Merry Christmas One and All!

A week off and the first real solid piece of writing done during break. Sure, I’ve written 3-600 words a day, but today was over 1600. Not bad for having all kinds of distractions. It also is the first time that I feel like my characters have transitioned into the land of Borealveldt.

Hm… I spent the last two days watching the three Hobbit stories, and then the Lord of the Rings series. Maybe I need to spend more time in Middle Earth. Couldn’t hurt anyway could it?

Now I need a new obsession to watch and be inspired by. Ideas?

I think I will leave it at that and hope you all have family that you are with or at least, in contact with. I am of the latter as I live far enough away that winter travel doesn’t make for a joyful break, but well timed phone calls do!

Good morning, good night one and all on this wonderful Yuletide season!

Hope you find a wonderful gift or two in the morning rather than a lump of coal…

Kath

The Home Stretch has Begun

Today I started class. The last class of my Creative Writing endeavor. According to the syllabus I am guaranteed a chance to share another 20,000 words of my creation plus gain some publishing tips as part of the close in February.

To find that the end is near leaves a sense of ambiguity with me. I love taking classes, but it will be nice to write for myself rather than because I have to… and yet… most of this degree has allowed that to happen.

And then there’s the more shocking aspect of the moment… $130,000 to pay back. Again… for some reason I am not completely freaked out… well… not most of the time. On a teacher’s salary that will be tough, but if I could supplement it with editing or writing activities… it may not be so bad.

Now to find that edge to help manage the bills…. Got any ideas? 😀

I know… I made my bed… but it was fun while it happened!

Good morning, good night wherever you are!

See you soon!

Kath

12/2/2018

My brain is fried and the work that I have done over the past 9 weeks has left me… well… not without inspiration, but tapped out in the creative energies that I have put forth in creating a new story in tandem with building upon the first that I edited for class.

I know… blah blah blah… how many times ya gonna tell us?

Honestly, I don’t know. If nothing else, randomly blathering like this allows me to practice writing without having to commit to either Borealveldt installment. My characters and the plans I have for them spin in my mind nearly all day long. Every single day.

I have no concerns or frustrations with that, but I must admit that committing to creating something new every day is not possible. This is one of those random moments that I give myself the leeway, freedom, acceptance… that I need to let my mind have a time out, if you will.

Tools I use to revive my creative side start with simply acknowledging that a break must take place. I do the barest minimum to keep the writing practice in place, including drafting a nice bit of b.s. (ah hmm.. excuse me, but it is) for two segments that I have to write for the week giving me a sense that I did not ignore my homework.

I also watch shows that I enjoy and continue to pick stories apart for plot, and character ideas, and when I find a plot hole… oy… do they stick with me. But at least I am still practicing the skills.

Professionally – my work audit prep is done on my end, and the formal side starts this week, ends next. Boy do I look forward to getting out from under that …

Then it will be on to more fun and creative making things happen!

What are your coping tools?

 (speaking of… blah blah blah… today.. :/ … sorry)

Happy day people!

Good morning, good night wherever you are.

Kath

Yet another NaNoWriMo done!

I set a goal of achieving 25,000 words for this year’s novel writing month. I made the goal, but it was a combination of writing book two, writing a piece for book four, as well as editing and extending book one for class. 26,700+, that was my achievement this time around.

My goal was set to manage the work I would be putting forth in working on the first piece, and let me tell you, I did a good job growing in my writing style. I do have a horrible habit of having repetitious wording, as you probably have seen in the previous posts. All I can say is, I am working on it.

Someday I will get it together, but for now, the fun is what my crazy little mind can come up with. The visuals that I mentally see as I create and commit these ideas to words are very interesting. The only dilemma is will I succeed in putting it down with the kind of detail that will make the reader understand the concept. If I let my instincts run the show, it is a resounding yes! If I let my mind do the work, then I let reason outdo the creating process.

So, here is the point. One that I add regularly.

DON’T LET REASON OVERRIDE THE JOY OF CREATIVITY!

Do your thing and trust yourself. If you do that, the stress will diminish and the best part of the process will be the joy in what you complete.

Happy Art..ing…!

Good morning, goodnight, wherever you are!

Til next time.

Kath

11/26

Yesterday, I had a five year old tell me that there was no Santa Claus. In my best shocked voice, I informed the student that I still get presents at my house from Santa. Fortunately, that turned the tide and the topic was dropped without concern or distress surfacing from the rest of the class.

This is one of my greatest … I don’t want to say fear, but I think it is true. The act of taking away hope. Minimizing the possibility of believing in the magic of life that surrounds us on a daily basis.

Every little thing that could possibly lend creativity, joy and a sense of adventure to life is a valuable tool for many of us. Especially if we want to give to those around us. Enrich their lives in ways that only your ideas can touch them.

I’m not saying that only one person can share the same message, but sometimes there is only one person who has the right words, AND is willing to share them.

So… as I like to say… I want to share that I love my gifts from Santa – or more specifically – gifts that come from the heart be they paper drawings from the kids, the one thing I really wanted that came from a friend or family member, or myself. I tend to be my own best Secret Santa because… well… because I am a FANTASTIC online shopper…. and there was just SOMETHING that jumped out and said, “You neeeeed meeee…”

Oy… on to another Christmas season. Hope you all are your own best Secret Santa!

Good morning, good night wherever you are!

Kath

Halfway through

I am nearing the halfway point in class with the second piece of my novel hours from being submitted… and I have a cold, so, whiny is the word of the moment.

Unfortunately, I have little to share other than I did start my Nanowrimo promise. Did anyone else follow through on a creative promise to themself?

So sorry to be short, but I’d rather be brief than subject you to my … germs… 😀

Take care all, and I’ll see you soon.

Good morning, good night where ever you are!

Kath

Week 1 of my Capstone down…

I just finished the first week, and turned in the outline for my novel beginning the capstone process…. I have talked about a Spark! that is felt when you create and let me tell you… My Spark! is spine tingling right now.

I am doing one thing I never fully thought I’d do. Write for anyone other than me.

Poetry .. sure. That only takes an hour – 2 if I need to polish it and create a graphic background. Poetry has always been easy… but a novel?

Yet here I am. Approximately 36,000 words written (half) and the energy is stronger than ever before – even with the Negative Nora moments that I question success.

I am focusing on my target audience… middle school on up… and I know I can make a difference if I tell the story right.

Sooo… there’s that word again… so I guess I best get back to it huh?

Hope your inspiration is working with you all too!

Good morning, good night wherever you are! Be back soon…

Kath