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Epiphanies and Creativity

Epiphanies are those rare “lightbulb” moments we humans have when things suddenly click in our mind and either what we’ve been stressing over or an understanding that’s been eluding us becomes wonderfully and incredibly clear.

These moments are rare for me as I’m stubborn and pig-headed by nature and tend to wrestle with ideas and concepts until I’ve wrangled them into submission. I’m also a fairly well-read and generally knowledgeable when it comes to a wide variety of topics and find interest in anything from a great joke to a good recipe to astronomy to ancient history and beyond.

I’m not a genius – far from it. In fact, I’d more likely label myself blissfully ignorant (though I’m well-aware of the horrors in this world I try not to hold onto the world’s pain and suffering as if it were my own).

All of these things combine make it rare for me to have epiphanic (not that’s not a real derivative of that word but it’s doing what I want it to) moments.

Which made yesterday such a wonderful day for me –

I had an epiphany!

For months now I’ve been working on plotting book 3 for the Chronicles series and trying to figure out how to wrap everything up in book 4 for the grand finale. I’ve always known in the back of my mind a very general concept for what had to be done and who would be part of it (character-wise that is). But I could never quite get a handle on exactly what was going to happen and why.

Then, I took three days off to spend Easter with my family. I did not write or edit or do anything work-related (even though weekends are usually my most productive time)… and the biggest thing I did was not worry about not working!

Now, when I sat down yesterday to dig into some larger edits required for book 2 I paused between chapters to simply take a breath and find a more comfortable position to sit in when it happened…

Suddenly my brain kicked into overdrive and I understood not only why book 3 had to take place in the past but how everything came together in book 4 – including the conclusion to Taya’s (my protagonist’s) character arc!

And I got excited – so much so that my heart raced and I felt as if I had to shout out my good fortune to the world. Of course, no one was around at the time and I had to keep going on the edit but that excitement kept me in high-gear for the rest of the day – giddy, positive and yet focused.

So why is it that today I’m in such a pissy/grumpy mood?

My epiphany is still magnificent – it clarifies where I’m going with this series and still has me doing mini-happy dances whenever I think about it. But I’ve been snappy and impatient all morning. Part of me desperately wants to take a nap and let my brain relax since my morning dream was one of those you just don’t want to wake up from, but it didn’t exactly let me rest either – and I’m always a bear when I don’t get enough sleep… but somehow it feels like more than that is going on.

Has this ever happened to you?

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Nominated for the Liebster Award

liebster-award-logoThis week I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. It’s a writing and content award for bloggers by bloggers who acknowledge great content and good writers who are just beginning their blogging career.

I’d like to thank Renee Scattergood for the nomination and I graciously accept this award. In doing so, it is now my obligation to answer 11 question, state 11 random facts, nominate 11 more wonderful new bloggers and ask them 11 questions of my own.

You may be wondering, “Why 11?” – So did I 😉

Symbolic Meaning of the Number Eleven

The spiritual meaning of number eleven is quite diverse. The number eleven is thought of as a “master” number in numerology because it is a double digit of the same number. When this occurs – the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power. Meaning, the attributes of the Number One are doubled.

Therefore, the very basic and primary understanding of the Number One is that of new beginnings and purity. When we see this digit doubled as with the eleven – then these attributes double in strength.

~ from http://knowyoursign.com

Renee’s Liebster Award questions for me:

How many books (on average) do you read each year?

I read approximately 12-16 fiction books of my own choosing, 4-6 fiction books for virtual book tours visiting my editing site Infinite Pathways Press, 4-6 non-fiction books related to the writing/publishing industry & 5-8 manuscripts for my editing clients (which, technically, are books!)… and that brings me to a total of 25-36 books a year!

What’s your zodiac sign?

I’m a Virgo with Leo tendencies since my birthday falls within the first week of the transition between Leo and Virgo – and it’s all true!

What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in life?

Wow, that’s a hard one… the mom in me want’s to say, “My son, of course.” But I don’t think that’s fair. I’d have to say it’s getting married less than a month after my 21st birthday and being committed to making it work for the last 15 years… you see, I’m not an easy person to live with – I’m terribly stubborn!

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

The British Isles… On my mother’s side my Grandmother’s family was from Ireland and my Grandfather’s family from England; on my father’s side my Grandmother was from Malta and my Grandfather from England. While I’d like to visit Malta some day, it’s not on my ‘bucket list’ like the Isles. That and I’m a sucker for castles!

What do you enjoy more, watching TV, watching movies or reading? Why?

Reading. I can get the same experiences of TV and movies that I can get with a book. I’m lucky enough to have the kind of imagination where I no longer see the words on the page but become one with the story; and there’s so much more you can get from that then just sitting like a lump on a log watching what someone else’s imagination wants you to see – but don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoy watching TV and going to the movies 😀

Have you ever won anything? If so, what was it and how did you win it?

I’ve won dance competitions, track & field races, writing competitions, basket ball games (with my team), books from giveaways, awards of excellence in school, door prizes, karaoke nights… I am most proud of winning my racing medals though – I used to have that “running” dream as a pre-teen/teen where you’re never quite sure if you’ll be fast enough to get away… the awards helped me through that period in my life.

What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?

I’ve been in car crashes as a child, fallen out of trees, been in close proximity to huge spiders (and I’m not exaggerating here) and even ridden an old wooden roller coaster I was sure was going to launch me out of my seat. But of everything, I’d say the scariest was watching my mother in a bad relationship when I was a child.

Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?

I think I could handle fame as an author but maybe not as a Hollywood celebrity – I’m very “in your face” and I have a tendency to do things I’m told are impossible to be done… just to prove it can be done. So, take from that what you will.

Have you ever read a book that once you were done you had to read it again right away? What was it? What made it so great for you that you had to read it a second (third, fourth…) time?

I have two of these books – LOL! The first is Green Rider by Kristen Britain and the second is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. The magic in these new lands and the strong female characters make my heart sing, swoon and shatter. I can only hope that my own writing affects someone in this way 😀

What is your favorite beverage?

Icy chocolate milk. I’m a choco-holic and I drink hot chocolate the way most people drink coffee or tea (the herbal stuff is okay but too mild for me on average). I stopped liking the flavour of white milk in my mid-teens and instead latched onto chocolate milk… the colder and icier the better.

Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Why?

Neither. I’m not a fan of summer or winter. My favourite temperature is warm and I relish in the break that spring brings from the frigid and that autumn brings from the heat! I’d be most content living in New Zealand for the rest of my life as long as I could bring my entire extended family with me!

11 Random Facts about M.J. Moores

1) I tried out for the first ever Canadian Idol, made it through 3 rounds of judging with the TV producers then got rejected before I could sing for the stars. I now no longer watch any of the Idols.

2) It was (and still is) a huge dream of mine to sing for an animated Disney movie.

3) My two eye-teeth are crooked. In elementary/public school my mother asked me if I wanted braces and I said, “No. I don’t want to be like everyone else.”

4) You will not win an argument against me if I think I’m right (LOL!)

5) I love to eat. I have one of those pallets that allows me to savour good food and now I’m battling with my weight because my metabolism is no longer what it was when I was younger!

6) I hate the colour yellow in decor but find it truly inspiring out in nature.

7) My favourite colour is blue… electric blue.

8) I love to laugh but I’m not a ‘funny’ person 😉

9) I will go stir-crazy if I do not get to read on a regular basis.

10) I did acrobatic/dance and jazz as a pre-teen and then took it up again in my late 20s and early 30s until I pulled a groin muscle and felt like a fork with no tines.

11) I love, love, love music from the late 80s & early 90s – Rock On my friends!

My Nominees for the Liebster Award

Andrea N. Carr

Patricia Miller

Kat Ryder

R. Clint Peters

Alexandru Constantin

Alex Lound

Rob Rinne

Brittany Zedalis

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Matt of Suffolk – shadowmatty

Kelly Anne Rist

Questions for my Nominees

Who or what inspires you as a writer and as a human being?

What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?

If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be and why?

If you were a superhero, what would be your power(s) and why?

What’s a moment in your past you are now able to laugh at but couldn’t at the time?

If you could live anywhere on Earth, where would you choose and why?

What’s your biggest worry right now?

What is your best physical attribute?

What is your best characteristic?

What is your worst characteristic?

Do you remember your dreams? How does that affect you (or not)?

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Self-knowledge and Discovery of Self

I didn’t know I had a shy bone in my body until I was 11 years old.

Now, that’s a long time to be around and not know something like that about yourself. So, how did I find out this little nugget of wisdom? By attending a new school for the first time in my life.

I went two week without speaking to anyone other than the teacher and no one showed any kind of interest in me – at all. I was the outsider. In my old school, no matter how many times I moved to a new house I had my foundation set in stone – my Grandmother’s house was “home” and my elementary school an extension of that and I was the kid everyone knew.

So imagine being ripped from the life you’ve always known and tossed into a strange place where there were no footings, only quick sand. I learned a lot about myself marooned at that new school (and the next one I attended prior to high school). I am both strong and weak; smart and naive, loving and spiteful, shy and bold.

It’s hard enough for a girl to go through puberty at such an early age and deal with all of these conflicting sides to my personality but in a strange environment with hostile peers it became a nightmare. Let’s just say there were moments of glory (as lead in the school-wide Christmas Play) and moments of despair (wondering if I should just run away).

My main character in Time’s Tempest, Taya, faces whether or not she truly knows herself and how the events of her childhood helped shape the woman she became – be it for good or bad.

This fluctuation in knowing yourself and self-discovery do not just happen at puberty. Throughout our lives we grow and change and often it happens without our knowledge – one day we’re just different: high school, break-up, marriage, death of a loved one…

However, I must say that all throughout my life the one think that’s always remained the same is my contradictory nature 😛

What about you? Do you have a constant?

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