Friday, February 24, 2012

To put a FUSE to the Muse

You've heard this phrase before: "Feed the muse."

Writers, painters, actors, and creative peoples in general are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to keep the creative juices flowing, myself included. Recently, I was asked what I did to inspire my creative soul. Did I take walks? Listen to soothing music? Study the stars?

Uh, no. I'm not so artsy-idylic as that. Instead, I keep it simple.

Basically, I drink Rockstar... stock Rockstar (yes, the drink)... think like a Rockstar... and play like a Rockstar. You see, the mind is a powerful thing, and I like to boost it up in as many fun and legal and legitimate ways I can think of (within reason). The adrenaline rush I get in return gives me the confidence, drive, and endurance I need in pursuing all my goals, including those related to writing.

How do I play like a Rockstar? Well,  I do things that normal, responsible persons normally wouldn't do like...

1. Defy gravity whenever possible. For example, in winter, I challenge myself on the ski slope by thinking I can tackle any steep mogul run that gets in my way by keeping  my skis actually pointed downhill, and then I make myself ski that way (downhill) (yes, tricky, I know), even though I may lack all forms of grace in the process.

2. Defy the limits of biochemistry. Specifically, MY biochemistry. This is particularly helpful when I feel like I'm spinning my wheels with a story. What do I do? I run myself into the ground (literally) by running to the gym. The kickback is a special bonus if I happen to accomplish this task in cold weather, when every muscle, including my all-powerful, yet not-so-indomitable-brain, would rather not cooperate. Then when I reach my destination, I let myself feel impressed with having done something that was in its own small way, (not so) amazing.

3. Defy boundaries. Normally I'm a shy person. Reaching out to connect with other people, whether it be simply making small talk in line at the supermarket or making a comment on a new blog I've visited, rejuvenates my spirit. In a way, it's reassuring to realize that we're all human, despite living among one or two awkward monkeys, or llamas, or turtles, or whathaveyou.

All in all, keeping the little things in life sparkling with a daily dose of renewed energy helps keep the well brimming when it comes to tackling my daily writing goals, which in turn, extends into all other parts of my life.
Putting a fuse to the muse... I've found, can be a very fun thing.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dear Book Bloggers,

You make the world go round!


You are the threads in a perfect homespun, ever-growing quilt, that tie readers to writers, and writers to readers.

You are like a dating service, taking some of the anxiety out of that first date. You diminish the fears in our pressing questions like,.... Will I like this new story? Will I keep coming back for more? If I put the effort into reading, has the author put effort into writing? And, if I've put effort into writing, will readers like what I offer?

You are the whipped cream, the ice cream, the hot fudge and butterscotch ripple, the NUTS, the sweet CHERRY, the clear glass dish, and the big whopping spoon that make the perfect ice cream sundae--the kind of sundae that reminds us of what is was like to dip into that FIRST and best sundae that we, as a child, ever had the pleasure of tasting.

You are the light of the world.

You are like friends, sharing secrets, good secrets, that feed our souls.

You are you, and that is what makes you so fantastic.

[Just letting you know] [to share the love]


;)

Today's the Day!

The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!!!



Jump on the link to visit some favorite book blogs--both new ones and tried-and-true ones--to see what stories are waiting to connect with you! And while you're out and about visiting, make new friends, connect with old friends, and just enjoy what this wonderful world has to offer.

Thanks to Katelyn at Tales of Books and Bands for getting this all started!!!!!

Enjoy! See where the wide world of internet links and cool people posting about #stuffworthreading will take you

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Book Blogger Love-A_Thon => #SharetheLove


I don't think there is ever a sort of thing as TOO MUCH LOVE or TOO MUCH FUN for the spirit of February's favorite holiday. Here's a fun event for book lovers to take part in! Special thanks to Katelyn at www.TalesofBooksandBands.com for putting this 1ST EVER event together!


HERE ARE ALL the DETAILS

What: A Blogger Love-A-Thon! This will be a day full of commenting on blogs, following blogs, tweeting about blogs, thanking blogs, sharing the word about awesome blogs, telling another blogger how freaking awesome they are, the list goes on and on.

When: February 17th 2012 at 12:00 a.m. EST until February 18th 2012 at 12: a.m. EST.

Where: Twitter, blogs, Facebook! All of your posts will be on your blog but OF COURSE links are welcomed on Twitter and Facebook!

So EASY So Fun to Meet new people, check out new blogs, and visit your FAVORITES by just stopping by to #SharetheLove!

CHECK BACK for more information ; )

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Picture book MARATHONS and FREE PAR-TAYs!

It's February again,... already?! That means the Picture Book Marathon is now underway. I'm going to do my best to participate during the second week. My schedule dictates that I must bow out of the rest. But I'll be checking in with my fellow writers to see how everyone is doing.

Want to join in? Visit www.picturebookmarathon.blogspot.com

Long Live the Beloved Picture Book!

As for Parties!!! Do you like them?

Sure! Who doesn't? For this one, you don't even need to get out of your seat. That's because the folks at the Indie Book Collective are bringing the bash to you with a huge assortment of great books for FREE!!!

So many genres and selections to choose from, and no budget to limit the taking! Load up your PC or Kindle or Android or whatever reading tablet you prefer and see what Indie Writers are doing.


Check it out at
http://web.me.com/craftycmc/Free_Par-Tay/Free_Par-Tay_Home.html

But HURRY! These deals only last from Feb 2-4. !!! And they are only available at Amazon.
In addition to my own titles (The Ghost in Me and Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Forest Again), you might also like these FREE titles:

TAKEN by Charlotte Abel... Love, magic and betrayal. Not everyone survives.

EXILED by RaShelle Workman... An alien princess exiled to earth. Can she survive?

GIFTS OF BLOOD by Vicki Keire... She can only hope the vision won't come true.

DARK WATERS by Shannon Mayer... A sensual mix of monsters, magic, and deception

PIBBIN THE SMALL by Gloria Repp... Is Pibbin too small to be brave?

IN DREAMS by J Sterling... Unconditional love, unimaginable heartbreak.