February 24 2015 Romance Weekly

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Today's hop is going to be fun and I can't wait to read everyone's post! It's flash fiction this week brought to you by J.J. Devine, author of Into The Darkness and The Cheyenne Bride. J.J. wants a flash fiction piece of 500 words that contains the words: happiness, egg, and purple. 

The hop can be started at any point. If I'm your first stop make sure you check out A.S. Fenichel's post.

Flash Fiction

Sue would call it violet or periwinkle. The charm glowed under the lights. It’s amethyst crystals sparkled. It was perfect. 

Chuck called it plain old purple. 

“It’s pretty, Daddy. Mommy's favorite color.” Gunner mumbled from his crouched position at the jewelry counter.

“You sure do pay attention to Mommy. Stuff like that will come in handy when you have a girlfriend.”  

The five year old made a face. Girls were low on his radar. Well, except for Mommy. 

A pang thumped his heart. Maybe Chuck should've taken lessons from his son. Would the charm be enough? Gunner would've never called Sue plain. His kid thankfully inherited his sense of keeping his foot out of his mouth from his mother. What incensed her the most was when Chuck added the word ‘ordinary’. Chuck thanked his pea brain he hadn’t called her old.

Chuck loved Sue for her muted blue eyes, mousy hair, and the extra few pounds on her hips. 

Those hips drove him wild and had since the first moment they caught his eyes. Yes, he had ogled her. How could he tell Sue that she was everything to him? He didn’t want a supermodel. He didn’t want fake. 

“Are you going to buy it?” Gunner poked his head over the top of the counter and peered down at the royal vision on black velvet.

“I think it's fate.” 

Gunner smiled. “It's a good thing I found it, huh?”

Chuck ruffled Gunner's hair.

Sue and all of her imperfections was tangible like this pendant. His Sue. The one who loved purple but called it lavender. Who laughed at his stupid jokes and didn’t mind the few extra pounds that had expanded his middle over the years.

Many men would go for flowers or promise a night out. Maybe even declare their woman to be a supermodel but Chuck knew Sue would see through those pathetic displays of affection and apology.

The jeweler opened the locket. The egg pendant was small and opened around a seam of diamonds. Chuck experienced pure happiness. Inside, a tiny array of multicolored stones formed a butterfly which surrounded a cluster of daisies. Fate was working here. The impact of the piece socked Chuck in the gut. It symbolized the butterfly garden where Sue had said yes to his declaration of love.

He swallowed the lump in his throat. “Do you think Mommy would like it?”

Gunner nodded big and bold. He touched the butterfly. “Especially the bug inside.”

Chuck laughed. Would it show Sue how much she meant to him?

“What will Mommy say when she sees it?” 

Gunner smiled and hugged Chuck tight. “That she loves us.”  

What a wise little boy. 

That day in the garden had been the beginning of their wonderful, happy, exuberant, and ordinary life together. The three of them. One he wouldn’t trade for the world. Chuck would never call Sue plain again. She was as extra-ordinary as the locket and their little boy right beside him.

I can't wait to read Leslie Hachtel's flash fiction. See you next week!

Anticipate - The Motivation to Create

Remember when you couldn't wait?

Remember when you couldn't wait?

There are several factors into finding the motivation to take a dream or vision and follow through until the creation is completed. When I decide I’m just not motivated then I’ve already convinced myself nothing is going to be produced whether I’m creative or not. Motivation is a very difficult thing to find especially when it results from my emotional state. It can hinge on the events of the day, yesterday, last week. The weather can put me in a funk that makes it difficult to start the forward momentum to get me working. 

What can I do to overcome these situations? I feed my anticipation. For instance, an up coming vacation conjures thoughts of relaxation, fun and carefree living for a few days. When there is a party on the horizon I can’t wait to see friends or family, chat, have a good time, tell stories and laugh.

So what? What does anticipation have to do with creative motivation? 

Here are my three motivation creating tools where I use anticipation to get me in the right frame of mind. 

  1. Setting a definitive goal and figuring out how to reach it. This tool at first seems obvious but it’s not. There are times where I think I’m working toward a goal but I’m only spinning wheels and the spin doesn’t foster creativity. I get bored. If I can’t measure the goal then it’s not going to force me to grow and therefore my creativity muscle won’t work like I want it to. The closer I get to the measurable goal the more the anticipation of completing it builds and therefore I do whatever I can to finish.
  2. Reaching out to others for feedback. This will generate nervous energy because I won’t know (and will anticipate) if the reactions will be positive or negative. Yet, if I never share my creations then I don’t have any motivation to do anything new. What’s the point? But if I share my work the anticipation of others’ responses will keep me moving forward.
  3. Be a kid again. Having fun with all the possibilities. Laugh and make room for pure joy. Examples could be writing something silly and then tearing it up, time yourself for thirty minutes, paint then gesso over it when you are finished. The anticipation is in the fact that I know I can start fresh when I’m finished. There is no pressure to have this fantastic creation I just create and enjoy.

What ways can you use anticipation to motivate? Let me know.

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February 17 2016 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back to the Romance Weekly's blog hop. I might be your first stop or you might be coming from the lovely Victoria Barbour's blog. No matter where you start it will be a lot of fun. 

Because several of our Romance Weekly authors are in a cold winter climate, A.S. Fenichel wants to know our favorite (warm) vacation spots. 

It has been cold in my neighborhood this winter. The arctic blasts seems to love to come on down to Indiana and leave us in a deep freeze. It’s nice to think of my favorite warm vacation spots for a bit. I have a few of them. I’ll list my top 3 just because it’s fun and sometimes the order switching around depending on my mood so my favorite today could be different in a month or two. 

Beaches are nice.    ©   Mamz   |   Dreamstime Stock Photos

Beaches are nice. 

© Mamz | Dreamstime Stock Photos

  1. I would have to put Jamaica at the top of the list because it is where my husband and I got married. It was wonderful and the first time I experienced the clear blue ocean and island atmosphere.
  2. Arizona is a favorite for both me and my husband. We love the desert and hiking in the canyons. We haven’t made it to the Grand Canyon but that’s a trip we are planning very soon. 
  3. Florida is always a favorite because there is usually a warm part of the state no matter what time of year. I say usually because there have been a few arctic blasts that have made it down to Florida but hopefully those remain rare. 

There is what I dream of on a cold winter’s day. Let’s see what warm places Xio Axelrod will take us.  See you next week.