May 12, 2020
Remember to be inspired. Remember what it feels like to have so much flowing through you that you had a euphoria feeling inside? How about when your brain couldn’t catch up with your mouth and random things would pour out of you because your mouth skipped a few steps that your brain already completed. So, to others it comes out as gibberish or random garble. Why do we stop becoming inspired as adults? As kids we sat in classrooms and had educators In front of us. Some of them made us want to go to bed while others made us imagine more. As adults we have become complacent in our imagination. Our creativity has become stifled by the mundane of the world and we are now frightened to take any risks that would create our own kind of magic. If we try something new without a plan in place, it becomes scary. It becomes this big “No. No” that turns into something worse. The “we can’t do it” or the “we are not good enough to do that” train of thought.
We are told so many times growing up not to make mistakes. Mistakes create consequences and those consequences can be something we regret. What people forget is, with every mistake we make we learn something new. We work with or around it and begin a new way of doing something. There is a beauty to this process and with any beauty there can be a beast. If something negative comes out of it we should face it head on. Believe me, I have my own share of regretful crossroads, but if I had chosen different or to just sit down on that road and stay there, I would not have learned or done so many of the thigs I do now. That is inspiration. Doing something regardless of the pro’s and con’s because sometimes the education or life lesson you may get out of it, outweighs the risk involved. No hero stopped what they were doing because they thought it would be too difficult or the risk too great to themselves. They do it regardless because they believe in the task. The end results. Their goal and dreams.
Become inspiration. Those that inspired you helped you to grow and listen. They helped you to follow your dreams and gave you ideas. They provided passion for new ones. We become inspired by TV shows or books. Stories or life events. But somewhere along the way it just gets snuffed out, like a candle when a lid gets placed over the jar. Why do we stop becoming inspired as adults? Why does it seem to have just stopped altogether? Thinking about that for a moment, you may be able to pick out one moment when it happened or it could be gradual, or you simply just do not know. I for one try to not only inspire, but to be an inspiration if I am able. It could be the simplest thing or the most difficult. If a toddler picks up a penny tell them “A dwarf kissed that penny and said whoever picks it up will see a fairy one day.” Or tell a coworker, “One of the most magical things I have seen today was the sun rise. The colors reminded me of taking a trip to Egypt and seeing where the pharaohs used to roam.” Write a story and mail it to someone. You don’t have to even know a mailing address to stick it in a mailbox addressed to homeowner or lords and ladies of the house.
As a writer you have an ability to help others see their imagination or creativity in a new light. Spread the love and passion you have to others. So many people have been silenced throughout the ages that now we should get as much out there as possible. If you think about it everything had an inspirational need or imagination at one point in time. Architects need to not only read a plot map and design outline, but they also need to be able to imagine what the building or structure will look like. How the sun will illuminate the space. How the earth will look around it. How it will form or conform to the area and landscape. Pharmacists need to imagine all the possibilities of a drug or mix of drugs. They need to understand not what a medication looks like but how that medication could affect the individual they are dispensing it to. How their life may be impacted. A writer creates worlds, scenes, and lives out of thin air. They need to imagine all aspects of who they are talking about. A retail clerk needs to have inspiration to keep their brains busy. Not just to have a wonderful and positive attitude but to interact with their customers. Some need something to look forward to.
Do not stifle your inspiration. Instead, share it. Help others to become inspired. Maybe it will lighten their day, maybe they will think you need professional help, either way you got them thinking and that is the end goal.
Take a Breath
May 19, 2020
Remember to breath. I have noticed lately, that so many of us find ourselves in situations where we have a feeling or sense of being overwhelmed. It is OK take a moment. Step back and give yourself a second to re-evaluate what is really happening. It might also allow you the time you need to figure out what should happen next.
Taking a breath allows for you to better grasp yourself and your surroundings. You may realize something you didn’t before. I found myself doing this today. I had a million little things that needed to get done, but I also knew my children needed help with their activities and schoolwork. I felt my own anxiety shining through and needed to stop before it got to be too much.
Giving myself a minute in the bathroom allowed me to decide what was more important and a priority. That way I organized what should happen next. If I would not have taken the time, more than likely my day would have been filled with major headaches. That would escalate into also having low patience, and that does not help anyone when you are in a bad mood on top of everything else.
So my advice for today, is please take that break, moment, second, or snack. You might find it more useful than you realize later. As always, this is a learning experience and making mistakes are apart of learning. Please do not be afraid to make your own mistakes and find your own wisdom in them. Make magical mistakes and read with an open mind.
July 1st, 2020
Finally completing one book was such a sweet feeling but I did not dwell on it too long because I have another one coming out soon too. When you first think of being an author, there is this sense of ease you think you are going to have. Finding an agent and/or publisher you believe will not be so hard. You will write and everyone will want o publish you, right? Wrong. You will be making money right off the bat because your story is amazing, right? Nope. Fairy tales of the writing world is what I think of them as. Although you may find one needle in the haystack scenario like that, most do not work like that.
Finding out how much goes into marketing, promoting, and editing of your artwork in words can become too much. This is what the publisher/ agent takes as their cut of your fees. So, When I decided to go into self-publishing, I was still green behind the ears. I had an idea of what I thought needed to go into all of the backgrounds to my book but I had no idea how to start, where to go, or what works and what doesn’t. The truth is, there is no solid, set-in-fine-print, way to do this.
While I make another children’s book come to life, I find myself always making magical mistakes. I will try one thing out then realize it isn’t working, or I will start another and notice it needs to be tweaked. I love having all the help I have received from an author group. The women from writer’s espresso have been an amazing help to learning how to maneuver myself through the in’s and outs of the publishing world. If you ever need advice that I may not possess, I definitely recommend them.
As always, never be afraid to make magical mistakes everyone! And, do not forget Making A Wish is available to all through my link on this website or you can look me up on Good Reads or Amazon. I hope you all enjoy this one and look for my next book coming soon!
August 16, 2020
I have been hard at work getting my next children’s book completed. It has been a process as I have several other jobs on top of this one. Drawing my own illustrations has been challenging and fun. I know I have grown and that is part of making any good book. It is also a part of making mistakes. These drawings are completely different than my first book. Following the same theme as my first book that was made for parents to read to their children and for younger ones to learn to read, this one will be a reflection of that with more colorful designs.
Although I do not want to give too much away, I will note that my children are loving this one so much they can’t wait to have a completed copy. It is about a fox’s adventure and the crazy things he can get into just being his curious self. I will most likely be making this one a set of a few books. It is just too much fun not to.
All who have supported my work so far, thank you. You are amazing and I truly adore all your kindness and love. Making A Wish is available on this website, Amazon, Good Reads, Barnes and Nobles, and Draft to Digital. Look for my next book soon!