Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Confidently

Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday! As always, if you decide you want to join in, leave me a note as to your favorite quote pertaining to my topic…Or Choose your own topic, title your post Writer’s Quote Wednesday so we can find you, and (most importantly) Have Fun!

This week I want to talk to you guys a little about confidence; both in yourself and in your work. If you are creating what you want to create and loving the chances you have to do so, you should be confident about it! Sometimes, however, what happens is that we create and we love it but then our concerns get in the way. We think ‘what if I’m too close to project” or “what if this hair cut looks terrible and detracts from my audience’s belief in me” and so forth and so on. It almost never stops! Those of us who create also crave for our creations to be seen, understood, and adored so we worry that they will not be. I know that this happens without our consent, but it is up to us…It is up to YOU to make sure that the bouts of self deprecation and doubt are kicked to the curb as soon as possible!

Because as an artistic, yet unknown, soul once said:

And yes I know that sometimes you look around at friends, co-workers, or the random new author to hit it big and wonder what it is they have that you don’t have. Why is it that the simpering idiot who can’t complete a sentence properly now has a book deal? WHY? But I want you to stop, back up, and think about this for a minute. All you’re doing is hurting yourself and causing your own confidence to plummet. I guarantee you that the person you’re so focused on right now how better things to do than worry about your issues…like going to book signings and parties in their honor. So you help them. I know that sounds weird, but share their links, congratulate them, be happy for them! Hopefully the end result is that more people pay attention to what YOU have to say as well. Win/win situation.

While you think about that, I think I’m going to leave you with three final quotes. These are all by one of my favorite artists and a man who may have known a thing or two about low self-esteem: Vincent Van Gogh

I write because it is who I am. Whether or not anyone believes that what I do and who I am will be able to make it ‘big’..whether or not I even believe I’ll be famous one day…does not matter a wit. I write because the more I write, the more stories I pour out, the more I become myself. The more confidence I have in myself.

  So have the confidence to SHARE the Flame! Don’t just let people pass you by and never know what amazing talents you have hidden away. Don’t just blow smoke!

Every time that little niggling voice poops up and tells me I cannot write to save a life, I snatch up a pen (in ink colored to match my current story of course!) and write at least one sentence. One sentence to scream “YES I CAN!” At that voice. To knock it down and out and crawling back to the black abyss it hides in. I AM AN AUTHOR, THE WORDS LIVES IN ME!

Yes I do know how to count, but this was too good to leave out! Pretend it is connected to one of the others please. 🙂

Novel Interiors

*I was given this book for free in return for an honest review*

Do want an interesting, well written, and beautifully photographed book on interior design? Are you, perchance, a lover of classics, a devourer of words, and/or enchanted by interior design?

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If the answer to any of these was ‘yes’ you should race to get your very own copy of Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired By Literature. Combining her knowledge of design and literature would make for an interesting read in and of itself, but when you add to those words the beautiful photography of Ivan Terestchenko,you find yourself diving into a space that invites a reader in just to sit in a corner and bask.

With a beautiful Forward written by David Netto, an enchanting and inviting forward which all but begs the reader to pull up a chair and learn their decorating style, and six sections titled with headings such as “Shall I put the Kettle On? (ch 1, pg 21) and Sometimes a Fantasy (ch 6 pg 225) there are many genres and styles to choose from.

While some of the rooms depicted seem overdone or odd to my simple eyes, there are quite a few that appeal to me. I love page 41’s bit on naming your house, the golden mermaid flying over a sink on page 262, and most of the bohemian styles depicted in the chapter title “Anything Goes” (beginning on page 181). However, I think my favorite picture of all is that of a child’s bed, who’s sweet simplicity is depicted on page 39…and will be reinvented in my daughter’s room as soon as I can trust her without bed bars!

Can't wait to set this up for her!

Can’t wait to set this up for her!

Overall I am going to give the book a whopping 5 out of 5 dragons! The set up is gorgeous, the author has a flow of words that matches the photographer’s eye, and I know how I’m redecorating at least 2 of my rooms next time! Now if they would only come out with a Novel Interiors 2 – Decorating with the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Nora Roberts. I could FINALLY have a great guide for creating a writing room strait out of a lover’s retreat bed and breakfast in which resides the Leaky Cauldron, which is (of course) located in Middle Earth!

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What an ODD bathroom!

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The book’s back cover – Even the back is full of gorgeous Terestchenko photos!

Root Canal Wednesday

Normally I would be asking you what you’re devouring from the book shelf this week…and I am still very interested in that…but I just spent the better part my afternoon reading the back of my eyelids while the dentist and his assistant did whatever it is they do and performed my first ever root canal, complete with a sound track of early/mid 90s country music. Delish
The combo gas and shots did a great job of numbing me out and the discomfort was minimal. Of course, that is starting to be a different story but for the most part it hasn’t done too much damage to me.

So the question I have for you today is this: what is something that has really surprised or startled you recently? Hopefully something good that really blindsided you.

I hope there is more than 1 thing and I can’t wait to see what your responses are!

What are YOU reading??

I am sitting at home today, my child sick with a fever, an upper respiratory infection and a stomach virus. I wish I could that I am reading the books I’ve been trying to read for the past week or two…instead I am working on trying to get the Science text lined out for lesson plans in between wiping short stuff’s leaky nose.

That is also what I’ve been able to write so far today, but the day is young so I’m hoping for a few minutes in the world of the Stone Dragons (Maybe in my writer’s loft?? I haven’t been up there in a month!) The good news is that I did write the week’s short story this weekend…I just didn’t get it typed up and published for you, so that should happen sometime today too. *phew* I have more to do than if I had gone to school!

What about you? Are you reading anything this week or is life seeming to overcome all of the reading and writing time you so desperately crave? Can’t wait to hear from you all!

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Reading Late

I can’t believe that we’ve already reached Wednesday this week…or that I almost let it fly past me! With all of my meetings this week, I’m mostly reading instructions and packets of school things. What is everyone else up to this week?? I hope it is of a biblio-lific persuasion! (It’s a real word if I say it is!)

See you soon, I hope!

What are You Reading Wednesday

This week I am reading a fascinating book by Brian Michael Bendis entitled Words for Pictures:the Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels. Every page has a new picture and great insight into a world that I have always been a little curious about.

My grandpa was excited about a new stack of western romances he had found, Grandma had a pseudo-thriller, and the toddler is re-reading the newspaper inserts for us.

What are YOU reading this week? Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it! May you blessed and may your books thrill you.

What Are You Reading?

This week I am going to be splitting my time between reading a few fascinating curriculum books on writing, and my own Dragon on My Neck. I know it might seem weird to read your own work, but I need to brush up on the facts and, hopefully, find any errors editing missed so my re-formatted and re-covered edition will be as near to perfect as I can get it!

So what are you reading this week? Is it fascinating and delightful, or just something to plod through?

I can’t wait to hear what it is!

What Are YOU Reading Wednesday

Good Afternoon All! Here we are again, another Wednesday of reading randomness…this week I am still reading my Harcourt Oklahoma Social Studies books, though I am finally working on the lesson plans (Woohoo!) and working through the possibilities for writing class.

The more exciting part of my Reading Wednesday is that I am, FINALLY, going back to Dragons in the Deep and getting the chance to reread what I wrote in my last sitting, which my notes tell me was May 31st. I have been itching to get back in and start writing on the story again, my dragons don’t like to stay quiet for long and I hate to muzzle them! The best part about it is that I normally get confused or have to edit things to fit back in, but this time I surprised myself with how smoothly the draft flowed AND with my smartly sassy wordage…not bad for a handwritten first draft that I haven’t picked up in a month.

Of course, that will probably never happen again…maybe I should go back to reading my abandoned copy of The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. Since this is a post about reading, perhaps I should have mentioned that first?

What are you reading this week? Are you working more on writing right now, instead of diving in to a text?

Or is everyone at the lake and I’m the only loser working on words today? 😀

 

What Are You Reading Wednesday

Happy Mid-week all! Each week I like to use this cross section of time to discuss our current reads. The only problem is that, this week at least, I am wading in to the text books and paperwork that I have to organize into lesson plans for next semester. Oklahoma History, Types and Forms of Writing, Interesting ways to make Book Reviews seem Fun, and all of those pesky skills the state decreed that my students have to know. I won’t bore you with the details…it’s a lot! Those of you who teach or have taught know what I’m talking about here…craziness.

I am getting a lot finished up and ready for the classroom, which you may have inferred from my extreme lack of time spent on here. I even had the time (or took the time) to paint an old dining chair yesterday; it has now become the Inspiration Station! I plan on a few more chairs with various painted pithiness (such as a ‘chill chair’ painted to look like stacks of ice where kids go to sit if they are mad or frustrated so that they can cool off).

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The ‘before’ shot

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AFTER! (The top part that you can barely see says ‘Inspiration Station’)

 

 

 

 

So there’s my non-reading Wednesday. Hopefully the rest of you are caught up on your work reads and able to fully enjoy a recreational read, or two.

What are those recreational reads? Are they good so far? If you finished last week’s read, how do you feel about it now? Did the ending disappoint or justify?