Goodbye School Hello Summer

goodbye-school-and-hello-summer-1Yesterday was a monumental day for me. I finished my very last exam of grad school. I am officially done with school. So I can now officially scream “Goodbye school and Hello Summer!” Even though the weather hasn’t quite reached summer temperatures yet, I consider myself on summer vacation. I will be working on my research paper this summer so I can receive my degree in the Fall.

Aside from that, my goal for this summer is not work on and hopefully finish my current WIP. I really love this story and I hope my readers will as well. I just need to find some inspiration and some motivation to sit down and write. Chapter 4 has been started. Now I just need to work on it more. Hopefully, I can do that later tonight.

If this is your first time visiting my little corner of the blogging community, welcome and I hope you enjoy your time and come again. I have recently added a page featuring published works. When I was an undergrad, I was honored to have three of my short stories published in my college’s literary magazine.

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Writing Update

Writing UpdateHappy 1st day of March! Only 19 more days till the first day of Spring. Hopefully, the weather will start to corporate and that white stuff I refuse to name will melt and disappear forever….

Or until next year.

Anyway, I have some exciting news. As many of you know, I have been slowly but surely working on my current novel. It has been slow due to the fact I am half way done with my last semester of classes in grad school. So I have had to put my fun writing on hold while I read books/articles and wrote small papers for class. Now that my small paper has been turned in I was able to reread the current chapter I have been writing for a few weeks now.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know what chapter I am talking about. It is the infamous Chapter 3. A while back, I  did a Instagram story where I said I had a love/hate relationship with this chapter. I’d really love what I wrote and then I’d reread it and then think it was awful. As I mentioned above, I had to put my story on hold for awhile to focus on school and life. And this was actually a good thing. It allowed me to take a step back and then reevaluate it with a fresh perspective.

After going through it this afternoon and changing a few things here and there, I realized that it is actually pretty good. So with great joy, I can now say Chapter 3 of my WIP is done. I can now move on to Chapter 4.

You might be wondering why the photo of this blog post is of Fall trees and has little pictures of pumpkins and a turkey seeing at it is March. Well, that is because I get to go back in time to November specifically to Thanksgiving in Chapter 4. I am super excited to delve back into writing this weekend (hopefully).

What are your plans for the weekend? And what are some of your favorite Thanksgiving Traditions?

Writing/Reading Community/Challenge Accepted

As you all know, this past Friday the United States celebrated the 77th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I happened to be on Facebook scrolling through my newsfeed sharing various posts/videos on this momentous occasion when I stumbled across a post from one of the online writing communities I’m a part of on Facebook. 

This post came from the Avid Reader’s Club. One of the members had asked if there were any novels written on the attack on Pearl Harbor by Christian authors. As I scrolled through the comments, I noticed that there were only two books that specifically dealt with the attack. 

  1. Dawn of a Thousand Nights by Tricia Goyer. 
  2. Whispers of a New Dawn by Murray Pura.

I have read both of these books. They are amazing! I highly recommend them. Whispers of a New Dawn is a really interesting perspectives because it deals with the Amish during WWII. As I read through these posts, the wheels started spinning in my mind. What if I wrote a novel set during December of 1941–a novel with Christian themes in it? I had already planned to write a novel about the attack. Currently, my WIP does deal with Pearl Harbor but it is a contemporary novel set in Present Day. I had not realized how few novels were out there on this historical event that were not told through the lens of Christianity. I hope to one day fix this. And it is all the more reason for me to write my Pearl Harbor story. 

Seasonal Inspiration

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One of the most common questions writers get asked is where do we get our inspiration from? This question has a multi-faceted answer because writers get inspiration from everywhere. It can be from a movie or TV show they enjoy. It could be from a song they listened to on the radio on the drive to work or school. It could come from one piece of dialogue from a favorite movie, TV show, book, or perhaps even from overhearing a conversation at a local coffee shop. Regardless, inspiration can strike at any moment of the day and night.

For me inspiration comes from movies, TV shows, books that I enjoy watching and reading as well as from reading and studying people from various historical periods primarily World War II. But I also get inspired by something as ordinary as watching the seasons change.

For example, this past Sunday Northern Iowa received a freak snowfall. I know, I know, you are thinking snow in October? That’s ridiculous! And I agree. Snow should not fall till after Thanksgiving but sadly sometimes this isn’t the case depending on what part of the United States you live in. Luckily, the snow did not stick very much. (I did have to scrap off my car the next morning on my way back to school which wasn’t fun). Watching the snow fall from my spot on the sofa in our living room, I could not help but get inspired by it. Inspired to write a novel set during winter and Christmas.

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Look I even took a photo to document this unexpected snowfall.

Winter sort of plays a part in my current WIP. I mean it is set during the beginning of December to coincide with the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. But at this current point in time, I am not sure just how much winter we will see in the novel because my heroine travels to the sunny Aloha state.

And prior to this, the season of Autumn always inspires me.  There is just something about watching the leaves change colors, breathing in the crisp cool air and pumpkin spice, and hearing the leaves crunch beneath your feet….Ah. *insert heavenly sigh.*

Anyway, do you get inspired by the seasons? Let me know in the comments below.