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Word Count: 16,289

Hands hurt. Brain gone. Only added a little over 800 words. Grrr! Tomorrow I will be putting on the headset and tapping into my Dragon Naturally Speaking. I will catch up, I will catch up!!!

2 Days of Scary Savings. Offer expires Nov 1. I love Dragon Naturally Speaking. This is a great deal. Wish I could afford the newer version right now, but the old version is working quite well.



Butterfly Wings

I recently found a spiral notebook full of exercises I did during a writers group in 2006. This must have been between the time when I wrote on my Palm Pilot via  portable keyboard and laptop or tablet. Most are crap, some might spark an idea for future scribblings. I have been Dragon NaturallySpeaking them into my yWriter project I’ve titled Anthology. This one I felt held promise.

Prompt: Renaissance, unfold, somewhere, consequences.

English: A Butterfly Taken at Tropical Wings i...

English: A Butterfly Taken at Tropical Wings in the butterfly house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Butterfly Wings

The consequences unfold, somewhere the Renaissance begin again.

The consequences unfold,

somewhere the Renaissance begin again.

Oppression has had her awful reign.

Foreign and domestically,

monies have met their doom.

Religious Right-wing Activists.

Real wings will unfold.

History repeats itself globally.

No longer will others suppress expression.

Without money to back itself,

the vocal minority slinks back in revolt.

The poor house value, creativity, love.

Those they couldn’t express for fear

Fear of reprisal, jail, or even death.

Now rising from Renaissance’s ashes,

the Phoenix of truth takes wing.

Somewhere out on an island

in the middle of the Pacific

a cry is heard.

A shout that travels

over the island,

over the seas.

A very small being

makes itself heard.

The drummers send signals

attesting the sound.

Dancers prance out

the message,

while singers unite

in harmonious chorus.

They whisper to us,

as the shout is heard

around the world.

Newscasters learn of this event,

walk off the job,

to new lives.

Employees learn crafts to barter,

while Wall Street shuts down to silence.

Murals depicted on subway walls,

and freeway underpasses,

proclaiming the truth once more.

Learning to live and survive

then thrive as wings unfold


What is the message?

Who shouted out?

It was that butterfly

that batted it’s wings

once maybe twice,

the bird above soaring

and everyone heard.

Be alive!

Be free!

Be unique!

The world celebrated

the small butterfly

his three days of life–

set the world free.

copyright 2006 Darlene Milner

Sacrificed in Shadow
Sacrificed in Shadow by S.M. Reine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.

I’m not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmare. But somehow my mind did not pick up on that. I didn’t have a nightmare.

Demon possession occurs when you first get into the book. Not the demon possessing you, but you looking through the eyes of the demon. It was a bit weird for me because I hadn’t read the books that the demon had come from. But that didn’t stop the story from being understandable. Had I not read anything by S.M. Reine, this still would be an interesting story.

I love Ms. Reine’s characters, in spite of being paranormal, they seem very real. This book will keep you on your toes, biting your nails with all the suspense. And get ready because the last part might keep you up all night. It was really bad because I finished it before I went to sleep. I had to start another book to dull me back to sleep.

If you can handle the paranormal if you love the paranormal, this book is for you. I will be looking at the books I haven’t read yet, so that I will be ready when the next of the series is out. Thank you Sarah for letting me read your great book.

(This was dictated using Dragon Naturally Speaking.)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)







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Versatile Blogger Award

This was a shock! It was two weeks ago and I have had to work on getting this blog just right to start nominating 15 amazing blogs. So here it is. I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Wow!

Thank you:




1 Add the award logo to your blog.

2 Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

3 State 7 things about yourself.

4 Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and include a link to their site and tell them that you have nominated them.



My, my! What will I say about myself that I haven’t already shared?

Have I mentioned that I have watched Game of Thrones 1-3 seasons so many times I can’t count and I am nearly finished with my second read-through.

I collect dragons. And they demand to be in my novels.

If Dragon Naturally Speaking came with a cone of silence I would use it for everything!

Blogging is so much fun! I love meeting all the people and seeing what countries they are from! The world doesn’t seem so large anymore.

Retirement (for my husband, disability for me) makes me an adolescent again. My husband and I stay up all hours and sleep in til noon or later.

I hate my mouse-brown hair. I like the gray. I hate shoulder length hair. So… growing and going back to blonde!

My favorite thing to do is laugh!

And here are my nominees:

















I just couldn’t decide, there are so many blogs out there I love! Congratulations all!






Chronic Comic 324 : FibroModem. I have been in an extreme flare the last few days. The weird part of that little comic is that when I am not in a flare I almost don’t believe such a thing exists. Meanwhile, I am very unhappy about my lack of wordage. Typing is very uncomfortable and I can’t make it too far from my bed so finding a why to Dragon-Speak in a private area hasn’t happened.  But you watch. When this flare goes bye-bye I won’t remember how miserable I was. Grrrr.

Progress Report

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As of right now, I have 18,450 words. I managed a little over 3k yesterday. I used Dragon Naturally Speaking to give my the larger word count. Today I don’t have that “cone of silence” or privacy, that I need to dictate my novel as my step son is on his week end. My next day to dragon is Friday.

Today was my writers group so I added a thousand or so to the story. I hope to get another thousand before I go to sleep. Though I know I should be at the halfway point, 25k, since we are halfway through the month, I allow that I did start late and may not actually finish until mid-August at this rate.

I like to write in yWriter. Well, I actually start my character development in WriteItNow as they have a lot of questionnaires to get a better handle on the new people. It also helps me with the world building. Then I move into yWriter. It helps me stay on some kind of outline as I go as it makes you think in chapters and scenes and POVs. It helps me stay organized in other words.

I was calling the novel Lost in Time. I have the beginning of the novel under my “Stories” tab. I think I will change the title to Locket(s) in Time as that is the mechanism that moves the characters back and forth in time. I probably won’t post more of the story until I get to the editing part in a month or so.

By the way, this story will not be G or GP. It will be  talking about adult subjects and adult situations. Some of them are hot but others are ugly secrets that society has tried to hide between family members. I don’t mind writing a sex scene or two but those stories of dangers and angers are very hard to write. I didn’t know where this story was going to go when I started but the main characters and the antagonist has directed this from the beginning. I just need to write the truth they tell me.

Well, that was more than I planned to write in the blog. I needed that wordage in my story! Think I’ll copy and paste it into yWriter under a new scene called Blog. 🙂

Camp NaNo


I blame my writing group. I blame my friend who is the head of the writing group. Two weeks before July, or maybe it was three I can’t remember, my friend gave us a couple prompts. You can see the prompts and the story that resulted if you click on “Stories” on this website. There was a third prompt last Wednesday night that added more to the story. I haven’t posted that yet. In fact, I decided to use that story as the basis for another NaNo. Camp NaNo started July 1. As I watched the story unfold, I’ve gotten pretty excited about it.I think I have a novel here. So… I rewrote what I had before and started adding to it. As far behind as I started, like yesterday, I still managed to be right where I’m supposed to be if I were doing NaNo. So last night I made up my mind. That’s what I’m going to.

This is the first novel I’ve written that didn’t include my sentient planet of Haven. That doesn’t mean She might not come in and join me in my writing but so far I see no signs of Her. I will probably make a new title of this one because Lost in Time probably has been done 1 million times but it’s the working title for now.

At least this time I have Dragon Naturally Speaking working with me so my fingers and my back won’t hurt so much. That’s what I’m writing with right now.

So without further ado, I’ll stop procrastinating and go over to my writing program and get busy. 🙂

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