Saturday, June 15, 2013

Following the Signs

You know what I mean? When life seems to be pointing you in a certain direction. Maybe it's coincidence, or maybe goes deeper. But certain instances occur like tiny blips on life's radar--almost unnoticeable.

Then finally you start tracking the blips and think, "This seems like more than coincidence. These feel like signs. Everything's lining up perfectly."

And then you think you're completely daft, reaching for something that's not there. Doubting the signs, 'cause, you know, sounds so hokey and you live in the real world here. But something so haunting and so alluringly maddening keeps drawing you back ...

Connect the dots. Open your mind.

"Wake up, young man. It's time to wake up." (Mad Season song lyric I couldn't resist including)

No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, these recurring signs keep popping up at different times.


Suddenly, there it is, right in front of you: opportunity. Are you going to go for it? Okay, so maybe it won't pan out. Maybe you'll fail. Maybe it ends up being a shot in the dark and waste of time.

But what if it's not? What if those little signs were right, and instead of being afraid of them and close-minded, you give it your all and throw yourself headfirst into making it work.

Because you believe. And maybe it's been awhile since you've really believed in something. Maybe it's been awhile since you felt the passion that's now stirring inside you, and it feels so bloody good, you wonder how you've been asleep for so long.

Life rejuvenates us this way. Along our ordinary, uneventful life pathway, we're graced with these instances--when little signs start to blip again, and we raise our heads and take note; remain open.

We tell Doubt to take a hike and let us enjoy this new found fervor. We've connected the dots to something bigger. We follow the signs.

Now it's up to our hard work and dedication to see it through.

Does this make sense to you? Have you noticed any signs pointing you in a certain direction? Could be anything from relationships to creative endeavors to making a drastic life change. Did you follow the signs? I hate to sound so strangely mystical when I say this, but lately, the signs in my life have connected in such a haunting way, that I'm stricken with awe. How about you?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Writerly Friends

One of the best things about the writerly path and platform, is the friends we make along the way. Real friends we can confide in and celebrate with, help encourage and sometimes cry with. No matter where we are on our path, someone's either been there before, or are on their way, which is why I find  social media--in particular blogging--so advantageous.

Sure, it's a major time-suck, but if you're a writer (which I believe most of us are) where else can you find such a wealth of like-minded individuals to lean on and share knowledge and support with?

In my personal life, I can't. No one else understands this path, and attempting to explain wouldn't demonstrate the magnitude. Sometimes we're up. Other times we're down. And only our fellow writers truly understand this roller coaster of emotion--the peak of hopes, and the valleys of despair.

No one get's to pick and choose. There'll always be a negative critique or review, a gut-wrenching revision or heartbreaking rejection. We are artists swimming through an ocean of opinions. Will we sink or float? Or will the sharks get us?

One thing's for sure, swimming is much easier with a support system of writerly friends cheering me on, offering life vests of support, pushing me as far as my creativity will take me.

You do that for me with every post. I share my path with you, and you take the time to read and comment and share your own paths. Of course, at times, it's about promotional reciprocity, and that's okay, because that's where we help each other. But in this industry, you can't have too many friends, and what a fabulous way to make more of them--by helping to promote each other's work.

Today I'm sharing two wonderful writers who I met very early on. I was a brand new blogger without a clue what I was doing, and both of these lovely ladies welcomed me into the blogosphere with open arms and became writerly friends--not because they wanted something, but because they're genuinely kind, helpful people.

And since today's Indie Wednesday, one of them is an indie, and the other pubbed through a small press. Both are totally worth celebrating!

Along the Way Home by Christi Corbett is a “sweet” historical romance about a family and their trail guide’s adventures on the 1843 Oregon Trail. It released in ebook format on June 11, 2013 and in print sometime in July of 2013. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Astraea Press (her publisher) and wherever ebooks are sold.

Click HERE for her awesome book trailer. 

About Christi
She's addicted to coffee, sticky notes, and the Oxford Comma. She lives in a small town in Oregon with her husband and twins. Her home’s location was especially inspiring as she wrote Along the Way Home because the view from the back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.

(how cool is that??)

Social Media Links:
When she's not writing Christi loves chatting with readers and writers alike. You can find her in one of the following locations:
Twitter: @ChristiCorbett
Facebook: Christi Corbett—Author

She has several Pinterest pages, including ones about inspirations behind Along the Way Home, Oregon Trail landmarks, horses, cowboys, writing funnies, and lots of fun ideas for EASY crafts with the kiddos.

Bravo, Christi!! Christi's been working on this book a long time and her debut is very well deserved!! 

And now for ...

 Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore

Falling in Love Changes Everything…

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents. 
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one. 
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away. 
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one. 
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’sWrite.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

Connect online:

Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

Way to go, Leigh!!

If you don't already know these ladies, be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello and congrats! They're sure to welcome you into their writerly worlds and always eager to share their path. 

I mentioned earlier today 's Indie Wednesday, so head on over to the Indelibles for more info on the indie world if you're considering it. I also wanted to mention the amazing chat that happened last week on NALitChat regarding Indie vs. Traditional. There was an audio chat with two bestselling authors, as well as a typical Twitter chat happening with so much great info. The transcribes should be available soon so check it out by clicking here!! And click on the picture below to get to The Indelibles.

Thank you so much for stopping by here! My posts will be pretty random over the summer--meaning the kids have me so busy I'll do my best to post when I can. So I'm always grateful when you take time to visit me. And I always look forward to seeing what you're up to as well. 

What do you think of the writerly path? Made a lot of friends? Still feeling your way around? Excited to read Along the Way Home and Dragonfly?? Please share ...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG - Learning from the Negative

Summer is here! Wa-hoo!! Not only is it the first Wednesday of June, but the last week of school for my kids. I'm looking forward to sleeping in all summer (since I'll be working nights,) and spending lots of quality time with the fam.

Thanks to all who stopped by to give feedback on my WIP it Good post. I appreciate all your comments and suggestions!

I missed the post for IWSG last month, and certainly didn't want to miss it again, but I just happen to be guest blogging over at Laurel Garver's blog today on Learning from the Negative, and I think you may find my post useful, especially if you're a writer who struggles with any kind of insecurity. (Hey, who doesn't, right?)

So if you have a minute on your busy blog hop day, please hop on over to Laurel's Leaves and visit me. And if you don't already know Laurel, you'll want to. She's a fabulous writer with lots of great info!

(To get to more IWSG participants, click the picture above)

See you over at Laurel's .....