Monday, November 22, 2010

Secrets: by One Republic

Happy Monday and happy writing!

Enjoy the song ;-)

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Inspirationless: n. Lacking inspiration, drive, and creative spark.

It ain't in the dictionary but it should be. I've been going through a seriously lack of it lately. I sit down to write and don't. There is no fuel for the fire. It's depressing but it's my fault.
If I had a little more patience, maybe I could get the job done. A little less stress, a little more time... surely it could all work out. But I don't, so here I am---

---in a rut. Yes, the dreaded writer's rut. It's not my first time and it won't be the last. Still, it doesn't make it suck any less.

So I've scoured the internet looking for ways to inspire myself. It usually works like a charm. But it hasn't. Instead, I found the inspiration I need to pick myself up and climb out of this preverbial ditch though other means. Reading means.

I love to read but I'm picky when it comes to finding books that bring me to my knees. I like a lot of books, but they don't all speak to me. This one did. I didn't have to push myself forward into reading it-- the author did. I simply stepped on a literary flying carpet and the author made it move. I didn't have to make leaps of intuition or think "is that really logical?". She brought me from page to page seamlessly. And it made me realize the beauty that is writing. It made me want to write so that I could make magic. It's a challenge, but one that I enjoy. So thank you to author Rachel Vincent for getting me out of my rut and being a magician of her own.

So your inspirational clip of the day? Here you go! Yes, I may be dabbling in my post-apocalyptic book today...

Found on Author unknown.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Who is you heroine?

I’ve been doing some character profiles lately for a new book and I got stuck on my FMC. I mean, I know WHO she is, but I can’t figure out what she looks like. So like all good liars—I mean writers—I went online and started looking through pictures. I love pictures (as you know) and thought these would be nice to add to the blog. Maybe you can suck some inspiration out of them and get back to writing Winking smile









Friday, August 6, 2010

Ghost of You - My Chemical Romance

This is a phenomenal music video and an even better song. Perfect for writer inspiration..

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Creative People

"The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person."
-Frank Barron

Monday, June 21, 2010

all in your imagination

"Don't expect anything original from an echo."
-Author Unknown

"Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring."
-Terri Guillemets

"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds."
-G.K. Chesterton

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sit and Think

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."
-Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dreams are illustrations...

"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you."
-Marsha Norman

Friday, May 21, 2010


"There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall."

deviantArt photo by: Kyokosphotos

Monday, May 10, 2010

A look in the mirror

"This is what I believe:
That I am I.
That my soul is a dark forest.
That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest.
That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back.
That I must have the courage to let them come and go.
That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women.
There is my creed."
- D. H. Lawrence

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Miracle of Love

"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle."
-Amy Bloom

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Keep Dreaming

"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
-Marcel Proust

Photo by: Zevaazka (deviantArt)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Artists of the Week

Hello all ♥ Today I’m going to blog about some phenomenal artists I’ve ventured across while surfing the Web. Hope these pictures get your creative juices flowing—but if not, simply click on the artist’s link to see other amazing images. Here’s to a productive week ♥





“Dark Forest” by Katerina Belinskaya


“Feline Magic” by Mz-Kitts


“Ireland” by Jordan Fehr


“The Fantasy” by April182

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

What do you see when you look at this picture? Could you write a scene from this? What does she see? Who is she?

(Picture by candymax)



What about this? Why is she hiding?
(Picture by sjfbetty)


And this one? Who is this girl? Is she lost? Is she alone? Where is she going?
(Picture by f-Stopped)

Friday, April 2, 2010

whale supports the fight against cancer

Minke Wales are pretty shy, and are hardly seen around Southern California, so when one not only appears near a surfer-turned-cancer-advocate, you know something's up. But when he proceeds to join the breast cancer advocate during her 9 hour, standing-paddle-boat trip, people started to wonder what was up. The whale, lovingly called Larry, swam side by side with the "boat" (which was actually a surf board) for two hours.


So--are the whales behind the fight against breast cancer? If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Napoleon I on Time

Picture by: mhsahin

"There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time."  

-Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Break Away



Picture by



There is no reason to avoid the effort. Because once you get started, the effort will feel great. There is no need to fear what might happen. Because whatever happens, you'll be able to successfully deal with it. You may be nice and comfortable where you are. By all means enjoy the moment you're in, but don't become so comfortable that you keep yourself stuck there. Spreading out in all directions is a world full of possibilities. Get up, get out there, explore, achieve, fulfill, and experience. Put your awareness, care and attention into this now moment. Then step forward to experience the adventure of the next moment. Feel again, right now, all the joy you've ever known. With profound gratitude and the highest of expectations, get yourself making even more joyful experiences.

— Ralph Marston

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Can’t find the book you want?

You must be at the wrong fucking bookstore!




Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Birth and Death" by Bing Xiao

I'm a huge fan of art--particularly CG art. The CGsociety has a boatload of amazing artists portfolios to look through. This is one of my favorite pieces by an artist named Bing Xiao.

"Birth and Death" -- Bing Xiao

Thursday, February 25, 2010

“Forever Can Be” - Ashes Divide

"The Stone" by Ashes Divide

Thanks Kristen Yard for bringing me to Ashes Divide. Great song-- wonderful for writing. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

YouTube Video

I get my inspiration for writing from everywhere—and I do mean everywhere. I came across this video on YouTube and absolutely fell in love with the song (and promptly went to iTunes to download it to my computer for my Muse-Playlist…not that I have a Muse-Playlist…yet.) The clips from the show are excellent too.

For those of you that love Criminal Minds, you’ll love this video. If you don’t, you’ll love the song. Seriously, this is a great fan video by 0pureinnocence0 on YouTube.

The song is called Flowers for a Ghost by Thriving Ivory.

Warning: This video contains spoiler for Criminal Minds, season 5, Episode “100”.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

pre-spring cleaning

I've been spending some time cleaning and organizing. Actually, let me try that again... So J has been cleaning and organizing the house, while I've been cleaning and organizing my current WIPs and a few other, potential book ideas.

It's kind of sad actually (my part, not his). I've had stack of ideas stockpiled, just waiting for a little TLC to really transform them into something special. But, after my little spurt of pre-spring-cleaning, my potential novel plots have withered away, leaving me with far less than I started with. Hmm...I feel a bit like these suckers...

Friday, February 19, 2010

“Hitting the Ground”- Ben Broussard

I’ve found some amazing songs lately and I’ll admit it, I’ve found my last two *posted* songs via a TV series that some people may find…stupid. Oh yes, I’m a closet Dog the Bounty Hunter fan. At least I was…until now. Now, I’m out. ;) But really, the songs kick ass!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

“Bad Lands”- Zion I and the Grouch

Underground Hip-Hop song called "Bad Lands" by Zion I and the Grouch.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

“Love Someone”- Dub FX

I’m usably not big on this kind of thing, but this guy is AMAZING and the song is catchy. If you like this song, check him out on youtube, or visit his website. You can even buy his CD.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Head on over to my writing blog to read through the Love at First Sight Blogfest entries.












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Thursday, February 11, 2010

2012 The End of Time (comic)

I couldn't help myself. I'm a fan of comics ;)

Thanks to

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

“Love Story”- Taylor Swift

The seventh posting in the Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia Series comes with a bonus—The Love at First Sight Official Photo Album! Each of these beauties has been featured in the Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia posts. If you love hot and steamy as much as I do, you’ll be sweating when you’re done with these. Click through the album, find your inspiration, then go write your Love at First Sight Blogfest scene! Blogfest goes live on February 14th.

Taylor Swift’s Love Story

♥ follow your heart ♥

The sixth installment of the Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia Series, this picture is from Quotes Arcade. Get ready for Valentine's Day and the Love at First Sight Blogfest

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

God-Box 360 Controls (Cartoon)

I'm taking a break from the Love Poems and Other Romantic Paraphernalia Series and amusing myself with some cartoons. What cartoons do you like?

God-Box 360 Controls:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"To Earthward" by Robert Frost

 This poem is the fifth installment in the series Love Poems & Other Paraphernalia in honor of the Love at First Sight Blogfest, which will be held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010.

"To Earthward" by Robert Frost

Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear;
And once that seemed too much;
I lived on air

That crossed me from sweet things, 
The flow of - was it musk
From hidden grapevine springs
Down hill at dusk?

I had the swirl and ache
From sprays of honeysuckle
That when they're gathered shake
Dew on the knuckle.

I craved strong sweets, but those 
Seemed strong when I was young;
The petal of the rose
It was that stung.

Now no joy but lacks salt
That is not dashed with pain
And weariness and fault;
I crave the stain

Of tears, the aftermark
Of almost too much love,
The sweet of bitter bark
And burning clove.

When stiff and sore and scarred
I take away my hand 
From leaning on it hard
In grass and sand,

The hurt is not enough:
I long for weight and strength
To feel the earth as rough
To all my length.
- Robert Frost

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Longing” by Matthew Arnold

This poem is the forth installment in the series Love Poems & Other Paraphernalia in honor of the Love at First Sight Blogfest, which will be held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010.


“Longing” by Matthew Arnold

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again! 
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.
Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times,
A messenger from radiant climes,
And smile on thy new world, and be
As kind to others as to me!
Or, as thou never cam'st in sooth,
Come now, and let me dream it truth,
And part my hair, and kiss my brow,
And say, My love why sufferest thou?
Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"First Love" by John Clare

The third entry in the series Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia, I bring you "First Love", a poem by John Clare.

First Love
by John Clare

I ne'er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet.
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.

My face turned pale, a deadly pale.
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked what could I ail
My life and all seemed turned to clay.

And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away.
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.

I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start.
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.

Are flowers the winter's choice
Is love's bed always snow
She seemed to hear my silent voice
Not love appeals to know.

I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling place
And can return no more.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Beautiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster

Another poem for those who love the written word. This is the second poem in the Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia.

Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd a way!

Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng, --
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are chaunting the wild lorelie;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.

Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart, --
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

- by Stephen Foster

This poem is so beautiful, it has been put to music, and sung countless times throughout the years. For your listening pleasure...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Poem by Richard Crashaw

The first entry in the series Love Poems & Other Romantic-Paraphernalia.

A love poem. Need I say more?

"Out of Catullus" - Richard Crashaw

Come and let us live, my dear,
Let us love and never fear
What the sourest fathers say:
Brightest Sol that dies today
Lives again as blithe tomorrow;
But if we, dark sons of sorrow,
Set, O then how long a Night
Shuts the eyes of our short light!
Then let amorous kisses dwell
On our lips, begin and tell
A thousand, and a hundred score,
An hundred and a thousand more,
Till another thousand smother
That, and that wipe off another.
Thus at last, when we have numbered
Many a thousand, many a hundred,
We'll confound the reckoning quite,
And lose ourselves in wild delight:
While our joys so multiply
As shall mock the envious eye.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Love Poems & Other Romantic Paraphernalia (Series)

In honor of the Love at First Sight Blogfest, I am doing a series of romance posts to help put us writers in the zone. The LaFS Blogfest will be held on Sunday, February 14 (Valentine's Day). To sign up, please add your name and blog address to the Mr. Linky's sign up sheet at the bottom of the LaFS Blogfest post. (If you don't sign the sign up sheet, no one will know that you are participating, and therefore, will not know to view your LaFS post).

On Valentine's Day, post your love scene to your blog, then go read the postings that other participants have written for Blogfest. Good luck everyone—I can't wait to read your love scenes.

To view posts from this series, click the link below.

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