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ATC: Kraken

Here we are with the third ATC in my Mythical Beings and Imaginary Friends series.

This mythical being wouldn’t really be considered friendly, however, not in the slightest. The Kraken, legend has it, is a powerful sea creature which captures and wrecks any unsuspecting passing ship on the high seas, pulling it to its doom beneath the waves. It appears to be some kind of giant octopus with many tentacles which wrap and twist and crush anything that it wants to grab hold of.

My ATC, created once again using pastels, gel pens and metallic markers, actually has the head of a shark, with sharp jagged teeth, as if the tentacles weren’t enough. The body tapers away to a strong tail behind it, which I haven’t added to this ATC. And from the body, the many tentacles emerge, all the way down to the poison-tipped tail. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that little snippet.

Like I said… wouldn’t really be considered friendly.

Good job then that it’s a mythical creature, I suppose…


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Letters to the Universe… The Penultimate Edition!

Dear Blogland,
Just a couple of quick words to keep you in the loop. Stuck and Enclosed. Hahaha!!!! Ahem. Sorry. A little joke there; playing with words again… stuck? See? And enclosed. Within the… Ah well. Moving swiftly on. In my previous post, I included an image of some text in Latin, without checking beforehand what the words actually meant! Now, not speaking Latin myself, the words are just gobbledegook to me, but they do have meanings and may not be the exact Feel Good words I had intended to use. I’m writing this, and I still haven’t had a look at what the phrase is saying, but now I don’t want to know, and will remain merrily in cloud cuckoo land thinking they are still gobbledegook.

Dear Blogland,
Oops. Nearly forgot the second part to my ‘couple’! Yes, you did read the title to this post correctly. Next week’s Letters to the Universe will be the final post in this run, but there will be more letters at a later date. I do enjoy writing these posts, but I don’t want to have too much of a good thing. That said, the Letters may be back within the month!

Dear Disillusioned Folk,
Please think before you just act. Take a moment to look at yourself, breathe deeply. Think of other ways of doing things rather than taking the decision to go for what you have at the front of your mind. If you aren’t happy about some things, take positive steps to change them. Be a shining light for yourself and others and don’t make yourself yet another sad statistic. There’s a phrase I heard once that said ‘the hardest thing to do in life is live in it’… but we’re managing. I’m managing. And if I can do it, anyone can! Life is for LIVING.

Dear Thunderstorm,
Wednesday night’s performance was ground-trembling, I’m led to believe. I heard you rumble in the distance, just as I was drifting off to sleep, and then slept through the entire feature presentation. You had lightning, thunder, the works… and I missed everything. You’re in good company, though, as I tend to miss a lot of astronomical events as well.

Dear The Word Gobbledegook,
Such a fabulous word to be included in my penultimate letters post. Some would say you have featured in all of my Letters to the Universe posts since they began back in May 2017, but I couldn’t possibly comment there. Nor could I comment on the fact that gobbledegook is actually more widespread across a larger number of my posts, although I would be the first to admit that some may be erring slightly that way.

Dear Pastels,
I’ve had such a good time getting to smudge your colours all over my little 2.5X3.5 pieces of watercolour paper for my new range of ATC creations. I’ve also enjoyed smudging your colours all over myself as well, although the latter smudging was more by accident than done so deliberately!

Dear Days,
I’m starting to notice that you are getting ever shorter of late. It is now dark when I have to get up in the morning, but it is still light when I finish work, which is good… although I know that it won’t be long now before you are dark at both ends (and in the middle, depending on the weather that particular day!). I’ve also noticed a few signs of Autumn drifting in… yellow and brown leaves on the trees – and scattered on the ground. Still, it’s good to see you, however long you are… and may that remain so for a very long time.

Dear Ducks,
I’ve missed your colours this year. Usually you are all shiny and blue and green with bright orange feet, but this year you’ve been mostly brown and black with completely different wellies on (‘wellies’… Wellington Boots. Ducks don’t normally wear them), and I have no idea what happened to Tufty, since he met Mrs Tufty… they’ve probably gone to pastures new and raised hundreds of Tuftylets! Good luck to you all.

Dear Clouds,
I didn’t have time to photograph you this time around, but can I just say what a fabulous display you put on for me as you drifted by? You present many a flying pig, which I found hilarious. One after the other. I also like how you made the next one in turn smaller than the previous one. A nice touch!

Dear Watercolours,
Yes, I am tempted. Yes, I will use you again. Yes, it will be soon. Just waiting for the correct inspirational alignment, and then I’ll be right at it!

And to finish… Dear All,
And there we have it. The next but one last Letters to the Universe post for this run. As I mentioned earlier, a new run will be along in due course, but I want to try something new in a few weeks… something a little more interactive and hopefully fun; a little risky, perhaps; something that requires a bit of work from me to start off with, but should work OK once done. Fingers crossed. Something I feel ideal for Fridays, ready for the weekend. But we shall see. Until that idea is ready, Fridays will be handed over to quite an Elite bunch. Can’t say any more for now, though. Shhh!

Thank you for reading!

P.S. Here’s one of those ducks I mentioned, just because:

Still as cute, however, even if not as colourful as you were in the past. Love the new wellies, however!

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Wordle: Special Delivery

The band played loudly as the secret agent made his way to the back of the smoke-filled bar. His way was blocked by a thuggish-looking doorman.
“Why should I let you through?” He asked, menacingly.
The spy laughed in contempt, holding open the bag he was carrying to reveal the contents to the doorman. Not one word did he utter.
“Good answer.” The doorman pushed open the heavy door to let the man in the over-sized overcoat walk through.
The bare walls and stone floor of this room caused the spy to reflect on his career. I remember the days I’d go on proper missions, he thought as he heard giggling coming from yet another room off this one. He picked up a small square card from a rickety table in the corner, and did as the instructions told him.
He left he pizza on the table, and took the small wad of cash that had been left beside the card. He kept the change. Still, the pay’s good in this malarkey.
He lifted his collar, pulled open the heavy door once again, walked straight passed the thuggish doorman, across the bar and out through the exit into the night.

A slightly different attempt at the Wordle this week, as I’ve used the words in a short (200 word) tale, rather than one of my random rhymes.


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Letters to the Universe… The Energy Edition!

Dear Legs,
How good you’ve been to help me with my long overdue exercises this week. Yes, I’m aware that I haven’t actually ran that many steps, but it is always good to start gently and then build up. At least by doing what I have done, I have given myself just a little more energy – a little get up and go – and I can climb stairs without gasping for as many breaths as I had done so before. And here I was last week complaining about you throbbing with vigour. You do a lot, so thank you.

Dear Lion’s Gate Portal,
I’m pleased you have opened this week, and sent bursts of energy in our direction. I must apologise for not really knowing that much about you, as I’d only started hearing about you about a month ago, but you are a fascinating phenomenon – and one that can be felt! I must also apologise for not knowing the correct way to address you; Lionsgate Portal, Lions Gate Portal or Lion’s Gate Portal… at least I’ve used all three over the past couple of weeks, so it’s all good! Here’s to more great energy!

Dear Blogging,
I think my energy levels are on the increase again. I’m feeling inspired, although inspiration at times does need a bit of persuasion to make an appearance – but in the end it does, so it’s all good. I may even get back into writing, reading and commenting very soon… but one step at a time.

Dear Painting,
It has been another week without anything being painted, I know. With my energy levels being on the up, I may get around to painting again next week. My intention is to paint at least once a fortnight, and share the outcome here on the blog. I need the practice, I know, and not doing anything isn’t getting me anywhere near the practice I need. Time to start stirring those creative artistic energies once again, methinks!

Dear Third Eye,
I’m still working on opening you, so don’t worry. Since I’ve started those ‘exercises’ (namely meditation!) I have been feeling a lot calmer, and long may it continue. Just breathing seems to draw a lot of positive energy in, and the more positive the better. Here’s to more spiritual openings!

Dear Positive Vibes,
(((((Thank you)))))
Both for coming into me, and being reflected out again. Positivity is always the way forward!

Dear Blogland,
I’ve created a new candle for you to use as and when you wish. This is to focus on positivity. Let’s get that good energy out there!

Positivity Candle

Other candles are available here.

Dear Time,
Have I noticed the impossible? I seem to be experiencing moments where I can actually gather a breath! Not that I’m complaining, I hasten to add. Please continue to improve this excellent balance, and all will be well. Thank you for what you’ve done so far!

And to finish… Dear All,
Another round up of letters completed. Slightly shorter than usual, but we’re saving energy here at Beyond the Sphere this week. Not using as many letters for the letters, so to speak. Saving energy isn’t a bad thing for the environment either (types I with three rooms lit up brightly and I only use one at a time… best get that sorted!) Have a good weekend with an amazingly fabulous uplift to your energies also – however you wish to use them.

Thank you for reading!

P.S. Here’s a painting of a very large swirling mass of energy, far out toward the edge of the Solar System, just because:

Well, I do like to link to my other blog from time to time, so why not?

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The Tree at the Edge of Elsewhere

Right at the edge of Elsewhere sits a quaint and magical forest. Full of old trees, echoes of legends whisper through the leaves as the gentle breeze makes its way to the centre of the forest. Knowledge comes flooding in. Sense of purpose. Hope. Dreams. Wisdom. Realisation.

Elsewhere is forever changing. It adapts to suit the mood of the observer. It creates shadows if shadows are needed. Stories too, if required. Look beyond the final tree at Legends Point and a whole new world opens up ahead, within arm’s reach. Almost within grabbing distance.

That new world is there to be grabbed. Well, to be made. Elsewhere provides the inspiration, the enthusiasm, the spark and the flicker of light to set things in motion. The idea for the way forward.

The final tree is known locally as the Elsew Tree.

Those same locals know that taking the tree out of the equation, leaves only here behind.

Here is now.

And Now is where all of those dreams of Elsewhere really begin.