Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday Scribbling: #317 Storm

Curled up on the cotton, chaise lounge,
bundled in a fuzzy, cream blanket.
Hands wrapped around a steaming mug of Masala chai.
The original 1940's window of the fourth floor apartment
does nothing to prevent the spring morning chill.
Lush trees in olive, pea and emerald hues
sway and stretch towards the rising sun.
Commuters in cars and on bikes flood the streets,
while joggers and dog walkers stomp the sidewalk.
Fluffy white and baby blue skies morph into a gray, somber haze.
Threatening storm clouds produce only drizzle
and soon the sun makes another appearance
until hidden once again and again.
Another typical day in Portland, Oregon. 
inspired by the writing prompt at Sunday Scribbling.

Drop it Like its Hot


Friday, April 27, 2012

No more Musts, Should or Have To

I'm trying to lead a life of fun, smiles and laughter.  But even when I do the activities I enjoy, such as writing, all the joy it brings can disappear when you give in to the "musts, should, or have to." 

You know what I mean, "I must spend at least so many hours writing" or "I should have finished my novel by now" or "I have to write so many words every day".  Once you create required conditions for something you want to do, it's no longer so much fun.

My friend gave the perfect example when I said I'd like to start running again.  Don't be like Rachel with the mindset that you must run by certain rules; but rather embrace Phoebe's way of living, run however it feels good and natural to you.

Do what you love, when you want, how you want.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Purple is epic
Purple is totally awesome
Purple is the new black
Purple is the color of tomorrow
Purple will take over the world
Boooo pink

Today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Select a poem you love and share it with family, friends, co-workers, strangers, the world.  I was so inspired with the poem above, that I wore purple tights today.  And I so agree, purple is totally awesome and will take over the world.  

roses are red, and violets rock!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beach Writing Retreat

It's been two weeks since I've retired from accounting and charged forward with my new career writing for young adults.  I'm still figuring out the best method of attack to completing my YA novel while still involved in two critique groups, two writing circles, regular volunteering, and reading best-sellers in my genre.

I know how to multitask and organize, but some days I struggle with the fear and doubt, especially now only being accountable to myself.  But I'm learning how to push on through that dreaded writer's block - meaning procrastination due to fear of failure.

First, surround yourself with inspiration.  This past Monday I was up to my eyeballs with stuff I love: sunshine, beach, coffee, and a great friend.  We drove out to Cannon Beach for a day-long writing retreat.  Soaked in some rays; enjoyed the view, smells and sounds of the Pacific; enjoyed great conversation; and drank fabulous coffee roasted on site at Sleepy Monk.  Even in that inspired space, I found myself struggling to write. 

So, what to do?  Just do it!  After wasting time trying to think about what to write or staring at the activity around me, I took a breath, put pen to paper and just wrote.  At first, a bunch of nothing sprawled across the page, but after a paragraph or two, I ended up with two amazing scenes.

Always trust your voice and talent.  I constantly self-edit, even with the very first words still swimming in my head.  I'm learning to let go of this ridiculous control freak.  I can edit all I want after I get words down on the paper.  Let the work simmer and be out of sight and mind for a day or so.  With new eyes, shape and mold that first draft into a masterpiece. 

Finally, never give up.  No matter how dark your outlook may be in the moment, keep the faith.  If you love what you're doing, then keep on creating, because someone else will love your voice as much as you do.

Happy Creating!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Inspire Someone

I'm most happy when creating, doing, a human in action.

Writing, drawing, dancing, playing, hiking...whatever.

A common question is "Where do you find inspiration?" Inspiration is everywhere ...nature, art, music, and watching the world go by.

An action I find most inspirational is when a person follows their passion. My sparkly friend, Erica Pastore, relocated from the east coast to LA to sing, dance and act. Check out the video I compiled below showcasing her belly dance expertise.

Be Inspired!

FREE Webcast with Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan and The Serpent’s Shadow
SPONSORED BY: Disney/Hyperion, and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2012– 1:00 PM EDT – Approx. 60 minutes

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Registration is required to attend.  Even if you can’t make the live event, you’ll have three months of access to watch the archive on demand.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top 3 Reads in 2011

I promise that this year I will do a better job of reading (so far, four to date!), along with writing, moving more and eating right. But until I crack the code to living a balanced life, let's take a look at my favorite reads in 2011. Gotta start somewhere.

#3 Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
(YA Fantasy) December 2010

Book description from
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. And when a crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

My thoughts...
This novel appealed to my senses for two main reasons.  First, I could relate to the character because she was bi-racial; the first I've ever encountered in the lead and in a YA novel.  I loved how the author painted this fact without shoving it in your face.  Everyone can relate to just wanting to be loved, whether by a parent, friend, sibling, mentor, or simply a first love or soul-mate.  Dia Reeves achieves this flawlessly through action, internal and external dialogue, so that the reader aches with longing along with Hanna. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Sometimes when you blindly trust, people get hurt; but if you listen to that little voice inside, trust your gut and take that leap of faith, your soul will squeal with delight.  It's not to say there won't be uphill battles; life is full of opportunities to grow and learn.  But we are never given more than we can handle.  Nor are we ever alone to deal on our own.

So keep your eyes wide open, push through the fear and lead with your heart.  And just like the little piggy, cry "Whee! Whee! Whee!"

Show me your soul,