Preemptive Strike

So now that Souls in the Dark is off to my lovely editor I could use this time to take a breather…but I’m not.  I’ve decided to already get a jump on outlining the last book in the Lost Guardian trilogy.  I won’t release the title I have now, because it’s more of a working title.  But I figure that the sooner I get started, the sooner I can get it out there.  There are other stories that I want to write, but I can’t write two different stories at one time.  At least, not my own.

I still need to finish my children’s book and get illustrations done.  Frank Tales would have been done much earlier if I hadn’t been working on another story.  So I have learned my lesson and will never do two books at one time.  Some people can do it, I can’t.  Ha-ha.

Well, I hope that everyone is enjoying their hump day.  ‘Til next time peoples!

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Weird forms of inspiration

There are some things that help a writer find the right words to say or breathe to life a scene.  Music is usually the first thing that people talk about.  I often listen to certain styles of music when I’m writing certain pieces.  The music helps me to create the world and people in my head.  It also helps to create sequences.  When I’m editing, I tend to listen to music that l like to sing along to.  Editing is one of the most boring things a writer has to do.  I tend to go cross-eyed after a while.  But I don’t really want to go too far into musical inspiration.

There are some really odd things that I do that help with my creative process.  First, it’s cleaning. More specifically when I’m cleaning alone.  As I tackle the chores I have neglected all week, I work out a considerable amount of my dialogues.   I even do accents, thus the need to be alone.  My husband already thinks I’m crazy.  At least my pugs won’t judge me.  The other thing is the Game of Thrones game on Facebook.  I don’t know why but for some reason that game gets my story juices flowing.  Maybe because it’s a story driven game…shrugs.

Anyways, I would love to hear of the ways you guys find your inspiration. Comment below

 

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I’ve Finished Writing!!!!!!!

Time to party!!!!!

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Oh yes! Oh yes!

Well, I probably shouldn’t party too hard.  I still have to finish editing, but I’m a lot further along with that than I was with writing.  I sat at my desk for about 6 hours a day for the past three weeks.  It’s been rough.  But now I’m in the home stretch and it’s time to dig deep.  See ya around folks!

Editing day

I sat down to start working on the climax for Souls in the Dark, but the words wouldn’t come.  I tried to write a few words but they just weren’t right.  But I cannot do nothing, so it looks like it’s an editing day.  I’ve almost caught up to what I have written so far which is great.  So time to make myself a cup of tea…Oh wait…I dragged my hubby to the farmer’s market the other weekend.  We were just milling about, I was looking for duck egg when I discovered something better; a tea merchant!  Yeah!

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I love tea just as much as I love coffee.  I love unique teas even more.  I bought an once of this absolutely delicious tea called French Quarter.  It smells like pipe tobacco but tastes like heaven.  I might have to go back and get some more.  There were a lot of interesting blends that I would like to try.

Anyways, back on topic; I’m going to make myself a cup of tea, play some soft music and get to polishing my words.  Until next time people!

 

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Crunch Time

Uh oh…

I just realized last night that I have slacked off a little this summer.  It’s July and I haven’t finished writing yet….

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I mean, I’m not that far off from finishing, but far enough that I had to apologize to my hubby.  I told him that I loved him but I needed to catch up this weekend.  Luckily, I’ve revised about half the book on days that I had writer’s block, but there’s still quite a bit to go through.  I’m still waiting on hearing back from my beta readers and I still need to contact my editor.  I got a lot of work to do if I want Souls in the Dark to be released on time.  Wish me luck my peeps!

 

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Pull the Pieces Back Together

I had a melt down a couple of days ago.  It was pretty bad.  You see, I suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety.  They come and go with irregular frequency.  The depression doesn’t last for very long, and I have good coping mechanisms so I don’t take medication.  However, my anxieties are growing.  The reason why I’m opening up like this is because I feel like I need too.  So many people, and myself, have a hard time opening up about the darkness in our heads.  I guess there’s a sense of shame because why can’t we be happy like everyone else.  This sorta leads me up to my melt down.

I have never really been a healthy person.  The only time I was was while I served in the military and even then, it wasn’t 100% healthy.  I have some medical issues that have caused me to put on an unhealthy amount of weight and quitting smoking has also caused me to put on some pounds.  My mental issues are exasperated by my weight issues and my weight issues are exasperated by my mental issues.  See my problem here?

My only saving grace is my husband.  Honestly, I don’t think I could have pulled myself out of the black whole of self-doubt if it wasn’t for him.  He has seen me at my best and at my worst.  We are trying to have a baby but have run into complications.  Fertility medication hasn’t worked and now the doctors are going to see if all my parts are working right.  I, however, believe that my weight is a major issue, so I have begun steps to remedy that.

I’m hoping that as I fix my body physically, my mind and perhaps my soul, will also pull themselves back together.  It is an awful feeling, hating everything about yourself.  I struggle to find one thing that I like about myself everyday.  Sometimes it’s a physical thing, sometimes it’s something much deeper.  I know talking about my troubles helps tremendously but more often than not, I choose to suffer in silence because I hate to be a burden on anyone.  My husband tells me that I’m not, so I’ll have to take his word for it.

For any of you who are also suffering (civilian or veteran) please find someone that you feel like you can talk to without fear.  Hell, message me and I’ll be your shoulder.

Until next time, my peoples!

Much love

 

Marvel….My addiction

So with the leisurely time that is my summer vacation, I have dedicated some of that time to catching up on some shows that I’ve been meaning to watch.  These shows are on on Netflix, which I recently acquired.  The shows in question are Jessica Jones and Daredevil and in case you don’t know both of these are own by Marvel.  Goddammit Marvel!  Why do you have to make such awesome shows.  I really want to give DC a chance, but they are seriously lagging behind in the content department. Anyways, if you haven’t checked these shows out yet, you really need to.  I will admit that the first season of Daredevil is a little boring but the second season more than makes up for it.  Either way I am happily slipping further and further into my Marvel addiction.  Please say a prayer for my poor husband who has to listen to me rant and rave over fictional characters.  Ha ha

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