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If You Assume Something It Makes...

If you assume something it makes me smile a little on the inside because people's facial expressions are amusing and interesting when they find out they've made a wrong assumption. When people assume the wrong thing about me, I sometimes just let it go. When I do correct the person I do so with a smile to try to nonverbally communicate that I'm not offended (it takes a lot to offend me), but I think I just make the person feel more awkward.

I once went to a concert with a friend. It happened to be a country music concert and my friend happened to be white. There was a college student, also white, there taking a visitor survey for the city. The assumption she made was that my friend was the one there for the concert and I was just tagging along because friends do that type of thing for each other. Where her assumption went wrong is which friend was tagging along with which friend. I'm the country music fan and talked my friend into coming so I didn't have to be alone.

I guess it would be better to say I dragged my friend to the concert. My friend couldn't even remember who we were there to see. Which is what I told the young lady. She responded with a simple "oh" and tried unsuccessfully to mask all her thoughts and emotions: shock (A black woman with locs is the one into country music?!), introspective debate (Did I just racial profile someone? Nah, I'm not that kind of person.)  and embarrassment.

I collect moments like this in my memory vault and pull them out when I'm writing. Sometime my character's experience is the same as my, but to make it fun sometimes it's from the other person's perspective. Realistic moments like this in writing is what makes the writing relatable. Everyone has been in some situation like this.

Crafting, Lena's Life, writing distractions

Writer's Block

Like many authors, I've known my share of writer's blog. There are times I can't manage to string words together on the screen. Then sometimes it's because the words just aren't there. But, frequently, it's because I'm distracted with desire to do other creative endeavors. 

I’m no scientist or anthropologist, but it's been my observation that creative people often have multiple creative outlets. Some singers also act and vice versa. There are actors that also paint.  I'm a writer that also crafts. 

I sew. I make paper crafts like cards. I dabble with graphic arts. I used to paint and draw (I say used to because I’ve not done either for a while and I’m not certain I’ve retained the skills). At one point during my college career I was a general fine arts major, concentrating in ceramics. The craft that pulls me away from writing the most is flipping furniture and other housewares items I’ve found at flea markets and thrift stores. Last year I decided to change all these crafty hobbies to a crafty business. This year I started selling my wares (including my books) at a local handmade and vintage store here in Indy.

If you’re a fan of my writing, don’t worry my new endeavors will take me away from releasing more novels or short stories. I can no more not write as I could quash my other creative activities. Plus there’s so much down time waiting for paint to dry that I might as well write.

Two years ago I hatched a ten-year plan to my ‘retirement’. For me, retirement doesn’t mean no longer having to work but no longer having to work for someone else by being a full-time entrepreneur. It is my goal to make my living with my creativity, both writing and crafting. My absolute dream is to own a shop downtown in a small town somewhere. I’d have all types of vintage, handmade, and upcycled items for sale and a writing nook in the corner of the shop for me to continue to spin tales of love and romance.

Love,

Lena

motivation, Uncategorized, Writing

Bon Anniversaire

bon anniversaire Bon Anniversaire is one of the few things I remember from my four years of studying French in junior high and high school. (I went on to study Spanish the final two years of school- feliz cupleanos is the Spanish equivalent of bon anniversaire.) It means happy birthday. I always found it interesting that the French used a word with the same root as the English anniversary instead of having a totally separate word for birthday. The common root made it the perfect phrase for today because not only is it the 1 year anniversary of my publishing company, Dewy Moss, but it's also my sister's birthday!

Bon Aniversaire sis!

As one tends to do on occasions such as this, I've found myself looking back on all that's been achieved in the past twelve months. One of the most unexpected things that has come from this first year is that some of my friends and family, and even strangers, have said I'm an inspiration. That is amazing to me because I usually feel like my life is a game of Jenga and with one wrong move it will all fall down. So the fact that a move that I've made has inspired others to make moves in their lives is really kind of  awesome sauce to me.

People have even asked me for advice. What!?! I give them the best advice I have. If you're a writer and have always dreamed of writing a novel, my one and only piece of writing advice is that you follow the number one rule of writing. That rule is: WRITE! Everyday, sit down and write something. Write anything. Don't worry if someone will like it, or if the sentence has a comma splice, just write.

To those with a dream other than writing, my advice is to know it's never too late to make a dream a reality (unless your dream is to become a child star- sorry, that boat has sailed and sunk). Seriously, if your dream is on the back burner, you don't have to move it to the front, just light a fire under it until it's done.