Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Have You Ever Eaten A 17 Layer Chocolate Cake?

In my family, when someone's birthday rolls around, my mom always bakes a cake for them and for her grandchildren, she always bakes them something extra special.  A chocolate cake.  But it's no ordinary cake.  Her cakes always have more than 15 layers.  One year at Christmas she made one that was 27 layers and it was weeks before she cleaned up all the leftover chocolate fingerprints from my young nephew.  The one pictured here is 17 layers that she had baked for my son who turned 15 today and as you can see; the family has really enjoyed it! All my mom's hard work and effort is a reminder that as an aspiring writer; the amount of effort I put into my work is the amount of satisfaction I will receive in return.  
When I look at the picture of my mama's seventeen layer cake, I don't think of the cake itself, I think of the layers of my manuscript that make up the chapters.  I think of the layers that make up the characters and the journeys they will take to get to where they want to be, or go.  But no matter what I do in life, each step I take is a layer for me to reach my goal!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Let's face it; whenever we are trying our hardest and best to succeed in full-filling our life long dream; life throws curve balls at us and instead of us reaping rewards for our hard work, instead we get lemons!  But instead of throwing those perfectly sour and tart lemons back at life; (and you know I'm not the only one who has thought of doing that), we should instead make lemon-aide.  Yes, that old cliche and why not?  Our dreams are still as vivid and stronger than ever before; we just have to figure out how to get there.  By making lemon-aide, we take a step back, and reevaluate the situation from a different viewpoint.  Bottom line is we can't give up no matter what.  Maybe life throwing us lemons was a sign that we need to take a break and spend time with family or maybe it was a hint that we need to take a break from pushing ourselves so hard in our writing.  Fall is upon us; the weather is nice, if life has thrown you some lemons lately; make that lemon-aide and enjoy a glass on your front porch, or where ever you can and be all the more determined as you think things through to get back on track!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Commitment, honesty and forever.  That's what we think of when we think of marriage.

While I was editing and polishing up on my first novel, 'A Sister's Love', I became frustrated that it wasn't coming together like I wanted.  Taking heed to what a coworker advised me, I put my manuscript down to give myself a break, but instead I got an idea for another book.  I titled it, 'When There's Hope for Tomorrow'.
The main character Hope, discovers that what she thought was the truth wasn't.  As I worked on my new manuscript, I tried to stay focused on making my story an inspiration for others.  What I failed to realize was that my manuscript was also an inspiration for me.  Hope.  Hope that I'll gain the interest of others in my writing, hope that an literary agent will like what I write.  So as you go about your day, take note of the ordinary things in your life that gives you that hope.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Knowing When Opportunity Is Knocking:

Being a writer is more than just writing.  It's knowing that you must always put your family and your responsibilities first, it's knowing when to stop and give yourself a break; even if you think the chapter is nowhere finished and it's knowing that you have to take that giant step and start promoting yourself.  As I've mentioned before, I've been hesitate about this blogging business.  To be honest it makes me feel vulnerable and I'm putting myself out there in the public eye.  Just this past week, I was talking to a dear friend and promoter of my first book, 'A Sister's Love' about my dilemma of blogging.  She laughed at me and replied, "Really Rebecca?  You put yourself out there when you wrote 'A Sister's Love.'  So, this past weekend I have come to terms that I must do as my main character Flo did in my book; I must grab the bull by the horn and show him who is boss.  Besides, I think I hear opportunity knocking at my door!      

Sunday, October 5, 2014

     To be a writer; one must have a passion for it, a need like you need sleep, food and water, at least it is for me.  For the past six years, I have associated eating with having my laptop or manuscript next to my plate and some nights I actually fall asleep with my laptop and manuscript beside me in bed.  But the hardest part for me is when I get behind in my chores and gardening.  When I'm in that creative mood and all I want to do is write, which seems to be every waking moment, in the back of my mind I'm arguing with myself that there are chores needing to be done, projects that need to be finished and heaven help me when the holidays are near I never seem to have enough of time for anything.
     I've tried to make a daily chore chart, setting aside certain days to do designated chores.  But while it looked good on paper, it didn't work out as I had planned.  So instead, I've resulted in trying to multi-task and when I'm not, I feel like I'm a slacker.  I'm always caring a small tablet for a 'to do' list and another for ideas that I may get for my manuscript.  And no matter how much I get done on my 'to do' list; I'm always asking myself, "Could I have gotten more done?"  I answer myself with a "yes," but in reality it's no.  I was once told that sometimes in life in order to move forward, one must slow down.  Sounds silly, but it actually works when your stressed to the point that you don't know if your coming or going.

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