Sparkle and Shine

1 I’m sorry if I look slightly annoyed in these pictures; it’s hot and I was feeling a bit sick. And then Asa started crying, so we didn’t have time to shoot more pictures. Ah, this weekend has not been good for taking outfit photos; on Saturday I wanted to get shots of my outfit but realized the camera batteries were both dead and we were taking a trip up to Port Townsend so we couldn’t charge the batteries… so… no camera.

I hate those days when you love what you’re wearing, but then things just stack against being able to get pictures. But, oh well. We had lots of fun in Port Townsend, and I am enjoying the hot weather even if it does make me a bit sick.

4 But funny story: we went to Starbucks yesterday (when I wore this), and the barista said “Hey, I used to have a shirt just like that! Old Navy, right?” to which I just shrugged and said “I don’t know, I got it at Goodwill” (as I do like… everything, haha!) and she laughed and went “Oh my gosh, that was probably mine!!!”

I didn’t really know how to react. So I just said it was a pretty shirt (because it is!) and we went on our merry way.

But later we realized she was wrong, because this isn’t an Old Navy brand shirt. 7 And can we talk about how much I love this arm cuff? I got it at the Reniassance Faire last year, and I definitely intend to get more if I can this year. LOVE. It’s such a perfect summer accessory, and it makes me feel a little bit rock-n-roll. Or something. 6

So this past week, I finally finished reading Sweet Ireland Air, and I’m working on a new chapter. Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by saying I’m thinking I’ll be posting something new by the end of the week! I’ve also been uploading the old version of My Beloved, since so many people have been begging me for it over the years. Re-reading those two stories and getting good feedback from people currently reading them has helped inspire me so much! I’ve figured out why I quit writing Sweet Ireland Air, and now I know what I need to write next. It’s just… really exciting!

And now I need to think about keeping up with those writing videos! After we moved, there was just too much going on and I totally forgot about making videos. But I’ll be trying to make another one soon!5

Dress, skirt, and belt, Thrifted | heels, Target (old) | Arm cuff, Washington Renaissance Faire | earrings, gift

I love writing. I had forgotten how much it captures my soul, and how much I’ve missed it! It’s so exciting to have figured out why I stopped writing certain stories, and know how I can get going again.

And with that, I’m off to do a little writing before Asa falls asleep and I have to work! The bug has officially bitten me again.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

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  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    This makes me so happy! But do you mean that you’ve quit writing SIA for good? You’re not going to finish it? I hope that’s not what you mean . . . .

    But anyway, I’m really happy that you’re getting back into writing, and I’m looking forward to the writing videos!

    • Eccentric Owl

      No! I meant, I had hit writer’s block with the story because I didn’t know where to go and I wasn’t liking the way it was going, but I figured out why I had quit and now I know where I need to go and what I need to change so I can finish it! 😀 It makes me happy. I’ve started editing the last chapter I wrote (which isn’t on Fiction Press) so that it’s more to my liking, and I should be posting that by the end of the week.

      • Avra-Sha Faohla

        Oh, good! When you said “now I know what I need to write next,” I thought maybe you meant “now i know what story I need to write next because SIA isn’t working out for me.” Not sure why I thought that . . . but I’m glad I was wrong! I’m really excited for the new chapter!

  • Becca Lee

    I’ve totally been there on trying to take photos and having it just not work in your favor. You looks gorgeous here, though! I still adore that skirt and love that top with it. Glad to hear that you’re all sorts of excited about writing again!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  • Jessica

    What a cute outfit! That’s pretty funny about the girl saying it was probably hers… funny and kinda awkward cause if she gave it away to Goodwill it would make me think “Well damn, is it ugly then?” (It’s not!! I hope you get what I’m trying to say lol) Whoever takes your photos is so good! That 3rd photo is gorgeous!


    • Eccentric Owl

      I know, I was thinking “I wonder why she gave it up?” but then she said she’d gotten it in the maternity section. So maybe she just didn’t fit it any more! Haha!

      My husband takes my photos! Thank you! I think he’s pretty talented. 🙂

  • Salazar

    Aww, I’m sorry the conditions were less than awesome, but hey, at least you got some pretty pictures. What are the odds about the shirt, right? I actually don’t think it is that awkward, if I saw somebody wearing my stuff I’d be happy that it’s found a good home!

  • Grace

    Prepare to be blown away by the comments/likes/favs you are going to get on your story. You have a real talent and I could definatly see your work carve out quite a following in Christian fiction. Good luck and thank you for re uploading “my beloved” I have really enjoyed it so far and consider it well worth my wait 🙂

    Grace e

  • Hazel

    Thank you so much for posting My Beloved Mara!!! It is one of my all time favourite stories from FP, and I’m so glad I can finally read it again after so many years. Whether there are many mistakes or not a good story is a good story.