Monday, July 28, 2014

Time to Do Some Appropriate Writing


Originally this post was inspired by a post munching on stories written ethically. Yes, I started to go there, except but for over the weekend I bumped into three innocuous gems that lifted my spirits.

People have been saying it over and over, "when you feel good, you have a cheer for anything and everybody," and this weekend...after reading these three gems I reviewed herehere, and here, proved this sentiment correct.

I did, however, sigh to myself… “Lord, I sure hope my writing is inspiring writers to write from their souls up.” This is the work that has the potential to inspire and motivate, and pass on a cheer for those of us who need it.

Like anything else albeit, there is a time and a place for everything.

At work, we must try to get along with others…bite our tongues…go along…know our place…don’t outshine the boss…or gossip…and just do our work and humbly return home to wash our cars, decorate our homes, and take those annual escapy vacations to places far from our daily humdrums. What I’m saying is @work is no place for baring our soul.

In church same thing…we listen to the sermon…PRAY…sing along with the choir—if/or when requested…whisper when we speak… speak nicely of other worshippers, and return home praying to get through each and every day living in that spiritual context.

In school we should read…study…and pass our exams. Grocery shopping…we buy our groceries and go home and eat. Driving…we buckle up and obey traffic laws. Or riding public transportation…same thing. We keep our hands to ourself and our voices low… whether talking to another passenger, or the bus/train driver, or talking on our cellphones. These are not places to be baring our souls.

BUT…in Arts & Entertainment… such as in singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, drawing, painting, writing and the likes… this is the ONE PLACE where our audience need us, REQUIRES US, to BARE OUR SOULS.

Agnieszka Paletta bared her soul in Doing Germany and I loved it! Books where a soul has been bared, I feel it. These are the stories…the voices…the art… that not only passes forward inspiration and a cheer, but these are stories that stay with us forever.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Top Ten Slow Poke Reading Enablers


My reading goal this year is to read 50 books, despite the past few years only being able to read about 35 books. I still can’t believe I read that slow. Yes, I AM THAT SLOW POKE READER... the reason I'm on a hellbent mission to read 50 books this year.

Since that image needs no further explanation, I’m listing the top ten enablers that will have a reader reading slow as molasses.

10. Terrible Comprehension. The frequent inability to ‘get it’ can bring reading to a near word still, where you stay stuck on one phrase, or one word even, for minutes at a time. Let the book be 70, 80, 90 thousand words and this happen repeatedly; you could very well end up spending years with this one book.

Monday, July 21, 2014

“Yeah, I Said It!”

My heading was actually used before. It was the title of Wanda Sykes book, ‘Yeah, I Said It,’ which sets the tone for this post inspired by a blog post I recently came across over at Fi Phillips Magical Writing Haven… What kind of book covers do you like?

The comment I wanted to leave on Fi’s blog was too long, but her post was so darn inspiring I had to write one of my own.

Friday, July 18, 2014

YA Novel Released! Deanne in the Middle by DuEwa Frazier

Hot off the press, it’s here... DuEwa Frazier’s latest book. YA novel Deanne in the Middle was published July 3, 2014. I recalled hearing mention of the book a little piece back, and like always when I hear mention of a WIP (work in progress) being published, I smile all kinds of wide. Any author who has turned a WIP into a finished product knows exactly the feeling I’m imparting here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confession Time: My Writing Rituals

Despite anything I’ve ever written or said about my personal writing experience, this here is the up-to-date truth. FYI: Occasionally writers should insert this admission, or confession... take your pick, because there is one aspect of writing that remains constant. It is a fickle, sometimey beast. It’s one profession that can turn your words against you, and give you a real good spanking; incidentally, the primary reason I enjoy playing around with words. I really don’t want to get caught up in taking myself too seriously. Sometimes I have to push back from the screen and kind of turn my head sideways.

At any rate, I promised to share some of what I’m working on, and how I spell success.