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Telling Tales and Whispering Secrets 

A bit of fantasy alongside the current human condition

 

 

A daily blog of Short Stories - Essay - Writer's Musings

Star Profiles | Jane Austen

 

Swirling about, her feet sink into the meadow's plush grass. Jane smiles looking up at her ink-stained fingers. As her fingers begin to move, muscle memory plays music.

 

She stops, anticipating the journey. She has a long walk ahead of her as her friend's house is miles away. As her smile returns, her feet begin to take her home.

 

"The library." She considers her sanctuary in a bustling home.

 

 

Amongst siblings and boarders, she's inspired to write. With acceptance and home-schooled learned mind, she anticipates her nightly dream of novelist.

 

Jane spends much time contemplating the way of beings. She innately understands the subtext of the human condition and creates her novel-minded path accordingly.

 

 

Jane's deeper view of her surroundings often nudges her subconscious to remember just how arduous a climb her past life was. That awareness is not as important to this life. Her laser focused insight on the manner in which a woman can navigate life did her no favors. As in this lifetime, navigating current culture as a witness to expansion is key to her success.

 

Finely dressed for the ball, Jane he spins about in the front of a long mirror that leans against the wall near the ballroom. Her friend laughs and nods in approval. They both float toward the music and dancers.

 

"May I have this dance?" The gentleman's hand extends towards Jane, his head tipped to the side.

 

Jane is curious about the kind eyes before her. "You may," her hand meets his.

 

The evening lightens Jane's energy as she connects, in earnest, with another. She believes he 'gets her.'

 

"You've seen this gentleman often, Jane. You flirt with him." Her sister sits on the bed watching Jane pour over the watercolors she painted for Jane's most book.

 

Jane stops to consider smiling, looking up her quill between her fingers. "I enjoy his company and he's intelligent, a lawyer, as well as fine humored."

 

Her sister changes the subject, "So will the little paintings work for you?"

 

"Yes." Jane nods while looking at the small renderings. "They are lovely."

 

"Good as I won't be revisiting the subject." Her sister laughs. "Jane," solemn, "Is it his status?"

 

Jane takes a moment to reply, "No." shaking her head, "It isn't." She smiles as she takes a breath and allows.

 

Jane's deeper view of her surroundings, often nudges her subconscious to remember just how arduous a climb her past life was, an awareness not important to this lifetime.

 

Unfortunately, her economic status does not meet her gentleman's family's approval. Reluctantly, Jane is cast aside.

 

Her laser focused insight on the manner in which a woman can direct her own life does her no favors. Navigating current culture as a witness to expansion is key to her success. Jane looks through understanding considering her current trajectory.

 

 

Life leads Jane's family to Bath. After much consideration, they land in a simple house of their station. She absorbs the gentry's way of being enamored by the glamor.

 

Spending time in friend's and family's estates, boredom sets in. Jane writes little plays that are acted out by friends. Jane becomes accustom to what life looks like in these grand homes. She does her part.

 

"That was such an entertainment!" her friend still charged by the acting out of Jane's musings.

 

"We didn't even have enough chairs for everyone!" another clasping her hands together then hugging Jane.

 

In the flow of this way of life, Jane finds herself in the company of a fine young man that desires her hand. That evening, she agrees. The next morning, her drive to write overshadows her decision and she recants.

 

Jane's life leads to shedding Bath as sickness and poverty blankets her family.

 

 

Her success carved as her own, Jane had stopped writing novels while living in Bath. Her habits circular, she resigns to where she returns for what it is, no wealth or stature.

 

Introspectively, Jane moves to the country. Her body and mind immediately remember. Her quill now often filled with ink. Renewed in way of being, she accepts this higher realm: a return integrated and open to opportunity.

 

In the spirit, Jane spends time in London. Her novels out in the world, she immerses herself into life in the city. Riding around London in her brother's barouche, she senses she is now an accomplished novelist. The country walks set aside.

 

Jane's writing expresses with an integrated mind. The elegance of place, the sense of achievement that surrounds. As the wheel turns, Jane's brother takes ill, Jane is left to negotiate with the publisher and loses.

 

Jane returns again to the country. This time, to a home for single women of age. Her last stop for this lifetime.

 

 

Jane's pot of gold was ever present: maintaining a flow, in lieu of pushing against the overarching energy; a poised and wise approach to what exists before her. Fully aware of the subtext of culture and daily life, the key was playing within paradigms and right timing.

 

Evolved, her next life goes deeper within the realms of being, the unseen. The integrated mind, her compass.

 

 

 

A fiction piece inspired by:

Jane's natal astrology chart

Documentary of Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors On YouTube 

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In the Middle | Balance

 

Whether we are leaning into fall or spring, we are in the middle as we honor the cycles. 

 

 

A side-story with Chere's character, Persephone.

 

You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

The Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks 

 

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Midyear, Persephone looks forward to Summer Solstice for winter is her favorite time of year. Gliding toward fall into the quiet months brings energy and calm to balance.

 

Walking.

 

As the sidewalk reflects intense high-altitude sun, the 79-degree breeze cools, balance. A checker board of shade and sun staccato as the Ponderosa pines' scent expresses in the shadows.

 

Tis time for transition.

 

A short growing season the seeds planted in March are ready for their summer homes. Each seed pot groans roots seeking more space. Large art pieces, clay vessels pepper the tiny yard having been quiet for months. The cycle is about to begin anew, when ceramic meets fresh soil meets flora.

 

Persephone finds herself visiting her window. Peering through wooden shutters, regularly observing seedlings and sun patterns. The pine needles drip. She contemplates a simple process for grooming the matter.

 

Nothing. Read More 

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Transformation Knocks | On the Journey

Growth can occur in baby steps (a pivot of sorts) culminating change. 

 

Meet Meredith. Persephone's childhood friend.

Opportunity presents its self. Does she lean into the call? Is it right timing?

 

Middle Grade Fantasy Short Story

The first of the Meredith Series

 

On a walk for afternoon tea, which Meredith has taken with her mother many times, she is offered illumination. A way of being presents itself. In choice, Meredith decides whether she will continue down the path of motherly expectation or step out into open realms of authenticity.

. . .  [archived] 

 

Visit Chere's exclusive page for a closer look at the author's work. Share in her journey on Patreon: Chere is writing fiction on Patreon

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All's Quiet | Winks

 

With the stillness we are currently within, do you find you are sleeping well remembering dreams? --Ears ringing as we recalibrate?

 

Rip Van Winkle is welcome in All's Quiet | Winks

Adult Fantasy Short Story

 

A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.

 

A sleepless night rises Persephone and her dog, Lilith. A walk in the park proves to have the answer. Magicks ensue. Persephone discovers her calm, her winks... [archived] 

 

Links:

To adventure with the author, join Chere on Patreon

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College Daze | The Smell of Books

Is life a journey, a destination or somewhere in between?

 

A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.

 

 

Books & Magick meet Shopgirl

Magicks are in the air as Persephone stroll down the shop filled street to her day job. While cleaning the shelves a master appears. Wisdom is shared... [archived] 

 

We are all into our reads at this time… inspired.

 

 

* I have so many fond memories of the bookstore. So many nooks and crannies, short staircases, and dark rooms filled with shelved books. I so loved working for Bob and Faye's in Scottsdale while earning my fine art degree at ASU. One of the best college jobs ever.

 

* I am inspired by an interview where Roald Dahl shares his process and dedication to his craft. He truly embodies his work.

 

Links:

To Join Chere in the Journey: Fantasy fiction writer on Patreon

Dahl's interview: Roald Dahl's memorable interview

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IN DREAMS | FUTURE UNFOLDS

In this short story, I consider what life will be like post isolation. 

Best everyone.

 

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How we 'do and be' in our everyday life can change.

In dreams, Persephone considers what one's new reality can look like when swimming in the realms of possibility during global transformation... [archived]

 

A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.

 

 

Visit Chere's exclusive page for a closer look at the author's work. Share in her journey on Patreon.

 

*photography by JR Korpa on Unsplash

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Musings | Triplicate

Tis a time when one can feel a bit wonky... energetically speaking.


A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.

 

Persephone experiences blinding overwhelm. Anger rises within as she cannot find the source. Perce takes on every distraction without thought. Then something is actually quite funny... [archived]

 

 

To find out more about Persephone and her adventurous magicks visit Chere's exclusive page for a closer look at the author's work. Share in her journey on Patreon

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The Raven and the Mouse

Ah yes, we carry much dialogue within when we focus without, yeah? 

 

Just how do we know if someone likes us? How to differences play a dynamic in relationships and authentic connection. Perhaps it's possible to discover the threads... [archived]

 

Children's - Middle Grade Fantasy Short Story

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Endures | Analog Tolstoy

Are you an analog or digital reader? Does a vintage book capture your attention? 

 

A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:

Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.


Persephone engages the senses as she dives into a classic. Realms of past meld present as she considers reading, foraging for books and her TBR pile... [archived]

 

*I'm a hardback reader, mostly. You?

 

 

To find out more about Persephone and her adventurous magicks visit Chere's exclusive page for a closer look at the author's work. Share in her journey on Patreon

 

 

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The Dance | When Life Serves you Lemons

A side story with Chere's character, Persephone.
You'll soon see more of her in the short story:
Inner Journey, Alchemy and Magicks.

 

Inner discord surfaces, Persephone just doesn't feel good. With no reason why, she goes within. As mystic, she draws from self-love... [archived]

  

Have you ever had a spell of no movement? You know, where you cannot quite access your groove? Do you tend to trust at those times or do they tend to be a bit of a train wreck? 


For me, it can go either way...

 

 

To find out more about Persephone and her adventurous magicks visit Chere's exclusive page for a closer look at the author's work. Share in her journey on Patreon

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