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Happy National Novel Writing Month

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Hi friends,

I hope you are having a good month so far. Good luck with National Novel Writing Month. I’m a little behind on my writing goals, but that’s okay ๐Ÿ™‚ Some months are busier than others, for reasons we can’t anticipate.

I’m heading to Punta Cana with my family next Saturday and am looking forward to the sunshine ๐Ÿ˜€ We had a snowfall yesterday here in New Brunswick, hah!

Talk soon,

Loie

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October Poetry Challenge: Day 4

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My teeny winged friend

brings me young yellow roses

on a dismal day.

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Happy poetry writing, friends! Check out my first post if you’re just arriving. My dear CP, Shelby Kisgen, started this poetry challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

Loie

 

 

 

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October Poetry Challenge: Day One

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Hi everyone!

My dear writer friend, Shelby Kisgen, started a poetry challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ You can check out her original post here. She’s inviting everyone to pen a poem every day this month. You can read her first poem!

I’m joining the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will too! I’ve decided to write from the perspective of my characters from my NaNoWriMo project. Hopefully, this will help me understand their motivations, desires, and struggles a bit more.

Today’s poem is from my main heroine. I still don’t know her name yet ๐Ÿ˜€

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Starlight

With reverence, I study the night sky.

I read the stars dappled across the ebony expanse

analyzing, translating, listening

 

I scrutinize until my eyes are dry, my fingertips worn

from transcribing the message over and over again

onto parchment paper she will burn.

 

All of this is for her.

Will she let me leave this tower, this prison without doors?

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There you have it ๐Ÿ™‚ A short piece for now. Happy writing, friends! I can’t wait to read your poems.

Loie xo

 

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The Creativity Diary Blog Series

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Hey everyone,

How are you doing? Happy Friday! The weekend is near ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

The goal is to pursue art every day, even if it’s something small ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โค

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Keep Showing Up

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Hi everyone! I decided to pop in today to share some of my thoughts. Yesterday thereย was a massive Twitter pitch contest called #PitMad. Agents and editors search the hashtag, liking pitches that intrigue them, requesting to read more of the project.ย 

I find these contests enjoyable, overall. It’s a chance to connect with fellow querying writers and read some pretty amazing pitches. The talent out there is outstanding ๐Ÿ™‚ However, these pitch contests can be draining and deflating if you don’t get any likes. It’s kind of the same when you send out queries for a project and get rejected.ย 

But that’s part of the deal with publishing. You’ll always face rejection, at every stage of your career.

I was driving home and thinking about publishing and querying in general, reflecting onย the entire process. My mind started to wander,ย and I realized publishing is kind of like anything in life – if its something you care about and have passion for, you stick with it.

You keep showing up.

No matter if you feel disenchanted, discouraged, or frustrated. It’s a long race,ย not a sprint. Keep showing up to put in the work. Read craft novels, daydream about new story worlds, and get your hands on books ofย all genres.

If you need a mental health break, take some off and explore other ways to be creative.ย Always remember why you write.

Keep going, friends.ย We will get there.

Loie โค

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Fairy Tale Poetry Submission

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Hey friends! Do you write poetry? Have you always been interested in poems? Write a poem based on the 12 Dancing Princesses for Timeless Tales Magazine!

Submission Details

Deadline for 12 Dancing Princesses Poetry: June 9 – 14, 2019. You can send multiple pieces totaling up to 1,500 words. You could also send one poem.

They aren’t looking for poems from the shoes’ perspective or a setting around ballet. They have stories with those angles already. They suggested on their website to mix the tale with elements from Bluebeard or the 12 Tribes of Israel.

For more information about formatting, pay rate, and response time, go here.

Poetry Resources

Check out these articles for some help on writing poems if you’re new to it ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Ten Fairy Tale Poems

5 Ways to Write a Poem

36 Poetry Writing Tips

Happy writing, friends!

Loie โค

 

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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 โค

Until next time,

Loie xo