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Honor Thy Mother

Happy Mother’s Day, Katy Lee here, and in lieu of Mother’s Day, I thought I would share a bit about my heroine’s mom in my Inspirational-Romantic-Suspense, Real Virtue. (FYI-I did post this on Sandra Orchard’s blog last month, sorry if you’ve already read it.)

I’m especially excited to give a little more insight into Arlene Mesini’s character because Arlene was influenced by my own mother. You see, like my mom, Arlene suffers from the horrible brain disease, Schizophrenia. When I set out to write Real Virtue, I did not plan for Arlene to have this disease. Never in my wildest imagination did I think my story would link up with it either, but during my research of online virtual-reality gaming I came across an avatar with this affliction. You see, in Real Virtue, my heroine is a gamer who takes her pastime a little too far. She is living a life that is a bit removed from reality…just like her mother. But in Mel’s case, she has the choice.

It was during my research that I found this video of what a day in the life of a schizophrenic person is like, and in watching this video I knew I had found my heroine’s mother—and the perfect conflict for Mel to face.

A conflict I understood very well.

I’m going to be honest here and say, growing up with someone who has this disease is extremely difficult, and it took me a long time to understand my mother’s pain, but more importantly, to accept her as she is. If I was ever to have a relationship with her, I needed to stop trying to escape from the reality of the situation, (excuse the pun) and get to know her.

And the same goes for Mel.

So, once Arlene was “born,” I knew I had an opportunity to take it one step further and honor my own mom through her. I dedicated Real Virtue to my mom as the strongest person I know. I can only hope Arlene does her justice.

The Unlocked Secret That’s Not Really a Secret: Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there! Being a mom is the most important thing you will ever do. Take pride in it. You are shaping the world and you ARE making a difference. And remember to honor your own mom today. She, too, made a difference.

Question: So since we’re sharing, tell me something about your mother. But remember, keep it honoring. 🙂

Just Write 2 – Get Words Onto The Page

Hey ~ V here.  It’s easy to say, Just Write.  It’s much harder to do.  Writing can be a lonely job.  Even when I have a nice outline and quiet time to write, I still find reasons to procrastinate.  I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t actually like to write, most of the time.  I love to create, I love to have a finished product I’m proud of, and writing is the only way to get those people in my head clamoring for attention to shut up! 

There are some who might say a trip to a psychiatrist could help with the voices, but I’m pretty sure I’m not schizophrenic.  I’m just imaginative.  And I would like to use those powers for good (and someday make a living at it.)  So, I write.  But the actual writing, the deciding what words to use and typing them onto the screen part, is kinda boring, and surprisingly hard. 

How do I do it then, you ask?  Good question!  Well, I’ve heard that “In every job there is to be done, there is an element of fun.  Find the fun and snap, the job’s a game.”  (Kudos to those who can identify the source of that wisdom!) 

So, I find the fun. 

  • I challenge myself – let’s see if I can write this whole scene today
  • I commit myself (again, not due to schizophrenia) – I’ll announce my goals to the public so that I dare not fail.
  • I might post my word count or goal on Facebook as a carrot and stick thing.  If the carrot isn’t enough to get me moving (I’m so proud to post a nice 2,000 words written today), then maybe the stick will beat me into doing better next time (Only 200 words written today – frowny face.) 
  • I could dare a friend to beat my word count (Susannah Hardy and I have a double dog dare starting on Monday.) 
  • I sign up for Nanowrimo.  If you aren’t familiar with it, read up!  Nanowrimo is a GREAT (Free!) challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.  Over 100,000 people around the world Nano’d last year.  They email you pep talks, give you tools to chart your success, and create local communities where you can go to write-ins with other Nanoers.  And Camp Nanowrimo is starting soon.
  • I start dreaming up my next project with the promise to get started on it just as soon as I finish the current one.
  • I reward myself with pastries.  Generally, pastries are off limits, but if I’m off to write 1000 words, an almond horn might be just the incentive I need.
  • I skip the boring parts of the story and write the exciting parts out of order.  I can connect it later. 

And of course sometimes the fun eludes me.  I might only write a few words one day and a few the next, but I know that if I keep plugging along at it, eventually, I will get to a point where I’m excited again and 10,000 words will just flow from my fingertips.

Today’s Secret:  Find the fun and do whatever it takes to get the words onto the page.