Mountains Majesty

Sarah's view from her favorite writing spot
Sarah's view from her favorite writing spot | Source

Looking out the window she saw her dreams outlined in the distance. The billowy clouds and the last remnants of snow were the signs she was looking for. The mountaintops reached for the sky as clearly as her dreams reached for the stars. The blues and greens of the terrain as the backdrop to the white clouds and blue skies begged her to add all the glorious colors Mother Nature provides, as she was so adept in doing with her pen.

It was time; time to paint the landscape with the beauty of her heartfelt words.

Sarah fed her cats, made a fresh pot of coffee and ventured outside with cup, notebook, and pen in hand. Although she owned two computers, she still felt the thrill of writing in pen. Her heart seemed to speak more clearly when she put pen to paper. It just seemed more real that way. At least, that’s the way it had been since she first began writing, long before the age of computers and the Internet.

The magic of the landscape that enveloped her soul spoke directly to her heart. This is where Sarah felt the most free. It’s where her heart felt free to fly as one with the birds, resulting in a song of creativity that was found nowhere else on earth. Mother Nature holds the key to setting her spirit free.

The cool breeze was magical and mesmerizing. Sarah found herself daydreaming and leaving this world. All the troubles, annihilations, and atrocities manifesting in God’s country disappeared, to be replaced by Nature, love, and glory. The air smelled sweet. The breeze was soothing and the animals lifted her heart as they scurried about their business, creating a rhythmic melody.

Even in the quietest of moments, Sarah had a song in her head. It had always been so and she didn’t question it. Music was such an integral part of her being, as was writing, that she welcomed the melodies that spun in her head. At this moment, as she looked beyond her front yard, Carol King’s “Way Over Yonder” popped into her head.

How apropos!

The Song in Sarah's Head

Without realizing it, Sarah and Carol King sang harmony as Sarah made her way to the kitchen to replace her empty cup of coffee with a tall glass of ice cold raspberry tea. The cats had finished their breakfast and eagerly followed Sarah out to her favorite writing spot in the yard. After scampering about and chasing butterflies, all three of them settled by her feet. They found comfort when Sarah was writing and relished in the calm creativity she exuded when in her realm.

Purple pen in hand, Sarah’s mind took over as the words flowed onto the pages of her notebook. She was oblivious to time as Nature guided her way, placing unspoken thoughts on paper. The day was glorious, full of promise and inspiration.

Unaware of how much time she’d spent writing, Sarah suddenly felt groggy and realized she must have fallen asleep. As she slowly shook the cobwebs from her mind, she realized something was different. She looked about and felt as if she were looking into a mirror. She was no longer looking at the mountains, but at her favorite writing spot. And it was way over yonder!

But it wasn’t way over yonder, not her dreams anyway. She was now on the mountaintop where she could reach the stars of her dreams.

“Way Over Yonder” was replaced by “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. And Sarah smiled.




Shauna L Bowling

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Look at you! What a great piece of writing. I guess that prompt triggered something in you, huh? I've already linked it to the blog in hopes others will read this very nice piece of writing. I love the way you take on challenges and keep growing in your craft. Well done, Sha.

love,

bill


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, you are not only my friend but my mentor and teacher. I love and respect you and can only learn from you all the way around. You know what I mean, I think. We've been friends long enough for you to read me even if I can't get the words out. Isn't it ironic that sometimes writers can't find the right words when we need to spew?

I love you, Bill. I will forever be grateful for what you give me from your heart!

Love From My Heart and Soul,

Sha

P.S. I love prompts. They are a challenge and you know I love challenges!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Wow! Shauna.

You made me want to be there, looking at that majestic view.

I could feel the pine straw under my bare feet, and smell honeysuckle in the spring air.

You got it going on, girl!

Great write!

DJ.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I have been blessed to see and be a part of this great country


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, DJ. I love writing prompts. They are challenging and I love writing fictional short stories.

Yes, you have Martin!


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Isaac White 3 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

wow. so mazing and what a twist I might add. beautiful work bravewarrior. lovely story. voted up.

I. White


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much Isaac. I really like writing short stories. I never know how they will end until they do!


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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

Ah, the joy of inner peace. To be happy and healthy in one's own skin. I felt Sarah's contentment. Well done.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Kim. That means a lot coming from you!


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Enjoyed reading this hub. Great work!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Elias. And thanx for stopping by!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed this lots. Great pics and videos. Now you got me singing. Passing this on.


Indigo Jones 3 years ago

AWESOME!! You have the gift...keep on insipiring us and allowing us to feel your peacefulness by sharing. Well done my friend. Thank you!!


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Hello! I found this through Bill's "Artistry with Words" Wordpress blog....what a beautiful piece! You take the reader right into the daydream.

I am a big fan of Carole King, so I loved the song connection. I also loved the purple pen---it was my favorite part of this actually, not just because I too write with purple pens but because it was a detail of character. The raspberry tea had the same effect----it made me feel like I knew this Sarah more than the other details somehow.

I wish I could go to the mountains too now....I guess there is always dreaming! :-)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rasma, I'm glad Sarah could share the songs in her head with you.

Indigo Jones, thank you for stopping by and leaving such an awesome comment!

Mrs. Brown, Sarah is an extension of me. The only difference between Sarah and me is I have no mountains when I look across my front yard. All the rest of it is me, right down to the cats, purple pen, raspberry tea and always having a song in my head. I'm glad you stopped by!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Outstanding writing Shauna! Absolutely blown away at your excellent writing style. I encourage you continue on this path as I look forward to the many wonderful reads to come out of it.

Blessings XO


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much, Beckie. I really enjoy short stories and I enjoy basing them on writing prompts. This prompt came from Bill's blog (the 1st photo was the prompt). I'm seriously considering having my second publication be a compilation of short stories because I do so enjoy writing them. I think that may be more feasible at this point than the novel that is still stuck in my head. I don't want to put the cart before the horse, so some re-direction on my part may be in order!


Ghost32 3 years ago

Nice, Sha. Very nice. Fresh coffe, pen in hand, cats aplenty--what else could any writer ask?

Aside from the text itself, your choice of Carole King's "Way Over Yonder" is just right. The sound engineering on Carole's song is especially awesome in that the instruments are there as support for her powerful voice rather than competing with it as so many do--and in turn, your song choice (both, but to me, Carole's most of all) plays the same support role for your writing voice.

"Looking out the window she saw her dreams outlined in the distance."

Can't get a better opening line than that.

Voted Up and More.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow, Ghost. Your comment is awesome! It validates my love of the short story. It's become my favorite niche of late. And I agree with you regarding Carol King. The Tapestry album is my favorite of hers.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Very skillful piece of writing, the colours of nature, sounds in air, taste of cold raspberry tea and the touch of the purple pen. I loved your open ending as well.

The vivid descriptions of our beautiful outdoors and also how it made Sarah come alive, sounded very in tune with nature and at peace with her own spirituality.

Great story, I would love to hear what happens next .... ?


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hmmm. You've given me food for thought, Anna. I hadn't considered a next part. I'll give it some thought. Thank you so much for wanting to hear more from Sarah.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

I have the second song playing as I am writing this comment and yes what with being one of life's dreamers I also love this song too.

I felt myself as Sarah ;especially as she put pen to paper in her favourite writing spot.

I do not own a laptop so when I write out in my special haven it is also with pen and paper.

A wonderful read Shauna and this gem could only have been created by another writer.

Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, I'm so glad you like this piece. As always, I never know how my stories are going to go until I start writing. It's interesting how the creative mind works, isn't it?


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

It is Shauna and it always fills me with wonder just how like minded so many of us are.

I am away now to se what other gems of yours I've missed.

"Thank you for being a great friend"

or as we say in Welsh;

"Diolch yn fawr am bod yn ffrind dda!!"

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, what comes around goes around my dear friend!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

OHHHH shauna this is a wonderful story.. our dreams can take us wherever we want to go.. what a blessings that is... your story made me smile..

Blessings to you

Debbie


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much, Debbie. Smiles are good!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

This was such a wonderful hub in terms of beauty. I still love writing in pen when I think about it because of my songwriting. I loved the cactus actually at the very beginning of the video, so patriotic and beautiful at the same time. Kept me in a moment in time........ Voting up. Sharing.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kas, I'm pleased you got so much out of this. Thanx for sharing. Awesome!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Brave, I like what you say and how you put it together here.

My husband was telling me the other day that he cannot sit down at a computer and type a story out. He can do it on a pad with a pen or pencil. I'm the opposite. When I sit down and type, the words drip like honey from a bee hive. Put a notebook in front of me and I'm a good notetaker. LOL

We don't have mountains here. I wish we did. The only flatter place I've ever visited was Texas. The roads go on for miles with no little bumps in the road. I'm envious of everyone who has mountains and fresh air. We just have curves.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, we don't have mountains either. This story was based on a picture prompt in one of billybuc's Artistry With Words blogs. The mountains are actually in Washington State.


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

One very superb piece here! Thumbs up and shared. I love the mountains, I want to sit right there in that chair. It is amazing to me how beautiful nature is.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, thank you for stopping by. I can imagine myself sitting in that chair, too, taking in the peaceful sounds of Mother Nature and feeling the breeze on my skin.

It's a pleasure to see you here and thank you for sharing!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

That was truly an enjoyable short story and it took me out of myself and into our garden against the mountain, looking up. Thank you!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, I'm so glad! Your garden is an awesome place to be. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

beautiful, calming, and something I needed right this very minute. thank you.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Glad to oblige, Barb! Have you checked out my novel-in-the-making I'm posting chapter by chapter? It's called The Gift of Faith. I'm trying my hand at writing a fiction novel with a hint of paranormal.


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

@bravewarrior, I'll be sure to check it out, thank you


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Barb!

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