Ah… let the craziness begin

thanksgivingIt’s Sunday afternoon and you’ve asked yourself, for the millionth time, what possibly possessed you to come to the store. Your list in hand, you search for an available buggy (or cart depending on where you’re from :P).

Success…an unmanned on sits at the door! Wait, why is this sticky? You decide against figuring that out and grab the cart wipes the store as graciously provided.

The buggy pulls slightly as you weave in and out of the crowd. Old women comparing recipes with frazzled daughter-in-laws. Children screaming for candy. Husbands checking their phones for the score, wishing they were anywhere but here.

Checking your list, you hustle through, grabbing everything you see that you know is on the list. Oil? Check! Biscuits? Check! Green beans? Canned, fresh, frozen?? No time, just grab all three!

You see an opening and you rush to seek shelter among a display 31375-Thanksgiving-meme-lost-my-leg-0L35of shirts. You look down at the strange collection of stuff in your buggy and check you list. *sigh* Only a third done. Screw this. You’ll come back at midnight when the crazies are sleeping.

Terrible picture, right? Want to know the worst part of this? I love it! Yes, all of it.  Thanksgiving is one of my top holidays. I’ve been cooking since I was 7. My dad would sit at the bar in our kitchen and tell me what to do. My first turkey was so moist, it shot liquid out across the room. I’m still damn proud of that bird 🙂

Sadly, my dad has passed away but I keep his memory alive through cooking and Thanksgiving, of all days, is the most important day for me to remember him. The lessons he taught me in the kitchen have shaped me into the “chef” I am today. 🙂

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What do you do for Thanksgiving?

5 Things To Help that Motivation Stay Alive

Yesterday was amazing….and overwhelming!

My first publication went live for Kindle and Nook!

What a feeling 🙂

It’s not my big project (it’s still in the final stages) but it’s a fantastic stepping stone to get me back on track.

I’ve been in a slight writing funk lately. With only 10 days left in NaNo, I’m only at 7,000 words. That’s no where near the 50k I’m suppose to be.

So, as I’ve started this journey, there are 5 things I’ve seen that have helped me at least poke that inner Muse from her dormant state.

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
W. Somerset Maugham

1. Set up reminders around your work space.

Things happen in life- we all know this. The important thing is to do something, anything to remind yourself of the big picture. It doesn’t have to be to the extent of publishing (although, it doesn’t hurt!). Just something meaningful to you. I have a charm I made that’s a small version of the cover of my book, Playing House. It hangs over my desk and I stare at it in hopes to find a spark. I keep fortune cookie wrappers, have mugs with quotes and look up quotes about motivation all the time. It’s a part of my practice and it works, for the most part.

2. Keep the Good around you, Trash the Bad

I’ve surrounded myself with a support group that puts AA to shame. These people are friends, family and fellow writers that help push me and keep me on track– even after I work 15 hours one day!

This one isn’t the easiest. I’ve read millions of times about Toxic People and that you need to get them out of your life. Sometimes, it’s not possible (i.e. a boss, your best friend’s husband- although, why the hell would she marry a tool like that in the first place!?)

When faced with negative people, I’ve found that disagreeing with them, in a friendly manner, usually shuts them up. They give you that, “I don’t care anyways.” shrug because they know they won’t change your mind. Or they get so grossed out by your positive outlook, they leave 🙂 Problem solved!

Also, use the advantages of social media. Block the ones who spew negative energy so you don’t see them. Let people know what you’re doing so they can help. Letting them know in advance will allow them to be a little more “understanding”.

Side Note- They won’t always be understanding, not all the time, but that’s a topic for another blog post.

 3. Celebrate EVERYTHING! Everyday!

Accomplishing goals take time and energy. If you wait until the big goal set in front of you in made, you’ll burn yourself out! Make a chart and put that big goal up at the top. Underneath, make small, daily goals that will help you get there. After you accomplish that daily goal- celebrate!! Allow yourself to see the big step you took to make your dream come true. Blast it on Facebook, Twitter, whatever. Those people who support you want to hear you making that progress. Tell them!

4. Listen to Music.

I involve music in every part of my life. Playing House came from me listening to a song . Listen to something that puts you in the mood of your story. Horror story? Listen to some dark rock music. Happy-go-lucky chick lit novel? Taylor Swift! See how that works? I’m in love with a music site called Songza. I have a collection of playlists that are low tempo, abstract songs that I don’t know the words to so I can’t sing along to play every time I write.

I also use music like a soundtrack to my work. If I can picture it being played during a movie, it helps me act out the scene in my head.

5. And last but not least… write!

I have a friend who has a lot on her plate. I constantly remind her to stop thinking and just let the words come. Don’t read until after you’re done with your work. Just let the words flow.

She did this the other day and hit her word count for the day!

Keep a notebook with you and write every time you have a moment. Ideas come at all hours of the day so be ready. The idea for another holiday novella came as I was writing the blurb to my recently published one! I can’t wait to get started. I’ve even read that writing down your to do list for the day can spark an idea.

Motivation comes to everyone differently. Share below some ideas you have and what works for you!

Until later- Keep writing!

A Poem about Nano- Day 1!

Twas the first day of Nano

And all through your mind

Every idea was stirring

Already feeling behind

You sit at your desk, that screen all aglow.

In hopes that the words will soon easily flow

On one side sits candy from Halloween

The other, a mug of steamy caffeine

It’s 6 am and the house is asleep

And you pray that it’s hours before you hear a peep.

You sip on Joe and read your outline

Confident and sure this month will go fine

You’ve prepped and thought and organized your space

Envisioning those 50,000 words you will ace.

You open your browser and Facebook does appear.

The red box is calling, you’ll just take a peer.

How quickly you get caught up in statuses, oh my!

30 minutes have passed, oh how time flies!

After the cat video, you quickly log off.

“Facebook is trouble.” to yourself you scoff.

Your fingers fling nouns and verbs all a muck

In only 15 minutes, it seems that you’re stuck.

The phone sounds off with a text from Christine.

“How many words? I can’t think of a thing!”

You stare at Scrivener, to see what you’ve done

Only 50 words in? Light a fire under your bum!


Day one is among us, with excitement and dread.

It’s early and cold, you just want to get back to bed.

But push your dreams from your mind to finger

These stories are important, don’t let them linger,

Inside of your head, the world never knowing

Of the beauty that is your writing, it’s worth showing. ♥