Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IWSG-Embracing the awesomeness within

Last month, and last year I guess, was a really rough time for me and my family. I'll admit that I didn't write, or think about writing much during the crazy holiday season. Thanks to some serious technical difficulties with my blog, and Scrivener, I wasn't exactly in the mood to deal with more frustration. Also, because life during Christmas and all that madness isn't crazy enough, my husband's company had to decide to fold two days before that "joyful" day. Merry Christmas to us, right? I'm still unemployed despite a year of full time application submitting, we have college tuition to pay, rent, and the other necessities of life to cover. Extreme stress does not equal great moments of creative genius, and I was beginning to seriously question my choice to invest so much time, and resources in this silly dream of being an author. Writing my first book, or I should say editing it, has been a much longer, and infuriating journey then I originally imagined. It feels like I'm walking through molasses with this whole process. Then, something wonderful happened.

New Year's Eve I passed by the front room of my family's house, and heard my sister reading something aloud. I noticed my little brother, who normally can't sit still for two seconds, was glued to the couch, enthralled. As the words penetrated my sleep deprived brain, I found myself laughing aloud at the current scene. I thought, "Who wrote this awesome dialogue?" Then lightning realization struck, I had. My sister was reading from my incomplete, totally unedited NaNoWriMo project, and everyone listening loved it. My husband wants to know what happens next as much as I do. All my practical reasons for setting writing aside vanished in a moment. I couldn't give up something that made me and my family so happy. And, I will admit, I am pretty good at it. I always have a hard time saying that to myself. I feel like it is bragging or something. But the truth is, I am a writer, and I love every headache, curse, and laugh that comes with being that.

So my encouragement for everyone after the craziness of December and 2012 is this: Embrace the Awesomeness Within You! Maybe there is something nagging at you, and telling you that this is all just a mess that isn't worth the energy, time, and money. It could be that you are having a hard time finding a good critique group, readers, other demands on your time seem more pressing, you can't afford to attend the writing conferences, or you've been working on getting that first book polished and published for so long, you believe it will never be ready. Whatever may be weighing you down toss it aside. Let's make 2013 our best year of writing yet. Happy New Year! Good luck to you all!

Book of the Week:
Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this—she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.

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