Sep 28, 2014

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An Ear of Purpose


The air sweeps by like an angel's breath
It's dark and cold, it's the smell of death

My skin is clammy and white
Life or death; neither here nor there
There is such loneliness in doom
Yet I'm calm and feel no fear
In this place of finality and gloom
While yet there is no life, no flowers to bloom

I've come yet again
To those who need a friend
To those who met their end
My time, my voice do I lend
My ears do perk; I know I can hear it
I've heard it before, I do not fear it
That's why I came again, to be near it

There they are, my lonely friends
Each no more than a spirit
They call me special but you won't hear my boasts
I'm merely a good listener; my lonely friends, such talkative ghosts


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Sep 25, 2014

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Life of a Writer

Many believe the life of a Writer must be wonderful.  You get to sit around all day in your pajama's and play on the computer.  You get to share your life with the world and get paid for it.  Like many Writers my life is anything but a world of p.j.'s and Bon Bons.  Today is my time to write, which I do love doing.  Yet, I still have other obligations as well.

Today is payday!  So, I get to go down and pick up and cash my small paycheck from my part time job.  It's a job I do enjoy, but it doesn't pay the bills in and of itself.  A few of my Clients are Members of the club I work at.  So it gives me a chance to connect with them, even if only for a few moments while I run for orders of coffee and pastries.  During slow times I'm able to socialize with a few of the regulars, and get to know people on a deeper level.  It also gives me a chance to hear of peoples concerns for the club.  I'm not just the Bar Keep two nights a week.  I'm also on the clubs Board of Directors.  So I'm able to see first hand what is happening with the club from all angles.

Most of the people who come into the club, even on a regular basis are unaware of the fact that I'm on the Board of Directors, or that I handle the Social Media, the Website, design the fliers for upcoming events, and handle the majority of the printing.  This tends to make it more interesting as they see me more as an employee.

Then there are others who don't see me as an employee or a board member.  They either see me as a member of the club, or as just another visitor passing through.  Well, no.  That's not right.  No one sees me as a visitor, because everyone seems to know and love me.  I don't know why.  There are those who see me as some kind of computer guru, but they are sadly mistaken.  I know my way around, but I'm not a geek, or a Tech.

I am also going through some major life changes right now.  Kelly and I are in the process of moving to a small town in the California forest area.  It's a fairly short commute (by California standards), so I am going to be taking on a full time job as a Chef in a fast paced grill in the Reno area.  This way she can stay with the company she enjoys, I get to cook, and we can commute together.

I'm also finding, that with all that is going on around me, I still have time for my Clients, although I don't get as much time to visit with them as friends.  Yet I still find time for the things I love.  Time with nature, and time for writing.  I don't get to work on my novel as much as I would like, but the articles, websites, short stories, and video's I'm working on are coming along at a leisurely pace. While the content is pouring in from around the universe.

Current Articles I'm working on include, but are not limited to:

"It's In The Kitty"  -An article about Pet Insurance.  Research came from finding out if Kelly's cat really needed health insurance, or if it was better to start an Interest-bearing Savings Plan with a great local Credit Union.

"Driving Tips For Dummy's"  -(series)  If you think you're a great driver you need to read this series of articles before you kill someone.  From the viewpoint of Professional Drivers.

"Acting As-If"  -(series)  It's your future.  Make it bright!  How to create the life of your dreams by starting over at any age.  This series will include stories from people who have started living their lives to the fullest doing what they love.

"Back Alley Marketing"  -(series)  Getting the word out about your product or service using untapped free resources.

"Higher Wisdom"  -(series)  It's not religious. It's Spiritual!  There is a difference.

I am also working on building several websites for Clients, and sometimes working on my own.  It seem's like a lot for one person to handle the day to day and still find time to write, but for me it's a matter of finding balance in all that I do, and only doing what I enjoy doing.  It's about experiencing a lifetime of joy.  It's about experiencing life.

Now it's time to get out and live it!  Peace!



 C. Christian Andersen
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Sep 24, 2014

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Ariana's Cafe Prompt 13 - September 24, 2014

Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe
I am @arianahbrowning

What is Ariana's Cafe?
Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?
However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.


Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazing from this prompt.

Are there any rules?

No captcha. If you want to have comment approval, leave a note near the comments area. Too many people have been losing comments, and if their comment disappears, they should know that it didn't go into never land.

No private blogs. If you share, make sure your blog is public. (You can always use my forum arianabrowning.proboards.com to blog publicly for a post, then share that link here.)

No Grammar Police. A lot of the people who join in are not professional writers. They enjoy writing to share their thoughts. Yes, we all appreciate someone who takes the time to spellcheck and grammar check, but not everyone knows proper grammar. We support with these blogs. Don't critique unless it's asked for.


Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something from this prompt, I would love to hear it so I know they are of value, and which ones are valued most.

You're welcome to tag me on any social network if you share there. :)

Here is the prompt for this week! See you next week.



Ariana

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Sep 21, 2014

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What is my Soul?



“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body, temporarily.” ~Walter M. Miller Jr.


Ray Charles had soul, baby. It was in his music.
I have soul. It is in my art and writing.
Both of my feet have a sole, too.
Sole swim in the North Sea; it’s a tasty fish.
Sol is in the center of our solar system--our sun.
Seoul is also in South Korea—it’s their capital.
But where is our soul and what exactly is it?

Is our soul inside our body, or is our body inside our soul?
What does the soul contain? When it leaves upon the death of the physical body, it leaves all flesh behind, yet takes our thoughts and memories with it? Is the soul like super-stick tape, or super absorbent toilet paper to catch and carry those ejected memories?

Is it like the black box that saves all the data for when a plane is destroyed in a crash?

Is it like a disc drive that uploads our info to Heaven, or ejects from the main body w/ stored data on it like a floppy disk or a compact disc?
Is it live, or is it Memorex?
I was born in the late 60’s so is my soul on a CD, cassette tape, or an 8-track?

How much does a soul weigh?
In 1907 a Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall performed an experiment on 6 dying patients to weigh their bodies at the exact moment of death. According to him, the results showed that the soul must weigh about 21 grams since that was the weight difference he measured at the moment of death when the soul presumably left the body. But his results and even his means of obtaining them are in dispute even today. I wonder, how could the soul have any weight at all? Isn’t it free of mass and matter?

Is the soul in human form, shaped like a human body? What if we lose a limb…is the shape of that part of the soul cut off too? Or does it remain, like an arm extending out from where a shirt sleeve was cut off at the base?

I once said that God is bigger than all the galaxies; that he can fit all of the galaxies of the universe in the palm of his hand, yet fit in the palm of our hand at the same time, that just as he is outside of space and time, he is outside of the realm of size as we know it. This would have to be true, no? Or else how could a spirit the size of the universe fit into the confining body of Jesus’ human form? Considering the infinite size of God, it would be a tight fit, no?

I wanted to lay out these thoughts in this blog. It is a blog of mostly questions and few answers, some suggestions, and more speculation. Perhaps the only purpose of this blog is to make you think…and think you shall, just as I have, about the questions posed within.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your thought engines!


~inSpireShine
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Sep 20, 2014

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Beta Readers wanted for: Hope of the Future

I am seeking beta readers for Hope of the Future.




Layla and Margaret, no need to contact me, I still have you on my list, as well as Renee. I will contact you separately. :)

If you signed up previously and never got back to me, I will save us both the trouble and ask that you not bother to sign up. You won't be chosen.

This book is a Science Fiction Fantasy genre, or it can be classified as a Post-Apocalyptic Thriller. I ended up combining two books that I'd written, into this one, so I'm going to need people who can catch plot issues, character issues (example: in the beginning she looks and acts one way, but toward the end she is different, yet not because of growth), and anything else that doesn't make sense. I can only catch so much.

You don't have to catch the grammar edits. Commas, misspelled words, etc. You will receive the book at the same time as my editor, so those will be caught by her and I. But if you do spot something and want to let me know, feel free to include that.

Requirements:


  1. Able to read a PDF format.
  2. Ability to get it back to me within a month's time. Within two weeks would be even better.
  3. Ability to write clear notes.
  4. Ability to be blunt. Don't be afraid to hurt my feelings. I want clarity. Tell me what's wrong, where I went wrong, and what you think (if you have that idea) should be done to fix. How would it have worked better for you. I may or may not use all the suggestions you give, but I want to hear them all. That's how great books are written.
Currently this book stands at 95K words. Which is about 348 pages. That's in Word. I'm nowhere near the time that I will send the book out, but I'm making this list early to give people time to sign up, and be considered.

Comment below, or email me at ariana@arianabrowning.com


Ariana
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Sep 18, 2014

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Back to School Sale!

All my books are currently discounted, and the discount will last until the end of September. September 30th, they will go back up in price. 

Every book except for Dark Illusions: The Beginning since it's already free. Rather than load you up with links, I'll send you to the Smashwords profile, as well as the Amazon one.

Grab any of the books that you haven't read yet.

Smashwords - 
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/arianabrowning

Amazon - 
http://www.amazon.com/author/arianabrowning

Word-of-mouth is crucial to any author's success so if you have any friend that you think would like any of my books, feel free to pass this offer around.

<3

Ariana
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Sep 17, 2014

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Ariana's Cafe Prompt 12 - September 17, 2014

Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe
I am @arianahbrowning

What is Ariana's Cafe?
Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?
However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.


Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazing from this prompt.

Are there any rules?

No captcha. If you want to have comment approval, leave a note near the comments area. Too many people have been losing comments, and if their comment disappears, they should know that it didn't go into never land.

No private blogs. If you share, make sure your blog is public. (You can always use my forum arianabrowning.proboards.com to blog publicly for a post, then share that link here.)

No Grammar Police. A lot of the people who join in are not professional writers. They enjoy writing to share their thoughts. Yes, we all appreciate someone who takes the time to spellcheck and grammar check, but not everyone knows proper grammar. We support with these blogs. Don't critique unless it's asked for.


Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something from this prompt, I would love to hear it so I know they are of value, and which ones are valued most.

You're welcome to tag me on any social network if you share there. :)

Here is the prompt for this week! See you next week.



Ariana

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Sep 16, 2014

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There Is A Solution

Most people think that 12-step programs are for quitting bad habits. This is because they have not gone through one of these programs, or if they have, they barely scratched the surface. In all of the hundreds of 12-step programs they start with addressing the problem. This is the first step in recovery. Admitted we were powerless over ______, and that our lives were unmanageable.

Beyond that we find that the issue is never brought up again in the rest of the steps. It becomes about reaching out for help from a Higher Power and other people who can help us with changing the way we perceive the world around us, and ourselves. We do a personal inventory of ourselves, looking at both our strengths and weaknesses, so that we have a better understanding of who we are and what we want in our lives.

We clean up the wreckage we have left behind us. By doing so we can move forward in our lives and become the person we wish to be, instead of the one we disliked so much that all we wanted to do was to get away from or kill.

We start to see a different future for ourselves, and as time progresses we start to implement a strategy to follow the dreams we once had. We start following those dreams and almost as if by magic we become the person we always wanted to be. Then we carry the message of hope to others so that they can change their lives for the better as well.

There is a reason the twelve steps are repeated in hundreds or even thousands of different programs around the world. It is because they have been proven to work for millions of people who have changed their lives for the better.

As we look closer into these programs we find that the objective is to discover what we are afraid of. What is holding us back from attaining our dreams. Then facing those fears and tackling our problems, then making our dreams a reality. We learn that there is nothing standing between us and our future, except the limitations we ourselves created.

If you are not living the life you want, then reach out for help. If you have an issue, whether it is your weight, a drinking or drug problem, smoking, or you just don't feel comfortable in your own skin, there is a 12-step program for you. All you have to do is admit there is a problem and seek help. Someone will be waiting to help you on your journey.

C Christian Andersen
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Sep 14, 2014

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Far, Far Away

You may have noticed last month I missed my post mid-month. I was busy trying to get the last bit of planning done to go to a friends' wedding in France. This included leaving my almost 2 year old with my parents at our house for 10 days. It was something I was unsure I was going to be able to do and was worried about what my son would think of what was happening.

And then the time came and we were in France and he was..... miserable. He had begun to run a temperature before we left and by the time we landed in France it was to 102ºF. I tried Skyping with him but it only seemed to make it worse. After the fourth time my mom sent me an email asking to take a break. I wanted to figure out how to head home. All I wanted was to hold my baby and apologize profusely for even considering what we had done.

After the break in Skyping he seemed to have done better and my parents were able to get a routine down with him and even teach him a few new things. It was probably harder on me at that point as I had no way of knowing that he was truly doing better besides the messages my mom would send me along with a picture. I tried to enjoy myself and thankfully France is easy to loose yourself in all the wonders around you, but the train to and from were hard as it was about an hour to any location and then back again.

It did not help, either, the other families with children his age. Most were probably from areas more nearby than the US, but it was still a reminder that having him along could have been done.

When we got back I was so excited to be home, I had to keep from jumping out of the car while it was still moving when we pulled up. My mother opened the door and said, "Look who I found." and at first he didn't understand what she was saying and just smiled at her. I bent down and almost whispered, "Jackson, hey." and as he turned to me the disbelief, relief, and confusion on his face was overwhelming. He slowly but steadily ran to me and I picked him up. He laid his head on my shoulder and looked at my mom and patted me on my shoulder/back. Every so often he would push back and look at me and smile and then lay his head back on my shoulder. I didn't want to let him go and I decided that I wouldn't until he wanted down or to go to Daddy. He did finally want to be put down and when he did he want to Daddy and gave him a big hug as well.

I am glad for the trip, I am happy he was fine by the end, but I wish I would have held off a few years until he understood better. The trip was torture while fun and that is not how I wish I was going to remember France.

~Chelsea Haller: HallerWriter~
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When Art Reflects Pain

Some time ago a woman who I know on Facebook read a book with a scene that got her thinking. She wrote a blog about it, and that got me thinking. Those thoughts of hers led me to these thoughts of mine. I’m curious to see what they lead to your thoughts of yours. It has taken me a long time to compose this note about my thoughts, but what can I say—I’m a slow thinker at times. Her blog was about how a scene in a book or movie moves us based not just on general feelings, but on memories of our own past, and she asked for others to recall the saddest scane from out life that was reflected in a sad scene in a movie.

There have been a good many films which have touched and moved me and not always based on my own experiences but on human emotion, on elements of the heart. I am especially moved by scenes of parents losing, or having thought lost, regaining their children. This does not hearken back to my own life experiences—I have no children, never had any to lose, but I can still feel hurt for, and feel relief for, people—fictional or not—being reunited with the children they had lost or were thought lost. Who among us with hearts could not?

When a Rocky Balboa-like character strives to be something better than he was and achieves or comes close to reaching that, we can easily cheer him on. We’ve all been down, and we’ve all wanted to rise up. We relate.

Songs touch us whether we can directly relate to the subject matter or not because as people we have all experienced enough hurt and loss to be affected by the loss and pain of another…

Many films have moved me on a human level, feeling the hurt of a character based on common relatable experiences, but only a few have seriously touched me on a deeper more personal level.

Regarding Henry touched me on many levels. Having gone through a head injury and coma, and subsequent rehabilitation like the main character in that film, I was able to relate directly to much of what he went through; aside from his being a successful, financially endowed attorney that is.


Another was Click, with Adam Sandler and Henry Winkler.
My father had a heart attack while visiting me in the hospital, when I was in intensive care when I was 14. He lived, but died from that heart attack a few months later. For some time before that period I'd been a stupid teenager and had distanced myself from him, trying to rebel against his fatherly control, avoiding spending time with him. A few months after he died it struck me that he died because of me being in the hospital, and that I had been so cold to him in the six months or so before he died. I blamed myself for his death, and for not spending more time with him when I had the chance. It took me five years to get over the guilt and stop blaming myself, but I never got over the lost relationship and time I had denied him.

Fast forward to the movie with Adam Sandler--Click--where his remote control caused him to jump forward through time with no way to rewind it. Now years into his future he was watching his younger self while his elderly father tried to maintain a relationship with him, and unable to control his younger self he yelled at him to respond to the father, because he himself was distraught knowing that he would never see his father again. I too was yelling, in my mind of course, at him to respond to his father, because it brought back the pain I had of avoiding my own father when I had had the chance to spend more quality time with him. Every time I watched that film, that particular scene hit me hard each time with memories and feelings of my regret.

And there you have it, the saddest thing could think of that a movie reminded me of. I cannot watch the film without thinking of my father, and of my missed opportunities.

If only I could click Pause and rewind that movie and do it all over again, the right way. But alas I cannot.

~inSpireShine
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