Random Thoughts From An Avid Author

Writing Makes Room For New Ideas

Writing is not a habit, it’s a need that I have…that I crave…that I love.

There is rarely ever a dead-end street within the crevices of my mind. Lurking in the dark corners, I often find fragments to a story I feel is worth telling to others. A beginning piece to a beautiful novel often starts with one single image, flash of a face or word that crosses over me. More often than not, it happens at 2am, while waiting impatiently in the long line at the grocery store or when a song hits the radio waves on my iPod.

It is not rare for me to have 3-4 books in process at once. Hence…now. I have three on the table. One nearly complete, one 1/4 of the way done and another 1/2 way finished. I do find that I have to pull myself away from one or the other at times…writer’s block, it does exist. Skipping between novels allows an even broader range of creativity, and I love that.

I am currently 1/2 way finished with a new novella series entitled Unseen Wings. A story about a beautiful young girl who steps into the world of the Guardians, earth inhabited guardian angels, at age 19. A life full of riches, elegance and detrimental choices await her. Do you choose love or do you choose the life you’ve been given?

Becoming a Guardian means giving your life to another, a life in which you vow to protect, honor…to serve the soul you are bestowed. In this, you are giving forth the right to only administer protection to this one individual, eliminating the opportunity for direct involvement or deep interaction. We are to oversee; we are not to satisfy our own desires. – The Guardian Vow

The first novella in the series, Guardian, will be available soon. Upon completion, the book will be sold via ePub for free for all to enjoy. Book two will soon follow. Are you as excited as I am?! This story is ten years in the making. The idea found within the confines of an old flash drive a few weeks ago. Pretty awesome how book ideas can fall in your lap sometimes.

What drives your ideas, thoughts and pieces to your creative stories? Do you focus on one story at a time, or do you have a slew of unfinished novels on your hard drive?

Happy Wednesday! Now…back to writing.

Blog Hugs ~

VSK

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Side Effects of Social Media

Our society lives and breaths it.

Facebook has over 250 million users.

Twitter has over 175 million.

WordPress has over 71.8 million.

I do social media/marketing for a living. I relish the outlets and love the creativity of sharing life with others. Yet, today I took a step back and glanced at the entire picture of social media.

Why do we crave it so much? I will admit…there are times that I place myself within the depths of status updates, tweets, pinning and posts, as reality around me slips easily through my hands. Human contact is so different as a whole nowadays. Contact with others is easily maintained through the screen of an iPhone or the computer that sits upon your desk.

When was the last time you sent a paper card and not an e-card? How about a hand-written letter? It’s been a while since I walked the halls of a highschool, but do kids pass notes anymore? Who remembers the cool, crazy origami-like folding we used to do for the notes we wrote a friend? Perhaps most of these note connections are now being found within a text message instead.

I have willed myself not to dive into the world of status updates as often. It is important to stay connected to one another. Let’s not forget to hug and kiss a friend in real life…not just in XOXO’s in an email.

We cannot shelter ourselves from the world. We must change along it. But, let’s keep some of the traditions alive. Write a letter to a friend tomorrow. I double, dog dare ya. 🙂

~ VSK

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Swimming Upstream…and Other Random Pieces Of Useless Information

As the title states, I am at a loss for a GREAT blog topic today! Writer’s block? Yes, perhaps. Although, does that actually exists?

For those of you that still choose to read my rambling on such days, MUCH love to each of you.

I hit the “publish” button on The Gift of Fate today. Less than a week and I’ll make the huge announcement (and will release a super cool, utterly delicious movie book trailer). After months of bringing this bad boy to life, I am guessing that my brain shifted into neutral today after months of driving at the speed of sound for nearly a year. I can finally say YES, I am an actual published author. Whoa….music to my ears. I believe this feat calls for a Venti Soy Chai Tea Latte today despite the nearly $8 price tag…maybe a large chocolate chip cookie to go along with it.

For anyone who would like to do a book review of The Gift of Fate or an author Q & A on your blog, I am willing to send you a free .pdf or epub copy of my book in exchange for such. Or, if you are also an author who is longing for a review or Q & A, I am always open to doing the same for you. Just ask…I won’t bite. As long as I’ve had lunch first. 🙂

Here are your random pieces of useless information for the day! Enjoy every morsel.

Papaphobia is the fear of Popes.

Punctuation was not invented until the 1500’s.

Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.

One legend claims stealing someone’s shadow (by measuring it against a wall and driving a nail through its head) can turn the victim into a vampire.

Approximately sixty circus performers have been shot from cannons. At last report, thirty-one of these have been killed.

On average, there are 333 squares of toilet paper on a roll.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

TTFN ~

VSK

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Words Falling From A Page

Effortless. That’s how I want a reader to feel when he or she picks up one of my books to read. That the words fall from the page and glide without hindrance into their mind creating a world that stands vibrant before them.

These are the types of books that I love to fall into as well. Always have, always will. When I feel as if I am standing side by side with the characters in a book from the very beginning, I often find myself skipping lunch, the load of laundry that stares at me from the floor or the dishes in the sink that need cleaning. It is a clear indication that my imagination craves its attention.

I am a very busy wife and mother. I homeschool all 3 of my boys, I clean house, grocery shop and run children to and from sports activities. I also work from home 20-25 hours a week doing social media/marketing work for a successful company here in Dallas. And of course…I write. A lot. Surprisingly I am able to manage all the items on my to-do list with time to spare. Crazy right?! Multi-tasking is my best friend. I pray it never leaves me! 🙂

I started writing at a very young age. Yet I would always start something or some idea and never finish it. I think the bottom line was…I never thought I was good enough. What I’ve learned over the years though is that you CANNOT compare yourself to someone else. We are all very different. The ideas that we come up with, our unique writing style, the voice we portray to a reader…it’s our very own. I love J.K. Rowling. The woman is a genius to me. But, I am not like nor do I want to be like her. I am me.

What I do want (that I think most if not all author’s want) is to write something that someone will want to read…and tell someone else about it. I write because I want to, I need to, but I also write for you. But the words that I write, need to fall easily from the page and into the minds of others. I can see my character’s face, the way her hair looks, the way she carries herself. I also see the world she lives in, the pictures that hang on her bedroom wall and the insecurities she hides deep within herself. You have to see that too. What good is a book if you can’t see what the author sees?

I love fiction…I love young adult fiction. I can write non-fiction, but I can’t create imaginary things. I MUST create imaginary things. My brain says so. Hence, fiction it is. 🙂

What makes a book stand out or shine for you? Is it a great love triangle, a strong character portrayal, mystery and darkness seeping from every corner? What? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Writing is effortless for me, but I take it seriously. It has to bubble over with imagery and abundant twists and turns for me to even consider it publishable. Thankfully, my mind is pretty full of “bubbles” and “abundance”. (snicker)

Happy Friday!

~ VSK

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The Bed of an Author

This is what an author’s bed looks like. Clean laundry, unfolded. When I do daily tasks (such as laundry), I often find myself daydreaming and/or creating. My mind is always swirling. Yes, I do live in a fairytale all the time. It’s awesome. 😉

There is nothing wrong with that, yet I step away before finishing 99.9% of the time to write something down or to plop myself in front of the computer to write a few sentences…which turn into paragraphs…or perhaps pages.

Menial tasks of an author are never finished. I have too many stories to tell. If I continue folding the socks or hanging up my husband’s shirts I’ll lose the idea. Laundry can wait. A brilliant idea cannot.

This laundry has been sitting here a minimum of 8 hours today. I just completed 3 pages for my second book. And, I had the idea of creating this blog post. I’ll get to the laundry…in an hour or two…or three.

~VSK

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The Desk Of An Author

An author can never have too many pencils with stellar erasers. I have a holder full of them. Paper…yep. Lots of it. Everywhere. On my desk, in my car, in the front pocket of my purse, in the drawer of my nightstand… I find myself writing notes, jotting down ideas, drawing images or even sketching a single word on the back of an old receipt…anything that stirs an idea, I write it down. A tiny idea can often grow into something more.

That’s how The Gift of Fate began. I had a title first…a story later. I still have the piece of paper I wrote the title down on. It’s on the back of an old grocery receipt. Perhaps I’ll frame it someday. It launched my career as a writer. I’m forever grateful to that $17.43 receipt. It’s a good thing I was out of milk and bread that day…oh, and Chai tea. (snicker)

The publisher receives my manuscript this Friday for formatting and first print-run. Nervous, but so excited. Cannot wait to share my grocery receipt story with you soon. 🙂

P.S. This is Lexi. My precious Miniature Schnauzer. She is always cuddled in a blanket that she shouldn’t be in (blankets + dog = doggy smelling blankets). She is my writing companion each and every day. Don’t you just love her motivation? She inspires me…that being lazy sometimes is okay. Even authors need to dream…not just on paper. 😉

~VSK