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Took A Leap

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Feeling quite pleased with myself I am.

Yep, I’m writing a very self-serving post tonight to brag a bit that I accomplished a 3rd NANOWRIMO challenge with NANO April 2015 Camp.

With a committed word count goal of 30,000 in the month of April to write a short story, it happened I am delighted to say. Especially since I’d had no intention of participating, let alone did I have even a project in mind…. until what was almost the 13th hour.

I took a leap into a month of Creative Lunacy.

Although I have written most of all my life, writing a short romance story was something I’d never done as an adult. There were many as a teenager I remember, but once married and raising a family my writing took a complete different direction.

This NANO experience was completely different from jump street. My other two had a game plan at least a few weeks before beginning since the prior two projects had been brewing for some time in my mind. I also am doing a weekly radio show that I wasn’t committed to the other two times. I’d decided right away that I would publish the short story as web-fiction, building its own web site and post in a series of chapters.

This time…. was so different.

Almost out of the blue this story came to me.

I listen to a lot of music, and I write by having music in the background. I have had music inspire me for many…many years, but I had never had music inspire a story.  It just so happens that is what happened with Mesmerized. I heard an original track of music from a friend, an instrumental. I was inspired by a question asked,  What visuals did the music create? The first two paragraphs of the story were born within 5 minutes in answer. I then a few days later decided to run with those two paragraphs and a premise.

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It’s completely fiction although based on a belief that I think many women can personally associate with. It was a fun story to write, to flesh out. I had the greatest time being the director of my character’s lives. It’s one of the wonderful joys I find in writing fiction, and as I get older there is even more delight in being able to live vicariously through the characters and events I design.

Through fiction a writer can freely say out loud what they might not feel comfortable saying openly.

Always thankful for the alter ego of my stories. I learn a lot about life through writing, and I learn a lot about myself. The past month was no different. Some of those lessons came to the writer within, some came to the woman within.

Bravery in words is a wondrous magical thing.

tjtaylor2015

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Choice ~ AWOL (a way of life)

A short explanatory post regarding my frequent absence and tardiness in visiting here at WP.
Like all of us who navigate life I am of late needing to be more selective with how I spend myself. 
Quite happily I made the choice to participate in NANO this year after successfully completing the NANO Camp in April. 
With 13 days into the “30 Days To Write A Novel” I am doing well after starting from just a brief outline with my concept, my main character, and the leading lady‘s goal in the story line. 
This is going to be a squeeze for me to finish by the 30th of the month, I have so far not wanted to throw my laptop down, but with already a 36 hour period that came and seriously put me behind I wondered. 
With my gracious thank to my fellow and sister writers,NANO writers, and dear friends for your cheering on, and your priceless tips for helping to stay at task. 
Also my deepest gratitude to you who unconditionally support me and my Barefoot Baroness blogs. I’ll be back, I just reconciled I cannot do both my novel and blogging.  Kind of surprised me.
Please know your friendships are always treasured and I do miss this community. 
I leave these additional words:
I Choose….
…..to live by choice;
not by chance;
to make changes;
not excuses,
to be motivated;
not manipulated
to be useful;
not used,
to excel;
not compete,
I choose Self-esteem,
not self-pity
I choose to listen to my positive inner voice;
not the random opinions of others. 
 
©tjtaylor2013

5 Random Facts About Me

ANOTHER SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT.   THIS WAS DONE  ALMOST 2 YRS AGO. 

5 Random Facts

This layout is about me.  The story teller, the mom, the grandparent, the sister and the wife.  Scrapbookers, story tellsers, photographers, family historians are all fabulous story tellers about other people.

Can you imagine what your future generations in your family is going to think about th person who wrote  documents all the dates, told all the story’s and knew who all the rpeople were in the photo graphs. But who was that person?

This layout was a challenge for me, by  a well know scrapbook design team member and an artist;   Miss Stacy Julian.

Stacy challened the story teller in me to tell a short story about myself. There are obvious missing links in my memory, scrap and altered  books about our family.  ME!   This was the whole point behind the challenge.  Do you all know how hard it is to write something, somewhat meaningfu,l about yourself?   Even with a prompt I still struggled.

This is 5 Random Facts about myself. 

Now my turn to challenge you. Tag, you’re it!