The Ink Owl

"If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story." -Terry Pratchett

Guest Submission: Diving Deep and Surfacing


You are swift moving water

traveling through dense forest



through the midnight landscape

fireflies and Luna moths


your body

in a dazzling display

of bioluminescence

while wood nymphs

waltz on your mossy banks

to the chorus of crickets

and the hoots of snow white owls

I am the waxing moon

hanging in the indigo night

cool and remote

my silver light

glittering upon your surface

where I see myself reflected

I am almost beautiful

As you flow over rocks and logs

up hills and down vales

then rush over cliffs

where become a waterfall

you sing me a siren song

of longing

of heart’s desire

until recklessly into your depths

I plunge

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

Author Bio:

  • Where you are from?
    • Born in Southern California, raised in Central Massachusetts and lived outside of Philadelphia for the last 27 years
  • You favorite: piece of writing/book/literature?
    • I am a serious Jane Austin fangirl. I have a Pride and Prejudice tattoo (“Obstinate, headstrong girl”)
  • In no more than two sentences, why you love to write.
    • I write because I have to. It is the inner voice of my conscious and unconscious minds rising to the surface and spilling out of me.

You can follow Christine and her many intriguing and tantalizing writings through these blogs: (You’ve got to check them out, they are amazing.)

Guest Submission: Summer Solstice

Morning had broken. Praying lady lifted her head, and a heavy sigh escaped her lungs; the sound lingered, flirting lightly with currents of air. Atop the tower, she stood alone, olive eyes aimed at the horizon; orange and pink painted the sky, painted her face. Distant birds gathered and soared into fine light, disappearing in luminescence; hand to gentle brow, Keeper of Tower Truth followed the melodious flock into chirruping memory.

Gaze shifted, she marveled at the grandeur of the earth; languid streams marked the land, their faint ripples catching beams of dawn’s radiance; wild blooms of red and blue mingled with  blades of green that blanketed the soil; honeysuckle bountiful produced tubular heads nectar rich; oaks raised robust branches outspread in praise of the sun. Morning had broken; newborn summer colored the kingdom vibrant.


Train of virginal gown trailed lazy; barefoot Keeper tiptoed through the topiary courtyard on her Chosen Day. Order organized around the hallowed pool; the collective anticipated their initiate at the edge of cherry coppice. There, made naked, she stepped into translucent water, cool; Keeper said her vows, and baptism commenced.

“Into the deep I plunge, embodied by the Illuminate, mother of the Light.”

-Kindra M. Austin


Author Bio:

My name is Kindra M. Austin; I live in Michigan, born and raised. In April of this year, my greatest dream came true when my debut novel, “Magpie in August” was published. I am currently working on my second novel. Inspired by Sylvia Plath, my favorite book is “The Bell Jar.” I love writing; through the written word, I have the privilege of touching hearts and inspiring minds.

You can follow more of Kindra’s thought provoking writing on her blog Poems and Paragraphs.

Guest Submission: The Torment


Again, I lie awake, assuaged by the stillness of night,
a clock ticking, then tocking, slowly teasing me with dawn.
Soon the fringe of daylight will edge toward tomorrow,
exposing my scars of yesterday, barely healed.
Why is there no end to the torment?

avatar Ash Douglas

Author Bio:

Born and raise by my grandparents in a small fishing community on the south coast of Newfoundland, Canada, it’s a place called Harbour Breton. I left there when I was 18 for university.  Since I left home and right up to present day I’ve lived in the city of Mount Pearl/St. John’s(combined these are kind of like one bigger city) so I live in the city of Mount Pearl and work in city of St. John’s as a Paralegal in a law firm downtown. I live with my fiancé Trixie and her mother Barbara. Trixie and I have been together for seventeen years this month, she’s my number one fan. I also have a 19 year old daughter, Ashton who is in her second year of college.

My favorite book is the Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha because as soon as I picked it up I loved it, it read like something I had wrote it myself, the book was written like the way I think sometimes. It was a feel good read that brought back a slew of great memories based on the context of the book. I highly recommend it.

The reason I write is because it’s an outlet for me, it helps me express myself, and it makes me feel good when I make an impression on someone’s life. I like to think that what I write matters. I have always been an inner thinker, I’ve kept many journals, so many notebooks and when I really think about it, writing has been a part of my life this whole time, it’s only now I’ve chosen to share it with the world. I’m so glad that I took the plunge.

You can follow Ash at his blog: Earth To Ash

August on The Ink Owl

Welcome all to a new month! Something new and exciting has come to the Ink Owl: Guest Submissions. I have 18 submissions from across the globe that will be featured throughout this month. These writers took on the challenge to follow the prompt; ‘Into the Deep I Plunge’ and create a fantasy based piece of writing.

There was very little expectation on my part that anyone would submit work, but I was very wrong! So many people, amateur writers, published authors, and poets reached out to me and submitted some very creative and beautiful pieces. It is so inspiring to me to see others working so hard pouring their passion into wonderful story-telling.

Each post will have links to author’s blogs, or published works. Feel free to explore their websites to your heart’s content! Happy reading!

-M.E. InkOwl

Summer Sunshine Blogging Award


I am excited once again to announce that The Ink Owl blog has been nominated for the Summer Sunshine Blogging Award! Thank you to Invisible-No-More for the nomination and attention! It’s always incredible to find followers and readers that enjoy my writing.


1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions For Me:

What is your favorite day of the week?

I’d have to say Wednesday, because that is when my weekend begins and can actually be with my family all day.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

I had this really small micro machine toy of the star ship Enterprise that I would take everywhere I went. I

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I grew up with Shetland Sheep dogs and am deathly allergic to cats. So I’m definitely a dog person.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now?

I wanted to be a paleontologist as a child, and I’m not now. But I am pursuing my dreams of writing, and some of those stories does include dinosaurs so . . . in a round-a-bout sort of way yes I am.

At dessert time, do you go for chocolate or lemon?

Always chocolate.

What is your favorite topic to blog about?

I love blogging about fiction writing. (Because it includes all of my stories.)

Why did you start your blog?

After being dismissed from school I was in a pretty negative place and needed to move forward with my life. Writing had always been one of those hobbies I’ve done on the side, or set on the backburner and I really wanted to grow my abilities.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently trying to get into The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and also laughing my way through Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen.

What past TV show would you like to see back on the air?

I would love to see White Collar come back. It was amazing!

If you could go back into your past, what (if anything) would you like to change?

What would you have for your final meal?

Homemade sourdough waffles with sausage, eggs, and potatoes.

My Nominations:

Tiny Girl Big World Blog

J.A. Allen

Useful Soul 

Douglas William Thurstan Smith

Deidra Alexander’s Blog


Inspiration Pie

Earth to Ash

Fiction is Food



Questions For Them:

What is your favorite season of the year?

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?

How do you prepare your space to write?

Name one of your obsessions.

What music can you not live without?

What time of day is the most conducive for writing?

How do you push yourself to finish a story?

What is an irrational fear you have?

What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?

What is your favorite part of summer?


July on the Ink Owl

New month, new challenge, and new life decisions to be made! I’m excited to announce I’ll be pursuing efforts to further my educational and career dreams. That being said I will now have to divide my time further between family, writing, blogging and school work.  Thus for the time being I’ll be somewhat of a recluse. Not to worry, I have exciting things still in store for all of you followers. For July on The Ink Owl I’ll be featuring 31 poems based on childhood memories of Summer.

I was taking care of my parents home and yard while they’re away having adventures out of country and the thought hit me to write down these poems. Each one features a picture taken in my childhood stomping grounds. So please join me as I take you all down memory lane. Happy reading!

-M.E. InkOwl