My Writing Bucket List

Hi Everyone!

I wish I could happily tell you I am feeling better and I’m back to regular life, but I can’t 😦 Had some more tests done yesterday, but I won’t have any answers until Friday (if I get any). It’s been a frustrating month, but I’m trying to stay positive.

Alright, enough with the depressing news, on to the blog post for today! I thought it would be fun to share some of the things on my writing “bucket list.”

Enjoy 🙂


My Writing Bucket List

1. Finish Alter Reach. You would think this was a given, but I started writing this two years ago. I’ve taken my time with it, but I’m really ready to get it finished and get it out there in the world.

2. Hold a copy of Alter Reach in my hands. I think that would be the coolest thing on the planet. Something I wrote and put so much effort into, finally available to hold.

3. Find a way to make a full time living off writing. I’m not sure this will happen after my Alter Reach, but it’s definitely a goal.

4. Write more books! I’m hoping Alter Reach will have enough success, that I can continue to produce more books (and hopefully faster).

5. Keep this blog going, and up to date as another source to keep in touch with readers.


That’s all I have for you today. Do you have your own writing bucket list? Or a life bucket list? What’s one of your goals?

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Cancer – A Poem

Hey there everyone! Happy Thursday.

This is a very personal poem, written quite a while ago. Some of you may know, my mom passed away from cancer when I was 18. Writing definitely helped me through some rough times.

Enjoy. 😊


Cancer

Eating away
every ounce
of hope
until that day
comes when,
she slips away,
and you’re left,
to face this
world alone.


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Halloween Book Tag

HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEN! 👻

Before we get started, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the support! You guys are great. If you haven’t already, click here to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

I love this time of year. I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I couldn’t, so in honor of Halloween, I wanted to do a fun tag. I found this one here.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a photo of my Halloween costume (I didn’t get the best photos from the Halloween party I went to the other night, but you’ll get the idea.)


Favorite Horror Book? 

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I’ve loved every Stephen King book I’ve read, but something about Salem’s Lot stuck with me. 

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I don’t really want to spoil, and I can’t say this is the absolute scariest moment, but there was a scene in The Call by Peadar O’Guilin that made me turn the light on.

Have you dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No. I tried to be Lara Croft from Tomb Raider once and ended up looking like a mix of Katniss from the Hunger Games and an unknown character from the Walking Dead. Last year, I dressed up as a book nerd though. That was cool.

What do you think your favorite fictional character would dress up as for Halloween?

Good question. Damon from the Vampire Diaries would probably go out as himself, and no one would question it.

What is your favorite type of horror (gore, psychological, etc.)?

I want a good story, and I want to be scared. I’m not a huge gore fan – I find movies like Saw to be unbearable, so you won’t find me watching the new Jigsaw movie. But, as long as there isn’t ridiculous amounts of gore, I’m in.

Recommend some Halloween Reads!

Anything Stephen King. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is pretty fun so far.


Per usual, I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Just let me know you did it, so I can read your responses!

Here’s my costume (I might wear this to work tomorrow!):

I love orange, and if I didn’t have a day job, I might just actually do this to my hair. Haha! The rest of the costume wasn’t pictured very well, so I won’t share the photos… but it was a black shirt, orange tutu, black and orange stockings and orange shoes. 😁

Are you dressing up? What will your costume be?

Thank you again for the support. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. 😊

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Poetic Expression – A Poem

Happy Saturday!

We are going to a Halloween party tonight. I’m being lame and reusing my costume from last year but it is what it is. I’m going to be a book worm. Stay tuned for pictures on Facebook/Instagram and maybe I’ll post one here.

I have 99 followers! One more to go til I announce my give away. Looking forward to that.

Here is a poem I wrote 9 years ago. Enjoy. 😊


Poetic Expression

Feelings bleeding through,
the black ink on this paper.
A written tale of a little,
girl ripped apart by love.

So much power held in my mind,
spilling it out through my pen.
Turning my darkest fears into,
a symphony of poetic expression.

Piecing every thought together,
my personal diary in metaphors.
Pulling myself apart to find,
the words to turn my life around.


What are your plans for Halloween? If you’re dressing up, what will you be? Have a great weekend!

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Writing Rituals Tag

Happy Friday! 😎

Quick, fun writing tag because I haven’t done one in a while. As always, I tag anyone who wants to participate. Just let me know in the comments so I can ready your response.


Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (Time of day, day of week)

Mostly in the afternoon, after work. I try to write something every day, except on Sunday.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

It’s difficult in an apartment, but I have my own corner in the living room with a desk. I just have to force myself to stay off Twitter.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I have a bad habit of editing as I go, so I’m constantly reading what I wrote and changing things. It’s why my process is slower than I’d like.

What song is your go to when you’re feeling uninspired?

I listen to a lot of instrumental music when writing. Songs with lyrics distract me. I don’t have a particular song that gets me out of a writing slump though.

What do you do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I step away and read a book or watch a tv show/movie.

What tools do you use when writing?

I have a couple go-to books that help when I’m struggling to find words. I have the emotions thesaurus and a book with writing prompts.

What is one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Chocolate.

How do you fuel yourself when writing?

Chocolate. 😎

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I don’t really have an answer for this question. I’m finished writing when I’m finished. It’s not the same every night.


That’s all I have for you today. What are your weekend plans?

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Updates!

Hi there, Happy Thursday! I can’t believe October is almost over. It also hasn’t snowed here in NY yet, so I am pleased.

NaNoWriMo is almost here and I’m excited to be challenging myself again. I am not writing anything new, however. This time, my goal is to finish Alter Reach completely so that I can move on to editing. My goal is to have it out sometime mid-2018. *Fingers crossed*

I am very honored and excited to announce that I will be part of a Blog Tour for Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney! The book is fantastic, definitely pick it up on Amazon. My stop is 11/14, but make sure you check out all the blogs on the tour.

Last, but not least, I am close to 100 followers on this blog. I honestly never expected to get one, so I am beyond excited about it. As soon as I hit 100 followers, I am going to run a giveaway, with a few prizes. Hopefully, the next time I hold a giveaway, the prize will be a copy of Alter Reach, but for now, I have a few fun surprises in store. Stay tuned. 😊


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Spiderweb – A Poem

Hey there! I hope your weekend has been going well. I haven’t been feeling well this week, so I’ve just been resting and trying to work on Alter Reach. I wanted to share another poem. This one has a kind of Halloween theme. Enjoy. 😊

Spiderweb

The spider sees its prey,
a tired little butterfly
needing rest and comfort.
He hides in the shadows,
awaiting her arrival.

She lands in his web,
unaware of the danger.
The spider emerges,
welcoming with open arms,
whispering sweet lies.

He says, “Rest now my love,
in the morning you will be
rested and ready to fly.”
She drifts into a slumber,
she’ll never wake from again.

The threads tie and bind,
his prey dies tonight,
in sweet silence.


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Honeoye Lake 10/13-10/15

Hey there! We are heading home today 😕 …not ready for our getaway to be over. It’s been a blast, the cabin we rented is incredible. I think we have found a place to come a couple weekends a year. We were able to fish right off the shore (feet away from the back door of the cottage). Paul and I both caught a few fish (Paul caught 6 or 7 and I think I caught 4…mine were bigger though 😜). I can’t rave enough about how great this weekend was. Not looking forward to going back to reality, but we have all day today and tomorrow before that happens. Here are some photos. Enjoy 😊

Let me know how your weekend was.

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Quick Update!

Hi there, sorry it has been a few days since my last post. I had some doctors appointments to figure some things out (I’m fine, no worries), which has taken up a lot of my spare time.

In other news, Paul and I rented a cottage on Honeoye Lake for this weekend. Hoping the weather is decent. We leave tomorrow night and come home Sunday, but we have Monday off. Hopefully we will be able to fish and have a couple campfires. I’m really excited.

Still working through my October TBR list. Should be able to read quite a bit this weekend. Also working hard on Alter Reach. Can’t wait to get that out into the world.

That’s all I have for you today, just wanted to update so you didn’t think I disappeared. I’m participating in a few hashtag games on Twitter and Instagram, so check that out.

I hope you have a great weekend. Let me know what your plans are. I’ll post again on Sunday and let you know about our trip.

 

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Black & White – A Poem

Hey there everyone! I hope your week is going well. Here’s another poem for you. Enjoy 😊


Black & White

Ambiance of chaos encircles misery,
trapping agony in her fragile heart.
Memories regurgitated in cycles.
There is no escape.

Icy eyes grow distant and cold.
The pain coagulates in his soul.
A void of stillness grows stronger.
There is no escape.

Flamboyant skies turn black and white.
Disoriented silence grows deafening.
Both fall to the masquerade of joy.
There is no escape.


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