Posted in Writing, Writing Inspiration, writing journey, tagged art, blog, bloggers, boisterous, books, community, facts and figures, fiction, inspiration, literature, novel, number of likes, thank you, writing, writing journey on March 16, 2013 |
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I surpassed 500 likes (actual figure 673) on 10th February 2013 – for some reason I did not share this knowledge although I did a happy dance to celebrate. However, there is no way of knowing what my current count is – yes I’ve looked extensively through the help pages and my stats page – so I suppose I will have to wait until a 1000 likes icon appears.
My motivation to share now is to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to visit, like and comment on my musings. It is my hope that you find my words fun, enlightening and helpful. I truly believe to share my journey is my mission. If I help only one or two writers from struggling in isolation I will be happy. Reaching out across cyber space as well as locally has brought me in contact with some wonderful people and enriched my life.
So I will raise a glass and toast you all using today’s word as my inspiration. Boisterous – definition: 1) a. noisy and rough : rowdy b. marked by high spirits; 2) vigorously active : stormy. Might as well make a noise about it.
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Posted in Writing, Writing Inspiration, writing journey, tagged An Officer and A Gentleman, arts, book recommendation, book review, Canada, corset ripping, epaulet, Epaulette, fiction, hero, heroine, historical, independent women, Lisa de Nikolits, literature, Military, Relationships, romance, self love, uniform, West of Wawa on March 6, 2013 |
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Epaulet – definition: a shoulder ornament on a uniform especially of a military or naval officer.
OK so be honest what image came into your mind immediately you read today’s word? A movie scene from An Officer & A Gentleman? Calendars with men in uniform? Or maybe a loved one, who is in the military? There is something very striking about a man in a uniform – we imagine being whisked up into his arms and carried off into the sunset. We all have levels of romanticism from the knight on his magnificent steed to a dress-suited gentleman to men in uniform, whether on or partly off!
No matter where you shop you will find multiple ‘corset ripping’ tomes. Not all are set in historical times though; some are delightfully modern with today’s struggle of the sexes. It seems to be that women want the romance but also the independence of modern day. Is this actually possible? Asking a man to be both is probably pushing your luck, but how about his dilemma? If he treats his significant other as a delicate flower he’s being chauvinistic but to let her be ‘her own woman’ he is unsympathetic and unromantic.
Are there any guidelines out there do you think?
My dear friend, Lisa de Nikolits has a most delightful book called West of Wawa, in which the heroine journeys not only geographically but emotionally across Canada. Here is the site and some awesome reviews for the book, I would recommend it. http://www.lisadenikolitswriter.com/WestofWawa.html
It is truly a modern day romance for not only does Benny (heroine) meet some rather scrumptious men but also finds love for herself.
Maybe as modern women we no longer need a man to ‘fulfill’ our emotional void as much as in days gone by. A woman had a certain social standing once she was married and was ‘looked after’ financially – she was complete. This mode of thinking has, in the most part – disappeared however, there are still some women out there that need it! And I, for one, certainly don’t think that is a bad thing, if you can find happiness then go for it.
We have the ability to easily fulfill our own needs now-a-days with our own careers and financial independence but what of those day dreams? Can we separate them from reality or do they linger making an under current of dissatisfaction?
Love should begin with yourself. Not an easy task if you are a mother, I understand that only too well, but when you are happy the people around you notice and respond in a positive way. Self love is not selfish, it is giving everyone a better you.
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This brought up memories for me and I'm sure it will do the same for you! I read a great deal as a child and will have to look deeply into which books were the top for me. However, one does ring out - Stig of the Dump
- I even re-read it last year! Now to discover the meanings for me...I'll be back. Have fun with this exercise.
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Stig of the Dump, Front (Photo credit: the justified sinner)[/caption]
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