Archive for January, 2012

Big Romantic Gesture

Everybody needs a little romance…whether they want to admit it or not!

I have a couple questions for the ladies out there:

1. Has your current or previous love(r) made that one big romantic gesture? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then it hasn’t happened.

2. What big romantic gesture would you like to experience?

Please, please, please comment/facebook/email me with a response.

PS-My husband and I were best friends before anything more….there was a time when he was lovesick enough to take a Greyhound from California to Illinois to be with me….even though I had kind of moved on. Mikey was just a kid back then (12 years ago), but every once in a while I get reminded of that trip…reminded that he must have loved me an awful lot to do that.


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What’s in a Name?

Does the meaning of your name influence who you are, your character as a person? I stress over naming characters for two reasons:

1. Will someone I know  be offended by its use if the character has any faults or weaknesses?

2. Will someone I know get a big head because the character is portrayed as having very few imperfections?

I need a good strong name for a male character. I am using middle names of two females who who gave me a little inspiration last week. If you have any good strong male character name recommendations I am open for suggestions. This must be why I have daughters- they seem so much easier to name.

Zoe= Life  and Anastasia = Resurrection

Piper= Flute player (it just fit her) and Jean= gift from God

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Music Fuels My Writing

Music not only feeds my soul, but fuels my writing. I am most efficient as a wannabe writer with the music blaring and lyrics blasting at me from all angles.

I am slightly OCD about several things, one being that I must develop a playlist for each of  my works in progress. Some songs find their way on several playlists because they are just that good. Others may stick around until I have perfected (in my mind) a certain chapter.

I don’t have a title for what I just started working on, but that is irrelevant at this point in time, playlists are a must!

This is what it looks like so far:

All This Time- One Republic

Tomorrow- Chris Young

You Found Me- The Fray

Addicted- Kelly Clarkson

The Nicest Thing- Kate Nash

What Money Paid For- The Good Mad

I Will Let You Go- Daniel Ahearn

For You- Peter Bradley Adams

Beautiful World- Carolina Liar

All We Ever Do is Say Goodbye- John Mayer

You Can Do Better Than Me- Death Cab for Cutie

Love the Way You Lie- Eminem Ft. Rhiana

Alter the Ending- Dashboard Confessional

Yesterday- The Beatles

When You Are Near- Carolina Liar

Broken Road- Rascal Flatts

Write You a Song- Plain White T’s

My Heart With You- The Rescues

Paramore- Turn it Off

Won’t Stop- One Republic

Anytime- Kelly Clarkson

Need You Now- Lady Antebellum

Lucky- Jason Mraz & Colbie Callait

You’ve Ruined Me- Norah Jones

Apologize- One Republic

Love for a Child- Jason Mraz

Back to Manhattan- Norah Jones

Wildflowers- Tom Petty

Beautiful Disaster- Kelly Clarkson

Where the Story Ends- The Fray

Bed of Lies- Matchbox Twenty

So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore- Alan Jackson

Because of You- Kelly Clarkson

Before It’s Too Late- The Goo Goo Dolls

The best thing about the playlists are that they are so fluid! Any recommendations?

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Maya Angelou

Pushing aside the negativity of all those naysayers out there is easier said than done. When you’ve lived your life with the idea that you aren’t worthy of something, you convince yourself  that it must be true. Although I generally like to prove people wrong when they tell me that I can’t do something, I have fallen victim to feeling a certain way or believing something of myself because of words or stereotypes that someone else has labeled me with.

My week started out with a compliment that has given me motivation to continue with the necessary steps to achieve one of my goals. I can’t wait to see this person again next week so that I can tell her that the kind words stuck with me, providing the motivation to remain focused all week long.

I think it’s important to remember that not only your words, but also your actions have a lifelong impact on others. I’m going to make a sincere effort to pay it forward this week. I know that for myself, a little compliment has definitely gone a long way.

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I’m not sure if I found my muse, or if  my muse found me. Either way, it’s a pretty awesome phenomenon. Characters, words, phrases, plots are born from nothing- expanding until they have filled me up.

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