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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saying goodbye to something I love...

As some of you may know, I recently purchased a mountain bike and fell in love with riding!  I've been going to a place near me that is absolutely beautiful.

  I love this place.  

When I come here, 
I feel so much peace.

It's actually kind of funny because the main character in my book has a place almost exactly like this.  He has troubles at home, so he goes outside to his back yard to find solace.  
So maybe putting all that energy into writing about
 a place like this brought it to me.  
Who knows?

Anyhow, I have to say goodbye to it until February because it's closed down for hunting (at least, at the hours I'm able to go).  In some ways, I'm really sad about it but I'm also excited to find a new place to go.  

I'm hoping that I will love it as much as I love this place.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Where's the Water?

The other day, I was reading an article about the Ebola Outbreak in Africa.  A reporter stated that when she tried to cross a checkpoint between counties in Monrovia, there was a long line to cross.  When she walked to the front of the line she saw that it was a requirement to wash your hands in chlorinated water before crossing.  And yet, the line wasn't moving.  Everyone in line wanted to wash their hands so what was the problem?
There was no water to wash their hands.  It was all gone.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lessons from an Idiot Beginner Biker

Yesterday, I decided to switch out my scenery and forgo my usual 'beginner' biker trail and move on to the 'intermediate'.

Here are some things I learned when switching from the Beginner to Intermediate Bike Trail:

1. Knowing what your gears are for is extremely useful
2. If you don't know how to use your gears properly, the Intermediate Trail will give you a crash course
3.  Do not gaze at the beautiful pond if there is a chance that you will crash into a tree
4.  Make sure you have good brakes - you will need them!
5. Don't use the front brake, unless you really want to stop.  Immediately.
6. Sitting on your bike saddle while riding over large tree roots will damage your tailbone
7.  If you think you have accidentally gotten on the "Experienced Bike Riders Only" trail - don't freak out!  The answer is - - you haven't.
8.  It is helpful to have the bike trail on your gps in advance of getting on the trail
9. Double the time you expect it will take you to get through the trail
10.  Know beforehand how to unsaddle yourself from the bike, and quickly, before you fall off it while going uphill
11. Don't get distracted while crossing a bridge.  There is a reason why there is a bridge there and why you should be on it instead of under it.
12.  For your first time, ride at a time when there is a minimal amount of bikers and hikers.  It will keep you out of their way and there will be less people to see your humiliation!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Most Authors are Narcissists

When I wrote my first book, on the first draft, I immediately wanted to send it to others, even as I was writing it because I wanted “feedback”.  
I went through about 5-6 drafts of my first book (and I mean making big changes, not just little ones) and when I finalized it, I laughed at myself because my manuscript was so much better than what I sent out to friends and family.  I decided that I would never send a first draft of my MS to anyone ever again.  I mean, what what's the point? All first drafts are crap and so sending them out to others is just pointless because you're going to make lots of changes anyways.
I'm the best author ever!
However, now that I’m on my first draft of my second novel, I find myself wanting to do the same thing.

Then I realized that what I secretly wanted was someone to respond to my draft singing my praises.  "What an amazing work, it’s so beautiful!  It's the best manuscript I've ever read, you’re the best writer to ever live on this earth!!"  

I can't help but laugh at myself.

When I'm writing on white space, and the story is emerging from my brain, it is so much more than what I can put down on paper.  The story is so much more (in my head) but I want others to recognize it's greatness.  And I expect that most authors are that way.  We love feedback because we want to feel important.  Like what we're writing matters.  What swellheads!

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