Sunday, September 30, 2012

Things that Inspire Me

Hola Amigos!

So the past few days I've had trouble writing. I don't know if it's lack of motivation or  laziness or if I simply don't know how to put the next part of my story into words. (Side note: To make things worse, my dog keeps sitting on my laptop, demanding my attention. And when I don't give it to him, he growls. He's kind of a jerk.) 

So anyway, I decided to do this post for a little bit of inspiration. And you remember how I love lists, right? So I'll call this list "Five Things that Inspire Me." Hope you enjoy, and maybe receive some inspiration, too :)

Five Things that Inspire Me:

The Counte of Monte Cristo (movie)

I adore this movie. It has everything the perfect story should: Adventure, Romance, of all Revenge. And it even boasts a happy ending. I'm big on happy endings. They don't always happen in life, and so it feels really good when they happen in movies.

The Ocean

If you've read my books, you'll know the ocean always plays a small part in them. Is there anything better than the sound of lulling waves crashing against the shore? Speaking of that, I don't get it when people wear headphones at the beach. I mean, I love music just as much as the next person (see number 3 on my list ) but who wants to tune out one of the most relaxing sounds on earth? Not me, that's for sure. Anyway, I think the ocean inspires me because it's this huge, vast mysterious thing. And when I look at it, I remember how small I am, and it teaches me a little humility.


I love listening to music. Especially when I write. In fact, the basis of Wanderlove came from a song. I chose Ne-yo not only because of his music, but because of how talented a song writer he is. He's written songs I had no idea came from him- and sung by female artists. As a girl, it's crazy how much I can relate to some of his lyrics.

Disney Fairytales 

I know, I know. Disney princes are the sole reason us girls grow up to resent the fact that real life men don't actually ride up on white horses to to save the girl. That being said, the disney fairytales do make for great stories. And let's be honest, Belle was the best princess by far. ;)


Yep, I threw a weird one in there to make you scratch your head. And sigh...I really do love them. There is something about the energy, about going places and the excitement of that. If you look around at the drop off, you might find a couple kissing goodbye as if they'll never see each other again--- or you might see them reuniting as if they've been apart forever. Once I saw a golden retriever reunite with his owner and it was one of the best things ever! The dog ran sooo fast, and then jumped up into his owner's arms. And this was no small poochie. He had to be at least 50 pounds. And the best part was, the owner looked just as happy to see his dog. Anyway, airports always make me look around and look at people, wondering what their "story" might be. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Hey friends!

First off, my respectful wishes goes out to those who lost anyone during the 9/11 attacks.

So it's been a while since I last blogged, but I've been crazy busy lately. For one, I moved back from Nashville to Orlando. And to be home. I discovered I'm definitely a flatlander. Yep, sure am. That particular discovery came hand in hand with another one- my fear of heights. I hadn't realized how terrified I was of them until I drove in the mountains. So yes, sigh of relief, back on flatter lands. :) This makes me happy.

Aside from the move, I've been working on a new book. One of the questions I get from readers a lot is: Will there be another book in the Wanderlove Saga? I'd like to answer that now for anyone who is wondering. 

The answer is yes. There will be at least one more book in the saga. 

But not right now. 

Right now, I'm working on a new series that I've had in my head for over ten years. It just haaaas to come out. I'm about half way through it, and I'm agonizing over every little thing, hoping to get it down on paper the same way I see it in my head. I'm so excited for you to meet these characters and enter their world, and it's literally killing me not to spit it out all into one big mess of words-- which wouldn't be pretty. Or a good book, for that matter. I will tell you this though: It's a YA Sci-Fi/ Fantasy. I would tell you the name too, but the one I came up with doesn't feel right. So I might change it.

Hope to tell you guys more soon ;) Take care.



Quote of the day: "For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter." -Deepak Chopra, M.D.