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Happy new year to everyone! I hope you’ve all had a very exciting and safe time ringing in 2011. This is the time when people make resolutions about what they want to accomplish/change for the new year. I usually make one and never keep it, but this year will be different. I decided to make a list of all the things I hope to accomplish:

  1. Finish my book. I’ve been procrastinating and not focusing on it as much as I should have been. 2011 is my year to make that happen.
  2. Learn to take  things one day at a time. I’ve become good at panicking over things that haven’t even happened yet (and may not..). I need to learn to just take a step back and relax.
  3. Get a job that I’m happy with.  Maybe one that deals with my English degree. That would be nice.
  4. Find that “perfect” boyfriend that has been hiding (and he’s been doing it rather well too…)
  5. Conquer my O.C.D and learn to let go of the firm grip I have on the hand sanitizer.
  6. Stop letting fear control me.
  7. Take my own advice every once in awhile.
  8. Oh, and, um, finish that book of mine! Haha

That’s the list as of right now. I’m sure I will continue to add on it and once I have the finished list, I will fill you all in. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying this weekend and spending time with loved ones! Hopefully, this year has started out well! If not, look on the bright side. It’s only the first of the year. You can change it around. 🙂

Oh, and one note before I end this.. my “Interview With a Character” blog fest is January 7th, so if you haven’t signed up and still want to participate, please e-mail me at thestoryinme@gmail.com or just leave a comment here and let me know! I’ve had a good response so far but more is always welcome! Character interviews are great fun to do. I’m excited to share mine.

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I was inspired the other day. So inspired that I finally continued writing in the book I haven’t worked on in a couple of months. For those months, I found myself blocked.  I knew why I was blocked, but it was a personal issue that I just had to be patient about. I knew it would get better in time, but I just had to wait it out.

Luckily, the other day, it ended, and I was able to finish chapter thirteen. That chapter became the bane of my existence. It haunted and taunted me daily. I knew I would conquer it eventually. Sometimes these things just take time.

I’ve always been told that patience is an amazing quality to have, and I agree. I find it’s especially important for a writer to have. Otherwise, you’ll become completely frustrated when you run into a block and find yourself fighting with your own writing. These writers are the ones who sadly throw up their hands and give up. I say, don’t give up. Just take a deep breath and be patient. You’ll get it back. You have to make your story work. 🙂

Just a reminder, my second annual blog fest will be coming up on January 7th. The rules are pretty simple, but I’ll repeat them again just in case someone missed them or wants to sign up. There’s still time! 🙂

  • This blog fest is entitled “Interview With a Character Blog Fest”. Think about one of your most intriguing characters that you would like to get to know more and interview them. Make it as long or short as you want.
  • It’s due January 7th. On that day, post the interview on your blog with a link to my blog. I’ll also have a post with all of the participants and links to their interviews.
  • If you would prefer for me to post it on my blog, just let me know by e-mail: thestoryinme@gmail.com and I’ll be glad to do so for you.
  • If you still want to sign up, please e-mail me at the e-mail listed above or comment here with a  link to your blog. 🙂
  • I look forward to reading all of the interviews!

Now, it’s time for yet another Writing Prompt Wednesday: Christmas Edition!

  • You find yourself decorating your christmas tree with your family. One of the oldest Christmas decorations falls and shatters on the floor. Your grandmother picks up the pieces and starts to tell you the story of the decoration. Write up that story.

Also, a quick reminder. Part two of my newest serial story, Hello From Mexico, is now up at Serial Central. 🙂 Check it out and let me know what you think.  Click here to get to the story.

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With Christmas coming up,  I decided to get this blog into the holiday spirit and give it a little “holiday make over”. 🙂  There’s always something great about the holidays that really inspires me. Maybe it’s all the festive cheer or the Christmas songs. Maybe it’s all of the pretty decorations that you can find everywhere you look. Whatever it is, I’m okay with it helping my writing.

There’s something really special about the holidays. I enjoy decorating the house and making everything look festive. Getting into the spirit of what it really means is important.  I also really enjoy writing holiday scenes into my stories. It’s interesting to really see how my characters interact during this time of year. It can change a lot whether anyone realizes it or not.

I really hope this month is also an inspiration to you. I hope that it goes as stress free as possible (although I know you can’t go completely without it..it wouldn’t be the holidays without some stress ha ha). Take the time to sit back and think about how your year went. I’m really going to try to not linger on the bad things. It’s time to focus on the good instead. That’s how I become inspired, by all the good that has happened.

I know that I won’t finish my novel by the end of the year like I wanted to, but I am okay with that now. Sometimes you don’t always meet the goal and you have to keep pushing for it. It’ll happen. I just have to keep working toward it to make  it happen.

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With Halloween being 4 days away, this week’s Writing Prompt Wednesday will be in the spirit of the holiday.  Today, we have two prompts, one of them contributed by Suzie who has a blog called Bad Luck Detective.

  • When I saw him I thought he was in his Halloween costume I had no idea he…

And here is the second prompt:

  • It was a really stormy Halloween night when I arrived at my friend’s house to go out.  My eyes widened as soon as the front door opened…

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