Summer Livin’ & Lovin’

The last few weeks have been busy. I’ve edited several chapters of Sarah Blue and sketched out lines for a new character. I’ve tried my hand at salsa dancing, been to several festivals, and made a new writing contact.

I’m slowly filling up my writing arsenal but haven’t dedicated as much time as I’d like to finishing Sarah Blue. My goal is to get it out by October at the latest and I plan to return to my regular weekly writing schedule next week.

Once Sarah Blue enters Queery Status, I plan to begin my Author Interview series. If you’d like to be interviewed or have your book reviewed email me @ EverythingOnPaperIsPerfect@yahoo.com or DM me on Instagram.

As always, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (EverythingOnPaperIsPerfect / #paperperfect) for daily writing inspiration, quotes, and tips.

Break-Ovah!

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I’ve taken nearly a month off of writing. I wanted to clear my mind, read a few books, and rest. During that time, I got sick, somehow acquired two puppies, and really did not do much resting. I have, however, completely cleared Sarah Blue out of my mind and I am ready to read her again with fresh eyes.

I’m excited and terrified.

My Instagram following has grown to over 750 followers. I haven’t released any new poems recently but I will try to get one up before the month is over. I’ve got a few pieces that need to be finished.

Now that my self-imposed break is over, I’ll be back to posting regularly on the the blog.

Hope all is well out there in cyber-land.

Writer’s Inventory

I was reading Oxford American magazine a few days ago and came across two different articles that got me thinking. One was written by Jamie Quatro and the other by Nick Fuller Googins. They were not geared towards anything that would prevent them from being published at a certain time of year or certain periodical. There wasn’t anything in them that dated them to a certain time, short of a few keywords that could easily be updated. Both pieces were utterly timeless in nature and that really got me thinking about my writing arsenal.

While I’m still working on editing Sarah Blue, there is a part of me that worries I’m losing time not writing other things. (Does anyone else worry about this?) I took a few hours last night to review a few poems that I’d written years ago and a story that I’ve been neglecting as I work on Sarah Blue. My ultimate dream would be to write full-time, to have articles published in magazines, online outlets, have my short stories published – anywhere really; but, do I have a large enough variety of items ready to submit to someone? I don’t think that I do and that makes me feel a little panicked.

Yes, I have a few short stories, some poetry, my blog, and somewhere I have some articles that I once wrote for an online content-mill site; but, I haven’t a clue how to get those off of a floppy disc, so they are as good as gone. Plus, what I’ve written for my blog is technically already “released” to the public – so even if I have something amazing on here the likelihood of it being picked up is pretty slim, because it won’t be an original release.

To combat my stress I’ve made a list of general topic articles to write. I won’t publish them here; but, I will focus on getting them written. They may very well never see the light of day. Regardless, I’ll not only feel more prepared for the future, but I think it will exercise my brain which is a good way to keep the creative juices flowing.

Your Homework: Take a look at what you have in your writing inventory and compare that to your goals – do you need to add something? Do it.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Blogs, bloggers, writers supporting writers, and a Liebster Award.

Twice in the last month, my blog/instagram page have been mentioned on another writer’s blog and I have to say, it feels awesome. The fact that anyone is even reading my blog is pretty amazing and to have someone go so far as to take a moment out of their day to mention me – well, it sure does make a girl want to blush. It means the world to me because it means that I’m doing some good and helping others and that is the best feeling in the world.

The first mention was from Keystrokes and Closed Doors. The owner, Shelly, posted a blog about beating writer’s block and listed my Instagram account as a good source for writing prompts. Shelly is a writer, blogger, editor, and Instagram motivator. You can follow her journey at her blog or Instagram page @Keystrokes and Closed Doors.

The other person is Aino – she hosts Writing Days and nominated me for the Liebester Award. Aino is an actress, writer, and blogger. Her blog is an online break room for writers – check her out on Instagram @The Writing Days_Blog.

I’d honestly never heard of the Liebester Award but after several Google searches, I’ve discovered it’s a fun way to show recognition to the blogs you love and share some of your favorites with others. I found more than one set of rules and I’m following the ones I found at the Writing Days, since she nominated me.

I’ve posted my answers to Aino’s questions below and the rules and links at the bottom of this post.

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1. What made you want to start a blog?

A series of inspiring events led me start my blog and my very first post touched on some of them. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and a few years ago, after a long spell of not writing anything at all, the flood gates opened and the words began to pour out. Less than 24 hours after that, I ran into an aspiring writer who (without any information from me about my book) told me about the journey he had begun to publish his first book. I still remember sitting across from him, stunned, listening to his journey and thinking “I want do that, I can do that..I’m going to do that.”

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I don’t have a particular person. I admire those that are living life to the fullest, those that are working towards their dreams, and I’m inspired by writers that work hard at their craft and strive to tell their story, their way.

3. If your life was turned into a TV series, what would the theme song be?

Where are we running? ~Lenny Kravitz

4. What’s your favorite season and why?

Summer, I love the heat. I love the way the sun warms the skin and makes a person flush. Sunny days make me want to be outside, even if it’s just to nap under a tree.

5. What are your tricks to stay motivated?

I run an Instagram account and post quotes on it each day. Searching for those bits of daily inspiration to share with my followers, keeps my mind primed and spinning with ideas.

6. What dream of yours have you accomplished?

While in the big picture I would vote my life a success, my dream was to be a writer. Thus, blog aside, I’ll keep you posted.

7. What was the first thing you read?

I’m not sure about the first, but my favorite book was always The Velveteen Rabbit.

8. If you could learn any skill overnight, what would it be?

Self-defense.

9. Why should I watch your favorite film?

‘Cause I have awesome taste (kidding, I couldn’t help it). I truly would have a hard time selecting a favorite movie because it greatly matters on my mood. I’m definitely an action-adventure type of person: Die Hard, Shooter, The Departed, etc. One of my all time favorites though is one that should remind you to step out of your gray box and live your dreams: Office Space. Yes, that’s right, I feel that this I.T. comedy sums up the life we are all pushed into living and the subsequent potential breakdown that can befall all of us. It’s a hilarious take on life in a cubicle and each time I watch it, it’s a struggle for me to return to work the next day.

10. If you had to participate in a reality TV show, which one would you pick?

The Amazing Race – I don’t know how far I’d make it but the experience would be amazing.

Blogs I recommend:

Barefoot Meds – https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com

Grammar Girl/ Quick and Dirty Tips – http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Writer’s Digest – http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs

The Rules:

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you
Make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.
ALL THE NOMINEES ARE FREE TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE NOMINATION

My questions for the nominees:

What book are you currently reading?

What non-fiction book do you recommend?

What is your favorite time of year?

Name a future goalf for yourself as a writer:

What’s your favorite song?

What’s your favorite website?

How do you stay inspired?

Do you write full time, part time, or just anytime you can?

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Your Homework: Check out one of the blogs I mentioned or go nominate one for a Liebester Award.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

Treat – a poem

Below find a #PaperPerfectOriginal. I originally wrote this a few years ago with a slightly different spin. I have re-worked it and I’m happy with my final result. I’m working on another one now and the last two lines need work, but it’s almost there. I hope you enjoy my dark little story.

Heather Kidder 2015
Heather Kidder 2015

Your Homework: Dark or a ray of sunshine, look for something that makes your toes wiggle and use that emotion to write a difficult scene for a character that needs development.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com