Creative Journaling

Most of us have heard the term ‘Creative Journaling’ at some point or another. Some of us may even have attempted it at some point or another. Well let me tell you something…the world of creative journals has advanced significantly since the time I bought a little sketch book and some colored pencils, convinced that I could mix words and watercolors to create something amazing and awe inspiring. (I filled 4 or 5 pages and set it aside).

One of the best things to happen for the creative journaler, in my opinion anyway, is the rising popularity of creative journals. Not just notebooks or sketchbooks that you purchase and then fill as you see fit. No, these wonderful books provide you with specific ideas, prompts, and suggestions for each entry. Some of them are non-date specific, allowing the artist to pick and choose their prompts, moving through the pages on a whim and the wave of your emotions.

However, there is a daily creative journal that does include the dates. In fact, the Q&A a Day for Creatives: A 4 year Journal by Potter Style includes (you guessed it!) 4 years worth of dates. Each page is fitted with its own unique prompt and separated into four spaces. You merely fill in the year and fill out the box.

The prompts vary from the type of medium used, to the type of art created, and even to the type of question asked. Each day is a prompt meant to break you out of your box and allow you to view your day, and maybe even your life, in an inspiringly creative way.

I give the cover art 3 out of 5 dragons, the color blocking just doesn’t do it for me. I love the bright colors but feel the brown should have either gone completely across or not been included at all.

The inside, however, is exciting, fun, and definitely worth 5 out of 5 dragons! If you are a creative type (or if you want to try to be one) this is a great book to start with. You never even have to show it to anyone! If you aren’t an artistic type and don’t want to try this one, don’t worry! Potter Style has several more of these journals, such as the 5 year Q&A a Day that I still fill in every night, or the 3 year for kids and/or the the college student Q&A a Day! Check them out and find something that will fit your life, the questions are always interesting and thought provoking.

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. Opinions are my own.*

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Weekly Goals – 8/30-9/5

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This week I have an incredibly important, incredibly difficult goal to complete:

I am dead certain that I need to do…Something.

I’m not quite sure what all that something will entail. However, there will be writing of several types involved. Maybe even some cooking and clean clothes…but let’s not push things!

Oh yeah, I’ve been cleared to exercise again now that my foot is healed up. So there’s a possibility for that as well.

Basically, i don’t know what I’m doing. Not that it’s uncommon..I never know what I’m doing.

What about you? Do you have a long goal list this week?

Author Interview: Tabitha Peterson

Welcome everyone to another fabulous Author Interview! I was recently able to ‘catch up’ with Tabitha Peterson, author of such hits as Pegasus the Pet Hen and Mr. Rocket the Rescued Pony. Let’s get down to it:

Author Tabitha Peterson

Author Tabitha Peterson

Thank you for joining us today. Let’s start out with the basics.

  1. What name do you write under?

Tabitha Peterson. (My married name)

2. Is this a pseudonym?

No it is not.

3. Do you use more than one name when you write?

Nope.

4. Tabitha, you currently have 6 or so books listed on your website. Will you please tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

Well, in 2009 one of my books, (Daughter of the Unicorn) decided to take over my life, so I figured why not get published!

My books like to do that too! Annoying, frustrating, but so much fun. 

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

A range of them actually. Memoir, non-fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (mythology). As to why, well I like to talk about horses, my kid, and unicorns! I just like to talk and books let me yak and yak and…

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

Man that is hard! I tend to like the same genres that I write though many in addition. Similar interest I reckon. Unicorns, horses, horse training, Alaska… many interests!

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

How do I choose?! Ok, one that I wrote, maybe, possibly the ”rescuer” character named Aspen in Daughter of the Unicorn. One that another author wrote, pure torture. I’d have to hazard a guess at Daneel Olivaw in Issac Asimov’s robot series.

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

Yes I most certainly would, as long as I had a say in how much they chopped or changed. As to why, well firstly I’d like to think maybe some of the message in my book(s) might be well received, helpful in some way. And two of course, for publicity and the honor of being chosen. Lastly I’d use it to help my fellow authors.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I drink coffee, eat chocolate, muck a horse stall or go horse riding.

I’m sensing a pattern  here…

  • What inspires you?

I have too many ideas anyway, but sometimes music, a movie or horse riding help.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I haven’t had that face yet! Usually it’s one of pleasant surprise, somewhat akin to if you told them you’re a rocket scientist. For some reason many folks act as though it’s amazing or neat to be an author.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you and your lovely titles.
  • Chiron's Honor - available Now!

    Chiron’s Honor – available Now!

http://www.tabithapeterson.com

www.goodreads.com/author/show/13347004.Tabitha_Peterson

https://tabithapetersonbooks.wordpress.com

Thank you for this opportunity to do a Q and A!

No Tabitha…Thank You!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ Inspirationally

If you would like to participate in these wonderfully inspiring Wednesday posts, please go right ahead! Check out Silver Threading  HERE for the inspiration post every week (and all of the rules etc.) then post your own! Remember to title it “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” so we can find you!

Over that past few weeks I have shared with you some of my favorite quotes over creativity, consistency, confidence, and just writing in general. This week I want to look at something that Silver Threading is also touching on this week (I’m following the prompt…AHA!) and that is Inspiration.

There are so many things that can inspire us on a daily basis that it took me a while to be able to decide that I could even tackle this topic. The world of inspiration is so versatile, personal, and vast that each one of us could have some hidden inspiration point no one is even aware of. In fact, I HOPE we do!

That being said, here are a few things that inspire me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite books. The absurdity melds with creativity, imagination, and just plain ol’ life to create a beautiful and relevant piece of art to be drunk by our minds , hearts, and imaginations. I always come away feeling inspired whether I’ve read the book(s), read an adaptation, or watched one of the many adaptations (movies, serial productions, the old Disney through the looking glass show, it doesn’t matter!).

Exactly!

I love using word play and this character is always mixing things up for me. The movies are great, the characters are snappy, and Jack Sparrow is a wonderful play on hero/anti-hero/comic ideas!

Whimsy, Fantasy, and Tea…sign me up!

Darn Tootin!

This always makes me feel like I need to push myself so I’m not one of those people who wind up needing limits! How sad would it be to cage yourself in like that? Push the limits and break through them!.

This always reminds me to keep dreaming, keep writing, keep noting down my inspirations. Because, really, what else am I going to do with my time?

This always reminds me to keep dreaming, keep writing, keep noting down my inspirations. Because, really, what else am I going to do with my time?

Finally, I want to leave you with some words from the ever Inspirational Zooey Deschanel who is ever adorkable and inspires people of both genders to stay open, honest, and nerdy. Zoey D.

I hope that this post has helped your “Hump” day be inspired! Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!

Author vs. Writer

Today I want to talk to you about something that has been bothering me, eating at me really, for a few weeks now. Actually, that isn’t accurate. This issue has been bothering me for over a year and every time I think I’m finally over it, every time I think I’ve acclimated myself to it, I realize that I was wrong and it still bothers me. “What could this issue be?” I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves what I’m up in arms about. Well I’ll tell you: the use of the words author and writer to mean very different things. Such as ‘well I’m a writer, but not an author.” Or “how would you advise someone who is aspiring to become an author.” etc. 

Almost every day I see an interview or comment in which someone is referred to as ‘aspiring’ to be an author, or in which someone defines that moment wherein they became an author as the time they finally published something, etc.

Not to be rude or anything, but I completely disagree! To be an author does not mean that you have published and to be a writer does not mean that you have not. What it means is that you have accepted in yourself the fact that you are who you are, and the way you do that is through telling stories in whatever form of wordsmithery you’ve chosen.

I find it so frustrating to be talking with someone who says “oh you’re a writer/author, what would you say to an ASPIRING author?”

I say there is no such thing unless you haven’t started yet. When you write, you’re a writer. When you’re a writer, you’re an author. The first time you completed the first poem or short story that had anything of your own ideas in it, sometime back in about 1st grade or so, you became an author. In fact, according to the writing process taught to our students, you became a ‘published’ author by turning in a completed work to be read and reviewed by your intended audience (the teacher). So get that concern out of your head. You’ve been there a while.

Dictionary.com defines an author as a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist. As well as, the literary production or productions of a writer: the maker of anything; creator; originator:

The same site defines a writer as a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist. AND a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing :

Not to be too sarcastic here but: OH LOOK, an author writes and a writer writes. No where here does it say “An author is a person who is published and you can only use this title when you have an agent, a traditional publisher, a set of editors, and a personal illustrator.” No, it says an author is a person who ‘writes.’ A writer is a person engaged in writing.

They are one and the same everyone! SO please, stop giving advice to ‘aspiring authors’ or “writers looking to become authors.” If you write, you are already both.

I understand that calling someone a ‘beginning writer or author’ is a little less elegant and Jr. author probably isn’t the thing either, but for the love of words, let’s find something that works to show that they are starting out without implying that they don’t actually write!

For the record, I have been an author for my entire life and a writer since i learned the alphabet…not that anyone can read my handwriting any better now than when I was 3. I had poetry officially published a few times throughout jr. High and High school, but didn’t ‘officially’ publish in 2012. That means I’m aspiring to learn more, not that I’m an aspiring author. See the difference?

Call For Authors/Illustrators to Interview

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am still open for people wanting to interview! If you are an author, illustrator, photographer, agent, publisher, etc etc etc please PLEASE feel free to send me a note and I will get you set up. I have had such positive feedback so far, and I am loving all of the answers I’m getting, so I can’t wait for more!

Here there Be Dragons!

I have been the happy interviewee for a few well done Indie Author blog interviews and would love to pass that opportunity along to others! So here it is: If YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW is an Author or Illustrator AND would like to be interviewed for my blog, please let me know! I have a list of 10 questions that I’ll send your way, and we’ll get you set up with a scheduled publication of the interview.

When published, I will promote your interview via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads, and this blog.

So leave me a message here or through my e-mail

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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The Passing of the Sabbath

Are you a person who enjoys learning? Do you like Biblical subjects? Are you always on the alert for free books? Then have I got a deal for YOU!

Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree, Biblical scholar, Minister, and Professor of Biblical Studies, is hosting a free e-book giveaway of The Passing of the Sabbath through Wednesday of this week.

This book is a brief history of the observance of Sabbath and quite the interesting read.

Weekly Goals 8/24-8/29

Because yesterday was my daughter’s birthday, and the beginning of my week long experimental super sale for Dragon on My Neck (Kindle Countdown Deals…this book will be at 99cents all week long!) and the free give away for the other 5 books in my current available listing, I didn’t quite get around to setting up my to-do list for the week. Let me tell you, it isn’t any less full because Sunday has been marked off already!

I did finish most of last week’s goal list, so I won’t bore you with going back over it (If you really liked last week’s format, let me know and I’ll go back telling you what I did and didn’t get finished).

Weekly Goals:

  • Typical household chores (Monkey wrangling, sink emptying, clothes cleaning, etc)
  • Write at least one lesson plan a day (new freelance contract!!!)
  • Write at least a chapter of Punk
  • Write at least a chapter of Dragons in the Deep (that totally didn’t get finished last week. *sigh*)
  • Have a GREAT Giveaway!! (That’s mostly up to you guys…help a writer out?? 😀 )
  • Sew my skirt (It’s been half-done for a week)
  • Play my new Guitar Hero (Aerosmith) and Rock Band (Beatles) games! (Hey, everyone needs a brain break every now and then!)
  • Work on finally producing a Tyree Tomes and/or Dr. Tyree Book Trailer
  • Work on getting the final short story compilation and the adult picture book put together and hopefully posted.
  • Revamp Leonard (again!) because this whole kid’s picture book thing is HARD!

There’s my list. Yes, my entire life is basically writing, wrangling, writing, and washing…all the W’s.

What is your list? Are you spending all week working away on little projects, or is there a big project you’re dying to let us know about?? I can’t wait to hear, whatever it is!
Have a great week everyone!

Share the Love Extravaganza

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In honor of my tiny Monkey’s day of birth celebration (She’s 3 today!!!!) I am doing my annual Share the Love give away. Today (Sunday, August 23, 2015) through Wednesday (August 26, 2015) ALL of my available e-books are either on deep rebate with the Kindle Countdown Deal (Dragon on My Neck is .99 cents until FRIDAY guys!) or FREE (that’s everything else…5/6 of my e-books. Free. Right Now.)

What does this mean for you? Well…it means you get good books at great prices. How can you beat FREE?

If you spend the buck to download Dragon on My Neck and download the other two Stone Dragon Saga books for free, that means you’ve just spent .33 cents per book instead of $4 per book. If you download all 6 books, The Stone Dragon Saga three AND the three Short Story Supposition compilations, that means you’ve just gotten 6 books for approximately .17 cents a book.

Yeah that’s right, I just did the math. BOOM. I feel very proud of myself right now…and yes that is just a little sad. 

Still not quite sure if you want to go to all that effort just for a few free pages? Well answer these for me. Yes or No will do:

  1. Do you enjoy fantasy stories?
  2. Do you enjoy adventure?
  3. Do you enjoy a mystery?
  4. Are you fond of dragons and/or fairies?
  5. Do like a sassy lead?
  6. Do you enjoy a smart baddie?
  7. Are you busy but love to read?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a story in one of my books that you will love. I don’t know which question you answered yes to and I’m even sassier than my amazing characters (they told me to call them that….) so I’ll leave it up to you to discover. But I promise you, there’s something in there for you. I know, because I wrote it just for you…

And to sweeten the deal for you, or just so I can walk down Nostalgia Lane, here are a few pictures from 3 years ago. Each of these pictures of a weird little bald headed gnome are from the first week of her life. Don’t worry, she finally grew some hair in over this past 6 months or so.

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Big brother watching over the Monkey. He used to nudge the swing when it slowed down until I came to wind it back up. Now he just lays around and waits for her to feed him.

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Author Interview: Charles Yallowitz

Hello everyone and WELCOME to the first in a series of Author Interviews. I will posting a new interview with an author, illustrator, or photographer every Friday, as long as I have people willing to be interviewed (and eventually I hope to agents and or publishers to the list). If you would like to be interviewed for this segment, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get you set up.

Without Further Ado, let’s get this party started with the one, the only, Charles Yallowitz. Author of the Legends of Windemere series and blog, as well as many other interesting things (don’t want to give anything away too soon here), Mr. Yallowitz has provided us with a great set of answers today.

Author Interview Questions: Charles Yallowitz

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  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I write under the name Charles E. Yallowitz, which is my real and only one. I considered a pen name before I published, but I couldn’t think of anything.  Also, I’d been told that it’s a lot harder to keep your real identity secret on the Internet.  Figured it wasn’t worth the trouble.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

It was in 10th grade and I had just finished reading The Books of Lost Swords by Fred Saberhagen. The story and characters really grabbed my attention.  One day I was reading a few of my favorite parts and the idea that I could write a story clicked in my head.  I’d always enjoyed telling and listening to stories, so I set out to put pen to page.  The whole thing has been a bumpy ride since then, but worth it.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I primarily write in Sword & Sorcery fantasy, which is also called Epic Fantasy and High Fantasy.  I really enjoy the freedom of imagination within the genre because the world is pulled out of nothing.  There’s no Earth or existing planet to work off of, so my world comes from the ground up.  Just the evolution of Windemere has been exciting.  I do occasionally get the urge to dabble in other genres.  So far, I’ve tried poetry, fairy tales/journal, gory horror, paranormal thriller (not published), and I’m fiddling with the outline of a post-apocalyptic comedy action thing.

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  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

Fantasy for the same reason as above.  I love escapism and drifting outside of our world.  The specific type is the adventure and character-focused stories like Ranger’s Apprentice and Lord of the Rings.  I’ve found that I don’t have much interest in the darker fantasy tales as I get older.  This is probably why I throw a lot of humor and upbeat moments into my stories.  At least when they fit because sometimes you have to go dramatic in a series to help a character grow.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

These are both tough questions. A favorite character of mine that someone else wrote could be Spider-Man, Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game, and Horace from Ranger’s Apprentice.  Right now Horace is in the lead because I’m still reading through the series.  I like him because he’s got a different kind of smarts than the quick-witted, creative ones.  He’s definitely a warrior, but has these charming moments of genius that really stand out.

Hard to choose a character of mine as a favorite.  Each one has a special place in my heart and I try to give them all equal time in a book.  At least a big scene for each one.  My attention does tend to drift back to Nyx a lot.  She’s a powerful caster who starts with a temper and mellows out.  Somewhere along the line, she became the character that all the others take their confidence from.  If she says it can be done then they believe it.  There are some days where I think she’s taken the main character role even though it’s an ensemble cast.

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

I’ve pondered this question a lot along with the one about casting that shows up from time to time.  I think I’m at the point where I’d play it by ear if it ever happens.  My concern right now are the books, which sounds rather lame.  Just like with any deal that involves my stories, it would have to depend on the specifics.  I’m really just dancing around an elaborate ‘I have no idea’ here.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

With a jackhammer, which usually means a shot of Jack Daniels and pizza.  I’m sure there’s a hammer somewhere in the house when this happens.  Honestly, I don’t really hit writer’s block in the traditional sense.  I get confused with a project and move to another while I let my subconscious handle the issue.  Then I come back a few days later to see what I’ve got.  Since I started writing, I’ve done a combination of focusing on details and drifting with whimsical ideas.  Much of this happens when I do detailed outlines, so I have a clear path when I get to the actual book.  I feel strange saying this, but I haven’t had a problem writing creatively since my middle school days.  I did have a scare when I was so stressed and exhausted that I thought my imagination disappeared.  Fixed that with a few poems of the goofy and dark varieties.

  • What inspires you?

This, that, and everything in-between.  I never know what will set off an idea.  Sometimes letting my mind wander while in bed will work and other times a show, movie, or book will trigger something.  I try to observe a lot around me to file away for world and character creation, so I try to never close off the possibility of a random thing inspiring me.  This does have a habit of getting me into trouble in public.  Apparently staring blankly is a problem if somebody is in your line of sight.  Doesn’t matter if you were daydreaming about what would happen if a dragon mated with a scorpion.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

Most times I’ll move on to talk about my son because I know the person is uninterested.  I leave it at the statement and only return if the person has a question.  No sense pushing against a brick wall.  The thing that causes me to stumble is the ‘Great that you’re an author, but I don’t read fantasy’.  This one stuns me only because I don’t know if I should keep explaining my books or fake a stomach cramp.  You have a combination of interest in what you do, but not in what you write.  Sometimes this leads to talking about the marketing and business side of things, which can be fun.  Though most times it turns into awkward silence for a bit.

Only thing worse is being told ‘I bought your book even though I don’t like fantasy and probably won’t read it’.  Uh, thanks and I’m just going to proudly limp over to the opened bottle of chardonnay.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)

Legends of Windemere Blog
Author Website
Amazon Author Page
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Goodreads
Linked-In
Google+
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**all pictures provided by Charles Yallowitz**