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Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is officially the kick off to summer and the longest day of the year.  It is a time to be grateful for the earth’s bounty, to enjoy long lazy days, picnics and all things summer!  It is also a reminder that the days will begin to grow shorter as we travel toward autumn and the harvest season.   Not only does 2013’s Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere) kick off our weekend this Sunday is the largest “super-moon” of the year!  I will definitely being spending some time under that moon!

So to celebrate the Summer Solstice I decided to create a new page here on the blog called My Featured Story.  This is a page where I can share one of my short stories for a free read!  So to kick off summer I am sharing my flash fiction piece A Midsummer Eve for free for the very first time!  It was my short that was published in Short Sips Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection V2 with 98 other fantastic authors.

Wishing you a joyous Summer Solstice and magical full moon!  I hope you enjoy my little tribute to Pan and Greek Mythology…

A Midsummer Eve 

Setting Sun-Photographer unknown but I'd love to give credit

Setting Sun-Photographer unknown but I’d love to give credit


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Sun’s New Day

Sun’s New Day

By: Julie A. Eastin

 

Gather round in circle grove

The rhythm of the drum leads the way

Dance in the sun’s glow

The warmth that makes our garden bloom

Give thanks and sing praise

Tis the longest day

Midsummer

Litha

Summer Solstice

The wheel continues to turn

Drink sweet mead

Feast on nature’s bounty

Today we celebrate

Sparks of sunlight

We journey to the harvest

Light the fires

Remember the way of the ancients

Follow the season’s cycle

Part of all of life

Now begins his decent

We honor life

The fires begin to die

Embers softly glow a future promise

Gather the flickering light

Take it into your soul

May it give birth to the sun’s new day

Warmth and light dwell within my soul

Till the next Midsummer day…

 

All rights belong to the artist.  If this is your artwork I'd love to give give you credit by name.

All rights belong to the artist. If this is your artwork I’d love to give you credit by name.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I’m Back!

 

Can you believe here it is already June 18th!  Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how quickly time goes by…  So if you visit me here at my blog you know I have had a few projects going on, my sister’s Alice in Wonderland wedding party, publishing Have You Seen Harry and a few other little side projects.  Well it looks like most of the project list has been accomplished!

First my sister’s party was wonderful and whimsical! Here’s a peek at the pre-party set-up: 

A peek at the decorations!

A peek at the decorations!

It was such fun and my family and I enjoyed our 5 day escape to Oregon!

Another project I was working on was a graduation keepsake trinket box.  It was a Tinkerbell theme, the young lady looks like a living Tink!  It turned out so cute!  

Tinkerbell trinket box

Tinkerbell trinket box

And my last wood project was for my husband, a dragon plague for the office. 

A wood burning I did for my husband.... The Eastin Dragon!

A wood burning I did for my husband…. The Eastin Dragon!

 So now I am focusing on my tarot card serving tray (pictures to come soon).  That will be going up on our new Etsy Shop, I am hoping this weekend!  And I have a beautiful Dragon altar/table that will also be available to purchase and you guessed it pictures to come soon!

Now what about poor Harry?  Well with so many projects and a trip out of state we, my hubby and I, decided to wait till we were done with those projects and back home settled in.  This weekend is devoted to Harry and getting the formatting right!  So with a little faith, trust and pixie dust we are aiming for a July release!  I’ll keep you all posted as we progress with Harry and maybe we’ll be having a little giveaway to help celebrate?

So what’s on the hit list now with my writing?  I am not sure I have two awesome grown-up novels in the works but I feel my attention divided so I want to focus on just one… Maybe I should post a poll and you can tell me what story you’d like to see me working hard to bring to life for all of you!  Well the day is flying by and it’s time for me to get this day going!

 

Until next time, don’t let anyone take your happy!

J.