May 8, 2020
How are we doing in lockdown? I have been having a hard time and recently started finding calming outdoor activities to do in order to stay sane.
I have a few writing prompts to share with you in case you need a little inspiration.
Top world leaders have been secretly bitten by werewolves.
The International Space Station disappears and reappears five days later orbiting Saturn.
The Tree of Life is found in a remote canyon in Africa. It still holds great power.
Eye color changes with emotion, making it almost impossible to hide one's true feelings.
Hope this keeps you busy.
Curiouser and curiouser...email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time.
December 23, 2019
I have some tips for making your writing come to life. This comes from an issue of Bella Grace Magazine.
Throw out everything you learned about writing in school. This includes forgetting about five-paragraphed essays, introductions that drag along, and long-winded sentences.
Delete your opening paragraph. Some of the most compelling stories drop you right into the middle of them.
Get to the point. Simple sentences are often the best way to go.
Don't overly complicate things.
Use your true voice. Write your story as though you are telling it to a friend. In fact, try recording it first. This adds an air of authenticity.
Don't be afraid to make up words.
Buy yourself a beautiful journal and use it.
Pour your heart out onto the paper without trying to make it perfect. You can clean it up later.
Wait until after you are done to title your piece. Look for interesting, unique phrases in your writing to use.
I hope these tips help you with your writing as we near 2020 and hope for a safe and successful year!
October 13, 2019
This should be my favorite time of the year as I love horror stories and horror movies. I have been out of commission for the last couple of months. I broke my ankle and had surgery and cannot walk for another 6 weeks. This has been my most difficult time as I am not used to sitting at home feeling helpless and in a lot of pain. But I feel I can at least write about Halloween. The following are some of my favorite horror books:
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
These books will guarantee a scare for you this Halloween.
If you took a look at my page, Dark and Divine, there are poetry to scare you as well. Most of what I write is horror.
This entry is a short one but I hope to be up and running by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday!
May 20, 2019
I have now come to realize all writers are procrastinators or a bit flaky. I can say this because I am a writer and I am both a procrastinator but not really flaky. I have begun a group for writers and they all want to join but no one wants to show up. It gets really annoying and I have to wonder, are all writers like this? I have a lot of information I'd like to share with other writers, such as writing resource books, how to manage social media accounts for your author pages, and what social media groups are the best one's to get your book out there, and whether to self publish or go the traditional way. I will begin to share them here and hope other writers will find it helpful. I am not a published author but hope to be one day and in the meantime, I have information that I hope will be useful to other writers. I really would also like to connect with other writers as I also have my own questions.
So for the next few blog posts, I will share with you what I have found helpful in my writing journey. I will probably start with social media platforms and how it can be very helpful and resourceful.
Also remember, please email me if you have any questions or would like to see a topic covered. I had a couple people ask about social media which is why I will start with that.
Until next time...keep on writing!
May 10, 2019
For those of you who write and read tarot cards, I have found an interesting book called, Tarot for the Fiction Writer, by Paula Chaffee Scardmalia. It shows you how 78 cards can take you from idea to publication. Things you'll find in the book:
Choosing a deck that you relate to as well as a deck that appeals to you visually and relates to the genre, meaning time period and the mood of your story. You'll be surprised at how many different decks there are. Once you find your deck, go through the cards and one by one, look at the picture, colors, symbols, etc... and write what you believe each card means to you. The book goes through step by step how you can use the tarot in developing your own story idea. It is a well written and beautiful book.
Another interesting book is The Courage to be Creative, by Doreen Virtue. This book merges the spiritual with the practical, demonstrating how to courageously harness your innate gifts for purposeful artistic pursuits and lasting fulfillment - creatively, personally, and professionally. This is a good book for writers and artists.
Here are more writing prompts:
The great war left the people of her kingdom stranded on a tethered island in the clouds...
You just got kicked out of heaven. Now what?
You discover there is a reason that the address of your childhood home is 382 Orion Way.
These should keep you busy. Next week I will review more tarot decks under "The Tarot".
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER
If you have questions or there is something you are curious about please email me at:
March 11, 2019
We have two winners for the randomly selected subscribers to get the Witches Tarot Deck. As soon as they email me back with their names, I will announce them here.
I will do another giveaway in the next couple of weeks. Again, we will randomly select two subscribers new and existing to win.
I haven't been here as regularly as I should but will be from here on in.
Here are some fantasy and sci fi story prompts for you.
His heart made of glass shattered into a hundred pieces. The witch took each piece and scattered them to separate points of the earth. Not only would it take years to find all the pieces, but only one woman could see them. What does the woman plan to do with the pieces she finds? Or does she not care to find them at all?
Real Estate agent veterans have all refused to help a man sell his home. A rookie agent in the business sees this as an opportunity to get noticed in the industry. After almost being abducted by aliens, he realizes his mistake.
Winter came per usual that year, but never left. Ten years later, the entire world is still experiencing a never-ending winter. What does it take to restore the planet to its regular seasonal trends?
The planet finds a way to speak directly to humans. It's not happy.
I hope these prompts will help you with a great story or if you have writer's block.
In my next blog, I will write about tarot cards. I will go over topics such as why and what do you keep in a tarot journal, the difference between tarot and oracle decks, and the many different spreads you can use.
November 23, 2008
I haven't been around lately and I have to apologize. I have been trying and failing, to keep up with my NaNo word count. I hope you are all doing much better than me.
The good news is that I've finally started my short story based on my poem, The Doorway to Hell. I hope to really scare with this story.
Those of you who are writing during NaNoWriMo, how are you keeping yourself motivated? Last year I tried and failed. This year I have joined some groups on Facebook that help to keep me going when I feel like I don't want to write. Which is why I haven't given up yet. If you haven't joined a community of writers, I highly suggest it. I also added writing buddies to my NaNo account. Some writers on Facebook have been doing word sprints which help to get a good word count for the day.
As you can see from my web page, I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. I recently bought a book called, 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts, by Julie Wenzel. This has some amazing ideas for stories.
The subjects in the book range from dragons and other mythical creatures, aliens, apocolypse type scenarios, mermaids, ancient artifacts, government conspiracies, space travel, wormholes, and much more.
If you're stuck in a rut and have writer's block, this is great help!
Until next time...
Make the impossible possible!
November 2, 2018
NaNoWriMo is here. Most of you writers know what I am talking about. Of course you know in order to keep on track you need to be writing at least 1,666 words a day in order to have 50,000 words by November 30.
Some things you can do to keep yourself motivated during the month:
-Join groups, either in person or on social media. There are a few on Facebook that I have joined. I have found that seeing other writers' progress and being able to talk to others will keep you motivated.
-Just write. It doesn't matter what you write. You can write an entire novel, poems, list things, short stories, etc...as long as you write.
-DO NOT EDIT. November is for writing so that you make it to 50,000 words. You can edit your work in December.
-The NaNo website also has tips to help you stay motivated and writing buddies you can friend, this way you can keep each other motivated.
GOOD LUCK AND KEEP WRITING!
October 17, 2018
I'm going to put out a prompt. You have to write a poem or short story of 500 words or less.
First place winner will win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. Second and third place will each win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Entries must be emailed to email@example.com you must subscribe and email your submission in the body of the email. ATTACHMENTS WILL BE IGNORED.
Deadline is November 15, 2018.
What place would you most like to visit? Explain why. Invent a character who lives there, give the character an enemy. Finish the story.
October 7, 2018
I came across an interesting book called, How to Create a Blog: A Beginner's Essential Guide for Creating A Blog From Scratch, by Aaron Bantry.
This is a kindle book. If you are new to blogging as I am, this is very helpful in choosing your topics, website hosting, content, selecting the right platform, etc...It is 43 pages however there is a wealth of information.
For example, of course I already set up my site and my name. The name being very important, it should be something that people can remember so that they can tell their friends where they read this interesting article. It also mentions how important having the .com extension to your name because it literally is the most reputable sites. I did not get a .com for my name, as I have www.thepurplebook.me, I am hoping this catches on with people.
Although the book mentions .com being the legitimate extension to your name, it can also be very expensive because it is a .com. There are so many extensions I realized as I was looking for my name to start up.
This is just a small part of what kind of information you will find in this book and I have found it to be a very good learning experience.
Another book for the beginning blogger is Born to Blog by Mark W. Schaefer and Stanford A. Smith.
This book talks about the difference between blogging and writing, blogging skills, content, attracting readers, blogging habits, and much more.
Most of you don't need to read a book and you just have a natural talent for blogging. Then there are people like me who need a little motivation and help once in a while. Reading this was very helpful as I learned I am a writer and which is probably why it took me a while to get to blogging. My next problem was that I have too much I want to talk about because I am a writer of poetry and short stories, and working on my first novel, I read tarot cards, and am very interesting in fantasy, magic, and the metaphysical. This makes it hard for me to concentrate on one subject. Which is why I m hoping my readers of my blog can understand why I have many pages on my website that contain information on the various subjects I like to discuss.
I always of course also welcome anyone to email me and let me know what you would like to see here and I will do my best to put it up.
I hope this helps you in beginning your blog site. I am an avid reader and have so much more to talk about. I will talk more about blogging and writing tips the next time.
October 1, 2018
I have a lot of catching up to do. I was away in Las Vegas last week. As probably almost everyone everywhere has already been to Vegas, this was my very first time.
I love the outdoors and Vegas is all indoor activities with most people going to gamble. There are a few outdoor activities. I was able to see Red Rock Canyon. I have a few photos in the gallery on my home page of Red Rock Canyon which I found out has such an interesting history dated back to the 1800's when the land belonged to the Indians. There are springs, trails, and Indian Rock Art on the rocks. It was a beautiful, although very hot place to see.
I did not get to see Hoover Dam. I wish I had the time but I spent most of my time on the strip.
Other activities I was able to visit was the Siegfried and Roy's White Tiger and Dolphin Habitat, Shark Reef Aquarium, and Bellagio's beautiful indoor Botanical Garden, which was a spectacular view.
Of courses there is your shopping. Thousand's of places to shop at.
That was my interesting and exciting week.
I will return later this week for more blogs about writing, as we are approaching NaNoWriMo in November!
I'm a little late but I will post a prompt for October's Inktober if any of you are interested. Look for my prompts later this week.
September 18, 2018
Yesterday I learned that someone I knew, not very well, though the short time I have known him, I knew he was one of the kindest, hard working man, who was a father and husband, had passed away. This had saddened me very much. It also made me realize that life is short and got me thinking about my life.
Because of this, I thought of a list I am going to make. Not just a list, a special list that I want to leave to my children. I love the ocean, nature, reading a good book, writing a good story or poem, and eating good food.
I am going to list things that I would like my daughter's to follow. I would like them to experience what I love. A short example of my list:
1. I love the ocean. I would like you to sit on a beach for an hour, under the sun, with the wind blowing and just look out to the ocean. The ocean is such a calm, beautiful place that I could sit at for hours. Maybe take a photo and just think.
2. I love nature. Being in places with lots of greenery and trees. It is another peaceful place for me. It's also another place for amazing photos.
3. Look at a radiant sunset. I cannot get enough of sunsets. It's another place to sit and think about things.
These are just examples of what I would like to put in my list. I don't know if it would make your loved one's sad or feel closer to you.
There are so many things I like to do that make my life happier and worthwhile and there are so many things I have not yet done.
Today's blog just came about in my mind because I was so sad at the loss of a beautiful, kind-hearted person.
September 12, 2018
Most of you who write might have questions about world building, I know I have a lot of questions. I found a book that helps you with world building, building your characters, and invent story ideas. The book is, Create Your Own Universe, by The Brothers McLeod.
There is a worksheet for building your world. You can start by drawing an island and giving it a name. Mark the places such as, mountains, water/ocean, names of small towns, etc...I write fantasy so for my world, questions would be:
What is the weather/atmosphere like?
How many suns or moons are there?
What do the beings/creatures live in?
What kind of food do they eat?
How do they get their food, do they farm, create, barter with other's?
How long is a day and/or night?
On your map, how many towns/cities are there?
What kind of creatures/beings are there and where do they live? i.e. in water, underground, in houses, caves, mountains, trees?
What kind of clothing do the beings/creatures in your story wear? Or maybe some creatures don't wear clothes?
Sometimes to get in the mood of your story, you can listen to music. I like to listen to the group Two Steps from Hell. They have awesome music, as their music is usually used for movie trailers, lots of adventure and suspense type of music, usually no words, just music and I always find their music inspirational.
These are just a few of what is in the book. There are many other topics the book includes and there are worksheets you can use to create your character, stories, and worlds.
Other books that might be helpful are:
World-Building (Science Fiction Writing) by Stephen L. Gillett
The Writer's Idea Thesaurus by Fred White (This is an interactive guide for developing ideas for novels and short stories).
Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer (This is an A-Z book of everything that has to do with writing and it's a GREAT book).
I hope you find these books helpful in your writing journey!
September 4, 2018
As you may know, I also read tarot cards and I do have a page for tarot cards, reviews of tarot decks, spreads, etc...
I want to talk about things about tarot you may not have known.
First, many who look to get a tarot reading may or may not know that you should only get a reading about once a month. When I was an active reader, I would have customers come for readings every day. When reading cards, situations will turn up, good or bad, but you need to let these events play out, see if any of it comes through. If and when it does, you can then get another reading to get either more insight into the situation or something new may have come up. One thing the tarot cannot do is tell you "when" things will happen. In the psychic world, the only thing that we cannot predict is time. When I read cards, I do a 10 card spread, the 10th card is the outcome of the situation, but if the 10th card is not a major arcana, I will pull additional cards until I get a major. By doing this, you get a better idea of the outcome, and if it takes 6 cards to get a major, then I use that as my "time" estimate, being 6 months until something happens.
People read the cards as they are, or you can also incorporate numerology in your reading. You can look at the cards by the numbers and the suits. The numbers can be interpreted by using numerology, if you also use numerology as a psychic tool.
Astrology is another way to incorporate into your tarot reading. I personally do not mix astrology with tarot readings, but do a separate astrology/birth chart for customers.
There are many ways to interpret cards, you can also use a pendulum to answer your questions as well there are many different types of cards. There are oracle cards which are very different from tarot cards. There are many different oracle decks too. In the future, I will go over some oracle decks, pendulums, numerology, and astrology.
If you have your own questions about what you would like to see here, please feel free to email me any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will leave you with inspirational tarot quotes:
The true tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs. A.E. Waite
Tarot is just stories on cards. Erin Morgenstern
September 1, 2018
In my Dark and Divine page are poems I've written, horror and fantasy, one called, A Doorway to Hell, I will be posting a short story in parts that continue from this poem. It is dark and disturbing because it is written by the dark poet. I hope you enjoy reading.
August 31, 2018
I have a few writing prompts for you to get you started. You can use for a short story or a whole novel.
She had been reading tarot cards for years, this time something didn't feel right. She turned over the last card in the spread and to her horror, it was...
I've been collecting misfit dolls ever since I was 10 years old, but this doll was different...
The last of the candles went out, I was in complete darkness when I heard...
I hope these will be something fun for you to use in your writing.
August 28, 2018
I hope this blog will help writers feel more confident in their writing and submissions. I personally have had many doubts and insecurities about my novel. I have never published yet and have been working on a fantasy novel for some time now.
You might be wondering how I can help you if I haven't published. I have been working on a fantasy novel for sometime now and for me it's not all about making money and getting published. I would like to publish so that I can get my book out there but it's all about the fun of writing and learning.
I write mainly fantasy and horror. I love the idea of creating an entire fantasy world with its own creatures and magic. I would hope that you will want to come with me on this journey that will take you to other realms.
I will touch upon maps, world building, characters, dialogue, illustrations, and everything in between.
Please feel free to ask any questions you might be curious about and I will try to get to all of your questions.
You can subscribe here where I will keep you updated on writing and resources and even have writing prompts for you.
You can also send me an email at email@example.com and I promise to get to all of your questions as quick as I can.
I will update my blog twice a week, more if time permits.
From time to time I will have small giveaways for my subscribers. At the moment I am giving away two boxes of goodies to two random subscribers. Since I am new, I am running this through September 20, all subscribers by that date will be eligible for this giveaway.