Tanya Miranda
Writer, Dreamer, Intergalactic Superhero

Parents, Kids, and Social Media

Posted on July 21, 2016
If there is a lesson that should be taught in grade school, as young as possible, and repeated throughout grade school years, it's how kids should behave online.

I am in the unfortunate position of having to speak to a group of young girls about their online activity because of a painful incident with one of them. I won't give more details than that -- let's just say this is close to home for me, and this whole scenario prompted this post. It's a bit of a long rant, but it's been on my mind for the past few weeks, and I feel writing it up might help some parents out.

The Problem

Some parents are oblivious of the potential harm social media can do to their kids, or that their kids even have access to social media outlets. I'll take it a step further... parents are unaware of the harm that may come from giving a 10-year-old a smart phone.

Now I know some people wonder, "What is a 10-year-old doing with a phone?". There are numerous scenarios where they are necessary, like separated parents, parents with more than one job, kids in after school care, some kids taking buses and trains to and from school, etc. The intention is usually a good one - to stay connected with your child in a busy world.

And, let's face it, there are some people who just want their 10-year-old to have the best damn gadget out there, no matter the cost.

Whatever the case is, kids have phones. It's a reality.

IWSG : Writing Poetry

Posted on July 6, 2016
What I wish I looked like when writing poetry.
Writing poetry looks fun and easy
To those who do no such thing.
What's so hard about arranging a few words
Into melodious verses that sing?

It can be a child's story about talking bunnies,
A lovers' quarrel on a moonlit night,
A daring odyssey across ancient lands,
Or an ominous crow stirring up fright.

Whatever the theme of a poem may be,
There are rules that some poets follow.
And there are some who follow not a single rule
wind up with
VERSES that some
may not,

There are meters to choose, syllables to stress,
Defining a poem's timing,
And I haven't even begun to talk about
The complexities of rhyming.

Alliterations, symbols, metaphors;
The writer handpicks each and every word to express;
All the while she needs to make sure
That her house isn't a BLEEPING mess.

Writing poetry, short and long,
Can be a hair-pulling, scream-inducing feat.
Try rhyming with the word 'orange'
Or conforming to an iambic pentameter beat.

But, we slave, we torture, and find true bliss
When we write, erase, and recreate.
It's something in our hearts and souls -
Something we love, and something we love to hate.

If you write poetry then you already know
Of the joys and suffering I avow,
And if you haven't ever written poetry before,
Then, trust me, start now!

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This post is part of the 
blog hop.

Poets need support too!

Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Forgetful Dreamers

Posted on June 2, 2016

Forgetful Dreamers

Every night we close our eyes
And wonders take us by surprise
To exotic lands far and near,
To happy places and those we fear,
To decades past and future days,
To defeated hours and minutes of praise,
To worlds so deep into outer space,
To meet beings unlike the human race,
To fly like eagles and swim like sharks,
To hear strange voices, jingles, and barks,
To see pink skies over mountains of steel,
To imagine the impossible in a world so real,
And in the morning when we open our eyes
We forget almost everything, to our surprise.

© Tanya Miranda

IWSG : How to Write With A Cat In The House

Posted on May 4, 2016
For IWSG, instead of writing about releasing the ebook version of Isabel & Leo this summer, or Walking Up on Wattpad, or even The Onyx Ring (the second book in the Family Relics series) I decided to talk about how to write with a cat in the house.

It is that same cat that wandered into our home a few months ago. He is now our resident mascot. We tried a forever home with the stipulation that if it didn't work out then they'd just give him back to us. Well, it didn't work out, so they gave him back. We decided that fate, once again, brought the cat to us. Who is to argue with fate, am I right?

Hi! I'm Gato. This is my home where I let my humans live and take care of me...

The trick to writing at home with a cat is to keep him busy. So here are some things I've learned in dealing with Gato while writing at home. 

Isabel & Leo : Just Cupcakes

Posted on April 28, 2016
This week, I have been so busy with my son's birthday party that I have forgotten my keys, my wallet, paying the bills on time, the kid's dentist appointment, and even taking my vitamins before going to sleep. I missed my spin class on Tuesday and yoga on Thursday, both which help me stay balanced and happy and zen-like so that in case the kids leave their shoes sprawled throughout the living room I won't roar like Momzilla.

I didn't even brush my teeth this morning. My teeth! If I have to forget something, why can't I forget to eat?

So now, due to my lack of exercise and proper eating, my calves and hamstrings are cramping up. Calgon, where the hell are you! Take me away!

As I create... no... attempt to shape blue cupcake frosting into Cookie Monster faces, I am suddenly struck with the notion that it was a stupid idea to make them from scratch. Who am I - Martha Stewart? They look like blue circles with two white dots in the middle. Where the hell did I put that box of mini chocolate chip cookies?

IWSG, Vacation Photos, And A Bit Of Line Art

Posted on April 5, 2016
Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh

I'll admit it, I did absolutely NO writing during my two week vacation. *gasp!* When on a family vacation in Spain, it's hard to stay seated in front of a computer when the weather, fresh breads, coffees, and the kids literally pull you outside. And, has anyone been to NJ lately? Did Mother Nature forget that it's Spring? Thanks goodness I didn't waste a single day indoors. 

Celebrate The Small Things - Plants & Writing

Posted on March 11, 2016
Blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain
It feels like Spring, right? 70-degree weather here in NJ and I'm telling you it's hard to stay inside. But I have been since I have the 90-day cough, but I have also been working on my WIP.

So here are my celebrations this week, writing and non-writing related:

1. I propogated my giant pothos ivy plant. I have no green thumb, and have killed many indoor plants, but this seems to be the only plant that likes my house. I bought it last year in March and it has grown all bushy and happy with new leaflings (I think that's what they are called) So, I separated my leafy bushy green ivy plant into several little soil pots and water-filled jars. Six containers total. I'll give an update during the summer as to how many survive my black-and-blue thumb.

2. Wrote another short for Isabel & Leo on Wattpad. It's a bit personal, and I've changed several facts, and I debated whether I wanted this out into the world -- it has been percolating in my head for months -- but in the end it was very theraputic. Some relationships are tougher than others. Check it out!

3. Chugging along with book 2 in the Family Relics series, The Onyx Ring. There is so much detail to the story that it's taking me a lot longer than expected to finish the first draft. However, I feel like it's finally flowing through my fingertips and out onto the keyboard. There's a new character that I love, love, love, and he will rock everyone's world!

Happy Friday!!!

IWSG : Fantasy Art

Posted on March 2, 2016
Created By Alex J. Cavanaugh

Last week, during a period of intense reflection (and procrastination), I found an amazing artist who perfectly captures the mother-dragon relationship in The Box Of Souls. Her name is Anne Stokes and her art is magical. Here are some of my favorites, each inspiring a story of their own.