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NaNoWriMo Word Count Widget

I’m not sure why my word count widget in the sidebar won’t update properly, so I’m trying it out in a post to see if it will load correctly.


Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 3

 


Honing Your Horror Workshop: Part 1

Here’s the video from my first writing workshop hosted at The Creative Kitchen in Bay Minette! HUGE shout-out to the owner, Lacey Collier, for working with me and hosting my events!


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Frost: An Otherworld Tale Book Signing

As you guys know, I haven’t been doing a lot of marketing and promotion for Frost so far because I’m in the middle of the crazy process of getting my house baby-ready. I do, however, have a tidbit of super-exciting news for you.

I’m doing a book signing for Frost at the Bay Minette Public Library on August 31, 2017, at 6:00 P.M.!

One of the reasons I’m so excited about this signing is that it’s the first event I’ve EVER been able to add to my Amazon Author Page! I’m also running it as a Facebook event so I can share updates about the signing with you as I get them.


Quote of the Day – 3/1/16

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” -Sir John Lubbock

You can choose how you perceive the world around you. As a person following a calling, you can choose how to frame everything that transpires in your world. You can opt to look at things through a positive lens, or a negative one. I have done both, and I can tell you from personal experience that choosing to see things in a positive framework will improve your life exponentially.

Sure, sometimes it’s easier to see the negative, and wallowing in it may feel like the easiest path to catharsis, but focusing on the positive will ultimately be more uplifting in the long run. I know how hard it can be to see the positive. I have struggled with depression in the past. That is a state that it’s very difficult to find positivity from. If you’re struggling to see the positive in any situation, but especially in regard to pursuing your calling, I urge you to take a moment and pray about it.

Sometimes praying doesn’t present answers immediately, but it can be calming to hand your troubles over to God. Sharing your grievances with the Lord can ease whatever burden you’re feeling and make it easier to see the positive in your situation. Don’t bring negativity to your calling, though, because it will not benefit you or the work you feel called to do.

If you have to take a break until you’re feeling better and more positive, do so. I’m not saying that you should use negative feelings as a crutch to avoid pursuing your calling for days on end. That would be letting fear get the better of you, and you’re better than that. What I’m saying is that it’s okay to take a sanity day every now and then. Take a breather and come back to your calling when you feel better equipped to serve it from a positive and more peaceful place.


Work It #16 from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Pick a recent criticism you’ve received. Write a rant. Really go for it. No one ever needs to see this, so there’s no need for censorship of careful language. Let it out. Rip the page with your pen. Bleed your pain dry.

Next be your own kind mentor, receiving the rant. Write a gentle letter back to your ranting self, offering support or encouragement.

Then, if you’ve received a recent critique that left you feeling raw, after geting some necessary distance, try to look at it objectively. Identify whether the critique is asking for something you just can’t deliver or whether it simply touches upon a feeling inside you, such as disappointment because you thought you were finished. Read the critique as if it were written to someone else. Can you find a point or a place of agreement? See if you can’t take just one small piece of the feedback and run with it.

Okay, so I’m obviously not going to share these things with y’all because it’s just too personal. I think the point of this exercise is to work out some personal kinks. Just know that I’m applying this Work It exercise to some critiques I’ve received for Frost over the years (some of them I even got in college when this project was in a much earlier iteration). I’m hoping that it will be an exercise in healing and improvement for me.


Work It #16 from A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Pick a recent criticism you’ve received. Write a rant. Really go for it. No one ever needs to see this, so there’s no need for censorship of careful language. Let it out. Rip the page with your pen. Bleed your pain dry.

Next be your own kind mentor, receiving the rant. Write a gentle letter back to your ranting self, offering support or encouragement.

Then, if you’ve received a recent critique that left you feeling raw, after geting some necessary distance, try to look at it objectively. Identify whether the critique is asking for something you just can’t deliver or whether it simply touches upon a feeling inside you, such as disappointment because you thought you were finished. Read the critique as if it were written to someone else. Can you find a point or a place of agreement? See if you can’t take just one small piece of the feedback and run with it.

Okay, so I’m obviously not going to share these things with y’all because it’s just too personal. I think the point of this exercise is to work out some personal kinks. Just know that I’m applying this Work It exercise to some critiques I’ve received for Frost over the years (some of them I even got in college when this project was in a much earlier iteration). I’m hoping that it will be an exercise in healing and improvement for me.


Quote of the Day – 2/28/16

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. -John 14:27

I don’t know all that much about peace, comparatively speaking. I’m prone to embracing chaos far too readily. I’m learning more about peace, though. I know that I feel restless and unfulfilled when I don’t heed my calling to write. Stagnant dissatisfaction sets in. However, when I follow my calling, I feel a sense of peace and advancement, even if what I’m doing is only benefiting me. I feel like everything is good and smooth and bright, like Bay La Launch on a still, warm day, when I heed my calling. When I make time to write, I feel like all is right in the world. I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and I think that’s what peace is. Everything clicks. Everything feels right.

Look for the things in your life that make you feel that way. Look for that warm, calm hum that waits under the surface and only breaks through when you’re doing the things you’re called to do. I believe that God has a plan for everyone. I believe that God instills feelings of peace in us when we are doing what he’s calling us to do. I believe that when we follow our respective callings, God takes away trouble, turbulence, and fear from our hearts.

When you feel peace, take note of exactly what you’re doing because I guarantee you that it is directly linked to whatever your calling is. My calling is writing. What’s yours?

P.S. Have a blessed Sunday, y’all!


Quote of the Day – 2/27/16

“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” -Jeannette Walls

You probably noticed that I missed a day. Most of you probably expected it to happen sooner or later. I can hear the bitter grumbles in the back of my mind now.

“Liar. Fraud. You said you were turning over a new leaf. You told me you were committing to writing, at least, one post a day every day, if not two. You let us all down, and you’re a failure. Whoever told you that you have no follow through was right. You will never be a successful writer. You don’t have any real commitment. No wonder you’ve been working on one book for ten years, and you’re still not finished. You know you’re a fraud and a failure. Stop wasting everyone’s time and just give up.”

Okay, so y’all might not be saying those things, but those are the voices I hear in my head after missing a day of writing. I should have posted yesterday, but I got called to substitute teach at the last minute. It was unexpected and the school system I work for has blocked WordPress. I could not access my content editor.

I also had to study for and take a skeletal anatomy unit test. It was challenging and exhausting, but I put in the effort and made 100%. I had an imperfect day and I did my best to work around it. I didn’t get around to my writing for the day and that’s ok. You will occasionally find things that trump your calling, like working toward contributing more to your marriage.

I am human. I make mistakes. I drop the ball. Sometimes my commitment to my writing slips a little. All of these things are ok and they will happen because I’m human. As long as I pick myself up, recommit to my calling, and keep moving forward, slipping for one day isn’t going to destroy the grand scheme of things.


Quote of the Day – 2/25/16

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

Parts of my personality don’t really jive too well with my desire to be a writer. One of the facets of my personality that makes living a writerly life difficult for me is my impatience. I have so many fantastic, creative ideas and I want to be finished with them RIGHT NOW.

I constantly get ahead of myself. I have been known to get SFDs professionally edited before I’ve done any revision on my own. I’ve been known to get started on a story before I actually finish my outline, and neither of those situations has ever worked out well for me.

I’m bad about sharing stories before they’re ready. I’m also bad about jumping into a story with both feet and working on it maniacally for days on end, pushing to get as much done at once as possible. Every time I do that, I burn myself out on the story. I plunge into a headlong, blind pursuit, and I inevitably end up trapped in a briar thicket with no discernable way out.

Being impatient and trying to tackle a whole mountain at once always gets me in trouble. Biting off more than you can chew is so utterly counterproductive. Excitement is all well and good, but I’m learning how not to get manic with it. Using up all your energy at the beginning of a project and trying to do everything at once doesn’t serve you or your calling as a writer.

Take your project, and break it down into manageable sections. Budget your time, and don’t overdo it. Doing too much at once will only drain your energy stores and make you love your project less in the long run. Take the journey of pursuing your calling one step at a time. You will still get there, and you will be happier for it.


Quote of the Day – 2/23/16

“Do not just seek happiness for yourself. Seek happiness for all. Through kindness. Through mercy.” -David Levithan

I feel like this is one of the best quotes I have shared for writers, so far. Try not to make your writing practice and your writing life solely about you. Remember that the world does not revolve around you, and it helps to keep that in mind when you’re writing.

Bear in mind that you’re doing something that has the potential to affect others. Why not make sure that the effects of your writing practice are positive and uplifting? Why not help those around you with this gift you have for words. Share faith, happiness, positivity, hope, love, and empathy with others through your writing practice.

Whatever your calling is, even if it’s not writing, always try to use it in a positive way. Seek to make others in the world happy, and you will find your happiness along the way. I honestly believe that everyone in the world has AT LEAST one special gift–at least one thing they are astonishingly good at. My husband, Lake, is a skilled mechanic. My best friends, Tori and Christi, have gifts, too. Tori is a fantastic cook. Christi is a gifted percussionist.

Witnessing them utilizing their gifts is an absolute pleasure for me. I enjoy watching them do what they’re good at, and doing so benefits me, too. I feel emotionally uplifted when I get to witness my husband fixing something or Tori cooking, or Christi making music.

My point is this: your gifts aren’t just for your benefit. Your gifts are meant to be shared with the world around you! Don’t be selfish with your gifts because you never know whose life your gifts may change for the better.


Quote of the Day – 2/22/16

“Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.” -Charlotte Brontë

As a writer, this quote means that there is always a way to do what you love. No matter how bad your circumstances are, you can always find a way to do the things you love. If something is your true calling, God will open the doors for you to continue following that calling. It won’t always be easy. Life will sometimes weigh heavy on you, and you just have to decide whether or not you feel like pushing through the obstacles and pursuing your dreams.

I promise that if you let Hope and Faith guide you in your calling, you will find fulfillment. It may not be the kind of achievement that touches others and changes their lives right away. There is NO SUCH THING as an overnight success. Not really, anyway. The things that appear to be an overnight success are usually the result of a lifetime of practice and hard work finally paying off.

Take pleasure in the hard work, enjoy the practice. That, in itself, is a beautiful sort of success. Anything else is just a bonus.


Just Created This AWESOME New About Me Graphic With Canva!

CHELSEA C. MOYE


Quote of the Day – 12/11/15

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.”

-Richard Yates


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