A story fit for Hallowe’en

I can be quite wordy at times, and other times it seems I have little or nothing to say. Ever notice that? :)  Life events affect me that way. This post will be brief but I hope it holds something of interest, however strange, for you.

Today is the birthday of my beloved father-in-law who has been gone over a year now. It’s hard to understand the passing of time, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with what life brings our way, but I find the Lord gives what we need at the time. More recently, a week ago a very dear friend passed into Glory, a man who, two evenings a week, spent time playing cribbage with my dad into the late hours. He is greatly missed as he was a very caring friend, well thought of and loved by a great number of people.

Those loved ones, although absent from our lives, impacted us in positive ways. It’s good to remember them. 

Now, to take this a different way … with no intention to be offensive …

Since it’s Hallowe’en weekend coming up, All Hallows Evening on October 31, I found an article that should curl your hair, or make it stand on end, or cause you to shudder – or perhaps all of those.

Click here for this actual true story that happened in 1705.

Tomorrow my husband and I are going on a weekend trip, a brief vacation, something very rare for us. If it weren’t our 40th anniversary on October 3o we wouldn’t be going even now for this much needed break. Family members are keeping a close eye on things for us and taking care of my little Meyya. We’ll be back before October 31.

Oh, and here are some pictures of my “little stinker” ready to welcome Trick-or-Treaters.

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Do you have plans for Hallowe’en weekend, or do you prefer to not get involved? Have you heard other strange stories as I mentioned above? There are many.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

No Motivation or Willpower? A Simple Solution – a post by Kristi Holl

In keeping with the topic of the struggles of writing, I have another blog post for you to read. Thank you to Heather Wright for telling me about it.

This post is by Kristi Holl who has had her share of struggles in her goal of writing. Even so, she has many published books now, so she’s obviously found something that works.

You may have noticed I quoted her on my Quotes page, too.

My questions to you today are … do you lack motivation to write? Are you low on willpower? Do you wish you could find some way of writing that isn’t overwhelming?

Kristi has a simple solution. To read her post, click HERE to go THERE. It’s very valid advice she wrote in August 2014. 

You may want to leave her a comment, and I hope you’ll also come back here and share what you think of her solution.

What are YOUR writing habits that work best for you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

What it takes to be a “real writer” – a post by Kristen Lamb

I have a few questions for you today.

Are you a writer who keeps having doubts about your abilities, or the possibility of success? Do you struggle with seeing writing as your job or profession? Do you get discouraged and keep wondering what in the world are you doing?

I just read a very encouraging and eye-opening post by Kristen Lamb. I urge you to read it.  She addresses what it takes to be a “real” writer.

Click HERE to go THERE.  

Leave her a comment (bloggers love that, you know), and while you’re at it, perhaps you have time to come back here and share your thoughts about what she said? I very much enjoy reading what you have to say. 

Blessings on your day.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

We have a winner of my 10th giveaway! Keep checking for my November gift!

Thank you for visiting and to my readers who entered to win this journal in the 10th of my monthly giveaways of 2016:

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We have a winner!

I used Random.org name picker and found out that the winner …

with this comment:

What a perfect giveaway. I use journals all the time and record the days’ events, learnings, feelings etc. A habit I acquired from my mother.

 

Is ….

Darlene! 

Congratulations, Darlene. I will get this into the mail next week.

To everyone who is interested in my giveaways, I’ve been watching for and setting aside fun things that, in some way, have to do with reading and/or writing.  The NOVEMBER giveaway will be posted in a few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

 

 

 

Did you enter the draw yet to win a journal?

There is not much time left to enter the draw to win this beautiful journal. Have you left a comment yet?

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You have until 9 PM EST — tonight! That’s Friday, Oct 14. (I made the correction in my earlier post where I mistakenly said Wednesday.) I will use random.org name picker and post the winner’s name tomorrow.

This is a brand new, quality journal. You can read about it HERE where you are to leave a comment if you want a chance to win it.

Let your friends know about it. Enter the draw to win it for a friend; this journal would be a lovely gift.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

My 10th giveaway of 2016; your chance to win a beautiful journal!

If you are waiting for my next giveaway, I finally decided on something I think anyone can use. If you like to keep a journal, or just jot down ideas or lists, this is the quality item for you. 

Take a look at my giveaway for October:

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  • This journal by Mead has a deep red faux leather cover, smooth and sturdy. (the top right image and the bottom left image are closer to the actual colour)
  • Down one side of the front cover it says Live. Dream. Enjoy.
  • Its 208 pages are red-lined
  • The journal measures 5.75 inches by 8 inches, that is 14.6 cm by 20.3 cm
  • It has an attached red ribbon bookmark
  • Inside the front cover and back cover is written Live. Dream. Enjoy.

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This would make a wonderful gift for someone – if you decide not to keep it for yourself. Whatever you decide, you have to enter to win!

I am offering this giveaway to my readers anywhere in the world.

To enter the draw, please leave a comment on this post telling me if you use a journal and for what. I will use Random.org name picker to find out which of you is the winner. Watch here the morning after the draw for the announcement, and don’t forget to check your email. This could be yours!

Draw date for this giveaway is at 10 PM AST, that’s 9 PM Eastern, on Friday, October 14. This gives you only a week to enter and to pass the word on to others, too. I will post the winner’s name on October 15.

Remember, you have until October 14 to get your name into the draw, so don’t put it off! Enter now!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

Tips for deciding on names for your characters

Here are a few writing helps for you today, especially for finding names for the characters you are creating in your marvellous stories.

If you strive for authenticity in your stories, you might also want to consider the accuracy of the names you choose for your characters in certain time settings. I found a name/age calculator that could be of help to you in selecting a name that was/is used in the time frame of your story. It sets a wide range but focuses on the median – the midpoint when the name is most commonly used. GO HERE to find the NAME/AGE CALCULATORThis calculator is based on American names and notes that names before 1940 are estimates.

I also found a site that helps you select a name according to themes or qualities of your character. GO HERE to find NAME THEMES.

If you are looking for a unique name, perhaps from mythology or the Bible, or even a musical name for your character, GO HERE to find UNIQUE BABY NAME IDEAS.

To help you come up with a character by name and personality GO HERE to THE CHARACTER NAME GENERATOR.

I hope you have fun with these and find them to be helpful.

I’ve added the above links to my Writers’ Helps, Quotes & Workshops’ page. Look under Writers’ helps when you need them for your stories.

Do you have any suggestions for coming up with suitable character names that are not listed here or on my Writers helps page?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂