PROOF: Forging a Writing Life in Public

Hello, there!

If you’re reading this blog, you may be interested in witnessing the perils and pleasures of writing toward authorship. Well, that’s what I’m here for! This whole thing documents the concentrated effort of storying (WordPress doesn’t like this word, but I DO!) and will include the process toward publication after the blood has dried, along with some other adventures on the way!

Acting on the desire to write for publication is the coolest and hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do for myself. It’s so easy to put off one’s personal aspirations to deal with life’s necessities, and at times, I even forget that I’m allowed to dream. Then, the haze of fatigue rises, I’m clear-headed and spry, and I nudge this Want awake with shaky fingers.

To my surprise, the more often I wake the Want, the more it demands companionship. Forget this hibernation thing. Even cat naps are for suckers. Its preference (and mine) is full awareness, and I’ve got to say, I’m really enjoying the constant coaxing of Something More.

That paragraph makes writing sound all good-fairies-in-a-mossy-wood, but–Real Talk–perseverance is hard, y’all. Self discovery through writing eats all the leftovers from your emotional Tupperware. And we’ll talk about that, too. The good, the bad, and the dirty, dirty dishes.

You ready?

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Flower Swords and Butterflies

This plant has doubled in size since this time last summer!

I call it a butterfly plant because the butterflies really like to hang around it. The kids love the color and the way the tiny blooms cluster together to make flower swords. Husband calls the bush by its Christian name, which I can’t dredge up from my mental well at the moment. Either way, it’s beautiful and looking at it makes me happy, so I’m sharing it with you lovely folks!

Happy Wednesday!
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Wild Hair and Water Horses: Swoon-Worthy Reads

Cover Crush

Confession: In real life, I’ve always wanted to be more carefree than I actually am. This urge stirred when I saw the cover for Tarryn Fisher’s ATHEISTS WHO KNEEL AND PRAY. (This book is not about atheism.) I immediately wanted to be the girl on the cover. She’s so wild and beautiful and free-looking, and she might just be in the middle of a ritualistic dance. Just put a bonfire in the background…You see it?

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I want in on it all. Come to find out, the book is about a must. And let’s just be honest, if we haven’t already been someone’s muse, don’t we want to? For me, that’s a big YES. 

True Love

I accidentally started reading SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater  last week. There was this giveaway (I didn’t win.), see, and it included a quote that you liked from the book, so I started looking for my favorite one, and here I am 3/4 the way through the story again. This book captures me. It gets all the sizzling lightning bolts. 

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Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍

Handmade Writer-Themed Gifts: Yes, I Craft!

I adore crafting and wanted to show y’all a few writing-themed presents I made for a friend!

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One is an actual writer’s block. (Gosh, I love a pun.)
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The other is something I made up. I wanted a positive spin on writer’s block because, honestly, the idea of not writing is sad to me.
 
So, to counter it, I made a thinking cube!
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There are concave buttons on two sides to fit her thumb and forefinger, and she can rotate it while she’s thinking grand things!
And there’s this adorable ink jar…
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Do you make things other than gorgeous stories? I’d love to hear about your projects!

Mustache and Mayhem: Swoon-Worthy Reads

I ‘d never heard of PENNY REID until this book came into view. If you know me, you know how much I adore all things vintage. This cover caught my eye in all its cross-stitched, past-honoring glory. It even made up for the strange title, which eventually I understood because I read the book. The story was as glorious as the cover. Since then, I’ve read quite a few of Penny Reid’s books, but this one has a special place in my heart cockles. So, not only is this my cover crush today but also a book rec! 

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I ‘m reading CHASING FIRE by AVERY KINGSTON. (You may recall the lovely sunburst and pensive stare cover.) It’s Avery’s debut and there are many kudos to be given. First, the cover/inner matter is gorgeous. Second, the writing and structure is super well done. She mixed up the structure a little and that small tidbit gave the story urgency pre and post EVENT. *No spoilers* Third, she covers some hard topics, y’all. And she does it based upon her characters needs and motivations so far as I’ve read. I’m on page 198 out of 355 and I had to take a break. I will continue, but it’s intense and I needed a breather.

I do need to send out a disclaimer: If you don’t like to read books with detailed sex scenes, this book is not for you. Sex is a coping mechanism for these characters and long scenes are dedicated to it. I wasn’t aware when I began, and it’s to the point now where I just flip past them, but if that’s not your jam or something you can overlook, you won’t be happy with this book.

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I’ll hold off on my adorable grading scale of lighting bolts and rain clouds  until I’m done reading, so it gets a fair shake.

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR!