children's writer

A Month of Faves: July, July, July

Jul 17, 2013
Inspired My Writing - A day or two ago I finally sat down and cranked out 1,000 words after weeks of not writing anything. And you know what? It felt pretty darn good.

"How Do You Do Great Things?
You Do Them!"
                            - The Fresh Exchange

One of the most inspiring bloggers shared the above quote recently. And as of now, I'm looking forward to many more new words in August.

The Dress  - I'm a girl who lives in jeans, so I think it's fair to say that my pin-board is the closest I'll ever get to my dream wardrobe. This dress from The Whitepepper caught my eye. I love the way it was styled.

An Oldie but Goodie - We all have those books that we come back to for a dose of inspiration. For me that book has always been Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I've talked about it many times here. On those days when I need a pep talk I always find myself flipping through the pages.

Inspiration for my WiP - Some of us use images to help visualize the scene that we're writing. For me the image below helped sparked the idea for the scene where my main characters first meet.

A Sweet Tune - Music has become such a big part of my daily writing ritual. In the past, listening to music while I wrote was just a big distraction. These days, I love being able to add a new song to my list of favorites. Stubborn Love by The Lumineers is my latest favorite. By the end of the video I'm almost always on the verge of tears.

I thought I'd get a head start on August by sharing a few things that inspired me this month. 

Where There's Blogging There is Writing

Jul 7, 2013
It's a fact, the best way to beat your blogging blues is to start fresh with a new design. While I'll admit it isn't the fanciest look, with my design skills I've learned to take it or leave it. I'd love to say that I spent my time away from blogging writing but where there's blogging there is writing. I think my slump was more writing related. I spent June writing a few hundred words here and there, reading here and there, discovering somewhat new TV shows, and pinning like crazy.

I also attempted to cook for once. Yeah guys, I can't cook for the most part. I attempted a ten minute mac and cheese recipe, but I guess my nerves got in the way because it turned out nothing like the photo. Someday soon I hope to get over my fear of chopping off a finger or being stung by hot oil. For now, I'll be sticking to the basics.

I did, however, become a little less music challenged after discovering Lennon and Maisy Stella--real life singers, sisters, and actresses on the hit TV show Nashville.

Their cover of Ho Hey makes me want to pick up a guitar and sing Ho Hey.