Shades of Self

The past couple of weeks have been filled with more family business and a bit of exhaustion. However, I am in the process of researching some issues that are necessary for installment #9 (which may spill into other installments) of Continual Resort, so I am taking my time with the story, although I am excited about having the next part published. I have been thinking about possibly ending published posts at installment #10 or maybe #12, but I’m not sure. I would like to compile all of the installments into a book (probably an ebook for my first time), but I feel that I may be able to add more to it to compose an actual novel or maybe a ‘novelette’, so once I get to the 10th or 12th installment, I will be finishing the story privately until I am ready to either give it away or sell it. I am aware that this may be a rather slow process as I have a lot to learn about self-publishing etc., so any tips that you guys have for me will be greatly appreciated. This process may take quite a while, but I am so excited about making a new move – YAY!

I am also in the process of stocking up on books for this fall (in ebook form or otherwise) from some folks that I follow and who follow me that I am very anxious to take in the stories that they have published. I have already purchased ‘Pathways to Illumination’ by ChristyB at poeticparfait.com – can we say AWESOME??? I also intend to enjoy a novel called ‘The Eyedancers’ in which the first three chapters can be found on the blog which has the same name. Those first chapters truly held me captive and I cannot wait to get the book – this story is so intriguingly suspense filled and wonderful! Among others intended, I also contemplate the purchase of Kellie Elmore’s ‘Magic in the Backyard’ as well as every other book that she has written – naturally!

I intend to thoroughly enjoy the fall months with these works among others, and hopefully one day you will all be able to do the same with mine in due time.

I didn’t add links to the bloggers that I mentioned because I have not yet asked for permission despite the fact that I truly love going to their spaces and indulging in what they have to say and offer. Also, due to my slow technical abilities, I will need to take some allotted time out to get this all done in one post  – hopefully on installment #9 of Continual Resort.

Until then, please go and check these extremely talented writers out – you will be well pleased.

For now, I have written a poem that features colors. I guess this piece is derived from the slew of weirdness that I have experienced over the previous months although things are really peaceful now and have been for a while – hence – the weirdness.

Hope you enjoy! ❤

Shades of Self

On days when my sun beams shadows , I find a Dogwood tree

To find shelter and protection from fearful black rays

Then, night falls and my moon emits a dingy cream spotlight held solely on me

I cannot veer from it, for it menacingly stays

Milky blades of navy grass lay helpless under my feet

Refusing to be the hue that they should be

Nothing is as it was; deliberate, light, and sweet

It seems long forgotten when true colors I could see

Discernment has become impossibility…

Temporarily; until I flee…

From confusing woes and heavy lows

But I shall not remain there

Giving in is not an option behind tangerine dripping blows

That strike as charcoal lines of lightening, sending me on a tear

Pain or pressure, I cannot evenly tell

Which of them laugh at me the most

But I fought back until my brown eyes welled

With tears of wrath, til pink dust flew up as a ghost

Knowing the difference escaped me for a while…

Until intolerance for what beset became vomit-green vile…

The smoke soon cleared, but my skin turned grey

The golden needle of my inner compass failed

Refusing to show me the way

“You – you are a damned liar!” I mutt-brown wailed.

Even though I shouted from a hidden place

Knees shaking, voice in a quiver

Yellow uncertainty covered my face

Still…white, smoldering determination lulled me thither

To that glowing gateway that always stands

Guiding me back to myself

Into the midst of bright familiar lands

To own transparent peace is to have true wealth

Apparently I had been heard

From a murky place somewhere outside

Of myself, for this place reversed my words

The royal violet gateway opened; I no longer needed to hide

Discernment is now a possibility…

I can see clearer this stoic tree…

My shelter now stands alone

Temporarily empty inside and underneath

I have left it and am gone

Away and up out of the depths of the neon indigo heath

Confusion filled woes are replaced

With exactness of what is – as I am

Accepting the imperfections of my space

Releasing my glass-like ethereal dam

My sun beams now, brightly

My moon discreetly does the same

I take not the palette of life lightly

Discernment left briefly, but the aura of strength timely came

The colors don’t really matter much

Unless you take heed

To the revelations and such

That make our hearts bleed

There is a shelter for anyone to run inside

We choose our own locations

We either sink or ride

The waves of our own reservations

In what shade does your sun shine most

Does your night tell all?

Is the color of your strength a protection post…

Lest you fall?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. buildingalifeofhope
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 03:57:04

    Whoa Mama W! This blows me away. I have read it twice so far The second time aloud. This is worth reading again and again.

    Seems many of us are in a period of discernment in our lives as writers and just plain folk. Perhaps it is the season…

    Looking forward to more installments of “Continual Resort” as well as its possible publication. This is good news!

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  2. Christy Birmingham
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 03:19:10

    Charlene, I have so many things to say here! First, thank-you for mentioning my book here and for your ‘awesome’ comment. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the read. I have the Eye Dancers book but have not yet had a chance to read it!

    I am so excited that you will be putting Continual Resort into a novel or novella! I had hoped you would do so. Let me know if you need anything along the way, my friend. I really feel blessed to have met you.

    As for you poem, I enjoy the way you talk about hiding and how we choose the location for our getaways. “We sink or ride”… I love that line. Sometimes I feel like I fly… ((hugs))

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    • Charlene Woodley
      Oct 17, 2013 @ 11:59:11

      Christy, we always have so much to say to each other, and you are just as much a blessing to me! You are quite welcome for the mention and you may be seeing another one in the near future (link included :))

      I read The Eye-Dancer’s first 3 chapters on the blog and knew that I just had to have this book, so prepare yourself (with snacks), because you will not be putting it down!

      I have two other friends that I must mention, because they keep me going and are so encouraging that I consider you guys true friends. Their fictional writing is totally captivating, so I will be mentioning them in my next post.

      It’s gonna take me a while to get this book done, but I am determined. You have inspired me so much and I thank you for always encouraging me and making great suggestions in moving forward. I will definitely look to you for help…really gonna need it and I know that you will be there for me. I am also glad that you liked the poem…gotta get back on track with timely posting! ((hugs backatcha!))

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