#7 Something to prove

FullSizeRender 37FullSizeRender 12Hello again, I’ve always been a head strong woman maybe its a flaw of mine though, I have never seen it that way!  but as soon as someone tells me something can’t be done or “That’s impossible!” I take it on as challenge. And I have never failed a challenge yet!

With so many challenges that life throws at us, writing has been one of my most enjoyable and frustrating challenges. As I mentioned in an earlier post I started off as a young writer writing for myself, later on in life I wrote poetry only for my eyes, then after a long break I started to write again, but this time I felt like I needed to have a reason…to get published. Only then I would be filled with satisfaction of a job well done.

That seems to be what we all want no mater what our age. It’s funny that we constantly give gratitude to our children but as adults we seldom give it and receive it.


#5 Dreams

Hi again, I find myself day dreaming a lot probably more now as a mature adult FullSizeRender 45than I did as a kid. Some would say because you’re too busy being a kid to dream, but I am way busier now than I ever have been so I think the real answer is because life is running out! It sounds harsh I know but it’s relatively true. As a kid you’re young and naive with your whole life ahead of you! As an adult your older wiser and have the worry of the world on your shoulders.

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But with that said it doesn’t mean you should lose sight of your dreams. I let life get in the way there for a while and I thought that being a grown up meant NO MORE SILLY DREAMS!  But that’s simply not true. EVERYONE needs to have at least one dream to help them reach their goals. I think if you lose sight of your dreams you lose sight of your future!

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I’m a HUGE self doubter and a self sabotager! It’s something that I know a lot of us do, we ruin something out of fear of failure! Writing has taught me that whether you write for yourself or the many. You will be critiqued no matter what and NO-ONE could criticize me harsher than myself,so just do it!
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#4 Jk Rowling

FullSizeRenderHi again, Today after re watching all of the eight Harry Potter movies for the millionth time. I have to say that on a scale of 1 to 10. I am 9 & 3/4’s a mad fool for Harry Potter!

I have followed the life of J K Rowling since the first Harry Potter book. Not only because the book was FREAKIN AWESOME but because we are roughly the same age with similar life experiences.

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Ms Rowling inspired me to keep writing  because anything is possible! The more I read the books and watched the movies, I realized just how fractured her life must’ve been to create this entire wizarding world in her mind. But I am so grateful that she did so we could all share it. I often find myself in times of sorrow and at my most venerable that my imagination also grows. It grows like a giant beanstalk. My story writing engulfs me and sweeps me up and up and up. It’s like a drug I’m high on my words, living and breathing my characters story lines and I never   want to come down                                                                  back to reality.

IMG_3437For a long time I was writing only to be published, because I thought that would validate my time spent away from housework, my kids my husband and sometimes even my day job! But Its not about that at all. I have learnt that I need to write, its who I am and not about how many people read my words.

#3 It’s all in my head.

Hi again, people are always asking me how do I come up with my characters and be able to give them a whole back story?

FullSizeRender 11The answer is I really don’t know for sure! It’s not a cop-out answer…. It’s just that what I start out with never really ends up exactly how I want them! Strange I hear you ask, because I am the creator of my own stories and the characters that live with in!

Yes and No; I often have a character in my mind slightly based on one or several personalities that I know and I create that character. As that character emerges they are brought to life with a back story, like parents, siblings, schools they attend, their clothes they wear and the way they speak and their general mannerisms.

Some times I intend to write a character a certain way but later as I proof read, that person has completely become someone totally different. IMG_3438Sometimes its a good thing but sometimes it may not be…and this is why…

When I write I write autonomously like a robot, my brain is working faster than my fingers type and the words that are written are not of a sound mind. What I mean by that is that the story has taken over a life of its own and my sub-conscious has taken over.

When I finally stop and (snap out of my little story world) my character/s have turned into something that I had no control over. So that’s when I have to stop and rethink; “Where is this story going and how does this character work?”

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#2 Goodbye

Today I find myself saddened by a great disturbance in the force. The world lost not only one of the most strongest souls in the world but one of the most compassionate. Yes I am talking about the one and only Maya Angelou.

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I found that Ms Angelou was a pillar of strength in my life, when I was going through one of the most toughest times in my life. I turned to her for advice. Not face to face but through her amazing words of wisdom in her writings. I would pick myself up and write, write like my life depended on it. Thank you Maya Angelou for beautifying the world with your words of wisdom. You will be sadly missed but always remembered fondly as my mentor.

#1 Passion and Joy

I’m a woman in her forties with so much ambition. I’ve lived a colourful life working in various genres and I’ve met some of the most amazing people that have inspired me to push myself that little bit farther. I’ve been marri
ed twice with kids and step kids and still with life getting in the way so to speak I have always written!

I needed to write like I had to breathe! I wrote my first short story at the
age of eight. My grade three teacher loved it so much he published it for the whole class to read.  I still have a copy with illustrations and all…It was about a Guppy fish called Zippy. I dont know why I wrote about a guppy fish because I had never had a fish of my own until I was seventeen. But never the less I wrote about zippy like he was someone dear to me.

I eventually moved on to writing poetry during my teens and beyond, I found it carthartic and a type of escapism. Some of that poetry has been published in various publications over the years including my anthology of poetry and photographs called Perpetual Motions . The following link is to the e-book.http://ww.blurb.com/2046644-perpetual-motions-sognia-vassallo-sime