The Christmas Present I Got Myself

aka why you haven’t heard from me in days…

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Swirling Carousel

Deep Dream Generated by Sascha Darlington

I cannot explain why life lately feels more than ever like I’m on a whirling carousel, as if I can’t get a grip on all of the things I’m supposed to do. Usually I have lists and my brain would typically arrange, but this year my brain feels a bit more inert, which I find scary. Continue reading

Sophie Stella Arrives in the Microcosm!

Knowing what I knew yesterday when I posted for NaNoWriMo, I should have guessed that after 4 pm yesterday, there would be no more writing, reading, or arithmetic (hahahaha 😉 ) around here because that’s when I picked up Sophie Stella formerly known as Stella who may drop the Stella at some point in the future.

sophie stella night one

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Happy Dance!

I was just in the middle of writing a rather sensual poem for Day 3 of November Notes when the phone rang.

Scout the Faithful Companion and I may be having a new dog join our home! Adoption contract and transportation pending, but that’s just like icing on the cake, am I right? How am I going to focus on a poem now? 🐕🐶♥️💗🎈

Taking a Breath!


©Sascha Darlington, October 2018


So I just sighed in a huge, audible fashion, which you couldn’t hear (be glad for that) because I think I am finally getting to a place where I’m 65% ready for NaNoWriMo. I have an outline, which I’ll probably ignore as I start the actual writing, because all good pantsers do that or else we lose our hard-earned title.

I have caught up (I think, I need to sort through my email and calendar) with the books that will be touring in the coming weeks. They’re read, reviewed, and scheduled.  And I have practiced a great deal of discipline to not sign up for new book tours in the November.

(Ha, as I’m writing, I realize that I haven’t written the book review for novel I finished last night…another sigh with an eye roll this time.) 😀

Anyway, I haven’t been here in anything but a scheduled fashion for a few days so thought I’d check in, say: “Howdy!” and see what’s going on.

If you’re taking part in NaNo and want to share what you’ll be writing in the comments, please do so that we can come by and commiserate with you in a few days or offer handy plot suggestions like zombie apocalypse or alien abductions or the discovery of a long lost twin. I do hope if you’re doing NaNo that you win and feel proud of your accomplishment!

And if you’re taking part in NaNo vicariously (precariously?) through me, don’t forget that I highly encourage plot suggestions or other suggestions (except giving up) and comments of most kinds (except giving up).

I will be doing my monthly wrap-up tomorrow, which won’t be as lengthy as I would expect, but there you have it…whatever it is.

Thanks as always!

Sascha D and Scout the Faithful Companion

2 Year Blogiversary!

Somehow I’ve become one of those people who forgets their anniversary! 😳
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Thank you to all of my readers. Without you there wouldn’t be a microcosm anniversary to forget about  celebrate! Many, many thanks to you all! 🙂 Hugs xoxo from Sascha and Scout the Faithful Companion!

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Thank you!

1,337 Follows!


Congratulations on getting 1,337 total follows on Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored!

This is what happens when you aren’t paying attention? 😲


I want to thank each and every one of you who’ve followed me and helped me make this such a fun work-in-progress. Every day I learn new things here. The really great part is that I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way and read the writings and seen the art of so many talented people.

And so I’ll leave you (momentarily) with something happy.