Book Excerpts

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

This post is short and sweet but I couldn’t help but share my excitement with you all.  Here are a couple of excerpts from my work in progress (I’m getting closer to picking a title.)  I’m putting the finishing touches to my manuscript and next month I’ll be working with an editor.  Lots of great updates are coming up, so make sure to subscribe and be the first one to know about giveaways and more!

XOXOX,

Tamara

never fadecradling me like a child waking up from a nightmare he rested ihis chin on my head.Her words replayed in my head. She_s pathetic. She_s nothing. My vision twisted with red circles, a sickening smell piercing my lungs. Their voices echoed and the crow screeched warnThe forest watched me through the massive glass window, a green and brown wall of nature basking in my swimming. I took it all in, completely in awe of such raw beauty. (1)

 

Writing & Dreaming in My Favorite Place

I don’t know about you, but it takes one holiday and my entire schedule is thrown off. I had a great Easter with family and friends, but between cooking a holiday meal, cleaning the house, and recuperating from all that, my editing fell a little behind. I try not to worry about those things because although I’m a writer, I’m also a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend…and so many other titles! That means that life happens, which is something to cherish and enjoy.

That said, I’m back on track with my book. I am almost done with the first round of editing and lots of things are happening in the background to bring this book to life. I’m enjoying the process and I can’t wait to share with you all the exiting news coming ahead.

 

Where Inspiration Takes Place.

This week I want to share with you some pictures of my writing area.  

Tucked in a corner of my bedroom is my writing desk. Here’s where my book is written and edited. It’s not a big area or a sophisticated place, but there’s plenty of natural light and personal knick-knacks that serve as inspiration.  This writing corner is cozy and relaxing. There’s nothing better than sitting at my desk with a hot cup of coffee and seeing my dreams coming true.  The white Ikea desk is small enough to keep it cozy but it’s functional and organized.  My file folders have several secrets hidden inside: Art inspiration, Novel Ideas, Character Lists, Workshop Notes, and yes, even Dumbbell Exercises (in case I get the inspiration to work out!)

Surround Yourself With Love.

There’s my “I Love Mom” mug that serves as a pen holder. It’s precious to me because my daughter painted it when she was 5.  Having this on my desk reminds me that I have people to inspire.  I want my kids to see that following your dreams takes hard work and dedication, but it is doable.  I like having inexpensive things surrounding me, even if in reality they’re priceless.  Nothing inspires you to work harder when you have things reminding you how loved and cherished you are.

We’re All Mad Here.

The Alice In Wonderland mug suits my writing personality and journey. It reminds me “We’re all Mad Here.”  You need to be a little mad to follow your dreams.  If you worry about being “normal”, “walking the straight line”, or simply blending in because it’s the safest thing to do, you won’t achieve your dreams.  It’s the quirky and whimsical attitude that pushes you to break the mold and think outside the box.

Dreams & Schemes.

 

On the bookshelf I have my Dreams & Schemes book where all my writing goals are housed. I scan through these pages when I need a reminder of why I do what I do.  Why is it important to have a Dreams & Schemes book?  Because it gives your dreams a voice.  Seeing your inner desires written on paper not only helps you identify them in more detail, but it allows you to put together a plan to achieve those goals.  Writing down your dreams validates them and makes their presence a reality.

 

Your First (Creative) Love.

The little Sailor Moon figurine reminds me what first fueled my imagination as a child. I fell in love with Anime at the age of five and to this day I cherish the rich imagination it created inside me.  Sailor Moon opened a brand new world to me.  One filled with magic, romance, self love, friendship, but most importantly it showed me there are no boundaries to imagination.  You can become who you want and create stories that don’t have to fit the mold.  This little cutie symbolizes my childhood, when everything was possible and the world was wide open to me.  I love thinking back to the little girl I was.  It’s like rediscovering a part of me that will never let me down and that will always inspire me to make my dreams come true.

What about you?  Where do you write, work, or dream?  Is there a special place that inspires you?  I’d love to read about it.  Share it with me!

 

Kicking Off NaNoWriMo Prep Season

 

CNW_ParticipantSeptember is upon us and I’d like to take a moment to reach out to my fellow writers. Like me, you may be anxiously waiting for November, so that you can begin another NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) challenge. But you may not be aware that September kicks off the NaNoWriMo Prep Season, a time when writers prepare for the upcoming word marathon.

The first few years I participated in NaNoWriMo, I did not plan very much at all. In fact, I simply waited for November 1st and then put everything together in my head—and on paper. I had to sort out through ideas, research, character building, scene breakdowns, and more. It was exhausting and definitely not productive. The entire goal of NaNoWriMo is to dedicate thirty days to writing—just writing! For this reason, preparing for November is imperative.

In his Writer’s Digest guest post, author Kevin Kaiser reminds us that NaNoWriMo isn’t about writing the next great American Novel, but simply to complete the challenge.

Kevin says, “Once you have a skeleton framework, start. Act. Write. Don’t get preparation paralysis. The only way to write a novel is one word at a time. The only way to write each of those words, however unsatisfactory they might be, is to write them. Books don’t write themselves.”

I need a great amount of resources to feel inspired to write. I find it hard to relax and let the words roll, as the impulse to outline, brainstorm ideas, and research are an instrumental part of my writing. For this reason, the couple of months before November should be reserved for those who like me need a little groundwork before the big …[Continue reading here]

Theories That Build Your Character’s Personality

Art by D. Christopher
Art by D. Christopher

I vividly remember sitting in my high school science class and listening to the teacher talk about nature vs. nurture. The topic fascinated me because it suggested that even if you were stuck with some pretty rotten genes, you could still have a shot at bettering your predisposed make-up. As we already know, our DNA dictates many of our inherit characteristics. I look at my children and although different, they each carry a familiar quality that points back to us parents. One of them has my husband’s attention to detail; the other procrastination tendencies—compliments of me.

But while swimming in the inescapable gene pool, we’re bound to assimilate with the type of waters we bathe in. A few tidal waves can turn us leery of leaving the shore, or the plunge into a pristine river overlooked by a majestic waterfall can enlighten us into more tranquil beings.

I strongly believe that nurture, the way we are fostered by our environment, circumstances and people we meet, has a vital influence on the kind of individuals we turn out to be.   It is the abstract attributes that mostly affect the way we think and behave. Heredity is an attributing factor, but there are many variables which mold us into the people we become. This theory affects my writing in several ways. When crafting my characters I first determine the type of environment they’ve been exposed to. I use that as a starting point to lead me into their psyche. To do so, I ask these questions:

  • Who was the biggest influence in the character’s life? Is this person still around? If so, what do their encounters look like?
  • How does the character relate to his surroundings? Does he love his job? Why does he hate living with his mother? Does he really want to be with his girlfriend or is the relationship one of convenience?
  • What pivotal moment(s) shaped his inner beliefs, theories or opinions?

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Once I’ve answered these basic questions, I start to get an idea of what my character feels like and what he hopes for, which in turn mold his entire personality. In order to weave this personality it’s important to envision my character as a multidimensional being. That means I need to look into his soul, read his heart, and understand the look in his eyes. I need to become the character and draw from my own life experience to recollect encounters that shaped me into the person I am today. […READ MORE]

Guest Blog by Artist Elisabeth Ladwig

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                                                    “Writer”

My very  first artistic inspiration was a simple children’s book written in Italian, my native language, narrating the inception of the world and moving on to the cavemen, the invention of the chariot, and the Roman gladiators. Even now I remember my mother sitting next to me, turning the pages and reading the words out loud. Except, at the tender age of four, I wasn’t as captivated by the writing but mostly by the art. In my mind I began to weave an intricate story of my own, imagining the lives of the caveman holding sticks in his hands and a spark of fire glowing on the ground. The images before me leaped out of the book and immediately found a place in my heart.

"Truce"
                                                 “Truce”

Art has always held a special place in my life and has been the single motivator that inspires all of my stories, characters and worlds that exist in my imagination. Often those stories are created when I run across art that absorbs me into itself. Artist Elisabeth Ladwig is one of those artists whose work speaks volumes. I first came to view her work when working as a co-editor for Mind Key’s second anthology, Yin and Yang: The Duality of Balance. Her work caught my eye and spoke to my soul. I decided to check out her website, Elisabeth On Earth, and immediately realized how multidimensional and soulful her art is. Elisabeth lives in West Milford with her husband and finds that living in the New Jersey Highlands offers immense opportunities and inspiration for photographs. Outside one of her home windows stands a forty-foot pear tree, which local bears visit in August. That’s the location for her picture “Truce”.

As I aim to provide inspirational content that relates to art and writing, I knew I had to reach out to her. She accepted to feature on my blog and shared some of her philosophy on art, nature and finding magic in every aspect of life.

‘Elisabeth on Earth’-  Is there a special meaning to this chosen title/name? 

It actually started as an email address. I didn’t know I would use it professionally one day. What resonates most with me is that the name encompasses both the spiritual and the mundane. While I relate spiritually to Mother Nature and try to learn and grow from that path, I am also very aware that I live in the “real” world with the rest of humanity. 

"When Life Hands You Lemons"
                       “When Life Hands You Lemons”

Your ‘About Me’ page mentions your inspiration stems from elements of science, nature and magic.  This is beautifully depicted in all of your works.  How did you first discover this connection and how do you feel it plays out in everyday life?

I’m not sure what sparked my childhood fascination with the inexplicable. I was in the sixth grade when I announced to my parents that I wanted to do my science fair project on ESP, *laughs*. I can only imagine what they were thinking when I told them. My pitch was that, if ESP exists, then there must be a natural/scientific reason for it that we just don’t understand; otherwise, it wouldn’t happen. I watched the TV show “Little House on the Prairie” growing up, and explained that Laura Ingalls would have thought our televisions to be magic boxes. 

As an adult, I came to nearly equate the three – science, nature, and magic -and exploring their connections fueled my interest in learning about our true potential in our daily lives, about how we can manifest meaningful positive change, about perspective, awareness, and subjectivity. I return to these themes regularly when I get stuck in my own life, and they tend to appear in my work even when I haven’t planned it. 

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Danielle Rose in “The Age of Bold: Women Gathering Courage, Wisdom and Strength.”

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As I brainstormed ideas for “The Age of Bold: Women Gathering Courage, Wisdom and Strength”, it was no surprise that Danielle Rose came to mind. A writer, herbalist, and intuitive reader—not to mention a mother with a journalism career, she is able to do it all. As someone close to me for many years, I’ve been privileged to see her growth, not only as a writer and artist, but also as a woman. Danielle has been through her share of challenges and obstacles, but managed to retain a very magical, abstract, and beautifully grounded outlook in life. This energetic attitude enabled her to write her novel, Chimera, and to create an online business and community of artists, educators and healers.

This is her story in her own words:

Instinct and magic is always a transitional process.  We all have it, but it’s a matter of recognizing and understanding it—even those with extraordinary abilities undergo this process.  However, that’s not to say that there aren’t moments that act as milestones.  Sometimes it’s difficult to notice them right away.  

Travel has always been important to me. For many of the obvious reasons—experiencing different cultures and traditions, learning new things, seeing the world—but also because I think it represented a freedom which, coming from a sheltered and abusive childhood, I never had.  

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My dream was to backpack Europe upon graduating high school. However, I was deeply discouraged from this adventure by my mother and guidance counselor, and encouraged to go to college first (I had planned on going after). They convinced me I would be able to travel in college and in my 20s. However, during my first year of college I was forced to live on my own, and needed to work to support myself and my education. After college, I had a full time job, was still in an apartment, and was determined to save diligently to buy a home and get out of the rent-rut.  After purchasing my home, I became engaged, was married, had children… you get the idea.  I did travel at points with my husband, but due to work and financial restrictions the amazing adventure I had always wanted, and which would have offered invaluable life lessons, never truly materialized.

My point here is that no time is ever the right time.  As the years passed I realized in my gut that […READ MORE]

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For her feature guest blog, she talks about being in touch with her instincts, how she’s learned to recognized her own strength, and what her life journey has been about.

This is her story in her own words:

Amy Oestreicher in “The Age of Bold: Women Gathering Courage, Wisdom and Strength.”

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For the first installment of The Age of Bold: Women Gathering Courage, Wisdom and Strength”, I’ve selected someone with an incredible life story. I first learned about Amy Oestreicher when I wrote The Connection Between Art and WritingAmy is very familiar with the power of art, as her own life journey has been healed and inspired by it. Amy’s story is extraordinary. Having gone through twenty-seven surgeries, a coma, sexual abuse and a decade of medical trauma, she has been able to persevere through it all. On her personal website, Amy says, “Every twist and turn has made me who I am today—a bold, resilient woman with a deeper purpose.”  […READ MORE]

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The Writing Cup Is Always Full

 

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So much to write, so little time…

Lately I find myself stuck in a wonderful, crazy, amazingly time consuming writing fit.  I love it.

I always welcome collaboration with other writers and now I have the opportunity to do with so many projects.

For all my NaNoWriMo’s (where you at?!), we can connect and inspire each other easily.  Just follow my regular NaNoWriMo blog updates.  And get this…you’ll get to feature in my blogs as the amazing, beautiful writers you are.  Click here to connect with me for NaNoWrimo 2015.

For those beautiful minds out there that love Science Fiction, I went a little crazy with a simple writing prompts.  From my insane imagination, I’ve created The Inceptor, followed by Hiding in the Mountains.  But my Science Fiction creativity is limited.  That’s where you come in.  Want to collaborate with me and continue this short story?  Contact me at TamaraRAuthor@gmail.com

Lastly, because my mind is always running wild to the next project and inspiration, I’m presenting the first themed blog “The Age of Bold” Women Gathering Courage, Wisdom and Strength.” This is for all of the women who’ve struggled to find their place in the world and have finally learned to follow their instincts, learn about their worth, and share their strength with others.  Three guest bloggers will feature their journey this week, the first one being Amy Oestreicher, whose life journey is the most inspirational I’ve ever heard.

So what are you waiting for?  Connect now!