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Renewal Giveaway

 

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UPDATE: Congratulations Barb, your name was chosen to win the bookmark. Thank you so much for commenting. I hope you like your bookmark as much as I like mine. If you send me your address to my email maribethpgraham at comcast.net I will forward your bookmark to you.

Somewhere along my travels of the mundane days of work, I got lost. I stopped dreaming. I stopped envisioning a life other than the one necessary to survive. I stopped trying. I stopped writing.

And when I did, I lost myself. I betrayed myself. I am a lot of things to a lot of people, daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, employee but in order to be good at any of those positions, I must first be true to myself.

I’m a writer. I’m eccentric at times. I have a weird sense of humor (and usually connect best with those who share it.) I’m a daydreamer. I’m an empathetic human who can see myself in everyone I meet. I can be an air head at times but also a force to be reckoned with. I’m silly but intense and will not apologize for my imagination. It is the gift I was given.

We all have a purpose. We all have struggles, self-doubt, moments of self-hate, but we all possess, beauty, talents and share collective thoughts. We need to inspire each other to become the best versions of ourselves. We need to help one another see the gifts within. When we start to do this, small parts of the world will change.

I may have taken breaks through my writing journey,but, I always seem to come back to the craft that makes my soul feel at home.

To celebrate my renewal of spirit and my newfound excitement to get back into what I so adore, I’m having a giveaway.

These hand-crafted book marks are made by Trades of Hope. These women have faced many struggles. They use their talents to help support their children and community.I’m in love with these bookmarks. I want to share one with you.

All you must do is comment on my blog a positive word. I’m old-school, the list of winners will be thrown in a hat and picked at random.

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Zzz’s Let Your Mind Rest

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Today is the last day of the April A to Z writing challenge. I made it! Woo! Woo! Woo!
This month has been fun and challenging. I’m ready to give my mind a few days to rest and then jump back into my works in progress. If you haven’t already commented on my “I” post –Interview with Divinity author Derek Miller you still have time. I will select a random commenter next week to win a special prize.

I have to be honest, my mind feels scrambled. I’m searching for the right words but none seem to want to appear. I’m waiting to become inspired but something tells me inspiration has checked out for the day. I’m trying to collect my thoughts but I’m finding myself staring off into space. My thoughts are silent or at least very quiet.

Sometimes this happens and when it does the best thing to do is go with it. Great ideas aren’t always going to be roaming through our minds.

What are some ways that you rest your mind? Do you believe inspiration hits stronger after you allow yourself to take some time off from thinking?

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Here are a few techniques that may help bring back inspiration.

1. Doodle- This act of unconscious drawing keeps your brain working while your thoughts are resting. I’ve always been a doodler. My journals are filled with doodles. I’m often fascinated by the scribbles that sometimes turn into pictures.

2. Meditate- There is several different ways one can meditate. You can choose one object and focus on it and only it or you can focus on your breathing. The act of meditation is said to improve your mind’s focus when not meditating. If you want, come up with a mantra and repeat it over and over to induce a meditative state.

3. Go outside- Breathe in the fresh air. Take in the scenery and allow yourself to become one with the earth.

4. Choose to Experience Something New- New experiences free up clutter in our minds and helps restore inspiration. The next time someone asks you to do something you haven’t done before say yes.

5. Take a Nap- I’m a huge fan of naps. Naps help rejuvenate you and if you are lucky enough to dream during your nap you may wake up inspired by the story told to you while you lay sleeping.

I had a blast this month. Thanks again for visiting my blog. I’m inspired by all of you.
Now it’s time to catch a few Zzzzz’s.

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QUESTIONS WRITERS ASK THEMSELVES

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I’m writing about questions for today’s “Q” challenge.

If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve talked to yourself a few times. We are filled with good days and bad days. Some days we feel like we can take on the world and other days we feel like we are wasting time, chasing dreams and writing nonsense. We question what we’re doing and why we are doing it. Below are just a few questions writers ask themselves. Have you ever asked yourself any of these?

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1. What am I wasting my time for?
2. Am I good enough?
3. What if no one ever reads my work?
4. What if I become published?
5. Who am I kidding?
6. Where is this story going?
7. Who will I thank if I do get my book published?
8. Where am I going to find the time to write?
9. Is there a purpose to my writing or not?
10. Should I give up?

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KEEP TRUE TO YOURSELF

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It’s so easy to want to get caught up in today’s writing trends. The vampire stories made a few people rich, Harry Potter and his gang put the wizards back on the map and the dystopian novels made for great reads that turned into epic movies.

All of this doesn’t mean that you should try to come up with your own versions of these stories.
Be the person that tries to think of something that hasn’t been thought of before (I know sometimes this feels impossible). Write your own unique stories. Stay true to yourself.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT SOME WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS

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It’s always fun to discover facts about authors. It’s neat to learn that they have hobbies other than writing or that they too knocked on many doors before finding the one that opened. Today, I’ve compiled a list of some fun facts about a few of my favorite authors. Do you have any author facts that you would like to share?

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S.E. Hinton: (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Tex etc.): Was born Susie Eloise Hinton. She chose to use her initials because she didn’t want people to know she was a woman. It’s also said that she didn’t want boys to be put off by a female author.

Stephen King and Mitch Albom: (are in a band together with a few other famous authors. Their band is called The Rock Bottom Remainders.)

Ray Bradbury:
Didn’t consider himself a science-fiction author. He believed he was more of a fantasy writer.

Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway were friends

Edgar Allen Poe: Enjoyed attending his local book club

Suzanne Collins: Worked at Nickelodeon and wrote stories for shows such as Oswald and Little Bear

Charles Dickens: Was a member of The Ghost Club

I loved collecting these facts, some I already knew but other’s surprised me, how about you?

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APPLES IN LITERATURE

Today is the first day of the A to Z challenge. I thought I’d write about Apples in Literature. If you are a blogger participating in this challenge, drop me a line and let me know where I can find your blog.

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According to Wikipedia, the apple is known to symbolize knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man and sin. We have all heard of Adam and Eve being tempted by the forbidden fruit which man determined to be an apple. Since the story of Adam and Eve the apple has popped up in many stories in literature. For my first A-to Z post I have collected some stories where apples showed up. Are there any that I missed that you would like to include?

The Story of Adam and Eve– In the Book of Genesis we are told that Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent (Devil) to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. It started with the serpent tempting Eve who took the first bite and later convinced Adam to eat the fruit. Because of their actions (disobeying God) they were banished from Eden and man would be made mortal. Of course this is my summary of the story so please don’t chastise me for not writing the complete history of Adam and Eve.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-Snow White is beautiful and kind and everything about her upsets the wicked queen who also happens to be Snow White’s step mother. The queen especially hates when her magic mirror tells her that Snow White is the fairest of all. The queen’s jealousy for Snow White consumes her and she orders a huntsman to chase Snow White into the woods and kill her. The huntsman can’t do what is asked and instead warns Snow White and urges her to hide in the woods. I think we all know what happens next, she meets seven dwarfs who do their best to hide her. For a while all is good but eventually the witch finds out she is alive and devises a plan to get rid of her for good. She makes a poison apple, dresses up like an old lady and offers Snow White the shiny delicious looking apple. Snow takes a bite and immediately falls into a deep sleep. All looks hopeless until her true love kisses her and she awakes.

Paris and the Apple (Greek Mythology) When the Goddess of discord found out she was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis she felt snubbed. Her means of revenge was to throw a golden apple onto the table at the wedding reception with the inscription To the most fairest. Three goddesses saw this and fought over who was the fairest. They took their argument to Zeus who handed over the decision to Paris. Each woman promised Paris things if they were chosen. In the end he chose Aphrodite a decision that was said to cause the Trojan War.

Other places the apple made an appearance are –Twilight (on the cover and in the lunch room scene, Bella rolls the apple-perhaps it was symbolic of being tempted by Edward) , Johnny Appleseed, and The Nancy Drew Notebooks (The Apple Bandit).

If an apple a day is said to keep the doctor away then why have so many bad things come from taking a bite from one? 

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A to Z Challenge

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The April A to Z Challenge starts in two days. Who is participating? I’m attempting yet again to do this challenge. I tried for the last two years to get to the letter Z but I never made it. I can’t promise this will be the year but I’m going to give it another shot. I love the A to Z challenge for numerous reasons.

1. It makes me think. I try really hard to come up with interesting topics and love to see what comes to mind.

2. It’s a great way to meet other writers. I have met some great writers through the A to Z challenge and still visit their blogs whenever I get a chance.

3. New readers find your blog.

4. It helps build discipline. (Anything that encourages you to write everyday is a good thing).

5. It’s interesting to see what others come up with.

6. It’s fun.

If you are participating in this challenge leave a comment letting me know. I will stop by your blog to see what you are writing about.

Have fun. Happy Writing!

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