• Motherhood is Magical: Redefining The Lily Cafe

    Lately, I’ve been struggling with my motherhood posts. I’ve gotten caught in wanting to both fit in with other mom bloggers even though motherhood is only one focus of The Lily Cafe and with trying to talk about the kind of mom I am, which sometimes is at odds with what other mom bloggers write about. I adore reading mom blogs. I’ve found honesty, funny stories, encouragement, and a plethora of ideas. But the more and longer I read them, the more I feel out of place. After trying to fit in last year, I decided to focus on my mom truths and write about how I raise my kids,…

  • Sleep Deprived Dreams

    My daughter seems to be teething non-stop these days. While I’m glad she has more than two teeth, it means she sleeps very fitfully. Any noise will wake her. She’ll take an hour to settle down. She’ll just want to be held for an hour. And the teeth come in one…at…a…time. This mommy is tired. For as long as I can remember, I have always had bouts of vivid dreams. Sometimes they only lasted a week. Sometimes they occurred almost every night for a month. I drew inspiration from them, used them as the foundations of my stories. I looked forward to sleep just so I could escape into an…

  • The Girl Who Watched Over Dreams by Jeff Russell

    Title: The Girl Who Watched Over Dreams Author: Jeff Russell Publisher: Cabern Publishing Publication date: February 6, 2016 Genre: Medical Thriller Summary: At Eden, you can live the rest of your life in dreams of your own creation. For newly minted Dr. Katrina “Kat” Hammond and her mother, Gloria, this becomes the only viable solution to giving Gloria a pain-free life and Kat the chance to live without worrying about her mother. When Kat is unexpectedly given an offer to work at Eden, studying EEGs to program dream software, neither mother nor daughter could refuse. Unfortunately, Kat discovers Eden is not as idyllic as her new boss made it sound…

  • Let No Man Define You from Darkwood

    People are so often knocked down and dragged away from their dreams by themselves or others, preventing them from reaching something that can be truly special. Well, Kai over at Darkwood is tired of this, and I am in agreement. If you have ever been discouraged from following a dream or doing something you love, whether writing or something else, do take a look at this post. Okay, look. I’m not doing a class on how to be a writer – as established at the beginning of this blog – and this has nothing at all to do with this month’s forest theme. But, sometimes, certain people need to hear…

  • A child of work

    I am a child of work And dust and grime. Through noise and pain I spin on. From early in the morning To late at night. From six in the morning To eight at night. I spin away the day And my life, hopes, and dreams. Never again to see the sun. Oh, how dreary life has become. Never a friend to talk to. Never a friendly wave or smile. Only harshness and beatings To greet me when I am late. I spin through the day Thinking only of The life I could have had. The dream that will never be. Dreams are dreams Hopes are hopes Spinning is spinning…

  • Glimmer, part 10

    For the first time, I dreamed, I say. I dreamed impossible dreams of my family. Happy dreams. Good dreams. Could you estimate how long you were dreaming for? one asks. No. And you had no idea what happened while you were asleep? two asks. No. When I awoke, though, I saw a young woman I had never seen before. She told me she was Aryelle. She told me she and Dr. Harris had removed everything Dr. Tobias and Dr. Russell had put into me. They were replaced with new brain tissue and new devices that should make up for being mostly dead. Jen, Erika, and Dionysius had also agreed to…