As a church-goer, we often have discussions about the word 'love'. It falls off our lips so easily. 'I love my new shoes!' 'Oh! I love that new TV show with that cool actor/actress.' 'I love a sunshiny day.' I could go on. But truly, what or who do you /love/? I love God but He's camera shy these days. And then, I love my family. Real love, not flippant love is, is what I'm talking about here. So, yeah, I chose to go with a deeper meaning for this challenge prompt.
I've been up since about 7:30 and I haven't accomplished anything besides house chores and working my way through a Bible study. So, as you can imagine, today's post is simply a photo. But it's not just any photo. It's a collage of the 9 most-liked/commented on IG posts from last year. When I look at the variety of photos and remember what was going on during each snapshot, I can't help but think how many things can happen in a year. Do you ever think about that? Last year, I attended my first real art gallery exhibition. Last year, I wrote book three of my Tales of Y'Dahnndrya. Last year, I let go of some activities that were taking more of my time than I could allow. Last year, I got to play keyboard for my church worship band. Last year, my youngest daughter started making slime and I got to watch her experiment and smile a lot. We still have to take the days one at a time, but shouldn't we treasure them more?
What does this have to do with writing? Well, they do say write what you know. Memories are made up of what we know and what we've experienced and observed. I could use each of these photos below as writing prompts for flash fiction (if I knew how to do that properly). They're all pretty expressive, except for my Camp Nano shot and my meditative coloring one, though I think I could figure something out for those cherry blossoms. Maybe one day, I'll try that. I'd love to practice writing using photo prompts. It would be something new for me.
I'm so excited! The world map of Y'Dahnndrya is almost complete and I can't wait to share it with you. I'd love some feedback on how it looks. My main concern is whether the names are too pale. If so, I can darken them. Other than that, I'm pretty confident that this is the one I'll use as my marker for keeping track of quests throughout the collection of tales. Want to see it?
Good news! The black and white version of my world map is done. Now I can start the process of getting a book trailer together. The sooner the better, I think! I'll share the finished version in next month's newsletter so be sure to sign up if you'd like to see it before the book comes out. :)
I'm happy to say I've worked on various parts of Ripples for the last few days. Yea! I'm so happy to be back at it. The glossary and index are coming along well enough that I should be able to upload them to Wattpad soon. They should help online readers decipher meanings and fill in blanks. I finally decided on the names each clan uses for their creator deity. This deity isn't the only one worshipped by the people of Y'Dahnndrya, but is the true deity and the one worshiped by my main characters. This deity is gender-less because it doesn't matter since sex is not a part of the deity's existence, other than creating beings who do, so they are able to procreate. The pantheon worshiped by the Sekot Mundei is based on the five moons and two suns of Y'Dahnndrya who are not considered gender-less. Since there's so much background, an index or an appendix is certainly going to be a big help to readers. Hopefully, it'll be a joy to read through just to learn more of the less-talked-about things.
Yesterday, I chose to skip posting for this prompt, at least on Instagram. I've done it several times before and I don't like to repeat things so much. But I thought I could certainly share a few more things about myself on my blog. So here it is...
Five Facts About Me
Usually, August is one of the driest, hottest months for our area. But the rains keep coming. It's been thundering off and on since I woke up and the sun is refusing to shine. But the day is beautiful just the same. Storm spotting takes me away from my computer but I value the experience and the opportunity to perhaps help someone avoid tragedy one day.
Yesterday was filled with many things. Read on to find out more.
I've been so busy with school planning that my writing life has been set aside for a while. I've been reading fantasy books to keep my mind in gear so that when I pick it up again (This week! Yea!) I'll be ready. And I am SO ready to get back to writing. October is right around the corner and I'm looking forward to stamping a big red "DONE!" on Ripples.
The #augustbreak2018 challenge has suffered a little from my hyper-focus on school planning, too. I've missed one day already. But since it's a 'free and easy' type of challenge, it's not so terrible that I skipped a day. It helps, too, that the prompts may be interpreted in any way you wish. Read on to hear more about what I'll be doing this week in my writing and see my responses to the photo challenge.
The prompt for yesterday's photo challenge was "ground." To me, there's nothing quite so grounded, quite so Zen, as a cat. LOL I just happened to catch ours in cooperative moment. Sir Olly Ox'nfri Toebeenz is almost always chill. Twice a day he goes for a mad romp all over the house. (Actually, you can see it in his eyes in this photo. He was intent on the tips of my fingers as I held my tablet for the photo.) He makes me smile and usually, he's my calm writing buddy. He'll sit somewhere in my writing area and patiently wait for me to be done for the day. If I take too long, he'll come and sit on my papers or on my keyboard. LOL I guess I should listen to him, then, because he is super patient...unless he's hungry. Isn't he on his way to being majestic? :) Now I need to get back to work! I'm still working on school planning but I'll be writing again soon.
I started a new Instagram challenge yesterday. (I'll share more about it later.) And I've been preparing for our school year for the past few weeks. It's taking it's toll on my writing/revising, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter day by day. You're probably asking something like, "Why in the world would she do all that? She could just send them to school and have much more time to spend on herself and her projects!" Well...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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