Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 30, 2013

As someone who finds it hard to fit my writing,blogging with university studying around my duties as mother, wife and general house keeper I found this really helpful and will try from now on to commit to organizing a schedule…. This is where if I was in girl guides I would be making ‘the promise’ dib dib dob – oh wait that’s scouts! 😉

Studio Mothers: Life & Art

Ray Bradbury

Commit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

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The author of the week….. Tim O’Rourke!

This week I’ll be looking at books written by a favourite author of mine, Tim O’Rourke. Tim lives in Milton Keynes, England with his wife and sons and is one of the most friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of social networking with, an author who cares about his fans and tries to personally reply to all who messages him.  I discovered Tim’s books through a family member and have to say from the first book I was hooked.  Tim has written over 20 books containing 6 different series, the most popular of which is the Kiera Hudson series.

 Kiera Hudson is no ordinary girl, following in the footsteps of her policeman father, Kiera fresh from training stumbles into a world humans don’t even realise exists. The first series sees Kiera’s detective skills put to good use as she gets posted to a small village, The Ragged Cove, where murders, missing persons seem to be abundant. Meeting the good looking fellow officers Luke Bishop and the aggravating Sean Potter only adds to her frustrations. Finding herself in the middle of a scary new world, Kiera must decide who she can trust and who’s behind the brutal murders, but will she really like the answers she seeks? 

Tim’s a master at creating worlds where the reader can fall into and immerse themselves in the fate of the characters. With the fast paced story lines its easy to pick up a book and not put it down until the end. Some of my favourite characters have sprouted straight from Tim’s mind, the aggravating Potter – a man that however annoying you may find him, you can’t help but love. The brave and fearless Kiera and the rest of the gang who I’d be happy to follow into any adventure. Sam Carter from the soon to be published “Vampire Seeker” series, (Congratulations Tim) who finds herself back in the year 1888, toting guns and stetson hunting vampires, to the Sydney Hart series were paranormal is the word of the day, in “Witch” and “Yellow”. I think I can safely say that all these characters hold a place in my heart as well as on my book shelf. I would love to sit here all day and discuss all of Tim’s books but I wouldn’t get anything else done, So the thing I’d most like you to do is go pick up a copy of one of Tim’s books and I can guarantee that not only will you be chomping at the bit for the next book but you will instantly become a fan of the man himself.  


The moderns means of trying to make it as a writer……

As a relative newbie to the whole field of writing, I have been surprised by how much one has to do now to be noticed. Back when I first picked up my pen and paper (before the days of social media) it was pretty much straight forward of writing your piece, sending it in to a publisher and waiting for the rejection slip. Now after several years of taking a radically different career path, I aim to start out in this elusive field once more. Being a bit of a novice when it came to the social media game, I can now declare i’m not doing half bad. Ok, so still a lot to learn and although only 30 yrs old I feel like a relative dinosaur hacking its way into the 21st century. All kinds of new pages to set up, followers to create, its all about getting yourself out there and noticed…….

Gone are the days of manuscripts and misdemeanors, of postage and packaging. Welcome to the home office of self-publishing and electronic submissions! On one hand I have fallen in love a-new with the ease of accomplishing ones dreams, but a little dark corner my spirited soul still cries for the olden ways of publishing houses and typewriters (well maybe not those, but you get the drift)! 

I find that I am constantly debating with myself over which offers more perks – the e-readers or books….Can one love both? I can hold a book and love the smell, the fragrant pages teasing the memories, the feel of the pages and the creak of a bending spine. I can hold an e-reader, have instant access to hundreds of worlds at the push of a button, no more reading with night lights or torches, back-lit for convenience, a library at my fingertips.

So I shall say, today’s authors have decisions decisions. Today’s author is more then just a faceless creator of a universe, more then a simple write and see. Today’s author is a tweeter, a facebooker, an entity in cyberspace. Today’s author is a personality and brand as well as a god of their own creations. Today and forever more I am an author. 


Jack Reacher’s adventures

Lee Child’s The Affair was the book that pulled my interest back into the world of Jack Reacher. I’ve followed the series from the get go with Killing floor and Trip Wire becoming two of my favourites, but along the way, somewhere in between One Shot and The Hard Way I became a little disillusioned, seeing the same base story lines. The Affair, I must admit I picked up not having read the previous few books, it sucked me back into Reacher’s world. Its the beginning, its the reason, its the flash back to what Reacher was in the Core, an insight to the man himself. To say the least that I thoroughly enjoyed it would be an understatement. Child brings the past to mix with all we know of Jack so far. A book that has made me want more. It wiped the floor with my disillusion and replaced it with neon highlights flashing furiously at me to get back on the horse and read read read damn it!!

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher