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The Silent Scream

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The forest was thick with the smell of pine and screech owls glided overhead. Patches of thick heavy fog hung low to the ground and left her feeling vulnerable. She was careful not to walk too fast, as she couldn’t quite see where she was going or what she was stepping upon. The ground was soft and squishy and with each step she took, her boots sunk deeper into the boggy terrain. She wrapped her parka tighter around her chilled body and hoped that it wouldn’t be too long before she found her way back to the cabin.

The day had been unusually warm for this time of year and so she had decided to go for a nice long walk in the woods. She didn’t really think about where she was planning on going and ended up letting her imagination flood her mind and in the process ended up leaving her good judgement behind. Eventually, she realized that she had lost her sense of direction and had been wandering around the forest for several hours. She tried desperately to find her way back, but was quite sure that she was just walking around in circles.

The trees were so tall in this part of the forest, that she could barely see the sky through the canopy of endless evergreen pine needles. She did the only thing that she could think to do and just kept walking. She walked deeper into the forest and noticed that the terrain was quickly changing. The day was fading fast and the forest had become eerily quiet. Every twig she stepped upon, echoed in the cool night air and dark shadows formed all around her, causing the forest to turn into a frightful and foreboding place.

She pressed on though and searched for an open place where she could at least sit down and rest and hopefully be lucky enough to capture a glimpse of the North Star to help her find her way. As she continued on, the ground only became more difficult to navigate and soon she was so deep into the marshland, that she could barely lift her feet at all. She wanted to turn back, but she couldn’t remember from which way she had come.

The screech owls were back again, their frightful cries caused her to shiver and tremble in fear. Suddenly she heard a twig snap from behind her and she whirled herself around as fast as she could. To her surprise and great relief, it was only a raccoon and so she continued to trudge through the soggy soil as best she could.

A little while later, she heard another twig snap and figured that her little friend must be back, but as she turned around, she discovered a man instead. He was nearly twice her size and his cold hard stare caused her to stumble backwards. His eyes were black as coal and he wore a long dark trench coat that was covered in mud and torn in several places. In one lengthy step he closed the gap between them.

She tried to scream, but no sound came. She felt her body begin to plummet into a black hole of oblivion. The last thing she saw before she broke free of his evil gaze, was the edge of a silver blade, saturated in a thick red substance, which was trickling down upon the watery ground below. The droplets pulsed through the murky waters and formed beautiful patterns that glistened in the moonlight.

Startled awake by this haunting dream, she woke up in a cold sweat and wondered where she was. She sat upright, trying to adjust her eyes to the darkness and breathed a sigh of relief when she realized that everything had all just been a crazy dream. She laid back down and tried to fall back to sleep, unaware of the screech owl perched on a low hanging branch just outside her window and the large muddy footprints on the floor just outside of her bedroom.

Written by, Michelle Cook


Originally posted: November 6, 2015

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Masquerader – Writing 201: Poetry, Day 4 (Imperfect, Limerick, Enjambment)

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Masquerader

Look into my soul and there you’ll find

An imperfect soul

An imperfect mind

This ugly abyss deficient and flawed is secretly a place of

Perversion

Fraud

Though I struggle to be good my twisted heart

Fails

I wrestle with myself to no easy

Avail

I wonder…

Can my heart be redesigned?

Or is this the way…

I’ll forever be defined…

~M


Originally posted: October 8, 2015

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The Girl Who Had Everything – Writing 201: Poetry (Day 8 – Flavor, Elegy, Enumeratio)

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The Girl Who Had Everything

She was the flavor of the day
The talk of the town
When she came into sight
Everyone crowded around
She was a girl who had everything
Going her way
It was a shame it all had to end
On that one frightful day
Beauty and ambition left her
In the blink of an eye
She had been the life of the party
And left without saying goodbye
Then one bad decision
Left her in a collision
Her life now just a blur
Caused quite a stir
Many couldn’t believe
That she was now gone
A girl that had everything
And seemed so strong
Fate dealt her a poor hand
That terrible tragic day
And these sad memories
Will probably never go away
Reflecting back on her life
Many now say
They miss her and wonder
Why did she pay
Unfortunately so often
We reap what we sow
God bestows us with choices
And then lets us go
We can’t really question
The hows and the whys
It’s unfortunate for sure
When somebody we love must die
But we need to remember
The choices that we make
Can often lead us
To disastrous mistakes
We live and we learn
And get smarter each day
Hopefully before
We are taken away

Written by,  Michelle Cook


Originally posted: October 13, 2015

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#MidnightMadness – 5/16/2017

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Blogger friend Trent, from Trent’s World has graciously given us a new word to add to the dictionary.  Compty is the word, and it means… wanting to comment on a blog post but coming up empty when you try.  So here’s a poem I promised to write about it.  And just in case you missed it, this goes along with last night’s Midnight Madness; which you can check out here.

 

Compty

Is a very unique word

One you’ve probably

Never even heard

 

It’s a word made up

By our blogger friend Trent

Who decided to tell me

What this awesome word meant

 

So have no fear

This magical word is now here

Its meaning is simple and easy

And won’t leave you feeling queasy

 

It has to do with

Wanting to comment on a blog

During those frustrating times

When your brain is in a fog

 

It’s then that you can’t quite

Figure out what to say

So you just end up leaving

And going on your merry way

 

So thank you Trent

For sharing your word

It really is lovely

And not at all absurd

 

It’s too bad nobody else

Was brave enough to submit any more

Get with the program all you other bloggers

And don’t be such a bore!  😉

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 


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I Write Because…

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I Write Because…

I write to…
Explore hidden realms beyond my reach

I write to…
See the universe in a different light

I write to…
Free myself from the confines of this world

I write to…
Hear my imagination think

I write to…
Escape to other dimensions in time

I write to…
Empower my introverted side

I write to…
Give my soul a much needed rest

I write to…
Pretend that I am someone I’m not

I write to…
Become a happier self

I write to…
Share my innermost thoughts and emotions

I write to…
Give hope to the hopeless

I write to…
Allow myself a few moments of weakness

I write to…
Make people laugh and cry

I write to…
Challenge myself in numerous ways

I write to…
Reach out to the brokenhearted

I write to…
Be daring and free from the chains that imprison me

I write to…
Create stories that I can call my very own

I write to…
Bring creativity into existence

I write to…
Have adventures that would otherwise never take place

I write to…
Acknowledge all that is good and true

I write to…
Perfect my hidden talents and abilities

I write to…
Show myself that I am worth so much more than I think that I am

I write to…
Find comfort in a place that I didn’t even know existed

I write because…
I am a writer.

 

Written By, Michelle Cook


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Originally posted: November 2, 2015

Please forgive my futile attempts

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Oh I wish I had the time

To read a thousand blogs

Each day

But time

Just sort of escapes me

Not giving me a way

 

So please forgive

My futile attempts

To keep up with you my friends

Someday I hope

Life slows down

So in me you can depend

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 

*To all my blogging friends,

I want to apologize for my absence on many of your blogs.  I haven’t been able to keep up with my reading and I’m afraid the month of May is going to be more of the same.  I just got back from a week-long personal retreat, and I am finally starting the Whole30 plan tomorrow.  I mentioned it a little bit here.  So I’m afraid my month is mainly going to consist of more reposts, as I will be spending the majority of my time cooking good healthy meals for my family.

I want to thank all of you for being such loyal readers and for always encouraging me with your lovely comments.  I’ve been having a really tough year, and I feel like I’m finally starting to feel happier again and much less overwhelmed and discouraged.  I think I’ve just really needed this time off to find myself again and to realize what is important in my life.

So in the meantime, please forgive me if I miss reading something of yours, and if it’s something you really don’t think I should miss, then please leave me a link to your post in the comments section.  I will be sure to take the time to read it and let you know what I think.

Also, one last thing…

I have received numerous submissions from people who would like to be featured.  If you sent me an email, just know that I haven’t forgotten about you.  I’m not sure when I will begin posting featured writers and artists again, but I think my goal right now is to aim for June.

Much love to all of you and have a very blessed week!  ~M xoxo


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Missing you…

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Me, my brother David, and my sister Dianna (May 2014)

Missing you…

Two thousand miles
Stand in our way

I never quite know
What I should say

I know you’re probably wondering
Why I don’t try

But life becomes hectic
And time passes by

It’s frustrating for sure
Being so far away

But I wanted you to know
That I’m thinking about you today

I love you so much
You’ll never guess the amount

For it’s certainly higher
Than you ever could count

Written by, Michelle Cook

With much love to my dear sister and brother. Time passes, but you are forever in my thoughts and prayers.

Love your sis,
~Michelle


Originally posted: November 22, 2015

Summertime Fun

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Splash pad with Autumn

Water works fun
In the blazing sun
Screams of delight
Water in flight
Prancing around
Smiles abound
Faint breeze blows
Children come and go
Peals of laughter
Memories I’ve captured
Running to and fro
It’s soon time to go
Leaving behind new friends
We vow to come again

 

By, Michelle Cook


Originally posted: June 15, 2015

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Words come straight from the heart…

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There’s no better compliment for a writer, than when somebody reads their work.  I honestly don’t even mind if somebody doesn’t particularly like what I’ve written.  Just the fact that they’ve read it and have taken the time to tell me they have; that’s the best feeling in the world.  The words a writer writes, come straight from their heart.  So the reader is literally holding a piece of that person’s heart while reading such a person’s words.  It doesn’t get much more intimate than that.  ~M


Originally posted: May 15, 2016

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#MidnightMadness – 4/19/2017

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“Today is all you got before you get another today.”

~The Ruckus Journal

(The Ruckus Journal is such an amazing blog, you should check it out!)


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Time for a spring break…

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Good morning to you my blogging friends,

Hope you’re doing well and having a very blessed week.  I just wanted to give all of you a quick update.  I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed in recent days and have come to the conclusion that a much needed break is in order.  I’ve been feeling completely exhausted both mentally and physically, and writing doesn’t seem to be helping me at the moment.  In fact, it seems to be adding to my already taxed mind.

So with that said, I have decided to at least repost some of my older blog posts for the remainder of this month, and perhaps through the month of May as well.  Each one will be selected at random, so it’ll be fun to see what comes up when I hit the “read a random post” button, which is located in the category section at the top of my blog.  I may still do my Midnight Madness posts, if something comes to mind.

Hopefully, by next month, I will feel more like myself again.  I also want to apologize in advance, because I will be cutting back my blog reading time as well.  I try so hard to keep up with all of you, but I follow a few thousand blogs, and so it’s impossible to read everyone’s posts each day.  I’ll be thinking about all of you during my time away and I’ll try to reply to comments when I can.  Have a very Happy Easter and enjoy the spring weather.

Much love, ~M  xoxo


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Wishes and Worries

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“Prayer is bringing your wishes and worries to God and faith is leaving them there”

~Author Unknown

 

Recently found this quote over at Daisy’s blog and fell in love with it.  Daisy is a new blogger, so please visit her site “In Bloom” and show her some love!  ~M xoxo


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#MidnightMadness – 3/25/2017

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Dinnertime questions from a dimwit (yeah that’s me).

Me – “Don’t these croutons seem stale to you?  And I just opened the package today.”

Hubby – “Well you do realize that croutons are purposely made that way, right?”

Me – “Oh yeah, don’t mind me, I’m an idiot…  Lol…  Nevermind!”

 

*Guess you had to be there… 😉


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#weekendcoffeeshare – A Place of Acceptance

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How is everyone today on this brisk March morning?  I filled up on Irish coffee last night in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, so the coffee this morning seems a bit boring and bland in comparison.  Hold on… there we go.  A bit of whipped cream should do the trick!  Ahh…. Perfection!  And in my favorite mug too!  So good…

Alright now, are you ready for the scoop on this week?  Well, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that after all the soul-searching I’ve been doing in recent days, I think I’ve finally come to a place of acceptance.

Can I get a Hallelujah and a Praise the Lord!?!  Thank you… 😉

Anyway, I’ve started to resolve many of the things I’ve been struggling with. I feel stronger this week, happier than I’ve been in a long time.  There’s finally a sense of peace that has come over me, and I feel determined to be content where I’m at and enjoy the life I have.

Don’t get me wrong, though, coming to terms with everything hasn’t been easy.  I’ve done a lot of praying over the last few months, and questioned God about so many things.  I wanted him to reveal to me why he had allowed some of the recent things in my life to happen, and he has been answering me in ways which I never expected.

One thing I’ve realized is that I’ve been focusing way too much on how others make me feel, and not enough on finding my own happiness within myself.  So to combat this problem, I’ve been giving myself more time alone to do the things which make me happy.

One thing I’ve done which is still working for me has been to stick with a writing schedule.  I’ve been able to push myself farther than I ever thought possible.  Last week I decided to check out Grammarly online, to see if it would be helpful.  At the end of the week, I received a report stating that I had edited 15,000 words for the week.  I really had no idea how much I had actually been writing and I was completely surprised by the word count.

I think the reason I’m able to get so much done, is that I’ve stopped making excuses, and I’m writing for myself; not anyone else.  I’ve gone back to the basic principle which I began with two years ago.  I am writing whatever I want to, regardless of what others will think.  And yes, that does feel a little bit selfish, but I’m tired of having to worry about stepping on somebody’s toes or perhaps offending someone who may have issues with the content of my writing.

This blog started out as a way for me to spill my heart out on a page and resolve things I was struggling with.  I want my blog to always be that way for me and I’ve been holding back at times.  I was worrying too much about what others would think and I seriously wondered if I would be misunderstood.

After much deliberation, I have begun posting some of my older poems from a blog that never seemed to go anywhere.  I have quite a few poems left to carry over, and although they don’t relate to my current situation in life, they were things I struggled through, and I know others will be able to relate to them.  So I feel they are worth posting, and it also gives me a bit of a reprieve on days when I don’t want to write something new.

I don’t think I mentioned it last week, but I finally submitted one of my poems for publication in a magazine.  One which is just about to release its very first issue.  The release date is scheduled for April 20th and I’m excited to find out if my poem will be chosen.  There’s just something about finally seeing my work published on good old-fashioned paper, which really excites me.  I can only hope it will actually happen this time!

I also realized that I’ve made it to the halfway mark in editing my Revelations of the Past series.  If you’re interested in reading it, here’s the link to the series.  I release new chapters twice a week; usually on Wednesdays and Sundays.  If you like historical fiction, then please check it out!  My subscribers are dwindling, so please come and read.  I would really appreciate your support.

Well, enough about me and my week.  What about you and your week.  Anything new and exciting to share?  If so, please leave me a comment and tell me what you’ve been up to.  I love my blogging family and I’m so grateful I found the weekend coffee share.  It’s been a great way to make new friends and I’m really enjoying our time together.  Have a wonderful week!  ~M

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Many thanks to Nerd In The Brain for hosting the #WeekendCoffeeShare, a collective of chats over digital coffee among bloggers. To find out more, and to see this weeks posts, go here.


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Featured Writer – Jambo Stewart

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Intrigue them with your flash fiction

Seduce them with your short stories

Let them fall in love with your novel

 

For further inspiring thoughts from Jambo Stewart, please visit his blog here.


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