Gratitude: Young Whispers

I am grateful for whispering siblings.

“Good morning, Ira.”

“Good morning, Georgie.”

“Are you awake, Ira?”

“Yes, George, I am.”

“I’m a baby T-Rex, I just cracked open my shell.”

“I’m Kylo Ren, I have a red lightsaber.”

“Let’s get up.”

“Okay.”

-M.E. InkOwl

Gratitude: Forgiveness

I am grateful for forgiveness.

Not just the ability to be forgiven, but to also forgive.

With so many voices screaming for attention,

The quiet constant voice that speaks of progression cannot be heard.

It’s a choice.

I make a decision.

My mind acts.

And I am free from my anger,

I am free from the tethers of another.

And I take steps forward,

To Improve.

To be better.

To forgive.

-M. E. InkOwl

 

Gratitude: Bath Time

I am grateful for bath time.

Screams and cries of tremendous hate,

Fleeing limbs and scrambling gaits.

Dad has said those fateful words:

It’s Bath Time!

Running scared from an impending doom.

I turn the lights on in the room.

And stride with confidence to the bathroom door.

To see huddles frames thrown on the floor.

As jets of water spring to life,

These two little souls scream in terrified delight.

-M.E. Inkowl

Slowing Down

For all you who are following this blog, The Ink Owl will be slowing down its posts for this next year. I’m planning on doing four posts a month so that I can focus on larger writing projects that need my attention.

I’m excited to briefly mention that I was able to pitch a story that has caught the eye of a potential publisher! Now I need to devote as much time and attention to this story as I possibly can.

So forgive the absence and please continue to follow, at a slower pace. As always you can check out more of my writing on GoDogGoCafe. I look forward to one day soon share this exciting new experience!

Thank you all for your comments and support! This blog has become quite a special place because of your encouragement.

Now to put my pen to paper!

-M.E. InkOwl

March On The Ink Owl

Hello and welcome to March in the InkOwl.

This month I will be focusing my posts on selected excerpts from my personal experience as a Healthcare Assistant in a hospital setting.

I am excited and nervous to share these experiences as some come with a lot of emotions attached. There are some tender memories and some traumatizing events I’ll be sharing, so forgive me for any strong language or graphic episodes that are shared.

I’d like for this to be an opportunity to share the unique perspective I have with healthcare and also show a snippet of what experiences we healthcare workers have in this setting. So prepare yourself for a interesting month.

-M.E. InkOwl

Self-love: Love, A Process

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
― Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

Self-Love: Truth and Courage

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
― Brené Brown


Brene Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brene Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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I am overjoyed to celebrate yet another award for The Ink Owl. Invisible-No-More has been kind enough to nominate this blog! This award is primarily used to highlight those writers and bloggers who write regardless of how many readers they have, that write for anyone and everyone, and that write and make an impact on others. I am so very flattered to be nominated for this award!

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions

Questions

Where do you look for inspirations for your blog posts?

I take a lot of inspiration in from my the everyday experiences in my life. Especially those experiences that involve getting out into the natural world (which isn’t as often as I would like). The stories just come up out of nowhere when I’m out walking with my kids by the city pond and bird refuge, or on top of a mountain, or just walking around the neighborhood.

How has your blog changed / evolved over time? Was the change in line with your expectation?

I started my blog out to help me move past a very difficult time in my life and now it’s turned into a place for me to hone and practice my writing skills, as well as make a place for me and my writing to be found in this vast world. When I started blogging I had no idea what was going to happen, so I think through happenstance this is where my blog went and I am very happy with it.

What would you like to be doing in the future? Are you still blogging?

I would love to be publishing my first novel sometime in the near future. And for the time being I will keep the blog up and running.

Nominations

1. Silent Hour

2. Sailor Poet

3. Stevie Turner

4. Fearless In Jesus Christ

5. The Lonely Author

My Questions

  1. What started you on the path to writing?
  2. Where do you get your everyday inspiration?
  3. What does writing mean to you?

Please do not feel obligated to fill out your own award, this is a nomination that is me giving you a nod for your quality of work!

Liebster Award 2018

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I am pleased to announce that The Ink Owl has been awarded the Liebster Award for discovering new blogs! Ida Auclond was kind enough to nominate my blog and I couldn’t be more excited. Go check out her blog for beautiful and uplifting stories focused around life, mental health, and self-compassion. Thank you Ida!

Rules

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, linking to their blog. Include the award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 5-10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.

Questions

If you had to name one song summing up your life over the last few years, what song would that be?

-I would have to say: “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman, to a ‘T’.

If you had to describe yourself in a single word, what would it be?

-Engaging

If you could magically acquire one talent or personality trait, what would it be?

-To be introverted, it’s something that I’m trying to work more on being because it’s so different from who I am. It would be an interesting and eye opening experience to be able to step back from the social scenes of life and just observe.

If you had no obligations (family, money, etc.), what would you spend your life doing?

-Write! and while were on this subject, can I have a cabin in the woods to write in?

If you had to use a piece of fiction (book, movie, video game, etc.) to describe your goals, what would it be?

-“Okay For Now” by Gary Schmidt, read it, just read it.

If you could have anybody, real or fictional, help you reach your goals who would you choose and why?

-Danny Kay or Terry Pratchett. I could always use more of their kind of humor, understanding of the world, and outlook on life.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

-The ability to heal anyone I touched. My vocation is in a cancer hospital. Recently I’ve been surrounded by a lot of dying people. I’ve held a lot of mourning family members, and I’ve shed a lot of tears with all of them. It would be nice to ease the pain, and allow for families to have more time together.

If you could live anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be?

-The Shire, I close my eyes and day dream about living at the end of a row of hobbit holes, with my own round yellow door and garden on the roof. That or Basin Idaho. It’s amazing and a complete backwater-boonies experience. It’s a place to relax the mind and rejuvenate the soul.

If you could change one piece of fiction’s ending, what would it be and how would you change it?

-“The Shepard’s Crown” by Sir Terry Pratchett, I wouldn’t change any of the existing ending, but I would write in Sir Pratchett himself to continue the narration of his astonishing and wholly satisfying Disc World series. If only to make him immortal so the stories would never end. I’ll never forget finishing the Audio-book of Shepard’s Crown and realizing that would be the last new book I’d ever read from him again. I have to admit I cried. It was horrendously awkward and there were a few people that just kind of stared as they walked by. But it was such a moving and bitter moment, almost as if a close friend had passed and I would never be able to have our conversations again, just the memories.

If you could have a device to do any one thing in your place, what would it do?

-The Nest, because my living room is always baking and the kid’s bedrooms are always ice cold in the winter. Always.

Nominations (In no certain order)

1. Lori Writes The World

2. Earth to Ash

3. Aurora Phoenix

4. Darkness Of His Dreams

5. The Backyard Poet

6. Ronel The Mythmaker

7. Brave And Reckless

8. Wallie’s Wentletrap

9. Poems and Paragraphs

My Questions

1. What time of day is ideal for you to write?

2. What things inspire you to write?

3. How long have you been writing for?

4. What kind of education do you have?

5. What’s the purpose of your blog?

6. Favorite genre to write in? (You can list multiple ones)

7. You’ve been given a free two month vacation in an Italian Villa in Tuscany to write, what projects do you take? (Yes it’s all inclusive all you have to bring are clothes and writing materials.)

8. What do you struggle with when it comes to writing?

9. What hurtles have you had to overcome to be where you are with your writing today? (You can be as vague or detailed as you’d like.)

10. Favorite piece (or pieces) of literature?

Thank you all for the reads, likes, and comments. I am so happy to celebrate this award! For those that do not participate in these nominations, do not feel obligated to participate! Just understand that this is me letting you know you are fantastic writers!

-M.E. InkOwl

Self-love: Authenticity

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
― Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com: