January 06, 2015

You know, I would never have thought this would happen...

But I actually have my own website now. Its a strange thought.
Everything The Power of Mess started as and everything that it has grown to be, although not huge, has ultimately come to this: my own page of existence.


More than likely this will be the last post on here, but I wanted to let you know that posts do still exist - just on my own little slice of the internet now. :)

November 03, 2013


It is easy to say that I have been doing NanoWrimo for a few years but it is extremely hard to say that I have never actually completed it.

I have completed the 50,000 words, sure - but I have never finished the novels that I was working on... odd thought but I generally pick up another project as time moves on. Sounds about right for most people but perhaps that is just the way I look at it.

July 18, 2013

Katanna the fighter, rest well in peace

Today I met the fickleness of life.
It watched my reaction to the scene before me and through it
 I saw the empty hollows of tragedy.

Today I witnessed a dog die.

There is something to be said about how everything played out in the day. I had a chorus of customers who came through my till with odd ball jobs. It was not a busy day per say but a day of oddities. Something that needed to be shrunk but wanted it enlarged at the same time, Something that needed 15 discs of photos transferred onto a USB even though most discs did not contain photos, Something that required a far more delicate hand than I to be sure, but these are all just Somethings. Somethings that left and dried up to become mortar for the remainder of the day.

I clocked out early.
Ten minutes early, though more like 6 according to the new time clock system which everyone absolutely hates.
 I proceeded to talk to coworkers in the store for the next ten minutes.
So ideally maybe I should have stayed clocked in since, to be honest, I could care less about a chunk of the people I work with. They all live in their own worlds and though they should, they do it a little too much.

I digress.

I left for the doctors.
Which of course is now on the opposite side of town from the new house because our old landlord decided he wanted a family.
Of course not having a family while I was underage was a bad thing....
Going to school was a bad thing
Graduating with two degrees was a bad thing...

Now we live across town with two lovely roommates.

I enter the doctors about ten minutes after six.
Should be noted that they close at seven.
There is a note on the counter than reads that the wait time is one hour.
Though this note looks hastily written.
Probably due to the fact that they don't want anymore clients.
The receptionist ignores me.
Someone lines up behind me.
The receptionist ignores me.
Someone else walks out of a client room and lines up.
The receptionist ignores me.

You see where this is going.

After answering a phone call and tenderly telling her husband that she needs to pick up milk she tells us that someone will be with us in a moment.
She is the only receptionist.

Receptionist two walks up.
The receptionist who happened to prep me for my toe surgery in May.
The receptionist who ignored me the last time I rushed into the office with my massive nose bleed which wouldn't quit.
The receptionist that clearly did not want to talk to the hard of hearing patient but chose to semifocus on her while simultaneously ignoring us both so that she wouldn't have to deal with me.
AND the receptionist who at this moment acted like she had no idea who I was.

Yes I have been here before.
Yes I have seen this particular doctor.
No I do not mind waiting.
Yes I think you are a waste of time.

I sit down.
Learn on the news that a man has woken from a coma speaking only swedish.
Learn on the news that 22 school children have died from a free lunch in India.
Learn that Maine, of all places, has provided funding to the small Quebec town which had a tragedy last weekend before our own government.

Should be briefly noted here that I actually like our current government, but please do not get political on me - I am not a doorknocker and I will not try to sell you my preferences.

Screaming Child.
Drug Addict.
Cell phone user.


The receptionist walks me in.
The receptionist asks what my problem is.
The receptionist states "you poor girl" for the fact that I am here to refill my birth control prescription.

I am in this room.
I hate doctors rooms.
They are small.
They are built with a purpose.
That purpose is to shelter you from the horrible looks people make while they hear you talk about your problems and, quite often, scream in pain from needles.

Those cheery posters on the ceiling don't help.

The doctor comes in.
The doctor makes a somewhat humorous comment about my refill.
Asks me about my last Pap where I tell him that my doctor doesn't really exist anymore and she therefore hasn't called me fore one in two or so years.
He says I need to get one or else I am limited to 3 months.
Pain in my arse.

I leave.
London Drugs.
In and Out.
People stare at my messenger bag.
Everyone always judges.
I am not a thief.
I just like Superman bags.
Not purses.
Not that pink Superman crap - Supergirl doesn't even wear pink so whoever came up with that is just nonsense.

I call Alex.
Tell him I am on my way.
I leave.

Now it gets sad.

Three streets down from my new house.
Few blocks up.
I see an oddly dressed man and a dog on the side of the road.
I remember thinking that he looked semi homeless but he just appeared to be hipster.
I remember thinking that I shouldn't judge.
I remember the dog darting across the road.

I slammed on my brakes.
Hard on my brakes.
Missed him.
Quite thankful that I noted him sooner.
Quite thankful that I didn't hit the dog.
Foot on gas again and I hear it.

The sound of a dog hitting a car.
Like too many soda cans squished into a bag and now gasping for their own space. Its hard and metal coming together quickly and then yelping. Labored.

Quick shoulder check,
turn signal,
yank of the wheel,
windows up,
doors unlocked,

Now I am the one darting across the street.

Young husky, mostly white is lying on the ground
Facing the direction I was headed,
its back paws up in the air just resting on the curb,
blood trickling from its opened mouth,
stunned expression,
and labored breathing.

Its trying to stay alive.

The two cars in the oncoming traffic had also pulled over,
one of them the car who it it.
I had been quick enough,
the car immediately across the line,
a couple with a small child just as quick,
but the one beside us - not so.
A mother with her daughters in the car.

The gentleman who I questioned earlier is also there.
He is swearing but seemingly unfazed,
this isn't his dog he says,
he was just helping a friend trying to find it.

We start watch
I start calling places
Emergency hotline
Finally get through to Burtch Animal Hospital and the girl puts me on hold
there is a dog dying in the street and you put me on hold

the man who I questioned leaves to find his friend
says the dog's name is "Katanna"
the female from the young couple is on the ground
petting the dog
talking to it

The mother of the two girls is reliving the moment
she didn't see Katanna
not enough time
I know its true
I had been close enough
there was no time

Man runs up,
three - four friends in tow
he throws his head into Katanna's
trying to figure something out

Burtch picks up again and asks to call me back
Meanwhile the male from the young couple has gotten in touch with Fairfield
Trusty Fairfield I do not know why I didn't think of them sooner
They are amazing and say that they are sending an ambulance now

I text Alex
I am going to be late
I saw a dog get hit by a car
He wants to come
I say the ambulance is on its way

Owner calls his mother
they argue about a door
they argue about a gate
they argue in general
"what do you want me to do? just leave her here?!"
sounds absurd
who leaves their own dog out in the road
I don't give a damn about how she got out, she is a part of your family and she is dying on the side of the road so have a bit of sensibility, and a bit of grace or kindness or common sense could help too

Things are slowing down,
people are honking at my empty car across the road
its two laned on either side but not much room for parking
people keep asking if we need help
a neighbor comes outside with her kid trying to help
a lady pulls up and we tell her not to worry
she uturns anyways and starts asking us questions from a window
blocks a driveway and comes over anyways

Katanna stops breathing
happens so fast
tried so hard
the owner starts saying her name over and over
the ambulance isn't here yet
nothing we could have done

most of us agree she is gone
the odd breath comes out but
she has already fought so much

my mind goes numb
thinks of things like that girl in hemlock grove always stating how she wants to be a novelist and this is valuable experience
is it valuable experience?
then I go positive
at least she is surrounded by love
lots of humans coming to try to help her
getting her owner so that they could talk

I start to break down
I tell the male from the young couple
this is getting crowded
he doesnt need all these people here
you guys have it under control
my car is causing a mess
so I am going to go

I think about offering the young bodies a ride
to the animal hospital or something when the ambulance comes
but I already know the inevitable at this point
the male seems to agrees with the expression I have and nods

so I leave
come home
come in the door
burst into tears
bury myself in Alex's sweaty shirt
relive the entire thing
come downstairs
practically smother my cat in hugs
drown him in tears
and just lay there, the three of us, our family

"I never want a dog" I say
"Or I want really tall fences and sixty locks on the gate"

I don't ever want to hear that noise again.
I go to Walmart and buy Jones a small treat food can.
Bring it home and he goes crazy for it.
He probably doesn't understand any of it
but he is happy as a fish with a hookless worm

I saw the fickle face of life today but in the end in showed me my humanity
I thought that I may never get over the death of my cousin and friend, but life is too short for that
Animals lives can be even shorter - Love all in the family. Sounds so cheesy but I don't ever think I will feel the same again, and not just being I gained another experience for my novel.

October 03, 2011

Zee Tumblr

You should know first and foremost that the majority of my posting is now on my tumblr with the same username http://scrtsolstice.tumblr.com ! I highly suggest you follow that as I seem to post there multiple times a day!!

That being said I am about to write a rant so please please! go to my tumblr!!

March 15, 2011

Who deserves to have a sandwich named after them?

William Shatner. And if for some reason it already exists... becaue I wouldn't doubt it then Angela Lansbury!

Ask me anything

March 14, 2011

Rock Lobster!

So I am beginning to think that I should switch my prospective career.

I mean... it's an interesting concept. I love writing, I love everything about reading and being a part of the industry but now I am thinking that in the long run. The run where cheetahs are slow... that is the exactly the run I mean. That I should be an editor. Or at least be a part of the publishing process.


On a completely different note I thought I found a car. Then I found out that I may have jumped the gun. Bah... people over value their cars.
For instance:

I loved my car: 1987 528e BMW
A car like no other that was produced for Europe and a handful made their way over to Northern America. So here it is this late model BMW that is unique, painted in BMW blue, in almost mint condition wit the back end completely redone and what happens.

Stupid Cow illegally turns in front of me and my car folds in half - saving my life in the process - but still it folds. This beautiful car. Totaled.
What does ICBC want to give me for it : 1400. What is it worth if it is in perfect condition: 15,000. The condition my car was in: 8-10,000.


Most girls have a list of things they want a guy to be like. Their expectations or wish list depending on the girl you talk to. My only list is about a car. My new car that I need more than anything at the moment because I am currently marooned on a mountain with the nearest bus stop being an hour and a half walk.

My List for my new car (Be prepared, cause it is as shallow as ever):
  • BMW
  • Not Red or White or Tan, preferably not Green either
  • Preferably dark in colour: Grey or Black
  • Born in the 90s, but will settle for another older model
  • Somewhere in the early 200,000 range preferably but will again settle for 280,00 again
  • Needs to be Automatic, but then again I could get off my ass and learn stick at some point. I am straight after all.
  • Would like a nice set of rims included
  • Would like something a little nicer than a stock system
  • Slight spoiler or kit on it an added bonus
  • Not in an accident
  • Paint in tact
  • Interior preferably a dark colour
Sheesh, the list really does continue. Sad that I am in need of a car but I am so shallow with the idea of everything about it that my want out weighs my need. Typical I suppose for someone my age but after having two really nice and economic cars I feel I deserve something a little nicer this time around. Something with some Boom, a real Rock Lobster.

February 24, 2011

I heard you good with them soft lips.

Its Monday.....


its Thurrsdayyyyy....

Even better. Another week slowly passing with me staring blankly at the screen of my computer trying to figure out what the hell to write about...

You would never know it but I have now been published twice, but for poetry - which is something I do not really have a passion for but hoped to expand my mind to. As for what I really do I have about three novels on the run as of right now. Periodically I will perk up and write in them but not massively as I had planned.

Then comes the distraction. Boy leaves girls, likes another girl, girl wants boy back. Heartbreak ensues. Then comes moving, then comes writing, then comes WoW, then comes moving, then comes passion like no other, and then comes D&D.

Then I think to myself.. hey I could write D&D.... and I think about it. I like the idea. I could write a novel where there are characters and the players of the characters. Then I watch The Gamers 2 and realize that my idea is pretty much already existent except that it is in movie form which means it exists in paper somewhere.

But Cake! Hope because the first movie and the second are not entirely tied in together. So I could have a series of books. But then snag... I don't exactly write hard core fantasy. I mean my novel The Aura Seers is closer to chick lit fantasy then anything like that.

I have a love/hate relationship with my novels... kind of like any relationship. You want to spend time with it but then get distracted and things get lost....

I have like six writers block books... haven't finished any of them.

When broken heart ensued I scheduled all of my time so I wouldn't have to think about anything... what happened... nothing... I played WoW non stop except for sleep and driving people to school. Gained a handful of levels. Now I can't even play WoW. DISTRACTED.

So I started putting together a database of potential publishers.... distracted... I've finished highlighting all of my publishing books... just haven't entered the database. BLAH..... I don't know where all of my motivation has gone.

I need to update my other blog. Postcards.... ya that hasn't really gone anywhere either.