Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What is Love? Are you born with it? Does it require action?

Been studying up on Love.

I've always felt more forms of love than we have words for. That being said, there are words for types of love to study as well as studies to read about passion and compassion or happiness that correlate with love.

It's not rocket science to understand that happiness and love are 2 different things. I made two different sets of notes for them. Some people seem to intertwine the two, and they do intertwine, but the can exist separately. Happiness is a byproduct, though. Love is innate,..isn't it?

Are we born with the capacity to love or do we learn it? What is love?

Love is something we have to experience, and we have to give it away both to others and to ourselves. Love can be shared, passed to another, but only in the sense that they mimic our emotion. They can't have our brains with our specific hormones. But a child born into a lack of love still has the capacity to learn about love, to feel it, to express it later in life. As with other emotions, love is a choice. You can feel it, or you can suppress it.

Depression saps your ability to feel love (for yourself), loved (by others), or loving (giving to others). But depression is not a choice. Choosing love can fight off a bout of depression, but not kill it. It can lie dormant in your psyche for ages and suddenly rear up, robbing you of your capacity to love, manifested in not being able to feel happiness.

Love is caring deeply. Love is putting others before yourself and your needs.

But can a form of love be felt without doing anything about it? Does love require action? I may love humanity, but choose not to donate to causes to end world hunger, for example. I may love dogs, but choose not to volunteer at the local shelter. Do I really love them?

You can fall out of love, too. Something else takes priority in your life above that thing and you move from sacrificing yourself to care for it to liking and appreciating the thing but leaving it mostly alone. This could be a person, group, or object. Without the action, you no longer appear to love it.

I don't yet know what spin I will put on this research when I finally compile it all. I could take a religious stance, quoting Biblical passages, or I could take a personal stance, sharing memories memoir style, or I could write a non-fictional facts and figures kind of piece.

I'd love to hear your comments! :P

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

How Do you Write a Book in a Month?

What's my next venture?

Camp Nanowrimo.

This is a month-long writing challenge for July. You set your goal. The ultimate is 50,000 words. I set mine for 30,000 words. Usually, I began to fizzle out around there. Life happens. 

This year, I have written an outline. I hope this helps me get past the fizzle. I hope I break 30K and hit 50K. I hope I shatter 50K. But I know that I will also be planning for a new school year. 

Speaking of school, I dreamed this morning that I had to babysit one of my former students! I got paid, and the student was a perfect angel. Definitely a dream! It was really odd, but dreams usually are. 

Back to reality, I'm excited about getting this story started! It was an idea I wrote when I was about 12. I did add some details to it later in my life, but this story idea came out of me when I was young. It is not finished. I had some of the villain's backstory, and some of the first action, so I fleshed it out in an outline. We'll see how it goes! These stories always take turns I cannot predict and I give myself permission to stray from the outline and maybe find a new and better direction. Like a crazy dream, sometimes the story takes off on its own and there's very little you can do to get it back on track.

How do you write a book in a month?

1. Challenge yourself. Write a 1,000 words a day.  Set up a marketing plan and pre-orders and a deadline.
2. Outline. But give yourself permission to let the characters tell you their story, even if it goes off-script 
3. Set aside time to write. Even if you snag 15 minutes at a time, write! A couple or a few of those make a big difference. 

That's it. Just write. Don't worry about editing, that takes another month. It's okay to make a cover, write a summary, back page notes, one line tag, etc. But focus that first month on just writing it all down so you have something to share.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Go Read and Review my Free Ebook "Alex in Hunterland"

Alex in Hunterland is a parody of Alice in Wonderland, but with a redneck spin. See if you can find all the 'redneck' stereotypes in this work.

Alex, scared of his drunken Step-Father, seeks solace in the gun cabinet. Climbing in, he discovers a world with an elusive snowshoe hare whose pelt would make his Step-Father proud of him and maybe stop hitting him. Chasing the rabbit, he encounters an array of characters and nonsensical outcomes. 

Please also give me some stars and a review! This is a quick read, at just under 2,000 words.