• Social Media Take Down

    Hot damn, I read a post by Mel Ambrosini’s hubby-to-be about social media and how it took over his life, and as I was feeling the walls close in around me. I rely too much social media. Every time I finish from the gym/work/appointment, I just straight onto instagram or Facebook, sometimes Twitter. I do it while I wait for the bus to come, I do it while I’m trying to write this post so that I actually lose momentum when I’m writing (oops). I am a junkie. I know how to stop, but I can’t go cold turkey on social media. So rather than deleting everything I’m going to…

  • Old Habits Never Die

        Look at this, two posts in one day. Bright-Eyed and Blog-Hearted has both inspired me and terrified me. I spent the good part of today being anxious as all fuck. Yeah swearing involved, sorry in advance. I was on Facebook, trying to get acquainted with the BH group and waiting for the first module to drop. It dropped at about 2:30 and as soon as I got the worksheets and listened to the audio, I crashed. I crashed so hard that I went and had a nap and then instead of coming back and really looking at the material I went on a cleaning binge. I do this…

  • Declaring My Dreams

    I had a great day yesterday. I got up, blogged, wrote, chatted, pulled an oracle card out (I lovelovelove  my mermaid deck) and meditated, all before I left to go to my retail job. It made working a literal breeze. It was probably one of the first times where I really sat back and saw that I could really achieve when I’m in the right state of mind. It was beautiful and I want to keep it but I want to leave my retail job. I really need to. By June or July I want to be done with this retail bull. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the people…

  • Beat the Enemy

    Procrastination is a writer’s biggest enemy. I know this so much. It took me doing another uni degree and finding a writing buddy to get me there. Don’t get me wrong. I love my novel. I love my characters and they feel like long lost friends, I know that my novel series has a exact number of books (6 if you’re wondering with 2 novellas), and I have 2 and half of those 6, already written (granted one is a very rough first draft and the other has 50k). I don’t want to part with them. A part of me is clinging onto them because I know that they will…

  • Word in Mouth Syndrome

    I keep making excuses for myself when I saw the bad thing at the wrong time. Ever had that happen to you? I blame the fact that my oral savviness lacks because of I am better with written word. Anyone else with that? I have always been terrified of oral speaking. I’m not sure where it stemmed from but I remember as a kid, and being SRC Chairperson, I had to address all of 300 people in my primary school and I was always afraid of saying something wrong. Don’t ask me why, it just was a thing. I even had issues with trying to do things like dancing and…

  • Slowing Down

    I got a kick to the stomach today. I thought I was pacing myself, after almost burning myself out over Christmas with the hecticness of retail, I had been taking care of myself, but it was evident today that I just haven’t been. My routine to get to bed earlier, doesn’t really work when I putter around before falling asleep, I’m trying to eat better and exercise routinely but it seems that I’m having no down time for myself. Following some very amazing ladies online, there’s one thing that they keep chattering about and that’s slowing down. Sometimes our bodies work at full potential for so long and without giving…

  • Being Our Own Worst Critic

    Now that I’ve touch on fear, it’s time to touch on another bad boy. Self-doubt. Now this is another biggy, it’s probably bigger than fear itself. Self doubt is just as debilitating but in a different way completely. Self-doubt is what keeps a writer from publishing anything or showing it to anyone who can tear them down. We never know if we’re good enough and we stick to the fact that we think we’re not. Writing is a skill, it’s an art. It takes time to get right and many seem to forget that. Self-doubt is around when you have days that are terrible and you can’t seem to find…

  • Scribbles are Meant for Notebooks

    I was reading another chapter of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and she mentioned index cards and having one always on hand with her. I still think this is crazy, but I look at when this book was published and it all makes sense. Hitting 2014 everyone knows that technology is moving forward. It’s moving faster than we can comprehend but I still have a notebook with me. And a full paper diary. I plan never to change. Well hopefully. Everyone is out celebrating Valentine’s Day and buying flowers for their loved ones (or one of my high school buddies is trying to get a lemon out of her fiancé,…

  • Conversations That Fuel the Soul

    I had some very intense and beautiful conversations these last couple of days. They’re the kind that light up your soul and make you want to say more. Lots more. By nature I’m a listener. I like to listen before I say anything and even then I never actually say much because I don’t feel like I have enough to add to the conversation. I’m also someone who just loves to get away from the city and head to the country for a few days where there is quiet. It’s foreign to hear cars going down the road very often and the air is cleaner, it’s richer, almost like you…

  • The fun stuff

    So I mentioned that getting through that first edit was like being in a dentists chair, yeah? I’ve got more to add, but this time I promise it’s good! I started something new with my process. Editing a short story is easy, it’s all about tightening, stripping and repainting the picture until it’s right. It’s the same with something longer only you have to keep up the same stamina through the entire length. This has been the most challenging thing for me, because on a whole, my manuscript is huge (close to 95,000 words). I don’t have any experience doing this as a huge whole thing. It’s not like they…