

Infinite layers of love
Spiraling all the way down
Nervous system overload, exhaustion
Millions of shining lights
Out of darkness emerges a new light
Infinity’s afterglow is Amber
Supernova in the sky above
After all this time
My spaceship left the atmosphere
And she walked out that door

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Spotlight Poetry – Exiled – A Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Art, Music, Photography, Poetry and Quotations


© Goran Žigolić, Stormy SeaII, 2020

Exiled by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wanting the sticky, salty sweetness
  Of the strong wind and shattered spray;
Wanting the loud sound and the soft sound
  Of the big surf that breaks all day.

Always I climbed the wave at morning,
  Shook the sand from my shoes at night,
That now am caught beneath great buildings,
  Stricken with noise, confused with light.

If I could see the weedy mussels
  Crusting the wrecked and rotting hulls,
Hear once again the hungry crying
  Overhead, of the wheeling gulls,

I should be happy,—that was happy
  All day long on the coast of Maine!
I have a need to hold and handle
  Shells and anchors and ships again!

Poem Attribution © Edna St. Vincent Millay, Exiled

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Revising a Novel & Dress Making – The Similarities #MondayBlogs #Writerslife

Lucy Mitchell Author Blog

Revising a novel is important. Going through a series of drafts and focusing on things like characterisation, plot, setting and pacing is where I think a novel is really created. Sadly it’s not produced on the first draft.

The thought of going through the revision process once you’ve slaved away at your first draft can be daunting and leave you with an uncomfortable feeling. Trust me, I feel the same at the end of every first draft. The thought of taking it apart and undoing all my hard work is enough to put me off my dinner.

However, after a few weeks when you return to your first draft and read back what you wrote, you realise why revision is so crucial. Seriously time away from your first draft is so valuable. That’s where you read your first draft through the gaps in your fingers whilst groaning.

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There is a light in us…

Love Quote By Friedrich Nietzsche: “Love, too, has…”

Short Wisdom

Quotes can open doors for you.

But they cannot force you go in.

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Faerie Paths — Headaches


A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. ~ Catherine the Great    

Faerie Paths — Headaches

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Floral Friday – Purple Stars

Eliza Waters

Aspidistra grandiflora blossoms

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Book Review: Death of the Author (in Triplicate)


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“All fiction is a form of detective fiction. What is a novel if not a series of clues? A code to be cracked.”

As is suggested in the full title, Death of the Author is a story told in three parts. It challenges the reader to work out what is happening, but not in a way they may expect.

The first and longest section follows its narrator, a DCI working in North London, as he makes his way to the scene of an apparent murder. It is early on a weekday morning when a PSCO spots a body on the doorstep of a house in one of the more salubrious streets in the area. He phones it in, thereby making himself a person of interest in the case.

The DCI has been assigned the role of Senior Investigating Officer, requiring team leadership and decision making rather than detailed investigative work…

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