Thursday, February 25, 2016

Life Time Line

Lately I have been thinking about how a line of time is interwoven throughout everyone’s life story. Like a thread connecting us to our past, our present & our future. Maybe it is because I have been watching the ancestry show of where we come from on PBS or thinking about how short our time on earth really is but this thought of time has been stirring in me the continuing need to not wait for tomorrow for what we can accomplish today. If you want to write a story write your first sentence now, if you want to run a marathon start training now, if you want to cook well start asking others for help, what good does waiting do if you keep having a nagging thought in the back of your mind everyday that makes you less effective in your daily life. Just get out there & start doing what you keep putting off, no more excuses.  Time is a thread that keeps on going even after we pass so why not do something that will be remembered on that long line even if it is only known to you. 

Live, Dream, Reach, Fly…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Keys to hurt

Today I feel like writing about something that stopped my creative flow recently. I had a day just like any other day but something happened that I didn't see coming &  it  hurt a little. I am not talking about physical kind of hurt but the hurt you feel when a friend is suddenly mean to you, the emotional kind. Usually I can bounce right back & take my time to deal with it but this time it got under my skin.

Do you know what that does for your creativity…? It stifles it. It is the first part of me to shut down. Is that helpful when writing a third book or blogging…No.  I tried hard not to let the moment affect me the way it did but as the day grew on I could feel this crustiness of embarrassment start to seep in.

Do you know what it took to get me out of my funk? It took hanging out with a bunch of friends (which is the last the thing I wanted to do, which also usually means it is the one thing I should do) we laughed together & hung out, it is exactly what I needed. I was able to look at what happened objectively & learn from it. I am so thankful I didn't lash out & allowed myself time to respond the right way.

Life is full of these uncomfortable moments the best we can do is learn from them, use them to better ourselves & help those around us. Don’t let these moments stifle the person you were created to be!

Relationships really are the key to everything.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Honest Honesty

I stare at the blinking cursor on my computer screen looking for that little blip to give me some sort of inspiration to write my 3rd book in my series called Seeking Destiny. But there is this thing inside of me that doesn’t want to write a 3rd book only because everyone else does plus the number three is weird. Yup you read that right weird. Why is it weird? I don’t really know but I was born this way in kindergarten I had to count flash cards out loud with my teacher, my parents & eventually a tutor because I refused to count & include the number three just three not thirteen or twenty-three or so on just three. Maybe that is why I have been dragging my feet on writing a third book. I want to write 2 ½ or a third and call it book non-three. Would that be completely unacceptable?

There are all these rules to writing like don’t start a book this way, don’t use cliché, don’t use the word ok or okay, try not to use was and so on and so on. Seriously there are so many rules to writing and quite frankly the English language I think it is amazing that any writer breaks through and writes something people will read. I have probably broken a few in this blog.  Maybe the scholars who make all these rules don’t like to read the things that are being written but other people read them. It is hard for me not to focus on this as I think of writing a non-third book but then I think I am sure almost every writer has felt this way at some point(but maybe not the number three thing).

And really it seems some of the best writing is honest writing. What people are thinking and don’t ever say. You tend to see that in blogs, honesty seeping through the desktop screen as you read the latest Mom confessions or a rant about what someone really thinks about boot socks. Plain old honesty in writing is more effective than all the rules that say write this way, say this, don’t write like that…  Maybe that is where I will start; honesty,  put that in my non-third book. It is true what people say in the writing world that the first sentence is the hardest and then after that everything kind of falls into place. So I will start with one sentence and work my way from there.

Then I have a completely separate thought as I write all of this of what would our society do without internet to post all these blogs, tweets and thoughts we deem so important to share with the rest of society. Would we resign ourselves to buying type writers and plastering our city with our honest thoughts or start to write a blog type newspaper? Hire people to drive from city to city handing out these thoughts we deem so important that everyone needs to read them?  But I digress that moment of no internet has not hit our society yet so for now life will proceed as normal and we all me included will continue to write what we feel is important and our versions of honest thoughts and share it with our circle of influence.

So I hope in the days to follow to not only start a non-third book but to write more of my honest thoughts to share with society.

Enjoy what’s to comeJ

Honesty to me is like the child pictured who can play make believe and is her honest self for the camera, her true self and not for a moment held back  or embarrassed by her honest self.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


So I posted yesterday that I was about to do something super fun with my books. Well I did & yes I was a bit nervous. I had the privilege of talking to 125 8th grade students at C.R. Anderson Middle School ( 6 classes instead of 3). All because one of the students (Sami) fell in love with my books so much, she wanted to share the stories with her teacher & her fellow classmates.

What an amazing opportunity. I was able to speak into the lives of 120+ students about the importance of following their dreams, reaching for them & once you get there flying to where ever the dreams may take you. I talked about the fact that not all dreams that you may share with others are received well & others may squash them. But we all have a choice to continue to pursue our dreams regardless of those around us. I also discussed my troubles in school with writing, spelling, grammar, etc... & how I almost let those troubles stop me from writing my books. I even talked about God's prompting me to write the book & obeying him in 5 of the classes, wasn't sure I was allowed to talk about God so I asked after the first class & the teacher said "OF Course. A little salting of God had to be in my talk since that is really how I have been able to get to where I am today.

 It really was such an incredible experience. I couldn't believe that the dream God gave me back in 2008 would lead me to such great things. I will say that now having read & discussed the inner workings of the publishing world with elementary school kids & the young adults of 8th grade, 8th graders have more in depth questions which I was happy to answer. Questions like: "Did you know what you were going to write in the story before you wrote it?" or "Did you know what would be inside the mysterious box before you put that in the story." Great questions. Then there were easy ones to like: " How old are you?" "Are you married?" yep fun questions like that:)

I hope through all of this I was able to inspire a few young people to pursue their dreams & not give up. I know I inspired at least one, hopefully more will follow.

I want to say Thank you again to Sami (Who also has awesome stawberry blond hair), Shannin, My Husband & Justin for making this awesome opportunity happen.

I can't wait to see where my books take me next & yes I am seriously considering a third now.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Christmas In July!

Christmas in July is here!!! Review either of my books on during the month of July and be entered to win a $25 gift card to The Big Dipper.

1. Each book on Amazon must have 10 new reviews from 10 different readers by July 31st in order for anyone to be entered into the drawing.
2. If you win and are not local (in Helena) the gift card will be $25 to Target.
3. Have fun reviewing:)

Note: If your child has read my books you can always write a review on their behalf. Please include their age or the grade they are in (that would be awesome).

Instructions on How to Write a Review:

1.  You must sign in or create an account with & have made a purchase through that account.

2. Type in either book title into the amazon search bar

3.Scroll Down until you see the section that says Customer Reviews

4. Click on the button on the right that says write a customer review

5. Write your review and click on the submit button below that and your done.

Thank You!  Hope you are enjoying the summer days and finding time to have fun.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Red's book tips 102: Ocean Inspiration

If you have been following my Facebook page you saw that I recently did our local ArtWalk to showcase my books, a huge success by the way & then the day after that my husband & I took a vacation to Tokeland & Seattle, WA. (Thank you Auntie & Uncle for helping make our vacation spectacular).

During vacation I brought a book to read called: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  By: Anne Lamott.

I would like to say that I devoured every bit of it on vacation but in reality I didn't open the book until the day we got home. I will say though that while in Tokeland the grayness & misty days sparked my story brain & I did begin writing again. It felt good letting my brain spill out onto my paper with my pink pen. Something about writing on paper is more satisfying to me. Having finally opened this book, I love it & I am only through the first chapter. As I read through it I thought I would try to post things I find helpful or thought provoking or funny.

She shares a piece of simple advice in the first chapter. Her advice to finding time to be creative:  "You sit down. You try to sit down approximately the same time every day.  This how you train you’re unconscious to kick in for you creatively. So you sit down at, say, nine every morning, or ten every night. It is a matter of persistence & faith & hard work."

This seems so simple, yet it’s hard to do. I find personally when I end writing a book I have those overall sense of freedom like I can fly. Then as time passes my mind starts to fill with stories again & I know I must write but sitting down everyday even for an hour seems so daunting.

And then she says something so great about authors & maybe because we spent three days by the gray misty ocean surrounded by the dark wet forest of WA is why this next piece keeps circling in my head.  ..."We may notice amazing details during the course of the day but we rarely let ourselves stop & really pay attention.  An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, & this is a great gift.  My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean."

I read that blurb & couldn't help but think, "Yes that IS what we authors do. It is easy to get lost in the daily routine of life & forget we have a creative talent that should be shared.

Well, I hope that gives you some encouragement to write. Write anything too, I'm not just writing about writing books but if you love to write whether it is poems, short stories, comics...whatever, make some time for your creative brain & write.  Your brain will appreciate it. 

(picture below from our stay in Tokeland, WA)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Red's book tips 101: Dust off those pencils

I thought I would write about what I have learned on my book writing journey so far. Some of my tips will be from me, others will be what I have found helpful from others.  I hope as always to encourage my readers to take that first step towards whatever your writing dream may be. I will also continue to post about what I am doing with my current books.

Something that has helped me greatly with my books is keeping notebooks in all different locations. I have found that ideas strike me at all different moments and places during my day. And jotting my idea on paper seems a lot quicker than typing it up on a computer. If I don't write my idea down it seems to slip away from my mind.  Not to say that I write down my ideas every time but when I do I am very happy I did. My entire first book is based off a small dream I had that God inspired in me.  So here is a list of a few places I keep my notebooks & a few pens since my pens seem to wander away. My notebooks are of various sizes some areas just have sticky notes because my notebook has gone to another room. This is also great for writing down things that just pop into your head that you've forgotten to do.

1. Beside my bed. Dreams can be a catalyst for writing something great. They to me seem to be the hardest to capture because usually I am so groggy I think to myself, "Oh I will remember this". But I usually don't. Forcing yourself awake is a must. 
2. In the Office
3. In the Kitchen
4. In the basement
5. In my purse
6. In my glove box
7. At Work

I hope that gives you some Ideas. As always I love to hear your comments and how your journey is progressing.