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Creativity inspires me.

My 8-year-old decided she wanted to make a puppet (I call it a robot) …

A cereal box, a water bottle, construction paper, and one pair of socks later …
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And when she decided that on top of becoming a professional basketball player and gymnast, she would be an author/illustrator  …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My favorite … when my laptop broke (2 years ago) … she made me a new one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Imaginative children, art, and creativity inspire me.

 

 

Music&Inspiration

1. I was very inspired by thoughts as simple and terrifying as: We are all potentially one step away from losing it all, one bad choice from addiction, one bad day away from losing ourselves.

2. I kept James Blake, ‘Retrograde’, and James Blake,’Case of you’, on repeat. There were a handful of artists, including Miguel and Raised by Swans, but for some reason, these two songs were at the top of my list.

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3. I love TCM, love classic movies, and I watched a lot of black and white films around the time I began writing this book. Why were they inspiring? Well, because many of my more intimate scenes were conceptualized  wanting to create something that was not forced, but was felt — because of anticipation and leaving things to the imagination.

In classic movies, if there was intimacy, viewers were drawn in, aware of what happened, and blushed as the scene faded to black. Then, the unmade bed, disheveled hair, and morning after, made it quite evident what had happened. Again, this inspired me to write intimate scenes that were slow-building and sensual, but not egregious or offensive.

4. Since my first two published novels were written a decade ago, I wanted to give readers a different side of me. I was also really excited to apply what I have learned over the past two years.

I drew inspiration from one of my newer novels, unpublished, which also involves addiction and co-dependence, and planned to write a short story. As I wrote it, I realized that maybe it would be a novella. But instead, Like Shards of Glass became a novel (I think it’s a bit on the short side.)

Hop over to Smashwords, and take a free peek at the sample!! Pre-order or Sample

 

 

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Being shy has been my least favorite thing about myself. There have been orchestra recitals, piano contests, times when my parents wanted me to sing … in front of people, (and the list goes on) and with each of these situations, I’ve either disappeared, or made myself physically ill when it was all said and done. I’m getting better, I’d like to continue to work on that, and I’d like to not only take baby steps, but to dive in.

Today, I’d like to do something wacky. Well, it’s wacky to me.

When I create a book trailer (or, wait. I think we’re supposed to call them videos, now) I create quite a few. And in some of them, I sing. In one of them, I actually used lyrics I had written, and put them with the melody my friend had composed on the piano. I never officially shared it, because it had far too many errors, and the sound quality was really bad. Today, I’ll be sharing one of my drafts, and in it there’s a clip of me singing. Just going with the flow, being creative, having way too much fun. But isn’t that what it’s all about?

Tomorrow, I’ll share the official promo video.

So …

Here goes; here’s my Like Shards of Glass draft:

 

 

Did you roll your eyes? Don’t roll them too hard. They may get stuck up there. I repeat, I was just fooling around. 😉

It’s just a draft, but like I said, I had fun and plan to share more of my ‘fun’ in the future. I like to share the process, the drafts, the mistakes, what-was-I-thinkings, and the lessons behind all of the above

Again, I’ll be sharing the official video, tomorrow. Be here or be square! Wait, that’s not how that goes. Awkward.

Anyway. Side note: Becoming an author has been one of those things that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. When I finished writing my first books, I told anyone who expressed an interest in them, or suggested that I get them published, that I was only writing for me; I was only writing as a hobby. But the hobby was a passion. The passion has taken on a life of its own.

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Move out of your own way and let your hobby become a passion, and take on a life of it’s own. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookworm’s Nook:

Journey to Germany

Today, we have a fun chat with Ms Andrea Cunningham of Creatively Yours Arc!

(Andrea is currently staying in a small village called Klein Gerau, about 30 minutes from Frankfurt Germany.)

About Creatively Yours:

Creatively Yours was born from a desire to do things differently.  For years I have been helping behind the scenes in corporate America to help companies achieve the ease and efficiency of streamlined organization, event coordination, mailings, spreadsheet maintenance and anything else an administrative assistant can be asked to do.  I am ready to offer my services to those who see their business growing beyond the 9 to 5.  Those who are willing to expand their services to include a team player that knows how to get things done efficiently within the timelines set forth.  Time is money.  Let my skills enhance your business.
Themes and Dreams now available on Amazon
Follow Creatively Yours on Twitter:  @cre8vlyyours
Find Andrea on Twitter: @authcunningham
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Q: What is the best part of being away from home, creatively?

A: I am learning that without the pressure of “home issues” I am able to write quite freely.  It’s amazing how much I am getting done because my phone is not ringing, I am sleeping properly and I don’t have to worry about where to be at what time.  It’s a blessing and I want to remember this feeling and duplicate it when I get back home.  My creative work is just as important as the “rat race”.

Q: How did you choose Germany?

A: In 2006 I was blessed to meet in person a friend I’d been conversing with online at that point for about 5 years.  We share the same birthday and are more alike than I could ever imagine.  She has graciously opened her home near Frankfurt to me and I am debating on how long I am staying.  Maybe 2 or 3 months.  So far I have been here for 1 month and having a wonderful time.  Shout out to Sabine for being such a great friend!

Q: What are the major differences between Germany and the United States?

A: From my personal experience so far (this is my 3rd time here) these are the main differences I see:
There are very few SUV’s on the streets….and a ton of Smart cars.  Compact cars, smart designs inside homes and a general “green” campaign are just a few of the things.  They recycle their glass in brown, green and white.  It’s amazing. Culturally, I had to get used to being stared at a lot.  I am staying in a relative “village” and there are not many Black people around here.  So people openly stare at me here.  Rude?  Yes.  But I am adjusting.  (LOL)

Q: If you could give us a visual, detailing one of the most beautiful things you’ve seen on your trip, what would you write?

A: We went to a free concert in a historic part of Germany (Wiesbaden) and there is a huge “high roller” casino, that was gorgeously lit with a huge Ferris wheel placed in front of it just for the festival.  It was so romantic, beautiful and breath-taking that I will definitely be writing a love scene about that image/night. 

Q: Many people, especially those who have started a family or are heavily depended upon, do not find time to follow their heart and take time to recharge. What do you tell them, and how do they defeat that guilt?

A: Although I do not have children of my own, I am very heavily depended upon by both my family and my tight circle of friends.  I felt VERY guilty when someone said, “You will be missed more than you know when you are away.”
It could have stopped me in my tracks, made me cancel my flight and stay in that particular person’s face. It might sound morbid, but if I died tomorrow, everyone’s life would go on.  I’m not saying I’m not important to the people that love me. But at the end of the day, if I did not take this trip, life would have continued on just as it has — because I decided to go ahead and get on the plane.
Responsibility (especially familial) is no joke, but people will ebb and flow like they always do when you are not around.  In the end it will really be okay.  Take time for you, your family will be better for it in the end, because you are building yourself up to care for them.

Q: What, in your opinion, is the difference between following your heart, and running away?

A: I struggled with taking this trip and was questioned by several different people in my circle about why I had to go for 3 months.  First, I must say, that I have always been somewhat impulsive in nature.  So it would be nothing for me to run away.  However, I think following my heart (giving up my apartment, selling most of my possessions, and taking this “break” from my Pennsylvania life) has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It was a planned out decision, full of self-doubt along the way, but I’m glad I did this. Running away seems to imply that you have no direction.  I feel like this decision/direction is very clear.

Q: What is your current work in progress, and what influence will this journey have on your writing?

A: Currently, I am working on novel, with a main character that is a “looney tune”.  I am working on a collection of short stories, “Themes and Dreams 2”.  The first collection, “Themes and Dreams (I), is currently available on Amazon.

I am blessed to have a hostess who is showing me the beauty of her country, and doesn’t mind stopping to let me take pictures with both my camera and my mind.  There are so many images that I am processing for future writing.  I am excited to share this trip in the most creative ways with my readers and supporters.

Q: What is your favorite thing to say, as you learn to speak German.

A: “Dings vom Doch” – Literal translation:  Things on the Roof.

This is one of my favorite game shows over here. I love game shows in general, so it’s funny that I immediately found one I like.  A panel is given weird items, and they have to figure out what it’s used for.  After they take their guesses a short video shows how they are used.  It’s very entertaining and funny. (Although I don’t speak much German, body language says so much.)

schön – (2 dots over the o)  – Beautiful, lovely, pretty.

Entschuldigung – I’m sorry (it’s fun to say with so many syllables)

Thank you RH Ramsey for allowing me to share my thoughts!!!

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your journey, your future projects, and for reminding us all of how inspiring a getaway can be!

Connect with Andrea online:

Themes and Dreams now available on Amazon
Follow Creatively Yours on Twitter:  @cre8vlyyours
Find Andrea on Twitter: @authcunningham