Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Make Everyday Awesome

I love this little quote I have in my kitchen:

"Life is short. Eat dessert first."

So I give you dessert to help make your everyday an awesome day!


Monday, August 29, 2016

What to Make of Dreams

Dreams can be pretty complicated things, not just the ones we have and pursue, but the ones that occupy our minds during sleep.

I typically do not remember mine. As I awake, the moment shatters and flutters to the fringes of my mind like a million migrating butterflies. Yet this weekend, I had a different experience.

I awoke at 0'dark thirty, pitch black of night. That happens a lot. Nothing new there. What startled me was a sense of sadness and determination clawing at my heart. For once, the picture in my mind, the last moment of my dream, wasn't breaking apart. It was as clear and poignant as the picture of the flower I've added to this post. I sat up in my bed wondering what to do. I stay prepared to jot down story ideas by keeping post it notes handy. But what needed to escape me was more than a two or three line concept.

So I scurried around in the dark, not wanting to turn on the lights in the house and accidentally awake my daughter. Upon finding a free notebook (I have a few and all of them are currently occupied with thoughts I note as they come to me), and a pen, I started pouring the feelings out of me aided by candlelight.

Three pages of free hand writing later, and I felt sleepy again, ready to curl back under my blanket. I read my words only once, and goodness, they are a sloppy looking affair lol! But the story is one that tackles a few serious issues and isn't my comfort zone. There aren't any vampires, fae, angels, or demons. But good and evil are at work, and I'm glad I have several other projects to do before getting to this one. I'm going to need the time to prepare for it.

What has been your experiences with dreams? Do you remember them? Have any with a recurring theme? What do you do about them?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yohance

Click here for credit origin
Although you really can't believe everything you read on the Internet as gospel truth (my apologies to anyone who does and this statement ruined a few things for you), you can find some pretty interesting things.

I stumbled across this fantastic nugget during one of my brief perusings of Facebook (truth be told, I've not be as active there as I probably should be but no excuses, just prioritizing things differently).

I would love to give you all the stuffing, but it's better explained at the original article. So for lovers of mythology, African folktales, space opera or all three, click here to find out more about Yohance - with its Lord of the Rings inspired creator.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday

If this is what it feels like to start your Monday, just know that you're not alone. Your struggle is real but it is one you CAN overcome. So scream it out, grasp tighter, and pull those legs back up and then...

Take a breather.

You earned it before it's time to get back to work :-)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG & a Different D & D

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
  
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

I believe a question is being provided if you're having difficulty with content for today's post. It can be hard sometimes, sharing. For today, though, I have a message that is just as much for myself as it is for others struggling with this writer's life.

Doubt and disappointment are not your friends. They take and there is no giving of anything but more negative. Their goals are to hurt you, not help you. They happen naturally, and are rather hard to avoid, even when things seem to be going your way. And those times when the chips are falling, they are there to distract you from letting go and letting God so that you are too blind and hurt to recognize your "chips falling into place" (Casting Crowns).

Things are a little hard now, okay, so been this way for a while, but writing and life are not sprints. They are journeys to undertake for the long haul. Purge doubt and disappointment from your system in a way that works for you. Chocolate, wine, and stacking word count on a story are some pretty good avenues to start that purge

What are some ways you work through/deal with doubt and disappointment?