Inspired by a melody in the sea of dreams

In the sea of dreams, a distant memory fades like a melody floats away on the wings of the wind. A song in your heart is a song that gets stuck in your head, and fills your heart with love, joy, longing, sadness, and a whirlwind of emotion, which can swirl around you like a title wave when you least expect it. When the melody fades, the memory lasts for a lifetime, even though you feel an emptiness inside as the music drifts away.

There are times when the music that has faded away, comes back to us and makes itself known either in a dream, or as a familiar melody from another source. We never truly forget the melody that plays inside our hearts. The melody that seems to float away from us in our sea of dreams and memories, appears to drown out the cluster of memories that are continuously vying for our attention. Let the music in your heart speak to you. Float away on the wings of this melody, and let the music take you where it will.

This unforgettable melody can come to me, when I least expect it. The music is simple, yet deep, and filled with beauty, longing, love, and it ignites my fire of creativity in a very special way. It often speaks to my soul of its own accord, or it opens the door for my characters to make themselves heard as they tell me their stories.

This music of which I speak, doesn’t always come from a song or classical work, it sometimes comes from a TV show, movie, the ringing of church bells on a warm day, our neighbor’s wind chime or a simple conversation with a neighbor. Yet there are times when inspiration comes as I sit in silent thought.

How do you become inspired by the melody that floats to you on the wings of the cold winter wind? Where does your internal melody take you, as you glide with it across your sea of memories? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. May you have a joyous Christmas with your family, and I wish you all the best in the New Year.

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Bloggers: Interested in Writing Guest Posts? Joining a Group Blog?

Hey authors, here is a golden opportunity to market your previously published work, your upcoming work, and your web sites. You can reply to me, but if you want to participate in this blogging group, please leave a comment on the original post, found at
https://kathywaller1.com/2017/12/19/want-write-group-blog/ . Thanks for being a wonderful reader and sharing this opportunity with your fellow authors.

M. K. Waller

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A group blog I write for is seeking bloggers to write one or two guest posts next month.

We’re also looking for bloggers interested in posting once or twice a month on a regular basis.

If you’ve published books or stories, or if you aspire to publish, blogging with us is a good way to publicize your work and to show readers what you do.  Other members of the group will share your posts on their social media, so there’s the potential for hundreds, maybe thousands, of readers to see your work.

We’re family friendly, but aside from that, topics are up to you.

If you’re interested, leave a comment and I’ll get in touch.

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Book Review: Shadow In the Mirror

I will have to find and read this book. This may be just the thing to get my creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing a review of this awesome sounding book.

Wandering Soul Writer

A pregnant woman falls off her balcony and leaves behind many unanswered questions and broken hearts. Vinny, an inquisitive journalist sets out to find what’s behind the death of a seemingly happy woman.

The narrative is interesting, as are the various twists and turns that you will encounter, as you unravel the mystery with Vinny. The various characters, their motivations, past choices and events, and the consequences of their actions on their lives are very well brought out. The unique story-telling and the surprises in the story make it an engaging read.

The many characters and the non-linear format of writing may cause confusion but only if you lose track of the plot while reading.

Some of the portions were surprising and yet others heart-breaking.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Blurb:

It all begins with a death. Nita, a pregnant woman falling from her balcony becomes the string that unravels the plot…

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It Broadens the (Writer’s) Mind

I really appreciate this post, It makes me understand how traveling can be benefitial to my own writing. Thanks for sharing your . I hope other readers will come to appreciate this post as much as I did.

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The sticky joys of packing the kids into car seats. The triumph of cramming your daily life into a carry-on, victory dance cut short by a full bottle of contact lens solution. The stoicism of sleeping on the lumpy foldout sofa.

There’s nothing so delightful as travel at the holidays.

Fortunately for writers, it turns out travel broadens the mind regardless of destination. It’s not where you go, or even for how long–the process of moving to and within a new location is stimulating, even if it’s Aunt Hildy’s instead of Buenos Aires. As Jonah Lehrer writes in the Guardian,

…problems that feel “close” – and the closeness can be physical, temporal or even emotional – get contemplated in a more concrete manner. As a result, when we think about things that are nearby, our thoughts are constricted, bound by a…

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Five tips to market your books on Facebook

Use these 5 Tips to successfully promote your books by Using Facebook Groups.

 

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My creative muse, and my voice of reason

Hello everyone, I have a very interesting topic to bring to your attention. Have you ever thought of having a muse for your writing? If so, I’m sure you have a story to tell about your muse, and how it helps you make a connection with your characters. If you don’t have a muse, then I hope and pray that my story will inspire you to find a creative muse of your own.

As you know, from a previous post, I have been inspired by ALF to continue with a story that was initially inspired by a dream. With that being said, I found even more videos on YouTube featuring ALF. One of the videos I found, during my YouTube search was an interview with Paul and Linda Fusco that my husband actually stumbled across one night after we watched a few ALF episodes on his iPad. Paul Fusco created the snarky little alien, who became popular in the late 80s, and is still loved by fans around the world today. If you want to watch this inspiring interview for yourself, you can do so by visiting the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n_bnq0ebgw .

There were a lot of things I liked about this interview, including a joke about Fruit Loops at the end of the video, but there was one segment of the interview that really stuck with me. Mr. Fusco talked about his creative process, when writing ALF’s lines for the TV show. He told the professors who conducted the interview that there were times when he couldn’t think of any funny lines for ALF to say on the show. However, when he put ALF on his hand, ALF would tell him what lines to write.

The reason I can identify with Mr. Fusco is really simple. As a writer of Christian Fiction, I know my characters so well that they tell me what to write, when I sit down at the computer. From time to time, my characters will mentally pull me along on their journeys. To give you a perfectly good example of this creative process, is during the time I wrote my first draft of A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery. There were times, when I wasn’t even thinking about my story, my protagonist Becca Martin, would start her journey, and I felt as if she was beckoning me to “come on”. She kept looking over her shoulder to make sure I was following her, and I was mentally walking along behind her. Although I wrote this book long before I heard this video, Mr. Fusco’s story took me back to 2015, when the writing process for my novel, began.

There’s something to be said about creative minds thinking alike, no matter what we write whether it’s fiction, a narrative, comedy, etc. This interview inspired me to find a creative muse of my own to internally connect with my characters. My muse is a beanie bear my husband bought me, when I was hospitalized with Cellulitis back in September. She sits at an angle, beside my computer, which makes her look like she’s looking at me while I write. When I’m suffering from writers block, I pick up my beanie bear and hold her so she’s looking right at me. In this way I can sometimes tap into my character’s conversations; yet at other times, all I have to do is touch her and my story comes to life, like a movie playing in my head. However, when I try to force my beanie bear to tell me what comes next in my story something always happens to stop me in my tracks.

Here’s the part of my creative process that may sound weird, but when I try to force myself to be creative, ALF pops into my head as the voice of reason that keeps me from staunching my creative flow. This memorable TV character from my childhood, comes to mind when I need him to rip my writers block to shreds and keep me from halting the creative process, in the middle of the stream, when no other sources of inspiration will work.

I believe that as writers, we all need a voice of reason, aside from those of our characters, to keep us on track and throw writers block out the window. Your voice of reason can be anything from a loved one who is familiar with your creativity, to a voice from your past, such as a favorite character from a TV show, movie, or book. Who or what is your voice of reason? How does this person or internal voice keep you inspired and help you keep the creative juices flowing, so that you can write your story from start to finish? Please share your creative process in the comments below.

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My national novel writing month struggles and success

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I have struggled with what to write for the first few days of NaNoWriMo. I have been working on a couple of different stories, and I think that that works for me at the moment.
Let me share with you a little about each story I am working on. The first story I call Survival in the storm, but that is just a working title. This is a story about a couple who had to move into a cabin for the winter, because their house was totally destroyed. Once they settled in, and Brad Prescott started the furnace, he developed a bad cold, which turned into pneumonia. Before he passes away, he tells Jody to follow “the path”. She and a Bill Rider, her closest neighbor discover a root cellar in the cabin, after she finds a box with a key taped to it and a not inside the box. Although Jody is still grieving for her beloved husband, she discovers the provisions that he left for her. But that’s not all. She also discovers a secret path. The questions I’ve been playing around with are as follows: What is hidden down this path? Where does the path lead, and what clues does this passage give her about the destruction of her house?
The second story called The Native Beacon, which I posted a conversation with the characters in my last blog post, is taking on a different turn. Maylani is not a good beacon. She is actually part of Fire Fly’s gang. She was raised by the native beacons, but she is a fire breathing dragon. However, in the land of Snow Angel, there other native beacon creatures from the city of Winter Haven. These creatures have been sent to protect Anna and her family. Anna is the only person who has discovered these creatures, because she can feel the vibrations of their melodious language. I’m thinking about making her able to understand their language.
Here’s where I want to hear from my readers and followers. Do you think that Anna should be able to communicate with the native beacon in their own language? In my other story, does this secret path have anything to do with the destruction of her house? I know that these are my stories, but I want to know what you think. This feedback may keep the creative juices flowing, and add fuel to creative fire. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy writing during NaNoWriMo and beyond.

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