The Christmas Present I Got Myself

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

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Light at the End of the Tunnel?

or is that a train?

After two months of pretty much being AWOL, for which I heartily apologize, I expect to be more present starting next week. In the meantime, I just want to thank you all for sticking with me and being patient when I haven’t responded to comments quite as quickly as I used to.

I shall return! 🙂

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.



The Microcosm



I am coming up on a year of blogging. This is amazing to me because, as many of you know, time just slips by and suddenly it’s a year. Where did it go?

When I first started blogging, I thought that it would be a more personal experience, despite my original intention to be a book blogger, because, well, ARCs and books….lots of books. Squishy, squishy insides just thinking about all of the wonderful books I have imbibed. (Can you imbibe a book? You betcha darn tootin’.)

I have veered away from the personal and have let myself explore my writing because, since I was about 9 years old that is what I thought I would do…except for being a forest ranger or an oceanographer (minus the very important ability to swim well). Can I still be a forest ranger? Pretty please….and write…and have a pet raccoon?

As I am coming up on my anniversary, I am curious as to whether you want to see more of me or just know me through my writing and my obviously personal book reviews.

I only ask because I never meant to hide myself away as well as I have done in the past few months. On the other hand, expression is always found in all of the words.

If I haven’t said it before and enough, thank you for being there for me as a blogger and a writer. To have you read the poetry and fiction I write and to give me audience is beyond all response. I thank you.

And, yes, the adventures of Mouse will be returning.

Love, Sascha D.


Happy Thanksgiving!


(c) Sascha Darlington

Even if you are not American, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to me means being grateful for all of the wonderful people, dogs, and other things in my life.

This year has been a sad year in so many ways for me and I think it’s because of the sadness that I like to reflect on all of the good that’s happened. No matter what people think, the good usually outweighs the bad, but the bad always takes on a disproportinate amount of thought.

I am thankful that I finally discovered the courage to blog. Truthfully, it’s been a great experience. I stopped writing creatively a few years ago because I wasn’t getting published and someone told me that perhaps my efforts were best spent elsewhere. So I stopped.

When I started my blog, it was to be a book blog, but then I found I wanted to fill in days and then I started posting my own writing. I may not garner the “likes” of a lot of people, but to know that a few of you appreciate my poems or my stories is amazing.And it’s for you (and me) I write. Thank you. You seriously rock my world! You cannot possibly know how much I mean that.

You all are my Thanksgiving.

I am grateful to each and every one of you. I am blessed with your feedback and your humor and your sarcasm and wit. I am blessed with your honesty and your beauty and your style and grace. I am also blessed by those of you who write so beautifully, you know who you are!, who make me want to excel and be a much better writer. I am blessed by those of you who are so kind that you want others to succeed. I am blessed.

So thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, Sascha Darlington

Thanksgiving Celebration 11/24/2016


The Blogger Recognition Award


Wow! I want to thank Michael J. Fite for honoring me with this award. He said in his accepting of the award: “Regardless of whether it is your first, second, or 100th award, you always appreciate the recognition because it reminds you of how important your readers and followers are.” And it’s 100% true.

I am still in awe of how great this community is, accepting and supporting. It’s like some of the best people have convened to share their talents with other appreciative people and not just their talents, but their comments and their time. It’s really amazing!

And, in addition to thanking Michael, I also want to thank you all. Blogging has been a really great experience for me and it wouldn’t be without you. Cheers!

What are the rules for the Blogger Recognition Award?

For all the nominees, here are the rules if you choose to accept:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.


How Did I Start Blogging?

I have written about my LCE (life changing experience) before so I’ll tell you a little more about after I decided to start blogging.

As a voracious reader, I thought it would be a great way to share some of my reading experiences with like-minded people. So, I figured I’d be a book blogger, especially since the reviews you find on Amazon can’t always be trusted. (ha!) In my mind, if you’re going to buy a book, you shouldn’t be misled by 5 star reviews for a 2 star book and vice versa. I figure if you decide that our tastes are at all similar, you will be able to trust my reviews…or do the complete opposite. 😉

But then, because I wanted to start adventures, I thought I’d write about those and add pictures because I really wanted to get back into photography.

Well, the book blogging worked out, but then the inner writer decided that she wanted to let loose, and instead of adventures, she started making stuff up (some people call it fiction) and putting it on the blog. Anarchy!

But fun anarchy because it’s let me share myself in ways that I haven’t been comfortable doing in quite a while.

Advice to New Bloggers

  1. Interact with your followers. If someone “likes” your post, try to reciprocate. By now, I realize that it’s not always possible to do it immediately. But do allot time for that and/or commenting as often as you can.
  2. Pay attention to format and readability. (I know that this is a bit dryer than the advice I offered before, but it’s nonetheless essential.) Break up huge paragraphs. WordPress provides you with a nifty little “proofread writing” tool. It’s shown in this image:


It’s that highlighted box with the ABC and check mark. If you click on that before publishing, there’s a good chance you won’t publish anything misspelled. Unfortunately, as I can tell you, it doesn’t add the words that you forget if you type too fast. And it doesn’t correct crazy wording, for which I can also attest. 😉

Blogs I Nominate

Please accept this award, but know that you don’t have to. However, I appreciate the support that you’ve shown to me. Many thanks. (And, yes, here I go again breaking rules….or you can pretend that I can’t count.)

  1. Speaking Up for Myself
  2. El Colleccionista Hipnotico
  3. Unbolt
  4. On Turning Pages
  5. Ayoka
  6. Devil Doll Musings

MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award


A huge “thank you” to Eric at MakeItUltra for not only creating this award, but also for nominating me. As my British friends would say: I am chuffed! Eric’s blog, MakeItUltra, is about empowerment, choosing to be optimistic, and creating unity as well as making this blogging world of ours a better place, which, hopefully, in turn, we’ll take into our daily life.


The MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.


If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award and choose to accept, write a blog post about the MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post).. Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

3. Answer the following MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award questions.

What is your name?

Where are you from?
What is currently referred to as DMV, DC (born), Maryland (raised), and Virginia (live).

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging since around tax time 2016. Ha. My first post was on April 13, 2016. I started blogging because I felt my life had grown a bit stagnant and a recent Major Life Event pushed me hugely toward making a change. I didn’t expect to add my personal (creative) writing, but because of this friendly, nurturing community, I found I could do so.

What are you most proud of?
My Faithful Companion, Scout. He came from a hellish start and each day he lives with courage. Also, I am proud to have immensely supportive family and friends who have done nothing but encourage me.

What are your blogging goals?
I didn’t start out having much in the way of blogging goals, but that’s changed over time, mostly because of this community. As I mentioned, I didn’t expect to share my creative writing, but it has been pretty empowering and I can see my writing improving. So I hope to become a better writer as well as support other bloggers. I’m sure that more goals will be added along the way.

How do you spend your free time?
Reading! That’s not a surprise. I also love to take pictures and I have now become the crazy woman walking along taking pictures of all kinds of crazy things.

4. Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

I just want to add that I have chosen these blogs because of the brilliant support they’ve offered me (you don’t know the power of a “like”), their contribution to the community of bloggers, and/or because of their posts which have been consistently beautiful, thought-provoking, informative, and/or amusing.


5. Provide 5 random facts about yourself (optional).

* I would almost always rather be outdoors
* I’m a pescetarian (don’t eat meat, but do eat fish, rarely), but mostly a vegetarian
* I dislike arugula; it’s a fun word to say, but not for me to eat
* I’m a stargazer
* My favorite color is purple

6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here).

7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltraâ„¢ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

You do not need to be nominated to make nominations!