I Have Seen Beyond Infinity

From Beyond Lovecraft Quote

As you may have noticed, if you follow my blog, I read a wide variety of genres . . . but there’s a special place in my heart for horror.

I love how there’s so much you can do with horror, how it can encompass everything else, from science fiction to romance.

Anyway, I’ve been reading a little Lovecraft lately, and while he has many quotable phrases, this particular bit stuck with me enough that I felt I should illustrate it.

So I made this graphic.

It reads:

I have seen beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars . . . I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness . . .

The imagery conjures something vast, something terrifying, but in words that translate the concept of cosmic horror with a sense of beauty.

Or, it does for me.

This quote can be found in From Beyond, a story from the collection The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft.

The photo features a small but very active galaxy in the Camelopardalis constellation and can be found on NASA’s website.

And you can find more images like this that I’ve made in my Quotes section.

Enjoy.  :)

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Today’s Playlist: Skylar Grey’s “Wear Me Out”

Skylar Grey "Wear Me Out" Quote:  I'm just trying to see te world through my own eyes

Listening to “Wear Me Out” by Skylar Grey today.

It’s funny, because her songs really seem like the kind of thing I would have loved to discover when I was a teenager, but, even in my 30s, I still like them.

This particular one seems to mostly speak to my inner, rebellious youth but there are some lyrics that still hit home.

After all, even after all this time, I’m still trying to see the world through my own eyes.  Still trying to find my voice.

So I made a graphic with that particular quote, which I overlaid on some red wooden boards, because I got a kick out of the red piano in the middle of the woods.  :)

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Today’s Playlist: Christina Perri’s Human

Christina Perri "Human" Lyrics Quote

Been listening to “Human” by Christina Perri today.

I can’t really decide if the song is depressing or inspiring.  But I like it.

I’ve made a meme/graphic/whatever with some of the lyrics.  {above.}

And these lyrics, these words, help me remember that I am only human and can only take so much.  It helps to be reminded of that during this never-ending divorce process.

That it’s okay to cry {fall apart} sometimes.

It’s okay to be human.

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Words of Wisdom Art

Awhile back I came across this picture on Pinterest:

i am made of shattered stars

I followed to a page selling art (get it here) and discovered that it was a quote from Alexandra Franzen.

Curious, I visited her blog, and have been following her ever since.

She has a way with words that I find to be continually inspiring.

And today I just wanted to share some Franzen-inspired artwork by Kent Youngstrom.  He has a whole series based on the way Alexandra puts words together.  These are my favorites:

less talking more ing

what are you building

let's do something stupid

You can find the rest of the Words of Wisdom art at Gilt.

Now, go build something.  :)

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Gifts for Writers and Bibliophiles

I came across some awesome jewelry that all seemed ridiculously appropriate for writers and bibliophiles of all sorts.

I find I have somewhat of a kindred spirit among librarians, teachers, and graphic designers, too, so I guess a better title might be “Jewelry for Word Lovers.”

Either way, from Alice to Ampersands, enjoy the view.  :)

Alice in Necklace from ModCloth

Alice in Necklace

Live Up to the Type Necklace from ModCloth

Live Up to the Type Necklace

Also available in silver!

Quote Couture Earrings from ModCloth

Quote Couture Earrings

Also available in silver!

This pencil bracelet is awesome. I would feel like writing all the time if I had this around my wrist:

Pencil You In Bracelet from ModCloth

Pencil You In Bracelet

And in And Bracelet from ModCloth

And in And Bracelet

Living Proofread Ring Set from ModCloth

Living Proofread Ring Set

And, again, this Helvetica necklace might be more for graphic designers than writers, but I’m all about equal pleasure for all word lovers.

Font-tastic Necklace from ModCloth

Font-tastic Necklace

Which one can you NOT live without?

My fave is the typewriter.  :)

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Why I Write {a work forever in progress}

snoopy writing at typewriter

Just a few days ago I found myself sitting across from a man that helps people find suitable career paths for a living.

He asked me:  “If you could do anything, what would it be?”

“I’d be a writer,” I said, without even the slightest hesitation.

Because that has ALWAYS been the goal.

When I was about ten, I began writing a, ahem, novel.  It was probably a dozen pages long.  But it was a start.  And I promised myself – promised – that I would have my first novel published by the time I turned eighteen.

Yeah… and then, sometime in my twenties, when I still hadn’t managed to finish any of the novels I’d started, I extended that deadline to my thirtieth birthday.

Which came and went years ago.

So what the hell happened?  I mean, I’ve never completely stopped writing:  I wrote a ton of poems and short stories in college (NONE of which were ever accepted to any of the literary magazines to which I submitted them – yea for motivation…), but I just don’t seem to be on track with my goals.  Why?  What’s happened that’s gotten in my way of pursuing the one thing I believe I was put on this earth to do?

For starters, I don’t write enough.

That’s really one of the big reasons I started this blog.  Sure, I love, love, love posting about recipes and crafts and kid toys (no, really, I do), but if nothing else, it forces me to sit at a keyboard and put words together.

But sometimes that’s easier said then done.

Boromir:  One simply does not start writing without coffee.

For example, coffee is very important.

If there’s not enough coffee surging through my veins, then I don’t really function.  But that can also pose a problem since I get my best writing done at two in the morning.

Well, that and having to get up with my kids when the sun rises.

So, why do I bother?

Why do I keep trying?

you write because you need to write quote

I keep trying because I have to.

And I know I’m not alone.  If the advent of internet memes has taught me nothing, it has taught me this:  I am not alone in my literary torment.

The procrastination gene goes hand in hand with the writing gene.

So, at this point, I haven’t given myself a deadline for completing (or publishing) my next novel.  Mostly in an effort to avoid sobbing fits of devastation.

Instead, I have promised myself to write every day.

I mean, I’m aware that some days there will be very little or no writing done because I will be too busy controlling the beautiful but consuming tornado that is my toddler and preschooler, but I still promised myself I would try.

It’s kind of like a New Year’s Resolution – but for the rest of my life.

How hard could that be…

There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.  Ernest Hemingway quote.

I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.

Because I have to.  I don’t have a choice.

It’s who I am.

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(sources: Boromir pic; Hemingway quote)

My Favorite New Starbucks Coffee Mugs

I am totally crushing on some of the newest Starbucks coffee mugs.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, tho I know I just don’t have room in my kitchen for every coffee mug I find that I love.

*sigh*

The struggles of a coffee addict.

But, between my recent sinus infection and stomach bug, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to sit around and stare at things.  Like these mugs.

Anyway, here are my top three:

Casi Cielo Mug, 12 fl oz

Inspirational Espresso Mug, 3 fl oz (Reads: Every sip has a sweet ending.)

Inspirational Brewed Mug, 16 fl oz (Reads: Fresh-brewed inspiration for the day ahead.)

I think these three caught my eye because I’m such a lover of words and textures.  And white.  I love how white plays off of other colors, sometimes blending in and sometimes starkly standing out.

There’s a lot I like about these mugs, but I want to know which are your favorites.  If you could pick one of these to add to your collection, which would it be?

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