I hope you have a holiday filled with love, joy and warm memories.
Writers observe their surroundings, and there is a lot to learn.
For me, it’s interesting to watch the boxes that people place themselves into; and more interestingly, the stories they tell themselves to stay neatly and securely tucked inside their life’s containers.
They operate out of this box with a strict set of rules that they, along with their list of supporters, follow to the letter – and a lot of this is learned from the day they are born, and then built upon to become firmly ingrained in their sub-conscience.
But eventually, those same routines, the same rules, the same outcomes, and the same supporters, make a person want to peek through the cracks just to see if there is something more to their existence.
What would happen if they kicked open the flap of their windowless space – and took a chance on themselves? You see, that’s where the joy of being alive begins; it’s breaking old habits and not allowing others to padlock us into the box they think we belong.
It’s saying “what-if” to life’s possibilities – then exploring options that help with personal growth – but it also recognizes that once we leave that mundane set of rituals that we have become accustomed to, we will never be able to step back into those old scripts again. Because, we have shed the cocoon and we are now in a period of transition – and will forever be different.
And that is what scares a lot of people.
As a population, that is very tribal in nature, the peer pressure to remain within the social clicks/beliefs is both enormous and yet comforting – and at the same time suffocating.
Some people will never question their personal “belief-box”, yet others can’t wait to escape to experience what they are fully capable of becoming in their lives.
It all makes me wonder as I watch those around me, who is trying to shake themselves free from an old script, and who will continue to wilt inside from unmet dreams?
The reality is, is that the person holding the keys to your box is you.
And this my friends, will be the basis of my next novel.
I love working in my office, perhaps because it’s a south facing, cozy and inviting space.
Except for traveling to writing locations, this is where everything takes place.
The desk was handmade by a local man in Fredericton, and the antique chair to the left is over 100-years old and made in Nova Scotia. I treasure it as it was a gift from my father to me for my birthday. Whenever I would visit, I always sat in that chair. It was a great gift with a warm history.
The plants in the window, they are all presents from my friends. I continue to nurture them, as I do my friendships.
So, if it’s in my work space, it usually has some sentimental items attached to the ambiance.
Tis a bit about me on a lovely, Sunday afternoon.
This fall has been beyond busy. As a result, I realized I missed my website’s two-year anniversary mark. (Gasp!) I know! I felt the same way missing a day to celebrate such an accomplishment.
Ahem, a moment of reflection.
I have had a great time developing my writing over the last four years — despite my website being a wee toddler. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to express a warm thank you to my readers who follow me on this site as well as my other pages. I appreciate all of your support.
So, I believe I’ve come up with just the idea. Watch in the next month for an announcement that you all can be a part of.
Until then, I am off to celebrate – it sounds better than saying I’m off to do some domestic diva duties, doesn’t it? 🙂
The life of a writer isn’t always glamorous. In fact, when we aren’t banging our heads against our desks, (sigh) we are doing the dishes.
Stay happy, stay healthy!
Lots, 🙂 but here are a few tidbits for this post.
I am in the home stretch for finishing up my novel, The Keeper. As with all my novels, I have learned so much during the research phase for the topics covered in the book. Some were fascinating, some were eye-opening, plus, the story took on a few surprises – including a quagmire or two. Look for it on Amazon in January 2018.
In other news.
Not many of you know this, but my husband and I are beekeepers. So, a bit of excitement, not the good kind mind you, that goes along with the business is keeping the bears out of the hives. We have a huge one hanging around now. With two enclosures we are hoping that will deter him away – but I write this with a half-heart as he is perhaps one of the biggest bears we have had around the property. Wish us luck.
And on a fun note.
Do you remember the backpack that inspired me enough to make it into my novel? I ordered it. The designer, Nasta Taras, and I chatted on the details today. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. She is basing it off the original photo, but with some changes. Since I own one of her purses, I know she will thrill me with her ideas. Should any of you be interested in purchasing or inquiring further about Nasta’s products, here’s her Facebook page which has many of her creations.
Oh, and there may be something coming down the pipes regarding this bag. Stay tuned. 🙂
My final news for this post is near and dear to my heart.
I have a new assistant.
He is suave and debonair, with a touch of mystery to his being. He is a great listener, especially to the noise of dialogue as I talk out scenes, and of course he can be a bit of a martyr when it comes to keeping me on track. So, may I introduce, Kaz, the world’s best assistant. I do believe he may need to make some cameo appearances in my novel.
Figure 1: Kaz, in the assistant’s chair, eyeballing me to get moving on the manuscript this morning. He is such a tyrant. 😉
Well, I’ve more to share, but since this post is getting long I shall stop here. Check back when you can for more news.
Health and Happiness,