Now that daylight savings time has arrived and is still settling into the life routines of most of us, I have to admit that I’m glad for it. No, not for the hour less sleep, or the groggy Monday morning beginnings to kick start the work week for many of us (though coffee shall serve undoubtedly as the quintessential BFF for the early part of the week. No, I am able to take comfort in what Daylight savings presents to the writer in me. The light. Or more importantly being creatively fueled by the longer light embedded within each day.
For me daylight savings time always serves as the reemergence of Spring, the signal of rejuvenation within the change of seasons. The rebirth of creativity of my writing. It serves as my beacon of inspiration to hopefully land me back on the trails of creativity that has been all but been buried beneath this past winters cold. My words, my story, and oh yes the writer in me welcomes you back with open arms. Now let us begin…….
With daylight savings under our belt and Spring only a few days away, it seemed only fitting to reassess my Goodreads reading challenge to make sure that I’m on track (or at least not too far behind) in my 2015 reading goals. Taking note of the books I’ve read thus far, I’ve decided that since Spring is the season of anew, that I’m going to step out and take on a book (or maybe series) outside of my usual YA genre comfort zone. Old School Classic maybe? Or maybe something crime drama, science fiction or contemporary romance? There are just so many relevant and worthy genres to choose from. And while there is NEVER such a thing as too many books, I can’t help but feel blown away while perusing all the literary works of past and current authors in print. And I can honestly say that it does my writer’s heart good to see so many of their dreams, persistence, and dedication to their ideas and craft on display and shared with the world. This is why I decided to expand my reading mind. This is why I journeyed to venture away from my customary love of all things YA and dive into the amazingly unpredictable world of books in general.
Long live the true love of just reading to book lovers everywhere.
Almost two months into this newest year, I am one and a half book series on target in meeting my book goals for 2015. While I am still in pursuit of my writing goals, my reading goals are what seem to be taking shape, nicely I might add. I guess for me it appears to be a round trip of what’s familiar that is keeping me focused on the passion of my bigger picture. Books. Though a writer at heart, I find myself at a standoff off of with my hearts truest desire. Writing. (Sorry, but a too good to be true story/plot will forever be my comfort.)
With Goodreads, reading and writing pursuits seem to go hand in hand.
So I must ask, What comprises or helps keep you up with your reading and/or writing life these days?
Only a few days into the new year and I can’t help but feel the undeniable sense of promise that everyday life seems to carry with it within each new day that we’re privy to partake in. Though I am still standing by my no resolutions, only to live and capture something new in each new day state of mind kick, I’m still taken by the freedom and unpredictability that a new year hides within its folds.
A new year is more than a signal for new beginnings for us, it holds unlimited, untapped, and beyond the core of realization of all that we could accomplish if we more than put our minds to that something special that we hope to one day see as a reality.
A new year is more than a brand new you. It can be the dawn of new beginnings to take each of us from the land of impossible and down the sometimes winding, unimaginable road paved in possibilities that we hope to make a reality in our lifetime.
For me, a new year always poses as an early snap shot of what I hope will come. But more importantly, what I hope to make happen for myself. It signals my dawn of new beginnings, taking me from the trenches of the past year and storm into the valleys of my life’s what’s yet to come moments. What new beginnings are each of you putting into effect? And what are you thankfully leaving behind?
Time sure does fly. It’s almost hard to believe that the writers frenzy known as NanoWriMo is nearly upon us. I am proud to say that I am three for three in the years that I have entered and at times, though grueling, poured out my writing heart to reach the 50,000 word finish line. My first year I had no idea what I was in for. I was completely unprepared and winded up slaying word after word relentlessly just to reach my goal during that last and final week. No outline. No premise. Not even characters had been created, though I had an inkling of an idea back then of the genre and of course the perfect male centerpiece to swoon over. Other than that my first venture into the land of NanoWriMo was completely a blank slate.
My second year, I was a little better prepared, and of course learned the most important lesson during this writing craze, which was…..editing must be non-existent. Last year, my third year, I started and kept up a surprisingly good pace with my word count, pounding out more on my weekends to make up for falling behind during the week to compensate for the family and day job plight. I was able to finish ahead of schedule and for some reason it was that last trek into Nano that I felt the most rewarded.
The Nano dance is the sweetest tango that writers, both aspiring and published can step to. It’s complete and utter unpolished writing freedom. No rules, no choreography, no conformity, just endless amounts of passion and creativity on overflow. Though I won’t be able to attend this years writing dance, I am so stoked for all the hoopla and the insurmountable writing frenzy that’s about to take over writer’s everywhere. So I’ll leave you with these parting words for all those participating this year….Coffee IS your friend, unleash your writing heart, and most importantly whether you finish or not….Congratulate yourself for catching the writing fever known as NanoWriMo.
Sometimes just the mere act of reading a well written book has the impeccable ability to lift your mind and soul to unimaginable heights. It’s beyond amazing how another’s string of words or sheer creative writing genius can move you in ways that can shatter a bad day, offer a momentary impasse to life’s everyday struggles, or even sometimes just afford you an unblemished slate to free up and draft a few ideas of your own. It’s a pure and simple, yet arguably undisputed truth. Reading truly is fuel for an overworked or sometimes an over crowded mind.
It can layer a few necessary life essentials necessary to recharging, refueling, and even reigniting a writers mindset. The pull and power of losing yourself in a delicious story can serve as more than just fuel for a writer, and for me its been definitely more than just a casual outlet to life’s woes. For some of us aspiring writers, it can very well wind up being the life line that tugs and re-awakens the writer in us. I for one can attest to the power of reading, where a story and/or its characters can taking you from feeling empty to breathing a palette full of creativity and life.
Sorry just had to take a moment to revel and rejoice in the unwavering magic woven within the world of books….the true jolt that will forever keep my pen flowing.
Recently while enjoying a wonderful little Indie book series that I happily stumbled upon on Amazon, I somehow found myself not only falling in love with a good story, the engaging characters, and a to die for new book boyfriend. But I also found myself changing up my music playlist that I had been listening to as I read. For me, a good book and good music has always gone hand in hand, and has only served to heighten my enjoyment of falling into whatever story that I’m reading. I know for some, peace and quiet is what they revel in when sinking into a book. But for me I can’t help but always enjoy a good music backdrop. Music and books seem to offer the perfect blend of leisure harmony. With some books I’ve read I can almost imagine certain songs that would seem to flow fittingly with a particular scene or music that can serve to help unravel a significant moment in the story. Now it might just be me, so I do dare to say that I can’t help but admit to the idea of conjuring up my own personal music playlist with different books that I’ve read. For me it is my perfect reader’s harmony.