The Age of Graphic Novels and Manga

Today was a dreary, gray, muggy day in Miami, Florida. This of course gave me the perfect excuse to take cover from the elements at our local bookstore. I brought along one of my younger cousins visiting from out of state who shares my same passion for pages, words and dare I say it, pictures….

The Wonderful World of Fantasy Writing & Art

I by no means am an artist. I don’t even know how to draw a straight line with a ruler. This does not mean that I lack a taste for art. I was actually raised amongst a home full of fine artists and have been exposed to the sharp smell of oil paints and turpentine…

The Old Victiorian House of Riley

Hello Blogland, We have finally reached the month of July together. It’s that time again for summer heat, bathing suites and BBQ’s galore. I should say that after a bit of a turbulent first half of the year things seem to be winding down to something more enjoyable. Writing has of course come greatly into…

Children’s Books Vs. the Media

I had a bit of  a “Field Trip” today, although I’m not quite sure its what you would call a visit to a location you frequent at least three times a week. I drove my five year old sister to the bookstore after lunch. I had no intention of opening my laptop or journal to…

The Invisible Army

I received a letter in the mail two days ago I will repeat this again, I received a letter in the mail two days ago It was rectangular in shape. Black ink creating symbols you and I deem the English alphabet collected in such a way that it spelled out the name of an old…

Awakening of the Warrior

Awakening of the Warrior You hold the lock and key buried within the rising and falling of that borrowed chestEncased in the prison of your ribs she screamsSuffocating, reaching out blindly, seeking the surface Freedom comes at a price high enough to keep the most Brilliant soul chained beneath the thickest of masks Who knew…

The Turning

Salt permeates the air as waves crash against the shoreLaughter floats from castles made by the hands of smiling children Red skin weathered by years of sunThe swaying of so many palm trees A sailboat glides smoothly over waves in the distanceThere is no darkness to be found up above Only clouds of white, even…

Babes of Blogland

Hello to All of Blogland, I know I’ve been absent for what feels like far too long but it is to my great relief that I am happy, healthy, whole and once again back in Miami.  The process to move from Tennessee to Florida was a swift one and came to a surprise to just…

Treat Yourself Like Royalty

So we have entered a new year of opportunity in 2013. I wanted to touch base on the importance of taking care of oneself. Without that body you walk around in there would be no opportunity for growth, fun, adventure, or life for that matter. Too many of us are slaves to routine. Too many…