I’m Still Here

(C) Michelle T Mueller

(C) Michelle T Mueller

Every day I think of possible blog topics or I see something interesting and think, I should write a post about that.

And then I don’t . . .

BUT I suppose there’s never a time like the present to pick up where I left off (however many months ago) with my writing here.

The truth is I’ve been in a bit of a life funk. And as life funks are prone to doing, this one has carried over to my writing. In some ways, it may have helped. Lately I’ve started feeling a sense of urgency about my work — about finishing my novel — that wasn’t there before. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older (yeah, yeah I realize 25 is not old—but it’s not 18 anymore either!) or maybe it’s because I had my entire way of life swept out from under my feet in just two months. But I feel like now is the time for me to do something with words.

In the past two months I have traveled back and forth to the States, broken up with my boyfriend of 3.5 years, moved out of my apartment into a temporary one (that doesn’t exactly feel like home), worked on acquiring a job (or two), and finished and defended my master’s thesis. Writing on the internet just wasn’t the outlet I needed, and thus I have been a rather inefficient blogger.

However, the silver lining with all these changes is that I have a lot of freedom now — and the horizon is clear. Basically I can do whatever I want. Travel, move, finally try to stake out a career in editing. WRITE.

Things could be worse.

So, though I don’t like sharing personal life details too much, I figured I’d explain why I’ve seemingly wandered off the blogosphere. (If anyone remotely cares.)

But I am here. Still attempting to make sense of my strange, ever-changing world through words. Still searching for poetry. Still writing.

I am here, and I am moving forward.

Join Marcy McKay’s FREE 10-Day Creative Monsters Challenge

Image used with permission from Mudpie Writing

Image used with permission from Mudpie Writing

I posted yesterday on the Sarcastic Muse about Marcy McKay’s challenge over at Mudpie Writing, but it’s such a great, free opportunity, that I figured as many people should know about it as possible.

Today is the first day of the challenge, but I assume it isn’t too late to sign up. Even if you can’t participate right now, you will still have access to all the material and can complete the challenge at some later date that suits you. Pretty cool, huh?

So what is the Creative Monsters Challenge? Well . . . it’s basically for writers who battle all those pesky fears that interfere with our writing lives: procrastination, perfectionism, self-doubt, envy, etc. We’ve all felt one or the other at some point. Here’s a chance to connect with others and work through them.

As stated on Marcy’s site:

“The purpose of this Challenge is to give you valuable information about writing fears, direct access to me to answer specific questions, as well as to get to know other writers.

It will be FUN, INFORMATIVE , INTERACTIVE and NO PRESSURE!”

For more information on the challenge, visit Mudpie Writing: http://mudpiewriting.com/creative-monsters-details/
Or you can sign up directly by clicking this link here: http://forms.aweber.com/form/36/1198015036.htm

And if you want to know more about Marcy, you can read her story: HERE.

This is a great resource for writers at any stage, so go sign up!

Book Giveaway! Win a Copy of Shadows Wake!

swfinalDo you like free books? (I mean, who doesn’t like winning free stuff?) Do you like stories with secrets? Stories with characters that resonate? Native American lore? Well then you’re in luck!

In four days, Robyn LaRue will give away five copies of Shadows Wake, a coming-of-age YA novel set in 1950s northern California with a supernatural twist.

All you have to do is click here and enter the giveaway. Two minutes of your time for the chance to win a great book!

What’s it about?

A Native American legend. A small town in the grip of a haunting secret . . .

Now that the old bear is dead, not even rumors of toxic gas can keep sixteen-year-old Lillian Pratt from exploring the abandoned mine.

Lillian and three classmates find themselves drawn to the mountain and the secrets it holds. But an ancient evil is awakening. A shadow is stretching over the town, plaguing the citizens with nightmares and fear.

In order to make sense of the town’s history as well as her own, Lillian must learn to trust her new friends, her first love, and confront her family’s past. Will she find the strength to overcome the darkness, or will she lose everything she’s come to love?

What are people saying?

“This novel is a coming of age story that leaves a reader well satisfied.”

“I have recommended this book as a read in my Facebook book club.”

“Good writing by a new and coming author.”

“Robyn LaRue has eloquently scripted Lillian’s journey . . .”

And if you’re a visual person, here’s the video trailer for it: