I’m one of those people! Give me a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or a Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte and I’m a happy camper! Closer to winter time and my taste change or rather get added to. Closer to the colder temperature, I’m a fan of pumpkin coffee or peppermint cappuccino.
But Pumpkin is always in the forefront of my wants during the Fall and Winter.
For me, I have my bed in a corner of my room and I like to put pillows in the corner, slide into the corner myself and write with a view of the room in all directions.
This might sound weird but growing up, my writing was looked down upon because it’s M/M romance and to some, that’s a controversial subject.
So I never liked someone having the ability to sneak up on me.
I do enjoy coffee shops and libraries as well because there are usually other people typing away. They might not be writing but they are clicking away and it’s nice to get into that flow with others around.
Where do you write? Let me know down in the comments section below.
PS On my next day off, I will upload some pics of my favorite spots.
Blog Every Day in September – Day 5 – What Do You Hide Behind?
What do you hide behind to avoid facing your writing? For Michele Weldon, author of Writing to Save Your Life, her method of choice is pillow making.
In the above mentioned book, Michele states, “Pillows were my excuse for not facing myself and igniting my own power. I spent years with eyes closed, sewing up my truth in beautiful bundles that literally insulated and protected me… I explored my reasons for making those pillows and how they kept me busy and distracted from the truth I needed to tell myself, the truth I eventually found the courage to write down.”
Everyone has things that they use to distract from something they don’t want to do, for whatever the reason they don’t want to do it. Everyone’s reasons are most likely different for not wanting to do something.
Why do you hide away from something that you don’t want to do?
Why do you not want to do it?
Or do you want to do something with a passion and find yourself frozen when you set out to do what it is you wish to do?
Are you hiding from something that you really want to do? Why, if you really want to do something, would you hide from it?
Tell me your story down in the comments section below!
Sometimes when I need to get away from my normal writing space of my bedroom and my desk, I take a trip to a local coffee shop.
Is it Starbucks? It sure is. There are a few lesser known locations that I have gone to but mostly I stick to Starbucks. I’ll find a spot in a corner and pull out my laptop and write while I sip my tea. Black tea, unsweetened with extra ice, if you’re wondering how I take my tea.
Sometimes I will go to the grocery store and spend a good amount of time in the tea and coffee section. My most recent find was a Pumpkin flavored coffee. Yes I am one of ‘those’ people! I love anything and everything pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year for coffee and tea. Apple spiced teas are wonderful as well. Apple cider too.
I could go on and on for hours about my love of seasonal teas and coffees.
What are you favorite teas and coffees? Do you have a favorite coffee shop you frequent?
For me, they’re sometimes easier found than others. I can go for days without being able to come up with a new idea but then there will be days when I have too many ideas and not enough time to work with them all.
I people watch. I listen to snippets of dialogue.
Ideas are all around us. We just have to be observant of them.
Do you ever just feel like you’re lost? You know you want to be doing something but you don’t know how to start.
I am currently participating in the #hotandsticky writing challenge as well as Camp NanoWriMo. My goal for the month is 18k. I am about on par for where I need to be for Camp NanoWriMo but I am extremely behind on the #hotandsticky challenge of 55k by the end of August.
One thing that I am extremely happy about is the fact that I have written EVERY SINGLE DAY since the first of June! It feels great to know that I have made such an amazing habit.
But the last few days, I feel like I am just in a slump. Like everything and anything that I write is trash and not worthy of putting down on paper, or in my Word document rather. 🙂
It know it’s not. I know that I’m just in a dark phase and I will move past it. This too shall pass.
I just need to focus on me and my happiness. I’m used to listening to everyone else and helping them with their needs and well-being but I need to focus on me.
Julia Cameron, in The Artist’s Way, suggest Artist’s Dates. Take yourself, by yourself, out on date. Do something creative. Whether it’s to a coffee shop to journal and people watch, or maybe to a stationary store to treat yourself to a new pen or notebook. Do something for you!
I have friends who support my writing endeavor. They give me encouragement. They give me prompts and ideas at times too.
I’m thankful for them and their encouragements but I don’t need to think so much about them and their thoughts and opinions that I let it affect my writing. My writing is for me. If I ever publish professionally, it will be for others to enjoy but it will still be for me ultimately.
There are people that don’t understand why I write what I write. They don’t understand my wanting to write Male/Male (M/M) Romantic fiction. I could go on and
on for hours about how I felt like I was such an outcast in high school because I knew that I was different and I felt like no one ever was going to be the same as I was.
My friends were alright with my being gay but my parents, they were not.
They didn’t understand. They hated it. My family was never the same after my coming out. My coming out hadn’t even been intentional. A forgotten note left in a jeans pocket before laundry day.
But any-who, when I was in high school, I never dated. I never went to the prom. I never went down to the lake and broke curfew because I was too busy making out.
I never had the opportunity because there was never anyone else like me that I could connect with in high school.
That is why I turned to writing. If I couldn’t experience the love and romance that I wanted to, my characters sure as hell were going to.
That’s why, when I write, most of my characters end up living blissfully happily ever after.
I’m happy for the most part myself. I have a good job. I don’t make a lot of money. But its a fairly easy job. I have a bit of down time where I can ponder on my story.
I have friends and family that love me but I am still alone in a romantic sense. Is it because I’m scared? Yes. I’ll admit that. I’m scared to put myself out there because I’ve been hurt in the past.
The following quote is from the 2007 movie Shelter. The scene is Tory and Zach at the beach. Zach is unsure of moving forward with his relationship with Shawn.
“We don’t belong to people forever.” Tory to Zach – Shelter “Then why bother?” Zach to Tory – Shelter
Why bother? You have to go after what you want because if you don’t, you’ll never know what you were missing.
🙂 Seems kind of ironic considering I’m alone and haven’t went after what I wanted. But in regards to my writing, I’m trudging ahead!