What Is Normal Behavior?

If everyone was normal, nothing interesting would ever get done. Normal reminds me of setting on an appliance…be yourself, not a machine. -Patrice

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To begin with normal isn’t normal, what’s normal today wasn’t always normal. And who decides what’s normal anyways? Is there a normal behavior police out there enforcing, writing tickets and arresting people who break the normal behavior law? Of course not, but there are the controllers and their flunkies who create and direct society along the path they want. These controllers influence society through school, media, advertisements, politics, religion, law, movies, music, etc…

So I think it is extremely important that we ask this question “what is normal” because whoever controls what’s normal behavior, controls you. I know you think that you’re making your own decisions, and like what you like, and do what you do. But have you given any thought to who or whom is influencing your behavior? Why do you walk around with your pants sagging, showing off your underwear? Why are the average man and woman…

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Love Lists (part two – reflections)

In “Love Lists (part one – the lists)” I wrote down what I love about my current projects, in this second part I want to reflect on that short exercise.

As I was writing down everything I loved about my manuscripts I was so surprised because 1) with BLOOD OF ISIS I’m in the editing & revising process and there are so many times that I hate my writing, the story & characters, and 2) with CONFESSIONS OF A PRE-TEEN WITCH I have only been able to write the first few pages yet many of the things I wrote that I love haven’t occurred in those first pages.

So it’s interesting that even though I feel anger or have writer’s block towards my projects, I love them so much and in my head I’ve already written more of the story than is actually typed out.

It’s such a crazy feeling, and I’m sure many of you can relate, but I have a busy life and it’s taken a lot for me to realize that my life is busy by choice therefore if writing is really that important to me, I need to make time for it.

Also I love my manuscripts, they are my babies, and especially with BLOOD OF ISIS, that is almost reading to be queried, I feel so many emotions towards it.  I feel like I’m constantly hating it and then randomly I’ll start laughing at a scene I’m editing.  Sometimes I want to throw the whole thing away and sometimes I’m like “it’s querying time!”.  And as my babies I want the best for them, I don’t want to give up or slack off and have them not be as successful as they could have so it’s hard.  I guess like the girl in Mean Girls says “I just have a lot of feelings”.

But I’m so grateful to this exercise, it truly was short & sweet!  It helped me see that, as always, I’m being too hard on myself, and that my manuscripts are really good even if I find the occasional grammatical error or plot gap.  I love my stories and I cannot wait to write more & see them in bookstores.  I know not everything I write will be something I want to publish but these two stories HAVE to be published.  I have this deep feeling that they just have to be and will be.  It really is not a question in my mind of whether or not they will be published, it’s more a question of when???  Patience is truly a writer’s best friend.

What are you reflections from doing this exercise or similar ones that relate to your project(s)?

Whimsically Yours,


Ira Glass on Storytelling (Part 4/4)

This is the fourth in a four-part video series by Ira Glass on Storytelling.  In it he refers mostly to radio storytelling however it can easily be applied to any kind.

“The more you are your own self the better off you are.” – Ira Glass

More to come 🙂

Whimsically Yours,


Ira Glass on Storytelling (Part 3/4)

This is the third in a four-part video series by Ira Glass on Storytelling.  In it he refers mostly to radio storytelling however it can easily be applied to any kind.  It’s great to listen to especially if you’re hitting a low spot in your creativity or writing like I am now.


“Your taste is still killer…you can tell what you’re making is a disappointment to you...Everybody goes through that – Ira Glass

More to come 🙂

Whimsically Yours,