Moving Along

It’s hard to believe March is almost over with. There again we’ve been waiting on spring for what feels like years. Maybe winter just likes our presence too much. Who knows. I’m ready for some mild temps at least.

While the weather has been eh, this weekend consisted of fixing edits sent back from editor. It’s always a joy to read back through edited work and see how the story has shaped compared to what it started as. I had not intended for this story to be as short as it is, but I think that shows how the story wrote itself. When you’re writing it, the story goes the direction it wants. That’s the beauty of it.

After I finish up edits tonight, my editor will get them back tomorrow. Then one more round and it’s ready for reader eyes. I can’t wait to get some feedback on this story. I don’t believe I previously released the title. This novel is called “Blood in the Hills”. It’s about a young woman who finds an old journal on her family property. By reading the journal and looking for her missing father she uncovers something horrifying. Her hometown has been hiding a myth for years. When bodies start to pile up, the young woman must choose between saving herself or saving her hometown.

This story is inspired by some of the things I grew up hearing in Southern Indiana. It was fun to be able to take some of the things I have learned over the years and throw them all into one book. That’s kind of why I’m ready to hear some reader comments.

Meanwhile novel #3 is moving right along. I am hoping to have that finished by July. I fully intend to meet that deadline. This book is the sequel to The Devil’s Retreat, it picks up a few days after the ending. It stars a new character Indy Fields. So we will see come July how it has came along.

Busy week to come, but that’s all part of the fun right?

Opportunities

 

Today I got edits back for novel #2 meaning one more round and boom it’s out for the world to see. Hard to believe novel #1 made its professional entrance in November. This means I am on the cusp of completing a new year’s resolution and life goal.

Meanwhile within this month two beautiful opportunities have presented themselves to me. To which I have jumped on them.

In the meantime I have started novel #3 which is set to be released late this fall. So it’s safe to say busy is not a word I acknowledge currently. Though I wouldn’t partake in all this if I didn’t want to.

That’s the beauty of opportunities. They pop up right at the time you need them.

With such a bustling schedule I have been on hiatus.  I haven’t really been on social media either. That’s not exactly a bad thing though!

Now it is time to come back for the umpteenth time and start sharing my musings. My ways of finding motivation in the midst of crazy everything.

I look forward to connecting with everyone. Have a positive week all.

Survived

Survival of midterms, check.

Survival of novel #2, check.

Finishing a novel and having midterms in the same week. Legendary no. Crazy stupid, probably.

That means one goal is off my check list. Hallelujah!

It’s been a week of blunt beginnings.

The life of a writer, a good life it is.

Monday 2-26-18

Car stuck in a field, check.

Crippling deadlines, check.

No sanity left, ahem check.

It’s Monday! I’m the crazy person that likes Monday.

What’s on the agenda is novel editing. Yes another novel is coming!

Aha I am preparing to send to my publisher which is exciting news. I have one more book scheduled for release this year. Maybe I might be able to squeeze in another project.

Early days yet but some big changes have already been made this year. Updates to come!

Media Burst

There has begun a media upheaval. It is not entirely unusual for this time of year. I’ve seen post after post about people claiming they’re leaving social media. Internally I roll my eyes and give them a time frame of how long they will last. Cruel sure, inaccurate no.

It’s usually a few days, at most a month. It’s all great. Yes absolutely, but I have drawn the lines myself.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name it I got it. For a while I found myself Facebook obsessed. Then I backed off, then I had the great idea of getting into groups. Aha writer groups. Lord help me, and save my sanity. Big mistake, thousands of members and drama at every turn. No, no this writer does not do drama. Big X take that drama and keep it away from my self protected bubble.

Needless to say, I found myself becoming irritated enough that instead of being smart and leaving the groups I would just stop using Facebook. Strange. After arriving back on Facebook and finding out that the algorithms had been axed a bunch. I have left and not looked back. Of course I still use my author page via an app that does not have my feed connected to it. WHEW! My author page is important it is a way to connect with readers and it is easier to be myself there than on my personal page.

What started as a small change has become a big change, cutting down wasted time scrolling and converting that into precious writing time. It cuts down negative feelings and promotes a more positive mood.

If you are feeling the need to cut social media, by all means I recommend doing it. Be realistic, but be relentless. You mother’s sister’s cousin can wait for you to reply to her comment.

Let’s make it a great Monday!

Seeing Differently

Time is a demon. Maybe that is an illusion. An illusion we overlook because we spend our lives filled with emptiness. Waiting. Waiting, for the end we all know is coming.

All of time we partake in trying to fill this void. Stuffing it full of material things that we pay for with a piece of material we invented. So is it actually even real? Money? Mansions? That same designer purse every woman thinks she should carry? Yeah, you know the one.

Is it likely that everything we see around us is some figment of our imagination? Have we created it to make our lives better, or to pack the space that our minds see?

Early man had so little, but was able to do so much? Views are changing drastically. A changing society has adapted to be that way. Trends come in, trends go out. Seems like on a week to week basis.

We are unlike our ancestors, is it that we view things differently?

Men of the past had to survive. They did not have the things to fill their space, they filled it with actions. Our modern race is simply surviving. Packed by the things, what the imagination has created. Is it really living?

 

Write

Have you written a story that breathes?

Have you ever written a story that bleeds?

Have you ever written a story that comes out with ease?

Have you ever had to cut a story from your soul?

Have you ever had to throw it out on the streets?

Have you ever had to watch it suffer?

Have you had to watch it mourn?

Have you ever had to help it get back to purpose it was written for?

Is that why you write?

For experiences?

Daily

Wake up,

Get Up.

Bang My head against the Wall.

Make bed with dog still in it,

Lazy thing.

Coffee,

God I love you coffee.

Take dog out,

Walk all over no man’s land,

Waiting, still no squat.

Get chased by coyotes,

Lovely and did I mention it’s cold out?

More Coffee,

I still love you coffee.

Good morning novel,

Oh you don’t want to talk with me,

That’s okay,

I’m going back to bed.

I’ll see you in a few hours,

Slightly before my caffeine crash sets in.

Time off

Hello blogger friends, welcome to the New Year.

I clocked out a few weeks ago from the blogging sphere. I’m really not sure why, it just kind of got lost in the mess of my searching excursion.

Before I clocked out I made a post about not feeling the Holidays.  Well, the holidays are over! Yay! Woohoo! We’re into 2018 finally and I am feeling a fresh sense of spirited self. Whatever the hell that is. I don’t know I’m thinking as I go, not rushing just breathing.

After checking away from blogging I dropped off the face of the earth from social media too. Kind of took the time as a basic self exploration period. Aha, what I am I meaning by this? I took the time to reflect back on the year, read a bit, stay away from writing, drink some hot chocolate and ignore the fact that my wish for a white Christmas came true.

This exploration period I used to learn much. I got some books about writing, just some books to read too, spent time with friends, did some brainstorming.

Well my brain is no longer fried! I feel renewed, motivated, and ready to kick this year’s ass!

It was nice to have a few daysof nothing, just me. I think everyone needs that. It’s time to get back to work. I’m back with a clear view, a better attitude, and new knowledge.

Welcome to the new year everyone, I wish you all the best in 2018. It’s going to be a whole new adventure in the making.

Life Stories: Installment One

The Virus Confusion

“Billy, I think I might have gotten a virus on my computer!”

*furiously hits keys and sighs in frustration

“Well did you google it?” Asked Billy.

“How can I google it if the internet won’t load?”

“Here, I’ll google it.” Billy said as he pulled out his phone.

“Oh God! It’s crashing! My computer is shutting down!” Oh god. Oh God. Oh God!”

Billy shakes his head, “The first article says not to freak out. Listen it says here it’s probably just a software malfunction. Google is telling you not to freak out. Why are you still freaking out?!”

“This is not good. No, no, this is bad. Very very bad!”

Billy jerked the computer away and hit the power button, “Ugh, your WiFi isn’t connected and your battery is low.”

“I, I. Okay I confess my computer hates me. And maybe I don’t know how to work it.”

“Sure, I didn’t notice that at all.” Billy noted with sarcasm.

Catching Happiness

About fifty three seconds before writing this post, I was sitting in a chair staring at a blank computer screen with a sour look on my face.

That idea is truth, but it’s vague. Why was I staring at the computer screen with a sour look on my face? Why was the computer screen blank. Why was I sitting in a chair fifty three seconds before I wrote this post?

I’m a writer. Words ARE my life. Words are physical, words are mental. Life is physical, life is mental.

Twenty Seconds before writing this post I asked myself, why am I doing this? Back to the vague. Doing what?

It’s a question that’s asked by every writer. “Why do I keep writing shit?”

Writing purgatory, it’s the hell no writer wants to be in, but are in at one point or another. Lack of motivation, stress outside writing, bullshit excuses not to write, food time, oh look there’s a dog now let me go pet it so I can ignore the blank page I’ve been staring at for two hours. It’s not writing block, no it’s something different.

It’s raw, it feeds the vile monster living within us, it prevents us from doing the one thing that has brought us to write in the first place. It’s happiness.

You can’t just write to write. Writing is happiness. We wouldn’t put hundreds of words on paper to just calmly say “oh that was fun I guess”. No to write is say the things we are unable to show the world. We are able to be real. We don’t have to hide behind a costume or conform. To write is to face the things we are most of afraid of. To write is to find joy.

Writing IS chasing happiness. It is the purest and most eloquent form there is.

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi REVIEW

I’m not one to leave movie reviews. BUT, this is the most anticipated movie of the season. I got to screen it early and WOW. Disclaimer: no spoilers.

I’m the person that reads the end of the book before I do anything. I generally am the same with movies, I want to know how it ends. However, this one I anticipated so readily that I couldn’t do that to myself. I actually watched the movie with out spoilers before hand. I know it’s a miracle!

The movie was beautifully made. Visually stunning with great acting. Now I usually don’t complain about bad acting or poor graphics. My complaint is usually the plot. There were times that I found myself saying “come on get to the point already”. Yes, it did drag in spots. Though, since I don’t call myself a die hard Star Wars fan, that’s just my opinion as a writer. Other times I was a bit confused, often times audibly saying “do you not know what you’re talking about.”

I find it so hard to criticize this movie. It was that good. Guaranteed it was not the best movie I have ever seen. The beginning was slow. Very slow. But once everything started it was a nice blend of flipping between character scenarios. The chemistry between all the actors was well played. My favorite part of the movie was the exploration of Kylo Ren’s background and seeing his emotions and Rey’s collide. I look forward to the next movie and in the nature of a Star Wars movie it leaves a ton of cliff hangers!

Overall I was happy with it. Now head to your local theatre and check it out for yourself!

-Brooke