Music: Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain. Shoutout to Jordan Hoggard. The Civil Wars completely fell off my radar, thankful to rediscover them.

Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com


Lyrics, “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars

You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
You think your dreams are the same as mine
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
I always will
I wish you’d hold me when I turn my back
The less I give the more I get back
Oh your hands can heal, your hands can bruise
I don’t have a choice but I’d still choose you
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will

Fingers (an erotic poem)

*This poem contains erotic subject matter.

Twin nevi on my neck
Connect the dots, draw the line
Continue on to that most dramatic bone

Dip into that velvet hollow
I rejoice in a fingered clavicle

Skilled, warm fingers (such as I adore)
I’ve ‘nother silken hollow
You’ve determined to explore

My sigh is your name, hallowed it be
The slick quickens as friction accelerates
Inside me

Coaxing my vocals to pitch and linger
His power demonstrated
By a couple of fingers

Fingers (an erotic poem)
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com

Writer’s Lift Wednesday #12

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing.

Support each other. Share and reshare.

Cheers,
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com


1. “And the poet said,” by Nadine via Bloomwords

“Put your rage on the page”

…click here to continue

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (a review) by stoneronarollercoaster

If you are not a fan of Sylvia Plath I suggest you skip this one.

In few words this book is only novel, a semi-biography written by Sylvia Plath and basically a narration of her downward spiral, covering her suicide attempts and hospitalization.

If you know anything about her life and her writing, it’s going to be of great interest to you because you will be able to connect dots easily.

But honestly, if this is the first time you are reading this name, or you are in pleasant phase of your life you might through this book on the nearest wall just after few pages.

Everyone told me not to read it, because it’s depressing. For my folks it looks like an act of self-immolation.

But I told them it’s validating and empowering to me.

Sylvia held my hand and took me on a tour of her life that must have looked normal to a passerby (only initially) but silently slipped into the rabbit hole deeper and deeper.

At one point she wrote,

“it felt dark and safe under there, but the mattress wasn’t heavy enough. I needed about a ton of more weight to make me sleep”

That suddenly reminded me of my own words. During a late night phone call, with one of my most patient friends, I said,

“i feel like a paper at times, I want someone to put paper weights on my hands and feet so that I don’t fly away”

This phenomena is common with people who live with anxiety.

The whole book is quite accurate depiction of mental health struggles.

Constant self-loathing, a feeling of emptiness, loss of ability to feel joy.

One moment you feel you are ok, next you don’t want to live.

In her own words,

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby. The world itself is a bad dream.”

The deeper you descend into the book, the more you admire the accuracy of its title.

It’s brilliantly written, the analogies will make change your perspective forever.

And it’s brutally honest.

She didn’t hold back for a moment, even if it would place her in the bad light.

I have read, marked, etched few lines in my mind.

Whenever I feel I lack words to express my pain, I will pick The bell Jar and open a random page to freshen my wounds.

3. Book Review: The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag via There’s Something About KM

The Sisters Grimm will be published on March 31st, 2020. I received an eARC from the publisher, but as always, all thoughts are my own.

SYNOPSIS:
As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

REVIEW:
Unfortunately The Sisters Grimm is the latest addition to my list of books I’ve chosen not to finish. I put the book down just before the halfway mark, which felt generous on my part as the reader.

For readers, like myself, who looked forward to seeing the connection between this tale and the Grimm brothers (or at the very least, fairy tales in general), the disappointment will be hard to swallow. Wilhelm Grimm does play a part, but it seems more like the author needed a name for his minor character, rather than really wanting to make Wilhelm Grimm be part of the story.

There are some subtle nods to fairy tales, like a warning to stick to the rightful path and ignore shadows and lurking creatures (a common folkloric theme), and mothers or mother figures who are a little unclear or shady about their intentions. With Grimm in the title, though, I expected more than possible nods.

Fairy tales aside, the elemental magic and impending supernatural battle components did feed my curiosity and held my interest, for a little while. However, I think the writing style and even the characters got in the way of this book reaching its full potential.

The chapters are broken up by character, so the reader gets to see inside each person’s head. Everwhere also gets its own chapters, and it is in those especially that the tone borders on that of a classroom lecture. Descriptions were both complete yet dull; if there was ever a great example for why writers should show and not tell, it is this. The writing felt too matter-of-fact, and not lively enough for me to be able to soak in each word, sentence, and paragraph. I wanted to feel like I was in Everwhere, or right beside the characters. Instead I felt like I was gathering facts to be quizzed on at a later date.

The characters and plot are quite intertwined, which unfortunately meant they were hindered by each other. Even with the seemingly tidy breakdown of chapters, the plot felt disorganized and far too dragged out, and not enough tension was coming from the impending challenge(s). More focus was put on romantic tension and ordinary family life, which would have been fine, if the synopsis had not promised such extraordinary circumstances and the writing had more life. I wanted to see Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea realize their potential, but it was just taking far too long to get there.

Love Readings Available

Hello All,

The new weekly readings are available on YouTube!

This week’s focus: General Love Readings (bi-monthly).

I am linking Taurus’ reading below. Happy Birthday, Taurus! To see your sign, please visit my channel Sassy Scorpion Tarot, and while you’re there, consider liking and subscribing. As you contribute your energies to my work, my work better reflects you.

Cheers,
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com
SassyScorpionTarot

Music: chasing kites by iamamiwhoami

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain (formerly called, “Music That’s Caught My Brain”).

Until perhaps 10 minutes ago I nearly gave up on a song for this week. Nothing new or old was catching my ear. Thanks, grumpygorman. “chasing kites” is exactly where my thoughts and feels are.

Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com


 

Lyrics, “chasing kites” by iamamiwhoami.

“It’s a thin thin line and I walk both sides of it
See the other side, appear so tempting, worth dying for it
And your dreams, waking out of one
Absorbing your every thought
Worth risking it all for working its wonders and now for you

Under the ocean, outcast with nowhere to go (nowhere to go, nowhere to go)
A brighter forecast where new winds will blow (we let it go, we let it go)
A storm is drawing near, come meet me when it’s cleared
Waste my youth chasing kites, I know it’ll blow out of my hand

Put your heads in the sand, there is nothing there to seek
No discovery of mine will be safe in these seas
You feel a bitter taste on your tongue
Swallow your every wrong
Let yourselves be in your arms
In it are worries now for you

Under the ocean, outcast with nowhere to go (nowhere to go, nowhere to go)
A brighter forecast where new winds will blow (we let it go, we let it go)
A storm is drawing near, come meet me when it’s cleared
Waste my youth chasing kites, I know it’ll blow out of my hand

Overlooking our past, letting it go
A brighter forecast, new winds will blow
A storm is drawing near, come meet me when it’s cleared
Waste my youth chasing kites, I know we’ll blow”

[Re-Posting] Tarot for Writers & Poets

[Apologies for the re-post. The original YouTube link didn’t take or broke from the posting date on Friday. Fun with technology. Thanks for hanging in there y’all.]

Greetings Fellow Writers & Poets!

I am SO pleased to bring you this special tarot reader segment: Literary Artists Tarot, a tarot reading just for writers and poets! I knew I would create this reading for my fellow literary artists, and here it is!

I hope you like it – I had you all in mind while making it. You must please tell me your sign and if anything I said resonated with you. If it did, consider liking and subscribing to Sassy Scorpion Tarot. As you contribute your energies to my work, my work will better reflect your energies.

I hope to produce this segment at least once a month.

This is a 2-part reading, a base reading using The Literary Witches Oracle and a creative transformation reading for all 12 signs using the David Bowie inspired, Starman Tarot.

TIMESTAMPS
Literary Artists Tarot Intro 0:00
Base Reading / All Writers 2:27
Literary Elements to Include 6:08
Transformation Readings Start 8:44
SAGITTARIUS 9:38
PISCES 12:54
GEMINI 16:56
VIRGO 20:23
ARIES 23:28
CANCER 27:32
LIBRA 32:44
CAPRICORN 38:03
LEO 42:41
AQUARIUS 47:42
TAURUS 50:01
SCORPIO 58:07
Conclusion 1:01:00

PS – The link to my “Cellar Door” t-shirt. I’m listing my t-shirt b/c I do get asked about it. I’m a huge Donnie Darko fan. I’m not affiliated to the business, just listing as a courtesy.

Cheers & Happy Weekend,
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com
SassyScorpionTarot

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