Friday, May 30, 2014

Ideas Are Nuts

Today I celebrate ideas.
For without them I would be a sad empty soul. That and a failure. No one wants to be a failure. So here I am, ecstatic that I have a brain that won't shut up. Sort of. Sometimes my brain just ups and disappears. Then it comes back with far too many ideas. But hey, that's not a horrible problem to have, right? Not for a writer, anyway.

As an author, I spend my time either thinking of ideas, trying to remember them, or writing them down. Then the fun starts when I attempt to develop them into something interesting. Sometimes ideas don't work out the way you want them to, or you rush one to get to the other, and end up with several unfinished projects. Speaking of, I have few projects staring at me, wondering where all the love went. Well, the love is right here, character people, right here. And I'm coming for you, so giddy up. Ahem, sorry. You know us writers, we've lost our minds. Sometimes we have to consult with the characters in our heads and talk things through. Anyway . . .

What I've found in my experience with ideas is that the crazier they are, the better. Ideas can be as nuts as you want them to be. That's what I love about them; they challenge you to practice your creativity. No matter how far fetched they might seem, your imagination can come up with unexpected ways to blow your own mind. In the mean time, what happens while we're trying to make our ideas work? Well, I'd say something like this is fairly accurate:

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P.S. If you were interested in seeing "baby SK" and "old lady SK", check out this week's Coffee Chat!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Writing Process

I was tagged by two lovely ladies to share My Writing Process. 
Thank you, Mere Joyce and Sarah Chafin!

What am I working on? 
I’m currently working on Static, the second book in The Luminaries series. The main character, Kevin, was introduced in book one, Kinetic. I’m also working on a contemporary spy novel, a YA prequel to Kinetic, and working on my twins to become more independent. Okay, so the kids are not novels . . . but the more independent they are, the more I get to write. Ha!

How does my work differ from others of its category/genre? 
Umm, I think it's different because it's a mashup between a few genres. My Urban Fantasies have light sci-fi, action, the good ol' romance, humor, and you know . . .  my characters are just part of me. Who else can write my characters the way I write them? Since I'm more character based than plot based, I'd say that's what makes the difference. 

In reality I dunno. This one is hard. I should have just said "Blue" and left it open to interpretation.

Why do I write what I do? 
Because the mechanics of thought tells me to. And my thoughts seem to have a superhero complex. I love the idea of believing in something and fighting for it no matter what life throws at you. Not all my characters have powers, especially in the contemporary novel . . . and yet it has kick ass characters that still stand up for good. Maybe its my way of making up for being a chicken in real life, because as much as I admire firefighters, cops, etc, there's no way you'd get me to be one. Ignore the fact they'd reject me anyway. 

Also because I love love and they all have love elements. So, yeah. I think that's it.

How does your writing process work? 
I think it works via miracles. Seriously. I'm a pantser so when an idea hits me, I sit down to write and I wing it. If I start trying to figure out the plot, structure, or the why of things I stress out and confuse myself. Then I revise, rewrite, revise. Take a break and repeat. Then revise and rewrite some more. My writing process also works well with wine and coffee (not together—that'd be gross).

Now it's your turn. What's your writing process?
I'm supposed to tag 3-5 writers, but I think most of my friends have already participated or have been tagged.

Friday, May 23, 2014


This week I celebrate nothing.
Not not anything, but nothing as in the fact there is sometimes nothing negative happening. Therefore it's good cause for celebration. Even if not everything is perfect, this week I choose to look . . . to the left . . .

So what if I had some migraines recently? Right now I don't. So what if I'm not close to finishing revisions? I will make it work. So what if my insomnia is running wild? I've used the time to work. So what if even with insomnia time is slipping away? I'll catch it. So there. I have nothing bad going on, and that is good! ;)

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Friday, May 16, 2014

It's Friday! (But you already knew that.)

I cannot believe where this week went! 
Well, actually I'm not sure it "went" anywhere except time passed as it should, and I somehow missed everything. Anyway, this week the "small" thing I'd like to celebrate is the freedom to complain.

Now, now . . . no one likes a whiny complainer, but once in a while everyone must vent a little. For those who do so responsibly, I celebrate it. Just remember:
(Image courtesy of Google—like almost everything else in my life)

Yesterday I did my venting during this week's Coffee Chat about Facebook and its changes. Did I come up with a solution? Not really, but today I feel better. I accept that they have the right to charge us if we want them to advertise for us. I'm not doing it. I'll just find another way. Like everything else, we must find solutions to our problems. And if we need to let some fume out—privately—before making a change ourselves, that's okay. Do you have something bothering you? Leave me a comment and vent away! Just move on after I've shared my not sowise advice with you.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Let's Celebrate!

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This week I'm celebrating vacations. I know I celebrated this before but hey, my blog, my rules. I had a wonderful time in Jamaica with the man I've been married to for 10 years. Also with some random but very nice strangers. And most importantly with lots of food and drinks. Gotta love all-inclusive resorts. Hubby and I pretty much enjoyed the beach, the pool, the sun, and tried our best to have conversations that didn't revolve around the kids. It wasn't as hard as we thought it would be. . . you know, for ten minutes at a time. o_0

We did Skype the twins twice a day because we were a little anxious and that made it easier on all four of us. Our son kept saying we went to a scary island to fight off monsters. So in his eyes we're heroes and we're not about to snap him into reality any time soon. Our daughter on the other hand kept asking when we were coming back for her . . . right before running off to play. All in all they had fun, we had fun, and I think we were all happy for the break.

I'm also celebrating my first solo post over at The Writer Diaries as a contributor. I'm talking about our "public persona" as authors. Well, more specifically, my own. Have something to say about it? Come on over then!

What are you celebrating?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Tour Spotlight: CAUGHT by Deirdre Thurston

About Caught

A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.

It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.

About Deirdre Thurston

I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.

As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.

My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.

And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.

At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group (10)

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 is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.

Frustration. Annoyance. Disappointment.

That is what I'm feeling.

I have no room for insecurity at the moment. I'm too busy imagining my head being banged repeatedly on the desk, the table, the wall, a pot of boiling water, anything and everything. I say "imagining" because doing that in actuality would hurt, and I'm not a big fan of pain, so no thank you. Anyway . . . I feel stuck. I'm in the "I hate my work" phase. 

I'm frustrated because I've worked on this manuscript a lot, but I'm not happy with the direction it's going. I'm annoyed because even though I have many scenarios written down, none are satisfying and I can't figure out "that one thing" I need to make it work. And I'm disappointed because I expected better from myself. 

On the other hand, I know this will pass because I'm not giving up. I'm not sure how I'll overcome it yet, but I will. It's just a vicious circle that goes around and likes to torment anyone with a creative mind. Right? Either way, I'm not letting it win. Not now and not with any year that has a "2" in it. That is all. Hope next month I have a more positive post. For now, I'm glad I survived the A to Z challenge, and I'm glad you are here so I can vent. What about you? What would you like to vent about? Go ahead and do it, I promise to give you some useless advice in the comment section. :P

Monday, May 5, 2014

A to Z Challenge Reflections

I did it!

I survived . . . I think.

This was my first challenge and I have to admit it was overwhelming. I thought I would have more than enough time to visit a lot of blogs because I had all 26 posts prescheduled, and well . . . wasn't that a slap in the face? Yes, yes it was. Don't worry that slap didn't hurt, and if it did I was too tired to notice. I didn't meet hundreds of new bloggers like I thought I would, but the few I did meet are quality connections and awesome people. If I visited you, you're one of them and I like you. I like you like I like chocolate, so I'll keep coming back for more, and more, and more.

Apart from the constant 'go' I had a lot of fun visiting blogs, I woke up every morning looking forward to reading straight from your creative minds. I laughed out loud, felt all sorts of emotions, learned a lot of things, and I think most importantly I was inspired. I'm not sure what I will do different next year since time is the biggest issue. The main thing I'm keeping in mind is this: just because April is over it doesn't mean I can't still go visit A to Z challengers and keep on meeting new people. I have a whole year to catch up a bit more. Right? 

Thank you everyone for making the month of April a wild fun ride and thanks to everyone who stopped by for my S.K.-word of the day. Also big thanks to the Challenge Team: Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tina at Life is Good, Jeremy at Being Retro, Nicole Ayers at The Madlab Post, Stephen Tremp, M. J. Joachim, Heather M. Gardner,  Damyanti at Amlokiblogs, AJ at Naturally Sweet, Pam at An Unconventional Librarian, and the A to Z Challenge founder Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out!

Visit the A to Z Blog for a list of other Reflection posts!