Friday, April 28, 2017

Music Muse

This song has so many themes running through it.

Love, battle, fighting, last moments, precious fleeting seconds before...

This song presents so many questions and feelings, a tumbling and tumultuous echo of the present and past culminating into one moment mixed with passion and a refusal to go lightly into the future.

If this song was in your story how would it fit? Is there any character or circumstance in your story that fits the feeling of this music?

*disclaimer this song feature rock music, for those who do not appreciate this style of music I encourage you to skip this song.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Being A Strong Woman In A Feminist World

Being a strong woman is hard.
Being a strong woman in a feminist world is even more challenging.

So how do we become strong, dependable, even independent without becoming.....a feminist?

In the words of Matthew Hussey:
Having to do everything yourself is a form of weakness. Because all it is is trying to validating yourself by showing how strong you are....
(and then I am paraphrasing this a little to put it in my own words)
The weakest woman can't do anything for herself,
A weak woman will do everything for herself,
And the strongest woman says, I know I can do it myself, but it's a lot more fun if someone else does it. (and I am not talking about the princess type or girls that blackmail, or bribe people into doing things for them.)

You see we've grown up in a society and culture that doesn't just cheat men of their manhood, it is also cheating us out of our femininity.

A few weeks ago a friend asked me..."How are you a strong woman...but not a feminist."
And this question took me back...because for years I've been a very strong woman, and I've struggled with finding a balance between my strength and being feminine.

No,  I wasn't fast, no I didn't beat up all of the boys....or anything like that. But...I'll be honest, I am as strong as a lot of boys, moving things, picking up heavy lifting, (my brother stopped picking on me when it became a fair draw...it's no fun to pick on someone when they can equal you,) people call on me. I've grown into the role of looking after people, making sure people are protected, opening doors for people...etc...but has that robbed me of my feminism? For a long time, I didn't care if I put boys off...you think you can do it? Well, I can do it too! Just watch me! One of my goals in life was to prove that you can do anything and everything in a skirt... Hike up waterfalls? Yes, Ride a horse? Yes, Climb a fence? Yes...all in a dress or a skirt and being modest about it. You bet I can.

But as I grew up, I realized...that just because you can, doesn't mean you want to...
That being strong, can also mean lonely, or eventually, make you feel taken advantage of it...that people don't expect you to be weak, and that you can just take things...over and over and over again and take it because you are strong.

So a new journey almost unconsciously began, and now...it has become more purposeful. Life is a form of art...and I am learning the art of feminism.

Now I am not talking about damsel in distress syndrome, but the simple art of living as a woman.


Don't be afraid of weakness.
Asking for help doesn't make you weak.
We aren't perfect and asking for help isn't a crime.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a good thing, and makes for a stronger and wiser person.
(After all you have nothing to fear, but fear itself...)

Just because YOU can do it yourself....doesn't mean you have to.
This is something that can be really hard. Just because I can open a door for myself doesn't mean I can't let/get a guy to do it for me...and appreciate it. (That goes a long way to keeping chivalry alive. Maybe you're saying, "Ugh! If a guy's ego can't take me opening my own door then he should get a life." Maybe, but then again he took the time and effort to get the door for you, take the time and effort to appreciate it...even if you didn't need it.)




Be a peacemaker
It's easy to pick fights, tease, and be argumentative over things...and it can be fun. However, if it is a constant lifestyle, it can maybe be too much and cause discord. Look for chances to bring peace and make win-win situations.

I don't own anything, not my pic!
Thanks, Disney! <3
I had a fun one a few weeks ago. People were arguing over if an actress was beautiful or not, and of course, there were fans and well anti-fans. When I was asked for my opinion, I gave in a few seconds to muse and answered.
"We are all made in the image of God, I think she is perfect." This...though perhaps not the answer they were looking for or technically even an opinion brought the argument to a close and peace.

Sometimes there are two parties having an argument, and you can see both sides, use this as an opportunity to help them come to a conclusion that is peaceful and practical for both.
It can be really hard if you are in situation where you can see the other person's point of view, but they can't see yours, and I am still working on making myself be understood well....it can be really hard to make people understand, but I am also learning when to "retreat", if they simply choose to not understand, sometimes you must just let them have their way, or find a delicate way to remove yourself from the situation.

And while the battle of the sexes can be funny and entertaining...realize that it can also cause harm. So if you're having banter and exchanges of sharp wit enjoy it! Also be aware of the damage it can cause. Just because men are strong it doesn't mean they are Superman, they have their own kryptonite to deal with.

Once again in the words of Matthew Hussey:
Men need women,
Women need men
Life just isn't as fun without them. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#thewriterstag

I decided to snatch up this tag from Melody's blog The Splendor Falls! Don't forget to check out her awesome blog!

1. What Genres, Styles, and Topics Do You Write About?

Genres:
Well for starters, it's hard to sort of peg down. I write what you might call fantasy, in other words, I make up my own worlds, etc.break rules, but it read more like history...and not the least bit like fantasy but it's not based on any actual facts, so...Historical fantasy? Is that even a legal genre?
With Sufficient Grace I dabbled slightly in Western, but it doesn't really FEEL like a western. I don't have any of the traditional lingo you'd expect when you pick it up like
Hitch the wagon,
Going out yonder.
Ruslin' cattle.
And all kinds of others of beloved American old west lingo that is the signature of that genre. I think I just like to break the rules.
I've toyed a little with fantasy, and am working on a possible trilogy...but we will see what comes of that.

Style:
Third person most certainly.
First person is my death SENTENCE unless it's a short story.

Topics:
Coming of age.
Finding truth
Strong but feminine
WEAPONS (pretty, pretty swords!)


How long have you been writing?
On and off starting around age 12, more serious around age 18.
So about 16 years I guess? Wow...that makes me sound...old...experienced.

Why do you write?
For a lot of reasons.
Ultimately because I love it, and because I feel that is what God called me to be. His Ready Writer.

When is the best time to write?
Well.....my favorite time to write is when inspiration is thick and sweet running like crazy but I don't always get to spend time when it is.
I also love super late nights writing (I have been guilty of writing until 5 am if the words are right.)
But really, any time of the day will do.

Parts of writing you love vs. parts you hate.
Love:
The first draft.
Getting inspiration.
Fangirling over characters
Plot twists
Character driven plots.

Hate:
Editing.
Writer's block.
Stupid characters that insist on being there.
Not enough time.

How do you overcome writer's block?
Talk to a friend.
Try a new angle.
Look at it from a new POV
Watch movies.
Read.
Shove it in a drawer.
Sulk.
Move.
Make a cup of tea.
Pinterest
Music.

Are you working on something at the moment?
YOU BET I AM!
I am working on connecting two stories together. When those are done they will finish my very very very unofficial extremely loosely linked stories. (So much so it's not even a series) but all of my countries shall soon have books, and I am not sure if there will be more to add to them later...but the basics will be out.

Tying up the loose ends of my plots for book 2&3 of the Grace trilogy. Book two I think FINALLY came together, so I'll be working on writing that, and I'll finish sketching and fleshing out characters for book 3 (and maybe a short story because you know characters are just like that.)

There is an Asian story I am working on, though how I'll publish it. I am not sure.

Writing goals this year?
Build up my platform
Finish a book up and move towards publishing another book.

WHEW! That was fun! Feeling like doing the tag? You're it! Take it on over to your blog and comment below with the link so I can check it out!


Monday, April 24, 2017

The Author’s Alphabet C

C

Creativity

An author's best friend is creativity. Finding it and keeping it can be hard, but so worth it. Pay attention to the things that make you more productive and try to make sure you are sufficiently fueling yourself with those things for maximum output.

Struggling with making things work? Consider what kind of learner you are, and try encouraging your story by stimulating your senses.

Auditory, listen to music or sounds that relate to your story, or inspire you.

Visual, search pinterest for pictures that emulate you story, or look through your story board, maybe take a break from your black and white screen, and go out into the world in search of beauty and wonder.

Sensory, step away from the computer and find something to do...a walk in some fresh air, or do a project your character might enjoy. Maybe you need to step away from the computer and change your mode of creativity, take a writing device of preference and take some paper outside or a different place in your  house and write,or interview your characters.

Being an author is wonderful, but don't forget to take the time to live and breathe just for yourself as well. Writing is a wonderful and whimsical world, but don't forget to make it lovely and beautiful for yourself as well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Music Muse

There was something about this song when I first met it. It has this wonderful best friend quality to it, that is just encouraging wonderful go on with life theme.

I love the energy, and there is so many ways this song could go...

Best friends

Side-kick

Brothers at arms

Love story

Love-triangle (you know the one who is waiting for the one to notice them...)

Bromance (as much as I hate using the word I can't think of a better one, the relationship is so much more than that.)

Does it make you think of any of your stories?




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Villains Know Best...sort of...

So, you may...or may not know that I've been struggling with a novel idea for, well, years now. It has been haunting me, refusing to let me go...yet I've run into so many plot ruts and holes and twists and turns that I've found myself throwing my hands in the air going...

and a half a draft later going....


Watching another attempt just shut down the story


The other day I dragged it out again after another hatchling of inspiration peeped out.


I decided to give it another chance and looked at the cast of characters. Different characters have popped up and made parts of the story easier and took it places that I wanted it to...however it was the villain that was still giving me problems.

He's not a "terrible" villain, he's more of a Jane Austen breed of bad boy I am sure he'd love to hang out with Willoughby and Wickham...I am sure they'd gamble away a few fortunes and break a few hearts together. However, his various interests and how he originally played into the story was giving me a hard time...

So I decided to go back to the drawing board with my villain and see how he came out....
You see, he began as a medical student....and then a book later was like...what is medicine? Look MONEY!!! I WANNA RUN A BANK!!!!!


and I am going...that's not what you went to school for...
what a waste of money....


So I threw out medical school, and the schoolmate scenario and made him a family friend...
And everything fell together.
Plot holes filled.
Loops closed.
And BAM!
The story feels like it's pulled itself together.
and he's over there going....
Skip the drama...listen to me... I know best.




Just wait...next he'll want to be a hero...







Monday, April 17, 2017

The Author’s Alphabet B

Books have changed your life, now you have written or are writing your own, so what are some important things as a writer for you to have?

Beta-Readers

Beta-Readers are one of the best things that ever happened to me. I struggled to complete novels and eventually they would just die because my personal inspiration would begin to doubt itself and my determination would peter out into drivel and despair, and I'd give up, only to begin again with a new idea that would also die a slow and incomplete death.
Beta-readers changed that for me. With the encouragement and insight from my first beta-reader, I finished my first novel and many more since, because of my beta-readers...who have told me when I am doing a good job, I am out of line, or something just doesn't jam. They make me not only a better writer but a better person.

Get yourself some good beta-readers, and be a better writer.





Friday, April 14, 2017

Music Muse

Music is one of the beautiful things in life. So often it can help fuel, inspire, or even create a story.

One of my favorite pastimes is just listening to music, searching for storyful lyrics and beautiful voices. So I am going to try and do weekly posts, sharing some of my old, new, random, favorite music pieces that inspire me as a writer. I hope you'll find some entertainment for your own muse.

Note, not all of these songs will be perfect, and though I love classical, when I am searching for story music....I go into all kinds of music because there are all kinds of characters and stories....so sit back and enjoy some ear-spiration.

Grace is a common theme for my life...and the lives of my characters. As I am working on the second and third book of my Grace Trilogy, I keep being drawn back to this song.