This may become a weekly post if it warrants it by the outcry of my blog followers. We shall see…
So, yesterday, it happened. That thing that every writer lives for, needs, desires. The spark for the next book. Sure you’ve written x amount of books and you feel like they’re pretty darn good, but now what. It reminds me of the line people in Hollywood use. “You’re only as good as your last movie.” There’s no resting on your laurels (or lack thereof for those of us poor, unfortunate, unagented souls). You have to continue forging ahead, finding new inspiration, writing your next piece of gold.
Finally, I’m there! Started on something new last night and I can feel this one in my bones. It’s tingling deep down and I can see it start to finish, and all the brilliance in between. I’ve already written an upper MG fantasy with a boy MC and now, I’m delving into the world of middle grade fiction with a spunky girl MC and I’m in love with her right away. I have the title which I’m not sharing as of yet, best to actually finish the book first, but I know it’s dead on. So, for a while, I may not be as active on Twitter or even the blog because I’m diving head first into this new project and when I resurface, it’s gonna be GOOD, so GOOD.
Since I’ve written this under my Sunday’s Deep Thought category, I’ll leave you with this. Don’t force it. Don’t sit down and stare at the white blank page until your brain implodes. Get the first inklings of that next book spontaneously and let it ruminate. See something on TV or in a book and feel that bing, bing, bing go off in your head. Your subconscious is working its magic and getting everything together in its perfect form and time. I do believe that things happen just as they’re supposed to exactly when they’re supposed to. Doesn’t mean I’m always all zen about it and don’t get impatient and then have moments of throwing myself on the floor in fits of rage because it hasn’t happened yet, but still, I believe it and that’s what’s important here. Focus people!
I’d love to hear from you guys on your divine moments of inspiration, if you’ve recently started a new WIP or if you’re currently struggling waiting for that next WIP to light up your life. All of you guys are genius and HI-larious, so please share your experiences and wealth of knowledge on this subject so that others in the writer community can benefit from your journey. Btw, writers? You guys are a tremendously supportive group of peeps and that’s just great. Have a wonderful Sunday, leave comments, pass this along and I’m getting back to my new shiny WIP
So, I love Twitter. There, I said it. I’ve made some great friends and acquaintances in a short, short amount of time. I’ve met most of them through writerly endeavors and various contests I’ve entered. The writing community, at least online, is awesomesauce appletastic! Put that in your pipe and smoke it. The above video was a way for me to “real-life” introduce myself to my Twitter peeps and let them know I’m more than just an intriguing profile pic in the ether. I’m sure they’re eternally grateful.
After my first foray into the world of vlogging, I was tagged by one Miss Suzy G, found on Twitter at @ItsMeSuzyG and you can find her original vlog here -> Suzy’s Blog. The challenge was to list eleven facts about yourself as well as answer eleven amazing questions. I only answered the questions in my vlog but will post my eleven wonderful facts below and also pick my eleven to have go through this fun process.
Eleven Random Facts about Moi:
- I’m a HUGE fan of Elvis. I was the only kindergartner in 1986 who walked around talking about the King of Rock ‘N Roll and knew I wasn’t referencing Michael Jackson.
- Speaking of MJ, I did own a pair of leather pants with zippers in black and red that my mom let me wear in kindergarten. My mom was progressive, guys, what can I say?
- Also, probably not much of a surprise, HUGE Tebow supporter. Many people believe I uprooted my family and moved cross country just to follow his NFL football career. LIES I tell you. If that were true, I’d be in New York right now but alas I’m still in Colorado. But I do hear New York is a great place for a writer…
- I’m the mother of two. I have a 10-year-old and soon-to-be 7-year-old. They are the coolest kids in the world, ever, end of story, don’t try to defend your kids, it’s not going to work.
- I married a guy I started dating my freshman year of high school. Yes, that means I’ve been with him since I was 15 but guess what I didn’t end up on 16 and Pregnant, so take that! High school sweethearts are cute you bitter, bitter people.
- I’ve touched Lenny Kravitz, at a concert and in no way inappropriately, his choice, not mine.
- This year I will be taking in more concerts than I’ve gone to in my entire life and those include Lenny Kravitz, Tenacious D, Florence + the Machine, Mumford and Sons and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna. I’m making up for lost time.
- I’ve met a First Lady of the United States.
- Mayonnaise should be another food group for me. Sorry, but true.
- I LOVE Halloween and all things spooky. I’ve been to the Stanley Hotel (the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining) three times on GHOST HUNTS.
- I was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on OPENING day. Missed seeing Daniel Radcliffe by *this* much.
Now for those wonderful bloggers I’m tagging to enjoy this wonderful process. You can vlog or blog, but vlogging is much more fun and then I can see your face saying words. Yay!
- Robyn Lucas
- Valerie Cole
- Michelle Mason
- Snowmen Write
- Valerie Lawson
- Kell Andrews
- Ann Bedichek
- Paul Adams
- Angi Black
- J Hewitt
Questions to answer:
1- What are your five favorite movies?
2- Would you rather go without makeup for a year, or without shaving your legs for a year (Guys this should be an easy question, I’m assuming)?
3- What book have you read recently that you really loved?
4- What book have you read recently that you really hated?
5- If you had to eat one food for one meal every day for a year, which would you choose?
6- What was the best part of your senior year of high school?
7- What piece of electronic equipment do you think you could easily live without?
8- Do you prefer your beverages through a straw, from a bottle or from another container?
9- Would you rather have glow in the dark skin or squishy teeth?
10- Who would win in a fight between Gandalf and Dumbledore?
11- Do you consider pushup bras to be a form of dishonesty (Especially interested in hearing the guys’ thoughts on this one)?
Me, silly? You tell me. Today, my family and a couple of friends of ours visited a local butterfly pavilion. I’ve had a very exciting week with many emotional highs and lows and it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy the company of good friends and my lovely family. After having a great lunch, we headed over to view the buggies, tarantulas and butterflies at the Westminster Butterfly Pavilion. Although, we’ve lived in Colorado almost a year now, we are originally from Georgia, both my family and the couple we were with today, and we haven’t really lost our wonderfully thick Southern accents yet. So, I thought posting some pictures of my family and friends enjoying our outing today and finishing it off with a two-minute video of my heavily-accented narration of the butterfly pavilion would be a good way to end my Saturday and most certainly fit in the category of a Silly Saturday. Btw, we have seen butterflies before but you have to understand my phone’s camera doesn’t do justice to just how furry and bird-like some of these butterflies were and so when you hear excessive squealing or yelling coming from me or one of my companions, just know that it was totally justified. Feel free to comment on any of the pics or my goofy accent Enjoy!
If you have yet to watch an episode of Total Blackout on SyFy, you’re missing out. This show comes on Wednesday nights and if you’re feeling stressed or just like watching people act like complete fools in the dark, then you should check this out. I’m posting this today because I’m awaiting news of a contest I entered and so, I need the distraction. This small clip is just the tip of the iceberg with how funny this show can be with other examples including a French woman who mistakes a hairbrush for a porcupine (even when she’s able to pick it up with her fingertips), a woman who falls from a beam she thinks is hundreds of feet in the air but is only a few inches from the ground and on and on the list goes. I don’t owe SyFy any debt nor am I trying to receive free stuff from them, this show just owns me! Wanted to share a little levity with my readers on this Silly Saturday!
1. It’s Not You, It’s My Butt
2. Foghorn Leghorn: I Say, I Say Read My Book
3. Fifty Shades of Pigeon Poop
4. The Last of the Mojitos
5. Around the Corner in 80 Days – An Elderly Gentleman’s Trip to the Supermarket
6. The Cask of Armadillo
7. A Christmas Carole: A Woman and Her Obsession with Wrapping Paper
8. Nicholas Nickelback
9. Apples and Oranges, Will the War Ever End?
10. For Whom the Ball Rolls
Just something silly for today. Feel free to add some of your own titles that you think will never see the light of day (or at least we hope so) in the comments below. And vote for your favorite from the list above. It’s Saturday – let your hair down and be goofy, it’s good for your health.