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The Power of Four, a meme

The Power of Four, a meme

      My dear, sweet, talented friend, Ellie Mack had the brazen audacity to tag me in a blog meme! That hussy! Just kidding. I adore Ellie and, truth be told, I sort of dig on these blog meme lists. They’re a fun way to learn about each other without all that hassle of like, talking and interacting and junk.
      Anyway, below you’ll find “The Power of Four” filled in with my answers. At the end, I’ll tag four bloggers (and pray they fill in the blanks, too!). Its fun when people carry on the chain.
      Peer pressure, people. Its what the interwebs are built on!


      Meme Time: The Power of Four was created to start something fun in updating our blogs. It also gives our readers a chance to get to know us better. Here’s just a bit about me. I copy and pasted the list, put it my own answers, and now I shall tag four other people.

Four Places I’ve Worked/Jobs I’ve Had:
a. IT HD Analyst
b. Pizza Queen
c. Freelance Baker’s Assistant
d. Truck Driver’s Map-Reader (unpaid, but awesome)

Four Places I’ve Lived:
a. Anchorage, AK
b. Seattle, WA
c. Spokane, WA
d. Harrisburg, PA

Four Movies I Could Watch Again & Again:
a. A Knight’s Tale
b. Shaun of the Dead
c. The Lonely Island, Jenna Marbles, Jon La Joie, Meghan Tonjes (YouTube Channels count, right?)
d. Red
e. Pete’s Dragon
f. Gleaming the Cube
g. This question isn’t fair because I could go on all day and still keep finding movies I love and adore and want to watch RIGHT. THIS. MINUTE.

Four Television Shows I Watch:
a. Chopped
b. Castle
c. Glee
d. Doctor Who
d. NetFlix, entire series (Cheers, Roseanne, Bones, Star Trek: TNG, Doctor Who, Farscape, and so on, and so on, and so on…)

Four Authors I Enjoy:
a. Melanie Rawn
c. Paula Volsky
d. JV Jones

Four Places I Have Travelled To:
a. Vancouver, BC, Canada (because you can drink when you’re 19… yes.)
b. Reno, NV (childhood road-trip)
c. Ocean Shores, WA
d. 42/50 States, mostly while doing Job D listed above. 😀

Four Websites I Visit Daily:
a. Facebook
b. Gmail
c. …
d. ???

(Gee, I don’t really visit many sites daily. Weekly or sporadically or when there is a new post, then yes. But not exactly ‘daily’.)

Four of My Favorite Foods:
a. Cheesecake
b. Chicken Sausage & Lentils
c. BBQ/Grilled anything
d. Hummus

Four Places I’d Rather Be:
a. The ZONE (writing!)
b. A cruise ship in the Caribbean
c. Hanging out with my Mom, Sister, Bro-in-Law and Nephew in WA
d. Gaming

Four People I Want to Tag:
Jack Morgan
Raymond Frazee
Jennifer Don
Nicola Jeffrey

If you’ve been tagged, make your own list and link back to this post. Have fun with it and have a great day!

That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now, if you were tagged, its your turn. And if you were not, well…feel free to do it anyway and link back!

Love & Rainbows,

(The Power of Four on Ellie’s Blog)

The Temptation

The Temptation

      Recently, a friend in a writing group asked a question that plagues me as a writer.

How do you avoid the temptation of a shiny, new idea while you’re in the middle of writing/editing your WIP?

      I have no good answer for that.
      Historically, I can say that I have been notorious for dropping one project like its hot to snatch up the latest idea in my brain. Usually, that means both end-up unfinished and I’m off to a third idea. This is the reason, if you click on my “WIPS” page, you will see seven listed projects – in addition to Incandescence, my current focus. Seven does not begin to cover the irons I have in the fire. In fact, before this page is published, I am going to add a third section to that page just to remind myself of all the stuff I have to finish! Hopefully it’ll turn out to be motivating rather than overwhelming. We shall see.
      Anyway – the original question is an important one. How do we avoid the temptation to move onto something new?

  • Absolute Denial: you can completely ignore those new thoughts & ideas to maintain focus on your WIP. Of course, you could be missing out on your magnum opus.
  • Calculated Pause: give yourself a measured amount of time to scribble out notes on your new idea and when it runs out, back to the WIP.
  • Full Stop: take a break from you WIP and give your full attention to the new idea.
  • Split Attention: write both!

      For me, I can immediately strike Absolute Denial and Split Attention from the list. I abhor the idea of not, in some way, recording inspiration when it strikes. I carry around a notebook and pen at all times, for just such an emergency. And – should I be caught without said items, I always have my phone on my person and I frequently text cryptic ideas to my email address. Still worse, is trying to focus on two distinct storylines, sets of characters, worlds… I have to concentrate on my book’s cannon lest I end up with scenes (as had happened in past works) in which a previously murdered side character is chiming in on the group’s new plan to escape. Not ironically or as a ghost, but because Split Attention allowed me to forget what had happened to her.
      I’m the same way when reading. I prefer to stick to one thing at a time and focus on it and do it ‘right’, rather than read half-a-dozen willy-nilly. When I was a kid, I did that all the time and kept it straight. These days, I’d probably end up confusing Mr. Darcy with Mr. Frodo and wondering why he was spending so much time with the ladies when there was a ring to toss into Mount Doom.
      Full Stop must also be stricken from my list. If I Full Stop – I end up Full-Never-Get-Back-To-Previous-Work. As my list of WIPs illustrates nicely.
      This year, once Incandescence and its sequel are finished, no matter many lovely new characters pop into my head, I am making it my goal to practice the Calculated Pause. Take notes on new ideas and put them into the pot for safe keeping, then immediately back to the WIP. The WIP takes precedence. Total focus. Total dedication.
      And now I have Meghan Tonjes’ song in my head again.
      (I’d link that song now, but I’m sharing her in a week for Tuesday’s Tunes post, so… you can wait… or Google her… or click here.)

Love & Rainbows,