This is the garage door that started the journey for me. I took this picture yesterday. Six days from now I will have been with my boyfriend for twenty one years. Some days that feels like a century… But I digress. When we first got together, his “grandma” (who was actually his adopted mother) let us live in her garage. She had a bathroom put in on the back porch of her house (and had him pay her back for it to teach the twenty one year old us about bills) but she never charged us for the utilities. At the time I was to headstrong to see the gift that she was giving us… She was stern and slightly scary to me. I have learned that she really was an amazing woman since.
I can say that it was a struggle to make the garage into a home. We ran gas lines for a stove. We acquired a refrigerator from a local mission. He and I slept on a large sofa we were given. I failed to appreciate the struggle then, because at twenty one I was ignorant of the way of the world. I had seen the darkness in man, but I had really never had to do the housing thing. When my family didn’t have a home I lived with my grandma. So I always had a roof over my head. The garage wasn’t even the worst place I have ever lived. I have lived ten people in a two bedroom trailer with no running water. That is another story though.
Now Joe is working on getting the house. He inherited a fourth of it and his adopted sister is giving him her share. So we have only two halves to buy before it is ours. This is a convoluted and stressful time for me. I want to keep the memories of this house. I want the stability for my family that the house will provide. But the house also has baggage. Baggage in the form from of people who are currently in the house. People who we are trying to get settled. There is a lot involved with this. Add the fact that we are not able to settle in and you have the chaos of my life.
Then I looked at the garage door and felt like it had come full circle. Which is why I took the picture. The feeling of peace came through in the picture.
What is in a name, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. ~Shakespeare
So I have nearly always hated my name. I have had reasons… And they seemed like good ones. But it really came down to the fact that I never heard my name unless I was in trouble. Not my full name anyway. So I spent a hefty portion of my life looking at other names and feeling envy. I wanted to be anyone else, and I felt that a lot of it was the name. My full name is Patricia Lynn Harris. So common a name. Google it. There are hundreds of Patricia Harris’s out there. As a younger girl I would write as Susan Ann Andrews. I adored the name Susan. It seemed to embody all of the desire I wanted. I was even “Sassy Susie” on the Cb radio.
It was something that I always assumed would be my pen name. I am not sure why I put my full name on the first thing I published. It was not something that I really thought out. I was just trying to have my voice be heard. After that it was a matter of principal. I was already out as that name. To change it felt like I was hiding from the past. That was not something that I was willing to do.
So I did the poetry. I did the kids books. And I was doing all of it with who I was. Stories for my girl, and poetry that was how I dealt with the emotional baggage of life. So I forgot about pen names. I didn’t need one.
Then my Joe, bless him, decided to be my muse. He started giving me dark ideas. Delightful ideas, ones that I wanted to read. Ideas that hadn’t been written. However the ideas were violent and really not kid friendly. So I found myself needing a pen name. I wanted something that was more true to who I was.
I am pagan. I have a name that I use in my ritual times. Serenity Rose Lace. I wanted to at least use some of this name. So I chose to use a variation on Serenity. Serena. I also wanted to acknowledge the darkness of what I was wanting to write… So Mossgraves. It sounded good to me.
So that is where my Pen name originated. What name would you choose, If you could name yourself?
Zombiepalooza Radio Live
So I got the chance to sit down and talk to Jackie Chin from Zombiepalooza. And I didn’t blow it. I was definitely nervous but I had a lot of fun! If you have not checked her out, then you really should.
And heavy dreams.
Atop the sky,
Life was eternal it seems.
In the trees.
Running about pretending
That we would always be,
Friends and dreamers
Innocence a haze,
Setting the tone,
Childhood a state
Best when not alone.
The castle has been there for two millennia, home to beauty and tragedy. Most of it’s history has been revealed, or so it is believed. Built of solid stone, blood and sweat. Dreams of happiness hide in the darkened corners inhabited by the ghosts of the castles grisly history.
Lovingly restored before it drove it’s owner insane. Now, a group of ghost hunters seek to explore the castle and discover the secrets that lie within. Five go in, how many will survive? And will they have their sanity in the end?
Keep an eye out for information on Madness and Truth. By Serena Mossgraves.
So yesterday I was a busy blogger. I really should be more regular in my posts…. But I am not good at regular. Now that I have the app on my phone it is more likely. I am a creature of convenience. I try to improve my actions, I try to get into the habits that I want to have. Still routine is not easy for me. My life is very chaotic. I warned you with the tagline… Lol. Crazy rarely is predictable. Still, when trying to deal with a blog, and selling what I wrote, I am aware that if there is no updates then I will have no readers. So I will attempt to do better. If nothing else, I will try to share some of the awesome blogs that I read.
So I decided that I needed a pen name. I am a poet and a children’s author. The last few stories I have felt inappropriate for children. So I decided that I might want a adult name for the tales that do not fit. Now being as I struggle with doing the blog at all…. I really don’t want to separate the blog for both names. I plan instead to note which of the two is the author if I speak of my writing. Thank you for understanding.I am hoping to update this blog a bit more often now as my phone has the app.