“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To the Big Screen and Newly Arrived

Well lets hear it, who went to The Hunger Games?? Anyone anyone? I did go to the midnight premiere and....absolutely loved it! Yes, there were some changes, but what book that has been made into a movie, hasn't been changed slightly? Or altered in a way? It's the big changes that usually infuriates me, and luckily, there were none of these moments!! I thought Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss took over the screen, and really became the character. It was brilliant.
Of course I loved the other characters as well!! Peeta (Josh), Gale, (Liam), then we have Cinna, Effie, Haymitch, and of course, Rue. I thought all the characters and the games were done really well. I was a little worried how they would do it on the screen. 
I cannot wait for Catching Fire! However, I was disappointed in Mockingjay, but that's alright. Suzanne Collins saw it how she wanted it to be done, and did it. I thought in the end of that book, it was almost like fate's vicious circle took control: Prim was always supposed to die at that time, or at least go into the Games, but Katniss needed to put a stop to it. 

I just loved Suzanne's writing skills; I feel like anyone could understand the message she was trying to convey, and the words were simple, yet powerful. I am very happy she helped with the screenplay for the movie...you could definitely tell!

On another note, I am so happy that Lover Reborn came out today!! 
This is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, and is adult fiction. I absolutely love it! Sometimes it's nice to move away from reading all the children's books and YA novels. I need something sultry and different every once in a while. 

Could I write it? HA! Maybe....not...no, I think I'll stick with children/YA novels, but it's my guilty pleasure and I think J.R. Ward is amazing! She's so cool and has a Golden Retriever so I like her even more!! You definitely feel the emotion she tries to convey in her stories and it feels like time is really moving in her books as it focuses on each individual character. This is the 10th book in the series. They are:
  1. Dark Lover
  2. Lover Eternal
  3. Lover Awakened (all time favorite)
  4. Lover Revealed 
  5. Lover Unbound 
  6. Lover Enshrined 
  7. Lover Avenged
  8. Lover Mine
  9. Lover Unleashed 
There is however, a short novella called Father Mine, which goes along with the characters of my favorite one, Lover Awakened. I recommend these books!!

My cousin told me about a book that is really good that is also for adults, which is called 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I just downloaded on my kindle, but I know nothing about the book, other than apparently it's very popular right now! SO, I'll check it out when I'm finished with Lover Reborn

Don't worry, I have been writing. Not as much as I would like to, but been doing outlines, free-writing, and other stuff with my characters which I think is definitely progress. Anyways, best wishes and happy writing!!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Happy First Day of Spring!!
Spring is my favorite season!! It's also my favorite time because I love, love, love to write outside and read of course. I love when the weather starts getting nicer, because I love to write at Sugar House Park next to this little stream. It's so peaceful and I can write/read there for hours. It's like my own little world.
I feel inspired to write more I think in the springtime, it's weird. Even on the rainy days, I just find beauty all around and that can help you write beautiful words. 
How can you not be inspired when you see that type of beauty? I feel like I gain more ideas, fresh ideas, not the same-old-boring-ones, that are leftover from winter.
I feel like this saying can really apply to writing as well. 
  • Rebirth
  • Renewal
  • Regrowth 
It's like planting a seed and you're watching it grow, isn't that the same with writing and creative ideas? Plus so much time has gone by, you can start looking back at your writing, and make it better (editing). There is always growth to be done, but with new pictures and scenes all around, the possibilities are endless. 


Friday, March 16, 2012

The Daily D.

Well Happy Friday readers!

Um, may I just add, that I simply adore your comments? I just love all my writing buddies because you all give such good ideas (especially on my ideas post), which I really appreciate.

So I realized I haven't done "The Daily Development," in quite some time, and what better day to do it? You'll see why!
After my last post, I went on and on about trying to be inspired in finding the "right" idea for my new children's book. Well everyone, drumroll please... *dum dum dum* (that's not how a drum sounds, excuse me), but by-George-I-think-I've-Got-it!!

The idea for this novel just came to me, just like you all said it would. A lot of it came from looking into my childhood, and reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (one of my favorites, might do a post about him sometime soon - stay tuned). For some reason, it just hit me like a ton of bricks. 

I immediately grabbed a pen and my notepad and started writing ideas, an outline if you will. 

Then I started writing...and writing...and writing. Don't you love that flow? I know I do. The only thing that sucks about it, is your hand gets tired, and you write slower than the ideas are pouring out (that's when a computer comes in handy). But for some reason, I love seeing my ideas and first few pages all over real paper. Makes me happy to be a writer. 

I don't want to explain too much, because I'm still working out the kinks and the concrete details about this. I keep changing things, but that's a wonderful thing to do. 

But I will do a little preview of pictures that go along with the foundation of the story. It won't be enough, but a wee-bit.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I'll let you know more soon. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Writing Ideas

Where do you get your writing ideas from? Is it in your mind, outside sources, or both? Please do share! I love hearing POV from other writers/authors/bloggers! 
All I know is, I love that feeling you get, when it's like a lightbulb goes off inside your head and you cannot stop writing for the life of you! Unfortunately, I haven't felt that lately...I wonder if it's because I stopped writing for so long, but I've found some sources that can really help me. 

CreativeWritingPrompts.com, also gives over 346 prompts to help you get started! See, I need something like this. I'm usually an extremely creative person, and can come up with millions of fresh ideas, but because I'm trying to force out ideas, I'm all dried up. That's why free-writing has really helped me out lately. I saw that these books can really help, and I just bought them all on my Kindle (low prices too). 
I think like I said in my last post, writing takes practice, and you need to do it everyday. Even if tons of ideas aren't flowing into my head right now, I can still write. And hopefully it will then just come to me what I want to do and where I want to take it. 

We all know that writing is difficult; no one said it would be easy, but it's what we do. I'm not giving up! That's for darn sure. 

I'm actually going to my library today and instead of getting "how-to-write" books, I'm going to get a pile of children's books/YA novels, because I want and am craving IDEAS. I'm probably not going to read all of them, but I'm going to skim over them. And by no means am I "taking or stealing ideas" from other authors, but I'm trying to get inspired. 

All I know is, you take it each day as it comes, and I'm thankful for this process. I love waking up each day excited to write and wonder where it will take me for the day. 

Happy Writing! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Practice is the Key!

Hello readers!! Happy Monday to you all.

I'm getting back into writing (always been into it, just really pushing myself now), and it's no secret that I love writing books that help guide you on your path. I'm currently reading this:
How to Be A Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play - Barbara Baig 
So far I really like this book, because instead of just sitting there and telling your the "right way to write," it helps promote creativity (which I adore), and makes you actually practice the techniques that the author writes about. 

One of the main ones, is "free-writing." I've done this before, many times, but I don't think I've ever truly done it correctly. The key is to keep on writing and she gives you a time frame of ten minutes. You can never stop the pencil/pen from moving for those ten minutes. You can write whatever. It doesn't matter! And no one will ever see this. But through doing this practice, will help generate ideas, and will eventually help you concentrate more efficiently when writing.   

Barbara explains that "practice is key" and writing is no different. How else will you get better, if you don't practice it? You should be writing a little bit each day, and that's when I become a little bit angry at myself. I can't only write when I feel "inspired," because when that disappears for a little while and you enter the terrible territory of Writer's Block, then you just stop all together. Or at least I have. 

I'm really letting my mind flow and getting back into this seems extremely natural. I'm a very creative person, but I think I'm trying too hard to write something that "hasn't been done before." Instead, I should write about what I love. I just wanted something refreshing and new; something that people hadn't seen a lot of. 

I read these children's books, and it opens the door to this world, a world that you wish you lived in and could join. I want my readers to feel that same draw. 

But guess the answer is practice, practice, and more practice. 

Through free-writing, I hope to gain some ideas as well as my surroundings. 

What's the best way you all generate new ideas? Fresh material? I've heard dreams really can help that as well and I've actually woken up from a dream and started writing down everything. It was great material actually! I think when you try too hard to find something you're looking for, you'll never find it. It's when you stop and just look at the beauty around, that you can see what you've been looking for is right in front of you.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Back in the Game

Ah! I'm back. I haven't written on this blog in so long; the other blog is my baby, but anytime I talk about my writing journey, I come back here. I've decided I need to make this blog more appealing looking! YIKES!

I've been really getting back into writing. I think every writer hits a wall and they don't know where to turn next. I hit that wall for about 3 months, and I don't like it. I even took a Creative Writing class, and I just wasn't feeling it. I was afraid I lost a piece of who I am. But as I was in Sun Valley, I was inspired to write again. I've also decided that teaching children and writing are my passion...so put it together and besides being a school-teacher (which I will be), I want to write books for children. I'm not saying picture books, even though I love picture books, I'm talking about regular chapter books for about 12 years old and up. It could fall in "children's books," or "Young Adult" which is technically 12-18. It also depends on what you're writing about. I was writing something for a 18 and up before, and I love that project and know I'll finish it, but as for now, I want to focus on writing for the youngsters. 

I just remember being a child and the love for reading overtook anything, even playing with my toys. I disappeared just for a while in those pages, and I fell in love. I knew someday I would write a book. I was inspired, and I've once again been inspired. Instead of reading adult novels, I've gone back in time and am focusing on reading what I plan on writing. I want to go back and read all those books I loved, such as: Ella Enchanted, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweet Valley Twins, Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Wayside Sideways School, Goosebumps, James and the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden, Mandy, Wait Till Helen Comes, Harry Potter (of course), etc. That is only just a few of what I used to read. Seriously I would read everything! I'm also reading the new books out for children/young adults nowadays. Right now I'm finally reading Percy Jackson & the Olympians. I heard so many great things about these novels, and I don't know if it's because I love Greek Mythology or what, but I'm absolutely loving these books by Rick Riordan.
I absolutely adore the writing techniques, yet there are still big words for learning, but not complicated. Instead of the typical love story taking over the main plot, there is adventure, and intriguing villains; there are weird creatures that twist your imagination like Dr. Seuss always accomplished. I love the books that are series, and I don't mean just fantasy fiction books. I like where the characters grow physically and mentally in life. Finally their best friend who was a girl, they start noticing in a different light, they change friends, they try to find their place in the world, etc. The theme's of these books can really help children learn their own identity and I love that because these books growing up, did that for me! 

I love also quotes by Dr. Seuss (was his birthday the other day), and ones by Roald Dahl, who wrote some of my favorite stories growing up. This one is my favorite:
There is magic all around us, and that's what make-believe is. That's why I love writing fantasy fiction. I feel like you can disappear from the ordinary life, and create a new life, something that is unseen of or unheard of. A world that brings the inner child out in all of us. That's why I love it. And that's why I write it. Dr. Seuss and Roald knew these secrets, and they were sad to see adults lose these traits. 

I also had a funny thought when concerning writing: ever since I was little, I always, always, made cards for family and friends. Whether it was birthday cards, v-day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, Christmas, etc. I always wanted to personalize these cards to whom I was giving them to. I've done that always, yes, on occasion I buy a card here or there, but even to this day...and I'm what, 24 years old, I still take the time to make cards. I went to go buy my little brother Justin a birthday card for his big 17th birthday (on St. Patty's day nonetheless), and I actually got irritated. I feel like none of the cards are really that special anymore. Sure you find one that will make you cry, but I didn't see any of those yesterday. So I decided I'm making another card for him this year. I hope they don't get sick of my cards, but it's a way to really express how I feel about them, and what they mean to me. Plus I design them pretty cute if I do say so myself. I made my boyfriend a huge Valentine with pictures of us and cute lovey-dovey quotes! He loved it. But the point of my rambling, is that I was thinking of making cards, and selling them. Obviously Hallmark is huge, but I could start my own smaller company. If they don't like them, so be it, but it would be amazing to see my very own cards on the rack! Don't you agree? Just an idea, one my mom so happened to love and adore. So we'll see people...we'll see.