Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: The Stars Up Above


Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us every other week.

                           

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Last week's link-up  was all about the time periods in which you guys would have loved to live. We had fun taking trips back to the past, being content with the present, and even pondering the future. You guys continue to WOW us every time, and we thank you for joining us and sharing your hearts and wise words. Big Write or Die hugs to each of you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Going forward, Write or Die Wednesdays will be a biweekly link up. The benefits for YOU: More time to brainstorm your posts and link up. If you get busy one week, there's still the 2nd week to take advantage of and write your post. The benefits for US: More time to promote and (hopefully) grow the link up, as well as allow us time to focus on our secret project. Aside from the frequency of the link up, nothing else is changing. You still get thought-provoking prompts and the chance to flex your writing muscles. Don't touch that dial! :)

Today's prompt is the photo below.



We can't wait to read your posts. Happy writing!!

Don't forget, you have 2 weeks to link-up! If you have not prepared a post for today, feel free to join us tomorrow or in a few days or next week. We'd love to see what you come up with!

P.S. Have you joined the Write or Die Book Club yet? It's a quarterly book club focused on books about writing, creativity, inspiration, etc. We hope you'll join us! We just began reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and there's plenty of time to read the book. Click on the image below to join :)

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She stepped outside to escape for a moment. The heat and humidity enveloped her immediately. Even the crickets seemed to be affected - chirping lethargically. She walked down to the barn behind the house, looking at the stars which were beginning to emerge in the hours before twilight.

She took a deep breath and removed her shoes and felt the grass beneath her feet. She twirled around, already feeling lighter, freer. She sat down on the ground and leaned against the wall of the barn. She drew her knees up and again looked at the stars.

She was suddenly struck by a profound sense of melancholy and felt a sob rising in her chest. She laid down and cried, her shoulders shaking violently. Her tears made a trail down her cheeks and onto her neck. Her hands gripped the blades of grass and ripped them up in clumps.

When her sobs finally quieted, she wiped her tears and again looked at the stars. The moon shone down. The sweat soaked through her shirt. She got up, put her shoes back on, and slowly began walking back to the house.

She opened the door, paused for a moment to take a deep breath and take one last glance at the stars, and closed the door softly behind her.


   

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chasing My Dreams - Feeling Discouraged



We've all heard it before, right? 

"If you can dream it, you can do it." 

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." 

"If you never chase your dreams, you will never catch them."

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams."

And so on. These statements are intended to motivate you. To tell you to stay strong and not to give up. And I think that's wonderful. Sometimes we all need reminders that the road to achieving your dreams can be bumpy, but we need to stay the course. 

But lately, those statements haven't been able to penetrate my "funk." What do you do when the road to achieving your dreams seems impossible to travel? What do you do when you feel discouraged? When you feel like you'll never get there? 

At what point do you put your happiness, self-satisfaction, and mental health over financial and job security? Does being an adult mean that you should just give up on what you want to do? It just seems depressing. 

I don't have any answers for you. I just wanted to stop by and share what's on my heart and also why I haven't been posting much. Haven't felt happy and creative lately. But I wanted to say to anyone else out there who is in the same boat - I know how you feel. And it sucks. But I'm here for you. Hit me up if you want to commiserate. 



P.S. The prompt for this week's Write or Die Wednesdays writer's link up is the photo below. Hope you join us beginning on the 22nd. Also, please note that going forward, Write or Die Wednesdays will become a biweekly link up. So you have 2 weeks to join us. Hope to see you there!  Happy writing. 



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: Time After Time



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                       

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Last week's link-up was a bloomin' good time! How can anyone look at and talk about flowers, and even pertain them to the human experience, and NOT feel good?

This week's prompt is as follows:

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OK, I'm going to cheat a little bit. I was born in the 1980s, so I did live through that time period, BUT I was too young to enjoy it. I would love to travel back to the 80s as an adult.

The FASHION:
The bright, neon colors. The spandex. The poofy shoulder pads. Acid wash jeans. You're totally cringing with joy right now, aren't you?

The MOVIES:
Top Gun. The Goonies. The Breakfast Club. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Grease. Sixteen Candles. Splash. ET. Ghostbusters. Beetlejuice. I mean, do I even need to go on? My love for cheesy, quirky, cult classic movies would fuel many a movie binge.

The MUSIC:
Madonna. Duran Duran. Lionel Richie. Michael Jackson. Billy Idol. Prince. Cyndi Lauper. Flock of Seagulls. The Cure. Any and all 80s metal bands. Phil Collins. Sigh. Those were the days. The 80s station on Pandora gets much play at my house.

The HAIR:
I have the perfect hair for the 80s, haha. Big, poofy, frizzy hair. Ahhh. I'd be in heaven. Somebody get me some hairspray!!

The TOYS:
Teddy Ruxpin. My Little Pony. Care Bears. Cabbage Patch Kids. Transformers. Simon. Lite Brite. Don't judge me. I would totally go back to the 80s just to play with the cool toys. :)

Case closed. 1980s wins, hands down. :)


What time period would you choose? We want to hear all about it!



   

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: It's Just an Expression


Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                           

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Last week's link-up was all about our vices. It was really interesting to read about which of the 7 deadly sins we are most guilty. It is always fun to know more about each other!

Today's prompt is the word: Bloom.




We can't wait to read your posts. Happy writing!!

Don't forget, you have a week to link-up! If you have not prepared a post for today, feel free to join us tomorrow or in a few days. We'd love to see what you come up with!

P.S. Have you joined the Write or Die Book Club yet? It's a quarterly book club focused on books about writing, creativity, inspiration, etc. We hope you'll join us! We just began reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott! Click on the image below to join :)

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Have you ever thought about how many expressions there are about flowers?

"Bloom where you are planted."

"The bloom's off the rose." 

"Every rose has its thorn." (or my personal favorite "Never a rose without the prick." *snicker*)

"Everything's coming up roses."

"Pushing up daisies."

"Gild the lily." 

"Nip it in the bud."

"Fresh as a daisy."

"Thorn in your side."

"Shrinking violet."

"All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of yesterday."

"As delicate as a flower." 

"The flower of youth."

"Roses are red, violets are blue..."


I could go on for days! I always wonder who came up with these phrases. I mean, not only to come up with a phrase, but for people to know what it means, and to commonly use it in their speech/writing.

What if that was a legit profession? Expressionista. "Hi, my name is Mia. I make expressions. What do YOU do?" Haha. That would be my dream job, because I'm a word nerd.

So, here I go, trying my hand at creating some expressions about flowers.

* "Who pooped on your petals?"

* "Crazy as a daisy"

* "That's the way my tulip grows."

* "As cheap as a bouquet of carnations."

Oh yeah, that last one just rolls off the tongue. Whatcha think, should I keep my day job? :)


   

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P.S. I'm visiting Jae over at SCATTERBRAIN today to talk about 5 books for your inner traveler. Come visit! 




Monday, April 6, 2015

Reflections: A Look Back at March 2015



Another month has come to a close, yadda yadda, you know the drill. Let's take a little look-see at March 2015. 

Progress Check - Goals from March 2015:

* Enjoy my birthday month. Oh yes, I enjoyed it very much. Maybe a little too much. Haha. I got to see Maroon 5 and Eric Church in concert. I ate entirely too much. But I enjoyed every bit of it. 

* Create a morning routine. Eh. Not so much. I still need to do this. I need to do it for my sanity, if nothing else. 

* Carve out some time to write short stories. This one is partially complete. I am 90% finished with a short story about a very dark version of Alice in Wonderland. The idea was inspired by my lovely friend, Stephanie. I'm just struggling with the ending. But I would like to write a few more stories as well. I have so many ideas! But so little time. You know, the usual. 


3 Most Popular Blog Posts from March 2015:





Highlights from March 2015: 

* The aforementioned concerts by Maroon 5 and Eric Church. EPIC!

*  I read 6 books! 

*  I turned 32. It still feels weird to say that. 


Goals for April 2015:

*  Create a morning routine! This one goes at the top because it's a goal I want to complete asap. 

*  Write more short stories. I think this one is self-explanatory. 

*  Get more sleep! My insomnia is out of control. *yawn*


What were some of your highlights from March? What are your goals for April? Share below, I'd love to hear about it!


P.S. Join us on April 8th for Write or Die Wednesdays! The prompt this week is the word: Bloom. Happy writing!!! 





Friday, April 3, 2015

The Book Chat: What are you reading?



I can't tell you how excited I am that Jessica has brought back The Book Chat link up. It is one of my favorites!

This week's topic is: What are you reading? 

Well, I'm glad you asked. Because at any given time, I'm usually juggling 4 or 5 different books. #BooksAreMyLife

Here goes:

 When I first started reading "Gone" by Michael Grant, I immediately thought: "Ugh. What a rip-off, this book is just like 'The Dome' by Stephen King." And yes, while there are some similarities, Grant takes the book into a whole other direction. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else..."

Everyone under the age of fifteen disappears one day. To top it off, there's a giant sphere around the whole town and no one can get in and no one can get out. But when some of the teens reach their 15th birthday, they too disappear. Isn't that freaky??? I'm almost done with this one and I really like it. It's the first book in a series, so I will definitely have to read the others as well. If you like YA fiction, you'll like this. 


 I'm so excited to be reading "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It's one of the most popular books about writing out there, so I'm not sure what took me so long to read it! This is our first book club selection for the Write or Die Book quarterly book club that I co-host with the wonderful Shelly from Shelly's Cabaret. Join us! 

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: 

"If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life."

I purchased this book for my Kindle, but I feel like I need to also get a physical book copy. It's one of those books where I want to highlight stuff and underline quotes and just feel the pages in my hands! 


 Stephen King is my absolute favorite author. Have I mentioned that? Haha. I love getting his new books as soon as they come out, this one is no exception. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: 

"In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings."

This one is intriguing to me. It's a bit different from the subject matter that King usually writes. I'm reading this for The Chronicles Book Club that I co-host with my lovely friend Stephanie from In Her Wonderland. Join us! This one is a monthly book club. 


So, there you have it, my list of current reads. Quite an interesting mix, eh? Tell me, what are you reading now??? 


P.S. Speaking of books, I just signed up for the Books and Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. I've participated in this swap a few times before and I absolutely love it. Basically, you send your partner 3 books - a book from their wish list, a book that you have read and loved, and a book that you haven't read but looks interesting. And your partner does the same for you. Pretty neat, right? Sign ups close on April 6th, so if you'd like to join, click on this button below. :) 



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: The Wrathful Path


Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                           

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Last week's link-up had us all sharing what our typical day is like. It was so much fun getting to know each other in that way! Our lives are so full that it is any wonder we have time for blogging too, but good thing we make the time! Otherwise, how would we all know one another? :)

Today's prompt has us examining our vices:




We can't wait to see what everyone writes about this one! Happy writing!!

Don't forget, you have five days to link-up! If you have not prepared a post for today, feel free to join us tomorrow or in a few days. We'd love to see what you come up with!

P.S. Have you joined the Write or Die Book Club yet? It's a quarterly book club focused on books about writing, creativity, inspiration, etc. We hope you'll join us! We begin reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott today! Click on the image below to join :)

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My first reaction was to think, "I'm not guilty of any of these!!" But the truth is, I'm sure I've been guilty of all of the 7 deadly sins at some point in my life.

But which of them am I most guilty?


WRATH.

I don't like to think of myself as an angry person. And I think that most people who know me wouldn't have chosen wrath for me. But my smile and easygoing nature and humor hide a lot.

It's an old, deep-seated anger, really. One that I should have let go of a long time ago, but I just can't. It permeates my bones, it's a part of my DNA. There are days when I don't think about it. Days when I feel like I can finally put it behind me. But it always comes back. My own little boomerang of fury.

I don't always necessarily think that anger is a bad thing. Anger can fuel you. Anger can bring about change. Anger has shown me who I do not want to be. And who I do. How I want to live my life and treat others.

But there is a point when wrath crosses the line into something toxic. I don't feel like I have crossed that line. I hope I never do. But there are days when it becomes a burden.

"Anger is just anger. It isn't good. It isn't bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It's like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice." -Jim Butcher

I choose to not let it destroy me, but to serve as a reminder. Of things that have been and things that will be.


   

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