Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Finding Focus — A Poetic Pick-Me-Up

  Life can be distracting. Like Chuck E. Cheese meets social media meets teenage boys sporting pants-that-are-hanging-on-by-a-penguin-walk-and-a-prayer distracting. Switching gears between home, work, school and family responsibilities sometimes doesn’t seem humanly possible. Our brains aren’t always willing to jump from one project to the next. That’s where our little breaks come in: ten minutes to stare into space, twenty… Continue reading Finding Focus — A Poetic Pick-Me-Up

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Janice Hardy

Today's post comes to you from fantasy author, Janice Hardy. Please read, get inspired, and then check out her fabulous blog on writing, as well as her books: THE SHIFTER and BLUE FIRE. *********** It’s Everywhere! When Amanda first asked me about writing something for her Get Inspired series, she said she was looking for stories about inspiration… Continue reading Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Janice Hardy

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

On Not Being a Coward

There's a sign near my computer that says:   So, that's what I'm off doing today, tomorrow, this week, and hopefully the weeks to come. Trying not to be a coward, that is. You see, a couple of weeks ago a new story idea came to me. At first, I tried to ignore it because it's not like anything I've written before. It's a… Continue reading On Not Being a Coward

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Ah, the Sweet (Buttery) Smell of Rejection

  It was 6:00pm on a Friday when I received my first jolt of writerly rejection several years ago. Getting ready for movie night with my young girls, I was pulling out cozy blankets and popping popcorn when my husband walked in with the stack of mail in hand. My eyes found it immediately -- the large… Continue reading Ah, the Sweet (Buttery) Smell of Rejection

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Shuffling Internal Playlists, and Never Pressing STOP

The first time I ever heard Matthew Wilder’s song "Break My Stride" was at a birthday party when I was about nine years old. We were at a roller skating rink, and there may or may not have been leg warmers involved. I don’t remember every verse from the song, but the catchy refrain snuck its… Continue reading Shuffling Internal Playlists, and Never Pressing STOP

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post

Get Inspired Mondays — Guest Blogger Series Welcome to the final guest post of the January edition of Get Inspired Monday!  Each week, a different writer has shared their story of finding inspiration -- often from an unexpected source.  To read the previous posts, click here, here, and here.  Today's guest is author and illustrator, Erika Marks. Erika's blog "on writing, publishing and… Continue reading It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post