What 2 months without Coffee looks like…

Lead up to October…

I’d decided many moons ago I wanted to have a costume party for my 30th, but I had too many options available for my costume and I couldn’t decide. So I spent a long time searching the web for amazing costume ideas, costume shops (the family friendly kind and even some of the ‘adult’ kind) and while searching I kept stumbling across these Faun or Satyr legs that people were making. They looked amazing and I kept thinking about how great it would be if I could get someone to make them for me. I researched it – they were quite expensive – so I forgot about them. I kept searching. I’d decided I was going to dress up as a Geisha, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, a vampire queen and many, many others.

Over the months leading up to my party in September I picked a costume, would go to find the parts needed, couldn’t find them and have to start the process over again. I kept running into these amazing photos of the Satyr legs and horns and what not and kept getting drawn to them. I started stockpiling the photos of these half goat men and women with legs and hooves and horns. I think people would have thought I’d gone a bit loopy if they’d seen my browsing history. Finally, we got to about 6 weeks out from the party and I needed to decide. I picked the Satyr.

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A question for the blogosphere!

I was discussing the other night with my husband about the need to set aside some time to write up my blog posts. His reaction to that astounded me.

Yep, my face was something like that.

His thoughts were that a blog post should take no more than a few minutes, 10-15 at most to construct and send out into the world. This appalled me, it shocked me, it made me question if I was doing this right or not.

My posts, depending on what they’re about can take me anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours if I’m not sure about the photos I want to use, or I need to do some research or I want to link back to a whole bunch of sites. Also, one of the things I tend to do is when I get an idea I’ll start a blog post and save it as a draft with the idea in it, to flesh it out later when I have the time to put into it, so that post could take me days or weeks to complete! I stockpile interesting or strange photos in my media library while I’m searching for specific photos. I constantly scour the internet pages I frequent hoping to walloped over the head with inspiration or see a topic that brings forth strong emotion in me.

My dear blog followers… I can’t be the only one that agonises over my word choice, primps and primes my post repeatedly (much like the 52 outfit changes a woman goes through before a first date) and otherwise exudes various other OCD tendancies?

Do you do the same? Am I strange (well, stranger than normal) in this blogosphere? How long does it take you to come up with a blog post and release it to the world?

Follow up: Tonight is the night

Well, I won! Isn’t that awesome!? You can see my previous blog post with the story here.

My first foray into the world of suspense/mystery/thriller was a success. In fact, I’ve had a few people ask me if I’ll continue on with the story, instead of leaving it where it finished. The jury is still out on this one.

What did I win you ask? It’s no national writing comp, by any stretch of the imagination, but I get to co-moderate the group the competition was held in on Goodreads, I get to come up with October’s writing competition prompt or theme and I am being showcased as writer of the month in the group. All in all, a pretty nice prize.

You can see the group (The pen is mightier than the sword) here, if you’re interested. It’s a fairly active group of people from all walks of life. Not the biggest on GR, but not the smallest either. I find the mix of people to be quite good, they seem to be quite inspirational in their own ways. I’ve had more than one story idea pop into my head while bantering backwards and forwards with that group, or reading their comments.

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The man who doesn’t read…

The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.

— Mark Twain

One of my favourite things about my kindle is the ability to highlight my favourite quotes from the books I read. I can then happily locate them on the kindle’s ‘My clippings’ entry.

What makes a good quote?

I think it comes down to the words resonating with the reader. Be it, by inspiring them or making them smile, making them cry or by just being well crafted. One can appreciate a well-crafted verse of another author, I find this particularly true for readers who are writers too.

I have found quotes from a huge range of books, magazines, tweets and blog posts. Some of them serious, others funny and some that probably don’t mean all that much to others, yet they amuse me. So, with the act of sharing in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite quotes and see if you too enjoy them.

“It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful.”  ~ Anton LaVey

“Slaying dragons, melting witches, and banishing demons is all fun and games until someone loses a sidekick – then it’s personal. The bad guy isn’t just the “bad guy” anymore, he’s the BAD GUY!” ~ Michael J. Sullivan.  This is from one of his blog posts about his Riyria Revelations series.

This one actually made me laugh out loud in the middle of the office. I happen to have quite a strong English background so I can totally relate to this one:

“I’m English. We’re about as tactful as a hot poker up the bum, most of the time.” ~ L.H. Thomson, The Antique Hunters

This one made me think about the truth behind it:

“Fact is just fiction with different storytellers” ~ Abby Slovin, Letters In Cardboard Boxes

There are certainly enough books and stories that highlight potential conspiracies within the news world. What if we’re being told what the government wants us to hear and not what is actually happening?

This one really just created a great mental image for me. The book in itself was pretty screwed up. I didn’t really enjoy it, but I still got this and a few other quotes from it:

“The elflocks of the crowd were every color of the rainbow, as was the light from their eyes that shone through the mask of the Arkadian winter night. Some of them had wings, but not gauzy gossamer tattooist fabulosities. The wing’d ones among them bore twin sails at their backs, reptilian bat bones folded and hooded just above their heads in taloned, Gothic arches of epidermis.” ~ Edward Morris, Blood of Eden: A Tragedy in Three Acts

To be honest, I’m not sure why I like this, but it seems I’m not the only one. Several people on Goodreads have also liked this quote:

“I stared at my broccoli with all kinds of menace.” ~ Juliann Whicker, Hotblood

Another one that made me laugh out loud for real. Flat-Out Love is a brilliant book. If I could quote the whole book I would. I think everyone should read it.

“Why is luge a sport? You dress up like a giant sperm and go sledding really fast. That’s hardly athletic. Phallic and sexy, yes. But hardly athletic.” ~ Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love

What are some of your favourite quotes?

Are they from books you’ve read or perhaps a catchy slogan from an advertisement or the lyrics of a song?

Do they inspire you? Make you smile or make you sad?

Reeling in the Muse

How does one convince the muse to visit? Can we bribe them with chocolate, whisper sweet nothings in their ear, or offer various personal favours?

The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don’t wait for her. Start alone.

Roger Ebert

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