Looking for Adventure

The weather is starting to change. The oppressive humidity is giving way to gentle pumpkin breezes. The afternoon sun is more golden. And I’m coming to the conclusion that my daughter’s heart feels the same call to adventure that I feel when Fall arrives.

We spend much of the day outside. (Thank God for laptops so I can still get some work done.) She leads me hand-in-hand through the yard to look at our growing garden, the tiny creatures who live around it, and anything that flies overhead.

My heart longs for adventure. For something different. For more time to write and less time feeling like my job is a boulder I’m trying to roll uphill.

But while my work schedule won’t be changing any time soon, at least she reminds me to get away from the computer screen. Go outside. Enjoy the breeze. Let my imagination go on adventures. And look for little adventures in our own backyard.


You Are a Masterpiece (A Painting)

It’s been too long since the last time I got out my easel and painted something. My sister(-in-law)’s baby shower was the perfect excuse to break that streak.

I decided to create an abstract background and paint words over top of it. Choosing the right thing was hard, but I think this will fit my new niece well.

One of the prettiest parts is the mix of colors on the paper towels.

The lettering didn’t end up quite the way I was planning, but I think imperfections are part of the beauty.

I have some more things I’d like to make. I just need more white paint. It’s a good way to get out some creative juices while my novel brews. Only a little longer before it’s time to start on the next draft.

Better Late Than Never: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

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Space. The final frontier. And the center of my imaginings for as long as I can remember.

Like most kids, I went through the phase of wanting to be an astronaut. My goal: space shuttle pilot. Part of me is sad that dream never came true. Part of me is glad, though. I can’t begin to imagine my disappointment if I pursued that path only to have the space shuttle program die around the time I would have the experience required to finally achieve my goal.

Even though I never had the chance to pilot Endeavour, I still love all things space. So when the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic mission came, I was all over it.

Here are some of the things we did to celebrate.

American Space Museum (Titusville, Florida)

It’s the coolest space museum you’ve never heard of. Located in downtown Titusville, it’s a small but packed museum. It has everything from space shuttle tires to real uniforms to memorial items for Columbia and Challenger. In between is everything you ever wanted to know about the space program and more. And the people who work and volunteer there care deeply about the space program and are extremely knowledgeable. Check it out here.

And if you go to downtown Titusville, there are plenty of restaurants and other things to do right nearby. And the Kennedy Space Center is nearby too, of course.

CBS Broadcast of Original News Reports

CBS livestreamed the original footage of their news reports of the launch and moon landing. Boy, was it cool! And also a little funny. During the moon landing, they had a simulation since the footage would take a little while to get back to Earth. While it looked more like the set for Star Trek, it didn’t take away from listening to the original transmissions. And it was incredible to see a quick interview with Neil Armstrong’s parents.

Want to catch up on the moment when the Eagle landed? The livestream is still available here.

Did you celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary?

Waiting for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Dark Crystal has always been one of my favorite movies. As a little girl, I remember watching Jen, Kira, and Fizzgig’s heroic adventure to stop the Skeksis and return the shard to the Dark Crystal.

While the film is 36 years old now, it seems like some of its most exciting days are still ahead of it.

Last year, my mom gave me the first two books in a trilogy (seemingly) by JM Lee. It took until summer vacation this year to finally crack them open, but I finally read both of them. And it only made me anxious for more. Much to my delight, I discovered that there’s a third book… that should be delivered Saturday. (Because that’s what happens when you check for the author’s name on Amazon and discover there’s another book! I also discovered that there are more Dark Crystal books… I need to see what they’re all about!) I’ll talk more about them when I finally have finished all three.

My current Dark Crystal collection

Not long ago, I also learned about the coming Netflix series. Needless to say, I’m counting down the days until August 30, 2019, especially after seeing the trailer. (See below!)

There’s a lot to be excited about as the world of Thra has more added to its already rich lore. One more thing to geek out about!

Are you looking forward to the new Dark Crystal series? Have you read any of the books?

Novel Upheaval (and Brewing up Ideas)

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I’ve been working on the same novel for more than two decades. It has never gone through as much upheaval as it has in the past year.

What exactly started all the questions? I don’t remember. But I do know that the questions haven’t stopped.

Instead of making slight variations that never affect the overall story (as has been the case for almost twenty years), the very foundations of the world have been shaken. Literally. Say goodbye to a map that made the bothersome notebook binding into a giant mountain range. I’m still trying to figure out the shifting geography.

Part of me has found this process unsettling. It’s been months since I managed to write a word. Instead, the world and its stories have been brewing in my mind and changing by the day. And like a cup of Darjeeling, I have to wait until it’s ready before I make a move. Only then can I enjoy what’s developed.

I have realized, though, that between daydreaming, work, and parenting, I’ve neglected writing here for far too long. Time to change that. And maybe reimagine things a little. Life is different than when I first started this blog. Maybe my writing should reflect that.

How are your current writing projects going? Have you ever had a story completely change itself while you were working on it?

Yawning Sun

The yawning sun stretches over the waves, reaches between the curtains, and nudges me awake. I admire it in the stillness for a moment before letting it into the cabin. It gently interrupts the lulling rock of the ship. Sleepy eyes peer at me from under covers. Let the day begin.

(Photo: SB Roberts 2019)

Where Past and Present Mingle (A Poem)

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Tiny heart etched in the sidewalk
Past and present mingle inside
Death makes room for new life
The next season is ready to begin