A Gift For One of The Writers in My Life

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Last Christmas I was trying to get creative with my gift giving as well as shopping local as much as possible.

I am lucky to have other writers in my life, and two of them are my closest friends. When trying to come up with gift ideas for them, I decided to do something “writerly” for them. Now, I won’t share my original idea as I might do that for Christmas 2018 for both of them. 😉 But I would like to share a part of  what I made for one of them.

My friend Jo-ann from Inspiration Pie and I had been out for coffee one afternoon, and she was talking about feeling stuck, being in a rut and whatnot. Later that day I was in my office looking through craft supplies when an idea struck!

I found a mini Smashbook I had bought ages ago. I was saving it for the perfect project. And I found it! I am a sucker for a homemade gift.

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With the help of stickers, washi tape, printouts I had and *Pinterest, I made her a mini survival kit. 🙂

I tried to include as much as I could. One important thing was inspirational quotes, to help keep her motivated on a bad day. 🙂

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Another important thing I wanted to include was some writing prompts. Some I made up, while others I found online. I did several pages with prompts.

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Of coarse, I also included various writing tips for getting unstuck.

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I searched old hand outs from writers group and online for other tips for world building, characters, etc…

 

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I had a lot of fun making this for her, and she was genuinely thrilled when I gave it to her. I used to make handmade gifts a lot, but got out of the habit. I think I will get back into that old habit, at least a little bit.

What writer themed gifts have you given/gotten?

*Pinterest is my Google. I give full credit to those whose posts I printed.

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NaNoWrimo: Day 4

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Last night I went to our first Nano write-in and managed to get my word count of the day plus a little extra. It was a small group with about seven of us but we had a great time and everyone made progress! 🙂

I felt like the pace was a bit slow. I had been planning so many action scenes and events in October, and I kind of forgot the fact I had to introduce my characters. And I wasn’t sure how long it would take for the action to pick up.

Today while at work I had some time to write. Well, it was a slow day so lots of time. I wrote almost 3000 words, bringing my grand total to just over 10,000!!! AND the pace is changing now. I am where I wanted to be. There is upset in my FMC’s life. Things are just going to get even better from here.

How is your progress? No matter if you write a few words or lots of them so far, the main thing is this: you wrote. You created. Keep it going. We got this! 🙂

One Week To Go

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A week from today is Halloween, which means that NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. For all of us taking part, we have one full week left to plot, plan and brainstorm. To get in as many finishing touches as we need to begin what I affectionately call ‘The Month From Hell’. (Or as one of my friends call it, ‘The Month That Kerry Disappears’.)

I am panicking slightly.

Okay, I’m lying. I am panicking A LOT.

Which is normal for this time of year. I feel like I am back in highschool and a big exam is in a few days and I realized that I haven’t really even begun to study.

I’m not totally unprepared. I’m writing a dark fairy tale/fantasy. So I have a map printed off and I have gotten totally addicted to creating a little world. I have a semblance of a plot. I don’t like planning every moment because that takes the fun out of writing the actual story. I have a hero I am in love with and he is so fun to work with. He’s flawed and has an interesting backstory and has these little secrets. And he’s yet to tell them all to me.

My heroine is another story. I like her, I really do. But creating her is a bit more…work then it is to create my hero. And I still need to add touches to my world building and figure out a bit more of my actual story.

The part that worries me is my FMC, because I don’t want her feeling like a cardboard cut out the day I start writing.

How is your novel planning going? Are you all ready to go or are you panicked like I am?

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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The Last Dash: One Week Left for NaNoWriMo

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Hey all! So who is still giving their novel a go and who has given up on the month from hell? Last night I really debated on being done with it. I even told Mr. C that I was quitting Nano but I wasn’t giving up on my novel.

That all changed this morning when I woke up and thought “Fuck it!” and sat down at my laptop where I spent several hours catching up. I had not written a word in four or five days so I was waaay behind in my word count, unlike where I started at the beginning of the month which was waaaay ahead.

I wrote just shy of 7000 words. At the end, my poor brain felt numb and worked over, but it was worth it.

About 6500 words of that is garbage. I am not even joking. I can’t wait for December 1st to roll around because when edit time comes, I know the first section that is getting a major face lift.

I’m not sure if I am going to get to write ‘The End’ come the end of the month, and that’s okay. The fact I am writing and not giving up is what makes me proud of myself. I have been thinking of goals and challenges I want to set for 2015, and one of them will be to finish and edit this feckin novel, but not until my brain has been replenished of words and stops hating me for what I do to it each November.

I’m going to spend the rest of the evening making mail art before I watch this weeks episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’ (I am super pissed there is no new episode of S.O.A this week. Kurt Sutter had to take his evil up a notch by making every one wait an extra week, didn’t he???)

How goes your battle? Hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂

Book Launch

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I loved to tell stories since I could talk. I loved books since I knew what they really were. Before my father passed away, he told me about how fascinated  I was with them. I wasn’t even two years old, and he would pass me a book upside down, but I would turn it so it was the right way. He’d pass one to me backwards, but I would flip it around. So I guess being a bookworm was something I have been since the beginning.

When I learned to read, I ran off the school bus screaming to my mom. I would look at the words as she read to me as a little girl, wishing I knew what they said. When I read my very first word (which was ‘the’, by the way), it was like striking gold. Like I unlocked a key to a hidden universe. (every so often she still tells me of the day I ran in the house screaming “I can read! I can read!”)

After learning how to write, I started putting my stories on paper. I would write all the time. As I got older, I dreamed of seeing my name in print, but didn’t think that would ever happen.

Several years ago, my first short story was published. My story ‘Awake and Alive’ was published in Third Person Press’s first anthology. I was beyond thrilled, proud, and excited. Seeing my story in an actual book was surreal. The moment was bittersweet. My dad wasn’t around to see that my dream came true. But I believe he was there at my first book launch, even though I couldn’t see him.

And now, I am proud and happy to say my fourth short story is being published, and it comes out on December 5th. My short story ‘Fever’ will appear in book four of the elements series published by Third Person Press. In case you haven’t heard of these books, they are speculative fiction. Stories ranging from vampires (that’s me 😉 ), magic, horror, sci-fi, and whatever else fall under that wide umbrella. I am excited to get my copy, so I can read stories from these other great authors. If you are interested in seeing what books they sell (hard copy or e-book), or to see what their submission guidelines are, they are found over at http://www.thirdpersonpress.com.

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As far as my current novel goes, I am over 26k in my word count. Nanowrimo is slightly kicking my ass. This is day two with no writing. (Thanks to a ‘wonderful’ friend named Migraine.) But I will keep going. I’m loving my novel, and I won’t get closer to my dream of having a novel published if I let NaNoWriMo eat my soul.

Dawn Of The First Day: 4 Questions For Getting Ready To Write

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Nano is just days away. I’ve got a slow day so I’m using it to do final prep for Saturday. Who is ready and pumped? I’m pretty excited but this morning my inner critic woke up from a deep slumber just to tell me my idea is pure shit. So I told him to fuck off. Yup, off to a great start I figure.

 

Dawn Of The First Day: 4 Questions For Getting Ready To Write.