Friday, December 24, 2010
Today is Christmas Eve and we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. And all over the world little ones are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa. So in the spirit of giving I'm supplyling you with some links to awesome pages I've enjoyed this year. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'm taking a break from blogging but will return on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011!
Writerly Gifts by BJ Hoff.
Here's to You by Rachelle Gardner
Jabez and Walmart by Mike Dellosso
Charmin and the Afterlife by Tamera Alexander
Blame It On Prince Albert by Debra Marvin at Inkwell Inspirations
Seeking Positive Influencers by Ruth Logan Herne at Seekerville
Ten Writing Tips From NaNoWriMo by James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone
Creating A Book Readers Can't Put Down by Jody Hedlund
The Time Has Come by Brandilyn Collins
Wedding Memories by Francine Rivers
Creating a Life Plan by Michael Hyatt
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Christmas Traditions, by Jo Beverley at Christmas in the Regency
Decorating 19th Century London with Holly at Jane Austens World and more.
Christmas at Carlton House Celebrating the Season in Regency Style, The Jane Austen Center. And don't miss The Legend of the Mistletoe
Friday, December 17, 2010
What do you think Jane would wish for this year if she were here to blow out the candles? Besides a lot of help from her friends. :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
You would think after reading many, many Regency novels through the years that this part of completing a novel would be the least of my concerns. Not so. I'm always learning something new. I also recently discoverd Vic Sanborn's blog, Jane Austen's World
If you are interested in getting your facts straight, and I pray I have, then I highly recommend that you visit these sites and see what these very astute women have to say about the Regency era. Some of the things I've learned over the years that may interest you as you research your own Regency novel include:
- Why was a Regent necessary? The short answer is that King George III went mad so his son made the decisions since he was no longer able to do so.
- What were the years of the Regency? 1811-1820. However, some writers stretch that time period a bit.
- What's a pelisse? A long fitted coat. Sometimes fur lined and then evolved into silk with no fur. The pelisse was inspired by military wear. I always thought the women wore a short jacket that was also called a pelisse. Perhaps someone visiting today can clear that up. :)
- Who is this guy called, Beau Brummell? He was the fashion icon for the men and quite well known.
- How do you tie a cravat? Very carefully. :)
So what have you learned about the Regency? Ask a question and I'll try to answer. This could be very amusing. :)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
If you always wondered how the English make that Christmas pudding, figgy and otherwise, you must check this out. Happy Sunday. And if any of you have ever tried this please tell us your experience. :)
The Proof is in the Pudding
Friday, December 10, 2010
And you have to read his latest book on writing. Awesome!
And his latest novel.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I've been trying to figure out how I feel since finishing the final edits on my book that will be released in May 2011 from Strang/Realms. Book One of The Ravensmoore Chronicles: Secrets of the Heart. I wanted to document this first time experience of what it's like to finish a book that is scheduled for publication. It's kind of like a firework Rorschach Test experience. Interpret your inner fireworks.
Yes, I'm relieved that I made it this far. But I can't quite figure out how I REALLY feel. I know that probably doesn't make any sense at all, but I thought this would be a kind of huge jumping for joy feeling. I'm happy, don't get me wrong, but . . . it's like fireworks. Different ones go off and make all these pretty patterns, but they're not all beautiful. Some can make your ears and eyes hurt and others can jiggle your insides or make your heart pound. Kind of like the emotion of this experience. Weird. I know.
Did I just finish this revision?
Ohhh. Ahhh. Wow! Hmmm. Gee Whiz. Yikes! Shazaam! Uh-Oh, now I've got to do it again. Can I do it again? Sure. Maybe.
What do these firworks mean? They're pure emotion. Bright, and shining, and beautiful. Sometimes they just fizzle out after making a lot of noise. Some go really high, burst, and then disappear quickly, while others linger and leave their mark on the air.
Brenda Ueland wrote a book called, If You Want To Write http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Want-Write-Independence/dp/1935785575/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291685048&sr=1-1
Her 8th summary point on page 178 says the following:
"Don't think of yourself as an intestinal tract and tangle of nerves in the skull, that will not work unless you drink coffee. Think of yourself as incandescent power, illuminated perhaps and forever talked to by God and his messengers. Remember how wonderful you are, what a miracle! Think if Tiffany's made a mosquito, how wonderful we would think it was!"
And that's what I want you to remember when you write. I don't care if it's your first paragraph or your 50th book. Remember how wonderful you are and then experience your own fireworks. Your own incandescent power.
So how do you describe those moments in your life that aren't easily described? What do they look like? How do they feel?
Friday, December 3, 2010
I enjoyed this post a lot. I still don't own a Kindle but when I read Kathryn Lilley's post over at the Kill Zone this week I thought it might be time I buy one of these and maybe I should get one for my mom first.
Do you own a Kindle? Do you like it? Would you buy one for an elderly parent who has difficulty reading?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
There's a lot more to self-care than our eating habits. How much time are you spending at work verses time spent at home with your loved ones? Or if you work from home how are you meeting your needs and everyone elses needs too? What works for one person and their family may not work for someone else. We all seem to be in search of that ever elusive thing called balance.
That might be easier to find if we take time to listen.
Listen to what we are telling ourselves. Have you ever got stuck in "stinkin' thinkin'?" I know I've gone there before and it just doesn't help. Therapists have long recognized the value of postive thinking. The term cognitive therapy is all about changing our thought life for the better. You can learn more here: National Institute of Mental Health.
Okay. This post is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to self-care. Here's my current self-care plan.
- Maintain a strong relationship with God through prayer, Bible study, and worship.
- Listen to my families needs and work on a plan proactively with them.
- Be aware of "stinkin thinkin" and practice being aware of the times it raises its ugly head.
- Challenge negative thoughts and work hard to change them over time.
- Work hard to keep deadlines and write to the best of my ability.
- Be an active team member at work and listen carefully to my students.
- Organize my work space.
- Sleep at least seven hours a night.
- Exercise three times a week.
- Eat more fruit.
- Don't overspend.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I think you'll enjoy it. So did you recognize yourself or someone else? I'm an ISFJ. What are you? Discover anything special?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Of course I'm prone to Regency wear. Or would you never dream of returning to the past because you adore the present?
Or would you prefer a more modern look? Too modern?
Think of the eye wear in days gone by. Not much of a selection way back when. No laser surgery.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Bethlem had a Criminal Lunatics Department. You'll be fascinated with stories about patients like, Richard Dadd and Henry Hudson. You can learn even more about Art and Madness if reading Maureen Park's book of the same title. http://www.jscampus.co.uk/shop/product_display.asp?productid=9781899316694&branchid=0 "Art in Madness looks at the contribution of Dr William Alexander Francis Browne (1805-1885) to the development of psychiatry in 19th century Scotland."
Art has provided a creative outlet for patients through the centuries. Today art continues to do the same in psychiatric hospitals all over the world.
What do you think the connection is between the world of art and mental illness? Next week I think I'll look at writers and mental illness but for this blog post I'm going to stick to the artists like Van Gogh.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Photos from Picasa
21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
Don't you just love this sentence? 28And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
I wish Jesus would just show up and heal my family members and friends like he did in the days when he was teaching and healing in Capernaum. Imagine how incredible that would be! Anyone who visits here understands that I'd love to see a healing for everyone tortured by mental illness. I've had too many friends diagnosed with different forms of cancer over the past few years. I pray each one will be healed completely.
Do you have an experience of healing that you'd like to share as an encouragement for others?
For I was a hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.
Please follow the link related to writing buddy Sandi Rog. Praying for complete healing, Sandi!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Please take a minute today to check out this link at Live Science. 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Brain. I did know about number 3 though. Anything surprise you?
Did you ever wonder what people living in centuries past may have thought about a picture of the brain like this one? Through the ages scientists and doctors have been dissceting to see what the inside of the human body looked like and how it worked and how it could be fixed. I have no idea when dissection first took place and who was doing it. If you know this please tell us.