A Sculpture of my Writing

Writing has power, it can change minds, empower the poor (of wealth or of heart) and change people’s actions. Words are powerful things.
Writing is like sculpting clay. Like sculpting a coil pot, every ring has different attributes, maybe a little rough, maybe a little darker, like rough drafts, villians, or character changes. Sculpting is the rough draft. Once you bake the pot you can paint it, this is when the words flow together and you create depth and different tones. Playing with the words and making anything, anything you do will make something new and whatever it is can be diversified. Writing is ever-changing and so diverse. Genre fiction has become my modus operandi and my favorite literary mode of writing.
Challenging the odds of literature, which, is ever developing, has always been one of my pursuits. I have gained a better grip on the Great Literary World. Creative writing has always been a knack of mine, however, largely obscured.
Writing is not all that develops characters and storylines, but reading the works of the great poets and authors, is such a big contribution. It has been to my great fortune to be surrounded by great literature growing up. From “Little Rabbit Foo-Foo”, Hans Christian Andersen, “The Three Musketeers”, Charles Dicken’s, and “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.” My drive to diversify my writing and concentrate on worldly problems, was first shaped from my journey to Mexico as a child.
My adventures creating edge and mystery in my pieces. My writing encapsulates the literary tremors of beauty, love, global atrophies and historical characters. I hope to start submitting more of my poems and essays to various magazines and writing contests. With the help of my new literary genius I also hope to manufacture some of my own genre fiction and submit to publishers.
It is some small rendition to think that the world of literature has been evolving from the very first man who used hieroglyphics on a stone. It is human nature to record and tell stories. The whole world and all its cultures are made up of stories. Things people believe to be true and things people believe to be false. But when the fire of reason finally burns out there will just be stories to tell of memories. Historical instances preserved with the written word. Stories have shaped the world since Adam and Eve, Rachel and Jacob, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Stories provide comfort to our troubled world or even another world to escape to.
The world has reached a climax of fear. It needs resolve and comfort, writers are just the ones to do it. Words can change the world.

 

Merry of Soul

This morning broke clean and chill over the Kansas hills.

This morning I am listening to Russian soundtracks from Toygar. Which are classical and hauntingly beautiful.

Sura, Toygar

The coffee pot at my house took a turn for the worst so I’ve been enjoying the gifts of my Keurig. Haha, which is quite amazing! I have been drinking the pods called Dark Magic and the Columbian coffee pods.

Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic

Dark Magic has a deep chocolate undertone that is just a perfect excuse for having chocolate in the morning. It has some flavor notes of smoky cinnamon too.

Dark Columbian Coffee

This is a fantastic roast, that has a really sweet smooth nutty flavor. Though this blend is not as strong as Dark Magic it is an exceptional roast.


I am listening to one of my favorite soundtracks, from Outlander. “The Skye Boat Song”, which historically is completely butchered.

The original song detailed Bonny Prince Charlie’s Escape to the Isle of Skye (Scotland) in Flora McDonald’s boat. Charlie was disguised as a washerwoman.

The Skye Boat Song

I have to hand it to Outlander though. I love the setting and the actors are perfect for their parts–so realistically fantastical, stellar acting.

I think especially that Murtaugh’s character is profound, he is so loyal. Jamie of course is true to his character, a ravishing accent, and his acting is on cue. But honestly, if we’re getting into Outlander, that’s definitely another post.

So be

Merry of soul.

5:45 the Writer Wakes: El Yunque

The cheerful ringing of the chimes outside my door wakes me. Sitting up I yawn languidly and think pleasant thoughts of coffee, scones, and my hike through El Yunque National Forest. It seems ages since I drifted into this memory, floating still in my head like a balloon without a string. It was quite a trek for the condition I was in then, as far as my foot goes. But, a memory that I believe will stand or rather float in my head for quite some time.

The trail ahead of me is uneven. I look to my right as the rain drips over my hat. The sun scatters the path ahead of me, shining through like the sun behind tape art, creating little indistinguishable patches ahead. Birds flutter and monkeys pitch across the rainforest, their sounds, terrifying shrieks, for the unwitting tourist at least.

My foot aches. The path is very uneven at this point. My bunion presses outward as my foot strains onward.

The forest reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Vachel Lyndsay, The Congo. After reading that poem for the first time when I was 12 I became completely entranced by the Congo which lead me to study The Nile. I wrote about it and studied hydrology articles and water levels; water sampling. Hydrology fascinates me. Water is the root of everything. And is so incredibly important to human survival. Anyway, that’s definitely, another blog post…

We make it through the forest, at last, the shining light flickering off of the dripping leaving that shine like tiny mirrors.

 

5:45; Writing and Jam

As the coffee perked out delicious smells wafted upward of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and turmeric. The room was cold, it is 5:45, but I was well equipped with my favorite flannel. The writer’s mind had begun.  My first endeavor, as stated was coffee. Then jam. Thankfully not writer’s jam but this delicious homemade Saskatoon jam my dear friend had given me. Now, I am not one to shy away from “jam judgment”. Sounds like that should be a game show or something.

Anyway, this jam is the Coup De Grâce of jams! The Saskatoon, otherwise known as Service-Berry or June-Berry is one of my favorite berries to pick as well. Quite a tedious task as the berries are quite small and prove a trifle difficult to pick being nestled back in the Saskatoon bush. Quite a trickster these berries are, resembling something of a blueberry someone might categorize them in the same fruit family. However, the Saskatoon is walkin’ its own jam with the Pome family. The apple family that is. The taste profile of these berries begins with a sweet lullaby and ends with a tangy nutty kick. Which makes sense that I like them because I’m kind of a nut myself sometimes.

Unbeknownst to me, the Saskatoon flaunts its flavor packed with a whole gamut of fibers, protein, and antioxidants. Say what??! These berries are my jam, literally and in my tummy, I for sure recommend these sweet little delicacies.

green leafed plant with red fruit

Photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com

Below is a recipe for Saskatoon jam:

9 c. of whole Saskatoon berries

Juice and grated peel of one lemon

1/2 c. water

6 c. granulated sugar/ I sometimes decrease this depends on how tart you want it- or add honey for a, I think fresher jam taste

1 package pectin

Crush the berries in a large bowl. Next, pour in water, lemon juice, and pectin. Pour into deep pan and pop on stove set on medium, and keep that hand stirring. When the jam to be, reaches a rolling boil add your sweetener of choice and return to boil. Remember, keep that hand stirring! Boil for 1 minute and “take off the fire”, as my grandma would say (take off the stove.) Ladle the jam into washed and sanitized jars filling till 1/4 inch below the top of the jam jar. Put on the lids and screw on the rounds. Not too tight!

Next, place in canner with one inch of water covering the jar lids. Process jam for 10 minute. Remove canner from heat and gingerly remove jam jar with, I use a jar lifter Ball Jar lifter. Place the jars on a towel, I use Hot Damn It’s Jam Tea TowelI Eat Local Because I can dish Towel. After they are cooled check to see that all of the lids are sealed. If a jar is unsealed you can just pop it in the fridge.

And just because Funny Jam Making Mug

Ahh, sweet jam! And just for a couple jam jokes.

What do you call a group of blueberries playing guitars?

-A jam session

I visited Smucker’s jam factory. They asked me if I had heard of any of the new growing techniques being used to grow berries. I told them that I wasn’t up to date on my currant events.

Quite simply my favorite jam!

 

It Works Keto Coffee

It Works Keto Coffee seems to have become quite the novelty of recent. The keto diet concentrates on consuming more collagens. I, in fact, know a splash about collagens myself. Collagens are the building blocks of quick fat loss. Here is a video about collagens that I found on youtube.

Buy here: ItWorks Keto Coffee

In previous years I have sold ITWORKS wraps and supplements. The wraps did wonders for a lot of my customers including myself. I noticed increased tension and muscle across my ab and targeted area. This supplement also increased my energy and focus, try this for increased focus: Greens Berry Blend. I drank this daily and noticed increased concentration throughout the day making it easy for me to keep up with my college coursework at the time. And they have these fancy bottles that make preparing your drink not only nutritious but also fun! Fun ItWorks Bottles! So you can Shake, shake, shake… Shake, shake, shake… shake your booty.

Also, ITWORKS is featuring a new product, CollagenWorks, which can be found on the Itworks website: CollagenWorks

There’s also the option of bullet-proof coffee that uses grass-fed butter, collagen protein and MCT oil. Here’s a video on that. Here are the ingredients she uses. Also her blog is super chic: made mom blog

1 cup coffee

1-2 T grassfed butter

1 cinnamon

vanilla stevia sweetener

MCT oil

Collagen protein

This is a cool option for making protein rich coffee as well. And I have to agree with her on her choice of using a Keurig. Gotta say, I was pretty bummed when ours pooped out after 3 years of heavy use. I would say Keurigs are a good investment if your single.

When it comes to hardcore coffee preparation I like to use a pour-over BODUM pour-over 8 cup coffee maker. Here’s what I’d recommend: BODUM pour-over reusable filter This makes a brew that’ll wake ya up for sure!

I’m also very fond of the French Press method of brewing that I also bought from BODUM. This makes a pretty smooth cup of coffee which you can add spices and extracts to.

If you’re craving the smoothest cup of coffee you’ve ever had, I would definitely recommend the simplest preparation method, Cowboy coffee. Cowboy coffee preparation uses nothing more than a pan, spoon, water and coffee grounds. If you want’er put some real cowboy in ther’ you can even wear a cowboy hat! One of my favorites is here: Favorite Cowgirl Hat

So keep your hat on and drink Collagen because ITWORKS!