Monday, July 21, 2008

Recharging the battery

Everyone has moods, good ones bad ones, they affect our daily lives and allow us to have an individuality that is unique. However, they can also affect us in ways that we never consider. This past week was, for me a hard one, I couldn't wrap my mind around my writing. Picked up a pen wrote three words and that was it. Maybe its the realization that I've got a lot on my plate right now. I'm not entirely sure what the problem was, I did however know that at the end of the week I have nothing to show for all the countless hours spent in front of my computer.

I've managed to accumulate pages of research notes, ideas, character charts and outlines - but no writing for the fourth novel. It's a difficult task to force ones self to write but it is necessary. How can you successfully have a career writing if you can't write? How can a person get past their writer's block?

For me its as simple as stepping back and thinking about it. I'm working on developing a system to help me - even if its just writing something different. It's far from perfect - I miss as often as I hit but at least I'm trying.

I know there are a lot of people out there who are sitting there going my 'muse' has abandoned me but it isn't true. A muse, like a human being, can be affected by mood, by stress, desire, illness - they are inheritantly a part of us and therefore must be nurtured. Having said that, I'm throwing out this challenge to all writers. Turn off the computer, put down the pen, and step back - open your heart and your mind to more than just the endless clatter of keys and let the creative batteries be recharged. Take yourself out for a date, go somewhere that will enspire you, somewhere that will allow you to get in touch with that tiny little voice in your head that writes when you're sitting at the computer. You'll find with your batteries recharged and in touch with yourself that you'll get farther ahead with that project than if you'd struggled to write one page all week!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Promoting awareness about the plight of the Mustangs

Normally, I'd be promoing and author or editor or publisher or talking about my journey through publication but today I thought I'd touch on something else. As everyone is aware, I'm a member of several fan fiction groups. One of which is dedicated to writing about a television western that was on in the late 80's early 90's (An episode was actually interrupted when they announced the first gulf war).

Recently they announced they were hosting a blogathon to raise funds and awareness for a worthwhile organization. Wild Horse Rescue Assoc. has recently come into another 120 head of mustangs. (I've enclosed a link at the bottom of this blog to take you to the sites) and its a startling, and rather saddening predicament.

Humanity is not kind. For thousands of years, human beings have been the alpha preditor, and even now when we've become 'civilized' we still maintain that. To know that animals that have run wild for centuries are now a problem saddens me. Europeans brought the horse back to North America, and from those few Spanish horses the Mustang was born.

Tough, hardy, quick minded, these animals are a vital part of American history and yet, they are rounded up by the thousands and taken to stockyards where they await their fate.

For some it's an adoption into a loving home where they are cared for and respected. For others their fate is to be humanly put down. I read an article recently about wild horses and the budgeting programs that are run by the federal governement which means that because of a legal loophole they can legally put them down.

For more information you can follow the following links and see news coverage and several organizations that are trying to change this scenerio.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/07/08/20080708kpnx-mustangs.html
http://tyrblogathon.livejournal.com/
http://www.wildhorserescue.org/
http://www.equinerescue.info/links.html

Feel free to comment or voice your opinion. While there are facts within this, some of it is strictly my opinion.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Blade's Newest Submission Call

PAWS For Thought Submission Call


Do you find it hard to resist a man or woman who loves animals? If so then keep reading.
We are looking for stories where the hero or heroine is some how involved in the daily care or rescue of animals. We are open to any story ideas, from a fireman whose popularity exceeds no other when it comes to cat rescue, to a vet who takes care of un-identified paranormal creatures.


There is no requirement of heat level nor does there have to be a happily ever after. If you write young adult and have a story in mind then we would love to read it. Young Adult acceptances will go on our sister site, Midnight Press, which is currently under development.
Stories should be between 30,000 and 35,000 words.


The first PAWS For Thought novels will be published in the first part of 2009, so in order to be considered for one of the debut releases, submissions should be received no later than November 1, 2008. Once royalties are paid the remainder will go to charity, unless of course the author chooses to donate his/her royalty as well. That will be up to the individual authors.
We are very excited about this new charity project and working with Michael to create a safe haven for the animals they rescue.


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