Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DAY OF THE DREAD

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.I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. 

Optional Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Today is November 1st...
Known here in Mexico as...
The Day of the Dead! 
Me as a catrina with my jungle kitty, Indie




But if you're a writer...
You probably know it as...
The Day of the Dread!
The NaNoWriMo challenge!
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!



Me? Will I do NaNoWriMo?
No, not this year.
I did do NaNoWriMo several years ago.
It was exhilarating…
It was brutal…
It was also…
Never finished.
I wrote almost 30,000 words…
But just couldn’t find the oomph to go on.
I know, wimpy, wimpy, wimpy…
But in my defense…
I used to write copy-on-the-fly all the time…
When I worked at a radio station writing spots.
On a typical day…
A salespeople would fly into the creative department panicked…
“Client needs a :60 on the air in a few hours.”
Now mind you, I didn't write the average rip'n'read spots...
I wrote creative, well produced spots...
And because radio is 'theatre of the mind'...
I often incorporated SFX, music...
And sometimes character voices (I do over 30).
I had no option to say, “Eh, I don’t feel like writing today.”
Or...
“I’m busy with another project.”
I gotta say, as hectic as it often was...
I loved the challenge of writing fast and furious copy...
But unlike the NaNoWriMo challenge…
I had to finish...
And sometimes I got rewarded...
Winning many ADDY and Crystal awards. 
So each November 1st I ask myself...
Do I need a drill to force myself to write?
No.
So, it’s no, no, NaNoWriMo for me this year.
But what about you?
Will you do or not do NaNoWriMo?
Got any scary NaNoWriMo stories? 

Always,
Em-Musing

P.S. Hmm? Come to think about it - being part of thousands of writers  around the world racking their brains out for a month does sound kinda, sorta fun. So maybe next year I'll do NaNoWriMo. But before I even use one brain cell thinking about that challenge,  I'm going to concentrate on another upcoming challenge - the 2018 A-Z Challenge!




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE NEED TO NOT KNOW



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. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.


OCTOBER QUESTION:
Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Hmm?
Let me see...
Have I ever slipped any of my personal information...
Into my characters?
Uh, yup **blush, blush**
In fact I wrote a whole 3-book series...
In the Humorous Women’s Fiction genre...
(not yet published at the moment)
About a time in my life...
(not that long ago)
When I was single for the first time in my life...
And imagined dating again...
And I gotta tell ya...
Some parts of the story were so personal...
I changed my author name...
To protect my daughters' eyes from burning in their sockets...
In case they ever read it...
Ya see...
It’s not that I did anything criminal in the story...
It’s that the story includes many, eh hem...
Fantasies.
OK!
I fess up!
Sexual fantasies!
That no daughter—or any relative for that matter...
Need ever know about me.
"Say whaaaat?!?!" I hear you exclaim.
But wait! 
Before you think weird of me... 
It’s was only for research...
Yup, uh huh, research. I swear!
Because all good writers research.A lot! 
Well...that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So?
Ever put some, eh hem **research** into your stores?
Care to share?
Or any other kind of personal info?

Always,

Em-Musing

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. 
Today's optional IWSG day question is: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? 
  
I’m a poet...
And I never would have thunk it...
Except...
Many years back...
My mother always kept a shoebox in her closet...
I always wondered what she kept inside...
But never a snoop, I never opened it...
Until after she died...
When I found that old shoebox again.
After years of wondering...
I opened it...
Wow!
Inside were poems I wrote as a kid...
She saved them!
I had totally forgotten about them.
Here's one I wrote when I was ten...
I was very much influenced by Edgar Allan Poe at the time...

THE NIGHTMARE OF THE OLD WINDMILL

Through a field and over a hill,
There I found an old windmill.

Deserted of course, I went inside,
Thirty feet long and twenty feet wide.

Would make a good hideout, don't you think?
A candle for light and a basin for a sink?

Out of the mill and down the hill,
Through the field I race.
Into the house and into my room,
With such a goodly pace.

To tell my pets, to tell my dolls,
On my bedroom shelf,

To tell my friends, Maggie and Joe,
And of course to tell myself.

Through the field and up the hill,
And into the old windmill,

There I find in the window,
A head upon the sill.

It's coming closer and closer to me,
Above the head my mother I see.

Out of the mill and down the hill,
Through the field I fall.

Now I hear the breakfast call.

The morning sun fell on my bed,
And I wake up filled with dread,

Remembering the nightmare of the old windmill.

And what’s cooler than finding these old poems? 
Is that this one actually got published...
In my sister’s high school paper, no less...
Yeah, she passed it off as hers, but hey!
I got published!!!
So...
If I hadn’t found and snooped in that box my mother kept...
I might have forgotten that my first writings...
Were poetry.
What about you? 
Ever write poetry?
Ever snoop in your mom's closet?
What writing of yours surprised you?

Always,
Em-Musing



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DON'T DIS ME

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.
I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. 

Optional Question for today's IWSG blog: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

My pet peeve for all three is... 
Distractions!
Wait, that’s not true...
It’s not distractions that irk the crap out of me...
It’s my brain... 
Allowing distractions to distract me.
People always ask me...
“Why do you get up so early in the morning?”
Because at 4:30 there are less distractions.
Actually, there are no distractions...
Unless you consider an occasional bad cup of coffee a distraction.
For me...
In the dark of early morning...
When the house is totally quiet...
And I make my cup of java...
Burn my palo santo incense...
My brain is calm...
Creative thoughts form and flow...
And I and my brain are at peace...
Allowing me to focus on writing, editing, and sometimes reading.
But once the sun starts peeking over the palm trees.
The kiskadees start singing...
And my jungle kitty endlessly pesters me for food...
My mind wanders to:

BILLS:
Lord! Did I really spend that much on Amazon?

CHORES:
I don’t want to do the wash, but my hamper smells like an elephants butt.
(not that I've smelled an elephants butt...but one can imagine)  

PHONE CALLS:
I should call so-and-so, but Lord! They don't know when to shut up. 
(thank goodness my family and friends hardly ever read my blog) 

HUNGER:
I don’t feel like cooking. What’s in the fridge anyway? Should I go out? Where?

COMPUTER ISSUES:
Have I backed up? Downloaded the newest version of ‘whatever’? 
(does it ever end?)

SOCIAL MEDIA:
I need to work on building my web page. Get more active on twitter.

PUBLISHING
Ah, the many choices! Which way to go?
For a great resource on publishing check out Jane Friedman's site 


NETFLIX
No explanation necessary

As you can see my mind can go from creative to chaos faster than a roomful of grannies yelling, "BINGO!" on a Friday night.  

So?
What about you?
Got pet peeves?
Get distracted?
How do you deal with it all?

Always, 
Em-Musing

P.S. and my biggest distraction this summer? My two-week trip to Italy with my two daughters and four grandkids. Here I am at Vernazzi,Cinque Terre, northwestern region of Italy on the Ligurian sea. (oh, the planning details!)