A Tribute to Writing

 Happy New Year Everyone!

It is time to get started on another year as we continue our journey in the world of writing. And to signal the end of 2014, I’d like to make a tribute to writing by recognizing the members of the Writing Writers Group (WWG).

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Reach for the stars..

 

Reaching a Goal

There were several members of the WWG that saw their dream of becoming a published author turn into a reality during 2014.

 

In tribute, Tipping hat by President Coolidge hats off to each of you

Paul Dellinger for his book Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories Mr. Lazarus book cover

Rosa Lee Jude for her completion of her five book series, Legends of Graham Mansion Graham Mansion Series

Renate Braddy for her Scars debut Renate Scars book cover

K.R. Thompson for not one, but TWO series: The Keeper Saga and The Untold Stories of Neverland with Book One-Hook Hook book cover

Pam B. Newberry with two books: The Letter: A Page of My Life and The Fire Within Fire book cover

The WWG is developing into a prolific bunch of writers!

It is exciting to share what we’ve learned, to support each other’s writing goals, and to know someone will always be there when one of us is feeling lost, despondent, or as a failure. Being an active member of the WWG is an important component to being able to make the writing journey seem less like a dream and feel more like life–it is real!

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Reach for the stars…

Goal Setting 

Setting goals is another important part of living the writing life. And, like all good New Year’s revelers, we are being encouraged by all of the writing gurus in the writing world to determine and set goals.

So, what are your goals for 2015? Have you set any yet? If not, why not?

There are many different ways you can set a goal. But, sometimes, as we’ve heard, the KISS method maybe the best method.

  • Take time to sit down and reflect on what 2014 meant to you as a writer.
  • Use a pad and pencil to record your thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
  • Consider how you want 2015 to be used to help you improve your chances at reaching your goals. But mostly, ask yourself what do you REALLY want for 2015?
  • After you list your dreams, begin to make plans for how you plan to reach them. It is possible! Think about how good you will feel this time next year when you look back on your journey—it will spur you forward!

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Here are some good reading suggestions you may find thought-provoking as well as inspirational:

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May you

  • Find this blog helpful to you
  • Support each other in your writing endeavors whether through posting comments or sharing this post
  • Make plans for 2015 to be stellar, because you are!
  • Consider writing the next great novel, novella, novelette, short story, or an entry in your journal, but mostly, just WRITE!

Always with Smiles and Cheers,
Pam

This post, A Tribute to Writing, was first posted on The WWG Blog by Pam on January 2, 2015.

Pam’s Bio: An aspiring novelist and honey bee keeper. Learn more about Pam’s writing by following her website and signing up for her newsletter: The Newberry Tales.

Pictures in post: All book images courtesy of the respective authors. Dream Big and Read photos by Stuart Miles and 2015 photo by Satit Sirhin all from Free Digital Photos dot net, and the President Coolidge picture courtesy of Wiki Commons

Mystic Moment

Introduction of Geanna Sowers

Welcome Geanna! So glad to have you back for another guest post. This post, Mystic Moment, was written as the result of a writing prompt (see below for details) that was provided to the Writing Writer’s Group in preparation for an upcoming meeting in September. Read on, you’ll be inspired…

MYSTIC MOMENT

By Geanna Sowers

Joella Lovell down shifted her car into second gear. Her car gave an unnecessary grumble as she drove it into an empty parking space. The Blue ridge Parkway provided lovely overlooks and small adventures on almost every drive. With the agility of youth, Jo flowed

1969 Stingray Corvette

1969 Stingray Corvette; photo from Wiki Commons

out of the bucket seat of her sporty ’69 stingray Corvette, muscle black, trimmed in chrome, glinted in the sun. Her hazel colored eyes were covered with cheap sunglasses. Her shoulder length, sable brown, ponytail bounced sassily with her every movement of her height a willowy, five foot eight.

The unrelenting sound of the cicada’s filled her ears. The drifting tang of apples and mowed grass floated on the mountain air. A little walk would loosen her up before she finished her drive to visit family.

An old stone church stood just off in a meadow like a stoic guardian of it’s past congregation and relatives. The front of the graveyard was boarded with odd sizes of slate slabs driven into the ground while the back and sides were surrounded with various oaks, pines, and dogwood trees. The air felt refreshing to Jo, as compared to the lower elevations where she had recently moved to find work. She felt her mind begin to calm.  The mid afternoon sun warmed her face; the gentle breeze wafted wet leaves and pine cones.

Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob Graveyard Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway in Autumn, photo Wiki Commons

As she walked amongst the resting places of souls long gone, she noted that the grave stones were named with what must be local families, all unfamiliar to her. The dates, from 1700s to 2000s were enchanting, yet gave her pause, as she strolled around with a lanky stride and unconscious grace.

Suddenly an odd sense came over her. She noticed the frosty kiss of autumn and saw that the trees weren’t as green or summery. They had started their march to change into golds, reds, and oranges. The lyrical hum of honey bees working and the familiar chirp of song birds seemed to weave into the air and move on. A shadow of a flock of Canada geese soared high above in the classic V pattern. They flew into the blue cloudless sky as Jo looked up and listened to their distant honk. She felt the hair on her neck rise up; her arms had goose bumps. The whispers of the mountain hummed in her brain; a mystic moment. She was home after all.

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Thank you, Geanna! This post came to Geanna as a result of the following prompt provided to the Writing Writer’s Group (WWG) from The Writer mag October 2014 issue:

Here is the prompt that inspired Geanna to write:

Write as much as you can using the following prompt (perfect for setting the mood for the fall): A character enters a cemetery, but not to visit a grave or to attend a funeral. Why is the character there? Who or what does the character encounter? Create an unconventional graveyard scene with a surprising outcome. Describe the cemetery sights and develop atmosphere through sound and weather.

Let us know what you think of Geanna’s interpretation by leaving a comment. Tell us what you thought about reading the WWG members’ words. It means so much to an author to receive feedback and comments.

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Thanks for reading!
Pam

 

Five Books and a Funeral

by Rosa Lee Jude, Co-author of the Legends of Graham Mansion series

The five books of the Legends of Graham Mansion Series

The five books of the Legends of Graham Mansion Series

Squire finally stopped talking.

That may seem like a strange opening line for a blog post. It’s only strange if you don’t know who Squire is.

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Book Five – Revelation

The final book, REVELATION, in the Legends of Graham Mansion series has just been released. This five-volume journey began when co-author and historian Mary Lin Brewer contacted me in March 2012. “I have this idea for a series,” she said. “I’ve got tons of research, legends, and stories. But, I’m not really a fiction writer. I understand that you are.” As they say, the rest is history, quite literally now. Two and half years and five books later, the series is complete. I finally shut up Squire.

For those of you who have not read the series, “Squire” is Squire David Graham. This mysterious, but brilliant, man was a powerful entrepreneur of the 1800s in Southwest Virginia. He amassed a substantial number of businesses and land holdings in a relatively short amount of time and was known for his ruthless business dealings and not-so-pleasant personality. The beacon of his success still stands today in the form of a historic mansion in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Many say that he has never left his stately home. I say he has spent the last two and a half years living rent free inside my head.

While our central character and heroine was a lovely young lady and time traveler named Grae White, Squire seemed to be the one who truly haunted me. Through the many long months of writing the series, he visited me in my dreams. Sometimes so forcefully that I would have to get up in the middle of the night and pay homage to him on my keyboard. The grave scene in AMBITION was the result of three such nights in a row.

As I tied up the loose ends of the series in the finale, I reread the previous volumes. Even an author has to remind herself, at times, about what she has written. I couldn’t leave any key elements unresolved. The more I read the previous books (REDEMPTION, AMBITION, DECEPTION, and SALVATION), the louder Squire’s voice seemed to get. He was determined that I finish his story. But, one late July evening, as the final words were typed, he grew silent. I felt like I had been to a funeral, my emotions were spent. I had laughed and cried a lot through the final story. I had said goodbye. I had finished Squire’s story. He has been silent ever since.

Writing a series is a serious undertaking. It’s not just the beginning and end that are important, it’s all those words in between that link together to convey the world you have created for your readers. It’s a commitment. The characters become family. The readers become friends. You don’t want to let anyone down. Many readers have asked how I managed to write so many words (about 450,000) in two and a half years. The answer is simply dedication. Just about every night and every weekend, words were typed. While I was at work during the day, the story passed to Mary Lin who would fill in the historical matter, legends, and some of her own twists. Weeks turned into months and like the little engine who could, we built a series—one page, one chapter, one book, at a time.

And now, it’s over. All has been revealed. REVELATION is in the hands of those who will cherish it the most, the readers. Now in its entirety, we hope that it is embraced by legions of future readers for many years to come.

The journey is over. Or maybe, it’s only just begun.
Rosa

Introduction of Rosa Lee Jude

Rosa Lee Jude began creating her own imaginary worlds at an early age. While her career path has included stints in journalism, marketing, tourism, and local government, she is most at home at a keyboard spinning yarns of fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her patient husband and very spoiled rescue dog.

To learn more about the series, visit http://www.LegendsofGrahamMansion.com

If you would like to follow Rosa Lee’s writing adventures, like her Author Page on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/rosaleejudeauthor

You can also like her Author Page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosaleejude


Thanks Rosa for another very informative post! We hope you will leave a comment or two and will follow Rosa as she begins a new journey in writing. Word is she is working on a new book. You should post questions to her and get her to share what she’s planning for her writing adventure!

 

The Gate

by Jean Desmarais

What do you think of when you see a gate? It could mean many things, such as to keep something in or to keep something out.

Take a look around you and see where you find gates. You may be surprised.

A gate to somewhere

A gate to somewhere?

Gates in Use

What is your definition of a gate? To me, it’s a movable structure controlling passage through an opening in a fence or a wall. It’s an entrance through a wall as a means to get to something. For some, to say ‘The Gate’ could also mean the total sum of money that is taken in for an event, such as a sporting event.

Do you remember seeing the old gates that had the weights attached that helped to make the gates close? Each time you used it, you had to make sure you closed and latched the gate in order to keep the chickens and such out of your yard.

Think back to how many types of old or new gates you can remember seeing. Each gate was there for the same reason—to keep something in or to keep something out, whatever the case. We all probably have been through some gates that we should not have gone through.

Gates on a Farm

The fences on a farm usually are used as the dividing line between properties. Often, they are necessary in order for a farmer to get to all the necessary areas of the divided land. If there are cattle or other animals on part of the land, it is imperative the farmer keeps the animals in their proper place. When animals need to be moved to a new pasture, a gate is used to help guide the animals through the fence. Yet, a farmer needs to know where each gate is located on the farm. If you have ever been caught in a field with a bull, you most definitely needed to know where the gate was, especially if you couldn’t jump the fence.

A gate on a farm.

A gate on a farm.

I remember hearing my father and sister laughing about going through the fields from school and running into an old goat. The goat ran after them. My father grabbed hold of the goat’s horns. He had to back all the way home through the fields. I think that either my father or my aunt hit the goat with something to distract him until they could jump the split rail fence, as there was no gate. For years, I heard them laugh about this many times.

Gates on Greeting Cards

Have you ever looked at greeting cards that show a gate surrounded with flowers and a path leading away? Did it give you a happy feeling? It should. It does to me.

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Gate wrapped in a garden of beautiful flowers.

The gate signifies going somewhere and that certain things will be different, but the decision whether to go through the gate to a different situation may be difficult to make. It is a milestone. Will it be for the good or otherwise? The gate is important and you need to know the way to go. We all have these crossroads in life. We hope that we will go the right way.

I hope you enjoyed my blog about gates, and that you will look at gates with a different thought when you pass through them in the future.

Jean Desmarais

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Picture Credits:

Rosemary Ratcliff - Spring riot (the gate with the flowers) from FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Prozac1 - The gate to the past (the gate with water) from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Why I Want to Write

by Jean Desmarais

Why I want to write is a question I’ve asked myself on more than one occasion and people have asked that of me, too. In this guest post from WWG member, Jean Desmarais, you will read her reasoning and how she has approached her writing journey…

WHY I WANT TO WRITE

I have always heard a lot of stories from both sides of my family that I would like to write down, but I was not quite sure how to go about the process. I am somebody that had a difficult time when I was in high school trying to write a three hundred word theme paper for English. While I was debating about what to do, I read an article in the local newspaper about a writing class that was to be held at our local library. Word of mouth also entered the picture, in that several friends told me I should attend. So, I signed up and went to my first meeting. I was a little lost.

Now, I am an active member of the Writing Writer’s Group. I am getting instructions on how to be a writer. It is and will be a slow process. But I show up. I don’t think you are too old to learn. I’m old, but I’m not Grandma Moses, either. I have observed how others write, and I think I could also write given instruction. I write long hand, as I cannot sit down to a computer and just start typing, the flow is not there. Once I have everything down in writing, I can type it in and sometimes add-on. I think that I try to write about what I like to read. I’m sure writing comes easy to some persons as I have observed, but I have to be in the writing mood.

After being in the group over three years, I am pleased with myself when I put enough information together that I have two pages to type. After I write everything down I read it aloud. And, just like I was told, my story sounds different when I hear my words. Reading my work aloud helps me know if it sounds right and makes sense.

Or maybe I could write something like this poem:

I am going down to the sea

And I do not know what I will see

But I do know that someone will be there

And I cannot wait to set and smell the sea air

Maybe, but maybe I should not try this and just stick to writing short stories.

I borrowed a book, “You’ve Got A Book in You” by Elizabeth Sims, about writing from fellow writer, Belinda Stroupe. A song kept humming in my head and I wondered if it was a hint to write about it. The song, “Don’t Fence Me In,” was all I could think about was mustangs running on the range with their manes blowing in the breeze. I could take my vision of the song in a different direction; I could go with a prison theme. Then, I wondered, while being incarcerated, would I be likely to think of being free and running like the horses.

I find that I am writing or thinking of writing more, now that I try to write. If you have any thoughts about this, please leave a comment.

Jean Desmarais

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Thanks, Jean, for another interesting post regarding your journey to become a writer. It is such a joy to see how Jean is becoming comfortable with sharing her words. If you would like to contact Jean, please e-mail her at the following: jeandesmar [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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Always with Happy Ink Pens and Pencils,
Pam