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Monday, October 17, 2011

Much Thanks! and Reading!

First off I must thank my cousin, Donea Weaver, for putting a shout out for my blog!  She really is awesome and fun and talented!

Second I must thank all of you who came and commented and followed.  I'm feelin' the love!  I'm excited to get to read more blogs from people who have similar interests.

Now for the post...

I wanted to put a list together of all the books I've read over the last month.  Because how do you choose books?  Sometimes it is from shopping but mostly it's by word of mouth.  So here is my spreading the love by sharing some awesome reads with all of you!  (These are all, except for The Way of Kings (fantasy), YA fantasy/dystopian.  Don't know why, but hey, they are good.)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Variant by Robison Wells

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Possession by Elana Johnson

Currently reading and will be finished within the next day or so...  The Death Cure by James Dashner

The reason I post these is also because reading a good book inspires me to write.  I want to be able to touch someone else's life with my work like these authors have touched mine.

I hope all of you might share at least one good book you've read over the past month with me.  I'm always looking for something new...

Happy reading and writing!
(Some of the pictures were from Wikipedia the others were from Amazon.com)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mile Stones/Progress

So today I finished a first draft/outline!!!

Yes!  I'm so excited!!!  I've only been doing this for a month!  

If you've been following my earlier posts you'll remember that I wanted to write for a long time.  I did it off and on with no real schedule and thus no real progress.  This year my youngest is in preschool 3 days a week for 2.5 hours so I made that my writing time.  It worked!  I've made so much progress-obviously!  I've actually got the story down and can now focus on making it the best story I can.  

Being at this point however did bring up a question...  Critique groups???  Not if you need them or not because I believe you do but how do you find the right one for you?  Any suggestions?

Write On!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Love Reading!

So, I was at a loss as to what I should write about today.  I then looked at my decidedly messy desk and remembered that I'd piled a bunch of magazines on the corner a few weeks ago.  I thought maybe if I looked through them an idea would come.

I was on my third magazine, an old edition of The Week, and that is when I came across something that caught my eye.  It wasn't even a main article.  It is a total of four sentences at the bottom of the page in the corner.  But it made me look twice...

"More than 450,000 people have joined a Facebook group called 'I Hate Reading.'  A rival group, 'I Love Reading,' has attracted fewer than 45,000 members."  --LATimes.com

Really???  I can't imagine that so many people really hate to read and so few really like it.  Do the haters just have a bigger support system?  Everyone I know likes to read something.  It may not be fiction.  It might be history books.  It may not be biographies.  But it could be the newspaper.  I mean how do you go around saying you hate reading?  It's like saying you hate that you have to lift your arm up to put food in your mouth.  :)

Anyway, Facebook is a crazy place and at least it gave me something to write about tonight that was at least in some way related to my work of writing!

Read on!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spirits Up!

Today I struggled with keeping my spirits up.  The dumb thing?  There was no reason for it.


Yeah.  So, a side effect of this was that I couldn't keep focused on writing.  (I'm even having a hard time with this post!) I did get some writing done but not any where near what I wanted to pound out today.  And right now I'm forcing myself to write this blog because I want to so bad that I don't even care if it is bad.

I'm hoping that some of you have had a similar experience and can share what you do to pull yourself up when you don't really know what's bringing you down!  (Especially if it is effecting your writing...)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Passion as Love

I have passion about very few things.  One is my family.  One is my writing.  One is music.  I LOVE this stuff.  

I love how my family keeps me sane.  I love the support they give me.  I love the encouragement.  I love how we can laugh together.  I even love how we fight and then make up.  I love our differences.  I love our learning experiences.

I'm a piano player.  I love music.  I actually was majoring in music oh so long ago when I was young and in college.  I love how music can make you feel.  I love how complicated it is.  I love how it can create an emotion.  I love how it can help you remember certain feelings or times in your life.  

And I obviously love to write.  I love how I can put my feelings down on paper (or computer) as in a journal entry.  I love how I can create a person.  I love how I can create a world.  I love how I am in control of that world and character and I can create a moving, exciting, wonderful, terrible place.  I love to explore all the things that could happen in my world with my characters.

I just felt today that I needed to share what I loved about the things that I loved most in my life!

Happy Writing!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Elusive Muse

All this time, I thought I was better at writing when the moment hit me.  When I was single, it was so easy to write when the Muse took me.   When I got married it was a little more difficult but still possible.  Then I had my first child.  Then another.  And finally my third.  I found I would wait.  And wait... and wait...  for the muse to come and take me away to my story land.
Now, as mentioned in a previous blog post, my third, and youngest is in preschool, giving me 2.5 glorious completely alone hours.

I realized that I was going to have to get that blasted Muse myself.

I decided when I signed him up and after having hardly ever had the Muse take me in the last 3 years that I would dedicate that time to writing.  I was a little hesitant because I never had done that before and I honestly didn't know if it would work for me.  I'm having way more success than I ever thought I would.  I'm so glad that I did schedule the time to write and I only use it for writing.  Not to say that I don't have a quick thought, idea, or description come to mind that I need to write down.

How many of you schedule time for writing only?  Or do you wait for the Muse?  Or do you use a combination of both?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Having Fun

I must say that my commitment to writing while my son is at preschool has been fantastic!  I'm totally excited and things are moving along.  (YIPPEE!!!)

Sometimes I have a hard time focusing on my writing because I'm thinking, "This is awful.  This definitely sucks."

I decided that I needed to take the advice of letting myself write "crap."  I tell myself that it is OK for now, I can go back and change it later.  I can fix it.  I just need to get the idea down, the emotion, the scene.  I found that this at least helps me to move forward with my story instead of dwelling on a section that can't be fixed yet because I don't know where it was going anyway!

Do you fellow writers have a mantra you tell yourself as your writing to keep you focused enough to get the story out?


As always... Happy Writing!!!