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Podcasts that inspire you

Hey y’all, I know it’s late at night/early Tuesday morning, but I was listening to some writing podcasts, and they got me to thinking.

Personally, out of all the podcasts that I’ve listened to tonight, my favorite writing podcast is called Writing Excuses, which lasts about fifteen minutes (give or take), because we’re in a hurry and the hosts/writers aren’t that smart.

The last episode of 2012, the last one I just finished, was about true confessions of writing failures. I have started stories before, and I tossed them out because I didn’t like where the story was going, or, my plot line just fizzled out at the end of chapter two. However, I have had projects thatI started, and got stuck on, because they were the only project(s) I was working on at the time. However, when I work on something totally different, I was inspired to go back to the first work and keep the story going.

I have two questions for you tonight, dear reader. The first is this: What are your favorite podcasts to listen to, and how do they inspire or influence you, if at all?

My second question is: what are your true confessions about your writing failures, and how did you resolve the issues? Did you scrap the entire piece and start over, or did you write something else, until you were able to turn the piece around and make it work. Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and share this post with others, so they can join the conversation. If you want to listen to Writing Excused, you can find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast apps on your smart phone, computer, or tablet. The one thing I like about it, is that the hosts give you homework assignments that you can choose to try or not, as the muse dictates.

Before I go I have a brief homework assignment for you to try. Take a look at one of your writing pieces that have become a total failure, that you have not scrapped, because deleting it would simply break your heart. Remember, this piece can be something as simple as a dump scene, or a complete story. Take the piece and rewrite it in a different way, such as changing the story, taking the scene and placing it in a different story with different characters, or scrapping it and just starting from scratch. Let me know what happens to this failed piece of writing, because this could become an interesting conversation.

Until next time, Happy reading and God bless.

book reviews

Book Review: Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

This book review was inspired by Wandering Soul Writer’s book review of Shadow in the Mirror. As I was looking for that particular book, I came acress this fabous mystery/romance.

Lizzy wakes up one morning, looks in the mirror as she’s drying her hair, after taking a hot shower, and sees a different face. As she tries to piece together the missing two years of her life prior to the three years she lived in Washington D.C. and worked for an investment firm, she is brought down by severe headakes, nausea and vomiting. The pain is so bad at times that she ends up curling up on the floor.

As she starts to remember, she discovers that she is being followed. She looks back at old pictures, tax returns, and anything that gives her a clue about her past life. The more she remembers, the more danger she finds herself in. As she goes to a nearby stor, she meets Xabier, someone she knew during the two years that were wiped from her memory after her facial reconstruction. Even though she runs from him, she sees him in her dreams. Does she finally fit the piecees of the puzzle together? If so, how does she or X, as she calls him in her dreams, rid themselves of the danger they are both in?

I liked this book, because it kept me rivetted to m seat, and longing to learn more. I also like how the stories of the three groups of primary characters wer woven together at the end. I wish one of the characters hadn’t been eliminated at the end, but sometimes as an author myself, I know the feeling of “killing my darlings”, meaning eliminating the characters you love to hate. I highly recommend that you read this book. When you do, I suggest that you hold onto your seats, because it is a very wild ride!

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Familiar, or not so familiar aspects in life that invoke interesting emitions

In the past few days, a recurring thought has made its way back into my mind. When I hear a familiar song for the first time in a long while, there’s something about that song that sometimes hits a specific nerve, and makes me either love it, or feel inspired by it. Sometimes I can read a book, and the feeling of tension, suspense, or fear that the author portrays in the book comes through to me in a special way. Sometimes it’s a new song hits me in a different way than it has hit me before or since that time I heard it.

Let me explain how this has happened recently for me. My husband got a game for the blind called A Hero’s Call. As I listened to him play the game, and listened to the walk through on youtube, I felt that interesting sense of excitment/inspiration or even that aha moment, where it sparked a bit of creativity, or sparked an interesting image or emotion in my head that I couldn’t let go of for a long time.

Here’s my question to you, my dear readers. Have you ever heard or seen something that invoked these feelings like I’ve just described? If so, what did you see, hear or read that sparked this interesting excitement that you can’t put your finger on? Hwere you inspired by these interesting emotions? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Happy 2018, and may you fulfill all the writing goals you have set for yourself in the new year.