Little Dream Factories

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Today is a good day, I get to spend extra time with my kids. My favorite part about having kids? They’re little dream factories. When you’re about to bring a child into the world you dream about how your life will change, who will they look more like, it goes on and on. As they grow up, you watch them dream up ways to play and beautiful works of art that cover the fridge. They inspire you to dream and do more to give them a better life. I often find myself dreaming of who they will become, just based on their little personality. My daughter it’s to soon to tell, but my son…he’s either going to be a rock star or an architect. It could really go either way.

My older girls are dreaming about new frontiers, first love, driving, college. Our middle girl has her career as a doctor all planned out and nothing is getting in her way. That is one driven young lady! We have 5 dream factories in our house. I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.

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Dream Burnout

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Up until this week I’ve had no problem posting every day on this challenge. This week has been different. This week it really has been a challenge. I’m suffering from a little burn out. It’s hard work writing about dreams everyday! My mind is full of things to write and they aren’t really about dreams. But that’s kind of the story of my life.

On my very first post for this challenge, I warned you…I get distracted away from my dreams for other new bright shiny dreams. Well I wasn’t kidding. What’s distracting me now…

  1. My new first draft in progress – It’s off to a really good start!
  2. Editing the first draft I already have finished! – I’ll be turning in the first 6000 words for review by the Noble Pen on November 14th!
  3. Thanksgiving – It’s the first one I’ve ever hosted in this home or any other we’ve lived in.
  4. Curtains for my kitchen – I’m mildly obsessed by this right now because I can’t seem to get it right. (Must finish before Thanksgiving)
  5. My dining room table and a dresser – I have been trying to start these 2 projects all month. (Another must finish by Thanksgiving)
  6. Halloween! I haven’t even decided what Harper is going to be yet and how to make a zombie costume!!!!!!!!!!

This is just the tip-top of what’s on my mind. So my mind is burnt out on dreams and just wants to move on! I’ve got a week and a half left to go! I’m going to be the little engine that could (I think I can, I think I can).

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Honey I Have A Dream

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It can be hard sometimes to talk about your dreams. When I started writing I felt silly. I told myself it was just a hobby and no one needed to know about it. But gradually it took up more and more of my thoughts and left me distracted in my daily life. It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to explain myself.

I started by telling a friend. Turns out she’s a writer too. Our friendship became a source of encouragement and she introduced me to the Noble Pen writer’s group.  Had I not found the courage to tell her, I would have missed out. Telling her gave me the courage to tell others. The funny thing is, no one laughs. People are genuinely interested. My husband and kids ask me about my progress and help me make Thursday nights available so that I can go to writer’s group.

What are you afraid of? What opportunities might open for you if you speak up? You might be surprised. If you’re new to this blog, welcome! If you checked me out from my link on the Nesting Place, I really appreciate your visit! Please comment, I would love the feedback.

Dream Obstacle Course

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Today, all I want to do is write. I see it like moving pictures in my head and I am struggling to lay the ground work before it stops. I’ve done background research, although I know there will be more. I’m almost finished with the outline, I’ve picked the names and before the end of the night I need to write my character sketches. Like usual my antagonist needs the most work, she just doesn’t do enough for this plot and I need her to be the worst meddling future mother in law possible.

Today has been a obstacle course just to get this far. Church took 4 hours out of my day, the kids won’t stop bickering and I had to cook dinner. Ok, so I know I have to do those things. I usually love going to church. Normally it’s no big deal when the kids bicker and I have to make dinner, just part of life.  But when my creative mind starts dreaming and struggling for dominance over my practical life, it all feels like an insurmountable problem. Good thing bedtime is coming soon. In the mean time I’ll cuddle the kids, dream up a story and count my lucky stars I have kids to be annoyed with.

Does anyone else feel this way when they hit the grove?  Drop in a comment and share. If you’re new to this blog, welcome! If you checked me out from my link on the Nesting Place, I really appreciate your visit! Please comment, I would love the feedback.

Documenting Dreams

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My husband and I went to the Welterweight Semi-finals of Bellator last night and it was awesome! I had my camera out and took pictures of everything; fighter interviews, the ring, the official decision, the Bellator girls, I got it all and it was great. I think it goes without saying that I’m a big fan of mix martial arts fighting.  Last night was the first time something that big has ever come to my city and I was not letting that opportunity pass me by without documenting that I was there.

Just so you know this habit irritates my husband. And I say habit because I do this a lot. When we bought our house I had my camera out and I made one of our older daughters take pictures of us signing all the closing paperwork. When I do a project in our house I take before pictures, progress shots and after pictures.

I could see the issue if those photos stayed in the camera and never saw the light of day, but I have another hobby (yes I have many of them). I scrapbook. Irritated though he may be with the time it takes, the photos that I take, and the space the supplies take up; he has always appreciated the results.

I do it for a very important reason, it’s easier to appreciate where you are when you can look back at how far you’ve come and how hard you had to work to get it. Every dream we live, I want my kids to look back at when I’m gone and say, “wow, Mom and Dad did all that for us.” So document your dreams. Go ahead; if scrapbooking isn’t for you, start a photo album, make a photo book at one of the many online services, or write a journal if you don’t have any pictures. You may feel silly at the time, but you’ll thank your self later.

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Dreaming of a Good Book? Week 3

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I’m writing and posting this early because I’ve got big plans tonight! Bellator is coming to town and my husband and I are getting tickets! Nothing like watching grown men fight! And for once I can see it live and in person instead of in my living room on Spike TV. I’m leaving work early and everything! Can you tell I’m excited?

So anyway back to books…I got a newsletter this week from one of my favorite writer’s in my email, Shelly Laurenston and her pen name, G.A. Aiken. If you aren’t familiar with her work, her G.A. Aiken novels are about shape-shifting dragons. Fabulous books, I can’t recommend them enough. They never fail to make me laugh and spark my imagination. So I found myself craving a dragon book when I’m suppose to be looking for books that tie back in to dreams.

I took that as a challenge and went on the hunt. I found it in Book #2 of the Drakon series by Shana Abe, The Dream Thief. It’s about a clan of shape-shifting dragons and the daughter of the alpha, Lia Langford. She breaks the rules to help human and ruler of the criminal underworld, Zane, on his quest to find the dreaming diamond. This stone holds the power to enslave her race. Sounds pretty interesting to me! If you don’t like starting a series in the wrong order, the first book in the series is The Smoke Thief. By no means do I imply that the style of writing will be the same, I haven’t read it yet. But I want dragons and this promises to deliver.

Have you read any dream related books lately? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment and fill us all in. If you’re interested in the suggested reading for the last two weeks check out week 1 and week 2 of this weekly feature. If you’re new to this blog, welcome! If you checked me out from my link on the Nesting Place, I really appreciate your visit! Please comment, I would love the feedback.

Happy reading everyone!

Dream Anticipation…

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Have you ever caught your self sitting at work day dreaming about character sketches and plot lines? I have totally reorganized in my head who gets what profession and what effect that has on the plot. To quote my 5-year-old son, I’ve done it like 50 hundred times!

I think my mind is nearly done percolating and may soon issue forth a new first draft. How do you know it’s time? I know because it begins to consume my mind. I think of it in random moments but especially when I can’t sleep. I don’t count sheep. I tell myself the story, visualizing it in great detail. Then I dream about it all night. When enough of this happens it spills forth into a novel.

I’m excited that I have dreams about a second novel and a whole series. In my mind it’s what makes me a novelist. Had there only been one I would have said I lived a dream and wrote one good story. I’m giddy with the possibilities, fuelled by the joy of conversation with like-minded folks at Thursday writer’s group, the Noble Pen.

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