Making Changes

I’ve tried to keep it under wraps for a while now, but I’m planning a lot of changes to this writing practice of mine – changes that will take place in the near future.

Photo credit goes to Pete on Flickr.

Photo credit goes to Pete on Flickr.

The first big change, and one that I have talked about before on here, is purchasing a domain name and setting this blog up as it’s own website. From the looks of things right now this will happen before the end of the month, so stay tuned! I’ll make sure there are plenty of warnings and updates so that the switch won’t be too stressful (for me OR you).

The second big change is something I started when I first released Rebellion in December – my business as a writer and author. I’ve been brainstorming for a while now, and I really love to help others and see them succeed. So I will be releasing some new ideas and services with that desire as my inspiration. Too much is up in the air right now, so that is all I will say, but expect some announcements in the near future.

In July, I will be participating in Camp Nanowrimo – my first big push towards getting my next novel written – so the first big changes will come in June, and then I’ll build on it in August. This year, however, I will be updating every week during Camp Nano with my progress. Is anyone else writing for Camp this summer? You should.

That’s all I’ve got for you right now, but stay tuned! I’m planning a survey for either late this week or next week, and I won’t forget the usual inspirational and writing posts.

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Sunshine in June – Setting Goals for Moving Forward

May was a little bit of a mess in my life. See, I live in Texas, and we’ve been hit with the craziest amount of rain lately. Thankfully, I’m not in an area with disastrous flooding, but we have had a few roads closed here and there, and the farm is one big puddle. Ordinarily my horses would enjoy having three weeks off from riding, but even they haven’t had that much fun.

But its the second day of June, the third day without rain, and things are looking pretty bright around here – at least for the time being. And sunshine means I’ve got some motivation to get things done.

That being said, here are a few of my goals for the month of June, writing-related as well as personal… trying to keep it reasonable over here!

  • Follow a careful diet and exercise plan as part of my path back to health.
  • Ride my horses as often as possible before the summer heat sets in.
  • Be prepared and ready to go on July 1st – Camp Nanowrimo!!
  • Purchase and move this blog onto its own domain. Finally.
  • Continue with improvements in content and design here on this blog.

I don’t have a reading list specified for this month. Instead, I’ve piled up all the books I had on my shelf that haven’t been read yet, and I’ll work through as many as I can get to.

So far, I’ve made several good steps forward in achieving the above goals, so I’m satisfied.

What are your goals for June and how do you plan on achieving them? Let me know in the comments below!

Inspirational Blogging

Weekly or monthly blogging events are seriously one of the best things ever. I love finding them, saving them for later, and reading the various tagged posts. I am, however, quite horrible at actually participating in them. Until today.

Today’s blogging event comes to you from Thistles and Whistles, a fun, inspirational blog about, as she puts it, “books, film, and life”.  Since February she has been hosting a weekly blogging event known as “Take-A-Step Thursday” that invites us to take a step back and look at what has inspired us this week, and what we were inspired to do.

So here’s my participation.  Enjoy.

I really, really love Wicked. Great musical – so many life lessons in it. I’ve listened to this song [Defying Gravity] for a long time, but this week, something in it struck a chord with me, and I’ve been pulling it up several times a day to take a listen, humming it under my breath at work, and even forfeiting the radio in the car to sing it at the top of my lungs (yes, I just admitted that).

I don’t know if I could tell you why, but something about the song and the situation that Elphaba finds herself in inspires me to do something more with my life, something new and different.

So, what have I been inspired to do?  Well, the biggest thing is that I really want to get back into the theatre, so I’m headed out to auditions tonight to see where I can be of some help.

In the little things, I’ve been inspired to pick up my productivity habits again – the ones that I dropped for a while due to being burned out in several areas. I’ve gotten more writing done in the last week than I expected, and I’m proud of it!

So, what have you been inspired by lately?

Appreciating the Arts

On this blog, I’m a writer first and foremost. But in my personal life, I’m labeled as a musician first, then a writer.
See, I’ve always enjoyed anything that could fall under the category of “arts”. I attend college for music, participate in theatre, and draw or paint in my rare spare time. I just really really enjoy the process of being creative.

One of the things I’ve learned a lot of in recent years is how to appreciate things, even if I don’t exactly like it. I definitely prefer certain types of music, but you might not know it by looking at the variety of playlists that I’ve put together on Spotify. Last night I was listening to a selection of my favorite Broadway showtunes. Today I am playing music exclusively by Faun. This afternoon it might be jazz. I’m totally open to trying all types of music, because even if I decide that its not something I really enjoy, I can appreciate the musical work that went into it. The same goes for literary works much of the time, as well as paintings and sculptures and the like.
So I pose this question to you… Do you have one area of the “arts” that you love, or do you enjoy all of them because of the creativity? What are your experiences with the different visual and performing arts?