Happy Birthday to Me!

So today is my birthday!!!!!

I share this momentous day with not only a cousin (who is absolutely adorable) but also Dr. Seuss.  For anyone else who shares this day, happy birthday to you too!

Today I’m 31.  I know that may not seem like a lot to some of you, but for me it’s mind blowing.  I don’t really feel thirty.  But then again, I have no idea how thirty is supposed to feel.  The only thing that I know is that I still have a lot of life to live and I shouldn’t get stressed out over the little things.  I have so much to be grateful for that it would take too long to list them all.

Either way, to all my friends and family: Thank you for being in my life and here’s hoping that 31 (or whatever you are) is an awesome year!

Time to Make Some Choices

I’ve had to do quite a bit of thinking this weekend.  Thinking about how do I want to progress as an author.  I guess every author goes through this as they near the end of a project.  I have two questions that keep running through my head.  What do I want to write next?  How do I strengthen my name as an author.

The first question is easy enough.  I have probably a dozen or so half thought out story ideas that I can pick from.  Although, I’m trying to stay away from doing another series.  The second question is a bit harder.

I want to expand my reader base but that takes some time.  A lot of time if you’re an indie author.  Or at least that’s the case for me.  It might be beneficial for me to at least slow down my writing process to work on my platform.  The problem is that I don’t really like doing that.  It feels too much like I’m pushing myself onto people.  Sigh.

Thankfully, I don’t have to make any decisions right now.  Time of Prophecy still has quite a bit that needs to be written and Frank Tales is in the editing phase.  I won’t make a decision until those two projects are complete.

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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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End of year stress

It’s that time of the year again!  It’s time for the lovely EOGs….please note my sarcasm.  I always feel so bad for the kids who have to take these tests.  I see so many of them get so stressed out that they make themselves sick.  Then there are those who just don’t have anymore hope left so they don’t even try.  I really wish we could get rid of these types of tests.  They don’t really measure what the kids actually know.  Sigh, but there’s nothing I can really do except help the kids as much as possible and give them all the support and love I can.

This also means that my life right now, is a whole basket of crazy.  They have switched up the class schedules so many times that neither the kids nor the teacher know which way is up.  I think everyone is counting down to the last days of school.  I know, I am.  This year has been particularly rough.  But I have to keep holding on.  Not for me, but for the kids.

I’ve already started to make plans for the summer though.  I would like to bike around the country side I live in and take pictures.  There are a lot of old barns and houses that would just make the best paintings.  I do want to paint more this summer, but we shall see what happens.  I also plan to double down on Souls in the Dark so I can have it out by Aug.

So much to do and so little time….sigh.

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Inspiration

It’s kind of interesting when and where inspiration will strike.  I have to carry a little note book where ever I go so that I won’t forget any of the ideas that pop into my head.  So here’s the deal.  I have been watching Bob Ross on youtube.  I love to watch him work.  Well after a video or two, I hop into the shower so I can get going on the day.  While I’m in there a little bit of dialogue pops into my head.  At first, I’m like where did this come from.  By now, I’ve learned to roll with it.  I liked it and from that little bit of conversation I now have another story idea.  Like I need any more.  Ha ha.  Take care folks!

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The Cleansing

Here I stand on a distant shore

Weary, worn, and broken

From bridges burned and words unspoken.

 

The path I walked was a lonely one

Filled only with silence

And a singular reliance.

 

Here I stand with nowhere to go

Staring out to the sea

Dreaming of a new way to be.

 

Filled with hope for the very first time

I walk carefully into the surf

Seeking the road to my rebirth.

 

The water washes away

All my suffering and all my pain

Which have long been my life’s bane.

 

Under I go

But only for a moment

To rise clean and free from torment.

 

Light in heart and free in soul

I walk once more towards the shore

Not the person I was before.

TGIF

Thank flipping god it’s Friday!

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I don’t think I could have lasted another day.  Right now I’m trying to stave off sleep in order to get some editing done but I think sleep may win out before too long.  I can feel my eyes starting to burn a little.  I know I should sleep, but my brain is in hyper drive.  Although, last night, apparently, I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.  I don’t think I have been this tired since my Marine Corps days.

Hopefully next week will be a little easier for me.  I really want to try and spend a little more time writing than I have been, but when you get pulled to drive a bus for a week and deal with children who have all decided to loose their minds at one time, but 4 o’clock you’re more like this:

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Than this:

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I’ll try to get as much as I can before I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.  Till next time people!