The intricate perceptions
Of morality and values
Is a multi-layered delicate maze
That can crack, flow and merge forth
Over time and space abound
Into another’s cup of reality!
© debradml (2014)
A wonderful young lady that I have got to know over the past few years online, Tammy – Louise Wilkins, is running this great campaign via her Blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts… and she has asked a group of us to participate!
For more information check out her Blog Post http://t.co/2XwwhlKJq4
Definition of Perfect:
adj. Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be….
Hmmm I am so far from this definition…. and I am imperfect in so many ways!
As time is flying by faster each year and the body is changing rapidly as I head for the next big milestone age of 50, in not so many years to come… I am by no means perfect and never have been… I have always hated my body and at times my self quite a lot… I have been over-weight since my 20’s, suffered from depression and have been hurt a lot in life both emotionally and physically… People can let you down and we can let ourselves down too… but the one thing I’ve learnt through all my lessons so far is that we can’t control others, we can only control ourselves…
In my line of work though I have come across some amazing people who are facing much tougher roads… and some are much younger than me… SO I am learning as I get older to just try and let go and live each day as best I can because who knows how long we have to enjoy it!?!
And when Tammy asked if I would like to take part in this Campaign of “Embracing the Imperfections we behold” I was happy to… as it is a great idea to stop, breathe and try to appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are… Imperfections and all ;-)
I also came across this beautiful Poem 20 years ago I would like to share with you all…
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927
The warmth you radiates pulls me
Into wishes of a desired embrace
Wanting you to sweep
Your tongue inside my soul
And ravish your words upon me
The need to touch you
Is growing strong
Taking over my mind
Wanting to feel you close beside me
And to journey into the unknown
Through simple delights of our connection!
© debradml (2014)
Is constantly moving forward
Never looking back
Just a mechanical force
Come what may
Or has passed
In a beings existence of
It’s a limited time span
To try and make the most of…
Before it is over!
© debradml (2014)
Morgan and Jennifer are currently promoting and visiting numerous Blogs across the five Oceans… I connected with this talented duo a few years ago via Twitter and the Twilight Fan Fiction Site…
Included in this post is the Book Summary, a hot Excerpt, plus a Short Interview with the lead character Shaunna Nobel and the Authors Bio!
Is a well written, entertaining story, and a must read!
Publicist Shaunna Noble is no stranger to the ego-filled dysfunction of Hollywood’s elite, but is she ready for her two biggest clients to turn into her worst nightmare?
Kyle Petersen and Michelle Cooper are Hollywood royalty, everyone’s favorite celebrity couple, but while on location filming their new summer blockbuster, Kyle ambushes his wife with divorce papers and orders Shaunna to destroy Michelle in the media. Unwilling to comply, Shaunna spectacularly and publicly quits her job, humiliating Kyle in the process.
David Quinn, a struggling actor cast alongside the A-listers, is caught in the crossfire. When pictures surface of David and Michelle out on the town, media and fans rush to crown them Hollywood’s new hot couple. Kyle explodes, tensions boil over, and everyone’s lives and careers are thrown into jeopardy.
So what’s a publicist to do? Especially when Shaunna finds herself falling in love with the sexy and talented David. Can she put out fires on the set while keeping the flames burning in the bedroom?
Love, lies and passion. What happens when the naked truth is exposed?
When his eyes settled on Shaunna again, she was completely nude. Her pert nipples were beacons to the gentle valley between her round breasts. David’s stare followed the path of least resistance to the tiny and tidy garden of brown curls that split the river of skin.
He suddenly realized how very, very overdressed he was and fidgeted slightly as he dragged his heavy eyes back up to hers. “Allow me to reciprocate,” he murmured as he began to loosen his necktie. “Let me,” Shaunna offered as she stepped toward him.David obediently dropped his arms to his sides, allowing the naked woman to undress him.
“This is a nice tie,” she commented as she slid it from his neck. “You had it with you in Texas?” David nodded his head. “I brought all my clothes with me.”
“Of course you did,” Shaunna said as she walked around behind him and removed his jacket.
She especially liked the way men looked in vests when their jackets were off. She admired how David’s fit figure was accented by the corset nature of his pinstriped, three-buttoned special. Shaunna appreciated him as she completed her circle.
She then backed up to get, and give, a better view.
“Have a seat.” Shaunna gestured to a custom rock bench near the edge of the black tiled pond. David sat and she began removing his shoes. He looked down at the nude beauty working the laces and willed himself not to be ticklish for the next thirty seconds of his life. Her touch, however, was too delicate and he was just too tender-footed. David chortled and twitched, giving himself away. To her credit, Shaunna did not take advantage of her newfound knowledge until she had removed his other shoe and both his socks. She feathered the balls of his feet with her fingers before she allowed him to stand again.
“Don’t worry,” she assured him as she began unbuttoning his vest. “I’m ticklish too.” She opened it and then pressed her firm body up against his while she claimed another kiss.
INTERVIEW with main character – Shaunna Nobel:
#DEB: Hi Shaunna great to have you take part in some Q&A thank-you!
Ok first up… Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself?
Shaunna: My shyness is a defining characteristic, but if you ask my family and friends I think they would tell you that I’m not shy around those I love and trust. I can be feisty when I want to be, although that hasn’t always worked in my favour.
#DEB: What attracted you to David the most?
Shaunna: The first time I noticed David, he was working out in the gym and it was impossible not to admire his … form and technique. David is a very good looking man, but beyond his physique I was attracted by David’s modesty. It’s not a character trait you often encounter in my world.
#DEB: Yes he certainly going to be one of my New Book Boyfriend Favourites! Have you ever wondered about pursuing another career?
Shaunna: Others have tried to encourage me to go into acting, but it’s not for me. I suppose if I was going to consider doing something else it would involve working for my father’s production company. He’s always been supportive of me and I’m glad he’s allowed me to find my own way. I enjoy my job as a publicist, and am happy helping my clients achieve their dreams.
#DEB: Do you have a pet peeve?
Shaunna: I can put up with a lot. I’m a patient woman, but I cannot stand disloyalty.
#DEB: I hear you, one of mine too!
Okay, name five items in your Handbag that is a must to have?
Shaunna: My iPhone, a pair of sunglasses, a hair tie, lip gloss, and my season pass to Disneyland.
#DEB: Favourite Music?
Shaunna: I enjoy a wide variety of music, but it all sounds so much better when David sings to me.
#DEB: Name the last three books you read?
Shaunna: My job doesn’t allow much free time for reading, but David encouraged me to read “The Shadow Year” by Jeffrey Ford. It was really suspenseful.
#DEB: How do you envision your future?
Shaunna: I’m looking forward to moving through life with David at my side. I’d prefer to lead a quiet, simple life, but given our careers we’ll have to endure the occasional spotlight now and again. One thing is for sure, I know life with David will never be boring.
#DEB: Well we wish you all the best and thank-you so much for your time!
Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.
Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.
Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.
Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.
Since the very beginning of me starting this blog and site I’ve been posting the “The Process” over time and complications from life and lack of time do to travel I haven’t been able to stay up on providing you some examples of what my creative process is like.
Today even though I’ve a number of things on my mind and a number of things in my physical life to attend to I’d very much like to share the start and completion of Healing Waters with you. So as we begin, here are the main implements used in the creation of this piece.
I’m pretty simple in the tools I use most of the time. Here you’ll see a basic utility brush that’s about 25 years old, two of my palette knives, two rubber spatulas made by Catalyst some sandpaper a spray bottle and dish of warm, clean…
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Cleanse my soul
And wash me free
Blank my canvas
To the innocence
Once within me…
The road has been long
Scars can be seen
Yet deep down I still feel
That precious child
With wide-eyed wonder
Excited by life
The world beyond
Believer in goodness, hope and wishes
She is just trapped within me…
© debradml (2014)
A human being is part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein, 1950