Promoting Creativity: A Monthly Blog Series

Wow! It’s been a month since last time already, and I’m super excited to be back and featuring our next writer, Maddie!

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1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.

I think, I breathe, I sleep, I dream, I study, I… Oh, like creatively? 😉 I write, I read, I act, I blog, and I knit. I quote movies all the time, and break into spontaneous song when someone says something that reminds me of something else. No, don’t leave! I’m really not crazy, I promise!

2) When and why did you start writing?

The earliest piece of writing I have is from when I was 7 years old. It was about a mouse that sneaked out of his hole on Christmas to get some food. Yep, I know – really imaginative. When I was 9, my mom had this book with paintings and poems to be used as prompts for kids to use for writing. She told me and my sister to write a story based off of a certain picture of two boys trying to ride their dog. I was really excited about it, named the two boys after my dad and his brother, and bam! My first story was written. I guess it just kind of took off from there. And trust me, I’ve had better inspiration since then:)

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3) Tell us about a project that you are currently working on that has you really excited.

In September I introduced a writing help service to my blog. Basically what that means is if you are struggling with writer’s block or just can’t make it past a part in your story, you can fill out my form and tell me about what you need help with. I will send you prompts for as long as you need them. So far, no one has signed up, so if you check it out, I would really appreciate it!

4) What are some of your goals for the future?

I really hope to be published one day. I’ve never written a full novel, although I’ve started two. So publishing a whole book is a goal that probably won’t be realized until a little while down the road. Until then, I would really like to publish some of my short stories, flash fiction, and poems. I’m currently editing my favorite short story to be entered into a publishing contest. In January, I will begin a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature, and I’m really excited about that!

I’ve thought about opening a shop at the farmers market and selling some of my knitted items and maybe some short little poems. We’ll see!

Life wise, I just finished a CNA course and am studying for the exam. Once I am certified, I hope to get a job at the nursing home in town. I am also discerning if I should try to get into a Catholic acting college at this time, or if it should be something for the future.

5) How can we support you?

Like I said, you can sign up for my writing prompt service! It would mean a lot:) You can check out my blog and follow it.  Also, prayers really help. If you could pray for my future and life, that would be awesome!

Thank you so much, Abi, for having me!

 

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

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Find on Amazon and Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis: “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree
Came by special delivery.
Full and fresh and glistening green–
The biggest tree he’d ever seen.”
That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.

My Review: This book is one of my all time favorite Christmas books. My mom read it to my siblings and I ever year during Advent time. This year she sent it to me for St. Nicholas’ Day and I sat my husband down and read it to him as soon as I got it out of the package.
The story follows a tree as it makes it’s rounds through the houses of those waiting on Christmas day. Starting with Mr. Willowby and ending with a small family of mice. Each person excitedly decorates the tree and then learns that the tree is too big. The story is adorable and full of Christmas time cheer. I can’t wait to read this to my children. I gave it five stars on Goodreads because the book made me so happy. 🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas time reads? Have you read this book before? 

Flash Fiction Story: Rapunzel

How could she be Rapunzel without her hair? She lay in the hospital bed, her bald head covered by a beanie. The IV dripping into her bloodstream. She was so tired of this. She missed her long hair.  Rapunzel. That’s what they called her at school. Now what did they call her? She didn’t know. They didn’t visit anymore. They had at first, all of her friends, coming with cards and flowers and chocolates. Now she was alone. The nurses coming in and out at scheduled times. Her parents coming at their scheduled times. She was dying a lonely person.

 

Mourning Snippets

  1. Slowly Goes the Week

it’s been a week of outcomes and truffles

of sore legs, and good movies and small blog posts

it’s been my desire to finish

something

and yet here i am

covered in red satin

nursing my sad ability to waste my time

i’ve been angry today

but now it is tomorrow

and i can fix things as i go along

hear it

hear the rain start to come

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the rooftop

maybe it will snow

maybe it will be sunny

maybe i’ll be angry

maybe i will cry

or maybe today is tomorrow

and i will be just fine.

Slowly Goes the Week

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This week has been slow, but eventful in it’s own way.  Yesterday Grant and I went Christmas shopping, which ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Then we came home and wrapped everything and ended the night with a movie.

Christmas time has always been an interesting time for me. For while the season is cheery and festive. For me it often brings on depression and guilt and stress. I won’t get too much into that, as I don’t want to bore anyone.  I just wanted to say that this season has been one of the best in a long time.  I’m so thankful to have Grant with me, he knows how to put up with my mood swings so well.  And he knows how to keep me busy.

Because of him I was able to go above and beyond my reading goal for this year.  On the 17th I finished my 200th book! It’s been quite the challenge, but I made it and I had a lot of fun along the way.
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Today was also productive.  Cait from Paper Fury was doing a rewrite challenge over the weekend on twitter.  So starting on Saturday I joined her by editing one of my old nanowrimo novels. I got a great head start from the weekend and felt inspired to keep at it till I finished the whole novel.  Today I did just that.  I reread it, switched two characters and then stripped away all the unnecessary fluff.  Tomorrow I’m going to have Grant read over it and then give me a couple plot holes to work on.

The story I’m working on is called The Piano Man. It’s set in the early 1930’s and is about a movie director who becomes obsessed with one of the actresses who works for him.  I wrote it in 2012 and haven’t really looked at it since that November. But I figured now was a good time to rewrite it and see if anything came of it.

So that was my week, how was yours? Did you do anything fun on the weekend? How’s your writing going?