Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE ROAD NOT TRAVELLED YET

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens
the first Wednesday of each month.
It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

The co-hosts this month are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

The optional question is: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

Hmm?
I don’t believe my writing goals have changed...
As much as my thinking has changed...
Regarding my road to publication.
It’s tough! A lot tougher than I ever thought.
And it’s scary!
Trust me...
I’m not a wuss...
I live in a tropical jungle in Mexico...
Where scorpions, tarantulas, spiders, snakes, and other critters...
Lurk everywhere...
And jaguars roam at night.
So no...
I ain’t no scaredy cat.
Except when it comes to self-pubbing...
Because it's like climbing Everest!
Blindfolded!
Without a map! Or a clue!
And there are the few misteps I've taken along the way...
Not to mention battling my insecurity...
That I’ll never sell a book...
Because my writing sucks!
But...
I’m getting there.
Slowly.
And I’ve learned to accept that if this is how long it takes...
So be it...
Because I am moving in the right directionforward!

And you?
How're you doing with your writing goals?

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

EH? WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY?

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session      

known as the Insecure Writers Support Groupfounded by the one and only, Alex J. CavanaughIf you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happensthe first Wednesday of each month.It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.The awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynica  Sailor!

June 6 question - What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?


The easy part for me is character names...
Why? 
Because I hear voices...
In my head...
Many voices...
Some adult...                         
Some young adult...
Even angel voices...
Witches and demon voices...                          
Also sultry females,and grannies.
And they tell me their names.
Am I going crazy?
Nope...
It's just part of my writing process...
So, that’s the easy answer to today’s question.
So obviously, the harder answer is...
Book titles!
Coming up with a book’s title is agony!
So many options,only one will do...
Then imagining...
What the title will look like on the book...
Then making mock-ups...
Playing around with fonts, graphics, etc.
But then the hardest part?
Making up my mind. **sigh**
Wish my books could talk like my characters do.
Maybe we do but you’re not listening.
So?
Which one is harder for you?
And do your characters ever talk to you?

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

HIGHLY SEASONED WRITING

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?


When it comes to writing and seasons...
I don’t have to wait for spring...
To activate my mind...
Because my brain...
Has seasons of its own.
But unlike seasons here on earth...
That have specific times that they occur...
The seasons of my brain are random...
Which leave me going—HUH? WHY?
For example:
THE DRY SEASON
When new ideas are like tumbleweeds in a ghost town.
THE RAINY SEASON
A deluge of ideas and creativity...
Flood my mind for days or even weeks...
Leaving all thoughts soggy and useless.
THE FRIGID SEASON
When I have a deadline...
But my mind decides to freeze up...
And I need alcohol to thaw it.
THE WINDY SEASON
When ideas blow in then blow out of my mind...
Before I can write them down.
THE FOGGY SEASON!
When I can’t see a new thought for days. Or weeks!
THE FALL SEASON
When I’ve grown a concept for too long...
And it finally withers up and dies.
However...
Every now and then I get this:
THE PERFECT SEASON
Today’s forecast calls for:
100 percent probability...
That my mind will be clear & focused...
And I write in joy and purpose!
So?
What about you?
Does your brain have its own seasons and weather?
And does spring reactivate your writing?

Always,
Em-Musing


Friday, April 6, 2018

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens
the first Wednesday of each month.
It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. 
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: 
When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?


OMG!
I didn't post on Wednesday!
I was travelling...
And...um...well...uh...
Actually, there are no excuses...
And I promise it won't happen again.
So now...
To answer the question of the month though...
I usually don't have cloudy or rainy writing days...
I have hectic, crazy, very distracting days...
That makes me feel guilty.
Lord!
Guilt!
A running theme in my life.
And now it's haunting me with my writing...
I haven't written enough....
I haven't blogged enough...
I haven't researched enough...
I havent...
I haven't...
I haven't...
Enough!
I promise to try harder...
No!
I WILL try.
Because I'm sick feeling guilty!
There I said it.
And you?
Does guilt play a role in your writing?

Always,
Em-Musing




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SLURP-eeeeeeeee!!

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the 
Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month.
It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.  Co-Hosts:
IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal / finish a story?

How do I celebrate?  
Hmm? Let me slurp the ways...
Kahlua & cream. Ahhh! 
Cool and delicious! 
Or a nice glass of red wine with cheeze. Mmmm!
Or an ice cold beer with maybe pizza. Yum!
But wait!
CALORIE KIBOSH!
Before I can even reach for the Kahlua bottle...
My mind is calculating... 
How many calories in the Kahlua? 
And the cream? Yeesh! 
Then I calculate the wine with cheeze... 
Just as many calories...
Plus wine makes me sleepy...
And I don't want to be cheezy sleepy...
I want to celebrate.
So next it's beer...
Dos Equis amber to be exact... 
But I like to eat something when I drink a beer...
Like pizza... 
But I can ever eat just one slice...
So, how many frickin calories would that be?
Forget about it! 
Too many calories and carbs!
So what in the hell can I slurp to celebrate?
Wait...
I can smell it now...
Rich, hot, steamy and black...
COFFEE!
Coffee always beckons me in the a.m. to rise and write...
And when my eyeballs are bleary and red from writing...
Coffee gives me that just needed pick-me-up.
Ahhh!
Well, there you have it...
Guess I'm not that exciting of a celebrator...
But what about you?
How do you celebrate?
Got a favorite drink or brew?

Always,
Em-Musing


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

GHOST OF A CHANCE?

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.  

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia,Angela Wooldridge,

Februry 7 question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

What do I love about the genre I'm "currently" writing? 
I believe! 
I believe ghosts, demons, witches & fallen angels exist!
Most parents...
Tell their kids that there are  no such things as ghosts...
Not my parents...
They used to tell me and my sisters...
There were spirits all around us.
(thanks mom & dad)
For years I slept under the covers... 
With a bible over my heart...
Wondering if a spirit was hovering over me in the dark. 
And many nights when I had bad dreams...
I would crawl into my parent's bed hoping to feel safe...
Not a chance! 
My imagination turned them into Dracula and his bride...
So with my heart racing...
I would scurry back to my bed...
Dive under the blankets...
Put a pillow over my head...
Clutch the cross around my neck... 
And sweat myself to sleep.
When I became a mommy it struck me...
These kind of ghost stories weren’t nice. 
And when my kids were afraid of the boogeyman...
I did everything I could to convince them...
There were NO such things as ghosts or monsters.
Looking back...
I’m guessing that my father...
Who was an artist and writer...
Enjoyed telling these kinds of stories...
To get a reaction.
(yup it worked)
Now mind you...
I too love telling a good ghost story...
To get a big reaction...
But not by scaring the bejeebers...
Out of my kids or grandkids…
But rather in a published novel.
I’m on that path now and ...
Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
This process of getting published... 
Is a whole lot scarier...
Than any ghost or monster real or imagined. 
So with lots of prayers and faith I forge forward...
And you?
What is/was the process of publishing your book like?
Scary? Exciting? Daunting? 
Or what?

Always,


Em-Musing