Life is Like the Eternal Ghost Hunt

We just celebrated the passing of Summer into Autumn: The Autumn Equinox. Known as Mabon in witch and pagan circles, it is a celebration of the second harvest, and a time when we prepare to batten down the hatches and wait out the storms of winter. Our storms have already arrived, with two very powerful ones hitting the UK last week. I even wondered if our driveway would flood on a couple of occasions, but the rain stopped just in time, and the drains continued to do their job. My mood is a strange one. I am happy that we finally moved house and that my family can settle and grow into the new space. It is the culmination of a quest that has taken me a good few years to achieve, if not longer. Now I am back to the eternal challenge of work, or lack of it, as the case may be. I have lots of work to do. I’m just not getting paid for it, and my finances are dire to say the least.

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It seems to me that life is almost like those overnight ghost hunts I used to do. I put myself in a location that is reportedly haunted and very active, and I wait, and I call out in vain for a response, and I wait some more, and maybe occasionally, I hear a noise or a voice, or something moves under an ethereal force. That is how my writing work feels now, and indeed my career. I have applied for part time jobs in my local area and received no response. I continue to write, publish, post on social media, and all related activities, and I rarely get a response. Occasionally something happens that fills me with delight and anticipation, and then it turns out to be a huge let-down and the dream crashes around my ears.

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“Is anybody there? Please, if you can hear me, make a noise, move something, say something!”

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My Boy, Baxter

My dog is the best! He is a cheeky, noisy, clumsy, adorable crossbreed, and he is our boy. Baxter is a rescue dog, and we believe he is Welsh, since he was found near Wrexham and taken to a local dogs’ home, before being transferred to a home in Stoke-on-Trent, which is where we found him ten years ago. Our lives have never been the same since! The people at the dogs’ home told us that he never made a noise, and he had been house trained, so he was their most obedient and well-behaved dog. He soon changed his attitude when he realised that he had a home and we allowed him onto the sofa. Now we can’t get him off it!

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Baxter has his own appreciation society in town, mainly comprised of children that are friends with my daughters, but their parents join in with doggy cuddles whenever they have the opportunity. They call Baxter the therapy dog, because he seems to recognize when he needs to be quiet with certain people, and with others he will play and bounce around. He is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Border Terrier (we think), and he has gorgeous big, brown eyes. He has very long ears that earned him the nickname Yoda, and he has a grey beard which makes him look older than he is. Although he is getting on in years now, possibly aged thirteen, he still thinks he is a puppy, and we still give him big, squishy cuddles at every opportunity. We are a dog family. How about you?

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Is Anybody There?

Hello, can you hear me, do you read my blog posts? This is a genuine question from a writer who has just about given up on her dreams. I will never stop writing. But I might stop publishing the stuff that I write. Because it seems to me that nobody cares, and I don’t mean that in a stroppy, arrogant way (well, maybe a little bit). I mean that I have spent almost ten years putting content on my blogs, building a mailing list, publishing novels and short stories, and trying desperately to encourage people to read them, and I have received barely any response. There is no marked improvement in stats, or any kind of measurable data for my blogs.

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My books aren’t selling. All the online courses I completed, and all the tools and actions that I implemented to make it better have made no overall improvement. I am lucky if I sell three books per month if I am brutally honest. Such is the life of an indie author. And I know that I am a good writer. I am a bloody good writer. I just didn’t do things the right way. I chose the wrong college course, the wrong university degree, the wrong place to live. I don’t know. Somewhere along the line, I didn’t do what I should have done that would have enabled me to work in the industry, and to be paid for my work. Now I feel lost, and very alone. I don’t want pity, and I don’t want sympathy. I just want my audience. Where are you guys?

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Storm Ali (Poem)

The storm has arrived

And it sounds pretty fierce.

I can hear it outside

Lashing the windows

And rattling the doors.

Storm Ali (Poem) SpookyMrsGreen

They call this one Storm Ali

I do not know why

But the rain is making puddles

And the trees are almost flat.

My garden is a bog

My car thinks it’s a boat.

 

But wait, there’s a lull

I think the worst has passed.

The doors have stopped rattling

The windows are intact.

Storm Ali’s moved on

And we can sleep at last.

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Our First Dance Show

This week is very special for my daughters and me. I will soon watch them perform in their first official dance show with their local dancing school, and I am very excited! They have been attending the Collin School for Dance since they were toddlers, and now my older daughter practices modern jazz, and my younger daughter practices ballet and modern jazz. It is very cute watching them at home, requesting the songs on our Alexa device, and then dancing around the living room as they rehearse their routines. I can’t wait to see the finished performance, it will be so much fun. I only hope that I can hold back the tears – darn the emotions of the empath!

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Finding My Way

This week I feel a little bit nostalgic, and rather reflective. I have been talking about my blog to a few writer friends, and that prompted me to look over some of my older blog posts, and spruce them up a little bit. It is interesting to see how my blog has evolved, and how I have evolved, during the past eight years. There is a lot of good quality content on there, and some not so good. I had to update a few images and web links, but the overall feeling I am left with is pride. My blog is my baby. I have worked damned hard on this little corner of the Internet for so many years, and yet not very many people know about it.

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Well that is about to change. I have hidden in the shadows for far too long. My content needs to be read, appreciated and discussed. Perhaps working with all that reiki energy has boosted my confidence, or perhaps it is a result of the energy clearing that I have been doing during the past few months. There are many factors involved in my process of growing and evolving. It is the same for all of us. Sometimes we are not ready to learn our lessons, or to change our ways, and so we play out the same patterns of behaviour on repeat, until we decide to stop it. Sometimes we must learn to let events unfold naturally, and that has been a hard lesson for me. I am too bloody impatient! Anyway, I am now reaching a place where I feel calm, confident, and happy about where I am and what I am doing in life. Isn’t that what we all want?

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Why My House Will Never Be Tidy

Some days I wonder if my house will ever be tidy. Before we moved, I used to blame the fact that we had no space, it was our small house that made us look messy. But now we are in a bigger house, and still untidy. And I can’t just blame my children. Although they do cause most of it. We are a creative family, you see, and with creativity comes chaos. My daughters are currently obsessed with cutting up bits of paper to make dolls and furniture for their games. It is very cute, but quite frustrating when I must pick up their discarded scraps all over the living room!

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I wouldn’t have them any other way. Who needs a tidy house? Ok, it might be nice some of the time, and I do manage to tidy up at least once a week. I love the creative process, and I enjoy sharing my love of crafts with my daughters. At the weekend we took a daytrip to the ICHF Hobbycraft exhibition in Manchester, bought some new goodies, and had fun with Decopatch on Sunday afternoon. We got an early start on our Halloween decorations! I wonder what creative genius I will witness this week?

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Book Review: The Genie in Your Genes

I read this book for my spiritual book club, as a companion to the reiki course that I am currently studying. It was a fascinating book, quite challenging to read in places, and sometimes I did have to read a section twice until I could make sense of it. This book is about science, and the connection between science and what we commonly call “magic” or “supernatural” occurrences. The human mind is a very powerful tool if used properly, but somewhere along the line, we forgot. We became obsessed with taking pills and medicine to fix our problems, and now we need new methods, because our bodies are becoming immune to the pills.

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That is where The Genie in Your Genes comes in. The author, Dawson Church, discusses various medical studies from around the past twenty years or so. He looks at the connection between science and spiritual beliefs, and at how we can utilize methods of self-care so that we don’t need to keep visiting hospitals and doctors. He was very keen to promote EFT, which is something I have heard of but now I need to investigate more. Quite simply, if you want to change your life and your body for the better, you must read this book. It will help you to help yourself.

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Why Do I Feel Fragile?

This week I feel a bit strange. My mood has dipped, and while I expected to be happy about my children returning to school after the summer holiday, I actually feel deflated. Yes, I admit, I miss my darlings when they are at school. They might squabble and shout, but they are my girls, and I love them. But I do need a break, which is why the school term is very helpful. The children need stimulation, and they receive a programme of activities that I couldn’t possibly provide, because I simply do not have the patience. Maybe I am a little upset about the return to school.

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There could be something else bothering me. I say that I feel fragile, because I really don’t know how else to explain it. Throughout the summer I have been quietly processing a lot of emotional weight, and I have used my reiki practice to shift unwanted energies and help to clear my mind and body. I know that something has shifted because I feel it, and that is a good thing. But now I have a strange sense of loss. Maybe I finally released some emotional attachments that I didn’t know I was holding onto. It is possible. I have consciously chosen to stop dwelling on the past and move on into the future with all sorts of current events in my life.

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My marriage has evolved during the past twelve months or so, and while I cannot divulge the details, I can say that it has brought my husband and me closer together. We are stronger, and we are battling through the daily challenges that everybody fights. Our children are healthy and happy, we are settled in our new home, and everything is looking good for the future. It can only improve from here. So maybe this week about me moving on properly. Maybe I can cast off the weight of past losses, the frustration of things that did not go my way, and the anger towards people that had hurt me. I can move on into the autumn season with a smile on my face, wisdom in my mind, and love in my heart. Are you moving on?

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