Houston County youth in grades 2nd-12th, it is time for the second annual creative writing contest and this year we are partnering with the Houston County Arts Council for an art contest as well. The deadline to enter both contests is Sept 26. All winners (1st - Honorable Mention) in all categories will be published in the Creative Minds LIterary Journal. The reception for all students who enter and their families will be held on Oct. 21, 2014 at City Hall from 6-8 p.m. Happy Writing and Drawing! I can't wait to read all the wonderful poems, prose, and stories as well as see all the beautiful artwork from the students of Houston County. There is such amazing talent in our town. These contests are to encourage creative thought and expression. Have fun and be creative.
Everyday is a new day and a new journey in life. As a writer I can honestly say that there are days that I just want to climb back in the bed with the covers over my head and hope that the next great idea will float under the covers, but those days are few and far between. Any time I attend a writers' conference or workshop I am immediately inspired and I am so thankful for that. I love the networking and sitting with like minds, the creative juices just start flowing. As a writer I have learned that inspiration is everywhere and where the networking is nice, it is also nice to step back in life and to write about the little steps along the journey as well as the really big ones.
Every step in the journey of life is special. I am so thankful to my children who encourage me everyday to tell them a story or help them write their own story. My daughter wrote a poem about a rusty old nail and I had discouraged her not to enter it in a contest, but she did anyway and she won with that poem. That was huge life lesson for me that I should never discourage my children if they are being creative and expressive with the their writing I should let them be free. As a writer I don't want to be stiffled, so I vowed to give them the same freedom that I request. Children show us and teach us so many things. My son teaches me everyday to love life, because we don't know what tomorrow will be. Thank you both so much.
The Clarksville Writers' Conference was wonderful this year. I think it was almost better, because I didn't know most of the presenters. At first, I had reservations because I didn't know the presenters, but I am really glad that I decided to attend. It was wonderful. I can't wait until next year's conference.
Spring is finally here. The winter really had me feeling the blues, however it gave me time to climb on the couch with a blanket, cup of coffee and a book. I have been reading and editing alot lately. Currently I am reading 2 books: Divergent by: Veronica Roth and Hereafter (the Shadlowland series) by: Kate Brian. Typically I read one book at a time so that I can keep the plot, characters, and setting in my head, but I just couldn't help reading both of these books simataniously, they are both SO GOOD.
Yesterday was the monthly coffee chat book club. I love being able to interact with all of the avid book lovers. I always seem to hear about a book that I want to read. There are so many good books out there, sometimes it is just hard to decide which one to choose.
2014 is absolutely flying by and I feel like I am 10 steps behind all the time. I made a promise to myself to write and read more this year. The year started off great I read 3 books back to back and was getting writing in as well. Then school started back and sports have begun, I am keeping the promise to myself, though I feel like I still need to read more and write more. I took a step back the other day and realized I set the goal for myself so I could do more things that I love, not to stress myself out more. I have met some really amazing authors this year through goodreads and have networked more than I ever did last year. When I say networked, I mean actual human contact and not just social media. It has been such an honor to meet two very amazing poets and get to email and talk with these ladies about what we all love, writing and sharing our work.
I am staying true to my promise by reading and writing more, but I got something even more out that promise, self worth and value. I underestimate myself and undervalue myself alot. This year I am proud of who I am.
I would like to apologize for not posting to the blog lately. I had a goal of writing at least once a week, however that hasn't happened. I won't make excuses, I promise to try to post more often.
I have been writing a lot of poetry lately, though it is very different than most of my poetry. It has a Picasso type feel even though it is words instead of visual art. I am not complaining, I absolutely love how my writing twists and turns. It sculpts me as a writer and a person.
This past Monday I attended a new local book club called Coffee Chat and it was wonderful. It was so nice to be in a room with people who love books as much as I do. This book club is not a book club where everyone reads the same book then discusses it. It is a club where everyone brings what they are currently reading and tells about that book. When I returned home I couldn't wait to add several of the books to my Amazon wish list, but I also sat down and wrote several poems. I love the appreciation of books.
Holy Cow it is beyond cold in TN. The high tomorrow for this area is in the single digits, now that may not be cold to some of you, but to us Tennesseans and Alabamans that is frigid well actually beyond frigid! Not only is the temp drop also nice to kick back with my children during the holiday break. I especially enjoyed sitting around drinking hot chocolate and catching up on life. They were praying for now school tomorrow due to the weather and their wish has been granted. You would think that after a 2 week break they would be ready to go back to school. I hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far.
I hope everyone is having a very happy holiday season. I love this time of year, simply because I get to have time off to be with my family, catch up on some of my reading and writing, and try to tackle some of the chores that I have let slip over the last couple of months due to softball games. I have actually had a chance to read several great books in the last week or so. It has been wonderful.
As a family we traveled down to Alabama to see family for the Christmas holiday, then we came back home and I cooked for my parents on Christmas Day. We have also spent time with some of our friends. I could not ask for anything more then spending time with the people that I love and care for. It truly has been a wonderful holiday season for me. I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year.
Sharon loves to read mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy. She loves the fact that a book can take you anywhere if you let it.