There was a rough metal shield that I kept in front of me at all times.

I had forged it long ago, with drops of blood and beads of sweat, and it had taken years to strengthen itself into something that could actually protect me.

But now, it was as if the whole shield had been completely melted down. Now, I could only run – run far and fast before the arrival of all the demons that had been held back by the shield.

I could already feel their burning, fetid breath.



The bedclothes had been infused with the scent of cinnamon and coconuts. An odd combination. But Misty thought she remembered noticing the same smell when Theia came near to her.

It was a scent that emanated from her very skin. Like a cross between some mysterious city in the Orient filled with warm bodies — and a deserted island in the Pacific where no one could hear you scream.


“Cloud Cuckoo Land”

“Cloud cuckoo land” — A castle in the air. A fanciful state of unrealistic and over-optimistic thinking.

The term was brought into being with Aristophanes’s drama, The Birds, first performed in 414 BC. In this production, an Athenian named Pisthetaerus persuades the world’s birds to create a new city in the sky to be named “Nubicuculia” (Cloud Cuckoo Land). In this way, he hoped to gain control over communication between all men and gods.

An example of a “cloud cuckoo land” is Cockaigne (or Cockayne): a land of plenty in medieval myth. It is an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand and where the harshness of medieval peasant life does not exist.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “Luilekkerland” (The Land of Cockaigne), 1567. Oil on panel. (Alte Pinakothek, Munich)

Cockaigne is a land of “contraries,” where all the restrictions of society are defied (abbots beaten by their monks), sexual liberty is open (nuns flipped over to show their bottoms), and food is plentiful (skies that rained cheeses).


If you’re a blogger, chances are you’re a pretty creative person. Either you’re really into reading, writing, photography, music, film, or something else equally impressive.

So here are a few quotes intended to get your creative juices flowing.


“Creativity is a combination of discipline and childlike spirit.”

— Robert Greene

“There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

— Milton Glaser

“Creativity takes courage.”

–Henri Matisse

“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph C. Pearce


“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

— Mary Lou Cook

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

— Albert Einstein

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fall.”

— Dr. Edwin Land


“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

— Steve Jobs

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

— Nelson Mandela

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

— Pablo Picasso


Feel those juices flowing? Keep ’em rushing like a mighty river.

(The Amazon is the world’s most powerful river, by the way. #2 is the Congo. Fun fact.)

Thanks for reading!