Tis the season…for fun

summer funWhat do writers do for fun? They read of course, or do they write? This is certainly true for us writers who love the solitude of writing and enjoy the stream of flow as the story begins to take shape. But seriously or not so seriously what does fun look like in a writer’s life? Does it take a conscious effort to step away from the page and venture out into new experiences? So many questions make me wonder how my fellow friends in the writing world incorporate fun into their lives. For me, it actually takes as much time, effort and commitment to step away from the keypad as it does to get in gear to write. I’ve even noticed that not unlike the population of people who are addicted to their devices and social media, I am never more than an arm reach away from paper and pen which is part of what prompted this idea to take a reprieve from writing. At least to create some space for “fun” that comes in some other form than words, so I guess that rules out watching Wheel of Fortune.

The timing is perfect as we enter the season of summer aka the season of fun. When the sunny days and warmer temps call us to take part in all it has to offer from outdoor adventures, sharing spontaneous laughter to the unexpected. So here’s the challenge and I hope you’ll join me, what is one thing that takes up most of your time and attention? Got it…Ok now go ahead and give it a well-deserved summer break. It’s time to switch it up, shake up the routine, try something new, meet someone new, let your hair down and make some fun happen. Don’t think on it too much, just pick one thing that keeps you busy or preoccupied and decide that you are going to take some time off and go on vacation, not literally but mentally, that’s right pretend you are on vacation from your routine that habitual cycle of certainty. It may not be easy at first but don’t make it any harder than it is, just make a decision to stop the norm and start a new norm. I know easy for me to say but hey I’m going on this trip with you too. I’ll leave room to write my weekly blog entry though after all you want to see how it’s going right? But I promise I will still find a way to release from my writing obsession and let summer fun find its way into my days. I’m confident it will make me a richer writer to experience life beyond the screen and I hope you’ll share with me too as we jump into the pool of summertime fun. Hey maybe we’ll even discover the answer to the question. What do writers do for fun?

a Writer’s life

typeWriting a book is easy, it is the marketing that’s a challenge or is it writing a book is a challenge, selling it will be easy. Whichever statement you agree with they both hold their own truth. It certainly takes a sometimes monumental and conscious effort to actually create space in your day and commit to writing, getting started can be the hardest part in becoming a writer but once you take that first step and start tapping away, the words somehow find their way onto the page. Soon you’ll discover that starting and stopping is all a part of the process but at least you’ve jumped the gigantic hurdle in getting started. The idea of being a writer seems to be a dream job to so many people and I’ve often wondered why? Is it the appeal of solitude during the writing process, the thought of achieving best seller status, having your work of fiction turned into a movie? Perhaps aspiring writers that have never jumped that first hurdle think of it as the perfect job where you can work from home, leisurely on your own schedule while lounging in your pajamas all day long, as you feverishly try to keep up with your fingers as they hit the keyboard because the storyline is moving at lightning speed you can hardly keep up. Oh how ideas seduce us into simple thinking, there is so much more to being a writer than those scenarios we’ve imagined. I am by no means claiming to be an expert of the ins and outs of a writer’s life frankly because there is no such thing, there is no set formula on what the day’s routine should look like in living a writer’s life. What may work for one writer may not work for another, and writers write for different reasons, some people write for income, some people write for achievement, others for entertainment and some because they have to, which is where I fall into as a writer, I simply have to. Writing to me is like breathing, although each and every breath we take is no less important than the next the same can’t be said for writing but that doesn’t stop my need to write in order to feel alive. Writing saves me; it is my refuge, my counsel, my outlet, my whipping post, my way to communicate to people and my way to express what I truly think and feel. It may be read by others or kept for my eyes only; either way the writing lives on its own not requiring outside validation. If you are a writer I want to ask you, why do you write? Or if you dream of one day calling yourself a writer I want to ask you why don’t you write?

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With other endeavors calling me away from this blog that I had fun with this year, it seems quite fitting to pay homage to the past as another year comes to a close…Farewell 2013

1963 was undeniably a memorable year in American history. On March 5th country music singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, on June 12th civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated at his home in Mississippi, on August 28th civil rights leader Martin Luther King delivers his “I have a dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., on November 22nd the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, and on December 26th the introduction of four young men from Liverpool called the Beatles make their debut on the U.S. music charts. All of these memories are kept alive today by remembering their significance in history and honoring these individuals who were revolutionaries in their own right from evolving the face of equality through the civil rights movement to those whose artistic contributions changed the music landscape. And somewhere in the midst of all these great leaders and pioneers of their time, was a quiet birth of a baby girl on a November day in the desert town of Phoenix, Arizona. You won’t find her in any history books (yet) but she has blazed a trail of her own over the past fifty years, raised three beautiful children, enjoying her four adorable grandchildren and just celebrated the mid-century mark with appreciation for the past and a toast for the next fifty. I salute the history makers of yesterday whose legacies continue to live today and am grateful for my own fifty fabulous years of memories. You’ve come a long way baby!

Because they matter

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Today is a day we celebrate and honor our veterans by showing our gratitude for their dedication and willingness to serve. The following is an excerpt from the History of Veterans Day retrieved from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website that shares the historic significance of enacting this national holiday

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

Let’s take a moment today to appreciate the importance of this holiday and hope that it remains “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (To read more about the history of Veterans Day visit http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Turning over an old leaf…

Fall

The season of autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. Luckily I live in a region that boasts a bouquet of vibrant colors and hosts one of the most magnificent places to experience this season to its fullest, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Growing up in the desert of Arizona, part of my reason for relocation had to do with experiencing the array of seasons this part of the country has to offer. Of course I still appreciate my desert roots that has its own beautiful landscapes especially the northern region of Arizona where the high desert knows when it is time to fall into the fall schedule but for the most part the autumn desert of my past was painted with neutral earth tones and slightly cooler temperatures exhibiting its own way of saying hello to a new season.

One of the reasons this season is so special is because it represents a catalyst for change, forget New Years as the time to make plans and goal setting, fall is the perfect time to assess your own personal growth and begin to shed parts of your life that have lived out their season. Whether you use this time to get your finances in order before the busy holiday spending season, or begin to incorporate a more healthy routine to help you stay on track during the feasted holidays, getting a jump start on your goals for the coming year is the perfect time to join in this evolution of change. Since it is also known as harvest season, you can begin to harvest your own intentions and visions for your future. Allow this time of transformation to help you get started on new projects by changing old habits into new habits before you find yourself too tired like a dried up leaf beginning to fall. Let this time of transition reveal your true colors preparing your own growth transformation into another season in your life. Embrace the change, allow it to unfold at its own pace and join the exhilaration of letting go and quiet anticipation of what is to come. Revel in the spirit of autumn the season of release and expectation.

Saturday Night is Live!

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Music, the other universal language that can bring us together in the rhythm of life. This past weekend there was so much music to devour in this city called Music City U.S.A Nashville, Tennessee that whichever music genre is your favorite you could feel the pulse of drumbeats in the air sending waves of energy through the people dancing in the streets. From country great Willie Nelson, that graced the outdoor riverfront stage, to pop superstar Lionel Richie that was entertaining just a block away to a packed indoor arena. The concert scene is definitely alive and well and certainly nothing new to the music business model. From the old-time rock and roll bands that can still fill arenas to a slew of newcomers with a pocket full of talent that carry a new generation into the scene.

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Whether you like the toned down version of an indie artist sitting with his guitar sharing songwriting stories and playing tunes in an intimate setting or maybe you prefer the full out head banging sound infusion with stimulating visual effects while surrounded by ten thousand of your closest friends, it all revolves around the music that moves us. Whatever temperature you like your music, there is plenty to go around that will satisfy your musical appetite. One of the many reasons this city has developed into such an entertainment destination is because there’s a little something for everyone. Of course we are known for our country music roots but as genres have evolved over the past sixty years so have the audiences. People want variety and this town certainly has the menu. With such musical diversity you are sure to find the language that speaks to you, so if you are a music lover and want to sample a taste of different music styles make plans to hit the streets of Nashville. Of course there may be a slight southern accent lingering in the air but you will find that this town speaks to all audiences through its language of music.