The Middle Of The Night

Owl Wearing Glasses Holding Candle Spooky Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Bird” today, I decided to make a sketch of my little owl character holding a candle. I’ve not yet come up with a story for this owl, but one is starting to brew, so he might end up in a book at some point in the future. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and was having trouble getting back to sleep. My brain clicked on and I started running through all of my current projects and even coming up with new ones. In truth, I should have tried to simply calm my overactive imagination and get back to sleep, but there in that stillness, I also feel like I get some of my best ideas. There’s just something about lying awake in bed that gives me full permission to dream, even with my eyes wide open. And though I hope for a restful sleep tonight, it’s still kind of fun to have a little extra time to create, even when it’s only in my mind.

Also, it’s Halloween month, so there’s all sorts of spooky shows popping up on our various streaming services. Philippe doesn’t like anything that’s truly scary, but things that are a bit spooky are just fine. We’ve watched a few episodes of shows where people tell their paranormal story or even share odd and unexplained footage from their cameras. It’s a bit like when I was a kid and we’d tell spooky stories while sitting around the campfire. Granted, a spooky story told in the woods is much more ominous than one viewed from the comfort of your own home. I’m not entirely sure if ghosts exist as I’ve yet to meet one in person, but if I ever do, I hope it’s one like Casper the Friendly Ghost. I used to love that story as a kid, since Casper didn’t want to scare people. He simply wanted to be nice and make new friends. And, I always wanted to be his friend.

The days are already getting darker much earlier now here as the weather gets cooler. And, while I’ll be quite tired of the dark by the beginning of the year, I thoroughly enjoy it now. I get to enjoy all of my favorite holidays, and this year I’ll get to see close friends and family once more. Even though my head has been spinning with new ideas, my heart is simply bursting with love for everyone dear to me. While this time last year seemed a bit darker than usual, there’s a shimmering hope glowing now. I’m thrilled for all of the cozy nights and candles in the future. I’m excited to visit family for the holidays once more. Nothing is quite like it was a couple of years ago, but all of the best bits are back in my life again. For that, I’m immensely grateful. And tonight as my head hits the pillow, even if I manage to sleep the entire time, I know that I’ll still be dreaming of beautiful things in the middle of the night.

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22 Comments
  1. Laura H 2 weeks ago

    What a cute owl! I wonder where he found his cool glasses?

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it’s a bit of a self-portrait I think.

  2. Jacob 2 weeks ago

    That’s so good, and adorable! Those glasses look familiar 😉 I often come up with new ideas whilst lying in bed; trouble is, I fall asleep and then they’re gone!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Oh my… I know what you mean! The other night I had a cool title for a book, but I just couldn’t hang onto it until morning. hehe

  3. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    Absolutely love this owl!!!

  4. Zoie McIntyre 2 weeks ago

    He is awesome Charlie and I can’t wait to hear his story 🙂

  5. Gary Middleton 2 weeks ago

    He’s great, Charlie. I’m more of an early bird than a night owl. I often wake at 3 am at the weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I used to be a night owl, but now I’m asleep much earlier. If I get 5 hours of sleep, then it’s tough to ever get back to sleep so I just start working through ideas! 😊

  6. writerleenda 2 weeks ago

    The owl looks to wonder what’s going on. Blessings, Charlie. Have a good sleep — don’t worry, the owl will keep those eyes on things.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, I hope to leave the wandering at night to the owl. I could use a bit more sleep. hehe

    • Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

      Hi, Linda! Yeah, I don’t believe in that stuff either (ghost stories). Have a beautiful day, Linda. It’s always great to hear from you. Please say a prayer for my friend, Cha and her family in the Spanish Canary Islands with that volcano. All I can do is pray. 😇

      • writerleenda 2 weeks ago

        Done, Marisella. I see NW Italy had a spectacular rainfall — Europe doesn’t usually get that much rain. Take care and stay well.

        If we went out in the dark in our yard … yikes I hate to think.

  7. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    We’ve actually had some real Oregon weather – fog and rain – lately. I know I’ll get tired of it if it keeps on, but I hope it does. We really need it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      That’s awesome! 😃💕 Yeah, it can get a bit dreary after awhile, but it’s nice when needed!

  8. Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

    Hola, Charlie! Yet again, late to the party. 😂😂 Cute owl and there is something so familiar about his glasses. Hmmm. 😂😂 I’m a night owl and I feel very safe and comfortable going out into my backyard late, late at night to take the trash out or to say my prayers under the stars. My Gordo used to keep me company and was a night owl also, thanks to Mama. I watch YouTube videos everyday. It’s my way to wind down. I have my favorites, but you never know what will pop up. You click on funny Ring door bell videos and then they turn into CREEPY Ring door bell videos. Next thing you know, paranormal type of videos pop up. I tend to click off, but have watched videos about people who have heard strange noises in the woods late at night. I know some are baloney and I don’t pay them too much mind. I just didn’t realize that I spooked myself! 😂😂😂 Add in that our old house has started to creak recently especially late at night when all is quiet. Now, I don’t want to go outside. haha haha 😂😂😂 So silly. I feel like a kid, who is afraid of “cucuy,” which is boogeyman. As a fellow 80’s kid, I do remember Casper the Friendly Ghost. I loved Casper! He was so cute! Do you remember Halloween masks when we were kids? Kinda plasticy with a thin elastic on the back to keep it in place? I had a Casper one and used it for years as a child. I thought of that a few days ago. How funny what we like as children. An age of innocence. 😇 I like to think late at night also. I have been worried about my friend, Cha and her family, because they live in the Spanish Canary Islands where the volcano is erupting. The situation has gotten worse and I can’t reach her. All I can do is pray for them. 💜 Get some sleep, my friend. Warm hugs for your cool Fall days. We will be 95*F by the weekend. Summer part 2.

    • writerleenda 2 weeks ago

      Ghost stories are fun to write too (although I don’t believe in that stuff). Have a good night!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, we love watching the silly YouTube videos right after work to unwind… or stupid human tricks as we often call them. lol And oh my goodness… those masks as kids! I had some for playtime… but my mom usually made my costumes so I had a sewn plush mask of whatever animal character I was that year. Sending positive, hopeful thoughts for your friend. I hope she’s okay. It’s been a bit cooler here, but still more mild summer than really fall. Hugs to you my friend!

  9. Claire Bear 1 week ago

    Your characters are adorable!

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