Dreams and Schemes for a Legendary Life

Writerly Wednesdays: So You Want To Write A Book!

on December 2, 2015

So You Want to Write a Book? I am often approached by people, who after discovering I write books, tell me they’ve been wanting to write a book too. Sound familiar? With the advent of self-publishing, it seems like everyone wants to write a book about as much as everyone wants to write a screenplay. “I started writing a book.” First, there are those, who think there’s big money in writing a book, and think it will be easy to get it published and that it would make a great movie. They’ve started something ages ago. When you ask how far along they are on their book, they might hem and haw a bit, and say only chapter one, or page five…. Continue Reading

The Boyfriend List for Girls

on November 29, 2015

35 Things To Put On Your Boyfriend List

Hey, I know everyone would like to have a great boyfriend, right? Well, it’s not as easy to find the good ones as you would think. And let’s be honest, it’s a waste of time drifting from guy to guy hoping he’ll be what you are looking for when, you don’t really know who you are and what you are looking for. That’s why I always recommend The Boyfriend List. It’s important to be clear about what you want and expect. And to make sure you’ve got it right, write it down and focus on it. Of course, whatever you want, make sure you can also give it back. You need to be awesome to attract the awesome guy, right? Unlike in… Continue Reading

Writerly Wednesdays: 5 Reasons to be Thankful for Writers!

on November 25, 2015

5 Reasons to be Thankful for Writers! Writers take us places we might never go on our own, and sometimes places no one could possibly go. Writers can give us the happy endings we need. Writers can inspire us to be better and give us dreams to which we can aspire. Writers make us think differently about our views, prejudices, and perceptions. Writers can help us escape from the worst moments in our own lives (and take us to a world where people are even more screwed!) Thank you to all my fellow writers, readers, dreamers, and schemers. Life is always better with a good book. Happy Thanksgiving! Tricia

10 Tips to Help Prepare for Thanksgiving Gut

on November 21, 2015

How to Prepare for Turkey Tummy! 10 Easy Things!

Start taking Probiotics now. Purchase your form of Zantac or Tums and slip some into your pocket or purse. Carry a few extra for a loved one. Drink lots of water – all week – before and after the event! In addition to the recommended 64 ounces, drink 2 portions of water for every 1 glass of wine; 3 portions for every portion of hard liquor; 1 to 1 equal portions for every beer. This is not proven science, just years of testing and experience. Trust me. You will also wake up happier. Contrary to popular advice, I recommend weighing yourself every day this week – just to stay in the general stratosphere of your current weight. Enjoy but make… Continue Reading

Writerly Wednesdays: Your Voice vs. Voices

on November 18, 2015

Hearing voices

If you talk to an author, they will quite often chatter on about how writing is mostly listening – usually to the voices of characters in their head. It can sound a little on the crazy side, but if you choose to engage in a life of solitude at your desk, it can be really nice company. Don’t judge. Writers who hear voices are truly the lucky ones, because they can always sit down and get to work. The voices don’t really stop. But it does help to direct them in a productive manner via your imagination and say, “this is where we are right now”, then let them at it. Finding your voice Hearing voices, is not necessarily the same as finding your… Continue Reading

What Everyone Can Do To Promote Peace

on November 15, 2015

Transform fear and anger into positive action I don’t love talking about current events in general on my blog, but I know many of my readers look at the recent events in Paris, Syria and other places around the globe and experience fear, frustration, rage, disgust, and even confusion as to why there are people in the world who have no intent, vision or goal other than to destroy. There is very little we can do for those who are far down the path to evil, but we do need to take care of our own emotions, and transform all that fear and anger into positive action. Use your personal form of “prayer” Few of us can help a person or… Continue Reading

Writerly Wednesdays: 10 Ways You Know You’re a Writer

on November 4, 2015

You Know You’re A Writer When by Adair Lara The following ten gems are from Adair Lara’s little book that sits on my shelf closest to my desk. Occasionally when I’m feeling out of sorts, a little weird, or have been caught talking to myself a little too much – I whip out this treasure, and remember that I’m not alone. Here are just ten of my favorites. There are so many more. If you’re not sure yet, if you’re a writer, you might pick up a copy. It also makes a great gift a writerly friend. You think of eavesdropping as research. You get a book idea while washing the dishes. Sometimes you think in an English accent. As… Continue Reading

Halloween Pet Cemetery Photos: A Celebration of Little Lives!

on October 31, 2015

It's Halloween, So Let's Celebrate the Little Spirits in Our Lives!

I’m not really into morbid stuff, though through age 22, I was an intensely addicted, horror film junkie. One night I was driving home, afraid of being attacked by zombies on a creepily empty road, when I realized there was something seriously wrong with me. Knowing I was much too imaginative to be driving like that, I put a halt to most of the scary movies, but I still love old cemeteries. I’m curious about the people and the stories, and relationships, and lives of those who were so “beloved”. This past summer, I was once again in a cemetery, taking pictures, wondering about the people who buried these “little spirits”. It was of course a pet cemetery, and it was a really… Continue Reading

Writerly Wednesdays: Needs Vs. Goals in Character Development

on October 28, 2015

The difference between a character's need and a character's goal.

Other writers and teachers may differ, but this how I explain it. A need is an internal, emotional driving force for a character, inherent to who they are. A goal is a short term, outward objective that drives the action, and in best of stories, is linked tightly to the character’s inner need. A character “need” is something that is part of who the character is in life – the thing that defines their purpose. Even when I study my family and friends, I can see how all their decisions are driven by that need, and through that filter. It’s not necessarily the only filter, but as an individual, there is usually a very strong one for each of us. In my last… Continue Reading

5 Recommended Reads for the Halloween Season!

on October 23, 2015

5 Chilling and Suspenseful Books to celebrate the Spooky Season!

Nothing says Halloween like chills up your spine as you read quietly in a dark corner of your home. Here are my top 5 recommendations for the spooky season. Perfume by Patrick Suskind – Sick, twisted, sad, compelling, slightly nauseating, and one of my favorite books of all time. Perfume is the tale of a man who has no personal scent, who becomes the most powerful maker of scents. Isolation is used rather beautifully in this book. The character is isolated from humans that cannot connect with a scentless man. The writer uses the sense of smell so cleverly, isolating that one power to the detriment of all. If you are a writer, you will appreciate this book and the… Continue Reading