Wednesday, October 2, 2019

STIMULATERS

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 October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
October 2 optional question:
 It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

Hmm?
A thoughtful question indeed. 
I'm thinking that one would have to live in a bubble, on an isolated island, be in a coma, or deep space... 
To not be influenced some way or somehow by: 
TV, radio, Internet, social media, books, and other printed stuff. 
While you don't need to read a book to come up with ideas...
Reading books can hone style, technique, pacing, voice, etc. 
I think Stephen Kings says it best: 
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut." 
And really?
Why would anyone, let alone a writer...
Deny themselves the pleasure of reading?
Again, Stephen King says it best:
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Here's my latest portable magic.










So?
What magic are you reading now?

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

ARTIC BLAST


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 September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson,Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

September 4th question:  If you could pick one place in the  world to sit and writer your next story, where would it be and why?

Me?
Kiruna, Lapland Sweden...
90 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Yup!
Me who loves & lives in the tropics of Mexico...
Me who craves the  sun year round... 
Me who thrives in the heat and the humidity...
Yes, me would love to go there...
Where the herring swim and the reindeer  roam ...
But not because I’m mostly Swedish...
And not for the amazing Aurora Borealis...
But because of the Polar Nights...
Those three months of 24/7 total darkness.
Ya see, I write my best in darkness...
So I would definitely welcome...
All-dayer & all-nighter writing days.
I'd have maid service and fresh sheets daily...
Room service for anything, and of course coffee...
Factoid: Sweden is in the top 3 of the world's coffee consumers 
There'd be no distractions to want to go outside...
Because it’d be frickin’ freezing!
But if I did...
I could go cross-country skiing...
And reindeer or dog-sledding...
And of course see the awesome Aurora Borealis. 








And you?
Where’s your perfect writing spot?

Always,
Em-Musing


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

MY LIVING NIGHTMARE


Daughters:     Mom?
Nurse:            She’s been like this for a while.
Daughters:     What’s wrong with her?
Nurse:            When she was brought in, she kept 
                       mumbling
                      “Gotta keep editing. 
                       Gotta keep editing.”
Daughters:     What do you mean? Edit what?
Nurse:            What we got out of her was that she’s written a book and wants to self-publish it.
Daughters:     So what’s holding her back?
Nurse:            It’s a condition some authors are afflicted with, especially new and unpublished authors.
Daughters:     What’s this condition called?
Nurse:            Writerphobia.
Daughters:     Writerphobia?
Nurse:            In layman’s terms—fear of rejection and ridicule.
Daughters:     Rejection and ridicule from who?
Nurse:            Everyone in the world.
Daughters:     Is there a cure?
Nurse:            Not exactly, but every now and then when we turn on Netflix it calms her but only for an hour or two.
Daughters:     Have you tried the series, OUTLANDER?
                      There are four seasons so far. If she binge watches it maybe it’ll distract her enough and we can convince her to get the hell out of here.
Nurse:            It’s worth a shot.
Daughters:     Is there hope?
Nurse:            Don’t know. She’s got the worst case we’ve ever seen.
Daughters:     Does she need anything from us?
Nurse:            Hugs, kisses, coffee, and sometimes a shot of tequila.
Daughters:     Poor mom. **sighs**

So?
Do you suffer from Writerphobia?

Always,
Em-Musing
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

AND THE WINNER IS. . .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. 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 August 7 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

August 7 question:  Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Actually, yes!
I had been working on a short film...
It was my first time writing a screenplay...
The project took more than a year...
Getting stalled in funding.
One day I saw a competition in Writer’s Digest...
And I thought, hmmm? Why not give it a shot?
After getting the “OK” from the producer...
I entered the screenplay in the “script" category.
Weeks went by...
Months went by...
Nothing...
I figured, oh well, it was my first screenplay...
What were the odds?
But then...
I got the notice...
While I didn’t win any of the “places” first, second or third...
I did get an honorable mention...
My name was listed in Writer’s Digest...
And I got a 20% discount on the magazine for one year.
Not bad for my first go-round.
And you? 
Ever write a screenplay? Or wanted to?

Always,
Em-Musing


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DISTRACTER THINGS

We writers always have distractions, don’t we?
Social media, chores, going down the rabbit hole of research...
Me?
The dark.
Why?
Locals around here say...
If the night jungle is quiet...
And not a sound can you hear...
Then the jaguars are roaming...
Looking for a meal.
But this also holds true...
For dark early mornings...
Which is when I like to write...
4:30 to be exact.
First thing when I wake up...
I let my dog out...
Sometimes the jungle is quiet...
Kinda eerie.
Praying, I go back inside to write...
I’m deep into my W.I.P when...
My dog starts barking...
Then other dogs in the area are barking...
I run out the door with a high-powered flashlight...
Searching to find what my dog could be barking at....
When suddenly my dog takes off like a bat out of hell!
It’s too dark to be the monkeys, or the iguanas, or ...
Could it be a...?  
  










Trust me...
It's very distracting ...
Wondering if my dog is becoming a jaguar's meal.
And you?
What distracts you when writing?

Always,
Em-Musing

P.S. Chai did come back, as always, but in the seven years living here two friend’s dogs weren't so lucky. 
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