“Let’s run away to Seattle”, Ruby says to Theo. .
Their knees and shoulders touch gently, as the warmth underneath the blanket they share on Theo’s window terrace, grows.
Above, airplanes cruise the night sky. Their lights, like fireflies, float through the darkness. .
“That sounds nice”, says Theo, hiding what he knew was his true desire. .
As Theo sat next to Ruby, warmth still growing between them, he thought how he’d love nothing more than to take her away. Memories of the day he’d fallen for her, began to form a bubble in his throat. Words that he’d only uttered to his friends, begged to be spoken, but instead, were swallowed down once more. .
“We could run away to Seattle, start our lives together, and live happily ever after”, Ruby says, just loud enough for him to hear. Their moment on the terrace, began to feel like a scene out of late 90’s black dramedy. .
Best friends? Check. Secretly in love with one another? Check. Baring through “eh” relationships, just waiting for the right moment to be together? Also, check.
With one last longing look, Theo tries to muster the energy to say “Fuck yes! I love you. Let’s go now”. .
This is the moment before both of their lives change. After this moment, they’ll be moving away from one another...leaving the city that brought them together behind.
Leaving each other behind.
. “I’m going to miss you Ruby”, he says instead.
“I’ll miss you too Theo”...
If only he knew, she felt the same way, too.
📜✒"I suppose no story is simple..." when first telling my story I retreated into a 🕶cloaked🕶 version of myself that was 🖤"stronger"🖤 than the person I internally dialogued with on a daily basis. ⠀
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"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." Walt Disney⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hey, lovely women authorpreneurs! Today I'm giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what keeps my profitable writing business running smoothly. (Just imagine a pile of laundry off-screen & you'll have the full picture). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seriously, though. I don't have a fancy office. I don't even have my own office! I don't have a desk, or room for one. When I started Katie Phillips Creative, I didn't even have internet in my apartment! #brokenewlywed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is what I use every day to keep my biz humming along: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. My trusty laptop. Aka my brain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. My journal/planner. Aka my other brain. I use it for everything from scribbling to-do lists to casting long-term vision. (Also, it has sushi on it. Which makes me happy). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Sharpie pen. I'm a pen snob. I hate it when they smear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. My phone. I try to use it sparingly, so my productivity doesn't go down the drain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. My wooden tray, which I often convert into a lapdesk. I tend to do most of my work sitting on our bed in our little studio apartment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That's it. Nothing fancy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The most valuable lesson I've learned along this journey is to just use what you have. Don't let what you DON'T have (desk, office, time, money) become an excuse for not following your dreams. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
QotD: What are your writing staples? What are your must-haves for productivity? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Stop it. Just stop it.
What do you think your results will be if you don't?
1 37 hours ago
***COMING THURSDAY 11/15*** The BEARly Controlled Grizzly (Bear Clan, 1)
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That first time I saw her—my mate—I’d been ready to kick some guy’s ass for even looking at her. I made no apologies for my possessive, territorial side. I was a grizzly bear shifter, after all. It was my nature to be over the top.
Bethany hadn’t known what to do at first—being mated to a shifter—one who was grouchy and burly and made no apologies for how rugged he really was.
But she wanted me, my sweet little human mate, who could have brought a beast like me to my knees with just a look.
I’d wanted nothing more than to throw her over my shoulder and take her back to my lair like a caveman. But I let her take the lead, even if my bear wasn’t happy, even if the alpha in me wanted to have my way with her right then and there.
And I would have my way with her. All the ways that counted, in fact. I’d claim her, mark her, and before it was all said and done, there’d be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bethany was owned by a grizzly.
Warning: Holy moly, this hero’s crazy for his mate, but who wouldn’t want one OTT alpha bear shifter obsessed with you? This story is sweet and sexy, and oh so very filthy. Of course,you get a happily ever after … and a little somethin’-somethin’at the end to wrap it up nicely.
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Abre tu piel.
Confunde a mis sentidos con tu risa
y déjame ser el vacío
que llene de palabras
Abre tu piel.
Déjame empaparme del sabor de tus anhelos,
camuflarme entre el fragor de tus recuerdos,
entenderte, para así poder quererte por completo.
Abre tu piel.
Quiero recorrer cada paso en falso
del que dudas,
iluminar tu voz a oscuras,
cuando tus ganas no sean suficientes y sientas que no puedas más.
Ser la bóveda en la que encerrarte
para después, poderte liberar.
Abre tu piel.
Déjame verme en el reflejo de tus miedos,
inmolarme en la soledad que te dibuja huecos, besar tu perspectiva y descubrirme devoto de tu encanto
Abre tu piel.
Desnuda tu mirar y bríndame tu pensar,
enséñame qué has sentido cuando has notado a tu corazón roto,
a contar, para poder contar contigo
y dejar de imaginar que encontrarte fue algo inmerecido.
Dibuja en mi corazón los destinos que quieres visitar, en mi espalda con tus finos dedos los ya recorridos,
tradúceme en mil lenguas tu desinterés por lo trivial.
Abre tu piel y déjame entrar.
Quiero recorrer ese paraíso terrenal
saber qué se esconde tras el telón de cristal y descubrir que con esmero y dedicación, es posible habitar.
Abre tu piel.
Para poder besar cada fragmento roto que te te desdibuja de lo lineal.
Para reescribir en tus paredes el placer de lo incondicional.
Abre tu piel.
Tan sólo quiero ser el hombre
que le grite al mundo
que tuvo la suerte de poderte explorar.
Cada vez que te miro,
todo ese potencial.
- thak chuke ho kya?
- haan, lekin tumse nahi, duniya se
- koi baat nahi, duniya ka kaam hi hai hume daur-bhaag me uljha ke rakhna
- aur humara?
- humara kaam hai unn uljhano se thoda waqt chura laana
- kya hoga phir, uss waqt ka?
- thoda hum ek dusre ko denge, thoda aapne aap ko
- are you tired?
- yes, but not from you, from the world
- it's okay, that's what the world does, keep us entangled in it's affairs
- and what do we do, then?
- we steal some time from all the entanglements
- to do what?
- to give some of it to each other, and the rest, to ourselves
I am humbled and flattered beyond words. Thank you Modern Luxury Magazine for naming me a “Woman of Vision” in your Philanthropy Issue! “Modern Luxury San Diego is pleased to present the women of the greater San Diego area who exemplify the leadership skills, knowledge and dedication that place them in the elite of their fields. These are the women of distinction who stand out and influence others in our community.” I am deeply touched and honored....
2 15247 hours ago
SWIPE ACROSS 💫 // This piece means a lot to me. For those who know me personally, know 2018 has dealt one hell of a year. Thankful for the lessons, the heartache, the pain, the growth and the patience it’s taught me and to everyone involved in my life this year.
Grateful for all those supporting this page, reposting & tagging my posts! The positive messages lately have been overwhelming. Keep on keeping on everyone 🌹💫 xox love you all
Dear Future Lover,
I don’t know who you are, I don’t know your name. I don’t know if we’re going to hit it off at a party or if I’m going to find you in the best friend I’ve known since I was seven. I don’t know if it will be love at first sight or something we grow into.
Sometimes when I’m surrounded by happy (and sappy) couples, I do feel a twinge of regret at your absence. I find myself wishing I was clairvoyant and could know when and where I’m going to meet you.
But now, as I write this, I know, I don’t want you to come anytime soon.
Don’t get me wrong. The world hasn’t made me a cynic yet. I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m in love with the idea of being in love. I believe in true love and fairytales and soulmates. I want to have a constant companion. I want to feel wanted.
But, you see, I’m selfish right now. I have a job that I love and zero responsibility for anyone but myself. I have too many dreams and plans. I want to be impulsive and make stupid decisions. I want to take off on a whim for a random adventure without having to let anyone know. I want to move across the country. Because I can. I want to kiss frogs so I’ll know how to recognise a prince. I want to get my heart broken. I want to write a book. I want to learn Spanish. And belly dancing. As much as I’d love to share these dreams with you, I can’t. Because there is no place in them for anyone but myself.
You cannot be my other half because I want to be complete on my own. You cannot be my anchor because I’m trying to fly.
So let me. Let me focus on my individual journey and and you, yours. So that when we meet, we help each other grow and become more.
Someday, I will be ready to settle down. I will let you sweep me off my feet and I will want a life with you more than I’ve ever wanted anything else. I will choose a backyard picnic with you over a climbing a mountain. I will gladly trade my dreams for ours.
Our hearts will race, our lives will change. Just maybe, not today.
~ Palak Kapadia (@poetryandpostcards)