• 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…

  • Writers Know No Shame

    There is a lovely book that I picked up by chance, years ago. It’s called: Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 unconventional lessons every writers needs to know by Robert Masello. I just did a quick scan on Goodreads and found mostly that people liked his tips and there were many that didn’t. Mostly because of the way they were presented and the person who commented that they were presented like they were the ultimate rules. Anyway! I love this book because it has so many bits of pieces that seem common sense too, but they’re great little lessons that you can take on at any time. I randomly like to pick it…

  • Editing Etiquette

    I’m not sure what everyone thinks about the etiquette that’s involved with editing, and while I’m not an expert, I do know that there is something that they did touch on, very briefly, in my classes, is that you need to have a good balance when it comes to editing and the marks and all that jazz. Why? Well you’re are supplying possible changes, not trying to overwrite it to make it your own. I’m finding this excessively hard now that I’m in the process of editing a full length manuscript. My friend tells me that they like all those adverbs and every book I’ve read, every workshop I’ve done…

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

      So I finished the book and I’m sitting here wondering: Why the fuck did it take me so long to get around to reading it? (sorry about the colourful language. I try not to use it too much out of my fiction work and when I’m really angry or excited). My answer is: Mandi you had uni and FTCM and work and OB and your novel. That’s a lot of ands. I finished it and now I’m staring at my book, which fell apart when I set out to read it while it was hot outside, and I keep seeing the gold mine that this book is. There are so…

  • 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…

  • Beyond The Great Divide

    I feel like I just stole a Linkin Park song title…oops. Today I want to talk a little bit about the all and mighty powerful Fear. Fear has been something that I spent my entire life dreading. As a kid I suffered from a case of anxiety that even my doctor didn’t know I had. It wasn’t until I was old enough to actually understand the symptoms that I even know it was a kind of anxiety problem and it seemed to stay with me for a very long time (even now I get mild cases where I have to check and recheck facts and places before I’m 100% sure…

  • Why it’s Perfectly Acceptable to Eat Dessert for Breakfast

      This is not something you hear every day. In fact everyone has told you that having dessert for a meal that isn’t after dinner is bad for you, but I say: who cares! Nicole Joy is the queen of raw desserts. Or at least in my eyes anyway. She has released a cookbook (i found her through Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe site) that is full of beautiful and easy recipes that will leave you asking the question: How can some that tastes so good, be so good for you? It’s amazing. With every new recipe I’ve made it just gets better and better. This beauty above is the chocolate…

  • 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,…