Monday, February 13, 2012

Time for a Break

I have some bad news today. Life has been demanding of my time lately, so I'm going to take a step back from blogging for a while. As we all know blogging takes up a lot of time and energy. Right now I need to be using that energy in other areas of my life.

This will give me more time to spend with my family and get my writing time in. Don't worry, I'll still be here reading and commenting on your blogs when I can, but other than that I'm going to give blogging a back seat for a while.

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Blogging!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

News & Awards

So I have news, I received an award.

Don't you just love the picture of the skunk? He's so cute! I want to thank Tracey Joseph for the award. Click the link and hop over to check out her blog and say hello. She writes young adult books and this girl is going somewhere!

There are rules with any award and the rules says I have to give this award to as many deserving blogger that I want. This is the hard part. There are so many of you out there that I love to visit.

So I made a rule of my own. The people I chose are either just starting out and I want to help introduce them to others, or because hey, I get to decide and I thought you deserved it. So there. :-)

Any The winners are, in no particular order

Liberty Montague over at Just Write. Warning. Liberty does not write YA. She writes exotic romance, but she is still awesome!

Tyson Devon over at Lord Frost. Okay so he has a lot of followers, but I like what he has to say. :-)

Tracey at Forever Endeavor. Great site! Great person!

Doralynn over at My Publishing Diary. What a lovely person!

Don't forget to hop over and say hi to these wonderful people!

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Arts & Therapy

Art therapy has always fascinated me. Take a troubled person, it can be either a child or an adult, give them a piece of paper, some colored pencils, crayons, chalk, paint, what every you have lying around and let their mind wander. Let their hand wander over the fabric of the paper, or canvas and see what they come up with.

Therapist say you can tell a lot about about a person by what they draw. What is on their mind, what is troubling them. What we draw is what our mind's eye sees. It is a very personal thing. It is a very private thing to explore. It's interesting taking these pictures and interpreting them. It can be scary too. I mean, do you really want to know what your brain is thinking? Therapist do.

Take a child who has gone through some trauma in their life. Some times this is the only way to reach them. Take a stroke victim. They understand you, but are having trouble speaking. Drawing releases what the mind is thinking and so many professions use it. Therapists, detectives, social workers, parents all get an insight into the mind.

How does this relate to writing? I'm glad you asked. Writing is therapy too, but you all knew that already didn't you? Of course. Writing is a way of release. It lets us explore ideas, thoughts, feelings that are hard for us to deal with in day to day life in a safe environment. We throw all our anger, fear and despair into our characters that we sometimes have to deal with ourselves. Only in this world, one that we build, we can control the uncontrollable.

I love the idea of the arts and how it gives us a peak into the human mind. It's amazing what we can find their. We can learn a lesson about our loved ones, and ourselves.

Writing is a useful tool. Take a journal for example. Have you ever read your journal years later to see what you wrote? How were you feeling at the time? What was your state of mind, and how have you healed since then? 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spring in Winter

It's February. Funny, it doesn't feel like February in New England. Or at least for the majority of January it has been fairly warm and sunny. The only day it snowed happened to be on the the day I planned a birthday party for my youngest son.

Go figure. I ended up having to cancel the birthday party and rescheduled it for the next weekend. It turned out okay though because we got to have a joint birthday party for my son and his cousin. It was  nice to be able to join the two birthdays together. It's something I hope to be able to do in the future.

As for how the rest of the month went weather wise? Well, I'd like too think of it as spring in winter. It has been a nice change from the usually bitter cold days. It makes me wonder what the actual spring and summer will be like and how the temperatures will fluctuate. It should be interesting. As of now, I'm enjoying the nice warm days and comfortable nights.

How has this strange winter weather affected your plans this year?