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Special Feature: Dancing with Fireflies by David Pikka

Dancing With Fireflies by David Pikka We sing and dance with fireflies Underneath the darkened skies We spot the glow, a second’s grace Then vanished, gone, without a trace A world of lights with silent gleam We thought could only be a dream But nature’s beauty fills our eyes As we sing and dance with fireflies You can find more of David’s work here. Click to rate this post! [Total:… Read More »Special Feature: Dancing with Fireflies by David Pikka

Back to work

Some of you know that in addition to writing, I also have a small business called Morning Tempest Studios. I embroider baby bib, blankets, onsies, and sometimes aprons for Moms. But earlier this year I needed to take a break from the shop after a very heavy holiday rush and focus on putting my head back together.  Well.. try at least. So I closed my shop and gave away almost… Read More »Back to work

I forgive you.

Dear You Know Who You are,

I forgive you for dying and leaving me here in this world without a clue as to how I am going to be able to get through a whole day without seeing something that reminds me of you and missing you even more.

When Life Pressed Pause

There are moments when you just have to stop and look around to see where you are.  Sometimes I feel like I am always moving, life is passing by so quickly and I really just need to pause and look around to see where I have landed.  Have I any idea where I am going? Most of the time, yes.. I know where I am going and move one day… Read More »When Life Pressed Pause

To thrill takes skill!

Ok, there have been hundreds of horror movies made. But only a few have true nightmare quality. It takes true skill to actually dig into the brains of horror lovers and scare the hell out of them. But recently I have come to realize that I actually prefer a good storyline as opposed to the blood and guts of recent horror flicks.  So, here’s a list of my top 3 favorite… Read More »To thrill takes skill!

Feelings - They are just as important as air and water, but we are told to ignore them when they don't please other people.

Reflections of Neverland

The air is sweet, sickening sweet at times. Parts of the island never fail to make me hate being here just because of the way that it smells. But here in the Laughing Grass fields it isn’t so bad, it is almost sensual in the way that the spice mixes with the heat from the yellow sun. The warmth melts over my bare arms, now tanned with months of hunting… Read More »Reflections of Neverland

Feelings - They are just as important as air and water, but we are told to ignore them when they don't please other people.

Thoughts on Growing Up.

I’m not always easy, in fact I am a difficult pain in the ass. But it is who I am and something I am completely at peace with being. I see things in black and white sometimes. Not because I am a hard-ass and just want things my way, but because it is my coping mechanism for dealing with stressful situations that require an answer or a direction. Some people… Read More »Thoughts on Growing Up.

The World of Toddlers AND things you can’t do when you aren’t a toddler.

  Kids are funny.  They have this weird world they live in, their own rules and language, and somehow manage to make everyone in their lives conform to their reality. I love kids. I have always been more prone to having a conversation with a 2-year-old than someone my own age. It’s more fun. Sometimes they have something serious to say and we as adults thinking most things they say are so… Read More »The World of Toddlers AND things you can’t do when you aren’t a toddler.

Independence Day

  The first year was the hardest. I had declared it, stood my ground, cried and wanted to go back. Everything happened that year, the best moments that you want to share and the worst moments when I wanted comfort. It was if God knew that if I could get through that first year with everything life could throw at me and still hold my head up, be strong, and… Read More »Independence Day

Dancing with Fireflies: 10 books you shouldn’t miss this summer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd September Ends by Hunter S. Jones The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger The Book Thief by Markus Zusak These… Read More »Dancing with Fireflies: 10 books you shouldn’t miss this summer

5 Great Heroines of Recent YA Fiction

In response to our post about Bella and Katniss, readers came out to let us know that there are other books with strong role models worth reading. So, we are taking a look and giving you 5 of the best gals in YA fiction in no special order. These girls were heroines of their titles, did the best they could with difficult situations and didn’t let their surroundings decide who they are.… Read More »5 Great Heroines of Recent YA Fiction

Cinder and Cinderella

Here’s a great post about the different faces of the beloved Cinderella character. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

Guest Blogger- Kathryn Elizabeth Jones “The Power of Short Story”

The Power of Short Story By Kathryn Elizabeth Jones   I began as a short story writer; sort of a jump in and tell folks about most aspects of my life as if my life really meant something. And I was a terrible writer. At first. My family would read my stuff and quickly shove it inside their bookshelf, probably never to look at it again, though I’m not really… Read More »Guest Blogger- Kathryn Elizabeth Jones “The Power of Short Story”

Share your favorite blogs: YA writers

Do you know of a great blog about YA fiction?  We are looking high and low for great blogs to feature here.  We would love to see your suggestions!   Crysta Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

Meme of the Week

This week’s Meme of the week is a little reminder that self love is a good thing.. really. Do it! If you have a funny, awesome, inspirational, or just darn cool Meme, share it! And you might have next week’s Meme of the Week.   Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

We have new badges!

  I have been meaning to make a few badges for Guest Bloggers, Bloggers of the Week, and anyone else who might want a badge for their blog. So I actually got a few done, more will come. You can grab your badge and show off! If anyone wants anything special, let me know!   Crysta Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

Dragon Busts

I have spent a lot of time on the internet looking at the incredible artwork of fantasy artists. I found this artist today and I was very happy to see the different variations of dragons. Since today is the launch of our fantasy month here at Dancing With Fireflies, I figured sharing this incredible artist’s work and blog would be a great start to get your creative minds jump started.… Read More »Dragon Busts

Blog of the Week – Eight Ladies Writing

This week we have a great blog for you to check out written by eight creative and talented women. This creative ventures brings together the brilliant minds of eight women writers who are not only in four different countries but on three different continents.  Their blog is all about what it takes to write a great story and the how-to’s of their trade. These women met through a romance writing… Read More »Blog of the Week – Eight Ladies Writing

Writing For Recycle Bin!

The act of writing is a discovery process. During which the writer keeps on learning new things all the time. It is a common fact that many times writers are unable to publish their writings for certain reasons. But the writing that never gets publish is also very important because it is a great milestone in cosmic exploration and self-determination. Keep Reading Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average:… Read More »Writing For Recycle Bin!

Interview with author Nana Prah

Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US, and currently resides in Ghana where she loves her job as a nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research by writing her own romance novels… Read More »Interview with author Nana Prah

Troublesome Friends & Lovers: When to Stay & When to Exit Gracefully – Laura Kutney

“Friends are with us for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime.” ~ Unknown I’ve been pondering writing about this topic for quite some time, but each time it comes up, it feels too uncomfortable and negative to write about. But, this is a situation in life that most everyone comes to deal with at some point, so I decided to go for it in case someone out there might… Read More »Troublesome Friends & Lovers: When to Stay & When to Exit Gracefully – Laura Kutney

A Single Girl Looking for Romance (& Finding It). by Jamie Khoo

I’ve been single for about a year now. Just before that, I was seeing someone for about six months in a whirlwind fling that seemed just so full of passion and lovely feelings. My heart cracked when we broke up—it’s never nice looking ahead to what feels like a whole lotta loneliness. I realized at the time that for all my “Independent Woman” ranting, I actually really liked being in… Read More »A Single Girl Looking for Romance (& Finding It). by Jamie Khoo

How Do Your Characters Flirt? Dialogue and Subtext

Writing romance actually takes a lot of skill and the correct formulas of flirting, telling a good story, and making the readers feel like they can relate. Author Michelle Kelly has a great blog that really captures the art of Romance Writing. Check her out! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

April 2nd – Autism Awareness Day

Even though many just don’t understand them, the amazing children I have met with Autism have taught me one powerful thing. It’s better to wake up with a smile, forgive and forget yesterday’s drama, and start every day with wonder.   Here are some inspiring links about Autism: Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People The Advantages of Autism The Positives of Having Autism 5 Kids With Autism Who Inspire… Read More »April 2nd – Autism Awareness Day

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Genre of the Month: Romance

Romance writing takes a special talent. There is a certain dance to writing a believable romance tale. You need chemistry between characters and a tale to be told. So April we are taking some time to look at the art of writing romance. I hope you will join us and share your tips, posts, and favorites during April’s adventure into Romance. Do you have a special Romance piece that you… Read More »Genre of the Month: Romance

Blogger of the Week:Carrie Ann Golden of A writer & her adolescent muse

  This week’s Blogger of the Week is Carrie Ann Golden of A writer & her adolescent muse. This blog is a must-read for writers and those who love them. I really enjoyed her regular posts about Plot vs. Characters that gave readers a great incite to character building and plot lines. Her blog is easy to read, organized, and perfect for the OCD reader who likes things clear and to the… Read More »Blogger of the Week:Carrie Ann Golden of A writer & her adolescent muse

Unforgettable – Blackfish

 Today I saw clips from a truly unforgettable film, Blackfish, about the  mesmerizing story of Orcas in captivity and what can truly be called a psychological thriller. This movie will make you rethink everything you knew about the marine life entertainment industry.   When I was a little girl, I wanted to be out there in those tanks. I wanted to know them, be with them, and loved them as most… Read More »Unforgettable – Blackfish

I’ll remain unbroken

I’ve been there, in those moments of the greatest despair. I’ve sat there in the dark, pistol in hand and thoughts fighting demons. “How fucking dare you! I didn’t deserve that!” I snarled as I shook my head and screamed at the ministers of hate that wanted to destroy all signs of light left in me.  But they were already gone, moved on to the next innocent quarry and I… Read More »I’ll remain unbroken

When you feel it.. you’ll know.

Do you know what faith is? Are you religious or do you follow the traditions of religion because it is more of a family tradition? For many people religion and faith is a hot topic. And like most hot topics, we writers love to dip into the heat and pull out something to write about. I struggle with religion and the concept of G*D and belief systems. But I find… Read More »When you feel it.. you’ll know.

The Ponds – Mary Oliver

Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing— that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed… Read More »The Ponds – Mary Oliver

The Poet- Katie Makkai – “Pretty”

These are the truthful and fantastic words about “Pretty” and one woman’s thoughts about beauty and it’s ugly truths. It is a ‘must watch’ for everyone who struggles with “Pretty”.  ( There are some moments of truthful emotions, so those with little ones who you might not want to go about screaming a word that rhymes with truck.   Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

In the Quad

A couple of years ago I found a few friends that I thought were gone from my life, but found them again when I started using Facebook.  Finding them again really brought up some old memories and here’s what came out of them.  The Quad was this area between the buildings of my high school.  We all had to pass through this open area to get from class to class.  There was a… Read More »In the Quad

His Letter to Me – A letter of grief, friendship, and letting go… sort of.

In August 2012, I lost my best friend in a terrible accident. He was so important to me and I was so freaking mad after a few months that people started to worry about me. So after a few months I went to a therapist to try to feel better. She tried to explain the steps of grief to me and I explained that I knew all of that and… Read More »His Letter to Me – A letter of grief, friendship, and letting go… sort of.

Go away.. til I want you

  Can you just go away and give me some space? I need to think. I say that a lot. Sometimes I feel like there are just too many people in the world and it smothers me. I need to sort out all of the thoughts that are flooding into my head and make the noise go away. Why is there always so much noise? People chewing, cars going by,… Read More »Go away.. til I want you

Blog of the Week – A New Perspective Perhaps

This week’s Blogger comes to us from A New Perspective Perhaps and in her blog and talking with her through comments, I have come to realize I have found a new friend.  She’s very down to earth and very cool, and through her blog posts about her life I have come to find that even though we come from different places we are so much alike. From her love of comforting… Read More »Blog of the Week – A New Perspective Perhaps

My Unusual Friendship

I met a new friend recently. It’s odd because that is not something I do very often. Her voice was the first thing I noticed, it drew me in to talking to her more.  It was happy, like someone who feels joy and shares it through the tones in her voice and words she chooses. She knew of me and She was honest about it, not the kind of brutal… Read More »My Unusual Friendship

The Voices.

“I don’t know if I can do this again… it hurts when I try.” Just do it… once you start it will hurt at first, but you will see the reason. “Every time I think about it, I just want to curl up in a little ball and cry.” Well… maybe that’s because you need to get over something. “Maybe I do, but is it really worth the pain?” I… Read More »The Voices.

Return to me.

My heart clenches as the seconds click by, closer and closer to that moment when I know that there’s nothing left to do but hold your breath to keep from crying. I hate that I cry.  I just want to hold on tight, pull you against me so that you won’t leave.  I need you to stay, I need you to keep me from feeling as if I am a… Read More »Return to me.

Guess what this is

A friend of mind was playing Pictionary with a little girl and was stumped when the girl drew this picture. Can you guess what it is?  It took me a while.  Here are a few of my answers that were all apparently wrong. Children of the Corn, with shovels at the beach. Grave digger school Zombie snow day Shawshank Redemption Marriage – ball and chain, a house, the alphabet.. yeah,… Read More »Guess what this is

Goodbye Guilt

Today as I sat on my front porch enjoying the peaceful rush of water over the rocks and the sweet sound of birds calling like enchanted lovers to one another I realized that by embracing the good in my life, the negative can not take hold and guide me anywhere I do not want to be.  It’s my choice to be angry over things I can not control and in… Read More »Goodbye Guilt