Spread the Joy

grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun 
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”

It is amazing to me how much you can change someone’s day for the better by telling them how much you appreciate them.  Imagine having the kind of power that brings a smile to someone’s face, and joy to their heart!

You DO have that power!  Let someone know!  Share that joy!  What are you waiting for?

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For Your Listening Pleasure…

Last 5 songs on shuffle…

Ray Lamontagne “Shelter”  “Has anybody ever made such a fool out of you?”

Ryan Adams “Come Pick Me Up”  “I wish you’d make up my bed so I could make up my mind.”

Holly Williams “The Highway”  “I am wishing for the life that I used to live, giving everything that I had to give.”

Sam Hunt “Make You Miss Me” (Acoustic Version)  “I ain’t gonna be that easy to leave.”

Chris Stapleton “Fire Away”  “Your love might be my damnation, but I’ll cry to my grave.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today was a very hectic day at my “real job” (aka the one that earns me money…for now), and then I raced back home to get some ideas on paper before they flew out of my brain and were forever lost.  I was absorbed in my own little world that I completely forgot what day it was until I looked at my phone and saw all the sappy (but still sweet) Facebook posts from my friends.

I am spending this romantic night eating a Big Mac and watching my dog growl through the window at my neighbor’s cat.  Don’t be jealous.  I am also working on Chapter 23 of “Canaan’s Promise” and hope to have it up tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

Hope you enjoy your evening, whether you are flying solo or spending it with someone special!

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band

The “A-Ha Moment”

I love words.  I could be in a restaurant, or standing in line at the bank, and during the course of an overheard conversation (because I am, by all accounts, an eavesdropper) a word will be spoken that sticks with me all day.  Or, I will be reading a book or a magazine article and a phrase or sentence will catch my eye that I will remember for weeks.

If I am lucky, once in a while, those words will inspire me.  They will give me a hint as to where my characters choose to go next;  which road they want their lives to take.  Just a few simple words I picked up days or months prior will plant the seeds for my next story, my next chapter, my next sentence.  Sometimes those words create a completely different storyline than I had planned on.  But that’s ok.  Because the words inspire.  They create.  They give life to more even words and more stories.  Those are what I call my “A-Ha Moments”.  As in, “A-Ha!  I know exactly what to do with that!”

I once wrote an entire scene based on an unexpected (and infuriating) call I received from an ex-boyfriend. (Beware, Friends and Family.  You, too, may find something familiar in my work!).  I couldn’t shake one particular part of what he told me and ended up not only using it in the story but completely altering my original outline of the story.  It was the words he used, and the feeling they conveyed that made me change the course of the storyline.  A-Ha!

Right now I am finishing up another chapter of Canaan’s Promise.  I hope to have plenty more A-Ha moments to share with you there.  In the meantime, I will be listening!

Have a great weekend!