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The Great Book of lists, chapter 5.1 : People who inspired you

This week, Jartagnan suggested a theme that is very dear to his heart and kindly accepted to write its prompt.

You too can suggest a them or a subject on which you’d like to write a list. You just have to go to the blog’s contact page or to the blog’s Facebook page.

Without further ado, I’m letting Jartagnan speak for himself.

It’s not about Dedcartes, Churchill, Coelho ou any other inspiring thinkers, whose quotes flourish the internet and the social networks.

No, this week is about a list of real people, unknown (or almost) to the world who had a real impact on our life.

Sometimes, just a little thing, a park, a teacher’s precepts, a piece of advice from a friend, you surely had such encounters in your life,  or people who did little but changed the face of your world.

So much gratitude an so many memories for these little but so significant inspirations

 

Here is my list of people who have inspired me :

My father
He is an optimist who often says nobody’s sheltered form a strike of luck. This way of seeing life has often allowed me to open my eyes and spot opportunities I could have missed.

My mother
Just like all researchers, she’s never satisfied with apparences nor averageness. It’s her fault I’m a nerd… and a star wars fan 😉
My grand father
He was a very wise man, never afraid to show a great tolerance but he fought like a lion to protect his family.  A man of great love, a wordsmith and a great cook.

Gordon Ramsay

Yes, an english chef. I like his common sense and how he’s demanding in a kitchen. I apply his motos everyday in my kitchen : cook in a clean and tidy kitchen, no more than 5 ingredients in a recipe, always taste, aso.
When I’m lost in between many recipes, I often wonder what would Gordon do.

Bernard Werber Douglas Kennedy
I have been lucky enough to meet them both. They do influence the way I approach writing. They see writing as a craft that needs to be practiced every day. Their discipline is incredible.

 

[Round Up] The Great Book of Lists, chapter 2.2 : Words That Matter

Wisdom shared, word uttered, week enlightened. Last week was a marvel. Not a single passed without a TGBOL author sharing a beautiful list of heartwarming words.

I’ll remember this chapter as one of the most beautiful so far. So, thank you TGBOL authors. Your contribution is so precious.

So I’ll let you guys read all the beautiful list by clicking the following links :

English

Maria

https://mariawenttotown15.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/the-great-book-of-lists-chapter-2-2-words-that-matter/

Marie

https://syllabubsea.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/words-that-matter/

Kat

https://katcarpita.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/the-great-book-of-lists-chapter-2-2-words-that-matter/

Lauren

http://thelaurenest.com/2016/02/20/the-words-that-matter/

Rosemary

https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/moving-words/

Amy

https://amymorrisjones.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/words-that-matter-great-book-of-lists-2-2/

Al

https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/words-that-matter-tgbol/

Judy

http://edwinasepisodes.com/2016/02/18/the-great-book-of-lists-2-2-words-that-matter/

Jacqueline

http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2016/02/19/hang-your-bag-the-big-book-of-list/

Mandibelle

https://mandibelle16.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/a-list-of-words-with-meaning/

 

French

Maëlys

https://maelysaimelire.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/le-grand-livre-des-listes-chapitre-2-2-les-mots-qui-comptent/

CachK

https://cachk.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/tgbol-2-2-les-mots-qui-comptent/

Jartagnan

http://jartagnan.com/2016/02/19/le-grand-livre-des-listes-2-2-les-mots-qui-comptent/

Jennifer

http://demotsenlivres.fr/liste-2-2-les-mots-qui-comptent

As usual, don’t hesitate to leave kuddos and likes on their blogs, or even join the event, the more authors, the greater the book.

Nanowrimo, a short presentation

What is it about ?
NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge happening in november. Participants will try to write 50 000 words in 30 days, which means an average of 1667 words per day.

To reach your daily word count, you need to turn your inner editor off, forget the backspace key and avoir correcting what you write. This way, your writing flaws more easily and becomes more creative.

The first goal of this challenge is to obtain the first draft of a manuscript at the end of the month. You have no obligation to publish or submit your text to anybody.


You’ll only do a copy and paste at the end of november pour validate your victory. The pasted text will immediately be deleted by NaNoWriMo’s computer. You keep all the rights on your manuscript.

Why do it ?

  • Because it’s a crazy challenge, a unique opportunity to do something out of your daily routine and challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone.
  • Because you won’t be alone. NaNoWriMo has a great community that will help youreach your daily wordcount via real and online meetings and writing sprints.

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  • Because all forms of writing projects are welcome under the NaNoWriMo tent (phd dissertations, scripts, short stories collection, novel, manuscript rewriting, aso.).
  • Because, at the end of the month, whether you’ve reach the 50 k target or not, you’ll have a draft you’ll be able to revise

Want to learn more about NaNoWriMo ?

 Nanowrimo‘s website

Vidéo of Chris Baty, NaNoWriMo’s creator

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This post is an answer to today’s assignment in writing 101. I used several messages exchanged with Jessmcombs and Thistles and Whistles .

Credibility crash

Carrine entered the restaurant with confidence. She had been invited to the Science-Fiction convention as the chief interviewer of a big literary website and felt like she was finally doing something with her life.

Her potato-tuna-mayonnaise salad in one hand and a pile of books on the palm of other, she scanned the room for a place available and headed directly to a table with only two men casually chatting.

She did feel the stares as she crossed the room but did not pay attention : she was hungry.

She sat with them and started eating quietly, not meaning to interrupt anything.

She had recognized one of the men, a prolific writer with a well groomed goatee. But he face of the second one did not ring a bell in her brain.

He graciously asked her who she was and she proudly spread her entire title of chief-interviewer-of-the-biggest-most-fabulous-literary website.

– And who are you ? she asked.

– Daniel Watson.

Her face turned tomato red and dropped in her palms. He was the most famous writer in science fiction history. Ever.

Carrine heard her credibility crash on the floor tiles, pierce them and hide in the cave under the building.

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This story is an answer to today’s writing prompt on the DailyPost : Retrospectively funny.

It is also part of the Slice of life feature organized by Two writing teachers.

Writing 101 : Things I like, Things I’ve learned, Things I wish

Today’s assignment for writing 101 was to make 3 lists : the things we like, the things we’ve learned, the things we wish.

Here are my lists, written without any importance order in mind.

 

Things I like

 

  1. My ergonomic pillow. It was a revolution for may sleep. My husband calls it the brick.
  2. Cook for my family and friends.
  3. A very cool mojito with a lot of cholate-mint and lime, sans alcohol.
  4. The jubilation of writing
  5. Write in different and unusual places. This summer only : a farm, a cabin in the mountain, a small sea city.
  6. My current computer.
  7. Compassion.It’s the key to a better world.
  8. read on my kindle in the dark.The word comes down to the book and myself.
  9. Travel and know I’ll discover a brand new universe.
  10. Ask questions, a lots of questions, always learn about people, their story, their loves, their fights.

 

Things I’ve learned

  1. Listen before talking
  2. Help other, solidarity is essential
  3. Transform negative emotions into something constructive and positive
  4. use my emotions to write
  5. Focus on something and not getting disturbed my exterior events.
  6. Never let go. Keep working to realize your dream.
  7. Believe in myself. it took a lot of time and work.
  8. Not being afraid of being wrong. Mistakes are always an opportunity to learn
  9. Preserve myself from negativity of others and always promote optimism.
  10. Brain is the new sexy (Irene Adler said it, Aaron Sorkin too).

 

Things I wish

  1. Peace in the world, seriously. End of slavery and slaughter of masses by a few minorities, really. Every child should be able to go to sleep safe.
  2. Properly earn my living with my writing
  3. Open a center for writers. Offer residences and training programs. The residence laureates would be the students mentors.
  4. See my child thrive and shine on the world around her.
  5. Raise my child in a way that allows her to express her full potential and be whoever she wants to be
  6. See my friends and family happy
  7. Bring joy and warmth in the life of people I meet everyday.
  8. Be a promoter of education and instruction of girls and women.
  9. See human race learn from its own mistakes.
  10. Finally see sherlock’s season 4

Let’s finish the article on a light tune :

I write because I have to

I write because I have to, I need to, I crave it. It’s the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about when I’m going to bed.

This is my obsession. Some are obsessed by cars, some by soccer players. I’m obsessed by writing.

There isn’t a single day I’m not thinking about writing.

I think about stories, I think about anecdotes, I think about techniques and how to improve my own writing and as soon as I get the chance I sit in front of keyboard and lay some words on a blank page.

When something out of the ordinary happens in my life, I often find myself wondering how I could transform it into an interesting scene in a story, like that time I had an argument with my former dentist and did not tell him off because I was thinking it would be terrific in a novel. I wasn’t really living the situation, I was writing a scene in my head.

Sometimes words flow and writing feels like a honeymoon cruise on a beautiful calm sea. But, most of times writing feels like a fight with my brain to extract the words. The truest ones. A little bit like a boxing game. I fight when inspiration has disappeared. Bang. I fight when I’m tired after a day of housework and running after my kid. Bang. I fight when I’m angry and try to transform this devouring emotion into something positive – it usually ends in funny poetry. Ding ding ding. Victory by chaos. I write because if I didn’t, I would turn insane.

Blogging has taught me one thing : in addition of writing, I love to get in contact with readers. For me, it is essential, and most of the time I am more than happy to write as an answer to a request or because one of my friend needs a comforting story.

I write because it makes me happy.

Tuesday Top 4 : Self motivation writing mantras

Today’s top is entirely about building momentum in our writing experience and keep it high. In this matter, I find mantras and  can be very helpful. They keep me focussed when life get in the way of my writing and challenges me.

Here are my 4 favorite ones  : 

wonder-woman-533663_640Believe in yourself : Easier said than done, I know but it’s the first thing that is going to carry you up till the end of your writing project. Believing that you can actually do it and that you will. Nobody except you has the ability to write your story down, because… it’s YOUR project. Whatever the obstacles, if you believe that you can write this story down, you will.

keyboard-690066_640Be productive : Yes, that’s right, the secret is out. If you want to succeed and reach the goal you’re settled on, you have to work on it, everyday.


Maybe just a little like 100 words a day.
But do it.
Everyday.
You’ll get better, stretch your creative muscle and find unexpected treasures in you and your writing. After a while, quitting will seem silly to you. Because you will have grown so much as a writer and because you will have achieved so much, a day after another.

And it starts today.
Sit at your desk and write. Do it again tomorrow and the day after and so on. That will lead you to make time for your writing and build a writing habit. Include it in your daily life.

sparkler-839831_1920Reach for awesome : Yep, no less.
The awesome is what YOU find  awesome.
Try and find the stories, books, movies and TV series that speak the most to you, that you absolutely love.
Pick your favorite ones. Add in some music, radio, art in the mix, Your awesome will grow even more awesome.
Then, binge on it, get inspired and let the awesome factor infuse in your work and make your writing better. Even if you think  your writing sucks (we all do at some point), the good news is : it can get better if you aim to write the awesome stories you love so much.
When you write about what you like in a story that matters to you, it’s lore likely you’ll stick to it.
The stories deserve it, the characters deserve it, your readers deserve it (even if it’s only aunty Paula), and you deserve it too.

sport-204547_640Never give up : Yes you have been rejected and will be rejected again and again and again.
And that stings to say the least.
But, each rejection gets you closer to your goal. If you give up in the middle of your learning curve, then, it’s only gonna be that, an abstract curve stocked somewhere in your subconscious. And you’ll have no stories written and only a passion that turned into frustration.
Don’t wait for your muse to show up if you to show her first that you’re ready to work on what she’s giving you.

Stick to your writing and you’ll find inspiration, you’ll find the stories that matter to you the most and  write them. 

For I’ll be sleeping sound (August 25 th)

Hiding it in my pocket
Or a Fish tank or a rocket
Away from the pry
Sorry mate, I gotta be sly

You wanna know what it is
This little parcel of mine ?
Does it whittle? Does it shine ?
Telling’s my pleasure, I’m dibs.

A magic trick : I’m literally ripping
A word out of the life dictionary.
Won’t leave you feeling icky.
But you’ll see some glue dripping

I’m changing the world
From A to Z. Effortless
Revolution, gently swirled
With a book, and a prowess.

There you go, bigotry is out
Go celebrate but please don’t shout
For I’ll be sleeping sound
Knowing my homies are safe around

This post is an answer to today’s Dailypost prompt  :  No, thank you

This story is a part of my summer writing challenge : writing a 100 word story everyday, the 46th installment.

You can read all the details of my challenge and my reasons for doing it (and not CampNaNoWriMo) here.

I hope you will like today’s story and please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Not on my flyplan (August 24 th)

Amanda had built her plane alone and won the respect of everyone in the airport. She was their little princess in a fly jacket. « Foolish » she thought but didn’t rebel since they all respected her privacy when she was perched on a wing working on her baby.
Excuse me ?

Amanda almost fell. She shot a mad look at the stranger.
Would you consider taking a passenger ?
– I’m flying nowhere now, she said staring at her broken goggles on the floor.

He took his shades off and gave them to her.
– And now ?
– You’re not on my flyplan.
– Maybe you’re on mine.

This post is an answer to today’s Dailypost prompt  :  Que sera sera.

This story is a part of my summer writing challenge : writing a 100 word story everyday, the 45th installment.

You can read all the details of my challenge and my reasons for doing it (and not CampNaNoWriMo) here.

I hope you will like today’s story and please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Let the blessed one have it all (august 23 nd)

5e épisode de la saga Morning Light.

5th episode of the Morning Light saga.

1/ Queen of the party

2/ Not in my name

3/Morning Light

4/ The one she had always fancied

 

Dana quietly exited her robbery place, my house. She stopped by the altar in the garden and chanted the ancient prayer “Let the blessed one have it all”. She laughed and took a bite of dried mushrooms lingering on the stone.

I followed my instinct and searched for food. My mother, the family’s foreseer, had hidden a bread and a honey jar.

I ate while Dana fell to the floor.

– Take this, I said, rushing a spoonful of honey in her mouth.

She rebelled.

– It’s an antidote !

She sulked and I walked away in the sunlight piercing through the fig trees.

 

This post is an answer to today’s Dailypost prompt  : That stings !

This story is a part of my summer writing challenge : writing a 100 word story everyday, the 44 th installment.

You can read all the details of my challenge and my reasons for doing it (and not CampNaNoWriMo) here.

I hope you will like today’s story and please do not hesitate to leave a comment.