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7 Things You Never Need to Know About Me, but I’ll Tell Ya Anyway…

Melanie- A great blogger and writer-friend has a post today about 7 things people may not know about her. You can find her blog here It’s fabulous and I read it every day!

I thought it would be fun to play along and post my own list of 7 things people may not know about me… If you’d like to also partake in this exercise, please leave your seven things in the comments, or let me know if you post on your own blog.

So here we go… With the help of my friend Ernie over there. 7 things you may not know about me, and probably don’t need to know, but I’m pretty open, so what the heck.

1. I was born in San Jose, California and moved to the mid-west when I was five.
2. I had open heart surgery last year to replace my aortic valve and part of my aorta.
3. I’ve been married for 7 years, just like the title to this post 🙂
4. I work in a local mall managing the kiosks in the common area as well as some events/marketing.
5. I started writing my first novel when I was unemployed. It was a Janet Evanovich novel that inspired me.
6. Poetry was my first writing attempt at the age of 16 after my father passed away.
7. I’m a HUGE Detroit Lions Fan and U of Michigan Fan and watch all the games. Last year was a rough one for me. I’m looking forward to a better year for both teams!

Extra fun fact—-> Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love the horror movie marathons on AMC and the other movie channels!

That was fun 🙂

The Plot Un-thickens

I know the, “Outline Vs. No Outline, Plot ahead vs. Plot during,” debate is a stale topic, but I believe it will always be valid.

I’m about 5,000 words into my WIP and I have no outline, haven’t really thought about where it’s going, and this is usually around the time I get a bit– Lost.

I haven’t reached that point yet, but I feel it coming. I’m not sure how to combat this problem though. I’m not an outliner and every attempt I’ve made to do so has ended… well, with me more confused than before, without a lick of writing after that point.
I think I know how to plot. I’ve read it in all the writing books, but for some reason I have no clue how to apply what I’ve learned. Maybe I need to re-read some of them again, or all of them. I may be interweaving these two points, but I think they are similar.
So– how do you all do it? Outline or No? Any suggestions on some good writing books that help with this?

When I grow up…

One simple question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Seems like an easy answer, but it’s not. Not by a long shot. I wanted to be a Lawyer, Astronaut, Singer, Actress, I believed I could be all those things too. I was delusional you see…

I studied Journalism/Advertising in college and even got me one of them fancy Bachelor’s Degree’s. I was all ready to be an Advertising Copywriter *dreams of a corner office- loving what I do every day (still delusional) *twinkle in my eye for the future*

Reality hits me after college *thunk*

Woa- you mean you can’t get a job in advertising anymore unless you are exceptional, had a great internship at an advertising agency, of which there are like two nearby? What nonsense you say?

I became more and more jaded (unfortunetely, no really I’m not a fan of jadedness(?)

That brings me to the present- Thank goodness I have my writing- and in case you were wondering- that is what I want to be when I grow up-

Am I happy with my job?- no, not really- but hey- it’s a job, and I do have a nice office with my own pictures, desk etc. Am I jaded? You better believe it, don’t think that will change. Am I happy about what I’ve chosen to do in my career?- not yet, but hopefully the best is yet to come 🙂

I will leave you with a quote from a great animated tale called Kung Fu Panda (at least that’s where I heard it, may be some old proverb?)

“You are too concerned with what was and what will be. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”

So… What do you want to be when you grow up?

A new beginning…

I found a new story to write about, and it’s been really great to get into it. I think I’ve finally found something that will make me excited. It’s still in the mystery area, but there is a fantasy/sci fi element going on, even some religious aspects.

I’ve already written almost 3000 words in a few hours this weekend. The more stuff I write the better. I’m not abandoning my old story, but I think writing this one will help me finish the other. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I wanted to share the good news, since these posts have been… well a bit depressing of late.
I’ve also started to run again. I hope to make it at least three times this week. I’m working myself up to 4-5 30 minute sessions a week. It’s ambitious, but doable.
Have any of you tried to write concurrently, or bailed on a story to start another?
or for non-writer friends, any news to share?

Writing Motivation

I just don’t know what to do anymore. The writing bug has left the building and flew far, far away. It’s Sunday night and I have done no writing over the weekend. I think I’m just going to have to make some short-term goals on both writing and exercising and just do my best to meet them.

It was a wonderful weekend. We had breakfast with friends, my sister came to stay, I got a new blackberry and purse. So I guess I can’t complain, I just know I need to do more with my writing in order to get this first book done. I have so many ideas on other books, I need to get going. I think maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.

Anyone else have issues motivating yourself on things you know you have to do? What do you do to motivate yourself?