Posted in Social

To My Awesome Followers and Guests

There are people around us who inspire us on a daily basis. Whether they are with us in person or not, doesn’t matter. They live in our minds and in our hearts. Who inspires you? My family inspires me, of course. But outside of them, all of you, my followers and friends inspire and uplift me. I am so grateful to all of you. So a HUGE THANK YOU EVERYONE.

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Posted in Social

A Thorn in the Midst

Life can be happy. Well, for the most part until someone comes along and either does or says something nasty and/or out of turn. You can be in a group of people at a party having fun or even on the job working on a team and someone has to kill the fun. I call them thorns. You know, those individuals that strike when you least expected it. Much like when you’re trimming a barberry bush. You wear gardening gloves and handle those branches with care. Then you let your guard down and BAMB! You get stuck with one of the pickers. Mean people and pickers equals no fun at all.

There is a silver lining though. Sooth yourself with deep breath and move on. They are only one unhappy soul out there. Smile, be a light in someone else’s day, and let the sunshine in.

Posted in Writing

People Inspiration

If you are an author, whether you are experienced or not, sometimes talking to someone you trust (implicitly) about your story ideas can help you tremendously. I know that’s very simple advice, and maybe you already knew that. But it’s a good reminder. I never would have come up with the story I did for my first book had I not confided in my creative writing professor. Sometimes we need that nudge. So, if you are on the fence about a piece of writing you are working on, hash it out with a trusted friend.

Posted in Fiction

People Watching

I know what you’re thinking, “A picture is worth 1000 words”. Well yes, it is. But go that one step further. Go inside the picture. In other words look at it in real time. Sit on a park bench or on the beach or wherever you feel most comfortable, and watch people. Throw some what if scenarios around in your head and make up stories about who you are observing based on what they are doing. If you’re not within earshot of the conversation, make one up. Have a journal with you to jot down your ideas. You would be surprised how much this exercise awakens your creative side.

All at once the ideas start to flow. An Idea enters that river of creativity. It picks up speed as the current of thoughts continue to take it down river. It picks up more ideas as it flows along. A mile or two down river you have something BIG, HUGE even. All at once your pen is flowing and you can’t stop. The current has taken you and there is no turning back. One plot twist leads to another and you now come to a fork in the river. Which one do you take? Hmmmmm. You decide to take all of them by making each one a subplot. Aha!!! Now you have story that will take your reader on a spellbinding journey.