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The Creativity Diary M.1

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Irishtown Nature Park

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful month so far!

I didn’t complete all my goals, but that’s okay :). Before I share my diary log, let’s take a look at how creativity and health are connected.

Creativity and Health 

I wasn’t surprised to come across an article about how a creative life helps our health. People feel happier when they create, are resilient, and are less anxious.  It’s an exciting find for sure.

On a personal level, writing has filled my life with purpose and joy. I love learning about the craft and studying stories. My world is fuller because of the friends I have made in the #writingcommunity.

How has your artistic pursuit helped you?

Creativity Log 

Friday – I free wrote for around an hour and a half. Worked on worldbuilding questions and rethought some of my character arcs. Honestly, the best thing I did was unplug from the wifi :). I felt hopeful after my session.

Saturday – Reread the first 50 pages of my Celtic fantasy and added revision notes.

Sunday – Played around with a watercolor set and watched a few YouTube videos. I haven’t completed anything yet, but it’s a lot of fun 🙂

Monday – I received notes on my Bluebeard retelling and edited the first 50 pages 🙂

Tuesday – Revised five chapters of my Celtic fantasy. Made an Excel spreadsheet to track every scene in the novel.

Wednesday – I went to Irishtown Nature Park for the first time with my friend in the morning. Snapped some nature shots. Photography is a passion of mine, and I love nature. It’s a nice change from sitting at a desk.

Thursday – Wrote a poem and took some photos of the ocean.

These are just some examples. Every day won’t look like this. I might have just snapped a few photos or scribbled down a sentence on a WIP. I may have thought a lot about writing. It all adds up 🙂

Next Few Weeks

I have family visiting next week, so I’m going to try and wake up earlier. Here are my goals:

  • Finish revising the next five chapters of my Celtic fantasy.
  • Revise the next five chapters of Bluebeard. ( Hoping to send these two projects to betas and CP’s soon 🙂 )
  • Attempt a flower watercolor piece

How about you? I would love to hear about your creative pursuits from this past month:) ! What do you hope to accomplish next month?

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Artist Date, Blogging, The Creativity Diary, writers life, writing

The Creativity Diary Blog Series

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Hey everyone,

How are you doing? Happy Friday! The weekend is near 🙂

Today I’m celebrating my 28th birthday. As I was driving to a local cafe, I started thinking about new goals for this year. I want to focus more on writing and other creative pursuits (crocheting, painting, candle-making, pottery, crafting, etc.).

That’s why I’ve decided to start a brand new blog series called The Creativity Diary 🙂

It’s so easy to say we don’t have any time to pursue our creative dreams. I know I did that a couple of years ago and still do depending on the week. I feel frustrated when a week or two goes by, and I haven’t done anything to further my creative journey.

I want to encourage you to chase after your dreams. You can start by making a small step forward.

Once a month, I’ll write up a post about how I did. I may share some interesting finds on creativity and ways to stay focused.

It will look different. Today I unplugged from the internet. I wrote in my journal and brainstormed ways to strengthen the plot in my Celtic fantasy. Maybe tomorrow I will work on my rag rug while watching an episode of a kdrama 😀

The goal is to pursue art every day, even if it’s something small 🙂 Victoria Schwab tweeted about how she doesn’t write every day but keeps the creative door open. I love that.

Goals for the Upcoming Week

  • I want to finish revising the first 15 chapters of my Celtic fantasy.
  • Play around with my watercolors and paint.
  • Research a local pottery class.

What about you :)? What are your creative goals for the week? Is there something you’ve been putting off? I’d love to hear below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Taking Time to Refill the Creative Well

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April 30th, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.

In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.

I needed a creative break.

I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes 🙂

Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in. What do you do when you’re feeling drained?

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Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)

I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.

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Happy writing, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Submit Your Stories: Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

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March 6th, 2019

Hi friends, how are you making out?

Today, I’m going to share a fun submission opportunity. I shared about the first Grumpy Old Gods Anthology during #24DaysofWriting. Well, they had nearly 100 submissions and 11 spaces to fill! They’ve decided to send out a call for volume 2.

What’s the Call About?

The editors want stories about mythical Gods or Goddesses who are retired, missing from their post, waning, or ignoring their job responsibilities. They’re seeking speculative fiction at around 3000-4000 words.

The deadline to submit is March 30th, 2019. You can send your submission to grumpyanthology@gmail.com. Find out more information about the call here.

Why You Should Consider Submitting

Personally, I find these submission opportunities a lot of fun. I get to flex my creative muscles and work with a specific prompt. The story I wrote for the first call was a ton of fun. I wrote about Beira from The Winter Crone and created her origin story.

Even though this story wasn’t selected for the anthology, I know where I can use it someday. I’m hoping to research and outline a novel based on Beira and Alaor this summer when I get a chance.

These prompts are fun. You can take a break from editing/drafting novels 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 7th & 8th Day of Writing: Chicken Soup for the Soul and Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

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December 7th

Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They are due December 15th. 

Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.

Keep reading to learn more about both!

Running for Good – and Walking Too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.

Guidelines

The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.

They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.

Read more about potential topics here! You can submit your story here. Remember, stories are due December 15th.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.

Guidelines

Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.

Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!

Poetry Contest Rules

Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.

Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date 🙂 Remember, they are due December 31st. Read more here.

Have Fun

Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 3rd Day of Writing: Enchanted Conversation Magazine

December 3rd

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re having a good week so far ✨❄️

Here is a fun place to submit: Enchanted Conversation Magazine.

Are you able to tell a myth, fairy tale, folktale in 100-500 words? Check out some examples:

Beerwood Stew – 364 Words – READ HERE 
Stepsister – 214 Words – READ HERE 
Beloved – 178 Words – READ HERE
Email submissions to EnchantedCSubmissions@gmail.com
The subject line of the email should be: FAIRY TALE FLASH – your last name – title of your work. Example: FAIRY TALE FLASH – Dunn – “Your Title”
Write a short cover letter with the approximate word count of the story. Pen a brief author’s bio written in third person and up to three links to your personal website or social media accounts. Don’t summarize your story in the cover letter. 
Include a Paypal address.
Paste your submission in the body of your email.
Single spacing. No indents on paragraphs. Double space between paragraphs. Use Arial as the font. Try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
Have fun with this submission! One of my stories was accepted through Enchanted Conversation. Check it out here!
What story will you write for this submission? I would love to hear below 🙂
Until next time,
Loie xo
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On the 2nd Day of Writing: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

December 2nd

Here is a fun place to submit! ❄️✨

Submission Tips

MC that is age 8-12.

-A diverse cast of characters.

-Fun to read and encourages love of science fiction.

-Adventures in space with robots, rockets, or alien encounters.

-Steampunk, weird west, and time travel are fine.

-Word Count should be between 3,000-6,000 words.

-Science fiction, not fantasy.

Particularly Looking For:

-Adventures!

-A MC from an underrepresented population.

-MC has agency and isn’t just along for the adventure.

Don’t Write:

-Stories about female characters who need rescuing or are a prize.

-Stories where the subplot or main plot is romantic in nature.

-Graphic violence or swearing.

Submission Deadline

-December 15, 2018, with a reading period of January and February 2019.

-Don’t put identifying information on your manuscript.

Have Fun

I hope you guys enjoy this submission opportunity 🙂

I think I’m going to write about a robotic dog named Mag, of course inspired by my 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier 😉🐕

What will you write about? Find out more, here!

Until next time,

Loie xo