the lunar light

…this week the words came from me……

I chose the following words for the 62nd Peppermint Creek Collective Scavenger Hunt, and I just couldn’t let them go to waste.

Here’s the words: sacred, sanctuary, scent, secret, self, sensual, sentimental, shadow, shimmer, spirit, subtle, sunlight, surreal, symbol, moonlight…

Here’s the story snippet that I wrote using these words…

“the lunar light”

the moonlight
always felt
somewhat sacred
somewhat sentimental
to her

l1

the sunlight
was always modern, current
awake and aware

l2

but the subtle lunar glow
felt somewhat surreal
it was as if her current world
had shifted
and she could feel her spirit
shimmers of her soul
sensual shadows
of her self
from the past

l3

she could smell
the smoky scent
of an ancient sanctuary

l4

she could see
secret symbols
carved into wood
in an ancient language
long forgotten
a long, long, long
time
ago

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith….The Weaver of Words
www.etsy.com/shop/TheWeaverOfWords

link to the Etsy Treasury:
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzMzNjUyNDV8MjcyNTY0NzQ0Mw/lunar-light?ref=pr_treasury

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Valentine

…this week, the words came from Paula in the Peppermint Creek Collective’s Scavenger Hunt Game…..

…here’s Paula’s choice chosen 15 words: royal, spring, beach, plant, baby, valentine, knit, size, watercolor, arch, cozy, cinnamon, sunrise, study, angel…..

…..and here’s the story snippet that I wrote using her words…..

“Valentine”

ever since she was a baby
she knew she was royalty
she moved around the study
as if she owned it
planting herself in front of the
large watercolor
with seabirds scattered across a beach
she sized it up for hours on end
it was so real
she felt if she looked away
for just one moment
the birds might take flight

v1

she loved to spring across the hardwood floor
crash landing on the knit rug
if she hit it just right
it would slide across the floor

v2

she loved to rub against
the large wooden angel
it smelled faintly of cinnamon and vanilla
perhaps it was the angel
perhaps it was the shampoo they used on her

v3

when they were around
they would always call out
valentine
valentine
valentine
it was a bit repetitive
but the sooner
she would look at them
the sooner
they would stop

v4

she loved to
leap into her favorite cozy chair
and stretch in a long lazy lingering arch
before settling down
into the darkness of the
early morning hours
to await the first glimmers
of the sunrise
contented, warm and safe
she couldn’t help
but purr

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith…the Weaver of Words
ww.etsy.com/shop/TheWeaverOfWords

link to the Peppermint Creek Collective Scavenger Hunt Game:
https://www.etsy.com/teams/20750/peppermint-creek-collective/discuss/17306129/page/2?post_id=311105093&prior_page=1#

link to the Etsy Treasury:
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzMzNjUyNDV8MjcyNTYxNjU3OQ/valentine?ref=pr_treasury

link to Paula’s lovely shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Portenya

valentine

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the G story

the g story

I wanted to thank everyone who generously gave a good “g” word for this story snippet.

Here’s the great “g” words that you chose: gallivanting, gem, Google, genetic, genius, gothic, gregarious, gentleman, guitar, gummy bears, guru

…and here’s the story snippet that I wrote using those words……

“the package”

she always wondered
where she came from
as a baby she was abandoned on the doorstep
of a gothic mansion
belonging to a gregarious elderly gentleman
who raised her
they gallivanted about their tiny town
creating many imaginary adventures
he gave her gobs of her favorite gummy bears
and a guitar for her 15th birthday
he called her his Little Gem
one day they Googled a genetic guru
the genius had discovered
he could create a genetic ancestral map
from a drop of DNA
so she submitted a small sample
she was expecting a letter outlining the results
but a large mysterious package arrived
instead

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith…The Weaver of Words
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWeaverOfWords

pkg

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“the crystal ball”

I just couldn’t help myself, I had to write a “story snippet” with the words that I chose for the Peppermint Creek Collective Scavenger Hunt this week….

…here’s the words: calligraphy, candle, carved, castle, cat, cauldron, cedar, celestial, chalice, child, cloth, conceal / clandestine, copper, courtyard, crystal ball….

…………..and here’s the “story snippet” that I wrote using those words…………………..

“the crystal ball”

she had been warned
she knew she should never have peered
into the crystal ball
but its lure
was just too great
like a curious child she couldn’t resist
that which was forbidden

b1

she entered the castle
by concealing herself
under a cloth
in the back of the dressmakers wagon
she slipped out
as the cart reached the cobblestone courtyard

the room was not difficult
to find
she simply followed the scent of cedar
burned for cleansing
and protection
heading down the long hallway
the flame of her candle
shifted and swayed
with each draft
as she passed one door
then the next

b2

she felt the pull of magic
when she finally reached it
the ancient door to the room
was finely carved and covered with celestial figures
although the night was cold
the door handle which was cast in copper
was warm to the touch
she had the strange feeling
that she was expected

for a moment
she considered retreating
but she could not
she pulled the handle
the heavy door was built from solid wood
yet it swung open
silently
and effortlessly

b3

the chamber was a round room
a cauldron was bubbling in the flames
of the fireplace
and the middle was a round table
a grey cat purred and rubbed against the legs

the table held
a spell book with ornate calligraphy
a wine bottle and chalice
and the crystal ball
flickering with
the flames
of fire

b4

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith…The Weaver Of Words
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWeaverOfWords

link to the Etsy Treasury:
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzMzNjUyNDV8MjcyNTU1NDgwNQ/the-crystal-ball?ref=pr_treasury

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solstice

….I’ve been very busy lately but found a bit of time to write this story snippet….

….the words came from Paula in the Peppermint Creek Collective’s Scavenger Hunt Game….

……..here’s Paula’s wonderful 15 chosen words: Canada, tree, candle, fairy, child, laugh, tea, rain, peace, sound, leather, sun, Celtic, beautiful, wish…

…………..and here’s the story snippet that I wrote using Paula’s words…………………

“solstice”

she was always
deeply in touch
with the magic in her life
as a small child
she saw the tiny light beings
called fairies at play
their silly antics
always made her laugh

s1

she always felt a sacred reverence
in the powerful peaceful presence
of the majestic grove of oak trees
with trunks
reaching
up
up
up
far up
to the heavens
above
silent stately witnesses
to the passage of time

s2

she always felt deeply connected
to the natural cycles of the earth
and the changes of each season
the final turning point of
the winter solstice
was the most profound one of all
as the sun
paused
and turned away
from its descent into darkness
heading back
toward the light

s3

she always made a silent sacred wish
at that time
at the very end of the longest stretch of darkness
and lit a candle
to honor
and celebrate
the triumph of the light

s4

and at that moment in time
as she sipped the warmth of her tea
as the rain pattered and plopped outside
as the Canadian Geese honked overhead in flight
as she touched the cover of her well worn leather journal
and paused to reach deep within
to listen
in that moment
she could hear the whispered echoes
of an ancient Celtic lifetime
that she lived
a very long, long time ago

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith

link to Etsy Treasury:
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzMzNjUyNDV8MjcyODEwNDkxNA/solstice?ref=pr_treasury

link to the Peppermint Creek Collective:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/20750/peppermint-creek-collective/

link to Paula’s shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/bylala

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now accepting word donations: for the G Story

I’m currently gathering a good group of words starting with the letter “g” for my “G” story. If you would like to contribute a word or two, please leave your word starting with the letter “g” in the below comments or at my below Instagram post. I’m accepting words through 11/27/15 Thank you!

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finding the fairy tale

…the wonderful words for this week’s story snippet came from Patty in the Peppermint Creek Collective’s 52nd Scavenger Hunt Game….

….here’s Patty’s wonderful words:
queen, ocean, wood, tulip, mist, stained glass, stars, old, enchanted, silk, ruby, path, round, lamp, sparkle

…….and here’s the story snippet that I wrote using her words….can you find where each word is embedded in the tale?…

“finding the fairy tale”

it was an old tale told
when she was a small child
she remembered it vaguely
like a elusive fading dream
in bits and pieces

f1

something about
a queen who lived in round castle
with a terrace overlooking the ocean
and an enchanted garden filled with blood red tulips
the color of rubies
sparkling with magic

f2

something about
finding a lost path to a mysterious wood
hidden in a magical mist
which was as soft as silk

f3

something about a powerful secret ancient prophesy
with clues hidden within
the elaborate design
of a stained glass window
and a map guided by
an expanse stars

f4

as the oil burned low
and the clock struck the midnight hour
she went round and round
the library trying to find
the book that held
that tale told
so long
long
ago
as child it was just a tale
as an adult it was the key
to saving the kingdom

she did remember
that the tale told
that she didn’t have much time…

written by Susan Eileen Jizba
Weaver & Wordsmith…The Weaver of Words
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWeaverOfWords

link to the treasury:
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzMzNjUyNDV8MjcyNTQ0OTMyMw/finding-the-fairytale?ref=pr_treasury

link to the Peppermint Creek Collective’s Scavenger Hunt Game:
https://www.etsy.com/teams/20750/peppermint-creek-collective/discuss/17043930/page/2?ref=team_page

link to Patty’s lovely shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SapphireIsland

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