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Home Stretch and NaNoWriMo Ends Today

How about that?!? This is painful stuff though because I am making my life story a novel or fictionalizing my memoir. When it's all done it will be all worth it though.

Last Year's 11/15 From NaNo

I am 8,396 words from today's goal. I will keep writing.

Last year at this time I felt really torn in every direction, this year is different. Less directions and sometimes getting torn. Even though there are still some obstacles that keep me from putting the words to my novel, I will get it done.

I am determined.

My Soul

I forget exactly how I came across Luna & Sol. It must have been in Facebook. I read voraciously trying to get my writing done. Soul work, old soul concepts are integral to my novel. My first title was "Soul Triumphs" and then the other title I thought of was "Our Stars Crossed." I'm still in the process of writing but wanted to have these references on my blog so I can easily access them.

My Child An Old Soul
An Old Soul
3 Types of Soul Work

Scurrying to Get Some Writing In While My 10-Year-Old Bathes

This is the picture I saw when I logged on this computer this morning.
Yesterday was Double-up day in NaNoWriMo. I made it to the first 2 write-ins and then family time inhibited me from getting any more writing done.
But a writer's mind never stops.
When I checked into Werdsmith on my iPhone I saw a this quote supposedly from Oscar Wilde, "You can't use up creativity..." but upon googling it I found this blog--You Can't Use Up Creativity...Maya Angelou
That's all I have today for this blog. Check out my other blogs,

NaNoWriMo Double-Up Day Virtual Write-in #1

I was 20 minutes late but I will double my words today. Here are some quotes that I want to incorporate in my novel:

Word Spring in Virtual Write-in is difficult conversation between characters, but I'm going to do quotes instead--

“Dive for dreams trust your heart if the seas catch fire (and live by love though the stars walk backwards). -e.e. Cummings

“Creation means finding the new world in the first fierce step, with no thought of return” -David Whyte, “Statue of Buddha”

Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future is yet to come. Look deeply at life as it is in the very here and now, dwelling in stability and freedom. -Buddha

Where there is life, there is always hope.

After a loss the temptation is to stay focused on the future, on achieving a wholesome state of mind and positive circumstances, but that can't happen until I surrender to the unknown and the unexpected.


My children's happiness. What makes them happy, being thei…

NaNoWriMo With The Help of The Write Practice

The program looks good and I believe in the steps they suggest to finish a book. However, I do not have the money to enroll in the program so I will have to use my discipline to write 50,000 words this month to have the rough draft of my novel. I already wrote over 3K words today. Yay, me! It is worth mentioning what they suggest to have in the program and here they are--
To finish writing a book in 30 days, you need five things: 1. Creativity. We’ll send you daily lessons, pieces of inspiration, and encouragements from our team of authors so you feel like you have everything you need to finish your book. 2. Commitment. To finish a book in thirty days, you need to be committed, but so do your friends, family members, and other important people in your lives. We’ll show you how to get people to buy into your dream of writing a book and get the support you need from your community to finish your book. 3. Check-in. Our team will check in with you every week to see how your writing is going a…

NaNoWriMo First Day

I wrote over 2K words and signed in the virtual write-in. I am doing this!

Just Write - Overdue Writing

Being out-of-town and caring my son's surgery has taken my time off of writing. I am trying to get my head back in gear. To do this I have been looking at Writer's Digest (WD) and Jeff Goins' Writing Tribe. I wanted to respond to one I found in WD.

Full disclosure: I never bought into any of the myths so I'm really sharing to pat myself in the back because I've known these myths all along. It's always good to be validated.

10 Myth-Busting Answers to
10 FAQs on Grammar,
Writing and Publishing
by Brian A. Klems 
Can you end a sentence with a preposition? Should you always start a novel with action? There are many so-called writing rules that you hear every day, but not all of them are true.

Here are 10 common writing myths debunked.

Q: You can’t end a sentence with a preposition, can you?
A: Actually, you can.

There isn’t a real grammar commandment that says “Thou Shalt Not End Sentences With Prepositions.” Modern grammar books l…

John Yeoman's Writer's Village

It is sad to admit that I only came across John Yeoman after his death. When I subscribed to his blog, I got this letter--

John Yeoman<>

to me Thank you for your email. It is with sadness that I pass on the news that JohnYeoman passed away peacefully this month (July). This email account is no longer being regularly monitored, and the website and content will no longer be updated.

John has left us somewhat in the dark about the detailed comings and goings of his website and creative endeavours. I hope that you still manage to get enjoyment from his little corner of the internet, however all incoming and outgoing payments from the business Paypal account have been cancelled as of 13th July. Please be assured if you have donated to MacMillan Cancer Support via John we are sending a substantial cheque to this great organisation.

Thank you for your contributions thus far helping the community become the su…

Maya Angelou's Inaugural Poem (1993)

Listen: Dr. Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem "Phenomenal Woman" | Super Sou...

A Tribute to Maya Angelou, Musings on the USPS Commemorative Stamp

Her death stirred me. I really don't know why other than her birthday was around my birthday and I just thought her poems touched me. As some of you may know the United States Postal Service made a tribute stamp for her in 2014 and I promptly bought it. Part of me wanted to keep it as a collectible but I ended up using it. And now I am looking at an empty collectible stamp book and I don't have the nerve to throw it away unless I do something to remember it by. So I'm writing a blog about it.

This is what the stamp looked like--

This is the whole page--
And finally, the back said this--
Author, poet, actress, and champion of civil rights Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most dynamic voices in all of 20th-century American literature. The book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiographical account of her childhood, gained wide acclaim for its vivid depiction of African-American life in the South.
Published in 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing…

I Miss You, Reggie

We lost our 14-year-old Min Pin on Wednesday, August 17. We found him a couple miles from our home. He was apparently hit by a car. We miss you, Reggie. It is a small consolation that at least you are no longer in pain (due to your arthritis).

What Do I Have To Give?

How long did it take Richard Alpert to become Ram Dass?

How long did it take Starbucks to become the company they are now today?

How long did it take Facebook to become a successful social media outlet?

How long did it take for Michael Crichton to write his first book after leaving medicine?

How long did it take for John Grisham to publish his first book after stopping his law practice?

How long will my transformation take?

Patience is hard to come by.

I still feel torn in many directions.

I have so much to give.

So much to learn.

What do I do next?

The First Day of Camp Nanowrimo

I've done a lot of reading today. Read Karen Slaughter, Emma Donoghue, Brooke Warner, & Kamy Wicoff. And all of the contributors for today's email from "The Mighty."

It is the weekend before July 4th. My daughter is with us today and this whole weekend. I made 3 trips into Chattanooga today. My husband was able to ride our horse, Charlie. I'm just writing. Free writing perhaps.

Karen Slaughter and Emma Donoghue used the place as a character. Brooke Warner and Kamy Wicoff are coaches/mentors/publishers. I didn't get on my guest blogging certification program today, but that's okay. I got an email from Jon Morrow saying that he is proud of me. It's cute. And definitely encouraging. It's interesting to feel an infinity towards a person I haven't met face-to-face, but I guess it's only natural since I've been listening to him for two weeks now through the blog certification modules.

Today was nonstop. I didn't get any down time. I…

Monday Writing

I finished the first module of my blogging certification program.

I have so much to do.

I'm still unpacking and finding places for the things I've unpacked.

July 4th is coming.

I get my daughter this weekend. Yay!

Freelancing, writing, and blogging is hard work.

Being a wife and mother is hard work.

My legs are freezing

My husband is yawning out loud

My son is sleeping

I am writing today.

I am writing today

And I will write everyday
I will get my content out there

Eventually my blogs will become popular
But first I have to write

Rain or shine
In today's case blistering heat

I write

I bought a Guestblogging Certification Program
last year!!!

I'm glad I did though
Because I had money then

I already bought a program. Cool.
I will be one of the top writers online.

He just said that becoming a writer

I am prepared for that!

He just said that my first post will take 40-50 hours
Rewriting it 5 times!

My first post will be a struggle
It will be rejected. Be prepared! I am!

I will do the work
I will follow directions

I will come out on the other side
I am writing!

Four-Year Catalog of Vacations / Trips from East to West

April 2012
Walt Disney World

June 1
Just entered California state line traveling for days

Atlanta, GA

Tybee Island, GA

St. Augustine, Florida

Writing After The Move

We moved around the first of May. We have been completing the move and I have been nesting for 6 weeks now. The move was intense! On one of those nights we stayed up over 24 hours loading a car and a minivan after 2 moves from a moving service called Bellhops. It was quite exhausting.

This move was a pretty big one. I closed 3 offices in Ringgold on December 31. And brought all that furniture and boxes and forced it into our 2 car garage. Three-months later we move from a 2,000+ square feet home to one that is less than 2,000 square including having to fit furniture from my Ringgold offices.

This move was also infused with legal custodial battles with my ex. The father of my children.

Finding my bearings has not been easy. But I applaud my humble beginnings--that is 5 posts on this blog since I started in April in the midst of looking at homes, etc.

I came across these websites on writing and I wanted to post them here so I can use them as reference.…

A powerful poem by Mary Oliver

The Fire from Dream Work by Mary Oliver
That winter it seemed the city
was always burning -- night after night
the flames leaped, the ladders pitched forward.
... Scorched but alive, the homeless wailed
 as they ran for the cold streets.
That winter my mind had turned around,
shedding, like leaves, its bolts of information--drilling down, through history,
toward my motionless heart.  Those days I was willing, but frightened.
What I mean is, I wanted to live my life
but I didn't want to do what I had to do
to go on, which was: to go back.
All winter the fires kept burning,
  the smoke swirled, the flames grew hotter.
I began to curse, to stumble, and choke.
Everything, solemnly, drove me toward it --the crying out, that's so hard to do.
Then over my head the timbers floated,    my feet were slippers of fire, my voice
crashed at the truth, my fists
smashed at the flames to find the door
--wicked and sad, mortal and bearable,
   it fell open forever as I burned.


Within the last decade since I moved away from California, I sent a card to my father. And I included this poem in it--

The Secret
By Denise Levertov

Two girls discover  
the secret of life  
in a sudden line of  

I who don’t know the  
secret wrote  
the line. They  
told me

(through a third person)  
they had found it
but not what it was  
not even

what line it was. No doubt  
by now, more than a week  
later, they have forgotten  
the secret,

the line, the name of  
the poem. I love them  
for finding what  
I can’t find,

and for loving me  
for the line I wrote,  
and for forgetting it  
so that

a thousand times, till death  
finds them, they may  
discover it again, in other  

in other  
happenings. And for  
wanting to know it,  

assuming there is  
such a secret, yes,  
for that  
most of all.

Denise Levertov, “The Secret” from O Taste and See: New Poems. Copyright © 1964 by Denise Levertov. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


Self boundaries

From May 28, 2012

“Self-boundaries determine even what one is able to think. While it is true that different impressions stimulate different thoughts in the same person, still these thoughts are pretty much determined by the person’s sense of who he is, that is, his self-image. So the thoughts that go through a person's mind are not really accidental, chaotic, or di...sconnected, although they may sometimes appear so. They appear chaotic because a large segment of the self-image is unconscious or preconscious, and thus shapes thoughts and experiences in a way that the conscious mind cannot be aware of. This fact makes it possible for a person, by careful observation of the patterns and trends in his thoughts, to gain much information concerning his sense of identity. (Almaas, 1986, p. 15)"

The Writing Process, 2 Days After the First One

I continue to struggle with writing. I've started three blogs today and got stuck at about the 100th word. It's the same struggle, life getting in the way and fear of letting my thought process be known out there. It takes courage that I'm not sure I have. I'm just going to say what I think is safe enough. Hopefully, some of you can relate.

My daughter started a journal. It was cute (painfully). She said she started it in the last 30 days. She didn't mean for me to read it because I was left out of her entries and everything was flavored by the fact that she has been living full-time with her dad right now since February 22. This is not what is best for her and it happened because of the good-old-boy system of the South. I've wondered how I could ask God and my friends for help in getting the outcome that is best for her but my shyness gets in the way. Putting it out there is hard for me. I've been able to tell a couple of close, supportive friends but livi…

The Writing Process

Today I read a blog from Daphne, a writing coach, saying that writing is like Jazz. She talked about "letting go" instead of being restricted by the classical way of learning or playing music. I am a musician so I know exactly what she is talking about. I learned the piano when I was six-years-old. I have a very structured upbringing that has zapped my creativity out of me. I can still add notes to songs from the church hymnal just as long as I am looking at the actual notes but going off the page completely without memorization? NO, I just can't. I'm afraid those neurons in my brain were pruned off shortly after practicing the scales that Hanon wrote.

But here's the thing, I'm in the process of re-inventing myself. So I have no choice. Sure I get discouraged as I get caught up in my low self-esteem conditioned brain. That means I beat myself up so many more times in a day than I should NOT. But what I'm finding out as I am writing this is that I have fr…