Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IWSG

Despite all my best efforts.... this past January was a bust for me and yet, a lot happened. Why just this past week my reading glasses broke in half, the clutch in my car gave out, got a 1300€ estimate to get it fixed, and my grandmother passed away. 

And it's only Wednesday. 



Tomorrow, I go to a funeral and in a few days it'll be my birthday. *le grand sigh


Last month I was hoping that this post would be full of great progress and stuff.... but...... nope. 

No dice. 


I've been hearing people say lately that in times of great difficulty, get creative. I love this idea and I wish I could get creative, but I just can't seem to get it together. Here's hoping February is a little easier on me that January. 

So, guess who needs a ton of chocolate and a tub of alcohol but can't because she's still on her this-isn't-working diet? 

Me!! 




In any event, I hope your past month rocked the house and I'll leave you with my current sentiment: *takes a sip of imaginary champagne


"In a world that seems to be going backwards, look to those moving forward. May we help them, support them, move with them--be them."  
--me :)


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Blurb Writing Rage

I haven't written a back cover blurb in a long time, and now I remember why. It's like trying to thread chunky yarn through a tiny sewing needle. You know theoretically how it's done, you've even seen other people do it, but no matter how many times you rewrite the damn thing, it all just sucks, your fingers are bleeding, the yarn is in knots, and now you've got writing rage.

Blurb writing rage.

Blurb rage.

Blubrage.

Rubage.

Rubbish.

I hate yarn.  


Someone get me some scissors. ;)

Thursday, 5 January 2017

My Belated IWSG, Wonder Woman, Resolutions, and Congratulations Post


Insecurity getting you down?

There's only one answer to that :




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I’m a day late for my IWSG post, and I apologize. Got back from the holidays, which I spent most of it sick in bed, but I’m now, finally, feeling better. This is the second year in a row I’ve spent the holidays with the flu. I think this is my body telling me I’m allergic to holiday cheer. Makes sense. :P



Anyway, I’d like to take this moment to congratulate the winners of the IWSG Anthology contest, BRAVO!! But also congratulate everyone who submitted and who is part of the IWSG Anthology book. It’s not always easy putting ourselves out there so bravo to all of you as well.



January marks the beginning of a new year (duh) and this year I’d like to do something different. In the past I’ve kinda turned my nose to the idea of making a New Years resolution, because lets face it, most of them fizzle out by spring and you end up feeling like crap by the end of the year because, you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do…. But now, I’m thinking that might not be the best way to look at it, because for those who do make new years resolutions, at least, for a few days, weeks, months, they’re setting goals, and doing their best to achieve them, which is far better than not setting any goals at all. So, I’m ignoring my grumpy-ass self, and have decided to make a new years resolution …. Actually, I’ve made a whole page of resolutions (I figured the more I make, the greater the chance I accomplish at least one or two by the end of the year! Ha, see I’m using the ole noodle….:P )



One of my New Years resolutions is to set monthly writing goals. And I’m starting today. My goals for January are to one, post regularly to my blog and two, find a home for my short story. Last year, I wrote a short for an anthology that never made it off the ground, so instead of sitting on it, I’m going to see if I can get it published some where online, find a home for it, if you will. That means, I’m actually going to have to submit my story! EEEEEKKKKK!!! *paper bag, deep breath.



We’ll see what kind of progress I can make by February. *crossing fingers and toes



Ok, that’s I for me today. Hope every one had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year and congratulations again for all you winners of the IWSG contest!!!!!! 

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Screw The Holidays





At the start of November I felt like.....






Then, about a week later, things kinda came crashing down......




But like everything else, when life gets you down, there's only one thing we can do. Get back up, and just keep going. Keep trying.... bla, bla, bla.....



Screw that. I'm getting drunk for the holidays.





Hope you all have a great end of the year, and a fantastic new one filled with happiness, health, and peace..... and most of all, free from pianos and trains. 

Cheers! ;)





Monday, 7 November 2016

The Challenges of NaNoWriMo and Dieting at the Same Time

Because participating in NaNoWriMo isn't crazy AF challenging enough, I've decided in addition, to go back on my restrictive sugar diet. 

How's it going you ask?

Well, let's see......

 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

French filmmaker Luc Besson Has an Important Message: Sometimes it's Best to Throw Your Writing in the Garbage

I recently read an article on iO9 that talked about Luc Besson's newest passion project, a movie he has waited his whole life to make, and it's scheduled to come out next summer:  Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.
 
One of the reasons he has waited so long to make this film, is because the technology he needed to bring the movie to life, wasn't ready. He said it wasn't until the movie Avatar was released, that he realize he could begin working on Valerian. He also mentioned that James Cameron was very open about the making of Avatar and invited Luc to the set during production, which I think is pretty cool. But that's beside the point. The point I'm trying to make is this-- when Luc Besson watched Avatar his reaction wasn't what you'd expect. 

Here's a quote from the article

 “When I [Luc Besson] saw Avatar for the first time, I took the script for Valerian and I threw it into the garbage and I started again,” he said. “Literally, I was depressed. I was happy for the film and him, because I like [Cameron] a lot, but totally depressed. Threw it away. Wait for a month. And then say, ‘Okay, start again.’ So I start again. And I’m happy because it’s better. I was right to throw it away." 

This is an important reminder that no matter how attached we are to our stories, successful writers know when it's time to let it go and they're not afraid to start over. No matter how painful or depressing, Luc Besson didn't give up. He had a dream. He was patient. He was inspired. Then he rewrote the whole damn thing. And from what fans have said after seeing the first footage from this movie at the San Diego Comic-Con, Valerian sounds very promising. But what's more important is that Luc himself is happier with the new script. 

As writers, we sometimes need that same courage, that same drive to do what's necessary to produce the very best. And sometimes that means throwing it all out and starting over. 


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

IWSG: Getting my Writing Time Back


This week marks the end of our B&B season. I've waved good bye to our last clients, locked the doors, and let out a big sigh. I'm always a bit sad when the season ends, no more meeting and chatting with interesting people. No more getting up at 6:30am to bring them breakfast, no more washing tons of towels and bed sheets. No more ironing duvet covers, pillow covers, and fitted sheets.... or waiting tirelessly for clients to arrive who are almost always late and never call ahead ....

Yeah, did I say sad?

My bad.

I meant....



and maybe a bit of.....




But what this really means is that I'll be doing a lot more of this >>>>

WRITING and PLOTTING and BLOGGING, OH MY!

I hope you all manage to find the time to write, sometimes it comes in waves, for me that means high tide every 6 months. The trick is, making the best of the time you do get for writing. 

Happy writing everyone and see you all soon on the blogosphere!

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Thank you to everyone in the IWSG. I'm posting away from home and have limited internet connection, but I'll be visiting everyone when I get back tomorrow! 


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Finished Not Perfect

I posted this on facebook a few days ago but I thought it'd be perfect for today's IWSG post. It's a short video focused more on art and drawing, but the underlying message can be applied to writing, heck to just about anything in life worth doing. If you want to succeed, you have to stick it out to the end, cross the finish line, complete your project. 

And here's the kicker... it doesn't have to be perfect. 

Let's repeat that again.... It doesn't have to be perfect. That part comes later. 

So, for those of you like me who stress over the imperfections to the point we never really get anywhere, here's a wet slap in the face. 

Finished, not Perfect. 

Enjoy and happy IWSG day!


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Why I'm not Writing

I haven't written anything for, well, more than I'd like to admit. I could list a bunch of excuses, work, kids, etc,. But the real reason is this:


Ick

Every time I try to write, Ick ( manifestation of my Inner Critic) hops onto the keyboard with open jaws and nips at my fingertips and laughs at my pathetic contribution to the written word. And let me tell you, it hurts typing with this little bastard snapping away at each word, phrase, paragraph, page or idea. Writing this post was particular painful and required several band-aids. I may have passed out once or twice from blood loss......

Anyway, Ick has been bullying me for too long now and frankly, I've had enough. So, instead of avoiding Ick, or pretending he doesn't exist, I've decided to make peace with him, embrace him, and take him with me on vacation. Ick shall travel with me for a few weeks and he will either become my best writing buddy, or get smashed somewhere between Paris and Florence. ;)

I've shut off comments because I can't visit today, but I do thank you for stopping by, wish I could do the same but I'm a terrible blogger during the summer. However, things should get easier for me when our B&B season closes, end of September. So until then, I wish you all a safe, productive, and inspiring summer whether you're on vacation or not.  And if you happen to have an Ick like me who doesn't want to play nice or go on vacation, then try kicking it in the teeth.   ;)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My Bittersweet Reveal: The Thing That Turned Me - An Anthology


By now I'm sure many of you have seen and heard of this awesome anthology scheduled to be released by the end this month: The Thing That Turned Me. It's an anthology put together by the very talented and super sweet Randi Lee, who blogs over at http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.fr and www.randileewrites.com.

This reveal is especially exciting for me because out of all the wonderful authors contributing to this book, guess who gets to be one of them?! Me! 

But....but.... you wouldn't know it if you looked it up on Goodreads.  

What? Tell me it isn't so!!!!

I know, crazy. Let me explain.

I got on-board early with this anthology, had my story written and accepted, and even though I'm listed on the contributors list on Randi's website, I'm not listed as a contributing author on the Goodreads anthology page. When I noticed the omission about a month ago, I contacted Randi about it who in turn, contacted the folks at Gr. I know she's done her best to get it fixed but to this day, my name still doesn't appear as one of the authors of the book. And to be honest, it's really starting to bug me. *shakes fist at Gr* Goodreads gets a lot of traffic, and having your name on a banner or badge just isn't the same as being listed as an author on Goodreads, hence the bittersweet reveal. I know it'll get fixed--eventually, but it kinda sucked out some of the excitement I had for this reveal. C'est la vie, and I'll just have to pour myself another glass of wine. ;) 

(UPDATE: I just checked GR today 8/3/16, and my name is finally listed! Thank you to whoever got that fixed. :) ) 

Anyway, until things get fixed, I'll just have keep admiring this awesome cover, designed by the very talented Harper L. Jameson.  And you know what's extra cool about the cover? The hourglass. I didn't see the cover until well after my story was finished and accepted for the anthology, that's important because in my story there's a whole section where I talk about hourglasses. Here's a little excerpt from my story, Deadly Encounters:

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The Time Dealer  
 
The old man twitches his nose. The smell hits him first and every time, it makes his mouth water. Desperation. The taste of sweet, uninhibited, mouth watering desperation. But, it’s the sound of the unusual fabric skirting the worn wooden slats in the floor that makes his ageless eyes turn up. “Huh.” The old man leans back in his chair and wipes his bottom lip with a gnarled thumb. He is surrounded by countless hourglasses of all types, sizes, and colors. They hang in suspension from floor to ceiling in a room that has no end. Some hourglasses are large and ornate while others are small and modest, but no two are alike. The only thing they have in common is that they’re all running out of time. “So, the God among mortals has finally graced me with his presence. To what do I owe this unexpected pleasure?”  


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Below is the trailer, blurb and complete list of amazing authors and titles of The Thing That Turned Me, taken from the facebook page:

Cover Reveal: May 1, 2016
Book Release: May 31, 2016

A diverse group of authors, bloggers, speakers and editors has come together to bring you a unique collection of writings: “The Thing that Turned Me,” an anthology revolving around the people, places and things in our lives that ‘turn’ us, or cause us to change in some way.

A patchwork quilt of talent collaborates on this new and exciting project, inviting a singular synergy to the anthology that will leave you turning pages without delay. Works within the anthology range from Science Fiction and Fantasy to Creative Non-Fiction, and beyond. Poetry blends with prose in this variegated ensemble of stories, poems and essays.

“The Thing That Turned Me” will be available for paperback and ebook purchase on May 31, 2016.

S. Katherine Anthony (hold)
Imani Allen “Rehema”
Michelle Athy “The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins”
Madalyn Beck “Hard to Love”
Diane Carlisle “The Window”
Alex J. Cavanaugh “CassaDawn”
Crystal Collier “The Shadow King’s Pet”
Cathrina Constantine “Rising Star~Falling Heart”
Michael Di Gesu “Through Shades of Gray”
Tonja Drecker “A Glowworm”
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne “The Journey”
Sherry Ellis “Finding My Voice”
Elise Fallson “Deadly Encounters”
Heather M. Gardner “Before We Break”
Samantha Redstreake Geary “Don’t be Koi”
Misha Gerrick “Ryan”
Krystal Hillsman “To the Last Love of My Life”
Celeste Holloway “Shadows Falling on Rainbows”
Harper L. Jameson “The Blanket”
Randi Lee “Off the Horse”
Terrance Dwayne Mack “When I Went Crazy”
K.D. Martin “Invariant”
Tyrean Martinson “Letting Go: A Siren Song”
Melissa Maygrove “Malice”
Nana Prah “Finding the Light”
Christine Rains “George and the Dragon”
Melanie Schulz “The Reader”
Elizabeth Seckman “Shifting Sands”
Tara Tyler “The Day Dave Broke the Internet”
Michelle Wallace “Shades of Deception”
L. Diane Wolfe “Revelation”
Roland Yeomans “Wednesday’s Child”

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Well, that's it for me today. Thanks to everyone who has taken part in putting this anthology together, it's exciting and I can't wait for release day. And, thank YOU all for stopping in. I know I haven't been around much this year blogging wise, it's been a difficult year for me in many ways, just know I'll get through it one way or another--I miss visiting you all terribly! 

Hope everyone is well-- HUGS!!


 

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