Creativity inspires me.
My 8-year-old decided she wanted to make a puppet (I call it a robot) …
My favorite … when my laptop broke (2 years ago) … she made me a new one
… Imaginative children, art, and creativity inspire me.
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.
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I drew inspiration from one of my newer novels, unpublished, which also involves addiction and co-dependence, and planned to write a short story.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.)
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.
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.
Move out of your own way and let your hobby become a passion, and take on a life of it’s own. ❤
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!
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.
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.
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)
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