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Location: Surprise, Arizona
Gender: Female
Born: Jan 7
Interests: music, writing, reading, meditation, laughter, hair
Member: Standard
Joined: November 2013
I just recently relocated from NJ to AZ, a HUGE adjustment thus far.
But I like it here.

I'm a licensed stylist as well as an educator -- I have a passion for the industry - what more can I say??

Music and writing have always gone hand in hand for me; I have such a deep love for all genres and prose. Reading has always been a lovely passed time for me, an escape from everyday trials...but then again so has music.

Hope all of you writers and readers out there enjoy my work -- It's all very much personal in nature and all original work. Most of it is based loosely upon my life; through the different phases and rights of passage...
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jmcasteel: Wish fanstory had an app for the android market... I'm in NJ visiting for the holidays and don't have access to the computer very often... I will say, it is definitely inspiring some new writing....ugh. Hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) and I wish everyone a stress free holiday season.... people are crazy!!
December 5, 2013 at 4:25PM
    DIS-illusioned: 'People are crazy!!'
    Truer words have seldom been spoken--or typed, in this case.
    December 5, 2013 at 11:29PM
    FanStory: We have a mobile version. If you go to FanStory with a phone you will be brought to the version of FanStory specifically written for a phone.
    December 6, 2013 at 8:15AM

jmcasteel: So I've had this stuck in my head all day... and I feel the need to share it (maybe it'll unstick itself if I do...)

"While like a giant, proud and happy,
I take my baby in my arms, fragile, innocent, and alive
And like a little bird he's pushing against my chest
Abandoned, quiet and safe, for an instant, almost sweetly
My destiny appears to me like a dream

And I see myself, old and surrendered,
Seated there near the coalfire,
Waiting for the evening with the anxiety of a child,
Just to see him coming back home
With the gift of his smile, of his words and kindness
It's like a promise that can solve the enormous joy
Of one of his caresses

Then I wake up and I have already forgotten
But inside of me the kid's trapped soul advises me
That his new born child is already more important to me
than that of my own life...."

- Andrea Bocelli
November 16, 2013 at 7:40PM

jmcasteel: So far, today has been a semi-lazy kind of day. Catching up here on FanStory and contests and reviews... Thinking I may either read later or start a series marathon of some sort. Just feels like one of those saturdays -- hope everyone enjoys their day!!!!
November 16, 2013 at 5:17PM

jmcasteel: So I've been reading and reviewing lots and lots of beautiful pieces today and there were a few that really stood out: Kept making me think of one of my all time favorite poems written by Derek Welsh. "The Kingdom of the Damned"
Just feel the need to share it here....

'Kingdom of the Damned'
By Derek Welsh

Sweet goddess of the underworld
Fearful of the light
Steals the screaming children
Swiftly in the night
Inflicts her lacerations
And slowly breeds contempt
In the houses of the holy
And the sinners who repent
The meek who build her castle
Blindly scale its walls
The wander in its madness
And vanish in its halls
For he who views his life
As just a grain of sand
Will surely lose his soul
In the kingdom of the damned
November 14, 2013 at 1:24AM

jmcasteel: I feel so grateful to have been directed to this website. I've never published anywhere, my pieces have always been very intimate and personal. But over the last several years, I have been wanting to put together a book of poems....sharing my journey through this life thus far... I hope to find guidance, and maybe a few friends along the way.
November 13, 2013 at 6:55PM
    Margaret Snowdon: Welcome to FS, my friend - and good luck with your writing.
    November 14, 2013 at 5:25AM
    jmcasteel: Thank you so much Margaret =)
    November 14, 2013 at 10:21AM
    Maureen's Pen: Welcome to FanStory - Hugs
    November 16, 2013 at 1:14PM
    jmcasteel: Thank you Maureen!!!
    November 16, 2013 at 5:11PM


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