My Travel Bucket List

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As I’m working on my current WIP, Pure Dumb Luck, I’m thinking a lot about travel. Growing up, we travelled a lot. I’ve lived in five countries and visited well over twenty. But, I still have a bucket list of places I’d loved to visit–or revisit in some cases.

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. United Kingdom
  4. France
  5. Norway, to visit my cousin.
  6. Alaska
  7. Singapore, even though I lived there for ten years. I’d love to visit again.
  8. Spain
  9. Canada (Vancouver and Prince Edward Island, especially)
  10. Japan

What’s on your travel bucket list?

Quoth the Raven

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(I was going to start this out with, these are a few of my favourite things. But now I’ve got that damned song from The Sound of Music stuck in my head.)

I wanted to share a few of the quotes on writing that I go to when I’m floundering.  This first one from Neil Gaiman is actually pinned on the board above my desk.

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“I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am.” ~ Jane Austen

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ~ Terry Pratchett

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ~ Octavia E. Butler

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” ~ Doris Lessing

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ~ Neil Gaiman

 

These are a few of my favourite things.

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite parts, moments, or things about my upcoming release At War with a Broken Heart.

They aren’t *spoilers* necessarily, but I’m not giving context either. I’m just sharing. Once you read it, you’ll understand.

  1. Fox. Rabbit. Rabbit. Fox.
  2. Fie’s mum. She’s brilliant.
  3. Haggard.
  4. Bideford. It’s a lovely, lovely place. You should definitely visit if you ever have the chance.
  5. MacFluff.

Oh, and Coffee First.

Definitely, Coffee First.

 

Country Road Take Me Home

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In At War with a Broken Heart, Fie is obsessed with country music. I thought I’d share some of the songs from his playlist with you. Just a few.

  1. Fightin Side of Me by Merle Haggard
  2. Same Old Train by Merle Haggard
  3. Mama Tried by Merle Haggard
  4. A Lifetime to Regret by George Jones
  5. Highwayman by Waylon Jennings
  6. Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
  7. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  8. Against the Wind by The Highwaymen
  9. To Beat the Devil by Kris Kristofferson
  10. Big River by Johnny Cash

Do you listen to country music at all? If so, what’s your favourite?

Things I loved in 2018

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It’s been a hell of a year, but I thought I’d share a few things that made me happy in 2018.

  • Nailed It! on  Netflix. Best cooking show. Ever. EVER.
  • New Amsterdam
  • JetPens (a new shop I discovered, it’s not new, but new to me)
  • Finishing WIPs
  • Winter Olympics (Adam Rippon and Chloe Kim in particular)
  • Sara Bareilles new song Armor
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyessy

What are some of the things you loved in 2018?

The Poisonous Influence of Perfection.

Me to my brain:
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Perfection is a toxic poison that strangles out my creativity.

And really, it’s less about perfection in the end product of my writing–and more about attempting to be expectations I’ve set up for myself of what I think others can do–or think I should do.

It’s a theme that has followed me throughout my adult life working first in restaurants, then as a teacher, and later in insurance.

A theme I didn’t truly understand before learning I’m autistic.

I’ve always needed to demonstrate my abilities at work. Striving to be the best. Not to overshadow others, but more to appear capable. I’ve had a fear of seeming unable to manage: work or life.

And as a result, I work myself to the point of exhaustion.

It’s a trend that followed me into writing.

Setting schedules and deadlines I can’t possibly manage.

Overachieving.

It’s not a bad thing, necessarily.

It is when you’re ignoring your health.

Autistics, at least from my personal experience as one, tend to battle inner ableism. This little voice that tells me I’ve not only got to be at the same level as non-autistic authors but better. It’s poison.

It really is.

The same inner voice that tells me I don’t need help or accommodation when I do.

It eats away at your accomplishments and makes missed goals or deadlines seem like monumentally massive failures.

This year, I managed to almost double my word count.

Brilliant, right? Except not, I didn’t take the breaks between projects that I usually do. I’ve ended up not enjoying writing as usual.

And the last two novels I’ve worked on have been a painful slog until the bitter end.

Next year, one of my biggest focuses will be to enjoy myself with writing.

Deadlines are important and so are word counts, but I can’t write myself into a serious health issue again.

 

 

Top Five Holiday Movies

Well, it’s December. Officially. That means I can watch holiday movies and listen to holiday music without getting side eyes from people.

So, here are my top five holiday-themed movies, in no particular order:

– Love Actually (Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson kill me every time.)

– A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)

– A Christmas Carol (Animated version with Jim Carrey

– Last Holiday

– The Holiday

Bonus: A White Christmas

And honestly, you can add A Christmas Carol with George C Scott as well lol. Oh, and I always watch at least one of the Harry Potter movies in December.

Do you have a favourite holiday movie?