Let’s Journal Wednesday

It’s the last day of February so I thought I’d share with you my March time capsule (I covered ideas on how to set up a time capsule journal in January) journal spread. As I’ve said before there is no right or wrong way to journaling. Or to set up a topic specific journal.

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Nothing everything will be used on the monthly spread. Some will go on the weekly summaries

One of the key things I try to do when I make my spread is to include stickers/clippings of things I know I want to do or see or make during the month.

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Before the ink

But I also want to leave some areas to fill in as the month goes on. For the events, food, and drinks I highlight, I make sure to add the date when we went, ate it, or drank it.

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The butterfly is for the butterfly garden I’m taking Charlie to.

If you keep a time capsule journal, I’d love to hear how you do it.

 

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Dream On… Dream journals

This week we are starting a new type of journal and one of my favorites. A dream journal. Dreams are mysterious. Some are funny…some are scary…some are gross…but they always spark something inside us.

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A dream journal is ideal for you if you want to see recurrent patterns in dreams, recall important aspects needing interpretation, or improve your dream recall more generally. Ultimately, it should be a fun exercise and one that helps you to make sense of your subconscious world

There are a number of theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure which idea is right, or whether each is right to some degree.

A dream journal can be a memory-jogger and an incredible source of insight into your inner world. Or just fun. I use mine for a lot of different reasons…writing sparks, to understand something going in my life, and also to understand why I do some of the things I do (yeah sometimes there is no understanding that….hahaha)

To record every night requires some self-discipline but once you’re in the habit of keeping one, it’s likely to be one that stays…and it’s easier than exercise and almost as much fun as eating doughnuts.

Today I’m just going to encourage everyone to determine a few things before we actually start talking about dreams, recording them, and interpreting them.
Decide where you want to keep your dream journal. Some want it located next to their bed so they can journal when they wake up. Most of the time I record my dreams and possible interpretation while drinking my morning coffee. So I keep it with my coffee cup.
Next week we’ll look at some different dream journals, I’ve used over time. But determining the purpose of your dream journal will be key in deciding what type of journal will best meet your needs.

Remember there is no right or wrong journal… this is the one I’m currently using. If this doesn’t say creepy dream not sure what does 🙂

Journaling through life…

Last month I highlighted a time capsule journal. This month it’s going to be a non-journal into a journal. As I’ve said earlier there is no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. A journal is a place for personal expression. And that expression can be anything.

I truly believe that a journal is a way of reaching inside ones self. For this week and next week, I’m going to feature a gift book. I picked up the one I’m using at the dollar store.

So far the book has lead me on a deep reflection….Anyone can catch your eye, but it someone special to catch your heart. I thought of – and listed – all the people who have caught my eye and I tried to give my heart too only to have it end in disaster. Then, because I like balance, I listed those who still carry my heart.

Another day was pure fun… Love is the greatest refreshment in life… Pablo Picasso then I added besides vodka and wine 😉 I listed three of my favorite Valentine drinks (which I’ll have tomorrow for thirsty Thursday)

I’d love to hear about the type of journals you keep.

 

Time Capsule Journals

I love to journal. And like I many different genre (romance suspense, sweet love, fantasy, and space opera), I keep different kinds of journals. As a regular feature on Wednesday, I’m going to feature some journals I keep and why. I’ll also look at some journal books I’ve read and do a review of sorts.

Regardless of the type of journal you decide to keep, the key is making time to do it. Some journals require more time and to be done on a regular basis, while others are for special occasions. Whether you’re keeping a garden diary a dream journal, a baby journal, travel journal or a journal of any sort, the key is to feel a passion for it. A deep desire to gather the information and store it.

The first journal I’m going to highlight is the time capsule journal. I’ve kept a time capsule journal for the last four years. And honestly, it’s the only journal I go back and review regularly. I look to see what I did last year at a certain time, what did I read while on vacation, etc.

There are several differences between a time capsule journal and a daily journal. The first being the frequency of entries. A daily journal is written in on a daily or near daily bases (I personally don’t keep a daily journal. I’ll discuss the reasons in a later post but in a nutshell it doesn’t work for me)

A time capsule journal is written on a weekly or monthly bases depending on how you want to sent it up. Remember this to journal is to highlight events not record your day to day life. I do a monthly cover page…then I do weekly summaries.

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An example of my ‘monthly’ cover

 

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An example of my weekly recaps

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Another month cover

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A weekly recap

 

I’d love to hear from any other journal fans. If you do time capsule journals, I’d love to see pictures and hear how you set them up. Next week, I tell you why I like time capsule journals over daily journals.

Writer’s Wednesday

To continue with the on-going project of re-purposing a magazine to a story idea, I used the next pages (which mean to date, I’ve only skipped one page). Have the creative challenge has become how to use the pages in my story.

Since I haven’t done a lot with character developing, I focused on that this week.

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For Marchesa – of course I left the eyes because that’s a basic element for my story. When the characters aren’t formed clearly in my head, I’ll often pick a random birth date and use the traits of that horoscope. I picked one thing to link her and Samuel – an interest – they both like Don Knott’s movies – the reason for those pictures and they are both seeking a relic – the map. Her favorite food is chili cheese fries with an egg on top. Born to Die – a Lana Del Ray song goes with the theme of her character and will be on the playlist. I just found the black rose card and will incorporate that somehow. I placed my items around the page to leave ‘words’ I thought added to her character. IMAG0041

For Samuel – must is the same as Marchesa. The motorcycle is the type of bike he rides. He loves hot dogs…. all kinds of hot doges. I’m using the moral on the Queen of Hearts card as his character growth.

What are some of the ways you develop your characters?

Writer’s Wednesday

I’m still working on pre-writing/brain storming for my story – Love Blinds – yup got a title 🙂 This week, I added a snapshot of a scene that sets the relationship between Marchesa (the heroine) and Derek (her demon handler – bad guy). Samuel (hero) has just asked her to go away with him. He’s hoping if he can get Marchesa to himself for a few days he can make see it’s possible to leave. Only Derek shows up…and wham…

This is in the beginning of the story before Samuel realizes the depth of the hold Derek has on Marchesa. The scene is also to give the reader a clear understanding of why she isn’t just leaving with Samuel. That she’s not too stupid to live but the stakes are HIGH…

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This add was the next in the magazine. I like “A new way to Face (clearly I added every day). As Samuel is offering her this by ‘just letting go’ and ‘coming to a beach all our own’ Eye’s across the top are just something I had in my bag of goodies and since eyes are the key theme and have been featured on all the pages up to this…I added them. I wrote the snapshot on the bird paper as a challenge of a way to add them to the scene.

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I did remove three pages to get to the second page of this week’s prompt. I liked this because again her eyes are a focus. I also like the A fragrance to seduce the senses at the bottom under my add. I feel this needs more but as right now I’m not sure what… 

So far I’ve enjoyed this form of brain storming, it has led to some interesting twist in the development.

What are some unique brain storming/pre-writing things you have done?

Writer’s Wednesday

I’m continuing my using/recycling a magazine into a writing prompt. Last week was vague as I just started to brain storm but this week I felt the story coming together some what. I came up with the character’s names. I narrowed the premise down a bit… Samuel(my hero) is catching Marchesa (my heroine). She’s running because she can’t trust Samuel enough to risk her daughter’s life. I haven’t really found an angle with Marchesa’s eyes that I’m thrilled with yet…

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There is a secret obsession which I haven’t developed yet but I fell in love with the idea… the rest I’ve talked about

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Time is going to be a major factor in this story. Marchesa’s time is running out… why I haven’t developed yet but she’s desperate…. she needs to make sure her daughter is safe and she bring herself to trust Samuel.

These pages followed the those of last week. Next week my goal is to do 4 pages of prompts. Now that I’ve developed some basic blocks, I’m excited to continue to use this as food for my plot bunny.

Writer’s Wednesday

Today I’m going to start a new series for Writer’s Wednesday on writing prompts…I know some writers use prompts daily to ‘start’ the juices. I’m not that but I do occasionally like to do prompts, mostly when I’m ‘stuck’. I use the prompt as a free writing tool to let my mind wander (like it doesn’t do it enough on it’s own that I need to encourage this behavior).

The series I’m doing is how to turn a magazine into a writer’s prompt journal. I came up with the idea last week as I sat at the beach relaxing and thumbing through the pages of the latest InStyle magazine. I often use magazines to make story boards/pages for a story I’m working on but I realized a lot of the pages sparked different ideas. For example, here is the second page of the magazine….

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I used both pages for this prompt

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I added the admit one ticket I had in my storyboard stash

 

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She’s going to be my focus for these prompts…

 

 

 

My plan is to focus on the same character through out the magazine. I don’t know her name yet (I struggle with names) but I do know that

  • she has a daughter – one of the phases above the admit one ticket is… she lures men to their death to protect her daughter. I’m not sure what that means exactly.
  • I know her eyes are going to have something to do with the story…
  • My hero is aware of the stakes because one of the lines in my free writing is…He has one chance to save her … 

I’m going to definitely use the next two pages and I plan on doing those this week so make sure to check back to see how the prompts are going.

Do you use writing prompts? If so what kind are they and when?

 

Writer’s Wednesday

I haven’t shared a “tease” in awhile and since I have strawberries and rum calling my name (No, I’m not drinking this – yet. I’m still in coffee and doughnut mode) here is the opening for my latest WIP – The Jester.

The Chapter One

Estella looked inside the blood soaked box. “Shit. This is bad.”

When the doorbell had chimed at two minutes after midnight, she’d assumed it was the jester’s first prank before leaving Shadow for the human world.

She never thought she’d be staring into Sam’s dead eyes. Looking up, she scanned into the dark. Of course, she saw glowing eyes and shifting darkness, she lived in Shadow. Minutes past midnight meant every nocturnal creature was prowling…and hunting.

Slamming the door, she leaned against the wood and muttered a protective spell. Who killed Sam? And why leave his head for her?

She mentally went through the list of Shadow residents. None of them stood out as likely candidates in Sam’s murder

Heading upstairs to her bedroom, she picked up the telecom. She pressed Zek’s number and after a dozen buzzes, he answered.

“Whhhhaattt,” he slurred. She tried to decide if it was a drunken or I’m-still-asleep lisp but it was too hard to tell from one word.

“I have trouble.”

After a long stretch of silence she pressed the disconnect button and threw the telecom on the bed. As she pulled on her clothes, her mind raced. Why had she called Zek? He’d proven he couldn’t be trusted. Yet, she’d called.

Shaking her head, she started toward the bedroom door when a shadow formed. Her heart slammed into her ribs with enough force, she half expected to see it laying on the floor in front of her. Someone had broken through her ward.

 

Hope you enjoyed 😉 I’m off to finish the sauce for Rum Runners this weekend. I’d love to hear what everyone else is working on – writing or otherwise.

Book BFF

I have heard/seen a lot about book boyfriends lately. As a writer I hear other authors talking about creating the dream book boyfriend, but what a book girlfriend – a bff.

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As I create my heroine, I always keep in mind – is this character friend worthy? I always ask myself is this someone I would want to hang out with? Take a cooking class with? Paint my dining area with? Someone I would vent to about my crazy day job?

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And  of course, drink a glass of wine with.

So when I read a book, I want to see myself hanging out with the heroine. Some of my book bff include:
Nicole St. James from Angel of Darkness by Cynthia Eden. She’s snarky. I love snarky friends.
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and Lula – actually, I prefer Lula. I could myself having a lot of fun with Lula.
One of my all-time book bff is Vika Lukas from Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter. While the hero would make an awesome book boyfriend, I just couldn’t because I like Vika so much I didn’t want to take her man.
I’d love to hear about some of your book girlfriends.