Hello October or is it Preptober?

Hello and welcome to the month of October, or should I say Preptober. If you are asking yourself what is Preptober? I’m glad that you asked, for it is the start of getting ready for NaNoWriMo and planning on the project that you are going to focus on or work during NaNoWriMo.

However, before I get fully into Preptober and taking about all the things that should be thought of for that next writing project. I first want to talk about the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference. I learned a lot about writing during my time at the conference. The topics include voice, use of backstory, and how to write a great first page for your novel. So I thought I would start today’s writing tip with talking about voice.

When it comes to voice, we as writers should not only think about the voice of the character(s) but also the voice of the story. Voice is what hooks readers into the story and wanting to keep on reading. If the voice that use is not strong or starts to fall flat then you will lose the reader. Remember, we need to keep the reader engaged for the full length of the book. More so we should voice not only as a tool but as a writing convention that should be kept in mind and in check while we are writing. Furthermore, voice is defined as:

            Voice is the author’s style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique and which conveys the author’s attitude, personality, and character; or, voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of the narrator of a work of fiction.

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It’s a little bit about what you say, but mostly it’s about how you say it.

When we use, voice we do need to go out on a limb and be a bit wild and crazy. Just not to crazy. Furthermore, when we are thinking about voice in terms of character, we need to think about the personality of the character and what sets them apart from everyone else in the book, such what is their special quirk that plays into their use of their voice.

Now granted, I will say when it comes to using voice, this more looked at when using first person pov, but you can almost do the same thing using third person pov, just don’t use that passive voice, and remember to be careful with the use of certain verbs.

Now as far as Preptober, today should be spent thinking about the genre that you want to write. Granted, most would not start with genre, for they would say that you should have a story idea before drilling down to genre. While, I could agree with them, I would say that genre is very essential to the story and if you have genre in mind when thinking about your story ideas, it will make it a lot easier. You don’t necessarily have to think about sub-genre unless you want to. But for the most part think about the genre that you want to write for your NaNoWriMo project. Right now, for the project that I have in mind I can drill it down as:

Fiction->Young Adult->Fantasy/Dystopian Fiction

So the way that I have drilled it down may different than the way that you might drill it down. But however you look the genre of your project, make sure that you can find other examples of it during your research phase. Remember that this month is also about research. Therefore, finding your genre is about research.

I hope that you all of a wonderful writing/planning day!

 

 

Let Castle Rock Writer’s Conference Begin

Granted, the Castle Rock Writers Conference began last night, and I did attend the session and put out one page for analysis. After, getting some of the feedback from the panel on the one page that I put out there from the Raven Prophecy, I do know that there are some good things that I am doing with my writing, but with the good also comes the bad. The bad is that there is still room for improvement.

Let’s face it, if we don’t improve then we cannot grow. As I have said before, we all need to grow as writers, for without growth we cannot become better writers.

There is more that I will share will share with you all later after, the conference is over. That includes how important voice is to a story, not just to your characters. I hope that you all have a great writing day!

It’s Time for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference…and other topics

Tonight is the official start of the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for 2018. I’m so happy to say that at last and to say that I’m ready and glad to be attending the conference once again. This is my fourth time attending the conference and am so happy to be doing so. If you are in the Denver, CO area and want to attend there is still time to register. I have included the link to the conference information. http://castlerockwriters.com/conference-basics-2018/

I will be attending the conference event tonight and then the next day is the start of the actual conference. I know that I’ve mentioned this event on here a lot but it is really a great conference and you learn so much from local writers. If you have registered for the event I will see you there.


Now on to other topics…

This past week, the new television season has kicked off, and I’m so happy to see what stories the shows writers have in store for all of us. Granted, there is not so much fantasy in the lineup for it all realistic dramas. I can live for towards the end of the television cycle year, there should be Game of Thrones coming back (I hope).

In other gears for us writers, we are starting to get ready for NaNoWriMo, for most of us we use the month of October to plan and to get prepared for the 50 thousand word challenged for 30 days. While most of us tackle new projects, there are also a few of us that take on the working with a continuing project. This year, I’m taking one a new project. I know that I probably shouldn’t but I’m learning with each new project, I learn something new about what is possible about the writing process and what is possible with the usage of words.

Granted, as I was doing research for this post I’m finding that there is a lot of prep that writers are doing for this month to include making personal workbooks. While others put so much pressure onto themselves about trying to complete their NaNoWriMo projects, I feel that it should be taken just like any other writing project. That includes no stress and putting no pressure on oneself when they are working on their project.

Yes, we should take the time to plan and or if flying off the seat of your pants is more your thing, then due a little pit of planing and have it take off at the stroke of midnight on October 31, which falls on a Wednesday this year.

I can’t wait for the challenge once again, but my motto is not to stress about it. I mean just think about this for a minute, for when we stress we are putting out our best work. Granted, NaNoWriMo is about writing a first draft, but we should still put our best work and our best lines of writing.

Just also keep in mind, when working on NaNoWriMo, we have an election, veteran’s day, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. There is one in there that is about taking time for family, food and be thankful for all the things that are in our lives. But before, that we have Halloween and must prework that is to be had. But please, take my word for it in that stress should not be part of the equation.

Breath, write and create. Keep that in mind as you are preworking and writing during the challenge. I hope that you have found this helpful when working on your writing on this day.

The Bert and Ernie Dilemma

For years the question of Bert and Ernie living together making them queer or straight has raised it’s head once again. This time when one of the writers of Sesame Street answered the age old question by saying that they are gay. However, the creator the character Bert, Frank Oz, challenged this by saying that they are not. He stated that he knows for he created the character and he would know, whether it was the case or not. He also made a statement by saying, “It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman [former writer] was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.” By answering the question in this way he was challenged for it and ridiculed for his answer extensively on Twitter.

Why should we as writers, pay attention to this issue? The answer is simple in that we create characters every day and granted readers can make their own conclusions about them. But we should not be attacked for disagreeing with the conclusion that was made about a character. Right?

I know that we live in a world, where we must be careful about what we say and write, but as creators we should not have to take the stand that are characters are what the readers want them to be. Back in the ’90’s we had a slew of television shows where male characters were roommates and there was never the question if they were “together” or not. Let’s look at Full House, granted we know that the male leads were all heterosexual but if someone said that they were homosexuals living in the closet it would have been a scandal. The same could be said for the show Friends if it was also the case.

I’m not going against the LGBQ community but what I’m saying is that viewers and readers need to also take a chance when listening to the creator’s words about how their characters were created. But to be attacked for not going along with the idea that others are trying to put on characters is just wrong. But let’s say that this is not about Bert and Ernie but rather other beloved characters such as the smurfs. Granted, the smurfs for the most part are a male society and there is only one female.

No one has claimed that she is being abused by the male smurfs. But if we were to go down that path when talking about the smurfs, there is no putting the genie back in the magic lamp. Now the vision that we have the smurfs has changed. Why would it change? Look at the #metoo movement. That has changed our world to the point that in someways it is being compared to the Salem Witch Trials. The world has changed for the work place and all things that we as writers much take into account. Now it has changed for Bert and Ernie as well and some other childhood characters, along with their creators.

When Bert and Ernie was created and living in that apartment they were just roommates much like the Odd Couple. Ernie was the crazy one and Bert was the strict one. They were the childhood versions of the Odd Couple. Granted, Ernie doesn’t smoke cigars like Oscar, and Bert doesn’t dress in a suite and tie all the time like Felix. But they were created for the intentions of teaching children that people can live together and be friends despite their differences. They were not homosexual at that time, but granted the world has changed, and people’s views of have changed with the time.

However, to take down a creator for defending their views on the character(s) that they created there is a line that has been crossed. It’s not like he did a J.K. Rowling, who has later come out and said that this character should have died or this character is actually a homosexual after I said that he was a heterosexual. Frank Oz has always stayed by his stance that his characters where not and are not gay. But he is right there is more to a person than if they are gay or not. That is what we do as writers, yes, we must take sexuality into consideration when creating characters, but it should not be the defining line about whether the character lives or dies in the book.

We are told that characters are usually defined as they want something and they need something. Granted, if sexuality is coming into the want and need that is fine. But to make complex characters we need to go beyond just the sexuality.

I know that I will get some consideration and criticism for the argument that I’m trying to make, but we as creators should not be boiled over the hot coals for not agreeing with our readers on how the characters should be that we created. We as writers have an image of them and that is how it should be, and our readers can have their own image of them and that is fine too.

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Furthermore, it should be noted that Seasame Street Workshop has responded with the following, “As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

 

 

Cutting the Ties that Binds us

Hello again! Yes, you might say that I took a little bit of a break from this page. But not from writing. The reason is simple for the break and that was life getting in the way. I know that it should not be an excuse, but when life comes with stress then its hard to work on anything let alone writing. But life is getting better and the stress is slowly leaving my life. Thank goodness and blessed it be!

Now on to other things…

We are finally in the month of September, which means fall will soon be approaching to us, like at the end of the week. Fall is a time of bright colors and but it also means that we as writers are starting to get ready for NaNoWriMo. But first, conference time. Yes, at the end of this month, if you are in the Denver or Castle Rock area, the Castle Rock Writers Conference will be occurring at the end of this month. If you want to attend there is still time to register. I hope to see you there.

Further more, before we get to NaNoWriMo and the Castle Rock Writers Conference, there is still much writing to be had. Hopefully, I plan to be doing some more of that in the mere future, such as today. I know that I have mentioned it on here before, but when life gets in the way and chaos ensues it’s ugly head, we as writers tend to ignore the fact that writing is to be our escape from the world, from which we know. I know that I tend to ignore it even though I preach about it a lot. But for once I’m taking my own advice and thinking that I have stories to write and I want to write them.

Maybe this feeling might have come that I just had a birthday, or it could be the fact that I’m once again feeling energized but whatever the reason I’m looking forward to getting back in that writer’s chair and to write away.

But while I took this little break, I realized a few things. Realizing things is not bad, unless you start to dwell on them to the point of obsession. First, I realized I have too many stories in the pot. This is a problem, for when this happens, it’s hard to work on one story at a time. Therefore, what I need to do is write down these ideas in a notebook and save them for later while I’m working on one project at time. This is where focus needs to come into play.

Second, I need the drama and the chaos of life to stop interfering in my creative space. This is also where cutting the clutter and getting of rid comes in handy as well. Third, I also need to realize that I can do anything when I fully put my mind and creative efforts in it. Finally, I need to also let somethings go but it does not do well for me or anyone else that I might care about, and this goes for my characters as well.

Therefore, I know that I have not been fair to you, my followers. I will try to make amends by getting back to posting about writing. But let’s face it as well, we in the writing community have dealing with a lot of drama this year. Granted, this is no fault of our own, but members of the community that have not been very good citizens, neighbors and the alike. Therefore, we all need to have a breather from it and for some the drama was too much and we lost members and others have stayed to continue on being members of the writing community. Each member has made the decision that was right for them.

That’s fine for all since we all have to make our own choices in life. I chose to stay for there is a lot that we can still get out of the community as a whole, but we don’t need the necessary drama that comes from others. When that happens its time to cut the ties that binds us and say, “Goodbye, Felicia. Who needs you?”

In recent years, I have been doing that a lot and for the simple reason that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth being stressed and worrying about every little thing. Granted, I worry a lot about things and it’s not healthy. I really know that now, and as I learn from it, I also know that I’m not done learning, talking about it, or growing from it. Either are others until it gets to be too much and that is when we as writers can write about it or to help others find a way to cope or to give them the escape.

Whatever the path that we chose to live by, there is a reason for it. Sometimes we may find the reason and other times we chose to ignore it or even to question it. I challenge all of you that are writers to ask why you chose to be a writer in the first and to write down their own story of being a writer and what it means to them.

I hope while you are thinking about this challenge, you have a happy writing day!

 

 

Girl Meets a World of Chaos

As writers, we tend to look at the bigger picture of things such as the world that we live in and where we have come from and where we want to go in life. Generally, speaking the phrase we must know where we have come from to know where we want to go comes to mind. But so does another phrase, such as we must know our history to know what we want of our future. Does that purely mean that we must give up our dreams or expectations if they do match with our past? The answer is now, it means that what we want and seek is greater than the past that we are learning from. But as the same time we must also keep in mind another phrase, if we don’t learn from our past then we are doom to repeat it.

When we look at us as people, we know what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is that we have the ability to tell stories. We are able to tell stories that come from the past, present, and the ideas that we have about the future. But we also have the ability to communicate our findings to one another as well. Seeing our selves as writers, we have the greatest way to pass on our findings and that is to write about them whether they are fiction or nonfiction. This is not take away from the painters or the other artists that can communicate how they see the world through art or music.

We all know at a certain age that we live in a world that is made up different people, different backgrounds, and different lifestyles. We also live in a world that is made up of those that want to do harm to others and do to good. Recently I’ve been revisiting a few episodes of Girl Meets World, the spin-off from Boy Meets World, and there are certain things that come to mind.

These things include, we live in a world where we are taught what is wrong and what is right. But we are also taught that there are many good people in the world that out weigh the bad. While this may be true, we have to uncover our own stories and take ownership of those stories that include our past, our present and what we want of our future.

The reason why this is all coming to find is look at the political landscape that we live in currently. In the United States, its all about the two party system and which is right for this country and which one needs to be diminished or squished currently in the eyes of many. While at the same time there are threats that in other parts of the world that we are currently told about such as in South Africa right now, the Constitution is changing to where white farmers can lose their land for no other reason than they are white. There is the fear of nuclear war that could from countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Russia to name a few. To say that the world is in chaos is understatement. But it is what we face on a daily basis from what we are told on the news, television broadcasts, radio and other sources that we get our information from.

The chaos is sometimes too much to take, and at times it can suck the life out of us for it can be too much to see or hear. But as writers and artists, we look for the escapism that is our art form to help us during these troubling if not difficult times that may lay ahead. We need to brace our art like an old friend and work to see the changes that we want in our futures. Granted, we can see that the chaos or the climate is not going to change anytime soon and that doesn’t matter if you are a conservative or a liberal. We all have to face the challenges that come toward us.

Further more, we may not get the answers right away that we may seek but we can try to find the puzzle pieces that we know and put them together so that we can get some clarity or answers that we might deem possible, for instance, I heard a couple of people talking about a case that has gone for over 20 years and since I overheard them I added some more pieces to their puzzle that they did not have. This is something else that we do as writers, readers, and observers we share what we know to help guide others on their quest for answers.

We all do it, for we have even done it in school, while helping another with their homework such as with math. Not every one understands math, while others do and when we help others it is us doing our part to spread good in the world. There is an ethical representation that we must take as writers and we agree to the basic law of ethics and that is that we will not lie to our readers. Granted, there are authors/writers in the world that have broken this ethical law, but they pay the price for lying and are never heard from again. But getting back to helping others, when we do so we are not lying to them, for we are guiding them down the line of truth so that we can protect them in a way from the lies that come from chaos.

Many of us have voices, but some voices are louder than others. However, in the end we live in a world of chaos, and right now we as writers need to help guide not only ourselves but readers into a world of escapism. This is what I can understand now is why there are so many souls that cannot stand to stay in this world, because it is harsh to them. Does this mean that they want it to end? Probably. Does this mean that we should end it for them? No, but it does mean that we should find away to help so that others can find a way to cope with the situations that are facing others in the world.

I have written on here before, what our job as writers should be. My answer was to create an escape for our readers. Now, I’m going to take it one step further and say create the escape that suites them, while not taking what we want to write for granted. We have a gift and we should share it and do good with it. I’m proud to say that I live in a world of chaos, but I also live in this world so that I can see change, and do create an escape for them when ever I finish my manuscript.

I hope that you have found this post to be helpful and to help navigate the world that you know. I hope that you also have a great writing day and that you take time to create something to help someone escape from the world for a few minutes, hours, days, or even a month.

Thoughts over a cup of Coffee…But is there is something new about the site?

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This morning, I woke up to take my nephew to his first day of school. That’s right, school is back in session and for many of us, we take that as the start of a new year. Granted, we are still in August and we have a few more months until the actual start of the new calendar year. But I thought, that I would spruce up the sight. There is a new header on the site, and a new template design that has been given to the site. But I can assure you that the content of the site is still the same.

From the beginning, I have always that stated that Faerie Rose Press, will changing as I learn and grown, and that has been what this site has been about. Growing, learning, evolving, and above all enhancing others when they look at writing. Yes, I have done things and have taken things off and on this site, but I’ve never lost the focus or that drive to help others with achieving their writing goals or go about writing a novel.

While others may see this as something that has been done before on numerous other platforms, but there are always different ways to look at the world or what can be done to solve a problem to gain a solution. That is essentially is writing. There is a phrase that I have heard before, and that is well some one has already written that story before. That may be true, but the other part of the phrase is, it may have been written before but not by you.

Granted, this is where you might have to think about what I have just said, but it’s true no one is going to tell the story the way that you want it to be told unless you write it yourself. Now does this mean, that you should rewrite a story that has already been written before, ie like Harry Potter? No, it means take a story idea and add your flare to it. Be original, and see what you can add to the story or create with that single spark.

Here is another secret that others might not have thought or they have but there is a reason early on when your starting to write, they teach you to write fan fiction. The reason is so that you can understand the concept of taking something and making it grow. I remember being in the fourth grade and we read a book called, “The Chocolate Touch.” If you haven’t figured it out yet this is like “Midas with the Golden Touch”, but instead of gold you’re using chocolate. Well after reading the book, we had to write our own “Chocolate Touch,” story and use most of the elements of the story such as the chocolate touch. That was the first version of fan fiction that I ever wrote. But it stuck with me for years. Granted, do I remember the story that I wrote? I’ll be honest and say no, but I do remember writing it and that I still have a copy of it.

Yes, some may put down fan fiction as copying but I more like to think about it as an exercise in the creative processes of writing. One of the many that we go through over time. But here is another part of fan fiction, it can be start as fan fiction and can grow into something else. Case and point, Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is fan fiction of nothing other than the Twilight Saga. While it may be considered simple fan fiction, it has transformed the genre of erotica romance into where it is a buy able product in your local super market. Before Fifty Shades of Grey, forget it for you would have to go to a Borders or a Barnes and Nobel to purchase such a book and even then it had a disclaimer on it. That’s been deleted from the genre and the answer is pretty simple, the book became very popular and the disclaimer is no longer needed on any erotica romances.

That’s what one sample of what fan fiction has done and it has grown from there for that one genre. Does this mean that every story or novel written has to be fan fiction. Heck no! Trust me when I say, if everything is based on fan fiction nothing original would ever be looked or even considered by publishers or readers. Remember, when we write we need to keep our readers in mind and that is that our readers, just like movie goers want original content. This does not mean that we have re-create the same wheel over and over again. If we are looking to do that, then we might as well talk about formula writing.

I’ll say that some formula writers do really well over time, but after a while the writer’s fan base has an expectation of what is going to be in the pages between the covers, and the writer is stuck writing the same thing over and over again, and cannot do anything new or original. Why? Simple: the readers will be turned off what his or her next book will be and it is not what they are used to reading from that writer. It’s a shame when you think about it, but in the end it’s based on the decision that the writer started with their writing career with and continued to do so. Romance writers sometimes have this difficulty along with mystery and thriller writers too.

But let me describe what I mean by formula writer, we know that there are certain expectations from genres of what needs to be in the story but with formula writers they go one more step above this. It goes like this, writer usually has a female character that has to a problem and is running away from said problem and meets the male character. They fall in love, they get to close, and the female character pushes said male character away and the male character figures out to help female character so that they can have a happily ever after, which may not be the case due to dare I say it a death of a character. One of the great writers, or at least to his fans, even if they do not realize it when they are reading one his novels or watching one of the film adaptation of his novels, is all based on a formula.

The author that I’m talking about is Nicholas Sparks. Yes, he is one of the great formula writers in our time and granted, he is doing it so well that he is make money and the reason is that romance sells. I found a blog post, Hello Giggles, that lists 7 Things that Happen in Every Nicholas Sparks Movie.  Even in another blog called, “Thoroughly Modern,” she even posts about the formula that has been used time and again by Nicholas Sparks. I’m not putting Nicholas under the bus, but I’m just saying that if he wanted to reach out and do something else away from his formula, he may be unable to do so due to the loyal readership of his fans.

While I would never try to persuade a writer not to write what he or she wants, there are just some careful considerations that need to be looked at besides how to publish, genre, and any other topic that goes under the generic umbrella that is about writing, but rather things that need to be thought about is formula, trends, and originality versus fan fiction. There is a reason why there is a category at the Academy Awards for “Best Original Screenplay” versus “Best Adaptive Screenplay.” This is just the many things that we as writers need to think about as we work on our works of fiction.

Well, I’m almost out of coffee and I hope that you have found this post to be an enjoyable read, and I’ve had fun writing it. I hope that you have a great writing day until next time!

 

 

Unboxing from Vista Print…Swag

There is nothing like getting home and finding a box with your name on it. Yup, I’m doing an un-boxing blog about what I got from Vista Print. Yes, I ordered what I got, but I must say that I’m pretty happy with everything that was in the box, for everything turned out so well. I’m extremely happy with how everything turned out.

So before I get into the actual un-boxing, let me preface this post with that I put this package together not with Faerie Rose Press in mind, but Moonspinner3 Books. That’s right Moonspinner3 Books and the why is simple for it was when I was really diving into what do I want for Moonspinner3 Books and the answer was simple, and that was to make it look, feel and smell like a parent company. So with all of this in mind, I created business cards, a t-shirt, a notebook, a mouse pad, a baseball hat, and wait for it a coffee mug.

Let’s first star with the important aspect of any business that you essentially need and that is a business card. Business cards are the number one way to getting your info out there to your contacts and connections that you meet along the way. The business card that I designed is a double sided, rounded-edge card. The front of the card has a logo and I formatted it to where it pop up. I also included a gloss finished to the cards. I’m extremely happy with how these puppies turned out.

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The next item that I’m going to talk about is the most essential tool that every writer needs and that is a notebook. I must say that I’m happy with the cover. It has the cover in the middle of the notebook and its a spiral, with lined pages inside. I’m so happy that I designed and received this notebook that I can’t wait to use it.

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I know that the picture doesn’t give a full size view of the notebook, but it’s a fair size to use for packing around.

 

 

 

The next two items is the hat and the t-shirt. Granted, I know that I should have made the logo bigger on the hat, but for my first time designing a hat and not knowing what I was doing, that will go under the heading of lessons learned. As for the t-shirt, I’m happy to say that I’m already wearing it. The size of the logo is one to say that you can’t miss it, if you see it. But I’m proud to wear this shirt for it’s my business and I’m so proud of this logo and everything that I want to do with my business.

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The next two items are things that I wanted for one, and neither one has disappointed. The first is the one for the computer, and that is my newest mouse pads. Let me preface this with, I have always have had a love for mouse pads. So don’t be surprise if there are mouse pads in the future for The Raven Prophecy, or Ravages of Time.

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Then finally, last and definitely worth the wait, the coffee cup. Let me preface this that I don’t normally drink coffee, but it will still work well for hot chocolate. This is also something that I can use on my desk when I’m writing. It will be well used and well loved that is for sure.

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I’m so proud and glad that they came, and they were so worth the wait. Furthermore, I can’t wait to get some more stuff from Vista Print. That with my box they had a post card for what they are calling a subscription box called, The Promotion Box. It’s a monthly subscription, where they will package promotional items based on the information that you provide them for your business. This one is one that I’m actually thinking of doing.

I know that this post has more to do with a package of what I received then writing, and while most times these types of things are found on YouTube, I thought that I would try a blog post instead. That is until I get my YouTube channel back up and running.

Thank you, for reading and I hope that you if are looking for promotional material for your books, you might look at Vista Print even though there are others out there. But Vista Print is the one that is most known.

I hope that you have a great writing day!

Escapism when things go Dark

sadfaerieLet’s admit it there are things that can get to be overwhelming when it comes to writing. The information, the advice, the different ways to go about writing a story, the different items that impact us as writers, and our brains going in so many different directions that we just want to yell, “stop!” This a chance for us to discuss what to do when writing becomes too much. This is not the same as writer’s block, oh no, this is when we can’t take the world and what is going on all at the same time.

My first piece of advice, is take a break. There, I said it, take a break. Now, I’m not saying don’t write but what I’m saying is take a break from the world. Turn off the Internet, and go somewhere where the world will not impact you or be on your mind for a few hours. Don’t worry, the world will still be there when you get back but take that time to focus on yourself and your craft.

When the events of September 11 were unfolding, many folks took being away from the television sets and the news coverage for a few hours. They took to going to the mountains, to reflect on what is still good in this world, even if the people in it are not so good. I remember that weekend, my family and I got into the car and we went up to Echo Lake in Colorado. While we were there, no one spoke of the event even though, every one knew what happened during the past week. Why was it not spoken of? The answer is simple, because people went to the mountains to escape the reality of what had occurred that horrific morning.

So sometimes we just need to take the escape from the world so that we are able to hone in on our craft. To say the world is fine without me for a few hours so that I can focus on the things that I care about.

Another time that we may need this escape is when we are mourning the loss of a dear loved one. Last Saturday, I lost the first female alpaca that I ever owned. To say that this week was hard, would be an understatement. The other day, if you noticed I posted up four posts, while I focused on working and writing those posts, I was in a way escaping from the thought of her passing. But then there were still points when I would think about her and I would cry.

I knew that she was in pain for she didn’t cry out loud but she quietly cried tears to show how much she was hurting. After taking her to the vet and getting the results, I made the decision that was best for her, and that was to have her put down. In the coming days, I kept asking why and what could I have done to help her. But after getting the preliminary results from the vet, there was nothing that I could do to help her for she was too far gone. She just didn’t show it until the end.

I even went to a physic for help on the matter, and I while I gained new information from the session there are still things that I want to know. This is the first alpaca that I have ever had to put down, and it was the first animal/pet that I have made the decision to help them end their suffering. Even though, her pain has been ended for her, I’m in pain for the hurt runs deep. I made a selfless choice to help her, and that should be the end of it but it is not for I want answers. In searching for those answers and dealing with the grief of her loss, I too need to escape.

Being a writer, should mean that I can put that loss into words. But I really can’t for it has not yet been a week since she has passed on to the next level of life. While I think of her and how she should be – healthy and in the pasture with others – I can only say if she was here she would be in pain, and want to live with that every day for the rest of her life.

So right now, I’m finding an escape from dealing with her loss, and that is to write. I’ve thought about The Raven Prophecy, Ravages of Time, The Zodiac Tower, and other works of fiction that I have on the back burner and I think that maybe her passing is a driving force to get things completed. But in the end when I’m not writing, I’m thinking of her and how much I want her back.

The hurt runs deeper than I ever thought possible, and there is no escaping the pain of her death.

Sorry, if this not the sort of positive ending for this post, but not every thing is happy, and rosy. But also think of those that are held captive, they have no escape from that reality for they face it every day until either their death or they rescued. Even then, there is no escaping them from that either not for a long time. I guess that is also fascinating for us writers, is that when something dark happens in our world, our view on the world becomes dark and sad like a darkened forest that we cannot get out until something new comes into our world to make us see that life is supposed to be happy, rosy and above all things something that we shouldn’t have to escape from.

While this may not be a helpful post, I still hope that you have a great writing day!

Writing Tip: School Supply Shopping

pencilsLet’s all face it at one point, we were students and we hated school supply shopping, because it meant the end of the summer and the start of another grueling year at school. But as a writer, I must profess that I have love school supply shopping. Why? The answer is simple, we can look at all the pens, pencils, notebooks, and all the other supplies that we need as writers.

Let’s all face it, this is the time of year, when the office supply stories make their money. School supply shopping is their Christmas season. Granted, I’ve bought a few notebooks this season and a backpack. But the key is that we as writers, we don’t have to go expensive, we can save money by looking for the good deals on pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, and anything else that we might need.

Just like the moms are looking for those deals, we as writers can also take advantage of those same great deals, and that is not so bad either. We can write and save money at the same time. While as helping others this season, by giving back and donating to local school supply drives and you don’t have to spend much either, but make it enough to where you feel that you are giving back to the community.

This is also like our Christmas when it comes to getting the supplies that we might want to have on hand for Nanowrimo, which is like three months away!!! Remember, we still have time before Nanowrimo, but we still cannot wait for it come about. But we can also have quite a bit of supplies, and who says that writers cannot have enough notebooks.

The End of a Legacy…The Originals

theoriginalsLast week The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals came to an end on the CW network. While I was not a fan of the original series, I was a fan of The Originals. The story focused on the Mikaelson clan, who were the original vampires of New Orleans. Granted, this story was more than just being about vampires for it had mortals, werewolf, and witches. I enjoyed this show for the rich element of the story telling, the dialogue, and the characters. While there are those, that are going to say, “Really, like we needed another vampire story.” I would say, “Sure for not every vampire story is like Twilight or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

I would never throw Buffy and it’s spin-off Angel under the bus, for I was a huge fan of both of these shows. While Twilight has taken it’s own heat for several things, I’m not going to do that either, for the prime focus is to talk about The Originals. The Originals was more than just being about vampires or werewolves or even magic, it’s about family.

The legacy of keeping family together, even when the fights were ugly and tough. It was about sticking together and to keep the promise of always and forever going no matter what. The show was not the only draw, but there was also the season teasers that were shown at San Diego’s Comic Cons. They had the best music and while they showed scenes from past seasons but they got you caught up in the story and made you want for that next season to start again sooner rather than later.

But the one shining light that The Originals have come to an end, is that we are given an other spin-off from the Vampire Diaries, and that is Legacies. The trailer shows us that we are taken of the magic school known as the Salvator School of the Young and Gifted. While I can’t wait to see the big draw of this drama. However, the one thing that is still upsetting is the ending of The Originals.

While this show was not always about happy endings, but we it expected it for these characters, so that the shows words could last long. Always and Forever is not as what it seems since two of the show’s characters were killed in the end. Not to give anything away but it left viewers wondering, what? how? why? Granted, as some of the cast put it the series, while it lasted five years showcased the end of the Mikaelson family and the start of the next generation. While, we lost a lot of characters through out the show, it was just enough to hope that the characters are at peace and maybe their legacy is what drives the force that comes with always and forever and that could be the driving force for Legacies.

Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Fallout

missionimpossiblefalloutThe second movie that I’m going to review is Mission Impossible: Fallout. Yes, Tom Cruise is at it again as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt. I have seen most of the Mission Impossible films, and I must say that this one is one of the best. This post contains spoilers so just be warned if you have not seen this film yet.

I know that I have not mentioned it before, I’m a huge spy film fan. James Bond, Mission Impossible, and I know that there are few others that I can not think of off the top of my head. 

Getting back to the film, we basically pick up from where the last film left off and that is where the IMF is in full swing, Ethan Hunt and his team are no longer disavowed from the agency, let alone the CIA. They are thrown into regaining into their possession plutonium cores that could be used to create a nuclear weapon. As Ethan works to regain the plutonium, Luther is taken hostage by a clone agency of the Syndicate known as the Apostles. In his typical fashion he tries to save his friends over the mission.

Luther is saved and the plutonium is stolen, and this leaves Luther to have a large amount of guilt about the plutonium getting out in the open. But he stays true to task just like Ethan as they work to take down the Apostles and to get the plutonium back. While we are thrown into this action-pack film, we also see new insights into the character of Ethan, such as he would never kill a police offer, even while trying to escape out of France while he is on the run.

We are shown again that Ethan has such great depth to his emotions and this film such a story for it is not all about the action taking over the film. The chases are great to watch as you fear that Ethan could get caught or killed before the film is not even ended. While I watched this film, there were a couple of times when I placed my hands over my mouth as I said, “Oh no!!” But in the end, we got Ethan and his team saving the world and completing their mission.

This film was a great summer film, for it shows we get the big block busters in the summer, while we wait for the films that will be nominated for the awards and before we have the next season of television series to blow us away and to keep us entertained for months on end.

If you enjoy spy films, this movie is for you. Granted, you don’t have to be a Tom Cruise fan to enjoy his acting. This film also serves to show that the franchise still has a fan base and it is one of the best of the franchise so far. I hope that they make another.

I’m giving this film five cars out of five.