Turtle Time

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Yesterday, my friend and I were out hiking around a nearby lake and she pointed out two bumps on a log in the shallow water. We rushed to a better vantage point and confirmed that it was two turtles, one big and one little. Their long necks were stretched out of their dark shells. We could not make out their expressions, but I imagine they were happy to be together warming in the sunlight.

Right now I feel like a turtle taking small steps in the writing of my book. This is a time of cautious reflection.  I, like the turtle, need my four feet on the ground. Inside my womb-like shell I can wade through the pages and ask myself the big questions. What is the goal of this book? What scenes matter most? What can be left behind? How do I balance the heart of what I have to share with an adventure that engages the reader?

What I know for certain is that it is a book about finding light in dark places. It is about our roots, the ones we are born with and the ones we create. It is about the magical point of light that can save you on the darkest journey. The kind of spark you see in lucid dreams. This tiny, spinning orb hums as it pulses and shines.  You reach out to touch it and it radiates through you as a warm, inner blanket.  I want to take you with me into this forest, transform and fire you with the elements and send you home polished and new. I want you to feel what it is like in the mysterious rabbit hole and guide you back to life.

I’ll venture back out when I’m done.

 

© Angela Bigler 2013

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photo credit: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region via photopin cc

photo credit: wander.lust via photopin cc

 

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Gratitude

I am thrilled to be the recipient of 2 blog awards! I am new to this blog scene so it fills me with a delightful, fluttery feeling in my heart to be nominated!

From the amazing blogger Megan at http://meganhasocd.com/ I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.

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From the fantastic blogger Gwen, the 4 AM Writer at http://gwenstephens.wordpress.com/ I have been nominated for the Liebster Award for up and coming bloggers.

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I have been instructed to share some interesting things about myself:

I took one flying lesson in a Cessna.

I spend more time with animals than people.

I quit smoking about 3 years ago.

I love art and taking photographs. Sometimes I paint but I can only paint abstract things and not anything that is supposed to look like something.

One of my most favorite books: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Currently reading: Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Currently listening to: Arcade Fire Funeral

Favorite Color: Purple – I can be seen nerding out in too much purple when walking the dogs

Guilty pleasures: George Takei feed on Facebook, Little House on the Prairie

SO NOW I PAY IT FORWARD AND NOMINATE

For The Versatile Blogger Award:

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http://biljanazovkic.wordpress.com/ Whose poems and paintings are amazing

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/ All submissions are from photographers living with or affected by mental illness and its all beautiful and thought provoking

http://disappearinginplainsight.com/ Francis Guenette’s site is full of fabulous thoughts on writing, her life, and glorious photographs – many from her lovely home in British Columbia.

http://nedhickson.wordpress.com/ Ned makes me laugh and that makes me happy.

http://throughtheluminarylens.wordpress.com/ Bruce not only takes stellar photographs but takes you on a thoughtful journey of places and ideas. 

I nominate this fine blog for the Liebster Award. 

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http://drivelikejayhu.wordpress.com/ Jay is a wordsmith extraordinaire. He’s got that razor sharp wit I love!

 

I am nominating this blog for being inspiring:

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http://leveluphealth.wordpress.com/ Lucas suffered a spinal injury in December 2011. On his blog he shares his road to recovery and takes the time to lift up everyone who stops by.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you are inspired to check out these great blogs.