Writings from the Soul of a Free Spirit

the girl that's smiling without a reason

Lionfish (Pinstripe Vacuum) April 2, 2013


you find him looming,

blooming his fins

of peppermint pinstripe petals.

menacingly swift,


don’t blink!

hold your stare,

you will see the little minnow there

and just before it discovers its fateful despair,



lightning quick

big ravenous monarch fish

vacuum sucks its soul right out.



The Liebster Award March 20, 2013

Filed under: indie author — Write Free Spirit @ 9:10 pm

I’ve been nominated by Karina Gioertz, author of Country Girls.

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You can find her Liebster Blog post here:http://friedgatortail.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/778/

The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognize blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve a look. My job is to:

(a) List 11 random facts about me;

(b) Answer 11 questions Alice has sent me;

(c) Set 11 questions to ask other authors;

(d) Tag 11 authors who should bask in the Liebster glow.

To my nominated author friends – it means doing the same as I am doing here! ie. Post a blog linking back here, with 11 random facts about you, answer my 11 questions and nominate 11 new bloggers to answer 11 new questions you have set them – they can be about anything! If you want to do it but the thought of finding 11 other bloggers to tag and thinking up questions puts you off, just write 11 random facts about yourself, and answer my questions!

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I make some darn delicious mac & cheese.

2. I love to garden.

3. My top favorite flower I have grown is the Okra flower.

4. The main living room in the house is dedicated to fish tanks, 10 to be exact.

5. During the summer I brew compost tea for my plants.

6. I take my notebook everywhere, some of the best inspirations get written in the shower.

7. I love writing lists (like this one).

8. I deeply enjoy a beautifully brewed beer so much I have started writing haiku about them.

9. My sport in high school was Olympic Precision Rifle Shooting.

10.I grew up a Submarine Navy brat.

11.I have this odd love of wearing my work shoes til they have holes in the soles. They must take me through a grand money making journey before being worthily retired.

Now, the 11 questions Alice asked me:

Here are my 11 questions:
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?   I have wanted to be a writer since I can remember reading books. I’ve always wanted to share my own stories and ideas for others to read.
Other than writing, what do you like to do?  I love to do all sorts of things! I love cultivating my garden, enjoying my fish tanks n’ koi pond and I love to paint things. The my favorite latest addition to the fish tanks is a “fancy starfish”. I named him Prickly Pear which is delightfully suiting.
What kinds of books do you read? I love to read any book that takes hold of me and sucks me into its pages. I do love a good thriller/ who-dun-it, fantasy, sci-fy, and romance. Recently I have reread The Wind in the Door, by Madeline L’Engle, a wonderful fantasy and sci-fy book from my childhood. I held my breath while reading Karina Gioertz’s Blood Bound, her thriller had me sitting on the edge of my chair til the end.
What would be your ideal writing retreat? A week in the mountains. If I could get away with it, a whole month.

Where do your ideas come from?  Nature has been a gigantic source of inspiration in my poetry, even if it is not the focal point it finds its way into everything.

What is your favorite line from one of your books?  “We had lived the life we lived and we had become who we were, because of it. Or maybe, in spite of it.” This is from Karina Gioertz’s book Country Girls. Such a fantastic line.

What are you working on now? I have a poetry book of old school work ready for publishing with just a little editing but I also have a more selectively themed poetry book in the making and a fantasy novel too.

Describe you book in 3 words. the themed poetry book : Aquatically Positive Poetry.

Do you remember when the idea first came to you?  It came about one day while daydreaming in front of the fish tanks.

How do you feel about sharing your work to the world?  I find it nerve racking and exciting at the same time. You never know what people will actually think but I have received consistently great feed back and inspiring critiques.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future in the writing world? I would love to be a successful author. But for me that entails the joy of writing the book and others delightedly reading my work. I would love to make it a financially solid career as well.

Here are the 11 questions I am asking the 11 authors I plan to tag:

  1.  Who is an author that has been a deep inspiration for you to become a writer?
  2. What is one thing that you hold onto or wear out of memory?
  3. What part of nature moves you to write?
  4. Name your favorite movie.
  5. In one sentence how would you describe your most recent work in progress .
  6. What is your favorite beverage to drink while you’re reading?
  7. What are some things you do to get past writer’s block?
  8. What recent book you have read that was just an awesome adventure?
  9. Share some things you delight in doing. (like painting or dancing )
  10. Does music help you write? or does silence? If music, what kind?
  11. Who is someone close to you that sparks inspiration?

I am tagging the following authors to continue the next chain of the Liebster Blog Award. When/if they agree, I will place links to their blogs, but for the moment their Twitter name is shown. For those who have agreed their blog links will be below as well!



The Next Big Thing Blog Hop March 14, 2013

Welcome to the Blog Hop!

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors the may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. You’ll find information about me, my blog, and my book. But that’s not all! Also see links below to other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author A. Wrighton for tagging me to participate. Here are links to A. Wrighton’s blog, facebook, and the sire for the Dragonics & Runics Series.
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In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspiration to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it.

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

  1. What is the working title of your book?  Unraveling the Aquatically Positive.

  2. Where did the idea come from for the book? I love aquatic life. It sparks a poetic side in me.

  3. What genre does your book come under? Silly Positive Poetry

  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t have a movie in mind for this book, but all the creatures in the book are named after some characters. Mr.Beaker, Albert Einstein, Puff the Magic Dragon, Scarlet O’Hara, Patrick (from Sponge Bob), the list goes on.

  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? This book is a silly view on silver linings and peace.

  6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? It will be self-published more then likely.

  7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? This book is still in progress.

  8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Not sure an exact book this is like. The idea is very childish and lighthearted though.

  9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? The Fish Tank room we have progressively created.

  10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I am really working on some poems that bring a smile to your faces and your hearts.

Below you will find authors who I follow. Check them out, they may be joining me on this fun adventure.

Happy Writing and Reading!!


D.L. Lang

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Karina Gioertz

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Christina Schindler

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Five Star Reviews!! March 13, 2013

Filed under: author,indie author,poems,poetry — Write Free Spirit @ 8:25 pm
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and powerful verse February 28, 2013

By Diana

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Rebecca Mena’s Writings from the Soul of a Free Spirit is just that–deeply soulful poetry expressing the powerful moments that life has to offer: both the painful, vulnerable and confusing hardships and the pure sense of wonder that can follow a deeply spiritual, joyful experience. Woven between deeply imaginative descriptions of life are some true nuggets of wisdom. I found myself tearing up at moments and feeling a great sense of awe. Read this book. You’ll be glad you did.

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Wise March 3, 2013

By Karina G

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

It’s crazy how words that seem so simple can come together and say so much. Rebecca Mena’s view of the world and of life is both beautiful and wise. Her words reminded me that even when I am stuck in a miserable place internally, I only need to look outside of myself to be in awe of all the amazing things and people that surround me.

I found myself re-reading her poems several times, because every time I read them I found something else I didn’t see before. And something else that I have felt before and could totally relate to.

Rebecca Mena’s writing is truly lovely! She has a real a gift and I hope she continues to share it with us in the future ~


The Beginning of a Blurb

Filed under: author,indie author,novel — Write Free Spirit @ 7:56 pm
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There are many theories whispered about in the mid of night as to why our piece of Nefus floats. We have dwelled in suspense between earth and the blanket of stars since time began. Protected by clouds we remain unseen. Luck has been on our side thus far. Secrecy has been the Zahav Council’s highest priority. No one on Nefus is to know we live among them.

The Zahav teach that we are hand selected by Hakadosh. But who is this Hakadosh with no face, just name. Are we living on blind faith? Why do “we” the chosen people live in a shroud of mystery? Why do we trust when we live without knowledge? Why do none of us know who we really are,
except the Zahav?

My mother tries to quiet me on the topic. It is apparently inappropriate to talk about at dinner and a social shame during parties.

What I desire is nothing but the truth.


Elephant Ears Jungle March 5, 2013

Filed under: author,indie author,novel,poems,poetry — Write Free Spirit @ 9:38 pm

Shadowy beneath the enormous leaves. Elephant ears trail shade, where over time the viney plant crawled up the fat old trunk of a towering tropical tree. the front garden must have taken years to grow the un-patterned and wild green beauty that results in this enamored and mysterious spot.
An air of secrecy bound by a breath of magic looms within the short, once-black gate. The gates peeling paint speaks of use.
But the empty yard says you are not welcome.
Only the curious of souls would dare be tempted to cross this front yard’s threshold. I wonder how the mail person feels. The shivering unknown feeling is what makes it my favorite house on the block.
Captivatingly quaint.
Delightfully peculiar.
How I yearn to tread in my feet among the overgrown plant life and dried mountain of leaves. The thought of crunching about in fallen yard litter brings a nostalgic swell in my chest and my soul delightfully screams “Fall!”
My insides swoon as nature daydreams serenade me.
An instantaneous joy floods my heart.
My thoughts dance.

The Seemahn on my soles tingled with warmth as a sudden but silent something happens. Quick like lightening without a flash he was there, in the colorful pile of leaves. I have never witnessed someone materialize from thin air! The debate over throwing caution to the wind was won when I saw he wasn’t moving. Still as a corpse. Dead? Alive? I had to know. I couldn’t leave him in Ms. D ‘s yard. She is not a fan of strangers, especially in her belovedly wild yard. Took long enough for her to warm up to me.

I failed to wade through the debri quietly. Spying his chest rising and falling steadily, he lay as though he were transported in his sleep. Gigantic, he took over a nice size spot of Ms. D’s yard.


Zophia’s Porch March 1, 2013

Filed under: author,indie author,novel,poems,poetry — Write Free Spirit @ 12:32 am
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Her screened in porch housed a large easel and over abundance in potted foliage.
A stool rests in front of the naked easel
next to it is a wall of bookshelves,
some housing paint and jars of paint-colored water with numerous brushes popping out. Beside the water jars are books,
Books and more BOOKS.
Books galore,
all scattered about the floor,
on the the shanty little desk,
one open on the stool.
Across from the easel,
adjacent to the desk
sits an old creaky rocking chair with an explosion of yarn and knitting needles.
Beyond the mosquito netting,
standing proud,
banana trees flowering before the next harvest’s yield.
The screen door crashed open and just as suddenly clattering closed.
A swooping gust of wind was to blame.
It smelled of hectic rain,
blooming flowers
and change.



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