The Desert Muses are giving
away an $80 Amazon gift card to one lucky hopper.
When this author group met a
few weeks back the muses decided to organize a joint giveaway for the
month of October.
You’ll be happy to learn that I’m
also conducting my own giveaway; it’ll consist of a $10 Amazon gift card. How
do you enter to win it? It’s simple: become a fan onFacebookand leave a comment with your link or email address. Each person who Likes me will earn one entry. Both winners
(from my site and the Desert Muses blog) will be announced on October 29th so stay tuned.
Risk is a four-letter word
that makes so many of us cringe. But, why? Why do some of us wince and shy away
at the thought of taking risks? Or best yet, why do some of us downright fear
it? In my opinion it all boils down to one thing: comfort zone. The average
American is complacent and would opt to play it safe more times than not. The
ordinary is less taxing. I should know it was six years ago I was still very
afraid of taking chances.
Listen, I’m not going to
sugar coat it, taking risks is frightening, this is when we need to recondition
ourselves. We need not fear risk; we need to see risk as an opportunity to
“… the moment I let risk
in, the world became a very easy place to navigate. People who are impossible
became easier to deal with. Things began to land at my feet (door, mailbox).
This sounds somewhat corny and solipsistic but it’s not. It’s just that when we
use risk at the most optimum level in our writing, it filters into all else.
Then the real world seems like child’s play. Embrace risk. Eat your meals with
it, takes walks with risk, take risk to bed. It will become your greatest
friend and ally.” – Susan Tepper, Author.
I’m restless by nature.
And, when not writing, I tend to be anxious. Why is that? Because a writer’s
brain is seldom at rest.
Take this for example, while
in line at the supermarket, or at the nail salon, or even while on a crowded
subway I’m constantly watching people. In my mind, I have shamelessly flirted
with good looking men on the train. Does that make me a bit of freak? Maybe. Or maybe, I could simply call this
Look some of the
bestselling authors out there have imaginary foes and friends. Many great
novelists –in fact – have spent years developing relationships with make-believe
pals. It’s no coincidence then that some books can captivate and fascinate thousands
of people. This writing acumen doesn’t happen by chance, this acumen is
perfected over many years of researching, observing, mimicking…practicing.
In my case my vivid
imagination has produced several sexy novellas. From scorching love affairs to
salacious office liaisons, my short stories have been the source of much guilty
pleasure for many readers.
So, if I ever appear to be
staring into space, please know I’m not simply daydreaming, I’m likely
formulating my next racy love story. Practice makes perfect.