Bird landscapes: silhouetted lines & reflections on life

Dearest Odyssians,


For Linda Litebeing, on behalf of her beloved Dex, who recently passed:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

We are sorry for your loss and hope you will be comforted at this time. He will be remembered.

O and om

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13 thoughts on “Bird landscapes: silhouetted lines & reflections on life

  1. Oh nooo… As I work down my email list Om… I did not know this.. I am so saddened for Linda.. she must be heartbroken.. My heart has plunged when I read your post.. I am off now to her sight..

    You know my own heartfelt thoughts are already with her.. Will be back in a mo or two x Sue

  2. Hey O and OM,

    Breath taking imagery married to the tenderness of heart-felt sentiment. The choice of photograph is perfect. thank you :)

    Our thoughts are with Linda and Dex.

    Namaste O and OM

    DN – 14/07/2015

    P>S: How goes the marathon? Keep running! Glad you liked the poem I found ;)

    • hi DW –
      yes. the picture seemed to fit all the rights moods and sentiments for this sad occasion. thank you for noting so.
      i’m hoping linda will post soon and let us know how she’s doing. time heals all wounds. though scars may be left behind as important reminders.

      as for my book. well, i’d say im 90% into final edit. i’ve spent the last few weeks recalibrating the front five chapters to spice up the action. Heres whats left: i have a mid section chapter that needs a lot of TLC, i.e. transition/bridge work. not looking forward to that, but ill get there. the majority of my attentions are going to the last 10 percent of the book. the ending needs to be just so because there are massive twists, one after the other. some days i wonder why i chose to write a mystery/thriller book that’s highly introspective. today is one of those days!!

      ive been asking friends (jokingly) if they’d like to write the end for me, and make this book into a bestseller. ha. of course no one wants to, and i’m not sure if i’m up for the task. but i’ll do my best, Ive promised myself as much.

      let’s see how it all turns out.

      thanks for checking on me.

      o and om.

      • Hey O and OM,

        I’m certain LL feels the gentle ripple of love and warm wishes filling her pool of thoughts from caring loving friends. It is terribly sad. Bless.

        I have many wonderful memories of the cats I’ve owned…they live on in our hearts forever. Little monkeys, little treasures, furry friends and all knowing soul mates, and everyone of ’em I’ve called munchkin at some point…cats impel me to do that lol :)

        Well? Are you at 9%% already? :) Bet you thought I’d forget right?

        Reading your comment, it’s seriously good news on the progress of the book guys! I think we are all impressed by the speed with which you have been writing and are now setting about polishing the book. Superb achievement.

        I have a question..and it goes back to the very beginning really. I’m curious to ask, at what point did you consider your idea was ready for you to start actually writing…how loose was the concept, and how far have you deviated from your original concept to complete the book.

        You include within your posts and comments, personal insight and flowing commentary offering a glimpse into the novel aspects of novel writing, and I must admit I’d like to hear far more. It is really quite fascinating to have a better appreciation. Did you suggest in one of your replies that you intended to blog more? I’d be very interested. Here in your comment, terms like ‘recalibrating the front 5’, ‘transition/bridge work’ seem to now spill effortlessly from your writers keyboard – you sound so confident and focussed, so alive to the task in hand. There is an edge to your words, the manner in which you say things that now also says ‘experience’.

        As to the critical weight carried by the book’s ending…I think you already know that your ending will be perfectly supportive to the way you have envisioned it, because you know the weight of every letter of your book intimately, you created it. No one on this planet could know the book like you do…except Odie of course, and when the going gets tougher, he’ll show you how to break the tape on the finish line.

        ‘let’s see how it all turns out.’ = ‘let’s see how well it sells’ Right? :)

        Beautiful post OM and O.


        DN – 15/07/2015

      • HI DW-
        I want to give this wonderful comment the response it deserves. Bear with me. I’m really excited that you’re asking me about this!!!
        I’ll be back in a few to tell you more about the book and the process. But First, I have to go work on this book. Seems to me that pulling the end together will be the trickiest element of all the magic tricks involved thus far. the task is daunting, but not disastrous.

        are you writing a novel? i know i’ve asked before, but my brain is basically shot… remind me again…

        o and om.

      • Hey O and OM,

        Thank you. There’s no hurry, just take your time, and polish your golden tome as a mirror :)

        Your excitement is wholly infectious…I can almost feel it from here! :) Really looking forward to reading some very insightful material on writing a book…I want to know what it feels like to write a marathon of words and still hit the finish line ready for the next race..

        I heard from a friend of Dumbledore’s that magic abounds in the O and OM household, that your home is the real oomphalos of literary spell casting? Just saying, the information came from a reliable source ;)

        Me write a novel? There’s a novel idea. But no, not yet a while I think. A consideration for the future maybe. It sounds an awfully long way to run! :)

        I hope you’ll have a cracking weekend, and a fruitful one as well. I’ll look forward to chatting soon :)


        DN – 17/07/2015

      • HI DW..
        Hope this comment makes it to the right reply inboxes. Once again wordpress ceases to amaze me. I don’t know if i’m responding in the right box because WP didn’t give me a reply option further down our convo chain, so I did a wee cut and paste to your question so I can answer it properly and you can see where I’m going.

        Your question: At what point did you consider your idea was ready for you to start actually writing…how loose was the concept, and how far have you deviated from your original concept to complete the book?

        A: This book began as a frustrated response to starting and not finishing a number of promising projects. Seeing myself getting nowhere fast (published), I looked to pen the most sensationalized, commercially viable, steaming pile of over the top, what-the-hell-did-i-just-read?, dramatic insanity that I thought might do well on supermarket shelves – bottom shelves. I’d been battling in the trenches of highbrow pomp for years at that point. Getting something done that people would enjoy reading for the sake of reading seemed the best way for me to break through the walls i’d erected around my future as a writer. I figured I could pull this new concept out of the brain I sit on in a few months, tops. Silly me.

        Optimistic in my fatalism, I got out an old notebook and wrote some sections to the most outrageous, soap-opera esque dramatic story of a ruined life I could think of. It was a short story, with no real beginning or end, but for what it was worth, it tested the boundaries of what people are willing to share about their own lives. Needless to say, I put the notebook, and the character’s story of deeply troubled childhood turned more troubled adulthood away while I went back to less promising projects. That was an unfortunate pattern of me as a writer at the time. I wasn’t to revisit it for a year or two. However, after more frustrations about unfinished projects, I found the notebook (FATE), opened it up, and read what I felt was the beginning of what could be a really interesting and tragic story. I’m glad I saw as much in it as I did. At the time, the story I found wasn’t much more than a collection of brash but funny as hell, off-the-cuffs from a woman who didn’t expect to live past her next birthday. It read like an in-your-face suicide letter from someone who wasn’t given enough time to write down everything they wanted to say. It was raw, weird, funny, had a strong voice, and most of all, it was disturbingly honest.

        Still, having no more than a okay feeling that , “this might turn into something,” I began to fill in the rest of her story. Organically, a new concept for the story came to me… or rather, I should say, an answer to an important question that the story kept asking me formed.

        Question: If suicidal people were given a chance to put down the loaded guns and pick up pen and paper, and write the most honest suicide letter in the world according to them, would they still want to kill themselves?

        The answer that the book puts forth, is a resounding ‘N-O.’ To bare the truth of our pasts, esp. the mistakes and regrets, is the best way to move on, and find a reason to live again. This kernel of a revelation formed the basis for the novel.

        Over time, a little more than a year, the book has turned out to be much more than a pseudo memoir/suicide letter. It’s morphed into a thriller/mystery, one where readers have to question the true motives behind my character’s biggest reveals. Saying more would be to say too much.

        The core of the book, and the character’s voice (who she is and how she sees the world), have remained intact since the original paragraphs in that mysterious/found notebook. If anything, I feel Joanna has grown to be more of who she was, not less, the more I’ve written her. The plot lines, however, have taken me to unexpected places. I hope my readers feel the same way.

        If you’re interested, perhaps we can set up a way for you to read parts of it, offline. But only if you’re willing to give brutally honest feedback.

        o and om.

  3. Thank you for this tribute to me and Dex. He would have loved the bird ( to torment it,lol)
    Although none of us have met, Dex and I have a true affinity for you and Odie. I had thought the Dex and Odie would have adored hanging out together. The 4 of us were a winning combination beyond compare.

    I think you really get it. The loss I am feeling is heart wretching. I miss him beyond words. Glad he touched so many hearts.

    love, L ( without D)

    • Hi LL,
      Reading your sign off, linda without dex, crushed our hearts to dust.
      We were reminded of your loss again. hit us full swing, right up the middle, if you know what I mean.
      We are sending healing hugs and prayers, and hopes these next days, weeks, and months are not too hard for you.
      much love always,
      o and om.


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