craft, personal, Pinterest, writing

A Plethora of Thought

No theme today. Just a big ol’ mess of my thoughts. There’s just some days that thoughts don’t come. Nothing brilliant comes to mind. It’s just a pile of various things that I’m thinking about.

SQUIRREL! (Anybody ever see the movie UP?)

Yeah, squirrel is a good descriptor.

CASTLE: So, what did you think about the Castle season finale? I know most people were so glad that Castle and Beckett finally got together, but a blog post by Jenny B. Jones really said what I couldn’t quite put my finger on. You can read her post HERE, if you so desire. I posted Jenny’s link in Facebook and it got some Castle-watchers talking. If you write romance, you probably feel like I did – that the “getting together” was too rushed. I won’t get into all the nuances here, but Jenny’s post sure made me think!

WRITING: I’m still trying to work through My Book Buddy and get my plot worked out for my new story. It’s slow going, mainly because I’ve been trying to keep up with laundry better, keep my house straighter, keep my kitchen sinks shiny, and the toilets not so gross. Yeah, some things are kind of important that way.

MOTHER’S DAY: My parents and my in-laws are coming over Sunday evening for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day. My kids…except my daughter, who is in Austin at UT…will be there. And I don’t have to cook! Gotta love that. So I’ve been perusing Pinterest, trying to find some cute, easy craft to do for gifts. What do you think…

Bookmark?

I Love You Frame

Family Key Chain

I need something easy that I can make tonight. 🙂 What do you think?

WEIGHT LOSS/GAIN: I almost didn’t go to Weight Watchers last night. I knew I had been bad and had eaten out way more than I should have, and was pretty sure I’d gained a few pounds. I went anyway and was surprised that I gained only 1 pound. So here’s to a new week of eating well.

BLOG VACATION: I’m taking a short hiatus from blogging next week, because I am taking three days vacation and going on a writing retreat with a friend! We are going to her river house about an hour away and staying Monday through Wednesday. No internet! Just writing! I’ve never done this before and I am so incredibly excited!

I’ll be back next Friday sharing about my exciting Writing Adventure at the river house. So have fun next week!

What fun things do you have planned for Mother’s Day?

craft, creative, creativity, decor, DIY, Pinterest, Sherrinda

Creative Spark

I’ve been having creative sparks ignite periodically these past few weeks. It’s an itch that needs scratching. It’s a whisper that I find hard to ignore. And Pinterest is fueling my creative juices.

I’ve been wanting to craft things and give them as gifts.

I’ve been wanting to decorate my whole house.

Can you tell I love color? I love bold coloring, especially in the midst of neutral. Lately I’ve really been drawn to the bohemian look like so…

 Though I will probably never decorate my house in the boho look, it does appeal to my “wild side”.

I think creative people must have some sore of a wild side…freedom and abandon that allow for imagination to grow big and express itself in various forms. Whether writing, crafting, or decorating the house, that wild side must be allowed room to breathe.

So how wild is your wild side? Do you find yourself wanting to stuff that side into the closet? Or do you make it come out to play on a daily basis? 

craft, motivation, personal, plotting, Speedbo, writing

What Speedbo Has Taught Me

Writing a book in a month is a daunting task, but I signed up for Speedbo (a Seekerville project) with the hopes of getting some much needed words on the page. I plowed in, writing as much as I could, and then my computer had to be put in the shop for almost a week. I wrote longhand, but didn’t get the word count I wanted in every day. And of course, our bathroom has been under construction, and has displaced us from our bedroom to the living room. It is like camping, living among a ton of dust, sharing a bathroom with the whole family, with a mattress on the floor and my underwear in a paper bag.

Despite all the obstacles, I wrote almost every day, but soon was dissatisfied with my WIP. I was bored with it. It was a struggle to envision scenes. I really didn’t care about the characters. And the word count has withered to nothing in the last couple of days. I’ve been praying about it, wondering what was wrong, and I’ve come to a few conclusions.

I need to write in the genre that I love to read. I love historical romance. I do read contemporary some, but it does not keep my interest like something set in the past. I particularly love Regency and Medieval eras and have read vast amounts of books in those time periods. So why would I be trying to write a YA contemporary? I have no idea, other than I have THE BEST story concept that would make a fantastic book. Since I am still new to writing, I probably need to stay with one genre while I grow as a writer. Stick with what I know and get good at doing it!

I need a road map before I journey into the making of a book. I went into Speedbo with a story idea. Actually, I had developed characters, backstory, and motivation for a different book, but then thought the story would be better as a YA. So when I started Speedbo, I just used the concept and some of the backstory and went with it. Well, I really didn’t think it through and floundered with holes in the motivation and plot. What a mess. My personality tends toward lists and rules, so I think I need a detailed map to move me through. I wonder why I didn’t think about that beforehand? Duh…

I need to go to bed early during Speedbo. I write best in the early morning before anyone gets up. It’s quiet, there is nothing on TV, Twitter and FB are quiet, it’s perfect. The problem with getting up at 5:00 a.m. is that I get super tired in the day and don’t want to get up in the morning. I need to get in bed earlier so that I am well rested and ready to write first thing. This was difficult for me this month because of the construction in my home and our mattress in the living room. But I hope that once things are back to normal, I can get into a routine and get into a good writing habit once again.

I’ve been praying a lot about all that I have been learning and made a financial commitment to developing my writing. I joined the My Book Therapy Team. For $14.99 a month, I have access to a wealth of information and tools. I want to be proactive in my writing and I think that the tools and books they provide will teach me what I need to know to write well and write strong.

What have you been learning on your writing journey?
Or what have you been doing to better yourself in your dreams?


p.s.  I lost 1.4 last night at my WW weigh in for a total of 19.6. Slower than molasses, but a steady loss.

craft, writing, writing books

Are You At War?

I’m reading The Art Of War For Writers by James Scott Bell. Oh.My.Goodness! This is such a good book. What I like about it are the short chapters, full of words that motivate and inspire. It is based on the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu, written well before Christ. Sun Tzu wrote about war and the tactics and strategies needed to win wars. Well, that is what Bell’s book is, but for writers regarding the writing life.

It is divided up into three sections:

1. Reconnaissance: about the mental game of writing.

2. Tactic: about the craft of writing

3. Strategy: about the business of writing (publishing)

Today I want to add a few of my favorite quotes from the first section, Reconnaissance.

“The writers of great books zealously learn the craft of their profession so they can release the power and depth of their imagination and experience.” p. 11

“Every moment spent whining about your writing career is a moment of creative energy lost.” p. 27

“Determine that you will act as if you had no fear. Act as if you are a successful writer. Don’t do this with arrogance, but with determination.” p. 30

“Finish your novel, because you learn more that way than any other.” p. 65

Aren’t those great quotes? Seriously, this book is a MUST for every writer. It is not a “how to” book, but a book that fills in the gaps and highlights the important stuff for writers. There is so much good stuff in this one!