I have been on a picture-taking spree recently. In the area where I live (the Midwestern United States) the cold weather and freezing temperatures make it difficult to go exploring to find new and unusual sites. So I am trying to do a little local sight-seeing while the weather is still nice.
I recently visited Midway Village and Museum and snapped these photos. Midway Village consists of a grouping of 26 historical houses and buildings from the late 1890s to the early 1900s. The 19th century gardens are lovely.
Another claim to fame—the Sock Monkey was first created in the city of Rockford. The Museum hosts a Sock Monkey Harvest Festival each year.
I think the Sock Monkey could inspire some writing ideas!
Loreena McKennitt’s adaptation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” has always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy listening to it when I want to get lost in the world of Camelot and Avalon.
As always, I hope that the music inspires you to write.
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green appeared on Monday night’s episode of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report to talk about his book. What I found particularly interesting in the interview occurred when Green discussed his emotions when writing the novel. You can see a clip of the segment here:
Green acknowledges that he wept over the novel when writing in Starbucks. He had an emotional tie to the characters that developed because of his personal experience with Esther Earl, a cancer patient. The book is dedicated to her memory.
I have never written in a coffee shop; I write in my home office. I do become emotionally attached to most of the characters I create. (I haven’t wept when writing yet, but I also haven’t created a character based on someone I know who died of cancer.) I sometimes hate it when bad things happen to my characters in the story, which is ironic because I am the one putting them in those situations. Yet the story goes where it will.
I would be interesting in learning about how other authors deal with this issue. Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.
(Disclaimer: I have no association with The Colbert Report or John Green.)
A friend of mine recently gave me The Love Book App. I have been under the weather and he thought it would cheer me up. Mission accomplished! There is nothing like a virus to sap your energy and creativity, and nothing like a collection of works by great authors to help restore your spirit.
The APP is an anthology of timeless poems, short stories, quotations, and letters collected by Allie Esiri that are all inspired by love. The poems are narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Gina Bellman, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.
The following is a video of Tom Hiddleston reading Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare. (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”).
From the APP you can tweet the works, post to Facebook, or email. You can record your own version and share it. You can write your own work. And, of course, you can listen, read, and be inspired.
(Disclaimer: I am not associated with Allie Esiri or The Love Book APP in any way.)
I enjoy the music that Kina Grannis creates–whether it is her own work or a cover. I have listened to this song–“Without Me”–for years and I cannot believe that I never watched the music video until now. The song itself is wonderful but I love the way she incorporated the images–newspaper clippings with the words of the song–into the video.
As always, I hope the music inspires you to write.
I first heard Brandi Carlile’s “Dreams” on Samantha Brown’s Girl Meets World series. The lyrics speak of going after your dreams–something which is very much a theme for me this week. (See my prior post for more information: http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/18/first-novel-to-be-published-with-musa-publishing/ )
As always–I hope the music inspires you to write.
Musa Publishing has accepted my manuscript. I signed the contract on Friday.
It looks like the novel will be released sometime in October of this year.
I will provide more details as they become available.
I am very happy and I want to thank everyone who has provided me support and encouragement over the years—especially my fellow authors. The people I have met through WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter have been wonderful. I am really glad that I discovered the #amwriting group; reading the posts there about both the tribulations and successes of other authors is inspirational. (And I constantly marvel at the word counts everyone strives for each day!)
In an earlier posting this month ( http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/09/on-writing-writing-inspiration-from-other-authors/ ) I shared some advice from fellow writer Jim Butcher: “*NO ONE* can take your dream away.” I truly believe this and I hope that the readers of my blog do as well.
Perseverance is the key word of the day. Keep at it, keep writing, and do not give up.