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Satisfaction with a fight scene…

Published April 9, 2015 by S. E. Myers

There is something satisfying about sitting here and seeing my character kick some evil butt. However, it is extremely exhausting. By the end of the fight I feel as if I need to take a break. Andie limps away nursing her wounds and the other character is usually dead and/or apprehended.

When writing these scenes, I think of Jet Li or Jason Statham. I’m a fan of both and watching their movies (yes I realize the fight scenes are choreographed) gives me a little insight into how I need to frame the fight. Fast, Furious, little dialogue. Let’s be honest, who in their right mind will stop to speak a whole paragraph in the midst of fighting someone.

I was just thinking and wanted to take a break from my own fight scene and share.

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Finally back on track…

Published April 6, 2015 by S. E. Myers

Seriously, it has been a while. Moving to Lexington took a lot longer to settle than I initially believed.

Today is the first day that I am back to writing. It feels good. I am currently compiling my writing playlist. As the music plays the images run rampant through my mind. They unfold the story and I can see Andie react to her surroundings and other characters that she has a relationship with.

I’ll write more about that another time. I’m just glad to actually publish a blog piece considering that the last one I posted was forever ago. Luckily, I still have readers that follow my blog and follow my facebook page. Thank you for being so dang patient!

Lexington is beautiful! The air is clean, the grass is green and the people are so friendly. I love my new home and my neighborhood. We were very blessed for this opportunity to pop up in our life at the exact moment it was needed. It has been quite and adjustment. Staying home full-time is a lot more difficult than I remember. I was a stay-at-home mom years ago when my children were little. I assumed that since our children were older I would have more time on my hands to write full-time, boy was I mistaken. There are so many  more things that I have to accomplish and get done throughout the day. But, I am making it work. There are still several projects that need to be completed around the house, however, I am going to put those on the back burner until I have my first draft completed. Most of my day is dedicated to writing this first draft.

It feels good and I can’t wait to share it with you!

This is short and sweet, but I wanted to take the time to let people know that I am still here and still alive and working!

Down and counting…

Published October 13, 2014 by S. E. Myers

Well, 57 pounds and only 100 more to go. I’m down to a size 18 and should be a 16 in the next two weeks. This week I start core training. It’s absolutely crazy how fast your body gets used to cardio. I’ve been doing the elliptical and although I use the fat burner workout that increases the resistance, your body still gets used to it. It’s pretty awesome that I can now wear pants that I have kept for the past 10 years – that still have the tags on…yes, the tags. I bought them thinking they would fit – and they didn’t. Of course they didn’t because I was in denial. HUGE denial. My brain is doing this weird catch up thing. I look in the mirror and can still see how I looked 3 months ago. Other people can see the more slimmer version now. Even Sunday I received some amazing compliments. This week will be difficult because of the hit-n-run we were involved in. I have a chiro appointment because my neck and shoulder are still damaged. Hurts to even lift my arm so training will be focused on belly and legs today. Trying to get my book done. Andi is an amazing character and I wish I could be a strong as she is. The pain and suffering she has had endure has been absolutely torturous. Let’s see… Life is just busy! Kids to seminary, work, gym, home, dinner, Mutual, writing, gaming, family, kids school, parent hours… and the list goes on.

The Body Thief continues…

Published August 25, 2014 by S. E. Myers

Writing is hard… And, finding the time to write is even more difficult.  Between a full-time job at work, a full-time job at home (including church responsibilties), back to school nights, homework, cooking, husband time and household chores – where is the time?

I haven’t included my hobbies either: WoW, Diablo III, crochet, Doctor Who (oh yes, it is a hobby), crafting, etc…

I have the whole outline for this book. I am really excited about it and I can’t wait to see where my characters take me. But I need more time!! I still have to finish Dark Inhibition. Poor Ryleigh is having a heck of a time right now. The darkness keeps pushing into her and she is becoming less resistant to its summons. <insert sad face>

I am hoping with my new shift that starts, I will have more time to do what I need. If not, it will go in my calendar. I have to make the time. I think this is one of the most important lessons that I have learned. I am scheduling everything in my physical and electronic calendars so I don’t miss anything. I have to now translate it all to the wall calendar for the kids so they know what is going on.

Being an involved parent/mother/wife/friend/sister is challenging. I often wish I was a stay-at-home-mom again but I think I would tire of that eventually. 

Above all else, although at the end of the day I collapse into bed exhausted, I enjoy my life and I am truly the happiest I have been in. 

Organization is tough and it is tough to stay organized. If I don’t write it down, it won’t get done or it will get forgotten (thanks, fibromyalgia!)

 

Trying to get back in the swing…

Published February 26, 2014 by S. E. Myers

Trying to get back into the swing of things is a lot harder to do than to say you are doing.  I have had some personal changes in my life happen recently.

I married the love of my life on January 3rd. This included the integration and blending of our families.  He has 4 children and I have 3 (only 1 at home).  The house is rambunctious, fun, crazy, and it feels like home.  It’s hard to explain but after being single since 2005 and not dating anyone because I wanted to concentrate on my children, I was taken by surprise when Scot entered my life.

The unfortunte incident is that I lost my oldest daughter during this transition. Not lost in the sense of death, but lost in the sense that I had to ask her to move out because she was disrupting life. I gave her 30 days to move and had to stick to it.  I wouldn’t have, but she was posting nasty things about me on her tumblr page and it was just too hurtful to live with someone who didn’t appreiate the things that I was doing for her and her fiance’, and my grandson.  What is more hurtful is that she is now using him against me.  She is not letting me see him although I was there from the moment she found out she was pregnant through delivery and 6 months into his life.  I can’t even think about it – it cuts too deep.

Other than that, I am back to writing again.  Scot pushes me everyday.  I now have a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard to help me during times at work there is a lull and my brain begins to fire off.  I’m excited about my future and what is to come. I am happy that I have a family that loves me.  I love them dearly.  I love all of my children.

I have to just keep pushing along knowing that my Heavenly Father will guide and direct me and i have the love of my family to guide me.

It is my pleasure to introduce…

Published May 13, 2013 by S. E. Myers

Arlene O’Neil!  She is a fellow indie author and MSKP’er.  Her book Broken Spokes  has a 4.9 star rating on Amazon.com and is hailed as being “…an incredible story.” 

Please, sit back, relax, and welcome Arlene today!

Thank you SO much for stopping by Arlene!  Please, describe yourself in one word.   Kind.

 If you could have any super power, what super power would it be? 

 The ability to heal animals would make me feel complete. I am such an animal lover that it kills me to see something in pain. I am the one who patrols for frogs instead of running them over with the mower, who would hit a pole to avoid a cat, and the one who rescues Luna moths from drive – through windows. I’ll twist an ankle to avoid the cricket, stop traffic to pick up a turtle, and slam on the brakes to avoid a squirrel. Children have many organizations to fight for them. Animals have few.

 

What compelled you to write this book?

 I never felt as though I “fit” in life. That I was different – someone I should not have been. I began to write “Broken Spokes” as a way of discarding negative childhood messages that told me what I could not do instead of what I could. Hampered by a childhood injury, I was over protected. Although well-meaning at the time and with the best of intentions, these messages caused me to become someone I would not have been had the accident not occurred. I know that is a double negative, but it is the only way to explain myself.

 

What do you do to keep yourself going when you aren’t motivated?

 If I go back and read articles I’ve written previously, that will usually inspire me and help me out of a slump. Something else that helps are comments from readers. People don’t truly understand that remarks and reviews are a writer’s most motivational tool.

 

Which comes first the chicken or the egg…  I mean the plot or the characters?

 I start with a thought, add a plot, and the characters join in by themselves.

 

How do you create your characters?  Do you When do you use character biographies, sketches,  or do your characters just land on the page?

 As my characters are real, they need little work. Oh, I may embellish some, or detract from them, but anyone who knows me will know my characters to be fairly true to form.

 

How old were you when you finished your first book?

 I was somewhere in my 50’s. I’ll just leave it at that, which proves you are never too old to begin. As my late husband used to say, “Begin…the rest is easy.” 

 

How long did it take you to write it?

 My book took a total of three years to complete. I had finished writing it when one of my main characters died suddenly and I had to rewrite the ending. It took over six months to be able to emotionally change the end.

 

If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything?

 I would devote more time to the end of my book. When I read it now, I feel I rushed the last few chapters. There are gaps in time that I should fill in and things I forgot completely. I am happy with the book as it stands, but did miss a few key events that should have been included.

 

 

Thank you, Arlene, for being such an awesome guest!  I had a great tim and I am so glad that you were able to join me today! 

Biography of Arlene R. O’Neil

 

Writing is what lights me up,” states Arlene R. O’Neil. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, “Broken Spokes,” refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O’Neil says, “My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears.” SGT O’Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.

Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.” 

Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that her and her beloved animals enjoy.

An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O’Neil may be contacted at arleneoneil@aol.com

Broken Spokes

Broken Spokes on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Spokes-ebook/dp/B00507FRGU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1315320072&sr=1-1

 Broken Spokes on Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Spokes-Arlene-R-ONeil/dp/1897512163/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354381348&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+Spokes

 Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlene-R-Gallo-ONeil/271244249572408

Mobile blogging and other stuff

Published April 16, 2013 by S. E. Myers

I have not posted anything in such a long time. Life has kept me rather busy.

In the meantime, I am being hosted in numerous blogs because Dark Revelation is in sale for.99!

I will share these blogs a bit later on this evening since mobile blogging is pretty limited.

I’m done with school for now.  I have to take a break and concentrate on my wip. But I’m going to be a Grandma also and Marshall will be here soon.

Until later!