The Ice Queen

Good morning my lovelies! I figured since today’s Friday I’d post a little poem that I wrote a few years ago; it’s one of my favorite things I’ve written and was inspired by the protagonist in my first novel Believe. The Ice Queen was originally published in an anthology entitled Serendipity, which was put together by the writing class of my High School (I was the Editor…squee!) and features some truly amazing poetry, short stories, and art work, for more information regarding Serendipity click here. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!

The Ice Queen:

She drifted,

lost in the mist of uncertainty —

a snowy eclipse of life and death.

Looking down, she sees herself,

her back against an old oak tree.

Lovely red lips turned to ghastly blue,

skin once as honey now shimmers,

dusted in a fine pallid silver.

Ice bathes her hair lovingly, possessively,

while a crown of purest snow rests atop her head.

Marking her, claiming her as the queen of the winter forest,

The Ice Queen of Death.

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Mythic Snow

I have something to admit…I’ve never seen snow before. *Gasp* I know! Here I am in my twenties and I’ve still never seen more than a single flurry of snow, and that little flurry was such a big deal my second grade teacher stopped the entire class on our way to lunch that day and had us gather around to stare with bated breath at the awesomeness that you could barely see floating in the wind. It’s a memory I treasure, though it makes me thing of that scene in Finding Nemo I swear. (If you don’t know what scene I’m referring to you can remedy that by clicking here.)  A part of me still wonders if snow’s just a hoax/conspiracy thing, because…well I’ve never seen it and it looks too good to be true (you know, except for the whole blizzard and avalanche thing). I mean, I’m sure it’s real (it is real right?) and I have big dreams of one day building a snowman and an ice-fort, but in a way snow and icicles seem as mythic and fantastical to me as dragons and mermaids do to other people. I fully believe in them, I’ve just never seen them either, lol. I’m now sensing a bit of a theme here…I seriously need to go somewhere where they have snow, and dragons, and mermaids…are you thinking what I’m thinking?! Let’s book the tickets!

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Funnily enough though, my first novel Believe is set almost entirely in the winter in an England-esque environment and is therefore filled with snow and freezing winds and all that delightful wintry stuff that I have yet to experience. I always found it amusing that while I was writing those snow scenes and describing how cold it was…it was the middle of summer for me and I was usually sweating my butt off! But hey, I’m a writer! And if a writer can’t pull BS out of nowhere and make it sound believable then they’re in the wrong profession or they didn’t get enough practice in college! You English majors know what I mean. But still, I can’t wait to one day experience snow for myself, to touch it, smell it, avoid the yellow stuff, and generally have a sensory overload and then come back inside and sip hot chocolate by a roaring fire. Cliche…maybe, but I’m betting I’ll be so cold I won’t mind. 😀

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So what about y’all? Any fun snow experiences you’d like to share? Or do you have doubts as to the existence of snow as well?

Gandalf And Gollum And Hobbits, Oh My!

It’s hard to feel like Christmas is literally next week when it’s 80 degrees outside, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for at least a relatively cool Christmas day! There’s no use in hoping for a white Christmas where I live because if it ever snowed more than a few evanescent flurries here, something would be terribly terribly wrong. Panic would ensue, people would start hording water and batteries, and the whole honey-baked ham/unwrapping presents/generally pleasantness of a family day full of squeals and squabbling would be lost and I’m just not up for missing out on the honey-baked ham. I wait all year for this ham… So needless to say, I’ll settle for a balmy breeze and leave the snow to my Northern neighbors (who are better equipped to handle winter’s icy wrath). But anyway, I truly meant to post more than one post last week (honest) but between an unholy/ slightly demonic stomach virus/flu-thing  that left me rather er… incapacitated for a few days (i.e. chained to the bathroom) and attempted Christmas shopping, I got rather behind.  My bad 😀

Anyway, I say attempted shopping instead of actual shopping because although I set out with a purchase in mind, and a coupon at the ready, I returned home present-less.  *Sad face* I’m one of those people who doesn’t go shopping until I’ve looked online for what I want to buy, found the price, looked for a coupon if there’s one available, grumbled if there isn’t a coupon, and confirmed that whatever I want is in stock at the store I’m going to. I’ve arrived at stores too many times with enthusiasm and hopefulness in full gear only to discover that whatever I wanted was not in the store, so now I CHECK! So all this in mind, I set out to buy my bestie’s Christmas present (the Thomas Kinkade Disney Calendar for 2013) and after circling and combing through the calendar section enough times to attract attention from my fellow shoppers I decided to just go have a store clerk locate the item. I was pleased (if not surprised) when he confirmed that yes the calendar was in stock and waited patiently as he went in search of it. Fifteen minutes later he returned crestfallen to announce that the calendar was nowhere to be found…sigh. It’s sad when the computer knows an item is in the store, a worker has admittedly seen the item in the store, and yet it cannot be found. Oh well, bestie will just have to settle for ordering it herself online (because I hate ordering things online) or picking a different calendar. Who knew calendars were such a popular gift?!

There was an up-side to the whole shopping debacle however, not only did I get to spend an hour in my most favorite store ever (Barnes and Noble), but I also came across the cutest little Hobbit-themed dolls!

Gandalf the Grey


Gollum and Bilbo

Gandalf is my favorite of course! I haven’t seen the Hobbit yet, as I’m planning on waiting until Les Miserables comes out so I can see both of them at once, but I am so very excited! I just hope these new ones blend in visually with the previous ones because I adore the Lord of the Rings (extended versions) and it would annoy me when I do a movie marathon if there was too much of a discrepancy (though really, it’s more of my favorite characters so I doubt I’m going to be complaining, lol).

And before I go, I am tickled to announce that I was nominated for the REALITY blog award by my favorite blogging duo: Mystic Cooking! Thank you so much Katie and Heidi, y’all are the best and you truly made my day!


The Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Pass the award onto to any other bloggers you want — and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back

If you could change something what would you change? Nothing. I may not have liked everything in my life but it’s made me who I am today and I’m trying to be content and happy with myself and my life.

If you could relive one day, when would it be?

One day of my life or any day?! Hmm, I would relieve the day my entire family went to Disney when I was six because that’s one of the few memories I have where all of us (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc.) were together and happy. And any day: that’s such a hard question for a history nut, I don’t know…but I’ve always wanted to see ancient Troy, but you know, not the day it fell or anything.

What’s one thing that really scares you?

The thought of losing someone I love.

What one dream have you not completed yet, and do you think you will be able to complete it?

Being published! And heck yes, I plan on completing it! 😀

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

Maybe one of my characters…though it would need to be a calm day or something because my characters tend to have dangerous and busy lives…

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Thank y’all again, and I promise to post more this week (you know, barring a return from the stomach flu from hell or anything else that might put a damper on my desire to write)! But before I go…are any of you going to see/have seen the Hobbit?! Was it good? Let me know, but please no spoilers (and yes, I’ve read the book so really how much can be spoiled, but you know what I mean, lol)! And how’s holiday shopping going for you guys? Fun-filled or fiasco?