Twenty-six days. Twenty-six nights.
When I closed my laptop last night I had reached 50,122 words which means I was successful in the challenge to write 50,000 words in the 30 days. ( story needs maybe another 10-15,000 words to complete the story-line)
Much about what I experienced this past month will forever be embedded in my memory, life lessons, writing tips, inspiration from the coolest sources, and the support of devoted friendships. What started out to be one story line showed yet another additional side-line as my story seemed to begin to write itself. Often veering into uncharted territory for me.
Finding support and inspiration during this adventure was something I never needed to look for, in the most wonderful ways the support was always right when and where I needed it. I have had the absolute delight in many discoveries through this process, and discovering the hidden talents in those in my world has been the priceless gifts that I take away from the last 27 days.
From the daily support by devoted friends, family, writers, musicians, and
complete strangers new friends, all telling me I could do this, and that I was not alone I became even more empowered. I don’t think I would have been successful without.
One particular friend who doesn’t need me to name names here I still want to especially thank. This friend has been my cheering squad, doing research, helping me to manage my continuity, and at times my muse. This creative, clever and generous person even created a gift of a place for me to Storyboard, naming it Toni’s Co-Op Storyboard. (invitations to other writers will follow soon)
On another morning I went to said Toni’s Co-Op and I found this:
Graphics for my book cover…..An amazing gift of friendship & priceless support.
Don’t you think?
The Charles Bukowski poem below I always have liked and often find great solace in when I am at the literary crossroads. But…. after these past few weeks I say now I know exactly what Mr Bulkowski was saying.
Living it far different than reading it.
” So You Want to Be a Writer “
By Charles Bukowski
If it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.
don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
…and there never was.
One final & very personal note from me about writers.
Since going on record regarding my NANO project, and despite that I have written and published for almost 15 yrs. all of a sudden I am being bombarded with questions by well-meaning folk. Things I never was asked of before, nor wold I ever ask of someone else. It occurred to me that these folks just might have never thought about how their questions might be received by me. Often I find these to be unwelcome and awkward questions.
I love these people, please don’t misunderstand. In fact, I love them and their friendships more than I dislike the questions.BUT….since I am thinking they just have no idea how I feel if I don’t tell them. Remembering we teach people how to treat us.
So, please allow me to say now.
Top Ten Tips For Surviving a Relationship with a Writer
- Never ever ask when the book will be published.
- DO NOT ask a writer if they wish they had written a best seller.
- Never say you’re thinking of writing a book. Never ever say you’d also write a book if only you had time.
- Don’t call the police if you happen to see a writer’s browsing history. The average writer is not planning to poison you, hire a hitman, or move to Afghanistan. It’s simply research.
- Leave a writer alone when the writer is actually writing. You have no idea how difficult it is to enter into the zone.
- Don’t pick unfair fights with a writer, writers do get their revenge in print.
- If you do pick a fight, make it memorable. The writer is always looking for material.
- If your writer wanders off at a party, don’t panic. Writers love to inspect the host’s bookshelves and medicine cabinets.
- Buy your writer notebooks and cute pens as gifts. Do not buy flowers. Chocolate is also acceptable.
- Leave your writer alone when a REJECTION LETTER arrives. After the deadly silence, screaming, crying, moaning, and muttering have subsided, offer your write a cup of coffee or tea. And a cupcake, preferably chocolate. * And a huge hug.
And Tip # !! ~ looking for a gift for the writer(s) in your world? Maybe think about how welcome the above ten tips, hand-written in your own script, on nice sheet of stationary, would be to your writer..
Tell about it.”
And that ‘something’ must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.
“Do your positive qualities outweigh your faults? Why or why not?”
“Do you ever feel guilty when you do not meet the expectations of your family or friends? Explain.
“Are you the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd or go totally unnoticed?” Why do you suppose this is? (just so you know, there are no right or wrong answers)
Greetings & Happy People! Today’s post is something different for me. I rarely post other sites or other people’s work here at Lady Barefoot Baroness. But finding this in my inbox today has made me second guess my scruples on this. When there is fabulous information and or places to go, see, & do I have decided some of the information warrants sharing. This is one of those times.
From a musician friend I was hooked up with this organization and grateful for such amazing information that helps me navigate my life, and more important helps us help each other. There are many things as artists we can do to help lend our hand to doing some good in our world. Again, this is one of those times.
Please if you would, spend a few minutes and acquaint yourself with IGNITE.ME.com. The page I have posted is their Consciousness category, be aware that they have many different categories; so if this not your ( as my favorite English Gentleman says); “If this is not your cup of tea “ keep reading.
And should you feel so inclined to join, welcome aboard ~
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Please remember to click “like” knowing this is how Hollywood works today folks. It not only allows you to share with the producer/director & his cast that you are liking what you are seeing. This is how the monies are made, and the actors fed.
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Instead see for yourself.
Enjoy & thanks again to Mr Doyle for sharing ~
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Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Paul Bunyan, Pea & The Princess..
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September’s Final Efforts
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September 2012 Creations:
The sentiment on this card says “Hello” I am not sure why it is reversed I have never had this happen an did nothing different in the taking the photo, cropping it, and uploading it here at WP.
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- Still Soaring On Creatve Wings (barefootbaroness.org)