Gotta Get The Creative Juices Flowing

During the summer of my 18th year, I would take my basketball and travel down the road to the parking lot of a church that held a basketball goal. No one else was ever there (small town) and I could shoot hoops to my heart’s content. I enjoyed doing this because while I did that, I could freely think about my book. It wasn’t like I was sitting in a chair, staring at a screen trying to think. I enjoyed being active while I thought up new scenarios and shooting hoops didn’t take much concentration.

Over the years, I’ve really missed that and sometimes when I get writer’s block, I just want to search out a basketball court. Where I live now, it’s hard to find one that’s not occupied all the time so I haven’t been able to find a way to get my creative juices flowing.

But this past weekend, I signed up with a gym that has a basketball court and this morning I went there and shot hoops for almost an hour because I was the only one there. And it worked. I was able to think up the next part of my book. So, here’s hoping the rest of my book will speed by because I’m going to be visiting that gym often.

What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?

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A Time to Write

So, I’m trying to work on my second book in my series and I thought that when I had more time to do that, I would get so much more written. That’s not the case.

See, I was working this temporary full-time job. I knew it was going to end and I was happy because I thought I would have all day (or at least half the day) to do nothing but write. At the same time, I’m trying out some freelance writing to make some extra dough. So I do the freelance writing for the first half of the day and I work on my writing for the other half. But I’m not making much progress and it is entirely frustrating. I have people asking me when the next book will be done and I’m trying to hurry but I’m definitely not going as fast as I want. Sometimes I get writer’s block and other times I’m so bombarded with all the things I need to do. I need to write but I also need to try to market my first book so that takes time too.

And speaking of marketing, I’ve tried quite a few things to get the word out but what are some things that worked for you? Has anything made much of a difference?

Okay, I guess I really should get back to writing now. No, really I am.

An Autographed Copy to be Given Away Soon!

I realize I haven’t posted in awhile so I had to slap something good up here! Yes, my book THE KINETIC KEEPER will be giving away an autographed copy soon! Mind you, this will only be the 2nd ever autographed copy. (My grandma got the first :))

If you’re wondering how to get the autographed copy, there will be more details soon. But if you’re a Goodreads member, that’s your ticket. 🙂

So I must dash off again. It was lovely chatting with you all. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

I Survived Tough Mudder!!

Yes, people, I have survived Tough Mudder. I am alive and well. Ok, make that alive and sore. 🙂 So here’s my rundown of the day:

5:30- Wake up, get dressed, have breakfast and pace floor because I’m so nervous.

7:15- I, along with my husband, brother in law, father in law, mother in law, and husband’s friend all piled into the van and headed an hour and a half away to the course. The whole drive I continued to get more and more nervous. I tried to read to take my mind off of things.

9:00- Arrived at Tough Mudder. Signed in. Collected wrist bands and bib. Then met up with a friend of a friend who was doing it with us. Took a before pic.

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10:00- Our start time. A guy went over a few safety rules and then had us do 15 pushups in the mud. (ok I did 10) and then we had to climb a wall that was about 6 feet high before -yes before- the official start line. The guy did a pep talk, got us all worked up and excited then we took off! Here’s a rundown of the obstacles.

#1 Creek Crusade: We jogged for about a half mile before we came to this. Basically we waded through a muddy creek for a good quarter mile. The water was very cold.

#2 Devil’s Beard: After trudging through some mud we came to this obstacle. It was a giant cargo net that we had to climb under and crawl on the ground with the net on our backs. It was easy for me because so many taller guys were doing it and the net barely touched my back. 🙂

#3 Warrior Carry: This is where you carry your teammate on your back for a small stretch, then switch halfway and they carry you. I wasn’t quite strong enough to carry any of the guys so my husband carried me first then Jon (the friend of the friend) carried me for the other half.

#4 Everest: Now normally, this is where you run up a quarter pipe and grab the edge of the wall and pull yourself up or have someone help you up. But I think it was so muddy (we had rain for 2 days before this event) that they had people make human ladders and you had to climb them and the people on top would pull you up. I was so nervous watching the heavier people that would almost fall but they would eventually get up there. Here’s a picture of me getting pulled up. Luckily it didn’t take long.

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#5 Berlin Walls: These are two walls that are about 8 feet high that you have to climb over. I attempted and didn’t make it because I was too afraid of hurting my foot when I jumped down on the other side. ( When I did the warrior carry and I jumped from Jon’s back, I had that lovely pins and needles feeling in my foot) so I didn’t want to risk hurting it more.

#6 Jumpin Bale: These were about 4 hay bales that you had to jump over. Harder than you think but I did it with the help of my team.

#7 Walk the Plank: Only me and Jon did this one. My husband and father in law can’t swim so they had to skip it. We climbed up onto a platform about 15 feet above water and jumped into muddy water below. I have to say, I’ve never jumped from anything that high and it was a looooonngg drop. Then when I hit the water and went down, I felt like I would never surface again. It was a little scary and the water was sooo cold. But I did it.

#8 Balls to the Wall: All four of us attempted this and didn’t make it over. It was a wall with a knotted rope to climb over but the rope was so muddy it was hard to grasp and my husband actually kind of fell and almost hurt his ankle. Much harder than it looked.

#9 Prairie Dog: An easy one. Climb through a little tunnel pipe and pull yourself out into some water at the end. Done and done.

#10 Mudderwheelbarrow: Exactly what it sounds like. Remember those wheelbarrow races you did as a kid. Yup that’s it. But it’s a lot harder when your an adult. I held my husband’s feet while he crawled across the ground and the whole time it reminded me of some weird centipede alien lol. Then he drive to “drive” me and I didn’t make it very far. That requires a lot of core muscle work. Whew!

#11 Poledancer: These were poles that went over a small pool of water and they angled up than down and you had to use all upper body to shimmy your way with your hands across. Attempted and quickly failed.

#12 Creek Crusade #2: Another little creek adventure.

#13 Funky Monkey: Monkey bars that angled up, then down. I skipped this one because I was freezing from my earlier dive (it was about 55 degrees outside) and I didn’t want to fall and go into the water (which I knew I would)

#14 Mud Mile: This was about 4 hills of pure muddiness. You clamber your way up, then slide down into muddy water over and over. I thought it was fun.

#15 Arctic Enema: I’m sad to say we all skipped this one even though it’s one of the most talked about tough mudder obstacles. But it was so freakin cold and I wanted to finish. We all figured if we jumped into pure ice water (they literally pour bags of ice into a dumpster sized container and you have to jump in, duck under a board in the middle and climb out) we knew we would get leg cramps because we were all on the verge of having them anyway and I really didn’t want to catch hypothermia which I heard someone did. Yes, I chickened out.

#16 Jumpin Bale #2: More hay bales but this time we climbed on top and had to jump from hay bale to hay bale and if you fell it was a good 6 feet so luckily none of us did.

#18 Glory Blades: These were walls that were angles toward you as you tried to climb so you had nothing to place your feet on to help. It was all upper body and usually your teammates had to help you out. But, again, I was afraid of hurting my foot so I passed these by.

#19 Mud Slide: Just a simple muddy hill to climb then a fun little slide down. Fun. 🙂

#20 Electroshock Therapy: This is the one I was dreading the entire 10 miles. It’s the last obstacle and the finish line is right there. But you have to go through random live wires that shock you with 10,000 volts of electricity. Usually you run through but they had it set up this time where we kind of had to climb over hay bales in water. I got shocked once on the hip and it definitely surprised me but didn’t really hurt. However, I didn’t want it to happen again so I scurried on out of there. Here’s a pic.

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Afterwards, we hurried through the finish line, collected our orange headbands, our free beer and smiled tiredly at the camera for our finisher’s pose:

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And that’s it! I survived Tough Mudder! Will I ever do it again? Maybe, but it’s going to be awhile for sure. 🙂

Tomorrow I May Die

I know this blog is about my adventures as a self published author but I’m gonna go off subject for a moment.

So tomorrow I’m doing a little event called Tough Mudder.  If you don’t know what that is go to ttoughmudder.com.  Yes I’m doing this obstacle course and I do actually have to sign a death waiver. So I ask this of you wonderful readers.

Pray for me.

P.s. When I do survive, I’ll write about my experience.

The concept of The Kinetic Keeper

So, I thought I would tell the story of how I came up with the idea for my book. See, the thing is, I’ve thought of a lot of ideas for my books in the past (I mean all the ones that are unfinished and trunked away for now lol) But when I go back and think about how I came up for the idea, it’s always kind of fuzzy. But I remember exactly how I came up with this one. So here’s the story:

It was Thursday, November 27th, 2008 (Thanksgiving!) and I was going to the theater all by myself to see a movie I had already seen two other times. What movie you ask? Oh, uh *cough twilight cough cough*. Yes, I was into that whole faze. Anyway, back to the story.

So I’m standing in line at the concession ready to order a soda and popcorn and as I’m waiting, I’m looking around for straws because I didn’t want to look like a fool after I got my soda and trying to find them (sometimes they hide those blasted things!) After I located the straws, a concept started floating in my head. A girl who could spot things very quickly. A girl who could react to things extremely fast. But she wasn’t a superhero or anything. She just had an amazing brain.

I get my snacks and I head into the theater, my head a-buzzin. Luckily, I had my trusty notebook and pen in my purse and immediately began scribbling down ideas. I was going to make her 17 and she would meet just a few others like her. But they would have other “abilities.”

Long story short, I ended up writing about 2 pages of the story like that and then EVERYTHING changed. I wanted to write a series. And I wanted more abilities. Not just a few. So I started researching telekinesis and all the other kinetics. I got more excited as I looked things up. This is how the story should be.

So I scratched the story of the 17 year old girl with the gifted brain and I turned her into a 14 year old girl that would discover she had telekinesis and then (gasp) so much more than that. I knew it would be a four book series and I had the ending played out before the first book was even done.

And that is the story of how The Kinetic Keeper came to be. I hoped you enjoyed this and I hope you enjoy the book. 🙂