Off, Off & Away

The day is August 31, 2012, and my clock currently reads 1:19 AM.  By the time you read this post I’ll already be a plane, halfway to Boston to begin my sophomore year in college.  But that’s not why I’m writing this post, sure I could write about my family, and valuing every minute with others, and saying goodbye, yada yada yada but I’m trying to steer out of the pit of emotions that I often live in.

Instead this post is about my summer and all the things I’ve accomplished and you can accomplish in three months.  

My summer officially started after my last final exam sometime in mid-late May of 2012.  I was so excited to come home but when I got here I found that life hadn’t changed that much (go figure).  Well, my dad took my brother, sister, and I on a vacation to South Padre, it was amazing and a great way to destress from college.

I’m not positive but I think that’s when I started or at least when I really got into writing my (now, first completed) manuscript, BLOOD OF ISIS.  

In classic Patrice style, I told no one, and I spent time (whenever I wasn’t at the beach) writing.  I actually began and almost finished BLOOD OF ISIS completely by writing it by hand in a few notebooks (it was such a pain to type it!).

Then I began my summer job, I hated it, all of that paperwork, copying, &completely mundane tasks but if it were not for that job two things wouldn’t have happened:  1) BLOOD OF ISIS might not be/ever have been finished 2)I would have never started Diary of a Paper Pusher.

  1. I had so much free time during that job, in fact (especially towards the end of the summer) 75% of the time I was doing nothing 7 what better use of my time than writing, so write I did.
  2. You might but you probably don’t know about Diary of a Paper Pusher, but in short it was my way of dealing life as a bored intern.  And seriously, what better way if there of dealing with anything than satirizing & writing about it 🙂  If you click on the link above you will see that it didn’t exist for very long & it’s full of horrible grammar.  However it gave way to Whimsically Yours and that is what’s important…maybe I’ll make a book out of it one day (?).

During the time I was writing BLOOD OF ISIS, I started this blog (on June 25th).  At the time I had started many blogs, had recently created another one, however I never kept those blogs more than a couple weeks.  Somehow a combination of frustration over starting and never finishing blogs (TBH I don’t think I was inspired enough by those) and frustration over feeling like no one was listening to/valued my opinions led me to starting this blog.

I could quote statistics: page views, followers…but none of that is truly important what’s important is that I validated myself.  I gave myself faith in me which after the many ups & downs of my first year in college and previous years in high school, was exactly what I needed.  Honestly, had it not been for this summer I don’t think I would have ever wrote a book, started a blog, created a writer website, started writing two new WIPs, got closer to family & friends, fell back in love with reading, and made some amazing connections with fellow writers, bloggers, and so forth.

So I just want to say to everyone reading this, you can do it.  You really can.  What’s important is that you keep trying.  I am no where close to where I am to be I’m only touching the tip of the life boat.  I still have to figure out how to get in (without toppling it over), get to the shore, and back on my feet again.  But the important thing is that I have begun the journey.

If my life was an epic fantasy, say LOTR, Gandalf has already come knocking, I’ve found out about the ring, I’ve decided to begin the journey, I’ve got to Bree, and I’m currently at Rivendell where the Fellowship of the Rings has just been formed.  This is not me knocking down my accomplishments, rather it’s me being realistic and accepting the fact that I still have a long way to go before I reach Mordor.  However at this point I do realize that there’s no turning back; Shire life, for me, is no more.   Am I scared?  A little I would be a fool not to be–fear is what keeps us fighting for those dreams to come true and goals to be reached–but more than anything I’m excited, I can’t wait and most importantly I’m proud of myself which is something I haven’t been in a long time.

(I hope I didn’t confuse you with my analogy–if I did first click here & buy & read it, then click here (because you’ll still probably be confused/won’t remember everything) and if all else fails watch the movie) 🙂

What are you summer accomplishments, future goals, dreams aspirations???  And if you really want a challenge–how far are you on your epic journey (liken it to a book or movie for funsies)? 🙂

“Just Do It”

When I first became interested in being a professional writer, I heard this title or categorization being thrown around.  At first I didn’t understand it then I was like, “okay”, so I started using this title as well.

Until I realized how silly I sounded.

Some of you might have already guessed what I’m talking about but for those of you who have not the words are: Aspiring Writer.

Can someone please define what an aspiring writer is?  I’m not trying to make people feel bad, or maybe I am, remember I used to use those words to describe myself; I’m just as guilty.

I guess I wouldn’t mind the “phrase” so much if it didn’t seem like almost everyone calls themself an aspiring writer has written something before.  And I don’t just mean a text message, even though that could count, just pretend I’m putting on my partial literary snob nose for a second.

Most aspiring writers are bloggers or they are working on some sort of “writing project”; they might even be an MFA student.  Then there are others who just talk about how badly they want to write something.

So to channel my inner Nike (the goddess and the brand) and to keep this short and sweet:

For more body moving words of wisdom check out ‘My Inspirations‘ Pinterest board.

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

“Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” – Mark Twain

I know, I know traditional wisdom tells us NOT to put all of our eggs in one basket.  But what if traditional wisdom is wrong, what if by putting all of our eggs in one basket we could reach success… would you do it???

The reason we are told not to put all our eggs in one basket is mainly because of fear.  Because you know what happens if you put all of your eggs in one basket and something goes wrong…you have failed, right? Wrong.  Albert Einstein once said that it took him over 10,000 tries until he finally invented the lightbulb however he did not consider those to be failures.  In his eyes he had learned 10,000 ways not to make a lightbulb.

When you tell people of a new idea, of something seemingly radical, they often freak out.  They let their own fears of taking a chance and going for that dream carry over to you.  Which is why people will often say that “you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”  But, sometimes that is what you have to do. 

Many entrepreneurs, inventors, full-time writers, bloggers, etc…had to, at one point in their life, take a chance and put all of their eggs in one basket.  Sure they could have failed, but the important thing is that they didn’t allow their fears, and the fears of others, get in the way of living their dream(s).

I’m not saying that you should go out right now and quit your day job, actually please don’t do that right now…you should probably think about it first.  But what I am saying is that one day there might come a time when you feel tired and spread thin, where all you want is to live your dream.

All I ask is if/when that day comes don’t let fear and “traditional wisdom” stop you from putting all of your eggs in one basket and living the life YOU want to live.

If you never take that chance and live your dream(s) then what is the point of dreaming at all???

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

20 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Finish Writing Your Book . . . This Year

If you are currently writing your book or are wanting to start check out these quotes, they’re sure to motivate you to finish 🙂

I’m currently writing my book, Blood of Isis, and while I’m close to the end I’m definitely struggling. I have other books I want to write, and I’m starting to dislike my book. I know these feeling are only temporary, that they are because I’m frustrated and just want to see the finished product but still. I must remember that “Do or do not, there is no try”.

And so I will keep on writing and hopefully I will have my first book manuscript complete by the end of the week 🙂

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Intriguing Insights on How to Create Compelling Communications That Pass The Eyebrow Test®

“Writing a book is like driving a car at night; you can only see to the end of your headlights … but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L.  Doctorow

For twenty years, I’ve had the joyful job of helping people get their ideas and experiences out of their head and into the world in the shape of books, presentations and e-products.

I tell them, “Books in your head and on your computer help no one.”

Have you ever thought of it that way?

If you have insights, experience and experitse that would benefit others; it’s selfish to keep it to yourself.

When you think about it that way; writing is a way of contributing your gift to the world.

It’s a way of saying, “This is what I’ve learned, what I’ve seen.  I’m sharing it with you as an offering.

I’m not saying it’s perfect.  I’m not saying ‘I know…

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Dare to Dream…Katy Perry

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I’m sitting here in a drive in movie theater with my family, and I just finished watching Katy Perry’s movie Part of Me.

I am pleasantly surprised, I came here expecting to watch just another movie about the life of an actor/singer yet I discovered that it was more than that.

From the beginning the movie did a great job in highlighting not only why Katy Perry is so successful but in humanizing someone who is thought of as one of the greatest current pop stars.

The movie began with videos of from fans of Katy Perry and ended with an amazing performance of Fireworks. I’m not a huge Katy Perry fan but this movie was very successful in making me want to go out and buy her while album and make sure to get tickets to see her during her next tour.

I felt joy when Katy Perry was finally signed with Capitol Records and sadness when I saw her crying because of the end of her marriage with Russell Brand.

I loved the vibrant colors in the movie, the contrasts between her early childhood life with strong Christian influences and her “Hollywood” persona.

Part of Me is truly an inspirational movie, it takes you on a whimsical journey, through the eyes of Katy Perry. It inspires you to get up and fight for your dreams and your life, for as one of Katy Perry’s fans says, “you can only be yourself, for everyone else is already taken”.

So whether you see this movie or not dare to dream, dare to be whimsical, embrace your weirdness, and most of all: be yourself!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC