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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 Invisible Valentine

Guys, meet my valentine.

Okay, okay, so... not really. Calm down, ladies. He's taken. By a pretty awesome elf lady.

Right. Anyway. Let's try this again. My valentine:

Meet Robin Hood. You may also recognize him as a fox or a variety of other faces.

Wait... what did you say? He's taken too?

Oh, of course. By Maid Marian. How could I forget?

Okay, fine. My real valentine... well, He's invisible. He also walks on water. And, well, I love Him a lot. 

And He might just look a little bit like Aragorn. Or maybe that's just me.

That awkward moment when you have a valentine... he's just invisible.
- my Twitter

P.S. - If you're looking for a humorous, slightly satirical view on Valentine's Day, here's your video.


  1. Ahh, Viggo. If I didn't have a sweet boyfriend, I'd be wishing he was my Valentine, too!

  2. *dribbles all over her laptop at the pictures* Damn, why do all the adorable ones (both fictional and real) have to be taken! And your invisible valentine sounds pretty freakin' epic ... space for a wee third wheel over here? ;)

    As for Valentines Day ... bah! Everybody should treat their other halves' nicely every day, if you ask me. Though the occasional cute moment on special days is definitely encouraged. Not that I would know *facepalm*

    1. I ask myself that question all the time. ;) As for the third wheel thing, you're more than welcome. As far as I know, He takes more hearts everyday. :)

      Agreed. Not really sure what the point of Valentine's Day is anyway... :P

  3. How odd, I believe my valentine is just like yours! Does your valentine heal sick and injured bodies and hearts? And is he a prince on high? ;)

  4. I agree, He is a pretty awesome valentine. :)

  5. i'm so glad that He takes numerous valentines (:

  6. Happy (late) Valentine's Day!

    (And isn't He the best valentine?)


  7. Ahaha =) Personally, I think you got the best Valentine ^^
    Although having Aragorn or Robin Hood as a Valentine would be awesome =D

  8. Hee, hee. Happy Valentine's Day, my dear. ^.^

    (And if you get the BBC Robin Hood, I get the BBC Arthur. Just sayin'.)

    1. Thanks, you too! :)

      I. Love. The. BBC. Arthur. *is now conflicted* Such a hard choice... :P

      Btw, I shared your comment with Georgie, and this sparked an entire conversation between us about Lancelot and Arthur and Gwen. ;) It was pretty amusing, especially when I actually called Lancelot "Lancelog" instead. :P

  9. Ahem. I believe you forgot a certain Mr. Swoosh? ;)

    And He's the best. The competition doesn't even come close. (No man on earth can give you a sunset for Valentine's like He can.)

    1. Oh man! I knew I was forgetting someone! XD Don't worry, Gwaine, you can be my valentine next year. :D

      Aw, that is so sweet, and so very true. I'm so thankful for Him... and His sunsets.

  10. Love this!! Your tweet is pretty sweet. :)

    Aaaand Messy Mondays? YES. Have you seen the homeschool one?? Best. Video. Ever.


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