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Wolf & Word Notebook #12

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I’m going down a bit of a different path with what is inspiring me this week.

I am often inspired by the way people come together to help each other out in times of crisis.

I am sure you have heard about Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines on November 8th, and the resulting devastation.

There has a been a such a great response from the rest of the world in getting aid to the country, but more is still needed in the wake of such a huge disaster.

Cassandra Key is a writer who blogs at The Sacred Middle.  She is currently living in the Philippines, and while she is lucky to be living in a village that was not greatly affected by the Typhoon she still wants to do her bit to raise funds for the country she currently calls home.

So, from now until December 1 Cassandra will donate 50% of the cost of her Living Poetry eCourse to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan via the Red Cross.  The course begins on December 1, and looks to be full of creative inspiration. Go here to find out more about the course.

Donations to various Typhoon Appeals can also be made through • UnicefOxfam • World Vision • Red Cross •

What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

 

Wolf & Word Notebook #11

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Hello November!

October was a strange month for me, the last half just kind of galloping away from me there but I’m back and looking forward to the new month with some great posts lined up for you, including  a fresh challenge in the Wolf & Word Writing prompt. The link up will be open on Thursday 7th November and the prompt this month is flute. You can link-up in a post in any style as long as you refer to the prompt in some capacity. So take the prompt and run with it, then come back here on November 7 to link up your post.

As it has been a strange week, I’ve got something a little different for you. Here are five videos that have inspired me this week.

Firstly, brilliant spoken word poetry accompanied by violin.

Secondly, a television show with humour, heart and a great message. Kindness is magic.

And thirdly, three movie trailers that are exciting me;

Hoping this is better than the first Captain America movie. It is looking good.

Sir Ian Sir Ian Sir Ian. Also, PatStew, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Hugh Jackman and Fassbender. Yes.

Scorsese. DiCaprio. Again. Can’t wait.

 

 

What’s inspiring you this week?
If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Wolf & Word Notebook #10

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I’ve been a bit quiet again this week. I haven’t been feeling at my best and brightest and didn’t want to deliver some half-baked content for you. I have found a few interesting links for you for this week though so I hope you enjoy them.

Here’s what has been inspiring me this week:

ONLINE

I really love this video about, well, video stores – remember those? Video Stores Explained to Modern Kids via Henry Goldman at Buzzfeed.

Also from Buzzfeed* take heart! Here are 20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work was Initially Rejected.

This post from Macklemore on the 1st Anniversary of the release of The Heist is fascinating and inspiring. (via Danielle Laporte’s Facebook page).

Jess Van Den – creative, entrepreneur and designer of gorgeous jewellery shared this post in her regular {MotiBright} feature  – Seth Godin – Who Brainwashed You Into Thinking You Need a Job?

And another one of my favourite sites, Brain Pickings, celebrated it’s birthday this week. Maria Popova shared 7 lessons from 7 years.

 OFFLINE

As I said, I’ve not been feeling my best this week, and what has inspired me has been support from family and friends, including a little pick-me-up in the mail from my lovely friend Kat.

 

Rumi via Sassy

 

 

* no, I do not spend entire nights when I should be writing trawling through Buzzfeed. Mostly. OK. Sometimes I do, but look! I’m getting inspired guys!

 

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What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments.

 Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Wolf & Word Notebook #9

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It’s been a big week here, very busy. Next week I’m aiming for more writing and less stressing. Who’s with me?

Meanwhile, here is what is inspiring me this week:

ONLINE

This short interview with Annie Lennox on creativity -“You don’t have to be the best, best, best. If you love doing what you’re doing and you have a passion for it, it’s good enough!” via The Atlantic.

Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature. You can read 17 of her wonderful short stories free online here. I am also super-stoked to have won a copy of her book Dear Life in a competition run by Random House on twitter.

Thanks Random House. I can’t wait to receive my prize!

And Kellie at 74 Lime Lane shared 27 tips to recharge your creativity, very timely for me.

 

OFFLINE 

I celebrated my birthday! Many thanks to family and friends for your well-wishes. My kids chose an ice-cream cake for me – yum!

 

B'day cake

What’s inspiring you this week?
If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Wolf & Word Notebook #8

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Well, I usually prep this post on a Thursday night; as I give myself a full week of inspiration to draw from, and have it ready to go for your reading pleasure on a Friday morning. But, I fell asleep super early last night. Like, 7:30PM early. I blame daylight savings time. Are you a fan? I’m enjoy it around the holidays, but this adjustment period is not my favourite.

So anyway, I’m here finally! And so is this week’s notebook.

Here’s what is inspiring me this week:

ONLINE

The buzz around NaNoWriMo has started already, so I’ve decided to give it a shot.

Here are some words of encouragement  from 2012 winner Veronica Foale over at The Shake.

And here is a special offer for a free trial of Scrivener software for participants! I’ve been wanting to try out this program for a while.

I loved this article on Lifehacker about deliberate practice which is extremely relevant for us writers.

CH Griffin gives us 5 ways to become a more confident writer.

I enjoyed Ellena Savage’s thoughts on reading other people’s diaries.

And this looks like an interesting book – the Guardian reviews Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – which showcases the daily routines of some of the most creative minds throughout history.

OFFLINE

I’m enjoying Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I can’t believe I hadn’t read any Hemingway up until now!

Blue skies and sunshine. Spring has finally arrived.
bright sunshiny day

 

What’s inspiring you this week?
If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Joining in with Shells in the Bush for Blogtoberfest : a blog post a day for the month of October. 

 Blogtoberfest 13 – Day 11

Wolf & Word Notebook #7

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Well, it feels like Friday has certainly arrived very quickly this week!

Time to share with you what has been inspiring me:

There was not as much online inspiration as usual as I did a lot of internet avoiding to try and shield myself from Breaking Bad spoilers before I got to watch the episode, as well as adhering to my usual downtime.

Online

Erin  from Coffee Talk With Erin wrote a post about self-doubt in writing and what she finds inspires her to action. Some great self-motivation going on here and I love the quotes.

Allison Tait discusses what to do when you get hit with that middle of the night inspiration. Is it practical for you to get up and write.

Anna Spargo-Ryan has had this fabulous idea to be sponsored to write with the proceeds going to Beyond Blue. Go support her here. It’s win-win really, as Anna’s words are wonderful and a very important charity gets a donation at the same time.

I loved this post by Monique Carmona at Rebelle Society – A Vessel of Love, very powerful.

Jurgen Wolff of Time to Write suggests a few questions to ask your novel or screenplay characters. I really like the idea of interviewing my characters.

 

Offline

I know I mentioned this show as a source of inspiration only a couple of weeks ago, but this week the finale of Breaking Bad aired. It was a brilliant ending to an outstanding series. (No spoilers from me, but if you have not watched this series then do yourself a favour and start at series one. I was hooked from the first episode. It’s that good.)

Reading Rat Queens #1 and Fatale #17 – If Image comics keep putting out these great titles, my collection will soon rival my husband’s.

And speaking of Mr @joelawesome – today marks 10 years since some I exchanged numbers with this cute guy at a local bar. He is awesome, and wonderful and generous and kind. He is absolutely my best friend, my biggest supporter and is always an inspiration to me.

 

What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Wolf & Word Notebook #6

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Happy Friday!!

Here are a few things I found inspiring this week:

ONLINE

Renee from About A Bugg wrote this great post: A Writer is Someone who Writes.

I also loved Kelly Exeter’s post Even Wobbly Courage is Courage.

It was George R.R. Martin’s birthday, so Buzzfeed gave us 13 Lessons George R.R. Martin has Taught us about Writing.

Joe Bunting from The Write Process asks Are You in the Stare-Into-Space Phase of the Writing Process?

Libby Fischer Hellman gives us 6 Reasons to Write Short Stories.

OFFLINE

This week I read Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep which is a follow up to The Shining. I was really impressed. It must have been a hard task to follow up a book that has such a huge following so many years later. As King says himself  in his Author’s Note at the end of the book; ” The man who wrote Doctor Sleep is very different from the well-meaning alcoholic who wrote The Shining, but both remain interested in the same thing: telling a kickass story.”

I found the book creepy and enjoyable. There are some great references to The Shining in there, but Doctor Sleep is a great book in it’s own right and I may have to amend my top 5. I’ll just let it sink in a bit first as I did power through it, which says something in itself.

 

reading doctor sleep

What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Downtime

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I’m currently tweaking my writing schedule and have decide to include the following:

Two internet free days – Tuesday & Saturday.

Generally there will be no Wolf & Word posts on these days, those that do appear will be scheduled. I will also be avoiding social media on these days.

 

Why am I doing this?

To ensure the writing comes first.

To stay in my own world occasionally instead of losing myself in the world wide web.

To stop torturing myself with comparisons.

To step back.

To focus.

To breathe.

 

When I started Wolf & Word (and left Happylan behind) I wanted to produce a blog that was more structured and scheduled, and I know now that this schedule includes needing some time off from the internet. Not just time where I don’t post on the blog, but time off from social media, time of from reading other blogs, time off from scouring the net for relevant links and stories. Downtime.

It sounds so obvious when I write it out like this. It seems like something I should have done a long, long time ago.

But I really, really like the internet, and so have avoided making it official.

Also, what if the best thing ever in the history of the internet happens and I am not there to witness it?

This ridiculous fear of missing out.

Well I am missing out –  my writing is missing out.

My brain is missing out on a break from the noise.

My heart is missing out on opportunities to be present.

 

So here it is. In writing.

No internet for me on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Let’s see how this goes.

 

Do you have internet-free days? 

Any tips for sticking to the plan?

P. S. As I won’t be around on Tuesdays my monthly link-up will now be held on the first Thursday of each month. I’ve also decided to change the link-up from a Vlog themed one to just a plain writing prompt. Which you can answer in any style you want. A post, a poem, a list, an article, a picture – whatever takes your fancy. Vlogs  are still welcome too of course. So get creative and join in! I think the vlog theme was a little restrictive and this will encouage more people to join in. 

Next link up -> October 3rd

Prompt -> Lullaby

 

 

Wolf & Word Notebook #5

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It’s Friday again already! This week has just flown.

Here’s what’s inspiring me this week

ONLINE

I loved this post by Aubrey of The Daily Simple. Aubrey has taken writing advice and shown how it also applies to life in general.

For the fantasy writers: Philip Overby discusses being a recovering world-builder, and what he’s doing about it.

I found this post about false famous quote attribution particularly interesting, especially considering I had originally lined this quote up for A Quote for Sunday.

Speaking of quotes, you could always use one of these quotes from famous author’s to guide you if you aren’t sure what to write about.

Zadie Smith is on my radar at the moment because I am reading NW.  I really like her  10 Rules of Writing (via Brainpickings) and this Buzzfeed list 15 Zadie Smith Quotes and Essays that will Rock your Life.

OFFLINE

As I said above, I’m reading Zadie Smith’s NW, and enjoying it so far.

Our routine has been changed up a bit this week by things beyond our control and on top of that our gorgeous Spring weather seems to have been replaced by rain and cold. I’ve been looking for the sunshine and catching a breath where I can.

cloudy

What’s inspiring you this week?
If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

Wolf & Word Notebook #4

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Happy Friday!!

Here’s what is inspiring me this week:

ONLINE

After reading Stephen King’s On Writing (and his suggestion that if you can’t commit to 1000 words a day then perhaps you’re not really serious about writing) I’ve been thinking about the question of finding time to write, and balancing it with my family life, and it seems I’m not alone:

Marina Sofia talks about the realities of finding time to write.

Dannie Morin gives her suggestions for getting real about writing time. Some good ideas here – but four hours sleep? Man, that would make me the crankiest writer alive.

Carol Brill has four tips to reach your writing and publishing goals. I particularly like her ‘if/when’ clause, as there are things in my life that will always throw my well-intentioned plans out-of-whack, so having a contingency plan for this will go a long way to keeping on track.

After all that goal-setting strictness, I need a bit of humour  – JF Gibson lets you know why you shouldn’t be a writer.

Personification is an important literary device, although I had never thought of applying it to safety pins before. Photographer Jun C. did. The results are so sweet.

 

OFFLINE

I just picked up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce from my [huge] books-to-read pile and I am loving it so far. You can find me on Goodreads, if that’s your kind of thing.

This weeks episode of Breaking Bad (To’hajiilee) was INTENSE. Such amazing writing. It’s great to see a show still strong right up to the end. Always an inspiration.

The first iris of the season has bloomed in my garden (with many more to follow.) I love Spring and I always find the warmer weather very motivating.

 

ready to unfurl

 

What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

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