Posted in Blog, Randomness

So This Happened…

When you’re sitting in your living room, staring at your lap top with a pretty tough case of writer’s block going on, feeling like a failure… & you see a rain frog hopping around in your living room…. what do you do?

You save its life & feel like a hero. That’s what you do!

So, who’s feeling like a failure now, I ask? Not me, I just saved a life.

A tiny little life that apparently thought I was attempting to do it tremendous harm & therefore made me give chase all around the furniture in the room…. but no matter, the important thing here is that I saved a life. 😉 😉

 

Posted in Blog, Life

Truth!

“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others have no choice but to believe with you.”
— Cynthia Kersey. 

There is power in believing in yourself. I think far too often we doubt ourselves and open the door to failure. Because in a lot of cases that self-doubt is where the failure begins. — Don’t do yourself an injustice. — Even if no one else believes in you or your dreams & goals…. keep believing in them. — Because someday you’ll make a believer out of everyone else. 🙂

Keep on keepin’ on! 😉

Posted in Blog, Randomness

Hot Tea & Optimism!

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Blah!

One word. Allergies.

They are no fun & managed to get the jump on me… Again. — They pull this stunt every year.

No respect, I tell ya… None.
No consideration for my feelings.
They just show up & do as they please.

— So I have myself a giant mug of hot chamomile & lavender tea, a cozy couch & a fluffy blanket. —  Netflix released the new Longmire episodes today, So I am currently wrapped up, sipping on my tea & spending time with Walt & the gang. —
I am determined to enjoy myself despite these pesky, inconsiderate, disrespectful allergies! 🙂

Heather!

Posted in Blog, Book Updates, Writing

Brand Spankin’ New Idea!

That’s a catchy title, right? I feel like I just got an A+ on one of those 5th grade assignments where we used to have to come up with catchy titles & first sentences to draw readers in. – If by chance it didn’t work on you, please, spare my feelings & let me play pretend. 🙂

So about this new idea…..

I am going to challenge myself to write every single day. — I get in those moods where I just don’t write for a while or can’t think of a thing to say… and I just stumbled across some really good writing prompts, some of which should prove to be quite interesting. (Considering one is about majestic beasts, swat teams, & something else I don’t remember… Lol, either way, so far out of my realm, but should bring so much fun into it! )

Anyhow, I plan to work on one a day or so. Write a few paragraphs or something & just have fun with it. I feel like spicing up what I’m writing about everyday will help keep me from burning out on the same thing day in & day out. — I think a few pages or paragraphs of fun & some writing that is completely out of my zone is just what I need to keep it fresh. — So I’m going to give it a try at least. — All I want is to get in the habit of writing every single day & having wacky fun with it sometimes.

— Of course, I’m still working on writing my book, (I’m actually working on creating the fictional town it takes place in right now. — I’m going on my first little research trip in a couple of weeks… which is not only super exciting but will also help me nail down this fictional town and military base I’m working on, lol. Don’t want to write something entirely impossible & sound like a big dummy… 😉 — Once I finish that part I can get back to writing the story again. — But some fun little stuff in between will help me out I think.

I fully intend to share some of my little writing projects with you guys… so beware! Some may be entertaining, some may be boring, & there is a chance some may be down right terrifying.. 😉

I’m just excited to have some fun & I hope you guys tag along for the ride!

Posted in Blog, Reading

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! 🙂

Posted in Blog, Book Updates, Writing

A Writing Revelation…

Oh my goodness… I’m a pretty decent writer! 🙂 (Excluding all my comma splices & the like! 😀  Haha, let’s not bring those up!)

I don’t know if any of you guys are like me or not, but when I’m writing I end up having to read through what I’ve written like a thousand times. By the time I’ve read it that many times it starts to sound awful. I’m like… oh my goodness… I’m a horrible writer. — Since I haven’t worked on my book in months, I haven’t read any of what I’ve written. — Until tonight.

As I was reading through my first chapter I realized it’s actually good. I kept thinking, Oh my goodness.. I wrote this? — No way, someone must have come behind me & rewrote this entire thing, haha… because it’s actually pretty good. — Good enough that I’m still trying to figure out how I managed to do it! Lol.

I’m notorious for being my own worst critic. Sometimes I feel like I’m not capable of writing anything good… that I’m just not as talented as other writers. (I know, bad thing to do.– Old habits die hard.) Anyhow as I was reading tonight I realized that I really do have some talent here. Maybe not the exact same talent as those I’ve compared myself to in the past. But I have talent. We are all different types of writers & we all excel in different ways. — I’m talented at what I write, the way I write it. (It may not always feel like it, but I’m good at it.) — My good may not be the same as another persons, but it’s good in its own right.

I’ve been reading & writing ever since I learned how to do both. When I was seven & eight years old I would write stories (The crazy kind about talking shoes, mermaids, and rabbits, lol) then I would run down to my grandma’s house & tell her to read them & she’d always tell me they were good. (Haha & we all know she wouldn’t fabricate the truth a little to make a child feel better, right?) — In all seriousness though, I’ve been at this thing for a long time. Beating myself up along the way about how I could possibly be the worst writer in history. (That’d be awkward.)

But I’m not. 😀 — & for once in my life I actually believe that.
Pretty awesome, yeah?

Heather!

Posted in Blog, Writing

This Is Who I Am

Communication. It’s a beautiful thing when done correctly. — This post has nothing to do with my book tonight. I’m a writer. I like to write fiction; I find it fun & entertaining. That being said and all, it’s not what makes me a writer. — That comes from within, that comes from the heart.

Writing can be so much a part of someone that they can’t ever really be separated from it. I’ve written poems, I’ve written what I like to call “confessionals” (basically I’d just sit down at the end of the day & write whatever came to mind, it’s fun stuff, you learn a lot about yourself.) I’ve written letters when I couldn’t find the write words to communicate with someone. I practically write a book in my Christmas cards every year (I threw that one in for fun, but really, it’s true.) I’ve written blog posts. 🙂 I’ve written a book review here or there..(those aren’t my favorite, but I like to share my thoughts with others.) In college, I could choose any way I wanted to do a project… I’d write a paper, of course. I’ve written for no reason at all, literally just randomness on paper. — Writers aren’t writers simply because they just up and decided it’s what they would do. No, they write because it’s who they are.

This blog is supposed to be about my journey from writing to publishing, and everything in between. A person’s journey doesn’t just consist solely of point A and point B. Everything in between shapes a person and that makes a difference in the end. So when I feel like escaping for a little while, chances are probably high that this is where I’ll go.. to the place where I write.

I’m a very passionate person and I feel very strongly about everything in life. So as I continue to share a little piece of myself with everyone through this blog, you’re going to start seeing who I am. I’m as shy as they come, most likely, too shy. However, if you put pen and paper in front of me, or a keyboard… you may start to wonder, “who is this?” and “where did Heather go?” — I’m always here, I’m always the same… but when I write, it’s when I shine. It’s where I feel like I’m at home. It’s when I feel like myself.

In the beginning of this post I mentioned something about communication. — You may very well be thinking that I’ve lost my mind, seeing as how nothing I’ve said since then has been about that. I haven’t, I promise. — The thing is, communication is very important and writing is my way of communicating. It’s my way of living, of happiness, and of being. It’s all I know. — God gave us all something to be good at. He blessed us with some sort of talent, with a way to share His love with the world. — This is my way. This is my talent. I can feel it. I will write to the very end of my days and I will never stop thanking God for making me a writer.

If I don’t communicate my way I turn everything into a giant mess. 🙂 If I don’t keep going down this road I’ll be giving up the heart of who I am… and what’s life all about anymore when your heart’s not in it? — I was told I couldn’t make it in the writing world long before I’d even started trying… and I gave up. I quit because I feared defeat… and yet, that fear is what left me defeated. Isn’t that cute? Being afraid to fail is what lead to my failure.

Well not anymore. I refuse to fail and I refuse to give up. This little lady has a lot of writing to do. Which means you guys have a lot of reading to do! 🙂

Hmthreatte!

Posted in Blog, Writing

My Support.

Sometimes I sit around and wonder what road I’d be on in life right now if I hadn’t made certain decisions. We make choices in life that become our defining moments. The best decision I ever made was choosing Jesus Christ to be my Lord & Savior. The next best decision I made was marrying my husband, Jeremy. — Both of these decisions have played a crucial role in my writing. Or better yet, in my decision to write for a living. Of all the support I have, this is the support that gets me through the tough times. This is the support that cheers me on when I need it the most. This is the support that I cling to when I feel defeated. — The support from God & my husband; the support that means everything to me.

My husband has been my rock since the very beginning. I was terrified when I told him I wanted to write. I thought he’d look at me like I was being unrealistic.. but he didn’t, and to this day he hasn’t. He asks me everyday how the book is coming along. He asks me how he can help. He tells me he believes in me, and while I’m afraid to tell others that I’m writing, He tells everyone. He doesn’t just mention it in passing, he says it like he couldn’t be prouder. — That is what’s going to push me to the finish line.

If it weren’t for him and his unwavering support, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this right now. He boosted my confidence when no one else did. — He pushed me to write. He told me to forget about what other people thought and to always remember that he has faith in me. — Thank God for that faith, because I’d be lost without it.

He’s not alone in supporting me. I have a few others that encourage me, and I’m as equally thankful for them as I am for him. Even Pepper(our giant black labrador, a.k.a. my sweet little baby.) supports me… at least, I’m pretty sure if she could talk she’d tell me so. 🙂

Part of the reason I started this blog was to find a community of people who enjoy & believe in writing as much as I do. There’s a peace of mind that goes with knowing you have support, or if nothing else, understanding. — Support is one of the greatest gifts that someone can give.. and it’s also one of the simplest. I am so very thankful for all of the encouragement I have, and will continue, to receive.

A little bit of support may not seem like a lot. However, it has left me with characters, a plot, a beginning, a middle, an end, a first chapter, a couple of plot twists, a lot of notes, back story, and future ideas. For something that takes very little to give, it sure has given me a lot. 🙂

-hmthreatte.