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Let’s talk… why do you write?

People often ask me why I write and sometimes I don’t want to answer the question because I don’t need a reason to write. I write because I enjoy it and it makes me happy. I also write because I can’t kidnap people and force them to act out my make-believe world otherwise I’ll get arrested! 

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Now, wouldn’t that have been a grand thing? 

Joking aside, today is National Day on Writing in the USA. The National Day on Writing asks Americans to consider the role of writing in everyday life.

So why do I write? I think I answered this question on my friend Mandie Hines blog at one point, but I’ll put it here again:

I write because I want to read something that hasn’t been in print before. I write for the sheer fun of it and for the pleasure. I write because it is my passion and I express myself better with a pen in my hand. I write to get better. I write to explore my own universe. I write because it’s therapeutic and I empty my mind when I do. I write to inspire and to invoke thoughts. I write because I am in love with words.

I am not a perfect writer by any means, but I just love writing.

Why do you write?

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Social Media theme: the menu

There’s always a downside to every good thing.

I’ve been trying to come up with topics for Social Media themed week, but no matter how hard I try, I keep coming back to the negatives of social media. This generation is all electronic and cannot bear to live without their iPhones. We live in a time where we can’t eat, sleep, or think without our digital devices. 

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We depend on them like manna from heaven often neglecting our spiritual nourishment.

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So without further adieu, guys…

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Although I’ve labeled it Social Media themed week, it’s actually going to run for 2 weeks (or maybe 3) because I wouldn’t have the time to write all of the articles in one week. Also, I can’t decide which ones to write apart from a few. I came up with…

^ Tell a hater later

> Oversharing

^ Meeting potential killers online

> Are you addicted to Facebook?

^ The negative effects of social media

> YouTube drama

^ Conditioning

> In defense of your favorite celebrity

Disclaimer: I am not saying that you shouldn’t use social media because there are many good things that you can reap from it, but use it wisely and thoughtfully.

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Outstanding October!

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Don’t mind me, I’m only looking around for September. I can’t believe that she slipped out of my grasp and I couldn’t hold onto her. I did not get to complete half of the tasks that I set out to do and it was kind of disappointing, but here comes October!

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October Plans!

I am happy to be alive and to see another new month…

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…but I don’t have any set plans for this month. Looking over last month, I realize that I did not post anything for the Tom Cruise Challenge. Is it still on? I don’t know. If I don’t post anything new by the end of this month, then I’ll consider it canceled.

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Also, I am yet to start the A to Z Challenge. I was thinking of doing it around phobias…

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…I know, I’m weird, but it should be interesting and I love learning new things no matter where the field is concerned. 🙂

I’ll be working on new short stories for Sunday Shorts and focusing on developing characters so I might just be posting more about writing in general. I don’t know as yet; we’ll see. I also plan to start posting new material on Wattpad

I know I probably say this every month whenever I do a post like this (I know I said it last month, too), but I have exciting posts coming up! I’ll try to keep up my daily posts as I steer the wheel of this thing call life with God by my side. I’m pretty much hyped for this month as I set out to make October outstanding!

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Baguette! I think I overdid it with the GIFs in this lone post. 

Thank God that you have breath and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:

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Another Tattoo

Short Story #20

Whoa! I haven’t updated Short Story Sunday in a long time because I did not have the inspiration to do so. I still don’t have the inspiration to, but today’s short is an addition to the last short story I wrote call Tattoos and I’ll be free writing so forgive my grammatical errors and my French as well. 

Antonio Caster was wiping down the counter and humming along to an old Spanish song when the doorbell chimes signaling that he had a new customer. With a smile, he straightens his frame, ready to greet his fifth and probably final customer of the day. However, when the tall, bald-headed man with the piercing silver gray eyes confidently walk into his tattoo parlor, Antonio lost his smile. This man was a regular client of his and a good tipper, but one night when he tattooed the name of a fallen hitman on the Frenchman’s back, he realized that Jean-Pierre Papin was more than just a regular client.

Jean-Pierre was tattooing the names of his fallen enemies on his lower back and this made Antonio wondered if the bad man had a mild case of amnesia.

He forces his best smile when the man approached the counter. “Bonjour. How can I help you today?”

“Another name,” Jean-Pierre impatiently flings a piece of paper on the counter.

Antonio picks it up and gasp. “Isn’t this the name of your girlfriend?”

Jean-Pierre darkly looks at him.

“Right on it,” Antonio said with less enthusiasm as he led the Frenchman to the back room. “Where would you like it?”

“Same place,”

He killed her! I can’t believe he actually killed her! Antonio panic inside. And now he wants to tattoo her name alongside his enemies. Oh, Marilyn! What have you done to deserve this!

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Jean-Pierre walked out of Antonio’s Ink an hour and a half later with a puzzled look on his face, his skin still stinging from the fresh ink. He did not understand why the man hesitated to ink Marilyn’s name on his skin. Was it because he was putting her name next to his enemies? He had no other choice in the matter, though.

When he returned to his Montmartre flat, freshly brewed coffee assaulted his senses causing him to gag. He hated coffee. “Do you mind?”

“Oh, you’re back!” a surprised feminine voice answered. “Désolé pour le café!

“I put up a lot for you because you’re lucky I like you a lot, Marilyn.”

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Daily Prompts: October 21st-22nd

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October 21st: Blank is the new blank

Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase: “_____ is the new _____.” There’s your post title. Now write!

I got ‘to’ and ‘you’… To is the new you. ???? Doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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October 22nd: Sand but true

Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten. Does it still apply?

Hmmm… I have no idea where to start looking because nothing comes to mind at the moment. However, when I was younger, I was told that I have the ability to be a better writer if I would just apply practice to my craft every day. Does it still apply? I guess so because I haven’t been practicing my craft.