Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Drive and Discipline

Do I have the drive and discipline to be an author? a writer?
Nora Roberts says a writer doesn't find the time to write. A writer makes the time to write.
I am one of the least disciplined people I know...
It's why I don't homeschool my kids--they might get stupid.
It's why I haven't really subscribed to an exercise regime and succeeded.
It's why I sometimes look around and think to myself, "Do you have the drive to become a multipublished author?!"

I don't know the answer to that.
For me, there is a daily struggle to make it happen.
I want it enough to maintain the struggle.
But I wonder, will it ever get easier? Will the struggle become habit and the writing become second nature?

Sometimes the lack of discipline leads to swings. Like mood swings, I will often write for weeks at a time, driven by a muse. Then in the following weeks, will barely touch new works, instead putzing around with crits or edits. Is this natural?? I want to endure doing all of this, all the time.

What do you do? How do you stay disciplined?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Witches and Zombies and Weres...Oh My!

I will give you one guess what my favorite time of year is...

Did you guess? Huh? Huh? Did ya? If you said October you would be correct. I know I made it super tough for you. With the blog title and all, there was no hinting what so ever. There are many reasons to love this month. After all, we have the kickoff to the fall season, which seems to be a favorite for many people. One could also call it the warning bell. The month that alerts us that the stress of the holidays, the shopping, the large family gatherings, the travel, and tons of food and treats bound to do in any diet are all just around the corner. However, when October hits, I think of none of those things.

As a lover of urban fantasy and paranormal goodness, this is the month that is filled with monsters, frightful scares, tricks or treats, horror movies, costume parties, more scares, and creatures. Myth, magic, and mayhem prevail during the month of October. And anyone who knows even the tiniest bit of information about me, realizes that I am a lover of such things-ESPECIALLY if one can link it back to Celtic myth in some fashion. Guess what...I have!

Did you know that Halloween's beginnings can be tied back to the Celtic festival of the dead? Samhain, as the festival is called, is a time of year where the Celts believed the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with living because the souls of those who had died throughout the year would travel on to the Otherworld on this night. There is also the belief that this time of year, the physical and supernatural worlds were closest  and therefore magic was more than possible. I like to think this is true. Because for this girl and all my fellow urban fantasy and paranormal authors, whose heads are often stuck in the clouds, dreaming of beings that exist in the supernatural world, magic and the possibilities that could result if such things were to walk among us...this is our time! When magic, myth, and mayhem collide into something amazing. Go forth my pretties, and make me proud!