Archive for August, 2014

Meet Alice, my granddaughter! I'm so proud of her!

Meet Alice, my granddaughter! I’m so proud of her!

Isn't she beautiful?

Isn’t she beautiful?

This is my first grand baby. I’m so proud of her parents! They are doing a great job raising her! Just look at how happy and healthy she is!

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Closer and Closer

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
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We are getting closer to moving into our new place, but Sunday we over did it and had to take Monday off from going outside. It was not a major thing because the temperature was too high to do anything outside anyway!

My husband, my bff and my lover!

My husband, my bff and my lover!

Del is out there, as I write this, doing his best to make more progress toward our move. Thank you, Del!

Warlock

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of my kitties is Warlock. Here’s why:

Why is my plate empty?

Why is my plate empty?

He enjoys laying around where I can always pet him, should I want to.

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Yes! Yes, you can see me!

Yes! Yes, you can see me!

If this ploy doesn’t work, he tries another one.

You will either pet me or give up your mouse!

You will either pet me or give up your mouse!

This is not the only distraction I have from working on my stories! There will be more in the coming weeks that will explain why it takes me so long to write my stories!

I hope you enjoyed the introduction to Warlock. I’m sure he’ll be back many times.

Crackin' The WIP

CCer Jen C. is filling in for P.A. Thompson this week. Enjoy!

Where is my creativity?

by Jen Christopherson

Last year, I ran into a problem. I had a great idea for a story. I had the setting, characters, and my idea. Being a pantser, I did what I always do. I sat down to write.

And I sat there staring at the blank page for what seemed like an eternity. I checked my email. Came back to the story, and…

Nothing.

I read a blog or two and came back to my story.

Nothing.

What do I do now? I thought

I went back to the blogs and began searching the sites for anything I could do to get my creative juices flowing. The only thing I found said to leave the writing alone and do other things. It said one day I would get an idea and the…

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You’re not good enough.

Posted: August 20, 2014 in Writing
Say what?!?

Say what?!?

No, no one has ever said those words to me. I have heard them everywhere, though. What do I mean?

People, generally, are helpful. They say things like: Your characters are flat, you need to work on them.

I hear: You’re not good enough, you might as well give up.

What’s the problem? I have this belief, somewhere in my mind, that if what I do isn’t good enough, then neither am I. I have my identity tied up with what I do!

Do you have this problem too?

What am I doing about it? I take a bit of time to allow myself the fit I usually throw. Then, I look at what they actually said. Finally, I get to work on fixing the problem.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now. I have made quite a bit of progress! I can look at the criticism as someone showing me love. They are trying to help me be better at what I do.

What do you think? Am I doing the right thing? Am I too thin skinned? Do you have this problem too? I would love to hear from ya!

I have babies!

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Okay, so I don’t have babies, but my kitty does! Check them out!

 

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Supporting a writer…

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Writing
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I must say, I am glad I’m a writer and not someone who is friends with a writer. Supporting a writer must be really hard. You have to tell them things you know they don’t want to hear because they want you to tell them.

Let me say that again. They want you to tell them things they don’t want to hear.

You know they put their heart and soul into a piece of writing. You know they’ve shed blood and tears over this project. Then, they bring it to you and say, “Tell me what you think is wrong with this.”

What?!? You want me to shred the project you’ve been slaving over, stressing over and whining over for the past several months?!? What kind of a friend would do that?!?

In the minds of many writers I have spoken with and in my mind as well, I will give you the best answer I can.

A great friend.

I have trusted you with my baby. I have trusted you to help me make it better than I can make it alone. If you refuse, I’m hurt because you refuse my baby. If you say, “It’s fine”, I feel like you don’t care about my baby. If you say, “This character needs to shut his mouth and behave himself.” I jump for joy. Why? Because you care! Because you’re either catching what I’m trying to say or letting me know I’ve missed the mark.

What a great friend you are! Thank you.