My Motivation

What’s your motivation?

What inspires you?

What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?

Why do you do what you do?

 

I got this from this blog

https://cristianmihai.net/2019/05/25/whats-your-motivation/

(I must give credit where credit is do . . . )

My ultimate dream is to a famous author like Stephen King and Anne Rice. I also enjoy the writings of Agatha Christie. I want to make money doing what I love writing horror, paranormal, and thriller novels.

Writing a book does NOT just happen overnight. Draft A usually takes me at least three months as life does not stop while I am writing a novel. I do argue with my muses and characters and sometimes family members. LOL
(Currently I am writing on a folding table that I have to take down every day. I live with family and I do not have a desk, writing area. It’s very frustrating but I put my frustration in my characters; it helps for fight scenes.)

 

There are days I feel like crap (even today with my migraine this afternoon,) and I still write. (over 2000 words so far)
(As I have posted in several blogs. . . I can make a five course meal, clean the entire house, do all of the errands, paid all of the bills and if I did NOT write, I felt as if I did nothing that day.
When I played volleyball as young lady, I had a shirt that said Life is Volleyball! and in small print: Everything else is just stuff. I feel the same way about writing.)

 

To be honest with my health issues, someday I have to force myself to get out of bed. I tell myself that I get to cook and/or write that day and it helps. (I have made myself rewrite chapter 8 of this current project I am doing, because it’s an exciting, dangerous thriller that I believe will make people want to read all three novellas. I plan to write summaries and cover pieces and post them on the blog soon. Something to look forward to this week.)
I may not be a published author today or the next day, but I believe someday in the future some publishing company will publish my work and sell my books! That thought alone gets me out of bed and typing every day.

I do what I do because I love it. I am writer. (At first I thought I was singer, until I was in college when I found out I couldn’t sing one thing and play another because of inner ear issue.

  • However since kindergarten I have been writing and making books for young authors: kindergarten thru fifth grade.
  • During recess, while kids were playing, I was writing, and I had to use a pencil when the weather would get cold as ink does freeze.
  • My first boy-girl party in 8th grade I was sitting in the bushes writing poetry and lyrics.
  • All throughout high school, I was writing short stories, scripts and lyrics.
    I was always meant to be a writer and I will be popular author!)

 

I am inspired by everything from daily life to simply reading another blog like https://cristianmihai.net/2019/05/25/whats-your-motivation/

(By the way, I like reading their blog. They always a piece or two that pulls my attention. )

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NaNoWriMo Break

I’m taking the day off as I wrote over 3500 word yesterday after I helped with laundry, went shopping, and cooked fried fish for dinner.  I am at 25,149 words out of my goal of 35,000 with 9 more days to write. I really think I can make this goal. . . my bigger goal to myself is to get the book completed. 

I’m excited as even my family wants to read my book.

Anyway, I play two word games to keep my brain fresh. . .

Wordscapes.  Which is fun if I can get the bigger words first. . . . I usually only have one or two on a set that just fluster me.

Word With Friends (2) . . . I love a good game of boogle or scramble. However I keep getting way older guys trying to see scams or wives. I am just trying to workout my brain. I am not trying to get hit on by random guys. (Worst part I rarely find any guys my own age.)

So today we (my friend, brother and I) made three hams, sweet potatoes, baked beans, mashed potatoes, and bean soup. All we have to do is make plates for Easter dinner tomorrow, awesome. I will also post ham ideas on my food blog. . . https://cookingimprov.home.blog/

So tonight, I am relaxing with my word games and maybe a movie.

Editing Progress

I wanted to be editing a lot more on my project but it seems that I have been working on everything but the rewrite of The Whispering Path.

However I did get some editing hours it. . . it’s 17th and over half way through the month. . . I’m at  29.55 of 50 hours (59%)
I am ahead of it as 17 X 1.3 hour is 22.1 hours. 

https://www.nanoedmo.com/members/rebekah1213/

I need to go back to work on my editing.

More Book Reviews

I had writer’s block so I have been reading more. I enjoy short scary stories. . . here are a few reviews for three of them with links.

True Ghost Stories: Haunted Buildings, Creepy Forests, Spooky Tales And Eerie True Ghost Stories From The Scariest Places

By Jason Keeler

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

I am a huge horror buff and I really enjoy the retelling of many of these non-fiction ghost stories.

I enjoy a few of the stories. Some are the origins of some urban legends I know. Others are stories from around the world that I have not heard of until today.

It written well, and it’s very organized. Buildings, Forests, and accidental tales.

I could not put it down: I read it in one session.

I would suggest it for a good ghost story reference book.

I hope to read more of his work.

https://www.amazon.com/True-Ghost-Stories-Buildings-Scariest/dp/B01M02A6U9/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

 

There are at least 4 or 5 dozen short stories by Drac Von Stroller (Many of them are currently free or at least they were when I downloaded several for my kindle.) Here are reviews of a few. . . (His amazon link is at the bottom of the reviews)

Book Review: Bloody Mary (Urban Legend) by Drac Von Stroller

4 out of 5 Stars.

I enjoy urban legends. I love reading different version, as I feel each version has a piece of truth.  Bloody Mary is one of my many favorites.

This usually happens when teens want to explore.

I just feel it was a bit short; however, I enjoy that Blood Mary actually communicated with the girls.

Just like the end of the story say . . . research the urban legends and the consequences before mocking the spirits.

 

Book review: The Doll By Drac Von Stroller

3 out 5 Stars

It has good twists and good scare factor. Dolls naturally scared me. I wished there was more of a description of the doll. (I could easily see this doll being with other dolls on Doll Island, but that is another story).

As a reader, I felt like pieces of the story was missing.
I still would like to where the weapon is stored while the horror aspect was not going on.
I know there was magic involved, but I would have liked more back story on how the doll was created.
I felt the warning was also too vague.

I like the motto which be careful what you wish for.

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Drac-Von-Stoller/e/B008VJB0FG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1552431139&sr=8-1

 

 

Review: Bloody Mary: A Short Story

Bloody Mary: A Short Story

By Alexis Tiger

I would give 3 out 5 stars. (I know the process of writing a story.)

It was a simple and short story, a very easy and quick read.  It was a bit too short. I kept wanting to turn the page to read what happened next.

I wanted to know the relation to each of the characters, were they friends since 4th grade or neighbors, etc.

However I feel it needed more.  I wanted to know what happened to character after the horror.
The horror and murder description was pretty good. I wanted to know more of what the characters knew about the Legend of Blood Mary. (As each legend varies from place to place.)

Over all, it was a quick and nice read.

If you want a quick horror story based off an Urban Legend, then you should check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DLCKYC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

NaNoEdMo

I am participating in Editing in March. . . 50 hours of editing in 30 days.

I’m Rebekah1213 on https://www.nanoedmo.com/members/rebekah1213/

It means typing, rereading, editing, rewriting on my projects. I will doing this on two of my projects. . .

I think I am going to work on

  • my novella trilogy “Driving Lies” I have get the third novella typed on the computer and majorly edit the first two parts.
  • my novel “The Whispering Path.” I realized it is very overwritten. It needs to be majorly tweaked.

I have other projects, but those are two that I know are finished and could be edited.

My other projects will be worked on during Camp NaNo this year.

A Book Review: Sinful Cinderella

As a fellow writer, I try to read as much in my genres as I can. I also try to review books when I can. . .

There was a dark book I got on Amazon that I could not put it down.

“Sinful Cinderella” (Book 1 from Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle

I enjoyed the twists and turns and liked the Gothic imaginary.
I look forward to reading the next books in the series.

There are three mottoes from this book . . . 

  1.  “Be careful of what you wish for.”
  2. “It can always be worst.”
  3. “What goes around, comes around.”

This not the the light, sweet Disney version. I happy it is dark and twisted.