Simple Joys Of An Archer

Archery

Lost in a breathless moment

The hand trembles holding the tension in the shoulder, eyes intently focused on a small round red pin top.

A warm breeze whispers: “Relax, keep your eyes center on where you want to go.”

Willing with heart and soul the straight path to be clear of obstacles and easily followed.

Soft elk leather brushes the skin of my cheek; the tip of my middle finger finds the corner of my lips letting me know my shot is anchored.

My body, bow, arrow and world stand ready.

All I need to do is have faith and trust in myself.

To not worry about the wind or anything else steering the waiting traveler I am holding off their course.

Finger tips slip loose releasing the dark twisted prisoner they restrained.

A soft hiss rapidly fills my ear as the lone adventurer is now thrust forward, hurtling through time and space, dancing in the wind and blue sky of a fall day.

Finally I am greeted with the soft percussion of steel finding its mark.

The voyage ends as quickly as it began.

I exhale straightening and lowering my arm to see if my aim was true.

Seeing the way the red coloring encircles the gold feathered shaft like the welcoming embrace of a lover.

The longed-for goal was achieved.

The sun seems to be warmer and the Fates congratulate me with another gently blown breeze ruffling my hair.

A triumphant smile slowly spreads across my face at the small victory gained…

Ahh… the simple joys of an archer.

Written for J.M. Guillen’s Alchemy Challenge last fall. J.M. writes some wonderful futuristic tales when he is not attempting to take over the world. Check out his site and work some time at http://www.irrationalworlds.com/

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Summer of rediscovering and making memories.

DSC03978So, I haven’t written in a while and felt a brief update was due. 2014 has been fabulous to date and with any luck it will continue to be. I chose to really focus on the last leg of my History BA for the early half of the year. That paid great dividends as it allowed me to graduate Summa Cum Laude in May. While achieving such a fantastic goal left me feeling exhilarated, it also caused some academic and writing burn out to take root. To ensure my creative spirit returned and I could answer the call of the muses in the future, I decided to truly take a summer off for the first time in years. DSC04011

For the past two months, I reconnected with friends, spent time with the family, did some roughing out of an idea for a second book, revisited a language I studied as a little girl, and began fencing again. I am fortunate in being able to take that much down time.  We don’t always have that luxury once we are grown ups.

The best part of this summer was learning to see life through the eyes of a child again. My son opted to stay home versus going into a summer day camp program so we spent a lot of time together. He is 10 and very high energy. His decision led to water balloon fights in the backyard, Nerf gun wars, exploring Texas, and many interesting discussions about topics ranging from politics to MineCraft. He also asked if he could learn to fence sabre. I was happy to accommodate that request for two reasons. One, it is a sport he really has a passion for. Two, it gives he and I a unique activity to do together. I really enjoyed watching him progress each week in his lessons. He learns things very quickly. Fencing with him at the club and at home I can see how much he has improved from June until now. The picture below is from his first lesson of the summer. D is in the white and the gentleman in the black is my friend and fencing coach, Curtis Hardy. IMG_2819 The pics scattered in this update are from our adventures locally and in Houston. If you haven’t been to Houston, it is a fun place to visit. I will save a run down on Houston for a future blog entry so this one doesn’t become too long.

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Clock at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Photo by Caterina, Aug. 2014

Unfortunately, summer has flown by and we are zooming into the fall. Fall means D and I lose our afternoons of fun and lazy mornings of lounging around the house once again due to going back to school. In less than a week, I begin the next monster goal on my Dematurity plan – obtaining my Masters. My Public History Program holds the promise of new challenges and knowledge both of which I am anxious and hungry for again. I am already beginning to read required texts. One text really knocked the rust off the mental wheels and has them turning. It inspired brainstorming for future blog posts, added two potential new thesis topics to those already floating around in my head, and helped wake a refreshed writer from a much-needed nap.

I hope all of you that follow were able to take time to relax, recharge, be a kid again, play in the warm sunshine, and spend time with those important in your lives as well.

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Chinese Crocodile Lizard Photo by Caterina Aug 2014

Wishing everyone a fantastic end of summer!

Caterina