Queen Anne’s Christmas of Memories A.K.A Cleaning off my old computer….

At the beginning of the week I got a new computer. For old times sake… I am writing this post on my old one: The Dinosaur (I will post a picture of the ole guy, below!), it will be this computer’s last post on my blog ever. Kinda a sad way to think of it, because it’s been through so much with me. When I type on this keypad – my fingers dance across the keys in harmony without stumbling or hitting wrong keys.

It takes a while to leave an old computer behind as it’s always been home. My new computer is a Macbook Pro just like this one, but maybe this guy’s worn in-ness is what makes it so familiar. But, boy am I happy I have a new one, because the back of this one is falling apart and the trackpad works no longer. (If you’re wondering… I am using a mouse.)

Good-bye Dinosaur!

Good-bye Dinosaur!

Just to think of everything I did in my past with this computer…

  • Just to think of all that I had written on this computer. All the years of struggling through literary assignments and staying up late with Critical Analyzing papers for my literature classes.
  • Writing with tears in my eyes during my college years, when I survived a 4-year mentally abusive relationship, and finally ended it to move on to better things.
  • It made a trip with me to England and back again.
  • Dino and I designed and wrote for a literary magazine.
  • I plunked out two full manuscripts on Dino as well. He traveled to Australia with me.
  • Dino was also my life-line to my boyfriend in Australia.

I believe this little bugger, my ole’ dinosaur has served me well. And made me proud to be an Apple user.

I’ve been cleaning off my hard-drive and saving documents and files on my external and I found some old writings of mine. Below, is a poem I wrote in memory of my Grandpa Dennis Otto. I took a poetry writing class back in college and this was one of the poems I did for that class. So I just thought I would share this with you.

Queen Anne’s Christmas of Memories

January 21, 2009

Every Christmas I taste the memories-

memories from years gone by.

The box, red of Queen Anne’s-

imprisons the smooth, round morsels there, until they see light of day.

As you slid your finger under the edge of the box to open it,

your memories come flying back to me,

“Want one?”, you’d ask as you hold them my way.

I took one-

that Christmas.

A smile etched it’s way across your face as you grabbed one too.

The smell was rich-

of milk chocolate.

The taste-

a chocolaty, creamy, sugary, syrupy mixture

with one whole cherry

bursting in my mouth.

Tastes are memories-

they are filling.

Giving a warm feeling of comfort in your stomach,

the safe sensation you get on Christmas that nothing can go wrong.

Back to the present day and there is a box

red of Queen Anne’s-

Imprisoning the smooth, round morsels there, until they see light of day.

I slide my finger under the boxes edge.

Opening it, the smell drifts in a flavorful aroma.

I pop one in my mouth the taste of chocolaty, creamy, sugary, and syrupy mixture

with one whole cherry


With that your memories come back-

YOU come back to me with Queen Anne.

As she imprisons the smooth, round morsels there, she sets you free in my memories forever.

A small story goes with these delicious sweet chocolate covered cherries. We would always get my grandpa chocolate covered cherries for Christmas. He would offer one to all of us as soon as he opened the box. It makes me smile thinking about my grandpa. :) We still give each other Queen Anne’s Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas.


How about you, then? Do you have some object that reminds you of someone you used to know (like the chocolate covered cherries and my grandpa?)

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Just a few days ago I was totally flattered and encouraged by a fellow blogger when she nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by Stacy .


These were the rules for accepting the award!

• Display the award logo on your blog.
• Link back to the person who nominated you.
• State 7 things about yourself.
• Nominate bloggers for this award.
• Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

7 things about myself:

  1. All of you know I recently got back to the States from Australia. So I decided to put a few places that I haven’t been on this point. A few of the States that I’ve never been to are Hawaii, Alaska, and New York.
  2. If I could have tea and lunch with any writer in the time of writers it would be C.S. Lewis.
  3. I wish I were at a cabin nestled mountains of  Montana right now, near Polebridge listening to wolves howling. I would like to do a writer in residence in Montana some time. I think it would really be an inspiring and revitalizing experience. I’d like to do this. *Hint: my next book that I am planning on writing is set in Montana and involves… duh…duh…duuuuhhh… Grizzly Bears! :)
  4. Most of the time I find myself wishing I were in a good ole’ Disney movie. Like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
  5. I just taught my puppy, Cocoa to sit yesterday.
  6. I remember my first memory. It may sound strange, but I remember a very bright light. I think it was the day I was born.
  7. I am planning on applying for an assistantship with a literary agent or assistant. I would be good for working in Chicago, New York, Tennessee, Florida (I recently decided Florida is pretty nice) or California. I think Chicago, Tennessee, or Cali would be my top pics, though.

I am going to Nominate…

1.) D.M. Kilgore – http://www.dmkilgore.com

2.) Blue Monkey Writing – www.bluemonkeywriting.wordpress.com

3.) Stephanie’s – The Glitter Globe  – http://www.theglitterglobe.com

4.) Zen – http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com

5.) Dave – http://davidpagan.wordpress.com

6.) Teryn O’Brien  –http://identityrenewed.wordpress.com/about/

7.) Annette Berglund – www.annetteberglund.com

8.) jjoubertArt – www.jjoubert.wordpress.com

9.) Anushka – http://findingmycreature.wordpress.com

Sorry that the links aren’t working very well in the line up of nominees. Something silly is going on with my WP.

Coughing People & Long Hours in Airports


It seems like just yesterday that I was on the other side of the world.

This is really too crazy.

I am back in Minnesota and is it ever cold here.  UFFDA…
(I may have plenty of readers who don’t quite understand what Uffda means. Read about it here… It totally describes me. :P )

It felt like I was traveling for a week. Well, I was traveling for 3 days so almost, but not really.

I left Brisbane and flew to LAX via Taipei. Yes… Taipei. I had an eleven hour layover there. YES…. you heard correctly… ELEVEN HOURS… 

I found out though that Taipei Airport gives a free half-day tour. So, I went on it and saw many different things. I will be sure to write an update on the tour and such.


After Taipei, I landed in LAX with a small layover of about 2 hours and 15 minutes. It was so hectic getting through immigrations and customs and security. Besides that LAX is a crazy airport. In the knick of time I made it to my gate and boarded my next flight to Denver. Only having about an hour and a half layover to make it to my next plane to Fargo from Denver. After Denver, I finally boarded my last flight of the day.

look at the writing!!!

Look at the writing on the back of the pop can!!!

But, at the moment I don’t want to talk about the flying or traveling part of my journey. I want to dedicate this post to flight and airport manners or lack of them.

Okay, what are some things that I saw at the airport or in the plane?

In the flight from Taipei, I experienced something no one should ever have to experience. The man sitting next to me clearly had a cold and kept blowing his nose in his hand. YES!!!!! IN his bare hand!!!!!! And then he would wipe it onto his coat.

I was thinking, “Seriously, if you do that one more time… I am going to tell you not to do that in front of me.” But then after he did it again and continued to I just got even more disgusted and stood up for a while to escape him. I couldn’t stand being next to him. I mean… GROSS. You don’t do that.

Other things that grossed me out or annoyed me: 

  • People who didn’t cover their mouthes when they sneeze or cough. (This happened while I was in Asia mostly, but there were many people doing this.) It made me hope I wasn’t going to catch a bug. When I got home I was sure to get a Flu shot just to be safe from this flu epidemic going around in America.
  • Rude people (I understand people were probably traveling just as far as I did or ever farther… but really, don’t treat others horribly…it wont make your day any smoother.)
  • Mean security or customs people. I am not guilty of anything just because I was in Taipei, Singapore, and Australia while on my journeys.  I don’t like it how they try making you feel guilty for NOTHING. For just standing in front of them.

What are some things that annoy you when you are traveling in Airports??

Packing… STILL…



My desk has filled up with a bunch of things....

My desk has filled up with a bunch of things….

Packing Still…

You know how they say you can learn a lot about a person by seeing what is in their locker? Or you can learn a lot about a woman by what she carries in her purse? That is a thought that came to me today while packing. Everything I pack has meaning. In each item a person could probably see that they are mine.

What about you?

Do the things you own radiate off of your personality?

But yes, I just thought I would share a few photos. Now, I am not a messy person – but if some of the photos seem crazy it is because it’s crazy to only be allowed to pack your life into two 50lb bags without exceeding the weight limit. 


Packing these giants is a long process. Pack them and then weigh them. They weigh too much. REarrange things. Weigh AGAIN.

Packing these giants is a long process. Pack them and then weigh them. They weigh too much. REarrange things. Weigh AGAIN!!

What should I bring with me on my carry-on? AGH... troublesome thing to pack as well. Hehe... can you spot Lizzy?

What should I bring with me on my carry-on? AGH… troublesome thing to pack as well. Hehe… can you spot Lizzy?

I know that most people wouldn’t want to show their packing process… but I just thought… since you all are close friends and all I wanted to show you everything that I am experiencing. And part of that is the expat life I have been living.

Once back in America, I will start doing a daily goal of writing a short story everyday. I think it will be an exciting journey.


I will EDIT… Further on The Mason of Hearts… Yes, I said it…


Then as I do that I will also work on putting together a Query letter to send in to an agent. How exciting, right? I am kind of scared actually. But, it will be interesting none the less. I will let you tag along on my journey to finding an agent.


How about you? If you look around your room, car, house, locker, purse, or backpack… could a stranger look at all of those items and come up with a clue on what sort of person you are?


Making the most of it… 4 days left…

Photo Credit : Pinterest

Photo Credit : Pinterest

How do you make the most of a moment?

This is officially my first post of 2013. How exciting, right? No… well, it was a bit weird the other day when I signed and dated something – I almost put ‘2012’ down. Ha… but yeah, how can we make sure that we make the most of 2013 and the days that we have. 

There are moments in our life that we don’t grab onto as hard as we should and make the most of it. It is almost kind of like when My family and I were hiking in Glacier Montana one time. My mom made a note on how all the people who live close to beautiful things sort of just take it for granted. I have also noticed that having lived on the Sunshine Coast… many people take for granted the beautiful beach and the ocean at their doorsteps. 

But then again there is another thing that people take for granted. People. Those they love.

I remember being told a story about how when my grandpa died that my Dad wished he could have said good-bye one last time. I understand that feeling.

There are also moments where you pay attention to small things that shouldn’t be paid attention to and then that distracts from what really matters. I know I have been victim to that one.

In four days I have to fly back to America. It is bittersweet, really. I am excited to see family and my country again, but in the same breath my heart is breaking! I don’t want to leave Johan here. I guess I must just go out and enjoy these 4 days like a banshee… and then I will look forward to the future while trusting God with his plan for us. While looking forward to his visits.


So what about you? What do you do to make the most of your time that you have? Also do I have any readers who are in long distance relationships? If so, give me a wave (comment)! :)

Follow My Website, Moving, Editing Round 1… Packing for Perth…

Starting the first edit of "The Mason of Hearts"

Photo Edit : Pinterest                                                      Starting the first edit of “The Mason of Hearts”

Hello Everyone, I just wanted you all to know I am starting my first edit of “The Mason Of Hearts”! I am totally excited about finishing this edit, because then Johan and I are going to go and get it printed. I will have an easier time believing that I finished the book, when I actually have the print out in my hands! Then we will be taking off to Perth, Western Australia in a few days (either Thursday or Saturday). It shall be interesting. While on that trip Johan and I will spend time doing the second edit. I am excited for Johan to actually read the whole book. :)

This is just a quick entry on here. I will post pictures of my editing process and also my journey with Johan to Perth. It will be fun!

Take a look at my website at devinberglund.com If you want more updates on my journey towards publication then you can subscribe to updates from my webpage. Would love to have you join me.

Here are some pictures from the first day of moving stuff. Today is the 3rd day and the container is almost completely full.

Estelle and Johan pulling a Wardrobe into the container. It remains important that we can get to Narnia wherever one lives! hehe... :) This wardrobe was heavy.

Estelle and Johan pulling a Wardrobe into the container. It remains important that we can get to Narnia wherever one lives! hehe… :) This wardrobe was heavy.

Inside the Container at the back.

Inside the Container at the back.

Thank goodness for these wheely things! They save backs!

Thank goodness for these wheely things! They save backs!

Me and the wardrobe.

Me and the wardrobe. And it doesn’t lead to Narnia! :( Wouldn’t it be cool if we could carry everything to the wardrobe and transport everything into the other house in Perth. Scientists need to look into this… I think it would change the packing and moving industry for the better. :)

By the way... I won! :D

By the way… I won! :D


Slaying The 7 Deadly Sins…

Hello Everyone,

I have been really busy writing lately. Blog posts and my book. Check out Blue Monkey Writing to see my latest post on how writers can slay the 2 twin witches (Gluttony and Sloth) which is the first of a blog series on how writers can combat the 7 deadly sins.

Since it is October, I have 3 months left in Australia and it is really scary, because I don’t want to have to go and be away from my boyfriend. I really like being in the same city as him and to have the kind of choice to be able to see him whenever. So, please keep me in your prayers as I will be doing some major job searching in the next for weeks.

Other than writing, I have been holding an October Writing Contest called ” The Haunting October Short Story Extravaganza Writing Contest”



Check out new pictures for the Haunting October Short Story Extravaganza Writing Contest!!! It isn’t too late to join! All you must do is use one of the pictures or a few to prompt you in your writing. And then write a short story. :) You have until the end of October and then send it to me at devinberglund (at) live (dot) com to have a chance at winning the contest! :) I have prizes! :)



Also, Sometime this week I will have the journal winners up and announced. :)

Well, I better go! But talk to you all soon!

God Bless,