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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

My Imagination’s Taking Me Away!

Ever since I found out about Owl City's new CD, I've been awaiting it with anticipation. Then, when Alligator Sky was released off the new record, I thought it was weird.

It wasn't long before I fell in love with it.

I listened to it again tonight and could NOT stop hitting repeat. I couldn't understand why I liked it so much.

Then it hit me like a spaceship. (Pun thoroughly intended. :P)

I love this song because of Avary.

Where was I, when the rockets came to life?
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
Even though I'll never know what's up ahead
I'm never letting go
I'm never letting go!

In case you haven't met Avary yet... here's a glimpse of her style.

This probably won't make much sense unless you know what Avary's novel is about. I can't tell you all of it - since every author has her secrets - but I can tell you it has to do with spacecraft, stars, dear old scientists, and visiting other worlds. In other words, it's the essence of Alligator Sky. Imagination.

Remember to breathe
Because it'll take your breath away
When the engines cough
And you blast off
Ignite the night with a firecracker flash

Remember to live
Because you're gonna be thrilled to death
When the stars collide and your eyes grow wide
Take it in with your breath against the glass

Avary isn't the only character in this novel, either. There are others. Violet, Brian, Sawyer, Dr. Flanigan. They all make up this amazing novel that I call mine.

And believe it or not, I have started this novel. It's coming slowly, though. It's just one of those novels that's like soup. There are a whole bunch of ingredients that come together to make a whole. And it's going to have to simmer for a while until it's ready. But just like soup, you hope it comes out right. And somewhere, deep down, you know it probably will.
Roller coaster through the atmosphere
I'm drowning in this starry serenade
When ecstasy becomes cavalier
My imagination's taking me away

Reverie, whisper in my ear
I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid
Roller coaster through the atmosphere
My imagination's taking me away!

Until then, I can only dream about stars and spaceships and dear old scientists. And until then, I feel like yelling this at the top of my lungs:


Because... it really is. ;)


  1. I *love* that song. Especially the version without rap. Adam Young has a gift for words--the images and emotions he conjures up in his songs are breathtaking. They communicate those things we all feel--especially writers and creative/artsy people--but can never quite express.

    I discovered Ocean Eyes a little over a year ago and have NEVER looked back. :D I cannot WAIT for All Things Bright and Beautiful! "Galaxies" is another amazing song. Powerful.

    And don't you love it when a song just PERFECTLY syncs up with a story/idea you have?

    Here's to imagination!


  2. I would +1 this, but you don't have that option. :P love the set!

  3. Haha, I was coming to your blog to tell you that I have switched the url of my blog (, but then I discovered you had put up a new post! I don't think I've even heard this song before now, so I'll be back to listen to it after I go weed a flowerbed or something. {yes, random, I know.} <3

  4. Hey, cool! I love Owl City! My friend loves that song. :)
    And I think I'll check this Avary now that you mentioned it. Thanks!!

    ~Sarah D.~

  5. Cool! I really want to read it, even though it's not published, of course, I would want to read anything from you!


  6. I absolutely adore Owl City's music! I want to meet Adam Young just to give him a hug. :) He's awesome! And that song, just like all of his, is amazing. :)

  7. This entire post is amazing. This is my new favorite song...discovered it when a friend told me about it a couple months ago.



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