June 29, 2010

Wing Tip #10: Unused Creative Power

"One of the most wicked destructive forces, psychologically speaking, is unused creative power....If someone has a creative gift and out of laziness, or for some other reason, doesn't use it, the psychic energy turns to sheer poison.  That's why we often diagnose neuroses and psychotic diseases as not-lived higher possibilities."  - Marie-Louise Von Frantz

Do you agree or disagree?

P.S.  My husband is off this week so we'll be kicking back and enjoying the sun with our kiddios.

June 24, 2010

June Confession


*shuffles papers to avoid eye contact*

I'm gonna give myself an extension on my novel.

* hangs head*

I'm moving the deadline to the end of July.

I could tell you everything that's happened this month--but I won't.  No excuses!  In hindsight I probably should NOT have signed up for Bunowrimo when I had so much planned.

But on the upside, I DID get writing done.  Even more than what's listed on the sidebar.  I just haven't transferred it from notebook to screen yet.

Knowing you might be watching to see whether I finish or not, holds me accountable.  So thanks for that.

*drums fingers on desk*

Anyone else want to make a confession?

*eagerly looks around the room hoping to see a raised hand*

June 23, 2010

Wing Tip #9 - Sailing Single-Handed Around the World

Jackee at Winded Words sent me a book called Walking on Alligators by Susan Shaughnessy and it's been a wealth of encouragement. (Thank you, Jackee!)  This quote gripped me this morning:

"Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words.  If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world." - Tom Clancy

Isn't that beautiful? Sniff.

What is success to you?

Getting off to write now...

June 21, 2010

A Bit of Whimsy

Still trying to get my WIP  finished by the end of this month, so I won't be posting much this week; but I thought I'd show you what was working on in my breaks.

Stepping away to paint sometimes helps me get back to writing with renewed vigor.

What "side" things keep you inspired? (Besides coffee of course!)

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

My Dad is a major prankster. (Sure he looks innocent and precious here, but don't let it fool you)  Once my sister and I were talking in the bedroom (when didn't we talk?) when we heard a little thumping against the window.  Assuming it was a moth stuck between the shade and the glass, I opened the shade to find my Dad's face there.  We screamed loud enough to wake the neighborhood and he laughed till he couldn't breathe.  Yeah, that's my Dad.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!  I love you.

June 17, 2010

The Climbing

You know that part of the story where everything is increasing and growing and climbing?  When you can't wait to get to the computer and capture your thoughts on screen (or if you're reading...can't wait to get back to the book)?  Well, that's where I've been with my novel.  Notice the use of the word been.

Now I'm at the place where it stops.  I'm teetering at the top sitting there afraid to climb down.  Not sure my original synopsis is creative enough, spellbinding enough, new enough...you get the picture.  And while it would seem that going downhill would be easy; this is the part where I always get stuck.  Argggg!!

I'm trying to push past all the critics in my head and write the blasted story.  But it's slow.  Slow.  Slow.

How do you glide down that other side of the mountain?  Any novel climbers out there?

June 10, 2010



I'm working on my WIP and wondering about my character's names.  Are the names Nicholas and Beatrice too similar for the same story? (It's a period piece)

June 3, 2010

A 90 Year Old Jewel

My Grandmother's turning 90.  People say I'm like her with my loping walk and full cheeks. She loves working word searches, watching Andy Griffith re-runs, and wearing sparkly jewels.  So for her gift, I crafted a jewelry case out of a cigar box.  Here is the front of it:

I liked the clasp that was already on the box:

Here's the heart on the bottom (to show how much I love her):

The inside:


I fixed the crooked paint line at the top after seeing this picture but I ran out of time to snap another photo of it.

And her:

When I was young, her hair was dark like this and she had naturally red lips (which unhappily I did NOT inherit)

Happy 90th Birthday Memaw!

June 1, 2010

Crazy's in the Air

I did something crazy.

No not those.  But aren't they adorable?  They're my daughter's.  I would secretly LOVE to wear them if I wasn't fearful of ending up on What Not To Wear.

No my craziness involves this:

I signed up to write a book (50,000 words) in June.  It's called BuNoWriMo and it's kind of an alternative to NaNoWriMo (which happens in the month of November).  This is the first year for BuNoWriMo and there is a Facebook page if any of you would like to be as insane as I am to jump aboard.

If you join, please let me know.  We could keep each other accountable.  And look the word count on the sidebar.  It MOVED!!!!!  (Yes, I'll be working on one of my WIPs but it wasn't too far in progress so I still think it counts.)

I can tell with the sun shining and chicklets free from school wanting to play that this is going to be a challenge.  My goal is to write at night or early morning so I won't be robbing the family of summer playtime.

Who's with me?  hee-hee, no pressure  And who's got some advice for swimming safely across these writing shores?