“Creature” – something created, something/someone that came from the shaping and molding of another being. Interestingly enough, when we think of this word, we tend to associate it with negative connotations – a scary or odd creature from outer space or an animal of some sort, although people are creatures as well.

There are several ways of thinking of a creature, my favorite being the thought that this living organism was made by someone or somehow came into existence. Personally, I believe in God as the ultimate Creator and I see my evidence in intelligent design. I refuse to believe that everything is happenstance, but I respect others’ beliefs and I do have knowledge of evolution and the big bang, and so on and so forth. It interests me as a topic I have studied thoroughly.

However, for me, nothing seems to be able to answer my questions to my satisfaction as much as faith does. And of course, the point of faith is to believe without having to see. To trust in something that is greater than myself, that gives me a sense of purpose for life, that guides me to live in service of others – this is my faith. To live every day in love – love of others, love for myself, for other “creatures,” and so on and so forth.

And when I go to create my own creatures in my stories or whatever I am writing, I have a tiny glimpse of what it’s like to be a creator. I have some insight into the joy and pain it brings to see my creatures grow, think, make mistakes, fall, and brush themselves off. And this story itself, as my creation, takes on a life of its own as it’s written, rewritten, shared, read, and interpreted a little differently each time by each set of eyes, each mind that enters my created world.

What comes to mind when you think of the word, “creature?” Perhaps you have a favorite animal or a favorite fictional character that you are reminded of. Here’s a fun exercise: thinking of that creature, put yourself in it’s shoes, per se, and try to see the world through its eyes for a moment. I assure you, you will see the world differently.CreatureComforts2_NewsThumb_Big




What does this word really mean and why am I feeling this? It means being at the end of the rope in terms of hope – not having anything else to go on. Running on empty… Yesterday I was thinking about some family members and I feel forlorn in that if they can’t treat me with respect and integrity, I have no choice but to give up on them completely. What would that look like? Being fake back. Dishing out bullshit after it’s dealt to me time and time again – or just a long silence knowing they think I’m forever inadequate in their eyes. You see, people who really care don’t find ways to kick you when you’re down. They pull you up to higher ground and put you on their shoulders proudly and without incident. They don’t hint at your shortcomings. They love you no matter what. Simple as that. I’ve been through hell and back, so if you don’t have an ounce of decency to respect that, just leave me alone.


Contest Update

Hi all,

I’ve been busy lately and have regretted not being able to post here more often. However, two of my creative writing projects have been submitted to contests with promising news! I’ve made the Red List twice – the list of highest scoring entries for both categories I’ve entered. This is amazing for first time entries!!!

Fingers crossed, winning could mean production of my story and screenplay into two separate movies! As I’m excited about this, I thought to share it with my followers here!

Thank you for your continued support!


Amidst the hustle and bustle of last minute shopping and such, it can be easy to lose ourselves in road rage, judgmental conclusions about cutters in line, and impatience as we wait our turn after someone who could only pay in coins at the supermarket.

But in all honesty, this world needs more jolly in it than we could ever muster up to show. So I call you to action. Yes, you! Put that smile back on your face, the spring in your step, the joy in your voice as you sing along to whatever’s playing in the background. Be genuine in your greetings and take that extra measure to be super jolly – not just because of a holiday, but because you want to spread cheer year-round.

Have a jolly holiday season!


Warm Someone’s Heart

I have already posted about my knitting for Knots of Love before (which I continue to do), but this post is about creating something for someone else to enjoy and perhaps something that will keep them warm in the colder weather we face during the holiday season.

Last season, I bought myself a loom and knitted snoods (think short infinity scarves that hug your neck snuggly). This season, I decided to knit caps with fluffy pom poms for others to wear. Now, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a beanie, a cap, a scarf, or a blanket – it’s the fact that you put your time and consideration into choosing to do something nice for someone you know or maybe someone you don’t know at all. It’s that labor of love that brings joy to them and warms their hearts.

If you don’t knit, there are several alternatives you can think of as to how to brighten someone’s day. The important part is putting yourself aside for a moment to warm someone else’s heart.



To be sure of something even if it’s unseen, not felt, and not sensed in any tangible manner. 

How many of you out there believe in yourself? I hope you all do. I believe in you. I believe that even though I may not have met you in person, or known of your existence for ages, I believe you are a unique individual capable of and destined for greatness, to change the world for the better, even if that means just being who you are on a daily basis – being a part of someone else’s life, day, etc.

I believe it’s the little things that matter the most – holding that door open, letting someone have a turn before you at the store, that little compliment that brightens someone’s day… 

For, at the end of the day, no matter what kind of storms and crap we’ve had to deal with, we are all still human and are in this together. Why not lighten the load by carrying each other for a moment, loving one another in small gestures of human-kindness.

I believe human-kindness is not dead. It is very much alive. And if you think otherwise, it’s in everyone’s power to change that – one person, one moment, one gesture at a time.





To surpass, surmount, beat the odds, what have you… To overcome something that holds you back from being you, from achieving what you want, from obtaining your dreams, this is a struggle we all go through. No matter our background, our life story, our health status, our work status, whatever it may be… All of us have the desire to overcome something sometime in our life. And it’s not the end result of our efforts, but the journey and the efforts themselves that make or break us, that shape and mold us into the character that defines us. This is how we grow as individuals, come to know our worth in this world, and how we succeed.boy-2027761_960_720