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Motivational Monday – A Midsummer…. Note.

Dear Readers,

First, a warm thanks for all your support and positivity exuded to me here and in general. Deeply indebted. I usually refrain from talking politics on my blog but in the current climate, there’s some things in regards to bullying and harassment that I’d like to address candidly.

I know all of us can relate to the turbulent times our world is going through. How sad that issues from long ago regarding racism and the like are still alive and unfortunately well today. Instead of posting numerous, bloviating posts about my disdain for our current Presidential administration, I figured one note would be as effective. Embarrassment sums it up for me. I never thought in a million years that people unqualified to represent the USA would ever have a chance to do so. Wealthy men are currently trying to take away equal rights and empathize with the plights of the poor and working class people. Revolting.

But, to every wrongdoing there is a right one. Think back in history. Dire events like this creates pioneers, protesters, and advocates to “right the wrongs” of injustice. Dignity, grit, ethics, grace, knowledge, and humanity are just some of the words to associate with leaders. I hope my country will have this again—a fair and strong democracy. Currently we have a bloated miscreant smeared all over the “real news” who thrives on avarice, misogyny, and callousness—thanks to unlawfully buying his election from you know who. No worries people. Groups like the ACLU and Change.org (with our help of course) will aid in Trump’s comeuppance. Mark my words. The biggest gripe I have are the lies and bullying that has been in his backdrop from the get-go. It doesn’t just end in politics. It’s everywhere really. Whether you’re in school, at work, traveling, etc. Bullies thinking they can get away with this crass behavior. They’re wrong. No one has the right to harass or defame anyone and if they do, punishment is in order.

My blog is and always will be open to all, no matter what religion, race, or sexual preference. Diversity and kindness have always been (some of) my favorite words. This is a time for us to keep striving farther than ever. Endurance and respect are key. Hard work pays off. It starts with care. Caring about your life, loved ones, people with illness, children, environment, people with disabilities, neighborhood, people you pass by on the street, etc. Banding together, protecting each other goes on for infinite miles. No one, no matter what rank they hold, can ever take away your integrity, reputation, and conviction.

I leave you with words of wisdom from a couple of great men:

Our goal is to create a beloved community and
this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” 
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein

Ciao for now,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Mia Powell

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I remember writing a short story about a ladybug when I was around six or seven. I typed it up on the family computer, printed it out, drew pictures, and stapled it together. My parents were friends with the owner of a restaurant by our house and I remember bringing my little book with me to dinner one night; I think I wanted to show him my accomplishment!

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Prose, poetry, and plays mostly! I’ll write or read anything!

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Right now, Wonder Woman and Moana. I thought they were both beautiful stories, I loved all the characters, and these heroines are super important for audiences, especially children, to see.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I’ve been compared to Hemingway and I absolutely love that. I also have a strong connection in my heart to Stephen King: my grandfather and I are very much alike and King was his favorite; towards the end of his life, he read and reread any King book he could get his hands on.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My major WIP is a high fantasy novel, but I’m also working on two poetry collections. I have a blog (http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/) where I post some of my creative writing, op-eds, and reviews. And I’m planning out a YouTube channel centered around writing, books, and makeup that I hope to get up very soon!

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

Yes, I already have to! There’s a character in the first few chapters that I decided I didn’t need. I knew that if I went back to edit her out before moving on, I’d stop writing (it’s happened before). I just made her leave as soon as I could and kept writing, so I’ll have to remove her when I go back for the first big edit!

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Try everything. You don’t have to write one specific way or genre because you’ll get stuck and sad and think about giving up; you don’t have to follow every piece of advice that people give you because it will contradict. Try everything until you decide it doesn’t work for you – and then try it again later.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 )

Straight A’s! I still talk to some of my English teachers from high school, and I so admire the professors I have in college.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

Depends on the piece. If I’m doing something that’s soaked, marinated, and covered in history I’ll go through months of timelines and history books and trivia. There’s a WIP in the deep, deep depths of my folders set in WWI or II and I spent an entire year reading books and looking at maps and writing out a timeline of real-life events that might affect the characters and important fictional events in the characters’ lives before I even sat down to write the first word. In another historical romance, I didn’t do any research except for what I already knew until I had a question or two that needed to be answered immediately. For my current WIP, the only “research” I’ve done is figuring out how to draw a map and finding the pictures I put on my Pinterest board.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mostly write on my laptop, but there are a few that I’ll write longhand if the mood demands it. I almost always write poems longhand first, because I get a line stuck in my head in class and need to put it somewhere, so I write it out in my binder or maybe my phone if I’m in the hall. There’s one WIP that needs to feel like a journal and an essay, so I have a very in-character notebook that I’m writing that in.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

One of my writing professors is an absolute Godsend, especially when it comes to speaking actual gold very offhandedly. I’ve tweeted two things in particular that I find to be excellent reminders: “I think a lot of people stop writing because they don’t think it’s good. But it’s not good because it’s not done,” and “There’s no ‘good enough.’ There’s just what you want to do.” Keep an eye out on my Twitter for #GreenFacilitates (he often says he doesn’t teach, he facilitates – because you can’t teach writing)!

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books I recommend to absolutely everyone no matter what they usually like to read: Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby, The Winter Seaby Susanna Kearsley, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not! I took piano and violin lessons when I was younger, but I never quite connected. I’d love to learn the harp – that would be so cool!

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I think I’d like to go the traditional route, but I’ve only done minimal research into the different paths so far.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I don’t know who Tom Hanks considers to be his best friend, but that person! I would love to hang out with him!

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I almost wish I enjoyed science, so I could be a marine biologist!
 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese. No question.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)?

My senior year of high school, I got to direct a one act play that I wrote the year before. I don’t really like the play that much anymore and I wish certain circumstances could have been better, but I’m still really proud that I got it to production.

19.  What quote do you live by?

Robin Williams: “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Mr. Williams is a huge inspiration to me, and the reason behind my tattooed R on my wrist.

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

I think it would be really cool for my work to be taught in school.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Was there a specific book or author that sparked your interest in writing?

Probably Catcher In The Rye.  It was the first book I read where I felt like an adult… absorbing his (J.D. Salinger) compelling words considering I was only 15 years old. I paid homage by naming one of my characters in my book, Feedback after him.

Many thanks to Mia for interviewing with me! Please keep tabs on this cool up and coming writer here:

Twitter @LegendsOfMia
https://www.instagram.com/legendsofmia/
http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW7GrcwJRId2_ulUJdKDHIA

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes and Tunes…

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Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coldplay – Magic
Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit
The Box Tops – The Letter
The Replacements – I’ll Be You
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Happy Mondays – Step On
Echosmith – Cool Kids
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Gary Clark Jr. – Can’t Sleep
Dance This Mess Around – The B-52’s

Special dedication spin for AM ❤
They Are All In Love – The Who
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Goodbye For Now – Eddie Vedder

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Women’s History Month

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Author Interview with Sienna Snow

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

My first try at writing was in high school and college. I loved to write but my parents wanted me to get a “real job” so I put my writing dreams on hold and attained my MBA.

Twenty years later, I gave it another try. My husband wanted me to to pursue my childhood dream so during the November of 2013 I signed up for NanoWriMo and wrote my first book.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.? 

I love romance and fantasy. I am a sucker for a happily ever after and if it happens somewhere in Middle Earth, I am in heaven.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero? 

I love, Roarke, the hero from the In Death Series by Nora Roberts. He is sexy, confident, and vulnerable without being weak. 

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with? 

I am a super fan of Nalini Singh. Besides her being a fellow Indian author, love how she can capture me with her words and make me see through the eyes of her heroines.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I just finish the copy edits for the book in my Rules of Engagement series, RULE MASTER and I am currently writing book three, RULE CHANGER. Outside of this series, I am working on the outline for a fantasy series about four immortal siblings.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

The main thing I would change in my debut novel, RULE BREAKER is that I would have added more details about what caused the main characters to break up before they were reunited.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

The best advice I can give, is to never give up. If you feel like writing, write. You can’t edit, revise, or polish something that was never written.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 

I would say A’s and B’s.  I was a total nerd in school.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I research a lot. Especially, the places and situations my characters are in. I also try to find out as much as possible about the ethnicities and social backgrounds of my characters. I try to make sure I am as accurate as possible.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mainly write on my laptop, but I keep a notebook with me at all times, just in case I scene pops into my head while I am out and about.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

Don’t give up. Those who succeed are the ones who were the hungriest and continued to pursue writing even when they faced adversity.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE are my two favorite books I read growing up and I still love rereading them.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument and / or what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not play an instrument, but I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. My daughter plays and listening to her play makes me wish I’d taken the time to learn when I was a child.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published? 

Before I singed my first contract, I pitched my book at ever conference I could go to. I also queried every agent and editor who was seeking books in my genre. I was fortunate to find my agent at a writers conference and then she found the book deal that I signed.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week? 

This one is a hard one for me. If I had to pick, then I’d want to be Kate Middleton. Who wouldn’t want to be a princess for a week. I’m sure it is not way as glamorous as it seems, but It would be awesome to take a peek at that life.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

A chef, I love to cook and would love to pursue a career where I get to feed people for fun.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. He is so funny and weird. It is hard not to like him.

John Cleese. He is hilarious without trying and of course Monty Python

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Of course, having my first book published by one of the big five, Hachette. Besides that is having one of my blog posts featured in USA Today HEA Blog

19.  What quote do you live by?

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

Ideally, I would love to have one of my books become a best selling movie, as well as,hit the NY Times best seller list consistently with my books.

21. Would you like to ask me a question? What do you enjoy most about your writing?
Two things… the freedom as a novelist and therapeutic de-stress benefits it provides me.

Special thanks to Sienna for sharing her thoughts with me! Please follow this gifted writer here:

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes and Tunes…

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

This Wheel’s on Fire – cover version Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson
Angels – David Byrne
505 – Arctic Monkeys
Crosseyed and Painless – Talking Heads
Pretty Vacant – The Sex Pistols
Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against the Machine
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Century – Live
Never Gonna Give You Up – The Black Keys
Tripped Through Your Wires – U2
Container – Fiona Apple
Save it for Later – The English Beat
Use the Force – Jamiroquai
Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna

Special two-play(s) dedication to my beloved brother, Tony

Waiting on a Friend / Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You / Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin
Why Can’t This be Love / Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
The Magnificent Seven – The Clash / Rush – Big Audio Dynamite

I know I have been MIA on here (way too) many months, thanks for bearing with me. New author interview next week. ❤’s & thoughts, Li Li.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Election results… in the words of mighty George

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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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