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A Woman’s Caprice

Good morning, poppets! How are you? I am here and I survived the weekend. What is it about Sundays? The only reason I look forward to them is because of my writing group on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month. Other than that, I really would rather just skip it altogether. Sleep through it and forget that it was there. Yesterday was definitely a hard day to get through and I’m glad it’s over. Friday night was good, Saturday was pretty great, but Sunday just sucked the life out of me. No idea why either. So, let’s skip past that and get to today’s post, right? Right.

So, I had this brilliant idea to change my blog theme Saturday night. Yep, again. (At least you can’t say I’m averse to change.) That has now led to a complete web site makeover. I’m not sure if the theme you see now will stay or not. We’ll see. I told you at the beginning of the year that good things are coming. Well, here’s a little inside information about those things. There are plans afoot for a newsletter which, if you subscribe, will get you access to previously blog-published poems (currently inaccessible), firsthand news about upcoming book/collection releases, and possible giveaways of things like this:

Blog Stuff

I’m still working on the giveaway idea so that might be a while away but it’s a future idea in the making. Maybe a contest giveaway or something. That’s still in the idea phase as well. I’m also working on additional graphics and buttons for sites, etc., but I’m excited to be thinking about it and designing my logo and all of it. It’s fun to see your ideas in action, you know?

Also coming in the near future are more video posts as well as possible monthly podcasts. What think ye of that? I’m not sure what I will have to speak about that could possibly be entertaining but there is the idea of having guests (ahem-Amber, CJ, possibly Amanda as well who is a treasure trove of information on writing. And maybe Lizzi from across the pond if I can figure out what I need to do that-fairly certain it isn’t hard but I like to do things the hard way apparently) in the podcasts. This will either be a good thing or I will fall flat on my butt. But, that’s the point. Take risks, get out of my comfort zone, and make mistakes. You get the ability to learn from my experiences, as well as others, and maybe that might be worth something to you.

So, guess what this is:

bow1

This is actually research. This is what is inside.

bow2Well, not the arrows. That’s separate. What you are seeing is a beginner’s compound bow. I took my first archery lesson on Saturday with a recurve bow. A recurve bow is what Katniss uses in The Hunger Games. A compound bow is quite different. It allows you to pull the bow string back and hold it for a set period of time without your arm tiring. Basically. In the picture above you can see the pulleys at the top and bottom of the bow. Those pulleys actually help determine how far back you pull the string. You can feel the bow string “lock” into place when you reach the distance you should be at. Another added benefit to a compound bow is that you do not have to remove the bow string. On a recurve bow, the string must be removed so it does not stretch out. And let me tell you, that’s a pain in the royal behind to do. The one above has a draw weight of 25 pounds. That means how much weight you can pull back. Yes, I’m puny, but I’m a beginner and haven’t worked on any upper body strength in years. Other than picking up kids. The recurve bow I had my first lesson with has a 55 pound draw weight. I couldn’t pull that back almost at all. I got it a quarter of the way back and that was it. But, I did manage to hit my target. Once. So, I’m going to learn on a compound bow to begin with and work on my upper body strength as well. Then, I’ll go back to a recurve bow.

Now, what makes that research? I came up with the title for my poetry collection and an idea for the cover art. No, you don’t get to know just yet. Also, Anna from The Book is in a world where guns don’t exist but bows, swords, and magic do. So, it made sense to begin something I’ve always wanted to learn. Plus, it was F.U.N.!!!!

Okay. Now for the last couple of things. First, I was asked by Lizzi, to guest blog this Friday over at The Well Tempered Bards. Yay! I am so excited about that. My first guest blog. Check me out over there on Friday. And secondly, it’s Monday’s Muse. New poem written last week.

Have a great Monday everyone!

xo Jesi

P.S. I promise I am working on the site but don’t be surprised if you come back and don’t see any changes right away. There’s a lot of little things that have to be done to html codes and that takes quite a lot of time to get right. Thanks.

spinning

Let Me Off This Ride

By Jessica Scott

 

It never stops;

The merry-go-round spins full-tilt

And leaves you grasping the bars tight as you can

So the momentum doesnโ€™t throw you off,

The centrifugal force grabbing at your legs with strong hands.

Hold on, donโ€™t let go.

Close your eyes and donโ€™t think about the world dizzily spinning by.

Itโ€™ll all be over soon enough,

And as long as you stay on the ride

You can claim your status as Strong,

Unbeaten, King of the Merry-Go-Round.

Just.

Hang.

On.

 

 

 

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Ofโ€ฆ. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they arenโ€™t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

9 Comments

  • lrconsiderer

    WHOOOAAAA! Badass! Archery? WAY cool. And this changey changey…you’re very different than me. I resist change ๐Ÿ˜‰

    YAY to new things happening though. Good ๐Ÿ™‚ And MEGA yay to Bards.

    • Jessica Scott

      I used to be resistant as well. VERY. I learned (somehow) that it was emotionally easier to bend than fight the current. I still have some trouble with new ideas but if given a little bit of time, and understanding, I do generally come around. Not always though.

        • Jessica Scott

          Whoa! The rest of my reply to you got eaten! I actually had more to tell you. It was about the archery. There was this little girl there, about 6 or 7 and it was her first time, too. She hit her target once as well but she had this compound bow instead of what I was using which made it so much easier for her to use. Her problem is aiming but, like, she’s little. And she didn’t give up. Kept going even though she wasn’t hitting anything. I was so able to identify! LOL
          She was adorable. She offered to let me use hers when she heard I wasn’t able to pull the string back very far. Totally cute! Compassion in action practised in the wild. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          As for being in touch with your emotions, trust me, there is a downside to it, such as being TOO in touch with them. Somewhere there is a balance, and I’ll let you know when I find it. LOL

          • lrconsiderer

            That’s so sweet of her. It’s always a lovely moment when a child offers to share or to give of their own ‘stuff’ to make an adult’s world better.

            I trust you. That was my Saturday – too in touch and SWAMPED! I’ll keep an ear out for when you figure it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

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