Writing Inspiration: 2

The new Facebook emojis? Honestly, too much hype is being given to how we will now risk insulting friends with just an old-school “Like.” And the notion that Facebook is utilizing them to better nail down who we are as consumers? Yup, but since I don’t shop with cash everywhere I go, marketers are figuring it out anyway. This is why on the back of all my grocery store receipts, I get an offer for five pennies off my next purchase of cat food.

Which brings me to this brilliant marketing move the Asheville Humane Society came out with this week on Facebook.

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That cat seriously has a ♥ on it!!

Let this kind of funny perspective be your writing inspiration for the day (and adopt or foster a rescue animal if you can).

If funny and furry is not your game this Friday, maybe some blood pumping M.I.A. and super strong girls practicing for gold in the new Under Armor ad is. UA is not a brand I choose to wear, but this ad has it all– a badass tune, highly motivating visuals, and an almost as good as “Just Do It” slogan to wrap it all up.

Adieu and Bienvenue

This week in the sweet little literary haven of Port Townsend, we bid adieu to one of our favorite indie booksellers, Kristy Webster, of Imprint Books. She heads out of PT to start a new life chapter, and based on how much I know I will miss her sparkly presence every time I go in to drool on to buy books, I can only imagine how much Anna and Peter, Imprint’s gracious owners, will miss her. The town will miss her–truly.

Rumor has it we’ll be gathering Friday for goodbye snacks in the bookstore. I only hope Kristy, in her final duty to the bookstore books, manages to keep our sad, but “Heyyyyy! Go get it, grrrrl,” tears away from all the pretty masterpieces.

Of course, we know we have her until at least Saturday, because she delayed her move by one day in order not to miss another local wonder woman, Julie Christine Johnson, read from her debut novel, In Another Life. I mean, indie bookstore people have a reputation for building community around books and spreading the love–and nobody wants to miss a local who is experiencing such mad success shine–but to delay your move?! People, you know it’s good here.

So, if you live near Port Townsend, get inside Imprint Books this weekend. Bid adieu to Kristy and give a warm bienvenue to Julie’s debut.

If you live nowhere near Port Townsend, get inside your local indie bookstore and squeeze some more love into February.

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Writing Inspiration: 1

Don’t these notebooks make you want to be a kid again?

Maybe you’re writing a memoir about the darkest moment of your life, or your novel’s protagonist is a brutal thieving scumbag–and yes, maybe the line spacing in these Mead notebooks is way too old-school to draft seriously in–but there is something to be said about reminding yourself that writing can be FUN. It should be fun.

We all hit the wall, where we stare and pace and decide vacuuming the blinds is necessary now, but I swear, add a little color to your writing space and bammo! Color is to black words on white screen what the power pose is to the stuck hunched-over writer’s body–a burst of bountifulness in the form of a juicy rainbow.

Stop doing all your creative work on a computer. Break every once in awhile from your keyboard and scratch up a scene with a pencil–against paper. Buy a notebook with pages that feel like silk (I ♥ Rhodia), or buy a grown-up version of Mead’s “OOH, BURRRRN” with tulips or trout on it, and let go.

Go out and get yourself a roll of white craft paper, tack it to your wall, plot your scenes, and then attack your creation with a set of fluorescent highlighter pens and colored star-shaped Post-it® Notes. (I like Post-it® stars because they remind me of what to aim for with every revision–better clarity and sparkle).

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Ooh! Looks and feels like a Creamsicle!