A Season of Struggle

This has been a long spring. And I know it’s summer now, but it feels like life hasn’t stopped since spring began. It has been a very busy show season, rushing from one production to the next, with a lot of traveling in between. While I wish I could say it has all been good things, honesty is the best policy, right?

It’s been tough, especially earlier. I won’t go into details, but I have had a definite lack of motivation to do anything. If you know me, you know my superpower is ultimate self-motivation, but it appears I’ve found my kryptonite.

And it’s right where I need to be to write.

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Pushing Through

This first week of 2017 has come with it’s own handful of challenges. After quite a crazy, travel-intensive December, I’ve been looking forward to getting back to my usual routine, but the transition has been awkward at best. Along with trying to adjust to normal life again, I’ve had this cold that just won’t quit, and it often tries to tempt me to just watch Project Runway re-runs all day instead of doing any work. I will say, I felt quite accomplished just getting the laundry done (not put away necessarily, just done).

Still, I have pushed throuh it all, not allowing this little stuffy nose and tired throat to slow me down. Even on my worst day, I’ve forced myself to suck it up, down the DayQuil, and meet my goals for the day. Including writing (but maybe not cleaning…)

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Something Else

Recently, I made my The Book Book Pinterest board temporarily public (seriously, go check it out! over 500 pins on this story-board) and I realized I never did a blog post talking about my most important Pinterest board for writing and story-board-ing:

Something Else

This board has become a staple of my process, now containing over 1,500 pins. I use this board in a variety of ways, but I will first talk about what I pin here. The board description says,

Inspiration/Emotion/Narrative Visuals. Images to use for building novel/story boards, to express the emotional or mental state of characters, to explore relationships, to establish tone, to visualize moments, and to inspire themes.

To break it down, I pin any image that…

  • Evokes of a smell or a sound or a feeling (texture)
  • Captures the feeling of abstract emotions, such as Joy, Sadness, Loneliness, Freedom, etc.
  • Visualizes a moment, such as a hug between friends, running from danger, a first kiss, etc.
  • Expresses character, often times these are more abstract images, animals, or artistic images that could represent personalities
  • Represents a tone, such as dark and gritty, light and ethereal, adventurous and inspiring
  • Is just generally inspiring

When working on a story board, such as The Book Book board, these pins are the backbone of it. Sure, I will pin world-building elements that give a very specific look to things, but those are usually only material images. Images from the Something Else board really help me to develop and understand my characters and story better.

Rosi Kallard, the FMC of the Book Book, for instance, has a variety of images to describe her:

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