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The Unexpected

I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging. Not only have I been focusing on writing, which I am happy to report I’ve finished the second draft (or third draft depending on how you look at it) of my new YA manuscript. It’s off to the beta readers right now, so crossing my fingers for good feedback! I’ve also been focusing on healing and just figuring out what it means to be me again. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, please read my last few entries as I don’t really feel like rehashing everything here.

Long story short, I’ve always grown up with a specific vision of what my life would be like. After the past five years, I’m not sure what that life is going to be anymore. Needless to say, along with grieving, I’ve had to somewhat come to terms with a “third-life” crisis as I like to call it. So, I’ve been focusing on doing all the things I’ve wanted to do, but never allowed myself to do during my TTC (trying to conceive) journey in fear of hurting my chances of becoming pregnant. Truthfully, it’s a bit fun at times, but also scary. As a perpetual planner, what do I do when I don’t know what to do?

Yesterday my mom and I watched the newest movie adaptation of Little Women

 

I’ve always been a fan of the story and LOVED the 1994 version.

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I was curious to see what a modernized take of the classic would be like.

It was cute of course, but there were a lot of one-liners that really resonated with me. One of them had me sobbing in the theater. Think Kim K ugly crying.

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Forgive me if it’s not verbatim, but it was something along the lines of:

“You’re a writer. Don’t you want your [life] story to be unexpected?”

That’s the thing about writing stories, isn’t it? You don’t want your stories to be predictable. The best stories are unexpected–so, why can’t my book of life be the same way?

There is also a scene where Beth mentions how the greatest stories  have some sort of tragedy in them. But these same stories have an abundance of love as well. Needless to say, the past five years have been horrible, but the good thing about them is the outpouring of love I’ve always received.

The reason I love to read and write is because all stories, regardless of what they’re about, have a way to touch their audiences mentally, emotionally and sometimes spiritually. Needless to say, watching the movie yesterday reminded me that life will always have unexpected turns, but my story isn’t over yet.

“We each have our own paths to our castles”

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**Spoiler Alert**

Not that a spoiler alert is needed since the book has been out since 1879 and there have been many movies released since then, but let me say this is the first version where I’m actually happy Jo ended up with Friedrich

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Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can strike you at any time; at the most inopportune moments. It can come from anything. That plant you saw walking down the street. That shiny apple at the local grocery store. The cute little dog being taken out for his daily walk. The newborn baby you are meeting for the first time.

Inspiration doesn’t wait for you. It is spontaneous and grabs a hold of you quickly.

It is no secret that the premise for Green came about from a dream. However, did you know countless scenes for my other stories have also been dreamt up? Just last week I basically wrote out a whole children’s book in my head. I woke up, sat down and wrote it in about an hour! Sure I will need to go back and edit, but wow – an hour? Thank you nocturnal brain for doing the work for me 😉 Gives me ample time to do the illustrations and God only knows how much I’m itching to grab my charcoals once again!

That being said, let me leave this here. It’s a list of pending projects I still need to complete. Most of these projects may or may not have come from dreams.

 

  • Silver
  • A Chick Lit novel
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Dystopian Novel
  • Prequel to horror novel
  • Children’s book
  • Submission for Chicken Soup
  • Queries, queries, queries
  • Promoting the Life Force Trilogy

Yup, pretty lengthy but I am ready 🙂

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well, one of the most wonderful times of the year 🙂

I haven’t been too quiet in regards to my immense love of Autumn — more specifically, October. Believe it or not, I have been introduced as the “Creepy Friend” among  my circle of close girl friends. Honestly, I greatly agree.

I’ve been so entranced with all things horror and paranormal from such a young age that it is somewhat ridiculous! Whereas other little girls would draw princesses or fairies, I often found myself drawing vampires with bloody teeth, monsters and ghosts (yes, I was only 8 years old). My favorite books at the time were the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark novels (besides the Babysitters Club) and I was always one to plan for Halloween at the beginning of the New Year. In fact, I often found myself sneaking around at family parties so I could catch a glimpse of the Nightmare of Elm Street installment the big kids were watching. 

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You know what? None of that has changed! I still look forward to Autumn not only for the cool, crisp weather; not only for the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and uber cute boots, but also for all the awesome Paranormal shows, Ghost Tours (visit my old blog to read more! Part 1 and Part 2) and scary movies! Can I hear a, “SYFY”?!

Man, I love this time of year! 

On an added note, I can’t wait to reveal my Halloween costume! Muahaha! I’ve had it planned for a while 😉