Writing: Getting Back In The Game

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It’s been a while since I sat down to work on a new piece of fiction or edit or finish an old piece. I could list a dozen or two reasons why I haven’t, but they would sound like excuses. Some of my reasons are valid. For example, when I’m in a deep depression, my creative brain is turned off for awhile.

My current problem: I need to shock it back to life.

While I feel a lot better than I have in…well, all year, that creative side of me is still kind of numb and shut off. And doesn’t that just suck?

Some writers have writers block. Others put writing off for one reason or another. And some writers sit every damn day and create something. (If you are that person, I think you are awesome and I hate you, just a tad. But mostly I think you are awesome).

I have been coming up with a game plan. One that will hopefully get the creative juices flowing. Maybe my game plan will help you get through your own writing slump or help you keep the wheels good and greased.

Get Crafty. Or garden. Or paint. Whatever works for you. Luckily for me, with the wedding next year I have a lot to do. I have always loved being creative, and when I am active in one area, it helps me in another.

Get Rid of Clutter. Cleaning your desk or creating your own little writing space can help you focus. No clutter means no distractions. My desk has a lot of distractions that need to be purged.

Be Realistic. If I sit down and decide to write 3000 words a day, I am going to fail. Like, crash and burn. Then I will feel like shit and like I can’t do anything. Boo. With anything, you need to be realistic with your goals. Start small and build on from there.

Remind Yourself Why You Write.  I need to start fresh. I need to do what I did when I was ten years old. Creating odd and wonderful worlds and not caring what anyone thought because this was MY creation. Because I LOVED doing it.

Talk To Your Writing Buddies. Maybe you have one friend who lives in another part of the country that writes. Maybe there is a local writers group nearby. If you have someone,  go for coffee or send them a message. Fellow writers are a great way to gain inspiration. My writers group is fab at giving me a kick in the pants. If you don’t know any writers, then check out online writers groups or ask your local library. (That’s where I found out about The Story Forge, the group I have been going to for the last twelve years).

It might not sound like much of a game plan, but the idea is to keep it simple. Have you ever been in a writing slump? What helped you to get past it?

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Mail Call From Across The Globe

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Imagine my surprise when I dropped into my post office this afternoon to find this waiting for me.

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A massive package from Australia and a fab letter from Quebec.

I have been pen pals with my girl Jess for….longer than I can remember.

And whenever we are able, we send each other Christmas and birthday gifts. Sometimes, like this year, we are late with our exchange. But nothing like getting a nice surprise in June!

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This right here means the world to me. These words say it all. My best friend is on the other side of the world but that doesn’t matter to us. (Sucks sometimes though!)

Even though we live far apart, we have a fantastic friendship. It is amazing how close you can become with someone when distance is a factor.

We have gotten to know each other very well. And she knows all my loves and obsessions, including my massive and unnatural love for Halloween. 😉

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Halloween cupcake tray, candles, and a wooden sign.

I also received a fab letter from a Canadian pal of mine. 🙂 I love the mail art and as a bonus she sent me geeky business cards for my collection!

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Letter and business cards.

I love getting mail and this was more then I ever expected! Very grateful for the friendships I have. 🙂

Geeky mail call

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Awhile back me and this lovely lady decided to do a Geeky themed swap. I had loads of fun looking for bits and pieces to send her, I meant to take pics of my goodies for her and my creative envelope. (Hey, what’s a geeky swap without a zombie slayer and a superhero on the package???)

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About a month ago, Kerry A.K.A The Geeky Book Lady and I decided to do a Geeky themed swap. The idea was, we would each send the other a list of some of our top  fandoms and then put together a little packaged based off that!

While I’m still waiting for some online orders to come in for my swap, Kerry had her part all done and sent it to me early last week. Have a peek! 🙂

Pretty sure my mail lady is either jealous, or judges me XP Pretty sure my mail lady is either  jealous, or judges me XP

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Inside the lovely package was an array of cool stuff such as notebooks, bookmarks, pens and pins, as well as a bracelet and the cutest little keychain made to look like a mini version of the book The Hobbit!! ❤

Missing from the picture is a leather bracelet stamped with the phrase ''Bow ties are cool''. Guess which fandom? :P Missing from the picture is a leather bracelet stamped with the phrase ”Bow ties are cool”. Guess which…

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Fandom Friday: Rocket Raccoon

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My day started off with checking in on Facebook while my brain took a few minutes to wake up. I read a post my nephew made. It was one of those posts about saturating FB with an image since there are so many negative posts and videos on there. This one was about superheroes. So, of coarse I clicked ‘like’. Not long after, he gave me mine. Rocket Raccoon. I was more then happy with finding pics and posting them.

When I came home from work, I went to my mail that Mr. C put on the table for me. (He’s now home after a long time away- yay!). I was thrilled to open up the top envelope.

bradcooperBradley Cooper signed not one, but two photos that I sent him. And since my fave role of his is this feisty raccoon, both pics are of Rocket.

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The second 4×6 photo I sent to Bradley Cooper.

I am very happy with the newest additions to my collection.

I also spent the night with Mr. C catching up on ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash.’ All I can say is Oh. My. God!!!!

Your Input Wanted!

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Recently I did an interview with my friend Cruellatrix. Before I conducted the interview, I did what anyone would do: brainstormed. And, I reached out to some geeky friends of mine on Facebook, to see what they would ask. Some of their question were the same as mine, some I didn’t use (simply for the fact she would have had a list of thirty questions if I didn’t cut it off!), and others I added to my ever growing list.

I will be doing an interview again in the future. This time with a pretty fab author!! I have already started brainstorming. And this is where YOU come in. This time I wanted to reach out to all of you lovely people! 🙂

If you could an author anything, what would it be?

Your question(s) just may end up on in my official interview! 🙂

The Seventh Crow

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I’m just about to pop over to Kickstarter, and back the latest novel by my friend and talented writer, Sherry D. Ramsey.

“The Seventh Crow” is a YA fantasy adventure, a book that I can’t wait to get into my hands. I read the first chapter of it a few years ago, and I have been waiting for the moment where I could read it in its entirety.

Want to know what the gist of the book is? I found this blurb over on Kickstarter.

“A talking crow, a forgotten world and a young girl’s quest to regain her memory, her power and protect the people she cares for.”

What’s not to love??

If you are interest and want to get your own copy, check it out here and watch the video.

Added bonus: Not only do you pre-order your book but there are various and cool perks to each pledge level! 🙂 New stretch goals have also been added!

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Rainy Saturday

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I was going to write up a proper post but between the rain sucking out my energy and the newest season of Orange Is The New Black, I haven’t moved very far. Just taking a quick break from the TV while I wait for my take out to arrive and then watching the last episode. (Ugh, I wish it was longer!)

Anyway I had intended to read today. I love curling up and listening to the rain while I read. It’s been awhile since I’ve read any Harlequin Romance, so I took one off the shelf the other day.

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My cat, Missy, keeping my book safe until I’m ready. 😉

Anyway, I’m off to snuggle my cat, watch some great TV and enjoy some good grub! Poutine is what I’m craving tonight!

Happy Saturday!!! 🙂