Ancient Monsters in the Modern Day

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I’m an avid reader of various mythologies; I love the tales of gods and heroes, monsters and demons, mortal men versus giants, gods, and creatures unlike anything living today. I have been desperate to write my own story with such creatures, in particular, the Sphinx. I’m not sure if it’s my early love of the ancient Egyptian tales, or my obsession with kitties, probably a mixture of both, but I have a desire bordering on obsession to write a good Sphinx character.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Please forgive the delay in posting this, today is my first day out of bed since Wednesday night (torticollis flare up, yay).

5 ways to make Time Protection your new superpower

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In this blog, I am going to talk about protecting your time. I am doing so in the context of recent events in my own life that do not relate solely to writing but can be easily applied to any kind of writing project you’re currently engaged in. If you want to be successful with your writing you need to make it a priority, maybe not your only priority but it needs to be one of your top ones and you need to defend your writing time with flaming torches and big swords if necessary.

Now that that’s cleared up, on with this rant thinly disguised as a blog.

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When plans go astray.

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I had a personal epiphany this week.

Anyone who knows me or has read this blog before will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a planner. I love planning, I love knowing what the next 897,345 steps are in the process and when those steps should be made. It gives me a feeling of security and a zen-like sense of peace when I have a plan to follow. For me a good plan is better than the coldest beer on the hottest day or the biggest bar of chocolate, or …. I’m sure you get the idea.

But what happens when your plan’s go astray, or when life drops an insurmountable roadblock right in the middle of your plan.

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Why I Write

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Back in October 2016 I was lucky enough to write a guest post on the wonderful blog of Kathy Cecala! A fantastic blog full of wit, wisdom and humour.

I think that it is safe to say that today there are more writers than at any other time in history. Between free blogging sites, and self-publishing sites it seems that you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting a writer of some kind and that is wonderful.

The sharing of ideas and opinions helps us all grow as people and as a society. Whether you write stories, opinion pieces or factual ‘how to’ manuals there has never been a better time to get your words out to such a wide and varied audience.

The only thing that hasn’t gotten easier has been finding motivation or inclination to write.

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What Motivates You?

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A hot topic among writers is motivation. There are hundreds upon hundreds of articles out there with tips and tricks for writers on how to keep yourself motivated or how to rekindle lost motivation. I have read a lot of them over the years and some of them speak to me on a personal level and really help me keep my mojo up.

I have an odd relationship with motivation. I love it when it’s around, it makes my life easier and keeps my energy levels up. On days when I’m motivated I can come home after a particularly exhausting day at the office and all but skip into my home office and write into the wee hours.

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Writing as Release

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I had a couple of less good days this week.

Nothing particularly terrible in the grand scheme of things, just a few days where I really wanted to abandon everything, curl up in bed, read a good book and ignore the world outside until I felt better. Tea would be optional in this situation, of course.

Sadly, I live in the world where there are responsibilities to be met and bills to be paid. So, I could not just abandon my life in favour of my bed, no matter how much the urge came upon me or how crummy my mood became.

Naturally, I tried looking for a solution that did not involve hiding under the covers.

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Writers Block

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Bit of a personal blog today.

For the first time in my writing life I’m hitting a real block.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had writers block before, at least the kind of writer’s block where I sit down of an evening and can’t churn out the words. But this block is different, I am well able to sit here and churn out words, this blog wouldn’t exist otherwise. I’m also having very little trouble writing my non-fiction articles.

This block seems to be entirely related to fiction.

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Unexpected Absence

I’ve been gone for the majority of August!

While there was some time off planned for August (for me to spend time visiting my family in the west country), it was not supposed to be quite as much as it turned out being.

I feel like I’ve been gone a full month when in reality it’s not even been a full three weeks, but so much has happened!

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