Saturday, March 16, 2019

~~~~~~~Artist of the Sky~~~~~~~

By Edna Pellen


Oh Artist of the sky, won’t You teach me Your ways? How to hold the brush, choose the hue And paint the strokes with such grace? Oh Crafter of the trees, won’t You tell me The secrets that You keep to create such wonderful things? Oh Melodist of the birds’ songs, won’t You show me How You get every note to tie together all the day long? Oh Author of the world, reveal to me, if you can, How You wrote each word, how You formed Your story’s plan Oh Sculptor of man, show me if you will, How to carve such marvelous things with such strong patience And such great skill Oh Inventor of time, please teach me these great talents of thine





Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Liebster Blog Award







Dear readers,


Today's post is that of a different sort! I have been nominated and awarded for the Liebster Award by my good friend Ariel from Scribes & Archers. She has a wonderful writing blog, and I highly recommend you reading some of her posts.

Before I begin, allow me to explain what the Liebster Award is:

This award is passed around by bloggers to bloggers. It was designed to help other blogs grow and gain more attention, and that is what it is continuing to do eight years later.

(Liebester is German for 'dearest', by the way.)


The Rules:

The rules are simple...

1. You are to link back to the person who nominated you

2. Display the award (seen at the top of this page)

3. Answer the eleven questions that the person who nominated you provided

4. Give eleven random facts about yourself

5. Nominate eleven other bloggers (normally a blog with less then two hundred followers, though I may bend that rule)

6. Ask eleven questions of your choice for your nominees to answer


Sounds fun, right? Let's get started!


11 Questions from Ariel:


1. What's your favorite color to wear?

I love wearing pastels, but bright orange and forest green are probably my favorites



2. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?

I like to think orange, because it can be calm and gentle, or ecstatic and fun, or completely wild! But it is always joyful and happy. And though I am not happy all the time, I do try very hard to be.



3. What's your favorite thing about your current project? (Writing project, music project, school project, etc.)

For the sake of keeping this blog's theme, I'll go with my current writing project.
My favorite thing about this novel I'm writing is the devotion and determination that can be found in it, and in multiple forms.
I think that is shows love, emotion, intense dedication, and... well, I'll stop there. I don't want to give anything away.



4. What's the story behind your blog name?

This is actually something I was planning to write a post about.
The name 'Bleeding Ink' comes from a poem I once wrote (that, and a vote from my friends).
In short, it is to describe the intense passion that I feel for writing. The idea is that my love and zeal for words and writing is so deep, that if you were to look inside me you'd see that my very heart bleeds ink.



5.  If you dye your hair, what color would you dye it?

I like my hair the way it is, but if I had to say, I would like to turn the tips orange or pink. But if I had to do all of my hair, I'd choose either a dark purple or blue.
...Or maybe I could dye it the color it already is.



6. What book are you most excited to read this year and why?

Most likely, it would be Dragons' Hope by Melody Jackson. And this is because I love the other books in this series, the characters are wonderful and deeply developed and the story is intense and gripping.

You can find this series (which I highly recommend) here.



7. What's your favorite thing about your blog?

The tone, by far. Every time I finish a post and see it completed and standing against the purple background, I get a thrill. I think that my style of writing matches the rest of this blog perfectly, and I'll admit that I'm very proud of that.
But in addition to that, I love having a place to put my strange scribbles that I call 'writing'. I love having somewhere that is dedicated to words and creativity, and that I can (in hope) loop around and use to represent the Good that God is.



8. What's your favorite book of the Bible and why?

Well, that's a hard one. Off the top of my head, James. I say this because I find it to be very hopeful, but honest. And, instructional but loving. It doesn't sugar coat anything, but instead provides all of the truth, which includes good and bad things.

Oh but then there are the Psalms! Oh how I love that book! It shows us how human we are, and how amazing and astounding God is, how loving He is, how forgiving, how mighty, how fierce... and how undeserving we are to be loved by Him. And yet, He does love us.



9. What's your favorite Bible verse and why?

Now that just isn't fair, I have way too many to only give one!
So instead, I will give two.

"The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down." - Psalm 145:14
I love this one because of how is shows God. Through this verse, we can see one of the many, many, ways He loves us.

My second verse is this;

"Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me." - Micah 7:8

Now, this one I love for a similar reason.  Again, it shows how feeble man is. But with God, we have strength. He is all the defense we need, He is all the light we need, and vengeance is His. The enemy would be a fool to rejoice over one whose defense is the Lord. Because with Him, we will rise, and with Him, we have light, and with Him, we needn't worry about the enemy.




10. What's your favorite thing to write? (Fiction or non-fiction)

Fiction, by far! When writing a work of non-fiction, you put such limits on yourself. But in fiction, anything can happen! You don't have to follow the silly lines of logic, you have imagination! Things can fall up, night can be day, you can swim in the air, and instead of setting, the sun can just explode every evening and rebuild every morning.



11. Skittles or M&Ms?

This is a question that I am not ready to answer... My entire destiny may change based on the answer that I give...
For tradition's sake, I will say M&Ms.



11 Random Facts about Me:


1. Though I am fond of chocolate, I typically prefer sour candy to sweet candy.

2. I am a artist.

3. My favorite color is orange (if you couldn't tell from the first, second, and fifth answers).

4. The first novel I ever read (by myself) was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and it remains one of my favorites to this day.

5. I believe in a few different types of magic, the main one being the magic of words (as said in a previous post).

6. I once wrote a poem called 'A Never Ending Walk'. It was the first real poem of mine, and was the spark that caused my blazing love for poetry.

7. I proudly hail from a homeschooled family of ten (including myself).

8. I love music and am a musician

9. I believe that peanut butter and chocolate are among the world's greatest combinations.

10. I have broken both of my arms, at two different times.

11. I had a incredibly hard time thinking of all these facts. You never realize how boring you are until you're asked to talk about yourself.


11 5 Nominations

I have read at least one post from all of the following nominations, and recommend that you do the same. Each one of them has something incredible to offer, so go pay them a visit.


1. Julia from Julias Creative Corner

2. Mary from Wild Writing Dreams

3. Audrey from Weaving Words on the Wings of Hope

4. Jane Maree from https://janemareeauthor.com.au/

5. Julia from Willow Creek Pines


11 Questions for the nominees


1. If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose?

2. What book (fictional or not) has inspired you most?

3. What is the most beautiful thing you've seen?

4. What are three of your favorite words and why?

5. What are three of your biggest pet-peeves?

6. What is your favorite kind of cookie?

7. Which would you rather be, a mermaid or a fairy?

8. What is the best adventure you've had?

9. If you could control any one element, which one would you choose?

10. Do you prefer (for writing or reading) fantasy or science fiction?

11. With only one sentence, how would you describe how you feel towards writing?


I hope you nominees will enjoy this as much as I did, and hopefully find more blogs to link to then I did (it's a lot harder then I would've thought).


And this is where I end the post.
I enjoyed this very much, and again would like to thank Ariel for the tag.
For you readers, I would like to invite you to take this tag for yourself! Reuse the questions I answered if you like, then find other blogs and ask them questions. It's fun, and it helps everyone out.

Yours,


                  Edna


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Reading Challenge Update:

My dear friends,

I have yet again failed to meet my goal of finishing a book withing the time frame of a month.
I had a feeling when I started this that I wouldn't fall through with it, mainly because of my habit to do the opposite of whatever I have planned.
It would seem that I was right.

The main goal of this challenge was to get me back into the flow of reading, and that has happened (though not in the way I preferred, which is fine).
And seeing as that goal has been met, and seeing as I haven't been able to meet the goal of finishing a book, I've decided to drop the challenge.
I much prefer reading for simple pleasure and finishing on my own time then having a challenge and having to finish it in only so many days, anyways.

Thank you for reading this update.


 Yours,


                            Edna Pellen


Thursday, February 21, 2019

True Magic


Dear reader,

Today I want to talk to you about written words.
That's it, just words.

I want to remind you of the magic that they are.
Just think about it, you are reading this right now. You are reading this.
You are seeing these shapes, 'letters', put together in such a way that you understand them. And not just that, but you can envision what they are saying! If I say 'a single red rose', you can imagine a single red rose. And maybe you don't only see that, maybe you see it in a vase. Or maybe you see it sitting on a table by a window with the afternoon sun shining in.

Words... they are amazing.
When you take the letters and put them in the right order to make a word, and then take a group of words to create a sentence, it's like casting a spell.
You are creating something with all these words, weather they be for a letter, a novel, or a grocery list. Think of how amazing that is!

When I hold a pen in my hand, I often forget that I am holding a magical wand. But I am.
Putting that pen to paper, and moving my hand in these strange patterns, creates this beautiful, beautiful thing we call a 'word'. Oh, how astounding the whole thing is!

How my heart swells just thinking about it!

Maybe this is why I am a writer in addition to being a reader. Because seeing the words, reading the words, envisioning them, understanding them, just isn't quiet enough.
I want to deeply know the words, I want to have full understanding of each and every one. And I want to create with them.

With words, we weave worlds, we form characters, we bring mythical creatures to life. With words, I can ride a dragon, I can become a knight, I can be a princess. With words, I can fly. With words I can live a life that is unimaginable to others.

Do you see, friend? Magic does exist, and it is more powerful, more beautiful, more breath taking, astounding, horrifying, thrilling, and more extensive then anyone could ever have imagined.
Use this gift carefully, dear reader. With great power comes great responsibility, and you hold one of the greatest of powers within your mind.


I thank you for taking time to read my rambling passions, and I encourage you to write daily by hand. Even if it's just a single word. The magic flows better from a immediate source.

   
  Yours,

                           Edna


Friday, February 1, 2019

February Book of the Month ~ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


To my Dear Companions,

By now, it has become very clear to me that continuing Oliver Twist this month isn't a good idea. I'm only in the first fifteen chapters, and it is a very dense read.
Perhaps starting this challenge off with work from Charles Dickens wasn't the best idea.

In any case, I won't be bringing this novel into February. I will finish it, but not for this challenge (as much as I hate to say that). Once I finish it, I will most likely write a review of it.
Instead of finishing it, I will be moving on to the next novel, which brings me to the next subject;

February's Book of the Month is none other then Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
I've been meaning to read this for some time now, so I'm grateful to have found this copy in my house.
I've chosen this because I've yet to go to the book store to get any fantasy novels, and because it is short and the month of February is short.

I look forward to starting and finishing this classic. Let's hope I do actually finish it.


Have you, my friends, been partaking in this challenge? If so, how did the first month and book go over for you?

If you should have any novel suggestions for the coming months, I would be very grateful to hear from you (especially if your suggestions are in the fantasy genre).


  Yours,


                       ~Edna

Monday, January 21, 2019

Updates


My dear friends,

I recently returned from a trip far from home, and was unable to send you a letter.
This was poor planning on my part, I knew I should've written ahead and sent this while I was away, but my lazy bone got hold of me and I decided not to.

And as I've been busy, I hadn't thought up a good subject for this letter other then making it one of updating you all.
And so that is what it will be.


Update on Oliver Twist (reading challenge):

This letter wasn't the only thing my lazy bone stalled; I am now farther behind in Oliver Twist then I would like to admit.
It appears that it may drag into February, which will be fine so long as I finish it early on and manage to also begin and complete that month's book within the thirty days (or twenty eight, as the case will be).


Update on Poetry:

I have been working on more poetry and digging at the dirt of my mind to try and unearth the well of creativity which I have again misplaced in the clutter of life.
It is hard to create anything in such a busy world, isn't it? Other things always pile up on our writing desks and distract us.

But a new poem, or I should say a very old one, is in the works and coming along.



Update on Short Stories:

I have a few short stories in the works now. One, being named "Dream Warriors", one "Imaginary", and one "The Wolf's Son". All of which are taking far, far longer then they should. The Wolf's Son is my favorite so far, but as proven to be longer and more in-depth then I had originally intended.


Update on My Current Novel:

In the realm of novels, the one I am currently focusing on has hit some bumps as I've come to the realization that it makes no sense. And yet, I don't want to change it because I love it so much. But, it might be better if I do change it.
We will see how it plays out. I am now pausing the original, and have begun a new one following the same plot and all, but with the changes that will (hopefully) better it.

For now, I will leave the title to this story unknown to you. It is for the best, seeing as it doesn't have a set name yet, and is still in its infancy as far as development goes.


That's the end for now, consider yourselves updated. It's been a long day for me, and I look forward to settling into bed with warm blankets and the story of Oliver Twist. And, conveniently, a snow storm is raging outside my window.
What a perfect night to read!

Yours,

                  Edna Pellen


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Book of the month ~ Oliver Twist


Dear friends,

With this month comes the reading of Oliver Twist!
I regret to admit that I am not as far in it as I would like. A week has past and I am only in the fourth chapter.
I assure you that I do have a reason for this.
I had begun a different book, but realized after reading it partly that it was not the first in the series. And I cannot stand reading books out of order. Should I ever do this, you can be sure that I am locked away in some dungeon somewhere and a impostor has taken my place.

But I have begun to digress. Allow me to get back on topic...

So far, Oliver Twist has taken my interest with ease. And thanks for that are due to Charles Dickens' intriguing prefaces and introductions (of which there are three and I will tell you more of once I've finished the book).
I am finding Oliver to be a dear and tragic character, one born into pain and sadness. From where my bookmark stays guarding my place between this book's pages, the only character I am certain I will see in later chapters is Oliver himself. No other character has come to stay, yet.
That being said, there isn't much else for me to write of.

But already I am looking forward to the end of this month, when I can give a completed review of this book.
I will say nothing more on the matter, or else I will have nothing to write about at the end of January.

So this letter, I am afraid, will be rather short. Which really is a shame, seeing as I prefer to make them longer.

If you have begun this adventure with me, the one of reading a book a month, I would love to read how your experience has been so far.

Otherwise, this is the end of this letter. Farewell, kindred spirits.


  Yours,


                     Edna Pellen


~~~~~~~Artist of the Sky~~~~~~~

By Edna Pellen Oh Artist of the sky, won’t You teach me Your ways? How to hold th...