What’s Your Story?

Everything in life is a story. Our work, our relationships, our successes and failures. They all create the stories that are our life. What is the story of your life? Have you thought about it?

Have you been around someone who is so charismatic, that people flock to listen to them entertain them with, yes, another story. Everyone is a story teller. Some stories are interesting and some are not, but they are still all stories! There are stories that make us laugh, and stories that make us cry. Scary stories to tell by the camp fire, or stories that inspire the spirit.

Is your story going the way you want it to? Can you rewrite it? Think about the elements in your life’s story, and what can be changed to achieve the outcome you desire. You have the ability to make that change. It’s called ‘free will’. Think about writing an outline that is your life. Where is it weak? Where is it strong? Just like crafting a fictional story, you can craft your life’s story. After all, it’s your story, it should be what you want it to be!

Memorial Day

This day means many things to many people.  A time to remember those that gave their lives for this country’s freedom, a time to remember those family and friends that are no longer with us, or just enjoying a three-day weekend!  So many people have touched my life, and I am a better person today because of their past influence.  I miss them.  I think of them often.

I invite you to add your comment here about one person who has touched your life.  Who were they?  What did they do for you?  I would love to share in your memory.  We do not mourn their loss today, but rather celebrate their life.  Remember them with the joy and passion that that loved you with.

I remember my great grandma Briscoe, and smile at my early childhood memories of playing in her yard in the bright summer days, tickled at watching the magical dragonflies dart in and out of her tall and colorful hollyhocks.

Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous

As a board member of the Idaho Writers Guild, I get the privilege of working on one of Boise’s premiere writing events each year, the Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous. This year it was held at the Boise Centre May 2-4, 2013. If you didn’t attend, you missed out. But if you did attend, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

The thing I enjoy the most about conferences and writing workshops, is the heightened sense of enthusiasm that fills the air and increases in intensity as it travels from person to person, and room to room. I have attended so many writing conferences over the years, I begin to think “There’s nothing else new to learn, what can I hear that I haven’t heard before?” And yet, every year, I am astounded at the new revelations and ideas that I receive. This year was no exception. In fact this year, was more amazing than I thought possible! Connections that I made sent my writing career around the next corner on the path to success. And I learned that it’s not about forcing what you want, but letting go of what you don’t want, and that opens the door for your destiny to unfold!

I also had the joy of meeting and hearing some amazing speakers, like David James Duncan, who was so incredible I went right out and bought two of his books for him to autograph. I can’t wait to read them! I also heard Ron Carlson, a very entertaining speaker and teacher that enriches the lives of so many writers.

If you can mark your calendars now, I hope you do for next year’s Rendezvous, here in Boise on May 1-3, 2014. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Where do ideas come from?

It’s a question that is always asked of writers.  It’s not like we go to the grocery store and stroll down the aisle with the baking, spices, and ideas.  There’s no shelf with neatly packaged inspiration just below the pancake syrup.

Some say it’s the collective conciousness.  Perhaps.  To me it seems the more I write, the more ideas come into my head.  Where do they come from?  Something we saw or heard?  Where did George Lucas see or hear a wookie?  The imagination is grander than we can measure.

Ideas come when we are open to them.  Open your heart and mind, and just let them in.

Author, speaker