Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

There are so many "favorite quotes" of mine that there is probably a book for me to write about them some day.  (I will make a note of that.)  Ninty-nine per cent of the time, when I post a quote here or on my Facebook page, it is because it moved me for that moment in time and I needed it for my own personal mantra of the day.  If I did not believe the words in the quotes that I share, then I would not write them out for anyone else to view.

Today one of Roald Dahl's quotes hit me like a ton of bricks.  I thought that it is so true for those who don't believe in magic that they will never find it.  Even though it is a sad thought, I am sure that many of you are like me and know people like this.  You have to believe in it.......... whatever you want to call the magic is up to each individual.  For me, it is always being open for when opportunity knocks.  Being aware of it and inviting it in.  Keeping that glint of optimism, the spark of hope glowing all around you is so very important in order to find your own pieces of magic.  The red carpet will be out there waiting for you to walk towards your own special kind of magic, if you believe.

There is a club out there that many of you may have heard of:  The BMW Club!  This is the club that I refuse to be a member of at any time.  You do know what club this is, right?  It is the bitch, moan and whine club.  Now, I agree that if something is not going my way, it would be easy to fall into this club membership.  OR, as I feel myself headed that way, then trying to turn it around for a more positive spin so that some magic can happen........... Believe, Meditate and Wonderment!  The positivity that comes from these thoughts are much more productive than taking the negative side.

Many times it is the little piece of magic and positive energy that helps to bring the big pieces all together.  Therefore, I will always believe in magic!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


February 23, 2016

Possibility begins with imagination.  This was etched on a bracelet that I was looking at in a catalog. When I googled it, I discovered that no one had claimed it as their own particular quote.  To me, it rang so very true as I begin my journey as a creative writer.

The saying that you should write about what you know is just not quite true.  If you write only about what you know then tell me how does one know about science fiction or fantasy?  Did you live it and experience it?  Well, it is my belief that a writer probably did ---  in their imagination, that is!  Thus, my "milestone" quote of  "Possibility begins with imagination" takes on a life of its own.

The novel that I am writing now (my first one) does have some basis of what I know and then the fun part creeps in which is the creative side of embellishing the characters and their actions, as well as the events.  In the research that I have read to date, there are two pieces of advice that rang clear to me.  The first one states that a writer just needs to write.  Even when there is a major "block" going on and you tend to believe that what you are writing is nonsense  --  just write.  Editing can come later.  Get thoughts down on paper first.  It is much better than just staring at a blank sheet of paper, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.  So first and foremost is to JUST WRITE.

Secondly is a piece of advice that a child gave to an author when he was having a "block" taking place.  She asked him, "What is wrong?"  He told her that writing was difficult.  In the words of a child, she told him that writing was really easy.  There is a "Once upon a time" and then there are pages and pages and pages to turn and last there is "They lived happily ever after."  Hmmmm

This author smiled at the child and was quite ready to at first dismiss it as childish rubbish.  Then, he thought about it a moment.  This is what makes good novels.  In the beginning there is always a once upon a time and though not every novel ends in and they lived happily ever after.......... the novel has an ending in which someone usually received what they wanted, whether it be good or bad, in some way or another.

This is where I shall begin as I take my literary journey.  And I will continue to reach out and listen to others when they give suggestions.  If it is something that I can use that will help me reach my dream then I am all for that.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Soon, I hope that I can put out the word of how to get to this blog in an easy way.  I have decided that it will be a blog about whatever is going on around me at the time or in the past or possibly in the future.  Right now, I am just trying to find my "legs" so to speak in the writing field.  Add this to recently retiring and finding a balance to a schedule that works for me.

Today's topic of blogging will be BIG insurance companies who seem to have the freedom to disagree with what a doctor prescribes for their patients.  In my head I envision some wee little nerd sitting behind a desk rejecting prescriptions as the pharmacies call them in.  The patient is then left to jump through hoops before possibly getting the verdict changed.  And it could be that they refuse to change it at all.  The call is up to this little nerd.  Maybe he forgot to take his "happy pill."  Ha

This is something that I dealt with each day last week. Not fun.  The process took five days after the prescription was written for me to get it filled.  It was not medicine that was going to save my life, however, it was a prescription that was going to ease the discomfort of my dry eyes and would make them better.  Really, I am not sure if I should be more upset with the insurance company or the pharmaceutical company for charging $579.00 for 30 days of eye drops.  So, I think I will remain bitter towards both of them.  It seems like this is a case for a big time lawyer to get involved?  Along with the American Medical Association?  Just sayin'