Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Life Changer

Last week I was blessed to be able to get LASIK surgery on my eyes. It's been many years coming, let me tell you. You can imagine my excitement when the doctor took my glasses off for the last time right before my surgery. It was very surreal.

Waiting to go to surgery.
I've worn glasses since I was nine, and had contacts on and off in my life, but I wanted a more permanent fix. If you've never worn glasses, you probably don't get why it's such a big deal. But it's a huge deal. There've been so many times I've dropped my glasses at night and couldn't find them. I've walked into walls, tripped, and slipped when I tried to make a quick run to the bathroom or ventured to the kitchen to get something in the middle of the night. How about that fog that hits your glasses when you open the oven and momentarily blinds you? In the winter a different type of fog shields your view when you go from hot to cold. Even my depth perception has been off at times.

Now that's all gone. I'm still healing and seeing the typical halos at night and some general fogginess, but life's already looking up.

Right After Surgery
I did make the mistake of thinking I'd be back to normal in 24-48 hours. Instead, the surgery put me a week behind on my manuscript and critique group work. Sorry everyone. Still, I'm limited to the time I can spend in front of the computer. But, each day is better and better. Thanks be to God for the blessing of great eyesight. If you're thinking about LASIK, go for it. It's a life changer. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Aunt, My Inspiration

The Story of Highland Mary Book 1
My Aunt Debbie was always a wonderful aunt whom I looked up to, who went out of her way to do lots of little things for me when I was growing up and still today. But the best thing she ever did was be an inspiration.

She started a book forty-some years ago and worked on it a little at a time. We always wondered about this story. She was always a writer to us, one of those prestigious people you look up to. She was one of the reasons I even considered writing in the beginning.

She kept her story buried in a hiding spot that we were on a constant search for when I visited and she wasn't home.

The Story of Highland Mary Book 2

Once, my cousin found it. We waited for just the right moment, and pulled it out to get a peek at the woven tale that enthralled the woman we loved. We read a snippet here, a page there. But, she got home before we could get too far.

My cousin raced to put it back in its secret spot, and with moments to spare, we sat and pretended to be doing nothing
in particular. She never caught on. And, we wouldn't read another page for twenty some years.

The Story of Highland Mary Book 3

It wasn't until a little over a year ago that my aunt handed it to me to read for the first time. I couldn't believe I'd finally get a chance to see it. With excitement, I opened the binder it was in and I wasn't disappointed. It is a true epic tale, one that I still think about and mull over long after reading the last sentence.

That story was released May 31; a trilogy about a brave Scots woman who led an amazing life. I call it an epic tale, a best-seller if only it can get into the right hands.

Check out this amazing story. Once you get into it, you won't be able to put it down.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Every Writer Needs a Muse

"Muse me." That's what I always say to my husband when I need him to help with fresh ideas for my manuscripts. He's the greatest idea giver I know. And, my writing wouldn't be the same without him. That's why I call him my muse.

Do you have a muse? That one person who feeds your imagination and helps you see things in a way you'd never considered before?

Lots of famous writers and artists have depended on them for centuries. From Shakespeare to Monet, they thrived on the imaginations and figures of their muses. Though they often keep them a secret from the general public, they need them and use them to the greatest depths of their capabilities.

Muses are capable of:
  • Crazy advice on plot that might just work           
  • Sometimes bringing you back to earth when your ideas are a little over the top (or a lot over the top)
  • Showing you facts that could add another dimension to your story
  • Fleshing out a character's motives
  • Listening to you rave without comment
And so many more great things a writer needs to keep them sane and busily typing at their computer.

So how do you get one? It's not easy. These are people you have to trust. And surprisingly, they aren't usually writers or artist themselves. The best ones can not only give advice, but listen as well. They are someone vested in your future. They should be someone who knows you pretty well; who understands when you can't take their advice. And, they should tend to be available at odd hours. Our inspirations and lack there of come at odd times, right?

Find your muse. Trust them. Build a deeper relationship with them. It's a relationship worth nourishing.