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It’s Happening!

Another day down in the books. (Insert thumbs up here.)

Wrote 3000 words & finished a scene I’ve been working on for like 3 days now.

It’s flowing, it’s smooth, it’s good. (Ignore that I’m biased because, I, of course, think my own work is brilliant. πŸ˜€ )

I even sent a little snippet to my best friend/sister-in-law & I was like, “I don’t think I’m half bad at this.” And she was like… “Yeah, you have a knack for it.” — Yes, we talk like this… kindly, don’t judge us. πŸ˜‰ ) — Then she told me to hurry up so she can read it in its entirety and not just the little teasers I keep sending her. πŸ˜‰ — I mean… the snippets & the teasers are good… it’s all good, amiright? πŸ˜€ — If you don’t think I’m right… please don’t burst my bubble. Everybody has the right to bubbles!

Anyhow… progress is being made… we’re moving along.

Y’all… it’s happening.

There have been moments along this journey where I very much thought it would never happen. — It’s happening. Right now.

I’d kick myself for all the time I wasted… but I genuinely believe that I wasn’t ready until now. I couldn’t have done this before…. because I wasn’t in a place where I could do it.

I’m in that place now & it’s happening.

I know that there were a whole host of people who didn’t & maybe even don’t now, believe me or in me. That used to bother me so bad. I mean turn my world upside down bad… because I already didn’t believe in myself.

Y’all know what is beautiful? I believe in me now. — I have a confidence that I didn’t have before… That God has given to me… that has changed everything.

Nobody can undo what He has done. No amount of disbelief in me… can shake my belief in myself. You can’t shake my foundation… because God built it… it’s quake proof. πŸ˜€

But I’m sure there will be people who read this & think… Yeah. Right. Okay. Here we go again.

And y’all wanna know something…. That’s alright. I don’t do any of this for any of them. I do it for God first and me second. — But once upon a time…. I would have felt that to my core. I needed people to believe in me… in an effort to convince myself to believe in me, and when they didn’t… it just reinforced my disbelief in myself. (What a hot mess that was!) — & now…

If you aren’t #1 or #2… that’s God & me… & you do have an opinion that is one of doubt… that’s okay… you can have it, it’s yours to have… but it’s irrelevant. — You can’t tear down what God has built… and He has built me up.

Y’all…. It’s happening. — & I’m excited! πŸ˜€

 

 

Y’all…

I gotta tell y’all bout what just happened…

About a month ago I started writing every day.. I still write every day, just so ya know.. that hasn’t stopped.

Because of that I write way more often, obviously, and I’m better at it. I genuinely believe that writing, in a lot of cases, is a God-given talent. It’s no different from the singer or the painter or the musician. It’s art, just like all the rest. Anyone has the ability to write, and that’s great, but I do believe that God gives some people an extra special ability to do so.

Just like I can sing… but you probably don’t want to hear it. While I’m capable of it, I was certainly not gifted with the ability to do it very well.

My husband can paint and he has real talent. Me? Ha! He’ll show me sometimes, like early on in the painting and try to explain what it’s going to be and how it’s going to come together.. and I’m like… I don’t get it. — He’ll say, you have to envision it… and I’m standing there like… Nope, I got nothing. — Because I’m not a painter.

I’m a writer.

I’ve struggled to stay consistent with writing and that has affected its quality. Writing is like any art. If you don’t do it very often, you’re going to be rusty at it and it’s going to show. With any art, not just writing. The more you do it, the better you are at it.

Here’s what happened…..

I downloaded a book earlier and started reading… I was stumbling through paragraph after paragraph because my brain was thinking like a writer, not a reader.

All I could see was sentence structure, the various tenses, how the author wove her words and sentences together, and the detail in her work. All I could see was how it was strung together…. and I realized it was because I’ve been so immersed in writing lately that my mind was reading like a writer, rather than a reader.

I have a God-given talent that I haven’t utilized the way I should have over the years. So it’s been pretty rusty when I did bust it out sporadically.

However because I’ve been using it so much lately it’s improved in a thousand different ways. One of which means I’m going to have to make an effort to put aside thinking like a writer when I’m reading.

I’ve never had that happen before. Sometimes stuff would jump out at me and I would think, oh that’s good, I like what he or she did there. — This was different.

This was…Β  I didn’t even know what I had read because all I was seeing was how it was put together. So I’m going to have to figure out how to shut that off, cause ya girl here likes to read. πŸ˜€

I just thought I would share that with you guys. Every day I feel moreΒ like the writer I’m meant to be… and I like it. And since this blog was always intended to be about my writing journey… seems fitting to mention it.

With love,
Heather.

 

 

 

 

1981

I fail to be consistent in my writing. I don’t mean to, but it is still true nonetheless.

Having said that… I sat down & wrote 1981 words over the last couple hours.

I’m now going to invoke the saying, “Something is better than nothing.” It’s 1981 more than I did yesterday or the day before, or the one before that.

So, go me. I’m going to pat myself on the back for a job well done. πŸ™‚
It’s also well passed my bedtime. – Night! πŸ˜‰

With Pen & Paper….

It feels so incredibly good to spend hours with a pen & a notebook.

Typing is great. Flipping open my laptop and writing away the time is good stuff.

However, there is still nothing quite like writing with pen & paper.

I just filled page after page with notes, characters, & plot details. — & for me, doing that on paper is so much more enjoyable than typing it up. — Eventually I have to bust out the laptop for almost all the book writing… but in the beginning stages, before the real story writing begins….. you’ll always find me with a pen & paper.

Book Update: It’s going really well! I’m just getting started, but I’m definitely off & running. — I’ll keep you guys updated. But I think for sure, one of the best things I’ve done lately was deciding to follow my heart & instinct on this whole book change thing. — I’ve known these characters and their stories for years… I just never thought that was the type of writer I should be or the type of genre I should be in. — A tragic love story was never the road I thought I should travel down. But in these characters and that of their family & friends, I have the ability to breathe the life into them that I’ve always known was there. — That’s exciting and it’s even a bit magical. — How could I possibly pass on that?

Humiliation, Humor, & Happiness…

I am going to humiliate myself in public….. Β Β All in the name of book research, of course. πŸ˜‰

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. — Β 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 πŸ˜‰ , 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. Β — (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.. πŸ˜‰ )

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! πŸ™‚

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

Back In The Saddle.

Sitting down to write and not having a thing to say is the worst. The last few weeks when I try to write I can’t seem to find a thing to write about. This is my first blog post in a while and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve really worked on my book. — However I’m forcing myself back in the saddle so to speak… and writing whether it makes any sense to me at the moment or not. πŸ™‚

It’s overwhelming to look at all the amazing authors out there and think that I could compete with that. Then again, I’ve always told others that you won’t get anywhere if you spend all of your time comparing yourself to others. — Time to take my own advice, eh?

So just a little advice, don’t compare yourself to others and decide that you fall short. We all have something to contribute to this world, we all have a difference to make in our own way. So it may be different than someone else’s, but that doesn’t make it any less significant. — Because just think, if the person you are comparing yourself to had thought the same way, they probably wouldn’t have made it to where they are. — So don’t quit, don’t ever give up. We owe it to ourselves to have faith in what we can do. πŸ™‚

-Hmthreatte.

Poison Ivy & Things.

So, check this out. I’ve lived out in the country, in a small south Georgia town, my entire life. Though I have been surrounded by poison ivy ever since I was a child, I have never come into contact with it. — Correction, had never. — That’s right… it finally got me. — (I actually think my dog thought it’d be cute to run through it and share it with me, so kind of her, right? πŸ™‚ ) — In all seriousness though, it’s just about cleared up now. — Thank God for that! πŸ™‚Β 

I sat down with my laptop to work on my book… but I thought I’d come over to WordPress and type away here first. — I really need to get to work, I’ve got a lot to do, but I like to put the P in procrastination sometimes. (Bad habit, I know.)

I have honey roasted peanuts & Coke too. See, I’m all decked out and ready to go! — Except for that whole procrastination thing. — Β I’m off to the mountains on Thursday for Vacation. That should be fun, but I will be sure to take my work with me. Ya never know, Sitting outside at night in the cool mountain air… might just make for some good writing. πŸ™‚

-hmthreatte.

A Little Book Update

I recently made the decision to try and write a blog post every day. Of course once I did that I found that I couldn’t think of anything to write about. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

So anyhow I figured i could talk to you guys a little bit about the progress on my book. πŸ™‚

I have a bad habit of “slacking off” sometimes. Different things contribute to that. Some days I don’t feel very confident. Some days I can’t think of anything decent to write. Some days I get busy and never get around to it.. and then there is the occasional, “I just don’t feel like it today,” days. No matter the reason, it leads to the same thing… nothing gets done.

I’ve had a pretty good mix lately though. A lot of working on it a good bit mixed with not working on it so much. So that’s always a good thing. I feel like as long as I keep it going in between those moments, I’m doing pretty good.

I have a lot of work done with my main female character, Lacy. Partly because I am a female so I relate to her better on that level. Also partly because I don’t have to think about Afghan desert and military things in reference to her. — One thing I can say about her is that she is not a lot like me. I know a lot of authors write books with characters that have a lot of their characteristics, and I admit, sometimes I can see myself in her. However, usually that is not the case. She has characteristics that I see in myself, characteristics that are nothing like me, and sometimes characteristics I wish I had.

This is definitely a work of fiction, lol. I may be married to a former FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Corpsman, but this story is not our story… just in case anyone may be wondering. — When I met my husband he was already in the Navy & when we got married he had been out for 7 months or so. I’ve never lived out this type of life, but I am most definitely enjoying writing about it.

I have worked on writing some of the chapters that fall in the middle of the story, those are also going along really well. I can’t wait to finish the main parts of my book so that I can go back and work from the beginning. It’s all so very exciting!! πŸ™‚

So I’m going to get to writing.. Y’all have a great night!

-hmthreatte

This Is To Thank You.

So last week I got to thinking that I would try to write a new blog post every day. Usually it’s about once a week, sometimes twice. So this post is a little update & a Thank you.

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Am I happy? Yes. — How’s my book coming along? Good, I haven’t worked on it at all today.. but I’ve accomplished a lot with it this week. πŸ™‚ Β — What am I doing? Lounging around scrolling through WordPress and reading other people’s posts.(They’re good btw. πŸ™‚ Β — How was my day? Great! How was yours? — What am I doing this weekend? Going to a wedding shower on Saturday & the movies on Sunday. — And I am feeling very, very lazy right now,. πŸ™‚

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So now I’m going to write y’all a little thank you letter! — So here goes…Β 

Thank-You! I started this blog, and in doing so, I did something that was very scary for me. I had to step out on a ledge, so to speak, and trust that I would not fall. I had to write, I had to share, and I had to trust. — It was easier for me to share with strangers, transitioning over to people that knew me was a lot harder, but I did eventually share this with everyone.–

I say thanks because when I took a leap of faith, you guys helped to strengthen it. πŸ™‚Β 

If you’ve read this blog, if you’ve liked it, followed it, or kept up with it… then you have done a very big thing for me. You have made a difference. You’ve lent a helping hand even if you didn’t realize it. Even if you read it and thought, my goodness, I don’t like this… that’s cool too. You still read it and that still means something to me. πŸ™‚Β 

I appreciate all of you. I appreciate that you spent your time with something I wrote and crafted with the one talent I hold dear to my heart.Β 

So just know that when you read anything I write here on this blog or in any of my other work in the future… it is very much appreciated. Even if I don’t know you personally, if I never know that you read it…. I still thank you. I thank you and I want you to know that it means so very much to me. So once again, Thank – You! πŸ™‚ Β 

-hmthreatte!

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