...and that means that it is officially National Novel Writing Month! I will be starting my second novel today and hopefully a month from now I will be telling you that I hit my 50,000 word goal, have a sequel that is ready to edit and that my first novel is on a best seller list finally published. So, here's to November, here's to productivity...here's to Pinterest being a good distraction when writer's block hits!
Good Morning and Happy Friday!! This week's Friday Favorites is brought to you by me and my fried brain (thank you very much algebra) so there is really no theme to my favorites today, just a jumble of things that I want to share....I'm linking up with Andrea today to share Friday Favorites so make sure you stop over to Momfessionals and if that's how you found me, thanks for stopping by!
Off we go...
1.) Christmas Album....
Yes, I'm already listening to Christmas music...no, it is not too early : ) Right now my favorite Christmas Album is Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes.
2.) TV Show...
PBS Masterpiece has taken on the adaptation of P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice Murder mystery. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are hosting a ball, their party is crashed, and there is a murder on the premises....The book is phenomenal and so far part one of the Masterpiece Mystery adaptation has not disappointed, I can't wait to see the rest of it!
3.) Halloween Tradition....
Pizza, a movie, and passing out candy. Every year since I stopped trick or treating and this year will be no different. This year it will be homemade pizza, Marvel's The Avengers, and a couple hundred pieces of assorted chocolate candy to pass out....I put the finishing touches on my costume last night and am so excited to finally debut it at the classroom party today at the school where I volunteer....pictures to come!
4.) Halloween Costume....
I was called everything from Dorothy to Snow White. The best moment today was when one little sweetheart in the room I assist in ran up and threw her arms around me in a big bear hug and whispered "Belle has always been my favorite too." You have to know this little girl; she just wants someone to talk to her, someone to listen, someone to give her hugs...if I brightened her day even the slightest bit, that is more than enough to make today perfect!
You guys! Collaborative writing is so much fun! I remember several years in high school having to do collaborative writing - we were put in groups and had to write a creative, fictional story a little bit at a time passing the paper back and forth after each section was written. It was awful. I would end up in a group of people who couldn't agree on a story, or couldn't write something cohesive...it really made me not want to write. The other night as I was reading a book written by one of my best friends (and fellow writer) I got to a passage that really made me laugh, and I texted her "I think Jane and Antoinette would be good friends, and Ellie and Bernie would try to out sass each other..." her response was "Why not have an Unwritten Rules/Ripple Affair crossover?" What you have to understand is that her characters are from a medieval kingdom, and mine are from modern day Atlanta, GA....so the only logical way for them to meet is with a little help from time travel. Sci-fi/fantasy genres is uncharted territory for me...but over the course of three days, using nothing but Facebook Messenger we successfully wrote one of the funniest short stories I have ever read let alone written. I had so much fun having my characters interact with hers - explaining cell phones, introducing the princess to the wonder of sweat pants, and teaching them about baseball - and writing with my friend.
I love to read books that are collaborative... I love how seamlessly some writing styles blend... but on the other hand I like collaborations where each author has a distinctive voice that is all there own; when you can read chapter to chapter and know who wrote what. After I finally get The Unwritten Rules published (soon, I hope!!!!) I would love to do a collaboration and maybe even explore some unfamiliar genres...who knows....Who nose (quick! name that reference!)
I love YouTube, I love that you can find old obscure music videos, I love the nerdy science videos, I love PBS Digital Studios and the shows that they produce. Specifically I love The Art Assignment. This is probably where I need to admit to you that I know nothing about art, I can't draw to save my life, I don't know the difference between a Monet and a Manet but I do know that none of that matters. The Art Assignment is a little unconventional, they tend to focus on modern and contemporary art and that is right up my alley...even if I don't completely understand it. One of my favorite episodes was about experimental music, check it out and then we'll talk.
Via The Art Assignment on YouTube
As a musician, I love the idea that music is all around us. I love that music isn't limited to an organized group of instruments playing the same song, a choir singing, or a soloist doing their thing. I love that music is boundless and that music can be anything. I didn't make a video response due mostly to the fact that I wouldn't even know where to begin. On any given day the sounds around me are different. For example....
On a Monday the sounds are different from the sounds on a Wednesday are different from the sounds on a Friday. My favorite days are the noisy days; days where every machine is playing it's own rhythm yet somehow they mesh. That day is Friday. One printer will push out 1100 bulletins, the folding machine will begin to fold those bulletins, and each of the smaller printers will do the rest of the work that needs doing. Phones ring, voices raise, the occasional ringing of the doorbell, and the clicking of keys on a keyboard. Vacuuming in the hall, coffee brewing in the kitchen, squeaky chairs, laughter, and actual music on the radio. I love that I get to work in this environment, I love how not only do we (my coworkers and I) work in harmony, but the machines, the tools, work together in perfect harmony. I love love love the 'music' that surrounds me at work.
Not my school, but the school where I volunteer once a week. Voices of children reading books and laughing, the squeak of sneakers on the tile floors, pencils scratching and tapping, chairs scraping the floor, the squeak of the PA system. This is a little more dissonant, not quite as harmonious as the 'music' at work but still just as lovely.
I know that this is pretty unconventional for my blog but I was thinking of making this a series, instead of making video responses to The Art Assignment's videos I am going to do written responses...I am after all, a writer. I am thinking that for the month of November my posts will be scheduled and will mainly be responses to TAA, excerpts of my writing if anyone is interested, and Friday Favorites because they are pretty quick and easy. Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!
Happy Friday, welcome to Friday Favorites, and my first post in a couple months. I've been quite for a while because I have been working on a few different projects that I let take priority over the blog. Anyway, now that I'm making some progress on one of my big projects I am hoping to be more consistent in my blogging. To start, I'm going to share some of my favorite writing tools, tips, and tricks....I'm linking up with Andrea to share my Friday Favorites....enjoy!!
It sounds nuts but editing is one of my favorite things! It always has been. I love being able to read my work again and it's a kind of stress relief for me to tear my work to shreds with my red pen.
In July I wrote a novel. An actual, honest to goodness, novel. I have spent the last few months editing that thing to death. I cut several scenes, added several scenes, and have been terrorized by grammar. The first round of editing is finished and a proof is on it's way to my house in the next few weeks. I'm hoping that I managed to find all the little mistakes, fixed everything that needed fixing, and if all goes as planned I will be publishing (!!!) sometime in November. Now, I know that I said up above that I edit with a red pen, but in all actuality I use whatever pen I can find lately I've been using these beauties that Andrea recommended on her blog.
Stabilo Point 88 Pen Sets color parade adjustable set set of 20
These are great for editing! The fine tip allows me to make notes in the margins, make rewrites, and the best part is that they don't bleed through the paper which was a major selling point for me!
Favorite Writing Music
I love to work with music on in whatever room I'm in, but if I am actually writing at my desk (which in all honesty is very rare), I love to listen to anything that is instrumental. Right now the staples are Bach's Cello suites, and the score from Pride and Prejudice.
Favorite Ways to Keep Writing
There are several tools that I use to keep me writing; Write Track, is an online resource that helps you set goals and stick to them when it comes to creating content whether that is writing, photography, illustration or any other kind of creating. It allows you to set your own goals, update them just like you would a FB status, and it has helped so much with reminding me to edit a little bit everyday when I'm finished with school stuff. I'm a senior in college, I work, and I volunteer every week at the elementary school near my house so a reminder to work on my project when I have time is pretty helpful because I don't usually make time between work, school, church, and volunteering. Even if I only spend a few minutes editing or writing each day, at least I'm making some progress.
The NaNoWriMo site is awesome, especially in November when you can track your word count by the day. I am the kind of person that is motivated by actually seeing my progress so seeing my little line graph creep up each day is really satisfying and very motivational.
Friends and fellow writers are honestly the best resources that you can have as a writer. They keep you on track, act as a sounding board when you have issues with your plot, and can talk sense into you when you feel bogged down and want to quit. I have a great friend who is also a writer and I have to tell you she puts up with a lot from me. When I was writing my first novel I would send her the most random texts and messages asking about what she thought about certain characters and what they would do in certain situations.
Favorite New Book
This one is not a tip or a trick but I have to tell you about the book that my best friend just published! It is called The Ripple Affair and here is the description from Amazon:
Edward Engel is many things. A prince to inherit a throne. A man betrothed to the beautiful Lady Antoinette. A dashing warrior with no equal in skill. And a man with enough secrets to make his entire world crumble. His life remains uninterrupted until he meets Malina, the daughter of a neighboring king, who quickly sets her gazes upon the prince and his heavy crown. After a drunken night of passion between them, Edward hopes his meeting with Malina will become just another secret to bury, never to be known to anyone but him and the princess. But it takes two to keep a secret, and Malina is not one to let a man get away so easily. Will Edward be able to keep his secrets intact, or will his affair with Malina create a ripple effect that goes beyond the bedchamber
I want you to understand that this is Christian Fiction; it deals with infidelity, but is ultimately a redemption story. You can buy the book HERE (Kindle edition coming soon) and you can find out more about the author HERE. Like I said The author is a great friend of mine - in fact she's the one that convinced me to start writing again - if you are in need of a good book or a new blog to add to your subscriptions check her out and I promise you won't be disappointed (not that I'm biased or anything!).
Those are my Friday Favorites for this week! I'm going to try to get some posts scheduled for the month of November because I will be working on the sequel to the novel that I just finished editing. I will keep you posted on the publishing process and you will be the first to know when it goes on sale!
If you made it this far without me boring you too much I would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite book, favorite author, or do you yourself write? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by.
Good evening and happy Friday! I'm liking up with Andrea today for Friday Favorites; I'm lat with it because I forgot to schedule a post for today and was in the office all day today but I did remember to jot down a few favorites this week to share so here goes....
1.) My Fitbit Flex.
I am totally in love with my Fitbit Flex and the app that goes along with it. I love that it tracks my steps, calories burned, and even my sleep patterns. I wear it all day every day and on days when I don't want it seen on my wrist (lets face it, it's a little clunky) I link it to a belt loop on my pants and wear it discreetly...but it still measures everything.
2.) Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte
Target had these on sale 2 for $6.00 so naturally I bought two...and I will probably head back to Target for two more! You just add milk to the Latte concentrate and serve it hot or iced...I've had it both ways and I LOVE it iced!
3.) Checkerboard Slipper
Living in Michigan I'm pretty used to crazy weather but we had a crazy cold front move in yesterday and I was off work so I stayed inside, with tea, an episode of Gilmore Girls, some knitting, and these awesome checkerboard slippers on my feet. I would love to tell you where you can find the warmest, most comfortable slippers around but sadly I can't link to it. My grandma made me these. She's been making these for members of our family for as long as I can remember - sometimes a new pair every year. I hadn't had a new pair since I was in third grade...thirteen years ago. Finally last year she made me a new pair and I wear them just about every cold night here in Michigan - so from September to May : )
That's all I've got this week because - admittedly - I forgot about posting this week. I wrote a note in my planner to remind myself to post on Fridays, so hopefully next week I'll be more prepared.
Thanks for stopping by today, sorry for the quickness of the post.
I hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends!
I have to admit that until nine o'clock last night, I didn't realize what today was.
Thirteen years ago I was eight years old.
Thirteen years ago I had just started third grade, and was pretty stinkin' excited.
Thirteen years ago I got up and walked to my bus stop, and one of the morning flights from the airport not far from the house took off and flew over my head, just like it did every morning.
Thirteen years ago I went to gym class and came back to my teacher in tears.
Thirteen years ago I came home from school and none of the evening flights went over the house.
My small Midwestern neighborhood was eerily quiet that night thirteen years ago; no planes flew overhead, no kids played in the yards, no one was out walking.
Parents had to answer tough questions that night thirteen years ago; they tucked their children into bed and hugged them a little tighter. In the days and weeks to come families had to say goodbye - to loved ones lost and loved ones heading off to fight.
First responders from across the country volunteered to clean up the fallen towers, to fight the lingering fires, to come alongside a city - a country - that was hurting.
Today I am in the first week of my senior year of college...and I'm still pretty stinkin' excited.
Today I woke up and had breakfast with my mom - watched that morning flight go over my house just like it does every morning.
Tonight I will sit in my living room and watch the evening flights overhead just like I do every evening. I will hear the sounds of kids laughing and playing, people will walk their dogs, and ride their bikes.
Parents are still answering tough questions - these days dealing with math, history, science. They tuck their children into bed, hug them tight, praying over them. Families are still saying goodbye to loved ones lost and loved ones heading off to fight.
In some ways not much has changed from thirteen years ago. Morning routines are the same, planes still fly, parents still answer the questions their children ask, families still say goodbye.The landscape has changed, the country has changed and is changing, the history books have changed. I think in some ways we were all changed by the events of that day. I would be lying if I said that thirteen years ago I wasn't a little nervous when the planes started going by the house again.
This country will forever carry the scars from that day and the days that followed.
To the police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and rescue workers I say 'thank you'.
To the men and women who serve our country in the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Gaurd, and National Gaurd I say 'thank you for keeping us safe. For defending this great nation.'
To the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, friends, and loved ones who lost someone on that day or in the days that followed I say 'your sacrifice will not be forgotten'.
To the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, friends, and loved ones who sent someone off to defend our country I say 'thank you for your faith, your courage, your bravery'.
There were several times when the words wouldn't come, where I felt that my words wouldn't help, or be heard. There have been times where I was at such a loss for words and only tears would come.
My prayer today is for the families that were touched by the tragic events of this day, my prayer is for our nation - still healing, still facing uncertainty.