Can you relate? I know I could! A wonderfully entertaining blog.
I met Paula Shene through a little site called BookRix when I first started out. She was such an encourager with a wonderfully wicked wit. So when she asked me to join in on “My Writing Process” Blog Tour, I just couldn’t say no.
Paula is an amazing woman. Taking some of the worst that life could throw at her, she has worked it into a beautiful spirit that comes through her as an author. Though she has written some memoirs and fantasy, I have enjoyed her children’s stories the best. Using animals as her medium, she tackles some very hard subjects such as loss and death with gentle wisdom. Please visit her blog and find out more about her at: http://thepeytondiaries.weebly.com/
I would like to thank Paula Shene for her invitation to join in “My Writing Process’ Blog Tour.
Now to answer four questions for my readers.
1. What Am I Working On Currently?
I’m working on making a dream I’ve had for over 30 years come true in writing a historical romance. I’ve chosen the challenging era of the Vikings. They were a remarkable people and -Yes! They did have romance back then. Not quite the flowers and hearts type of guys you’d imagine, but they were virile men!
2. How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
Well since Historical Romance has a long line of great writers, this is a challenging question. I don’t believe in big handsome men meeting up with slim beautiful women and being swept away by perfect romance. I believe in everyday people who, even though imperfect, sometime finds the one who is willing to put up with their imperfections and form relationships. Based on this, my stories are more character and family driven. When a couple decides to join in life, they are connecting two families together who may have nothing in common but the couple who choose to try and live with each other.
3. Why Do I Write What I Do?
I love to write. Poems, short stories, blogs, I write it all. I’ve chosen to write books because I’ve got a head full of stories and characters wanting to come out. Even though when I let one loose, they never do what I expect they will. I’ve watched people all of my life and enjoy their stories. One of my favorite things to do is watch people in restaurants and invent stories of why they are there. I particularly like romance. It gives me hope that love does overcome all, and it’s fun to write!
4. How Does My Writing Process Work?
That’s a tough question. I’ve tried several processes, but it boils down to a moment that catches my eye and my mind begins to weave a tale about it. Usually I know how the story is going to end and from there I work backwards. All in my head. I might jot a line or two down, but mostly, it plays out in my head like a movie. Then, when the plot seems solid, I will outline on paper. From there I work to write the dreaded first chapter. I hate first chapters. They are so important and I stress over them. But once I get over that hump, the rest just flows from me. The characters take over and I find myself quite surprised by them. Many times there are little detours to the plot, but for the most part, it follows the main outline.
I hope you all enjoyed the interview and join the following authors on their blogs on March 31, as we continue the tour!
I was born on a farm in Iowa. I’ve lived in Arizona, Washington, and now Southern California. I met my husband-to-be in high school. We were married for forty-five years and raised two wonderful children. Since his passing, I’ve made my home in Twentynine Palms, CA. The members of my writing group keep electing me Coordinator. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal. I’ve worked as a collector, bookkeeper, receptionist, and Advanced Super Agent for Nintendo of America. Several of my short stories have appeared in print and electronically, plus an anthology called Twisted Tales from the Desert can be found on Smashwords, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. Four of my novels are published. The first is Earthbound (Volume I), Gather the Children, Before We Leave, and Return of the Maca.
My website is: http://www.maricollier.com
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I had planned on posting about my new writing project, but there’s plenty of time for that. Instead, something else caught my attention. Today when I opened my account, WordPress happily reminded me it’s been three years since I started my blog.
Really? It’s been three years? Doesn’t seem that long ago since I looked at the overwhelming programming here and wondered what I was doing. It seems such a short time ago, I was wanting to be a writer. Dreaming of writing a book.
Anniversaries are a good thing. They remind us of where we have been. How far we’ve gotten in our journeys in life. Sometimes they are a painful reminder of losses and failure, but for the most part, the anniversaries in my life make me happy.
This particular anniversary reminds me I pursued a dream and made it happen. I may not have made it as big as I would have liked, but I accomplished the simple act of creating, writing, editing and getting produced not only one book, but two. And during the journey I learned how to post and be in countless social accounts, learned to blog, learned out to market and format, found a whole world of internet friends, and reconnected with long lost friends!
While I may not be in the best seller market, I’m totally amazed I’ve made it this far. It seems like years ago I first wanted to write a book and despaired that it would ever happen. Now, here I am. The satisfaction from just accomplishing my goal is a reward in itself. My hat is off to all who have succeeded in making their goals as well. Now it’s time to go and celebrate!
Are you feeling unnoticed, unloved and down now that you’ve written that book? Does it feel like it’s lost in the vortex of Amazon? Today I ran across this on Facebook by the Buddha Bootcamp and it kind of fit a writer’s life. It opened my eyes……..
We also have an incredible and unlimited capacity to love, but the question is: can we do it like a flower? Without needing to be admired, adored, or even noticed? Can we open our hearts completely to give, forgive, celebrate, and joyfully live our lives without hesitation or need for reciprocity?
It seems like sometimes we go beyond taking things personally and are noticeably deflated when unappreciated. In-fact, devastated, we wilt in sorrow and then attempt to guard ourselves by withholding, using all sorts of protections and defenses. We get hurt (even angry), if our boss fails to recognize an astonishing feat, if a lover pulls their hand away, or when a friend forgets our birthday. Can you imagine a flower copping an attitude for not being praised, or the moon dimming its glow because we’re too self-absorbed to notice it more often?
Each chapter in Buddhist Boot Camp invites you to make an effort to shine no matter what, to love unconditionally, and to be a kind and gentle soul (even when nobody is watching).
And, if you’re so inclined, hug the next tree you see and say, “Thank you!”