When Writers Write

Spirals Of Life


I’m a writer.

You may have noticed this. The thing is, most of us who read are writers (more or less … sometimes way more and sometimes way less) and therefore …

When writers write (story tellers tell and/or people with opinions opine) the universe expands. No, truly it does! Each to our own uniquely individual way, we add to the collective consciousness existing in an ethereal part of the everything that isn’t understood – at all – but which nonetheless manifests itself somewhere within our imaginations, our thinking processes, our restless souls and/or the mysterious cosmos.

One of the primary reasons I find spirals fascinating is because it isn’t the (coined expression) ‘circle of life’ that brings renewal but the ‘ever occurring’ change brought about by spirals of life; expanding, growing, spiraling ever outward. We writers are a part of this – life’s glorious spiral effect. Fascinatingly so.

It is a wonderful thing, adding/sharing to freedom and universality of thought, word, expression and deed.

At least this particular writer believes so. Therefore, all your thinkers and writers, doers and believers … carry on. Creation is always a very good thing.


Friday Fictioneers – Stunning just stunning!

A new Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. Thank you Rochelle! And thank you Jennifer Pendergast for this wonderful photograph. For more information on how to be a part of the Friday Fictioneers (a great opportunity to practice your writing craft), click on the link above! My offering follows, I hope you enjoy!

Photograph copyright Jennifer Pendergast 2013


Tilting his head back as far as it would go he strained his neck, looking at the magnificent staircase. Stunning just stunning!

His nature to do so, he stands in quiet contemplation. His thoughts, the probable mentality of the architect drafting this design – an amazing masterpiece. Stair steps spiraling one above the other, on and on, seemingly without end.

With a change of perspective and attitude, his gaze turned to the items he had brought.

Painful reality, Ah yes. With a weary but determined set to his shoulders he gives a huge sigh and reaches down. Worn hands picking out needed items, he thinks one final thought about the architect – his newest nemesis. There certainly hadn’t been any consideration given as to who or how someone would be cleaning the thing.


A brief note here: When I first published this, the story was from the perspective of a female cleaning lady. But the more I thought about it, it seemed to me that it would play even better with a man in the role (a janitor type of personality), so I rewrote the original version to the one you see now!

Thank you,



The “Left” of Things and Spirals!

Spiraling Leaves

Have you ever noticed that (many) spirals in nature, spiral out from left to right. I do!

Galaxy Spiral

Have you noticed that this is also true in the universe! I notice this too. I am fascinated by spirals and …

I am left-handed! Ambidextrous (either hand) in some cases, but mostly left-handed.

And a little sensitive about the fact that I live in a world where more than 90% of the population is right-handed and sees things from that reference point.


I created the craft of Loopweaving (a method of using yarn where you spiral out to create containers of all sizes).


I didn’t think about the fact that I Loopweave in a left handed way. My first attempts at showing other people how to loopweave was, let’s just say it did not go well.

Everything I did was reversed from how right-handed people would do the same things. I did try for awhile to teach other people this new craft but sadly it came to naught.


The video of my writing/drawing from a previous post is a mirror image. And because most everyone thinks a person is right handed it was assumed I was writing backwards.

I can in fact write backwards, although not as quickly as the regular way. However I am in very good company (re: historical individuals). Rome erected a sculpture of lefty Leonardo Da Vinci waving his left hand to welcome guests to the city!

Left-hander Elias Howe (no relation to me), who invented the sewing machine; put the needle on the left side of the machine where it remains today!

Lefty musician Jimi Hendrix taught himself how to play the guitar by flipping the right-handed guitar upside down rather than trying to re-string it left-handed.

So I’m comfortable being in good (historical) company: A few more lefties you may have heard of are:

Albert Einstein, Julius Caesar, Aristotle, Neil Armstrong, Henry Ford, Marie Curie, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Peter Paul Rubens, Lewis Carrol, Uhland Ludwig, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlie Chaplin, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Chewbacca the Wookie, Celine Dion, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, Nicole d’Oresme, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Uri Geller, Euell Gibbons, Jean Plantureux, Peter Benchley, Viktoria Stefanov, H.G. Wells, Bruce Jenner, Larry Bird, Randy Johnson (southpaw – big time lol) I saw him pitch, wow!

This is but a handful! Notice there are mathematicians, philosophers, inventors, athletes, writers, heroes, leaders, astronauts, actors/actresses, musicians and so on. Interesting group, huh? My final words on this subject … Vive la différence!

And yes I do love spirals!

Thank you for visiting me today, have a most excellent weekend!

~ Penny

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