The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the phenomenally talented Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian

If you are not already following Kristian, I implore you to click on the link and browse his blog! Kristian shares many of his talents such as pieces of fiction, poetry, and fabulous photos! He is a great writer,and  I think you’ll find you like his work! Plus, he has an awesome name. 😉

Thank you so much Kristian, as I told you before I am deeply honored to have been nominated by you!

 

 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
  5. Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.

 

Kristian’s Questions:

  1. If you could travel in a time machine, where and when would you travel to?

              This is a hard question. There are so many events I would have liked to have witnessed, but I’m going to go with the 1966 World series. It was the first World Series for the Baltimore Orioles, and we beat the Los Angeles Dodgers! 

2. Which extinct animal would you love to bring back to life?

The Wholly Mammoth. I remember I had to write a report about these beautiful creatures in the 5th grade, and I’ve been taken with them ever since!

3. Would you rather be Rich but without friends (money can’t buy you friends but they can buy you acquaintances) or have lots of lovely friends but very little money?

Friends! I don’t even need lots, just a few good ones, like the ones I already have! I can’t imagine life without them, and I wouldn’t trade them for all of the money in the world! Money can buy me lots of nice things, and money can acquire acquaintances, sure, but a life without friendship is not worth living, at least in my opinion. 

4. What is your favourite meal to have in a restaurant?

My original thought was crab cakes, however; my husband, my friend, Amanda, and I can all make delicious crab cakes, and I feel like for this question I need to choose something I don’t eat very often, because I don’t make it myself, or can’t get it very often, so I am going to say BBQ ribs, however; they have to be so tender that they just fall off the bone, those are the absolute best!!

5. Do you prefer Savoury or Sweet?

While I do have to admit that I have a sweet tooth, I have to go with savory, because I am addicted to cheese and pistachios. 

6. Name one of your favourite authors and one of their books

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

7. Do you have a favourite song or piece of music. Which is it?

Wow, this question is even harder than the first. Are you trying to kill me, Kristian?! I am a HUGE music lover, and the answer to this question could probably change hourly, however; I am going to go with a song I often find myself singing while I’m making dinner, that I just have to listen to when it comes on, and that no matter how many times I hear it, brings tears to my eyes, because it’s so beautiful. That song is: Hallelujah, written by Leornard Cohen, performed by Jeff Buckley.  I’d love to learn how to play this on piano!

8. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I realized how much I had missed writing. I have many journals from my child and adolescent years. I’ve been writing for as far back as I can remember, and with the exception of a creative writing course I took in college, I hadn’t done much writing since high school. I’m not sure why I ever stopped! Writing is and always has been very cathartic for me. It’s the best way I know to describe how I’m feeling, and having a few friends that blog, I thought why not share my ideas and talents too! It was perfect timing because I started my blog in August of 2015, and I knew I wouldn’t have my mother much longer, and I needed that outlet. My very first blog post was how I had prayed for the very first time for God to call my mother home if it meant she would no longer be in pain. I won’t get into the details, you are more than welcome to read the blog posts if you like. They are archived in 2015 and early 2016. I lost my mother on December 26th, 2015. 

9. What type of blogs and posts do you most enjoy reading?

Yours, Kristian! 🙂 I like reading about real life stories. I like blogs where the writer bears his or her soul and isn’t afraid to dig deep and let us in on what’s going on in their minds and in their hearts! I fall in love with people’s passions and rawness, and I very much appreciate the courage it takes to share those with the world. I greatly admire those that do! I also really like blogs that share knowledge, as I love to learn! Also, photographs! It’s amazing how much you can learn about a person just by the pictures they take, it gives us a little glimpse of how they view the world! If you couldn’t tell, answering this question really excited me!!

10. If you won a holiday, what type would you prefer? A sightseeing holiday taking in lots of scenery? A beach holiday with lots of relaxing? An Adventure holiday with lots of activities? None of the above?

Hmm… this is another hard one! I really love to sight see and take all kinds of pictures, but, relaxing on a beach sounds heavenly right now!! Yes, I want the beach!!

11. If you wrote a novel, or maybe you already have, or are in the middle of it. What would it’s title be and what is it’s genre?

Ha ha! I have numerous stories started, all of them are ideas for novels. The one I am currently working on is the one I am most excited about! It’s a mixed genre, it’s a sci-fi, action, mystery,romance. Have I peaqued your interest? I’m not sure about a title yet, this idea is pretty new! 

I very much enjoyed these questions, Kristian! Again, thank you so much!!

 

My Nominees

Right Ok, a note to my nominees. You are under no obligation to accept the nomination, equally as much the same applies to the questions, if however you wish to answer just the questions, that is also fine.  (This was copied from A Guy Called Bloke’s post because, like Kristian, it put what I wanted to say so well.)

https://hotshotheadlines.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/tag-60-ultimate-book-tag/ 

https://lolsyslibrary.wordpress.com/

https://neilweigman.wordpress.com/

I am going to break the rules a little bit here,I know, I’m such a rebel! It’s just most of the bloggers I follow have either been recently nominated, or are on a bit of a blogging hiatus!

 

 

My Questions to the Nominees

  1.  What do you think are the 5 most beautiful things in the world? Why?
  2. What impression do you think you give when you first meet someone?
  3. What one responsibility do you most wish you didn’t have?
  4. What is your favorite subject to write about?
  5. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
  6. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  7. What fictional place would you most like to visit?
  8. Who do you admire most? Why?
  9. Is there a book that had an impact on your life? If so, what was it?
  10. Where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
  11. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

 

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The Sage Advice From Ancient Times Tag

 

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I was tagged by Laura Beth for another awesome tag!

Laura Beth found this really interesting tag from Kim. She writes at Over The Andes. Check out her blog! I think you’ll like it.

Here’s the link to Kim’s original post:


The Rules:

  • Choose the author or philosopher (it should be one from the Ancient Time). Don’t know anyone? Google it. It shouldn’t be so hard.
  • Choose 3 quotes of this author/philosopher. The country of origin – doesn’t matter (Egypt, Greece…Italy). Add any info or explanation if you like.
  • Share those quotes and nominate 3 to 6 people; Ops, that’s not obligatory.
  • The title for the post? Choose something cool.

My Choice:

My choice is Plotinus (204 – 270 C.E.) Plotinus is considered to be the founder of Neoplatonism. Plotinus developed a complex, spiritual cosmology made up of three elements: the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul. If you know me at all, I’m sure you are beginning to understand why I chose Plotinus!

Source: https://www.iep.utm.edu/plotinus/

 

 


Quotes:

  • Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight, but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain combinations so words and in all kinds of music; for melodies and cadences are beautiful; and minds that lift themselves above the realm of sense to a higher order are aware of beauty in the conduct of life, in actions, in character, in the pursuits of the intellect; and there is the beauty of the virtues.
  • Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smooths there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.
  • The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.

 


Tag – You’re It

Anyone who wants to do this!! This was a unique one, I really enjoyed it!!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Love and the Country #5 – Friendship and Self Discovery

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Last night Amanda and I decided to go check out a fairly new bar in the area, and the DJ that night happened to be playing jazz and funk music, so we decided we could use a much needed night out to shake away the stress of the past few weeks. Well, the music wasn’t exactly funk or jazz, but it was fun all the same, we didn’t dance, but we had deep conversation over dessert and wine. I love catching up with her, I can bare my soul to her and she won’t judge me or give me useless advice, she lends me a listening ear and an understating heart, and I absolutely love that we have that much trust in one another. We definitely give and take, and we make each other feel normal. I love this about her, but it also pains me that she understands my pain all too well, because it means she has also experienced pain, and I hate that she understands that all too well, but what’s beautiful is that she has turned that pain into something beautiful, and has become the strong, independent woman she is today, and I admire that so much!

Quality time spent with Amanda recharges my batteries and rejuvenates my soul. It’s therapy! We’ve shared laughs, hopes, dreams, and secrets our whole lives, basically, and if anything it only makes our friendship stronger. I really don’t know what I would do without her! The more I think about it, the more I agree with Carrie Bradshaw when she said “Maybe our friends are our soul mates,” as much as I love my husband, nobody quite gets me like Amanda, and I think part of that is because she is also a woman, she understands it when I say I think emotionally instead of logically, but I can’t help it, she knows, because she is the same way!  Time spent with Amanda is always fun, and as we didn’t want to call it a night at 10:00 pm, because when she asked me if we should just go home, my response was, “I don’t want to be that old yet,” so, we decided to go to another bar, where we ran into friends from high school, and the DJ played songs from middle and high school dances, and it did wonders for my nostalgic heart!

I had the best night sleep I’ve had in ages last night, and I woke up feeling renewed and energized. I took time today to stand outside and look up at the fluffy, cumulus clouds and tried to make shapes out of them. I took a moment to stand outside with my eyes closed and feel the sun on my face, and I listened to the words of a familiar song, but for the first time really heard them, they spoke to my heart, and I had to pull the car over on the side of the road as I let certain lines of John Mayer’s “In the Blood,” wash over me.

“How much of my mother has my mother left in me?
How much of my love will be insane to some degree?
And what about this feeling that I’m never good enough?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?”

 

The lyrics I shared with you make me feel like John Mayer saw straight through my soul and wrote the questions I have written there. I love when songs speak to me on such a deep level!

I have also been having deep, philosophical conversations with my friend, Christen, and these are also so very good for my soul! It’s made me realize a few things about myself. I’ve discovered that I but these unrealistic expectations on myself and then when I can’t achieve said expectations, I become so angry at myself, and I belittle myself and put myself down, Why do I do that?  I have also discovered that I have hidden away the nerdy, goofy, quirky side of me for far too long, I’ve been too afraid of what people might think, but the more and more I allow her to come out, the more freeing it becomes, and I see these changes in myself taking shape, and for the first time, since I can’t remember when, I like what’s looking back at me! I even took a photo recently, and I surprised myself at how well it turned out. I NEVER like photos of myself.

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I am thankful for a lot of things in my life, I have so much to be thankful for, but one of the things I hold dearest to my heart are my friendships, and the one I share with Amanda is exceptionally beautiful, she’s my person!!

Do you have people in your life that just get you? That show you their rawness and complete honesty, and you just feel whole with them? Hold on to those people, they are rare gems!!

Love and life lessons,

Kristian

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Fiction Friday #3 – The Black Shirt

About a month ago or so I was talking to my friend April about the romance novel I am currently writing, this led to the topic of writing erotic fiction. I never really had given it a lot of thought, I’ve written a couple pieces, but nothing extreme or that I felt worth sharing, well the more I talked to her the more I found myself wanting to write it, seeing it as a challenge. I do not want to be the next E.L. James, not that there’s anything wrong with her, if you’re into that sort of thing, but I don’t want to write smut. As a writer, I prefer a little class with my sexy, so I took the challenge, and I wrote this. It’s an excerpt from the novel I am currently working on, and I thoroughly hope you all enjoy it!

I promise, I will write a kid friendly story very soon, Amanda!! 🙂

Warning: Sexual content. Please read at your own discretion.

The Black Shirt

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She didn’t know what it was exactly, but there was something about a man in a black dress shirt and blue jeans that turned her on, and he knew it. So here she stood, watching him sit in his brown, leather chair, his head leaned back in relaxation, his plump, cupids bow lips slightly parted, begging to be kissed. His long, slender fingers wrapped around his glass of whiskey, oh, the thought of those fingers touching her skin were already setting her on fire. His other hand held a cigar, which he brought to his mouth and she felt her knees grow weak as she watched the smoke roll off his lips, she had never witnessed anything so erotic. He had already gotten her so hot and bothered, and he hadn’t even sensed her presence in the room, yet. She both loved and hated the affect he had on her.

As “When the Lights Go Out” by the Black Keys came out of his surround sound speakers, she allowed her eyes to take in all of him, enjoying the view he was giving her. She stared at his hair, dark and curly, perfectly ruffled to make him look perfectly imperfect. Her gaze trailed down his long neck to his broad shoulders, and that black shirt that hugged him so tightly, the top few buttons purposefully left unbuttoned, the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, showing the muscles and veins in his forearms. She swallowed hard and slowly before making her way over to him, crossing one of her long legs over the other  as she seductively swayed, feeling her confidence grow with each step, something only he could bring out of her. As she moved her gaze trailed down his long torso, to his even longer legs, his jeans fit him very well and she found herself yearning to see him from behind. Never in her life had a man’s touch made her so sex craved, hell, never in her life had a man made her so sex craved. She wasn’t sure if it was the wine she had earlier, the sight of the gorgeous man spread out in front of her, or the sound of a sexy blues guitar filling the air, but her confidence spiked to its peak. Normally, she would submit to him, she would allow him to push her to edges of ecstasy she never deemed possible, but tonight she wanted control, she wanted to let him know how much she desired him. She wanted him beneath her, writhing in pleasure, looking at her with want and love, her name falling from his lips as she took him to the edge. She walked up behind him and started massaging his shoulders.

“Rough day?” She asked as she lightly ghosted her lips across his ear.

“Mmm, better now.” He whispered his response, his eyes still closed, and a smirk plastered on his face.

“I love that sexy smirk, it makes me want to do bad things with you.”

He turned his head toward her and opened his eyes for the first time since she entered the room. He raised an eyebrow at her, but kept the smirk on his face. “Have you seen a shy, timid, yet incredibly sexy woman around here? I think she’s been replaced with this confident, powerful, yet sexy one.”

“Yes, well.” She paused, licking her lips while her gaze flickered between his eyes and his lips. She moved around the chair, trailing her fingers around the back of his neck and shoulders. She straddled his lap and got as close to his lips as she could without actually touching them before continuing, “That shy, timid, girl needed a break, so she brought me out to play. Tonight, my darling Ben, I’m going to thank you for making me feel like the sexiest woman alive, and I’m going to let you know just how badly I want you.”

He licked his lips in anticipation and with that the dam in her busted, she grabbed the lapels of his shirt and brought his mouth to hers, kissing him with so much desire and passion it made him dizzy with lust. He was used to being the dominant one, pleasing her was an honor to him, one he wouldn’t dare take for granted, but who was he to deny her of her wishes? If she wanted control tonight, he would gladly hand it over to her, he was a gentleman after all.

“I know you know how much I love you in this black shirt,” she said as she unbuttoned it. “I think you intentionally wanted to turn me on while we had lunch with your parents, knowing that I couldn’t touch you, teasing isn’t very nice, Ben.”

“I’m sorry.” He whispered.

“You’re what?” She asked as she cupped his denim clad groin and kissed his neck.

“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” He moaned. His pleading eyes looked to hers for forgiveness.

She kissed him again, this time a little more chastely, before standing up, finishing his glass of whiskey in one swig, and turning on her heel. She looked back over her shoulder at him.

“Maybe you’ll remember that next time you decide to tease me in public. Now get dressed, Melissa and Chris are coming over for dinner.” She stopped at the doorway flashing him a devilish smile and winking her eye before exiting the room.

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Love and the Country #4 Kristian’s Dream Destinations

I want to take a quick moment for those who are new to my blog, because I’ve had so many new followers recently.

For those of you who are new, Welcome! My name is Kristian, pronounced Kristin, and I’m so happy you’re here! Follow along with Love and the Country for adventure, insight, and friendships. This is where I bare my soul.

For the rest of you, as always, thank you so much for reading, I love you all!

Yesterday, my husband surprised me with boxes full of snacks, tea, soft drinks, jams, desserts, and vinegar from Britain. I am a huge Britophile, and when asked if I could go anywhere in the world, Britain is almost always my response.

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All of this talk of traveling, and getting to experience a few British staples without even leaving my home has my desire to travel burning more than ever! I am a lover of many things, and there is so much in the world I want to see and do, so many people I want to meet, so many lives I want to touch. I managed to compile a small enough list to share with all of you now, but just like me, it’s subject to change at any time! Ha ha.

1,) The National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

I have visited this museum before, however; I was a child at the time, and even then I felt that I didn’t get to spend enough time here. I could literally spend an entire day here, I’ve spent hours just on the website. Oh, this has me geeking out so much, right now! It’s only a 3 hour drive away, so I really need to make the time to go. I also want to go to the Einstein Planetarium!! I love learning about our universe!!

2.) Falling Water – Frank Lloyd Wright, Mill Run, Penssylvania

This is also not very far from where I live, and I can’t believe I have yet to visit it. I love architecture, especially Frank Lloyd Wright, for his very unique designs!!

3,) The Museum of Modern Art, Manhattan, New York

The original “The Starry Night,” by Vincent Van Gough is here. It’s my favorite painting of all time, and has been for as far back as I can remember. I just know that seeing the original painting that Van Gough, himself, painted will bring tears to my eyes! This is just an absolute must!!

4.) The Westfjords, Northern, Iceland

To contradict my original statement, if you were to ask me right now if I could go anywhere in the world, it would be here! Rated the best place in the world to see the aurora borealis, why would I not choose here?  I can’t imagine seeing the northern lights in person, oh gosh, it would be utterly breathtaking, and I live for the moments that take my breath away!

5.) Cambridge Sculpture Trail Cambridge, England

Speaking of architecture, wow!!! There’s three trails full of it, and I want to walk all of them! I will never understand why people choose to go to dinner and a movie for their first date when you can explore places like this! It’s great conversation pieces, and it can allow for more in depth conversations, but then again, I’ve never been one for small talk.

6.) Raglan Castle, Monmouth, Wales

I have always been taken with castles, they are so old and I love learning the history behind them, especially in medieval cultures! This castle is absolutely beautiful, and I’ve also always wanted to visit Wales!

7.) London, England

Yep! That’s right…London…all of it! I want to experience all of it! It’s such a beautiful city!!

8.) Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England

This Cathedral is so breathtakingly beautiful, and I have a feeling that pictures don’t do it justice. Of course, while I’m in Salisbury I would also see Stonehenge.

9. Whale Watching, Bar Harbor, Maine

Another breathtaking moment! I’ve wanted to go to coastal Maine since I’ve heard that the sky melts into the ocean at night and you can’t tell where the sky ends and the ocean begins. I could watch that all night, and listen to the waves! Someone, please take me away!!

10.) Stargazing, Mauna Kea Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Being the night owl that I am, one of my absolute favorite things to do is sit outside at night, and gaze up at the stars. There’s something so peaceful and freeing, it kind of brings into perspective just how small we are. This would be absolutely amazing, do yourself a favor, look through the photo album!! I’m so in love with the sky!

11.) Tuscany, Italy

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No link, just stare at that picture, do you really need to read a reason why I want to go here? I want to sit in a chair, eat cheese, drink wine, and take in that view! Oh gosh, it’s hard to tear my eyes away from the screen. It would be hard to leave if I could experience the beauty of Tuscany in person!

I have been to Sequoia National Forrest in Kernville, California, but I would really like to go back. I’m not sure why exactly, but the older I get the more fascinated I become by tees! Maybe it’s because they are so old!!513116114

 

I could keep going, but I will stop here for now, but stay tuned for more, and maybe I’ll get to cross some of these off the list one day!

Stay tuned for the next adventure!!

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Love and life lessons,

Kristian

 

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Wordless Wednesday #7

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I decided to include this quote. I am in love with Christopher Poindexter’s poetry. I sometimes feel like this complete stranger managed to see right through me and wrote the words that have been written on my soul!

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Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman This was the “Super Moon” taken on November 14th, 2016. Two days after my birthday! It was the first photo I took with my new professional camera. It has been so cold, rainy, and over cast these last few days and nights that it has me missing the sun, moon, and stars. As much as I love the rain, it can stop now. Until then, I’ll have to live vicariously through photos, like this one!

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Love and the Country #3 – Let’s Get Deep and Philosophical

Sometimes it’s funny how life works, there are moments where we flip out and someone else brings us back to earth and shows us how ridiculous we have acted. I am an Empath, so I feel things very deeply, but the bad thing about that is that sometimes we can burden ourselves with the pain of others, and that will eventually come out, and leave you feeling embarrassed. This recently happened to me with a fellow blogger, and I want to thank you for understanding, or at the very least making an effort to, there’s not too many people on this planet who get me, I just want to say I’m sorry, and I’ll try very hard not to let it happen again.

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Time:

I was going to use a lyric from Pink Floyd’s “Time” for this, but I realized when I was reading through the lyrics that I had pretty much highlighted the entire song! Ha ha, well, it is one of my favorites! Anyway, I decided just to share the song with you, so here ya go:

Listen while you read! Yesterday, I wrote another piece of fiction that I had wanted to write for years, but had been too afraid to write, because I wasn’t sure if I could describe a forbidden love quite the way I wanted to. After posting it a friend messaged me and asked me if I believed that our souls could yearn so badly for another, that we carry them with us forever? I told her that I absolutely believed that, and we continued to talk about soulmates, and different types of love, and celebrity crushes, because we’re dorks, lol, Well, I am anyway, I’m the one who brought that up! Anyway, I explained a little bit about how my post was written for a past love, and while I don’t love him anymore, I do still think about him from time to time, it’s not romantic or anything like that, more of a “Oh yeah, that guy, I wonder how he’s doin’?” I did add some elements of fiction, for instance this particular man is not British, but most of you know I have a thing for British accents! I changed some things around, so it is technically fiction, it’s just very highly inspired by a past love, some recent conversations, and Christopher Poindexter poems. After bidding her goodnight I started thinking about the things my heart yearns for most, and I realized, I just long for the little things in life,  I have so much to be thankful for!

Personality Traits:

Yesterday, Amanda sent me a quiz to find my personality trait, and I took it. According to The 16 Personalities Test I am an EFNJ, Protagonist, and I only make up  2% of the population. It’s very accurate for me, actually, almost uncanny, there was only one item I didn’t really agree with, and that was my view on sex, but it barely scratched the surface in that area. Amanda messaged me today through the Marco Polo app, which I love because I can watch her eyes light up as she shares her passion, and I can see her body language, and pick up on her vibes, it’s a nice substitute when we can’t be together in person. She asked me if I believed that we can discover our personalities outside of our experiences? Are you starting to understand why I love this woman so much? I love people who make me think! Before I delve too deep in this, I am going to share three quotes about personalities with you, and then we’ll get into it. I know this is going to be a long post, but I promise it’s worth it.

Are our personalities something that we are born with, or are they made up of everything we’ve experienced and observed? Personally, I think it’s a combination of both. I believe there are certain traits I was born with that no matter how hard I try, I cannot change. Take my ability to empathize, for instance. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I have this ability, that I am able to truly put myself into another’s shoes and feel what they are feeling, but sometimes, I wish it had an off switch, but, it doesn’t, so you can find me curled up under a blanket, crying for the grieving widow on my TV who doesn’t actually exist. This was definitely something I was born with, and I believe that because the older I get the more I realize how rare of a trait this really is. Also, the last quote talks about a mother watching her child’s personality form, how can a toddler, who hasn’t even experienced the world yet, have a personality if it’s based solely on experiences?

I have, however; seen my self change as the years pass by, as I continue to grow and learn, I realize that I don’t always agree with the things that were instilled in me as a child, and this is a good thing, this is me, really listening to the thoughts and ideas of others and being able to to see things from someone else’s perspective. I am much more open minded than I used to be, and I’ve changed so much in the past 3 years, grief has changed me, and as I told Amanda it’s not for the better or the worse, it’s just something I’ve noticed, even some of my tastes have changed.

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Love and life lessons,

Kristian

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Fiction Friday #2 Posted on a Saturday

I recently read a piece of advice that said “Whatever you’re most afraid to write, write that.” – Unknown.

For me, that thing has always been forbidden love. I have been wanting to write a story  like this for a while now, but in the past few days inspiration has really struck, and so I decided to write this piece. This may eventually be turned into a novel, I haven’t yet decided, but right now, I’m happy with it the way it is.

The only warning I have for this is some mild language and sexual content, please read at your own discretion.

I really hope you enjoy this, I personally think it’s one of the best stories, if not the best story I’ve ever written.

Love and life lessons,

Kristian

The Pull

dancing in the rain

She couldn’t deny the pull she felt towards him, she wasn’t sure if it was the way he loved the moon, the rain, or music, all of the things she held dearest to her heart. Maybe it was the way he spoke to her, as if through words alone all he wanted to do was please her, or the way he always made sure that she was doing okay, quite the proper, English gentleman. Maybe it was the way he constantly talked about her eyes and her mind as if they were the most beautiful things on earth, he made her feel sexy and intelligent, he made her laugh with his cheesy jokes and pick up lines. Maybe it was the way he made her heart flutter, or the way she missed him while he was away. Whatever it was, she was overwhelmed by the way he reached in and grabbed a hold of her soul like no other man has, the way he ran his fingers down her spine, like she was an old, familiar book, and he opened her right up and now her words are as much a part of him as they are her.

Truth be told, she felt his pull the moment he first spoke to her, she soon found herself looking through his Instagram, hoping to catch glimpses of who he really is through pictures. One picture stopped her in her tracks, a picture of him wearing a goofy hat, and a goofy grin. She didn’t know anything about him, yet she could tell in that picture he was genuinely happy, she could see the way it shined in his eyes, his beautiful eyes that took her breath away. He had a habit of doing that a lot lately, taking her breath away with his words, and pictures, and brilliant mind. She laid in bed listening to the rain hit her metal roof, and she smiled as she thought of what it would be like to grab his hand and pull him out into the rain. She begs him to dance with her, and even though he says he doesn’t dance, he can’t resist her when she flashes him her “puppy dog” eyes. Though they have never met, she just knows her eyes are his weakness, and she knows the power she has over him with this knowledge, but she won’t ever abuse it, she will always use it playfully. She praises him with words and kisses before taking his hand and walking down a gravel road, feeling the rain cool their skin after a week long heat wave. She takes in the sight of the hills before them, and the exceptionally green grass that blankets them.

She wondered if he also shared her love for trees, the fact that some are the oldest, living objects on the planet.

He cracks jokes and playfully flirts just to hear her laugh, their eyes catch one another, hers twinkling with laughter, and his twinkling at the sight of her. He steps forward stroking the side of her face, and she leans into his touch, he gently stokes her cheekbone with his thumb and she slips her eyes closed.

No, darling, keep your eyes open for me,” he whispers.

The feel of his warm breath ghosting over her lips makes her shiver, and she immediately obeys. She makes eye contact with him once again, and smiles up at him and she watches  his pupils dilate with lust. She moans instinctively, feeling the tension grow between them, and that’s all it takes, he kisses her so passionately, and with so much want it makes her head spin. He somehow manages to will himself away from her lips and they both chuckle at the ridiculousness of two adults making out like teenagers, in the middle of the road, in the pouring rain, but neither of them care, let people talk all they want, they are finally, truly happy. He takes her hand and drags her along as he jogs back to the house. He pulls her inside, and pushes her up against the door as he shuts it, he literally cannot wait a second longer to touch her skin. One of his hands runs though her hair, grabbing a fistful as his other hand grabs her ass to pull her flush against him, letting her feel just how much he desires her. She wraps one of her small, dainty hands around his neck, while she loops a finger from her other hand through one of the belt loops of his jeans, pulling him even closer to her, simultaneously. She watches his eyes roam over her body,taking in the sight of the wet clothes clinging to her,hugging her curves. He kisses her again, a little more gently this time, but with just as much passion. He makes love to her right there, up against the door, pulling moans and curses from her lips.

She wondered, if she were his, would he praise her, tell her how beautiful she is as he traces the curves of her body. Would he whisper in her ear how good she feels as he brings her closer to ecstasy?

She wondered if he feels the pull as strongly as she does, she wondered if he ever wakes up in the middle of the night and looks up at the moon, wondering if she’s, perhaps, looking up at the same moon at that exact moment, the way she does with him. She wondered, if it were possible for her to be his, would he welcome her with open arms? If they were given the opportunity to be together, even if it was only for one night, would he take it? She wondered if she were standing in front of him now, would he be able to resist her and walk back to the life she could never be a part of, or would he look into her eyes and know he was screwed because there was absolutely no way he could ever resist her, no matter how strong he might be? She didn’t have the answer to any of these thoughts, but she couldn’t help but roll her eyes at her luck. She finally found the man she believed could be her soulmate, but timing is a bitch!

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Love and the County – Meet the Fella’s

You’ve met the gals, now it’s time to meet the Fella’s who will be mentioned in Love and the County. (Some more than others)

the boys

The Fellas:

Neil – My husband, the funny guy! That’s right ladies, I snagged my own Chandelier Bing! He’s not quite as sarcastic, but he has a great sense of humor. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that he doesn’t make me laugh. Neil is very quick witted, a bit of a smart ass, and will either make you roll your eyes or laugh hysterically at his cheesy remarks! Neil is also a fabulous cook, and a romantic. He will send me flowers for no reason, Shari’s berries for special occasions, and cook me a gourmet meal, just because I’m his wife! As many of you know, Neil battles with numerous health issues, but I stand beside him, and we get through anything life throws at us, together. On top of being hilarious, Neil is also highly intelligent, but just a little bit more than me. 😉 He is a master at Jeopardy, and we have very deep conversations, which I absolutely love.

Adam – Amanda’s husband. Adam is also really funny, a great cook, and highly intelligent. Adam stepped up to the plate and took Amanda’s son in as his own, something he didn’t have to do, but he’s a great father to my nephew and I will be eternally grateful to him for that. Not only is he a great father, he’s a great husband to my best friend! It took me some time to warm up to Adam (all on me, not him at all) but now I look at Adam like a brother. All of you know just how much Amanda means to me, and her family has become my family, I can’t imagine my life without them!

David – April’s husband. I don’t know David all that well, but the few times I’ve been around him he has always been extremely nice, he is also funny, but he doesn’t hold anything back, he’s very blunt! I think he and Neil would get along well, and I need to make an effort to get all of us to hang out together more often. Cards Against Humanity is one of my all time favorite games, it would be so funny to play it with April and David! David is also very sweet to April, and is an amazing daddy to Chase and Brinley!

Jared – Ashley’s husband. Jared is a sweetheart, he’s one of those guys that you just can’t help but like. Jared is probably the most “country” out of all the men I’ve mentioned, he loves hunting and fishing. He is such a good man to my Ashley, and he’s the best father! If there are any two people on this earth who deserve to be parents, it’s these two!

These men may not be the ones you hear the most about all of the time, but since they are the husbands to my gals, I’m sure they will make appearances more often than not!

The following Fella’s play a big part in mine and Neil’s life, but due to distance, scheduling, and life in general, we don’t see these men all that often, but when we do it’s as if no time has passed, and it’s some of the best moments of our lives!

Brandon, Jason P, (there are SO many Jason’s, I’ll try to keep them all straight so you don’t get confused,) Jason C. (my brother,) Eddie, Brian, Paul (Caitlyn’s husband,) Uncle Dick, my dad (his name is Larry,) and Joey.

Coworkers:

Jason H and Tom.

These are some of my favorite men in the whole wide world, and as I mentioned with the girls, there are other cousins and uncles I have not mentioned, that will make an appearance in these segments. The above mentioned will be discussed more briefly in future posts, especially Paul, I dearly love the man who is unbelievably sweet to the woman who has become like a sister to me, Caitlyn!

Jason C. (my brother,) Eddie, and Brian, are my closest male relatives. My brother is one of my very best friends, and Eddie and Brian are more like brothers to me, they are protective, just like big brothers, and I could call on them for anything! We’re all extremely close, and I can’t wait till we are all together again, because I guarantee my stories will have you rolling with laughter!

Alright, so now you’ve been introduced to the entire crew! The next Love and the Country post will be a life story! Stay tuned!

I am so excited for this!!

Love and life lessons,

Kristian

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The Writing World Tag

rediscovering-life

Photo Credit: Rediscovering Life

Laura Beth tagged me to do another fun tag! Thanks, Laura Beth!

Here’s the link to the original post, by the creator of this tag:

The Writing World Tag, Created By Me!


The Rules

  • Thank the person that tagged you and link to their website
  • Post the rules
  • Answer your tagger’s questions
  • Share your two favorite writing tips and where you got them from
  • Share two random story/WIP ideas you’ve never shared before (It would be cool to include covers, but you don’t have to) (And also they don’t have to be ideas you’re ever going to turn into anything)
  • But don’t spoil them for us 😉
  • Tag five people
  • Let the people you tag know that they have been tagged
  • Ask five questions
  • No, you can’t re-tag the person that tagged you

Questions I Was Asked

  1. Do you journal?
  2. Have you ever published anything?
  3. If you have been published, how did you go about that?
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. What are you currently working on? No spoilers!

My Answers

  1. I do! I have many, such as: a Christmas journal my mom bought me years ago, where I log my favorite memories and gifts each Christmas. Neil’s grandma bought me a self-discovery journal last Christmas, and I’ve been filling it out in my spare time. A former coworker advised me to keep a dream journal after I had been battling some very terrifying nightmares. He mentioned that writing them down may help me take control of them, and to my surprise, it worked! The nightmares that used to happen almost on a nightly basis are now very far and few between. I haven’t been writing it in as much lately, though. I really need to get back to that. I also keep a journal in my purse, in my desk at work, and one at home, I fill them with random thoughts, conversations, and events that I’ve experienced or observed.
  2. I have! I have published 2 poems in the National Poets Society book. I must admit, I didn’t personally submit them, my creative writing teacher in high school did. I was 17-years-old. One of the poems I wrote was for 9/11, and the other was about the birth of Christ. Both poems were accepted and published, my teacher gave me the award letter and a certificate she made me, as most creative writer that year! I still cherish both, dearly!
  3. Oops, I kind of already answered this in question 2. I’m not sure how she went about it, I believe it was submitted through email to the National Poets Society.
  4. I have been blogging for 3 years. I started in 2015 when I knew my mom wasn’t going to be with me much longer, it was a great way for me to write about my feelings and get them out on paper. Writing is very cathartic for me, it’s like therapy, I always feel better after writing down my thoughts and emotions. If you look back at my blog posts from then, you will find most of them are sad, more so than the ones I’ve posted recently.
  5. I have many projects started, but I have really been devoting time to my romance novel. I wanted to do something different, so I focused my attention on horror and sci-fi, which I still hope to write one day, but when I was explaining this to Neil’s grandmother she told me that I should go for romance, because I’m such a romantic, and she told me I should own that, not be ashamed of it. I was worried because there are so many romance novels out there, it’s hard to be original, and she pointed out that was true for most genres, and even though there are a lot of romance novels and stories out there, none of them have been told from my point of view. After giving it a lot of consideration, I decided that she was right, and I have recently been inspired. I am putting my own twist on this romance novel, it’s not quite like anything I’ve read before, and I’m really excited for it!

Writing Tips

  1. “In order to be a great writer you must do two things: write a lot, and read a lot. If you don’t have time to read, you do not have the time or the tools it takes to write, it’s as simple as that.” – Stephen King
  2. “Learn to trust your own judgement.” – Doris Lessing

Random Story / WIP Ideas

  1. “Kingsland: Dark Matter” –  Maggie Bateman, a highly intelligent Marketing Sales Director of King’s comics finds herself in an alternate universe where the superheroes created by her boss, Victor King actually exist. What Maggie doesn’t know is that the affects of the war, initiated by Kings arch nemesis, Dark Matter is affecting the human race and our universe. Will Maggie, a mere mortal, find a way to help Victor and his Superheroes save the world?
  2. “In His Eyes” – A young woman living in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland decides to leave her hometown and her past behind and moves across the county to the city by the bay, where she meets a San Francisco native and falls in love. Soon she finds herself spun in a web of lies and confusion, and she doesn’t seem to know where her dreams end and reality begins.

My Questions

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
  2. What was an early experience where you learned that language has power?
  3. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (Childhood, adolescence, adult hood, young & golden years)
  4. What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
  5. What inspired you to start your blog?

Tag – You’re It!

  1. B.W. Ginsburg
  2. A Girl That Blah
  3. Carolyn – This will all make sense some day
  4. clg71961

I am looking forward to your answers!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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