Next Book Update

I started working on creating the What If’s for the threads that I have come up with so far for the book. It has been a slow process trying to find time to work on the book because of all the family drama. I personally suspect that things are going to get worse for before they get better. The good news is that I can use all that drama as inspiration for the book.

Moods

Hi Everyone,

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had started writing a poem that was a little darker than my usual creations.  I finally had a chance to sit down and mold my random thoughts into this poem.  If anyone is struggling with moods (or even depression), I hope this poem reminds you how important you really are!  The picture at the bottom of the poem was taken on our recent trip to Fort Bragg, I felt the clouds in the picture represents the darkness that moods can sometimes bring in your life, but, even if it’s difficult, you have to remember that the sun is always somewhere behind the clouds ready to burn through and shine it’s light on the world.  As usual, you can find this poem and all the others that I have posted on the poems tab.

-Charlene

Moods

I’ll never understand the ever changing of my moods

They affect my days in quiet interludes

Sometimes I feel so happy, full of joy and life

Other days, I’m so blue, it’s hard to muster a smile and everything cuts like a knife.

 

I just wish these moods asked my permission before they decide to change, I know it’s a lot to ask, such a challenge, but it would make my life so much easier to manage.

Although, most times I try to hide my moods so not everyone is aware

But my family sees right through it and knows when my moods are there.

 

And then, suddenly, without notice I finally feel so much better…

almost like a weight has been lifted off of my chest and I no longer feel the pressure

or it’s as if a storm cloud that has been drenching me in sadness and guilt

has turned into a puffy white cloud which makes me think back of how sad I really felt,

 

I’m just thankful to have an understanding group of people for support,

my husband, family, friends and co-workers for a start.

I want to take the time to thank them for all the patience that they share

And especially when I’m at my worst, I’m thankful for all their love and care.

 

So, if this poem reminds you of yourself (or someone that you know,)

Remember, even if you feel lost, please know that you are never alone,

Just reach out for help, and you may be surprised by the support you receive

Friends who are willing to lend an ear to listen, or a helping hand, will help you believe

That you are important through & through

And you may not know it but you make a difference in the lives of the people around you!

Vacuuming

I vacuumed the house earlier today. Kiki decided to pick a fight with the vacuum cleaner. She snapped at the vacuum head and ran off. LOL

Another Busy Week

My wife and I had another busy week. We had guests over for a couple of days. Also, my wife and I moved her grandma into a more permanent room. The room is much bigger than the previous one and has the feel of being a studio apartment.

Smashwords July Summer Sale

Hi everyone,

Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com) is running their summer sale again.  It runs from July 1st to July 31st.  The sales are a great way to a new author.  During the sale, Aurora: Crisis and Aurora: War are free.  Don’t forget to snag a copy of each before the sale ends.

Use the code SW100 at checkout to get both books for free during the sale.

Updates & Hobbies

Hi Everyone,

I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a new poem.  We’ve had a lot of adjustments to make with my grandma coming to stay with us and now it looks like she will be moving here permanently!  Today I finally started cleaning out the room that we have planned for her…currently she is staying in our guest room!

I did also want to share that I went through a dark period in my life a few weeks ago and during that time I started to put some thoughts to paper (ok to be honest I wrote it on my phone with an electronic memo app hehe)…the draft of the poem that I came up with is  a lot darker than my other poems so, now that I’m feeling better, I am going to try to work on it more and see what i can do with it before I share it.

In addition to everything else that is going on, I’ve been working on some additional hobbies that I enjoy (other than poetry).  Just this morning I made my first batch of plum jam of the season…the variety I made was one of my favorites and it has plum, banana and strawberries in it…I think my favorite thing though is that it is super sweet and yummy!!  Our plum tree has stopped producing for the season but I still have a refrigerator half full of plums that i need to keep using up before they go bad.  For example, just last weekend, I was baking with plums…that is yet another hobby that I enjoy!

Finally, the hobby that has taken most of my attention lately is cross stitching…I had started a project awhile ago and took a long break…but lately I have been back working on it several times a week!

 

How about you…do you have any hobbies you would like to share?  Please comment on the modica media facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/modicamedia/ with what hobbies you enjoy!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Charlene

Book Threads

I worked on creating a list of threads for the book last week.  My plan for this week is to start writing What If’s for each thread.  After that, I will go through the What If’s and remove the ones that do not fit.  I won’t erase them from my outline.  While they may not fit at first, there is always the possibility that they will fit later on as the book is developed and revised.

Book Outline

I managed to start working on the outline for the next book.  Due to some family issues that needed to be handled, I could not get as far into it as I would have liked.

Updates

Just wanted to post a few updates letting everyone know what is going on:

My wife wants to write another poem, but is still trying to figure a time when she can sit down to write.  She is still trying to get back into some kind of normal routine.  It will take her some time.

As for me, I should be getting back to writing soon.  I have to figure out a time of day that is best for me to write when there are not very many interruptions.  I hope to start writing again fairly soon.  My current plan for the next book is to sit down and create an outline and various threads.  This will create a road map of the story, which will allow to write efficiently with everything that is going on here.

Another Busy Week

My wife and I have been pretty busy this week.  My wife has not had a chance to work on a new poem.  She has been busy working and helping with her grandma.  I’ve been busy as well helping as well.  Hopefully we should be able to get into some kind of routine here soon.