Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Random Things

National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org) is fast approaching and I will be participating in it this year.  I hope some of you give it some thought and take the challenge. Even if you don't write 50,000 words in 30 days it is a fun activity and does take your mind off other things. Let your ideas flow.  Whether you write in silence or crank up the music like I do, give it a shot.

Speaking of music, the folks at Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation could use some help.  They are currently having a fundraiser to help kids across the country have access to music.  All kids should have access to music in one form or another. The foundation is doing a lot of different things:
https://www.causes.com/v2actions/1761101-donate-to-keeping-the-blues-alive-foundation-inc

My current piece of writing is coming along at a steady pace. It's hard to write some days after I have put in a full day of work but I write at least two or three pages a night if I can.

I do encourage all of you to pick up a pencil or a pen and write.  Even if you only write a sentence, a paragraph, a page, give writing a chance.  Writing every day allows new ideas to come forth, solutions to problems and a release of stress.  Writing is good for you. Trust me.

Rock on!
-Maynard

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Special Days

I'll preface this post by saying that autumn-time in Vermont is very beautiful with the changing color of the leaves but it can be a very reflective time of year too.

If you've read my first book October Rain then you understand that the past can call to you as the leaves fall from the trees, the air grows colder for winter will undoubtedly make it's appearance in a short time.

Autumn in Vermont is a time of year when on starts to look back and prepare for what I think is the most peaceful time of year - Winter.  Every fall I always feel reflective, sad, quiet and withdraw very much into myself as if I was preparing for a long nap.

This time of year makes me yearn for days of past to see faces of friends I have not seen in over 20 years, one in particular comes to mind.

To everyone who has stopped in to read, take a moment today, tomorrow, this week, month or sometime in the future and celebrate your life and those that matter to you.  In nine days I will celebrate my 21st anniversary from a life changing event. An event that changed everything and am forever thankful for my friend, Michael, who helped me claim back my life.

The story that I have been stuck on for two years has started to write itself - finally!!  It's coming together nicely and I'm glad that I after two years and six rewrites I have something that is working.
Music is an integral part of my writing as it helps me tap into the deepest parts of myself and bring what lurks down deep to the surface.  Music gives me ideas and keeps me in a creative mind frame when I write or do other things.

So today I am going to share another Joe Bonamassa song with you.  Thankfully, it's not raining outside otherwise I'd be crying while listening to this.

Take care of yourselves and do a random act of kindness!  Someone out there could use a smile or know that someone cares. 

Rock on!
~Maynard