Friday, December 01, 2006

December

Our kitties and Christmas tree.



Monday, November 20, 2006

Music As Inspiration

I always have music playing, whether I'm writing or not, but right now I have some favorite songs/bands that I've been listening to to help get me through Nano.

Mr. Big:
Wild World
Just Take My Heart
To Be With You

Steelheart:
She's Gone
I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)
Can't Stop Me Lovin' You

Extreme-More Than Words
Three Doors Down-Here Without You

What kind of music/bands inspires your writing?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Writing & Upcoming Holidays

I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy trying to make progress on my novel for Nano. It's slow going, but it's going. I'm so far behind on my daily writing goals, but whether I win or not (of course, I'll consider myself a big, fat loser if I don't 'win'), I've learned one important thing from participating...something I've known since I started writing years ago, but always had trouble with--just getting it all down first, not worrying if it's perfect, and then go back when I'm done to polish and edit. I see the numbers and my progress going up as I write and it inspires me like nothing else. I need that! It helps me to turn off my internal editor and just write. I hope I can carry some of this with me once Nano is over and I polish the piece or move on to another project.

With the holidays right around the corner, I plan to get as much writing done as possible before visiting relatives.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fall Haiku


Something I posted on my Myspace page...

Silver clouds give way
To an ominous full moon
A play of shadows

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fall

It's that time of year...cooler mornings, and Halloween costumes and candy everywhere you look. Just this morning, I saw the first outdoor decorations in the neighborhood; ghosts hanging from a tree. It made me smile. I love the season.

This is a mask that I bought a few years ago at a costume/party store. Inspiration from this mask has made its way into at least one of my poems. It just has such a mysterious feel to it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Rest of the Critters

Max, Dee, and Storm with Pookie










Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Pet of the Week


Here's a pic of our pet hamster, Snuggles. Don't let the cute face fool you. We did have two hamsters. This one and Fry. I think he bullied the other one to death.

One of the pet stores in town had Pet Adoption Day this past weekend. We already have one dog, two cats, and one hamster. Of course, this isn't enough for my youngest son who would love to turn our house into a zoo. In fact, I'm not for sure that it isn't. He insisted the chameleon that was trying to climb its tank, was telling him, "Take me home."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Holiday



It's Friday! Even better is the three day weekend. Not much planned for the Labor Day holiday but that's okay. That means I can relax and hopefully get some writing done. I have three projects in the works now.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Diapers, Desire and Discipline

I can remember having a love for books at a very young age. My favorite books were Nancy Drew Mysteries. They were just more exciting than the neighborhood kids.

Later, my reading tastes turned more toward romance. My mother is a big reader too, and sometimes I'd flip through her books just to read the "naughty" scenes. A curious girl by nature.

I didn't really write anything other than long notes to friends and journal entries until I was 21. In '94, I quit my accounting job to stay home with my son. The first book I bought, in the grocery store, was a Sandra Brown book. I was hooked - on the words, on the way things flowed together. I went from diaper duty to a desire to write my own novels. My first attempt was a romantic suspense which made the most sense because I adore romance and mystery. It's probably still collecting dust somewhere around here. After awhile, I took a course from the Institute of Children's Literature. I loved the one-on-one instruction and discipline of deadlines, even had one piece shown some interest by a magazine editor (the story ended up not being used), but as soon as I completed the course, I returned to writing romance. It was kind of an on-again/off-again experience as life always seemed to get in the way.


As most writers will tell you, writing isn't all fun and games. It's a long, hard road with lots of pot holes and detours when you're least expecting them. That's been my experience, anyway. I take these unexpected changes when they come and keep moving, sometimes more like a frightened slug than a determined writer, but the key is to to keep moving; keep writing, keep submitting. And if I've learned anything, both as a writer and mother of two boys, it's to expect the unexpected.

I received the latest newsletter from a writer friend the other day and one thing that jumped out at me was the part about knowing who and where you are at this point in the (writing) game and where you want to go before you can ever hope to get there. Interesting point. And after struggling with some self doubt issues recently (don't we all?), that was just the point I needed to get me back on track.

I'm working on a new romance piece now, along with some poetry. I'll have updates soon.