Posted By Christine Graves on March 15, 2017
Yeah, I know. I said I was going to work harder at keeping this blog up to date, but life gets in the way sometimes. I haven’t given up though. I’m still plugging away and I know there has to be a way to keep me going. I haven’t been totally out to lunch, though. I’ve been working my fingers to the bone with my crocheting. In the past few weeks, I’ve made 4 mandala-styled bolero vests, 2 beaded chokers, and am working on a granny square tanktop. I know, sounds like a lot and it is, but I’m having fun and I find it very relaxing.
However, I’m now in the process of figuring out how to make some extra cash. And here’s what I’m going to need to do in order to see my dream come true:
1.) I need to figure out how to promote my blog in order to get more people to at least check it out.
2.) I need to come up with a niche that will set me apart from most others. I’m not an IT specialist or anything of the sort, but I’m not a total idiot.
3.) I need to stop second guessing myself.
Sounds kind of dumb when I read it back, but this is what needs to be done. I’ve got a few ideas, I just have to do it. Not easy when you’re trying to keep up with a 5-yr old grandchild, a husband who’s famous for his spur-of-the-moment adventures, and a back lot of family members who seem to think you’re made of money.
So here’s to the future and hopefully figuring out a way to add a little to my bank account without tapping it out in the process. Wish me luck!!
Posted By Christine Graves on January 29, 2017
Okay, so I don’t usually discuss some of the weirder things I believe in, but I had to talk about this topic. I am a firm believer that many of the world mythologies are based on facts. I stress the word “based”. In other words, history is the longest running game of “messenger”, or “telephone”, whichever you called it. Remember that game we all played as kids where all the kids sat in a row and whispered a message into the next person’s ear to see if what the last person hears is what the first person said? Okay, maybe it’s just me.
Anyway, I’m watching Atlantis Rising on The National Geographic Channel. I truly believe that there was a real place behind all the hype. I know there’s been a ton of research done on the story, but some of the crap they come up with just amazes me. However, this show is actually trying to find some real evidence. I even heard a few things I’ve never heard before.
For instance, they found some very compelling evidence on the island of Sardina. Why have I never heard of this before? There were some very cool ruins found on the island. According to the archaeologist on site, the ruins were only recently discovered as they were covered in a thick layer of mud. For thousands of years, the people of Sardina had no idea that the giant mountain of dirt they pass every day was a huge stone structure? Kinda find that hard to believe but okay. They did determine that the biggest problem with that being Atlantis is that the time frame is too late. But it could be a place the people of Atlantis colonized after the destruction. Yeah, I might be able to buy that.
So they’ve moved further west to just outside the Straits of Gibraltar. Now I’ve heard some of the details of things they’ve found in that region and it’s very compelling. I won’t say I believe it’s Atlantis, but they are finding some interesting things. I won’t say what, watch the show. LOL couldn’t do that to Mr. Cameron or Mr. Jacobovici. I love me some Simcha.
I think there could be something to finding Atlantis in Southern Spain. It coincides with a lot of the details in Plato’s story, though I’m sure they’ll give some ideas as to why it’s not.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 26, 2017
I’m such a geek. I do a lot of the normal things that a woman of my age does. I crochet, I write, I ride motorcycles with my husband. But I also like geeky girl stuff like super heroes, fantasy worlds, and the idea of magic. I love ancient history, gods and goddesses, ancient aliens, and the SyFy show “Face Off”.
It may not seem a big deal, but it drives my husband up the wall. Being a motorcycle guy, he’s also into raace cars, muscle cars, old volkswagons, and prison TV shows. He’s your typical “man’s man”, but he has a heart of gold.
I know I’m a geek, but I’m okay with that. I might be an old broad, but I’ll always be young at heart.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 18, 2017
As I’ve said before, in order for me to get back into writing, I need to go back to the beginning. Today, I did just that. I went to my local library and picked up the 2017 Writer’s Market. I was pretty excited to see that it was there as our library isn’t a large place, but they impressed me today.
When I first decided that writing was what I really wanted to do, I didn’t know where to turn. That was before there was a computer in every home. We didn’t get our first computer until like 1996 or 97. And then it was only a WebTV. Remember that?
So, before that, I turned to The Writer’s Market for guidance. I sent a lot of submissions out in the mail, and I got a lot of rejections in return. But I learned a lot in those first couple of years. Now keep in mind, I haven’t used this guide in a very long time. I’m not so sure I remember how or where to start. But as before, I’ll figure it out.
I also picked up a book called “How To Write Anything–A Complete Guide” by Laura Brown. Never heard of it, but there looks to be a lot of information in there. I’m sure there’s something in there that will help me get to the next step.
I often wonder if it’s too late for me. I’m looking 50 in the face and it makes me a little nervous. Then I found this article about about just that topic. “Is It Too Late To Be A Writer?” by James Altucher. It’s about Louis L’Amour and the the road he had to travel in becoming one of the most prolific authors of all time. I bow to the master.
I told a friend of mine today, that if she’s really serious about it, go for it. One of the ladies I work with at my real world job, likes to write also. And being 20 years younger than me, I know she’s in her prime and could take her dream to the next level. Now I just have to remind myself of the same thing.
I can do it. I am a writer.
Posted By Christine Graves on January 8, 2017
So, I did a post a few days ago about coming up with an idea from a writing prompt. I’ve working on the first draft/outline. I put it that way because that’s kind of where I’m at in the process. I’ve got all these weird ideas coming out of thin air and I’m not sure where to go with any of them, so I’m just getting them down, I’ll figure out how to arrange them later.
I can’t believe I’ve gotten so much coming from a simple writing prompt, and it wasn’t even a serious one. It was kind of silly, but it’s brought out stuff in me that hasn’t been released in a very long time. It just goes to show that even the strangest of ideas can spark something in the right person.
The oddest part of the whole thing is that the more I write, the more it looks like I could come up with an entire series of stories from this one idea. I don’t know about entire books, but several short stories. I love writing short stories. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a squirrel.
For anyone who’s actually reading this post, don’t walk away from an idea you think won’t do much for you. It could actually be the one you’ve been waiting for. Don’t just read a prompt, feel it. Let it sink in for a few minutes then see if it moves you. Never take anything for granted, you never know when that miracle will be waiting for you just around the corner.