Humiliation, Humor, & Happiness…

I am going to humiliate myself in public…..   All in the name of book research, of course. 😉

Yep, I’m going to play a round of golf!

Haha, thing is… I’ve never played golf. I’ve never even been on a golf course. —  I’ve played putt-putt, like the little kid version of golf you play on vacation with the whole family, and even then all I did was humiliate myself. Lol! — Because I can’t even play that! (I have even been known to pick the ball up & place it into the hole a time or two… Yep, that’s right, I super cheat.)

There are some important golfing scenes in my book, so I have no choice but to get out there and play some golf.

— 3 things. —

Thing 1: It will probably be the worst golfing anyone has ever seen, no seriously.. it will be 😉 , but it’s still exciting & fun because it’s a new adventure. It’s something I’ve never experienced & to be honest, never wanted too. — But even doing something that will embarrass you to no end, is fun when you know you’ll have a good time with good people & make new memories.  — (Yes, my husband is likely to record this sporting disaster & share it with everyone, haha, but I can’t say that I’d blame him.. 😉 )

Thing 2: This sort of research is so much fun! The kind where you can actually get out & experience what you are trying to put into words…. it just makes things that much more exciting. It makes writing about it more exciting. — Plus, there is nothing quite like being able to say, “Who me? Oh, I’m a writer & I’m doing some book research.” — Word!

Thing 3: When I’m doing research… I’m making progress, and progress is always good! 🙂

So sometime in the next couple of weeks I’m going golfing. — I will be sure to let you guys know how it goes. 🙂

What Will It Be?

Writing Challenge: If you were forced to spend the rest of your life in a library, a museum, or a zoo, which one would you choose and why?

Easiest decision ever. Library.

I don’t even really have to think about that one.

I love museums, I’m a huge history buff. The zoo is a really cool place, I enjoy going.  Library’s though… those are amazing.

While at the library, I can easily read books about history, animals, and anything else that my heart desires. And boy does my heart desire books, Lol.

There is not a place that I can’t go while at the library. Anywhere, anything… it’s up for grabs.

I can go back in time, I can go to the future, or I can simply stay in the present & spend time experiencing millions of amazing & diverse moments.

I can go to so many different lands of imagination… from stories that take place in completely fictional worlds, realms, and universes to stories that are grounded in today’s reality.

Books hold more than just mere words strung together to form sentences, paragraphs, and pages. — They are full of life and character. You can go so many places, experience so many wonders, and enjoy every moment of it. — There’s nothing like it. — Simply put, there is nothing like getting lost in a book. — It is it’s very own perfection.

I am always baffled when someone says they don’t like reading. I’m thinking to myself, how in the world could you not? Lol!
So….  the library it is for me! 🙂

I Have Two Options…

I have to be honest. I don’t know what to do. I mean this is serious business.

I need to clean the living room. I need to read a book. ( I mean honestly, I’m right in the middle of it, It’s good.)

Only I can’t do both at the same time. What I really need is for someone to come read to me while I clean. — Best of both worlds if you ask me! (Except the cleaning part… I find that there is nothing “best worthy” about that at all…ever, lol.)

If I’m being completely honest with myself & every one else right now…. this living room isn’t getting cleaned tonight. — I just don’t have the will power to put the book down. I’m weak…. & I’m woman enough to admit it too, Lol.

If only I had my very own personal reader…..

However, since I’m the only reader I have, I think it’s going to be book tonight, living room tomorrow night. 🙂

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — But I think it’s missing a little something: “But if you can only do one of two things today… pick the fun one!” 🙂

Yeah…. About That…

The last time I blogged I mentioned that I was issuing myself a challenge to read every book I had & finish all the ones I started before buying any new ones. — Because honestly, I have a lot of them. I don’t recall the number at the moment, but it was somewhere around 30 something at least. — Anyhow, quick update on that… I failed.

Totally and completely failed.

I do believe it was the very next day actually. I probably broke some sort of record.

The overwhelming urge to search for a new book hit me, I did it, I found one that sounded really good, and I just couldn’t stop myself. — In fact, a couple of weeks after that I even hit up the used book store in town… I mean, do I even have to tell you what a gold mine that is to a book lover like myself? Lol.

In my defense, tho I failed my little challenge, I did in fact end up reading a good little portion of the books I already had. Probably about 7 or so. Lol, 7 or so & most of the new ones I bought…. in a months time. — Lol, someone reads a lot… when she should be writing instead..  🙂  —

Anyhow, I still plan to finish all of the ones I have. Maybe just a little slower than I originally planned.

Lol, slow & steady! 🙂

Common Problems of the Dysfunctional Reader…

I am about to attempt something crazy… quite possibly unheard of, even.

I have just cleaned up my Kindle app & dismissed the books that I’ve already completed. That’s when I noticed it. — There are 48 unread/half-read books still lingering about. 48. That’s nearly 50! (Lol, look at me stating the obvious.) & If I’m correct… I do believe I have exactly 4 unfinished paper back novels sitting around the house. — Somebody needs to read the books she already has before she purchases more… Lol. (Haha, don’t tell my husband I have quite so many… he’ll give me the look. lol The “you spent all that money on those books & haven’t read them?… Wait a minute, I just watched you buy a new book the other day! What are you, some sort of book hoarder… that doesn’t even read the books?!” Look. — (Funny how so much can be said in just one look! — 🙂

So, I’m going to attempt what?
That crazy thing that may actually prove to be quite difficult for me.

I’m going to try & read all the books I already have… before getting another one!

I know that must seem like a pretty easy thing to do. It’s just I have this bad habit of scrolling around & seeing books that look interesting…. soooo, naturally I get it & then I’m already so interested in this new story I’ve found I put the current one down & forget to go back to it later. I’m so easily distracted, Lol!  — Ya know, really, that’s just a compliment to all the authors that write so great they hook me & real me in before I even have a chance to stop myself. Lol, see…. it’s not even my fault. — They shouldn’t write so well & then I wouldn’t have this problem! 😉

Now in my defense, several of the books that are half-read were probably left unfinished because it turned out not to be my thing. — It happens. Those I will probably just never read. & truthfully, some of them were most likely free in the genre I was checking out that day & I got it to try it out. — Sometimes that works out. I can’t tell you how many times I bought a free or discounted book & loved it so much I ended up buying & reading a ton of those authors books afterwards. — I love when that happens. — Unfortunately, sometimes it goes the other way. — So some of these books will go in the never to be finished category. — But not most of them. Lol, I paid for these bad boys… I’m going to read them! (Not to mention that most of them that I started were good, I just got a wee bit distracted.. 🙂  )

So…. we shall see how it goes.
I am challenging myself. — No new books until I’ve read the ones I have.

(This should be interesting….. )

-Heather! 🙂

About A Book…

For the first time in a while I have actually worked on my book. I pulled out all my notebooks, folders, papers, & my lap tops & just worked. All I really worked on was more plot planning & fleshing out my secondary characters… but it really felt good. — A few weeks ago I was second guessing whether I should keep on writing it or just scrap it. — I’m definitely going to keep writing it. 🙂

I worked on it a lot a while back & I spent so much time thinking about it that it just became overwhelming & kind of depressing, rather than something fun & enjoyable. Tonight I was watching t.v. and I was just itching to create something. To write and bring something to life. I was doodling all over a little notepad & it was driving me crazy. It wasn’t enough. — So I pulled everything out & just went to work. — That is by far one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. —

I don’t want to toss my story out now. I want to complete it. I want to pull this story out of my head & finish writing it down. — It’s a little scary. It’s a lot intimidating. But it’s also possible. Most importantly, it’s worth it. — I think that’s part of what I’ve needed to come to terms with. That even though it’s a lot of hard work, time, planning, and writing… it’s worth it. Even though at times it seems overwhelming & like more of a chore rather than something I love… it’s worth it. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth continuing.

So whenever I get fed up with it & I’m sick of seeing it because it’s driving me crazy, I think I’m just going to take a little step back, get some perspective, and then come back to it… as opposed to just giving up on it altogether. I realized long ago that I could never give up writing… I wouldn’t even know how to do that. — I’ve just recently realized that although I love writing tremendously… that it’s okay to not like it sometimes. It’s okay if writing frustrates me rather than makes me happy from time to time. It’s a lot of work… and work can do that to a person. — I’ve held on to this ideal that I have to love it all the time or not like it at all… but I’m learning that that’s not necessarily the case. 🙂

-Heather!