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  • Quote of the Day – Life is divine Chaos… - Life is divine Chaos. It’s messy, and it’s supposed to be that way. –John Keats   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • Quote of the Day – I’m restless… - I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again. –Anais Nin   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • Quote of the Day – Why not? - “Why not?” is a slogan for an interesting life. –Mason Cooley
  • 7 Butter-Flyday – So long September - September Recap: I feel the need to start gathering some synonyms, because I have a feeling every monthly recap is going to begin with X-month was “busy”… Usually, my day job doesn’t interfere with my writing, blogging, art etc. But in September, our usual staff of eight went down to six, so I’m actually picking […]
  • Quote of the Day – Don’t compromise yourself… - Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. –Janis Joplin   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here. Please note that I swapped out an original photo I’ve taken for the image I downloaded from Pixabay. Save Save
  • Quote of the Day – In my world… - In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies! –Dr. Seuss   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • Quote of the Day – There is something… - There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. –Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • 7 Butter-Flyday – The Name Game - Names in Writing: I recently read an interesting post by Philip Athans on the blog, Fantasy Writer’s Handbook, where he discusses the capitalization of a common word being used as a proper name. As in: the Tower, the Witch, the Magician, the Chancellor, the Mountain, the City etc. I’m guilty of this myself in my […]
  • Quote of the Day – The butterfly counts not… - The butterfly counts not the month but moments, and has time enough.. –Rabindranath Tagore   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here. Save
  • 7 Butter-Flyday – Au Revoir August - August Recap: This month has been full of creative endeavors. I’ve added a new daily kaleidoscope post that is finding interest and appreciation. Thank you to everyone who has liked my digital kaleidoscope posts and my new followers! On the writing side, I’ve completed my novel’s outline and have started writing new pages. I’m meeting […]
  • Quote of the Day – Encouraging Others… - Encouraging others often results in encouraging yourself.
  • 7 Butter-Flyday – Re-branding - A little re-branding: I like the idea of a seven-item bullet list every week. It may just be me, but I’m not wild about the term “bullet.” It brings to my mind ballistics and firearms. So, I’ve decided to change the title slightly to 7 Butter-Flydays. A bit more my speed and aesthetic. What I’m […]
  • Quote of the Day – Some parts of life… - Some parts of life have to be messy before they can become beautiful. –Natasha Bedignfield   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Kaleidoscopes - What I’m obsessed with this week: Creating Kaleidoscopes with Photoshop. And man, have I been hogging the mac this week generating loads of digital kaleidoscopic images. I’m using average (and often below average) photos I’ve taken that are far from interesting enough to show anyone on their own. But, when you crop them and set […]
  • Quote of the Day – We are all butterflies… - We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. –LeeAnn Taylor   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here. Please note that I swapped out a photo I’ve taken for the image I downloaded from Pixabay. Save
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Saying ‘Good-bye’ - Good-bye: Don’t panic, I’m not going anywhere… However, my writer’s group, Writers Endeavor, is bidding Yahoo Groups farewell. Our group has been on Yahoo since October 2005 (I joined the group in July 2009). It had been our message board, our file upload area and an all-around place to share ‘stuff.’ After having trouble uploading […]
  • Quote of the Day – Be yourself… - Be yourself: everyone else is already taken. –Oscar Wilde   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here.
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Saying buh-bye to July - July Recap: Wow! July was a busy month for me, especially in the blogging world. I now have three weekly posts: 7BulletFriday, Butterfly Quote, and Butterfly of the Week. The last two were started/brought back in July. I also started posting daily on my Facebook page last month. Thank goodness for scheduling features or I’d […]
  • Quote of the Day – Don’t cry because it’s over… - Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. –Dr. Seuss   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here. Save
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Trippin’ down the road - Road Trip: My mom’s family put down roots in Chicago in the 1920’s. And although a few branches have moved out of the city to the neighboring burbs, to other states (and even the Philippines!), they all still try to gather once of year for a reunion. I’m not always able to go, due to […]
  • Quote of the Day – We are like butterflies… - We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever. –Carl Sagan, Cosmos   To see the inspiration behind this original digital art, please see the story here. Save Save Save Save
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Quotes, quotes, quotes… - Blogging Update: I now have three regular posts on this blog. Monday – Butterfly of the Week, Friday – 7 Bullet Friday, and now Wednesday – Quote of the Day. In addition to posting a Pinterest pin daily on the My Dreaming Butterfly Facebook page, I’m also creating an original “pinnable” quote using my own […]
  • Quote of the Day – Success begins… - Success begins when you believe that something is possible.   To see the inspiration behind the original digital art, please see the story here. Save
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Fear and Time Travel - A thought on Fear: I personally have allowed fear to hold me back from doing a number of things, including this blog. I read a blog today called “The Biggest Killer of Creativity” by guest blogger Allison Maruska and it inspired me. She mentions her anxiety of publishing her novel and that her fears were […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Cozy Mysteries and Strawberry Sundaes - Facebook Update: I’m focusing on the My Dreaming Butterfly Facebook page this week and have decided that a daily post will help bring more traffic to the page. My idea for an easy daily post is to use inspirational, butterfly themed Pinterest pins. So, I’ll be working on that over the weekend. This project may […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Bringin’ ’em back - Blogging Update: My life got a bit busy over the past year and my Butterfly-of-the-Week project fell into the abyss of my to-do list. So sad… The good news is, my overall schedule is feeling more open now and I’m pleased to report the butterflies are coming back. I’ve included a few of my favorites […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – A bit of fun - Pinterest Update: I spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest. In fact, it’s where I gather the writing prompts and writing quotes that I share every week. I also have boards on writing tips/techniques, character development and several boards dedicated to Dragon World and its various dragons. There are lots of other boards too. […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – What’s goin’ on - Dragon World Update: I’ve been diligently restructuring my first draft and have completed Stage 2 of my storyboard. For those of you that follow the Hero’s Journey, this stage involves the hero’s first steps into the Special World and ends with the Main Goal for the story revealed. To get to this point, I’ve had […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – On a roll - Bullet Journal Update: I thought I’d share a couple pics from my new Bullet Journal. I chose the Leuchtturm1917 HardCover Master Slim Notebook A4+ in black with dotted pages. A4 is a bit larger than 8 1/2 x 11 so the back pocket can fit a standard sheet of paper without folding it. So far, […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Holding Steady - Blogging Note: At last night’s Agile Writer’s meeting, I was asked to talk about these 7-Bullet Friday posts. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that this is relatively new for me. Some weeks have been easy and some have been a struggle, I don’t always have an activity of note or […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – A Bit Behind - Writing Update: So, I finally feel like I’m making progress on editing the first draft. If you’re follow The Hero’s Journey at all, I’ve story-boarded the first stage of the Hero’s ordinary world and her crossing the threshold into the special world. Now I need to work out how she meets her band of helpers […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Keeping Busy -   Salsa Rueda Club of Richmond: So, we’re following up our dance presentation at the Que Pasa Festival with being the opening entertainment at tomorrow’s baseball game! (Richmond is home to the minor league team the Flying Squirrels) And, instead of 3 groups in 30 minutes we’ll be getting one hour. We’ll be performing from […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Biting the Bullet - Que Pasa Festival 2017: Que Pasa was a blast! Here are a couple of pics of our Salsa Rueda dance group. By the way, ladies often outnumber the gents, so for our demonstration I danced the leader role. As one of the ladies in our group says, “Denise, you ‘da man!” Find more details at: […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – May the Fourth, Revenge of the Fifth -   Que Pasa Festival 2017: Right here in Richmond, Virginia tomorrow (May 6), I’ll be down at the Canal Walk with my Salsa Rueda group and my Argentine Tango friends. We’ll be performing twice. Once at 3:30 p.m. on the Vista Stage (by the canal) and again at 5:30 p.m. on the Virginia Street Stage. […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Having Fun -   RavenCon 2017: Heading to Williamsburg, Virginia this weekend to attend RavenCon 12, The Con of Opportunity, an annual writers convention focusing on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (a la Edgar Alan Poe). It’s filled to the brim with panel discussions on all topics related to writing and geek-dom in general with art and book […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Keeping it Going - New 7-Bullet-Friday graphic: I’m super proud of the new “7-Butter-Flyday” graphic I created on Photoshop. I’ve gone back and updated my last 7BF post with the new graphic and two pics to go with the first bullet. Shawsville, VA: The weather was absolutely beautiful for our trip last weekend! Nothing says, “spring” like dogwoods and […]
  • 7 Bullet Friday – Getting Started - I’ve been feeling guilty about neglecting my blog… Today, I received a post from someone that I follow and they are using #7bulletfriday, giving their followers a list of seven things that are going on in their lives. Just random, but positive, things going on. And I thought, “Hey, I can do that!” So, here […]
  • Getting excited about 2017 - 2017, a universal year holding the energy of 1. New beginnings, new directions… I sat down with pad and purple pen the other day and the ideas just flowed. A bubbling excitement filled me as my list grew. This reaction is quite contrary to my usual feeling of overwhelm when I see a long to-do […]
  • Approaching planner nirvana - I love it when an amazon.com box arrives at my desk. Today’s box of goodies includes a new planner from Tools4Wisdom. This isn’t your basic monthly/weekly planner. It’s built to help one achieve their goals. There’s a section for over-all goal planning. From there you rank, filtering your goals down to monthly, weekly and daily […]
  • Dirty Laundry - I love sleeping in the laundry basket Snuggled in your dirty clothes Feeling closer to you I purr My ear twitches and my eye glows Odors wafting to my nose Love your dirty laundry Love your smelly shirts and underwear In the darkness no one can see Still feel you when you’re not here Your […]
  • My favorite time of year…just got better - The air is getting colder, the leaves are changing color, the sun is setting earlier…and it’s Peanut movie season. So, not only do I get “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” I also get a full-length feature film that looks to be true to the TV movies I grew up […]
  • Hello, my pretties… -   *cackling laugh* I know it’s a bit late for Halloween humor, but oh well. Just some late birthday goodies I bought for myself with my birthday gift cards – thanks again Mom, Dad and Sweetie-pies! I feel the creative juices flowing at the mere thought of playing with all my new colors and brushes. […]
  • Secret - I have a secret, it whispers in my mind. If you look closely, you’ll see it in my eyes.   Save
  • Inspirations from my childhood - After writing my last post, I felt compelled to reminisce… Here are the top five influences on the imaginary play of my childhood. I draw from these for inspiration today. • Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – It wasn’t just the coat, the fedora and oh-my-god the best scarf ever, it was the promise of adventure […]
  • Writing 101 - So…I haven’t been paying much attention to my blog… It’s a sad, unfortunate thing. Thankfully, Blogging-U came along and pulled me out of my rut. Crazy overachiever that I am, I chose not only Blogging 101 but also Writing 101. Even though I signed up for both, my main goal is to write more. Primarily, […]
  • Resourcefulness - When taking my office mail to the collection box on the corner, I take a short cut through the alley behind my building. One day, I was surprised to find this ingenious, little fern growing out of a small crack in a brick wall. It struck me then as a metaphor for my philosophy that […]
  • Why “My Dreaming Butterfly”? - I have been fascinated with butterflies for the past two decades or so. They’re graceful, colorful and mysterious. Butterflies symbolize transformation in many religious and spiritual doctrines as well as dream interpretation. Just as I started walking down the path of metaphysical spirituality, I stumbled upon this quote. It truly spoke to my mystical side and my […]
  • My First Blog Post, Ever - So…here I am, writing my very first blog post, ever. How did this madness happen? I am possibly the worst Facebook friend you could be friends with. I gather friends in binges and rarely post anything apart from the occasional holiday wish and thanking all the real Facebook friends out there who wish me a happy […]
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