#AmWriting Challenge: Days 17-26

Yeah, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Oops. 😉

Day 17: A picture of my inner critic.

I have several, and they all take turns, each passing the torch to the next when she is done with me.

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Day 18: Record a video of what I’m listening to.

No – trust me, it’s boring. The sound of a loud desktop computer humming (did I forget to mention that my Mac bit the dust only a few days after it came back to life?) and the dishwasher in the kitchen going. I’ll spare you. LOL

Day 19: Tag my modern author crush/hero.

#J.K.Rowling #KristinHannah #EmmeZava

I will tag them properly in the “Tags & Categories” section of this post.

Day 20: What am I reading?

I am reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah at the moment.

Day 21: Me, hard at work.

Hmm. No one takes pictures of me when I’m writing – nor do I think to do so myself, so I don’t have any of those. Sorry. But for a visual, refer to Day 17 – I’m sure that those are the faces I make while writing, whether at the behest of my inner critics or my own self will.

Day 22: What inspires me.

Real life experiences. Family. Friends. Nature. Pictures. Music. Writing prompts.

Day 23: My author uniform.

Lounge pants, a tank top and/or comfy shirt, and a cup of coffee (that counts, right – I mean, it might as well be a part of my uniform).

Day 24: My author community.

For seven years or so, my writing community has been my group, The Written Voice (now on Facebook). I also enjoy Writer’s Retreat group on Facebook.

Day 25: #TBT My younger self.

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Day 26: My local bookstore.

Well, the nearest one is a half hour away, but it’s called Got Books.

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#AmWriting Challenge: Days 12 – 16

Day 12: A good way to relax.

Well, this is my ideal way to relax:

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I mean, does it get better than reading on the beach? Not unless there’s also a nice cool drink nearby. 😉

Since the beach is hours away, the ideal relaxation is not feasible, so I relax by reading at home, or zoning out with Netflix/Hulu or music. And writing, of course. Writing, for me, is a weird mix between relaxing and exciting.

Day 13: Your writing hero.

My writing hero? Hmm. So many authors come to mind. I’ll just name a few. J.K. Rowling – I mean, obviously. She is just incredible. Maya Angelou – a wonderful poet – so smart and precise and poignant with the words she wrote. Emily Dickinson – a poet whom I first related to, and one who kept her talent hidden and wrote for the love of writing. That is admirable. I wish that she would have shared with more than her immediate family – but, one feels the way she feels. Lois Lowry – I mean, The Giver is brilliant – what a great writer. These days, I’d have to say Kristin Hannah and Emme Zava – and when my writer friend, E.H. Demeter publishes her first book, I can add her to the list. I mean, there’s a never-ending supply of talented writers and phenomenal books out there – I’m sure I’ll come across more writing heroes soon.

Day 14: Your personal cheerleader.

To be honest, I wouldn’t say I have one. I know people are aware that I write, but I don’t feel there’s any one person (or more) who really encourages my writing and cheers me on. Besides my writing friends – especially Tracy and Jenn.

Day 15: What you eat while writing.

I don’t eat when I write. Is that weird?

Day 16: Favorite sentence ever written.

Really? That’s impossible. Seriously. I’d have to re-read all of my favorite books, stories, and poems to come to some sort of answer for this. I guess I’ll go with the same answer as my favorite quote: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou. Gosh, there are so many other beautiful lines. I’m currently reading Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, and I do recall a few lines that sort of blew me away: “If I had told him the truth long ago, or had danced and drunk and sung more, maybe he would have seen me instead of a dependable, ordinary mother. He loves a version of me that is incomplete. I always thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I’d like to be known.” Gah, doesn’t that just … speak to you? Leave you envious that you didn’t write it? Make you appreciative that someone did? A few pages later, she writes this little gem: A look passed between the women. In it was everything they felt and feared. (Their spouses had just gone off to war.)

Emme Zava: Soon-to-be Author

My writer friend, Emme Zava, is about to be a published author. To say that I am excited for her is an understatement. I have been beta reading her work for years. I am happy that others will have the opportunity to read her novel, On the Other Side of Aether (Book One of the Guardian of the Arcanos series). It is excellent. If you are looking – and even if you’re not – for a new author to read, then please do yourself a favor and read her book when it is published. Emme is a fantastic writer. You will not be disappointed. You can thank me later.

Visit her website for details and to keep up-to-date with information about Emme Zava and her work.

http://www.emmezava.com/

Read what I have to say about On the Other Side of Aether here.

Emme, I am so happy for you! I cannot wait to hold your book in my hands and devour it once again.