Two-Bit Musings.

The Snap Abides.

Certain Things Have Come to Light, 2020.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved.

I must admit: the first time I saw The Big Lebowski, I thought it was over-hyped.

And then years later, as I re-watched and re-watched it in little casual, bite-sited pieces, I was hooked.

It instantly relaxes me.

. . .

You may be surprised that I am (clears throat) a bit neurotic.

Shocking, I know.

More often than not, I get inside my own head:

I create dooms-day scenarios. I feel germs lurking on every surface.

I berate myself for not having completed my novel; for not cooking a four-course dinner from scratch; for not filling my non-existent studio with finished pieces of timeless art.

I do, Dear Reader, tend to make much ado about nothing.

. . .

So I’m wearing my Dude sweater today. And probably will tomorrow, too.

Because sometimes I just need to chill, yo.

So here’s to a weekend filled with cozy socks, too much coffee, and snort-laughing over life’s little oddities.

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What relaxes you, Dear Reader?

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SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and used bookstore addict.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Starting. . . Now.

Imperfectly Content, 2020.
Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved.

Hi.

I am officially declaring myself back in the Daily Blogging Game, yo.

Before the end of May, when society decided to shit its pants again, I was on a 57-day writing streak.

I felt good.

I felt engaged.

I felt. . . like SnapDragon.

So, even though my anxiety gets the best of me some days, and even though my son has started to crawl, and even though I have ridiculous piles of folded laundry all over the house that I just can’t seem to put away, I’m taking time to write, yo.

I am.

I’m going read and post and comment each day, even if it’s just for a moment.

It might be short, and it might be messy.

But that’s life, Dear Reader.

That’s life.

And I’m no one special. I’m the first to admit I’m human.

So. . .

Here we go.

(She takes a deep breath.)

Starting. . . Now!

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SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and Diane-over-Rebecca Cheers fan.

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Two-Bit Musings.

Who Are You?

(Possibly) (Probably) Incoherent Ramblings from Yours Truly

Quiet Lunch, 2016. Magnolia Brewing, San Francisco. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo.

Wuddup, yo.

It’s a new month, so you just know I’ve taken this opportunity for another fresh start.

(Broken record. Such a broken record.)

I’m gonna read a book from start to finish.

(It’s time for a Stephen King, Snap. It’s been way too long. And you call yourself a fan?)*

I’m gonna post everyday darn-tootin’ day.

(Things always seem better this way. Community. Sweet sounds of the keyboard. Stimulation. Growth. Accountability.)

I’m gonna chill the eff out.

(Home. Family. Career. Passions. 24 hours. Clutter. So much clutter. You are human. You cannot do it all. Embrace it.)

I’m gonna release all negativity into the ether.

(People fuck up. Most are too stubborn or repressed (or both) to apologize. Stop waiting for a train that ain’t comin’.)

I’m gonna be me.

(Is that a BSB lyric? Nsync? But for real, I’m not trying to be anybody but me. Frizzy curls. Green eyes. Coffee stains. Cat-hair-covered clothes. Quiet yet opinionated. Early to bed, somewhat early to rise. No meat. Sings the harmony. Probably over-punctuates, if that’s even a thing.)

Snap. is. here.

I love you, Dear Reader. Be well. Be the best you’ve ever been.

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SnapDragon is an artist who just wants to eat an ice cream cone without thinking about calories.

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* (Umm, yeah. You’re not getting through a Stephen King in a month, Snap. But, good of you to try, love.)

About This Place.

Psst! A Word, Please.

Hello, Dear Reader.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect.

On life as a new mom? No.

On how dish-washing gloves are my new prized possession? It’s true, but no.

On how American society is eerily similar to the movie Idiocracy? Not today. (But stay tuned. Or, just look for the understated theme in every single one of my blog posts.)

ANYWAY.

I’d like to reflect on why it is I’m here. As in, here in this beloved blogging community.

Read on if you wish, yo.

. . .

I am a writer.

And as of late I’ve made a conscious effort to claim this as true, without caveats:

I’m a writer. . . but I haven’t published anything.

I’m a writer. . . but I spend most of my time reading.

But, but, but.

Enough of that shit.

We know who we are.

. . .

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I am an anxiety-prone individual. Unfortunately, this sometimes manifests as paranoia.

I wish I were joking.

And, I can’t even give you one of the many ridiculous examples of this, without my heart racing.

So the idea of creating this blog, posting photos of myself (all appropriate!), and hitting the “Publish” button for all to see?

Call it baptism by fire, friend. It’s a form of healing.

It was (and is) my way of proving that I have a right to be here.

That I am an adult.

That I am entitled to opinions.

And that that’s okay.

Period.

. . .

It may sound selfish, but when it comes right down to it, I write for me.

It’s like coming home after spending the day at the beach, and feeling the cool stream of the shower on my skin.

Fresh. Clean.

Reborn.

It’s therapeutic to (somewhat) organize my jumbled mess of thoughts, and to feel accountability among an unseen–and even unknown–audience.

When I started blogging, I thought maybe a handful of people would follow. Friends, mostly.

So the fact that this has blossomed into a community–truly–is an added bonus.

It’s the buttercream frosting on this dense, toothsome, cold vanilla cake of ours.

So what are we waiting for? Take a big ol’ bite.

. . .

I remind myself that I am human.

And so are you, love.

And we are in this crazy-ass world together.

Let’s be friends.

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SnapDragon is an educator, writer, artist, and homemaker. She enjoys being in bed by 10.

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Also, check out her contributions to Pointless Overthinking.

Two-Bit Musings.

Shades of Me.

Quilt, 2019. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

I want to be like Frida Kahlo.

Daring and brilliant and accepting of my face.

A good comrade.

I want to be like John Steinbeck.

Living with eyes open and fingers on the keyboard.

(But sans the cigarettes.)

I want to be like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

Or maybe just have her voice.

I want to be like the nameless woman in Helsinki who gave us directions and a gentle, caring smile.

I want to be like Robert Ingersoll.

Blending truth with poetry.

Taking a stand.

I want to be like my great-grandmother.

Creating a family nest so warm, so simple.

Wearing my hands ragged with labors of love.

I want to be all of them, stitched together in a quilt of imperfect humanity.

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SnapDragon is a person living on Planet Earth.

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Two-Bit Musings.

The Open Window.

It Finds a Way, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved.

Goooooooood mornin’!

I hope this finds you well, Dear Reader.

The sun is shining here in southeast Pennsylvania. Yesterday’s raindrops sparkle in the breeze. And a fresh pot of coffee is at the ready.

May is here!

And you know I’ve already flipped the crisp page on my moose calendar.

Fresh start, yo.

. . .

SnapDragon’s Three Little Goals for May:

1. No Alexa. Okay. Not really. I’m not insane. But the other day when I was writing about my top ten albums, I wanted to listen to Peter Gabriel for some inspiration. And of course my first thought was the say, “Alexa: Play the album ‘So’ by Peter Gabriel.” But I stopped. I felt sad. I missed the ritual of selecting a CD or record from the shelf, placing the delicate disc into the stereo, and committing to the moment. So this month will be filled with listening to music the good old-fashioned way. Streaming can suck it.

2. One Painting. I want to finish one painting. Just one. With two needy cats, an infant, and the occasional Zoom meeting, time to fully immerse myself in the acrylics has fallen to the wayside. But surely I can swap a little of my reading time for painting in the loft.

3. Remember Who I Am. A friend of mine once said, “You carry the weight of the world, Snap.” Alas, it is true. Like the rest, I am a human being and I make mistakes. And I always try to reflect on my actions and take responsibility. I’m not too proud to apologize. But sometimes I second guess myself. I blame myself for everyone else’s misunderstandings and childish actions. And that’s just not fair. Each of us has a role to play as our planet spins for yet another day. May we practice humility in all that we do.

Sending you love, dear friends.

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SnapDragon is writer. She’s working on her first novel, a novella, and a whimsical-yet-wonky blog. She enjoys ice water, oversized clothing, and the genius of Dr. Seuss.

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About SnapDragon.

Let’s Get Acquainted.

SnapDragon (re)introduces herself to The Interwebs.

(whispers) “What’s a SnapDragon. . .?”

Hi. I’m SnapDragon. Well, not really. It’s just a nom de plume because I have anxiety and it’s easier that way. 

So, I’ll start with the basics. I’m a 30-something wife, mom, and woman with a passion for all things authentic. I love contemporary fiction, travel, delicious food, and quality artistry. And by quality artistry I mean music, cinema, paintings, and other creations that are authentically produced. I’m not interested in performers or ghost-writers. I want the real-deal, made-with-her-own-hands experience. True quality takes years–maybe even a lifetime–of dedication, practice, and experience. We live in a world where most people try to get a Ph.D on their lunch break, so I have the utmost respect for true artists (of any medium) who create and produce original work. Life’s too short to waste on cheap imitations. I can’t. I won’t.

I’m also a certified high school English teacher. I taught for the better part of a decade in a high-risk, urban area. In short, I met teens from all around the world, and aged about twenty years from the stress of it all. But I also had the time of my life. Those students taught me invaluable lessons about life I will never forget. I’ll return to the classroom one day, but for now I’m home, and grateful.

I’m working on my first novel, which I vow to submit for publication by 2027, the year I turn the Big 4-0. I also paint expressionist pieces, which you can view on my Instagram @snippetsofsnapdragon. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by my desire to create that I sit on the couch and watch hours of Food Network instead. It’s an artist’s curse, I suppose. The Overwhelm.

Hmm, what else, what else? I love living a simple life with my husband, two cats, and our sweet new baby. I love being home, under a blanket, all cozied up. What can I say? It’s life in the fast lane, yo. I have no desire for high-risk adventure, but delight in the fictitious mishaps of the silver screen. So many stories, so little time.

But above all, I just want to be an authentic person. Whether it’s through my creative output or day-to-day interactions, I hope to spread a little positivity, intelligence, and compassion to others.

Because here I am, and here you are, and I know we can all do great things with the time we have.

So it’s nice to meet ya, love.

Let’s be friends.

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Go ahead and introduce yourself, Dear Reader. Who are you? What’s your blog about? What makes you happy?

Drop a line below!

Homework Time.

Homework Time.

Because sometimes it’s the only way to get shit done.

Life Goals, 2018. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

You all know I’m a teacher.

I delight in the idea of back-to-school sneakers, a new lunchbox, and untarnished notebooks ready for use.

And while I tried not to assign homework. . . well, sometimes it just had to be done, friends.

So for the month of May I’m giving myself some projects. Because life is waning fast and I’ll be damned if I let my biggest goal slip away.

Take a look:

SnapDragon’s Homework (Due June 1, 2019)

  • Complete the plot line for Francine, my first novel. I’m about halfway there, as of today. I just have to sit down and iron things out. I’m hoping a deadline will help with this. Sometimes compartmentalizing is key.
  • Blog twice a week. This shouldn’t be too hard, but I want to stick to it. It’s not only an outlet for my pent-up wacko emotions, but I’ve always wanted to be a blogger. I’m a writer. And if one day I can get paid to post my two-bit musings, I’ll be one happy little camper.
  • Read at least three books. So, when I mentioned Gretchen Rubin in my post yesterday, I decided to visit her site. She always lists what she’s read over the past month, and for April she listed eighteen books. Eighteen! Either I’m calling bullshit, or I’ve got to get my life together. I love reading. And good readers tend to make good writers. So while I refuse to rush through, I’m going to step it up. I’d like to read one novel, one anthology, and one piece of nonfiction each month.

And so, there we have it. My Official Homework, up on the interwebs as a small way of holding myself accountable.

Let’s do this, Snap.

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What are some of your goals for the month, Dear Reader?

Let’s get some comments up in heeeere!