Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's Not Goodbye...

It's more like catch you later on down the road.

I'm still here. Still alive. Still writing. But I've spread myself too thin. So much has changed for me recently, in a drastic way, and I'm not sure what the future holds for this blog. The reasons for starting my blog in 2010 are no longer a priority. My goals have shifted. I found over the years trying to keep up with it interfered with my writing. I can't allow myself to lose sight of my goal, my dream.

Some folks can do it all. I am not one of them.

I know I've stated my hesitations before, and I've made promises I didn't keep. But something must change. For now, I'll keep the blog up and check in at least once a month so folks know I'm still breathing. But I've decided to remove myself from any blog lists / groups I'm signed up for. It's not fair to others who are participating, who stop by wondering if I've fallen off the planet.

My goal is to put forth all of my writerly energy into my novel. It's why I began this journey in the first place.

Hope you all understand. Be well, my friends & write on~

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March IWSG: Dental Work and Blogging are Not a Good Match

I really thought I'd be up to posting today after my dental appointment. Not so much. I went in at 8:00 a.m. for crown work, and well, it's 4:19 p.m. and I woke up five minutes ago! Yay for sedation!! Apparently, I took the "2 yellow pills an hour ahead of appt. time" and had to be wheel-chaired into the office (and out). So much for "conscious sedation."

It'll be a short but sweet post today.

I'm good. The writing has been slow, as I'm feeling a bit stuck waiting on word on my other manuscript out there. I think on a subconscious level, I need to get that one wrapped up before I venture on to the next project. I have started something new, it's just moving along at a snail's pace.

On the other hand, I've been painting. A lot.

Well, I have a cup of coffee calling my name. And besides, it's close to 5:00 p.m. and I'm quite certain the family will be whining about dinner soon.

But first let me tell you about a really fabulous group of people. The Insecure Writer's Support Group. From their website you can see what they're all about, sign up, and even find the link to their facebook group. You'll discover an amazing support system there. I promise you won't be disappointed. :)

Hope everyone is off to a great March. If you're writing--keep at it! If you're editing--keep going! If you're doing March Madness or gearing up for A to Z, best to you!

Remember, you can do it. Really. You just have to put your mind to it. And put your butt in the chair.

Maybe in a few days, I'll put up another post, one with some actual meat in it. Until then, write on, folks!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy Belated IWSG

I didn't forget. Really. Just swamped with getting a few projects wrapped up and my Etsy shop back up and running. Wednesdays are my only full day off, and I needed to get the work done. So, forgive me.

I have no (new) insecurities to expose. Just the usual, am I good enough to be a published writer insecurity. This one always creeps in when I'm in between projects, like now.

So, what's a creative soul to do to nurture her creativity while she's in between writing projects? Well, it's simple.

I recently got access to hundreds of outdated (not worth anything) tattered, hardcover non-fiction books. If I don't rescue them, they will be buried in the rubble of the house in which they are housed, soon to be bulldozed. Atrocious, I tell you. Even though I'd love to, I can't save them all. (At least I don't think I can. But maybe...) I have ten set aside for an altered book project I'm calling The Tattered Book Project. You can keep up with the progress on my facebook art page Gypsy Chick Art. Big <3 thank yous up front to all who "like" my new page. :D

Here's my favorite so far.

Front Cover (check out vintage spools)
Back Cover

Yes, they are old glasses attached to the top. 
Close up of her face

I've used various forms of ephemera under the paintings. Example is behind her face on the close up. You can somewhat make out the print from an old dictionary page. Each finished piece will include a "mini story". Like all forms of art, there's always a story to be revealed.


The Insecure Writer's Support Group
IWSG Facebook Page

Check out the IWSG website. It's a cyber safe haven where writers around the world can release their writerly fears or offer support and encouragement to others. A huge shout out to the co-hosts this month!

 Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster,and M. Pax!

~Be well, friends!