The sun has decided to shine – at least for now – and is giving me the inspiration I need to clean my apartment so that I can get some fresh air exercise. 😉
I have a foodless post for you today, but I could not be more excited to share this news.
It has been yet another crazy, productive week. The highlight was Bobby and my Thursday night date, which I alluded to earlier. Thanks to LivingSocial we were able to score an amazing opportunity to see Water for Elephants, complete with free drinks and appetizers!
The movie was phenomenal. I am a firm believer in reading the book before seeing the film version. Sometimes, this proves disappointing because they change the ending or alter the details too significantly. Though there were definitely a few plot deviations, I thought overall the movie was a lot like the book and both Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon portrayed their characters beautifully. I would love to see it a second or third time. 😉
Watching a book brought to life on screen is always thrilling for me. Not only because it provides a physical look at the imagery that have already been circling through my head while reading, but also because I love imagining what it’s like for the author to see their published work turned into a blockbuster. While I don’t think the goal of novel writing is to get a movie deal, I think we can all agree that it is compliment to have the opportunity.
What follows is an excerpt from the post:
Blogging has helped me document in vivid detail some of the most meaningful moments of my life.
Blogging has helped me become a better brainstormer, editor and all around writer.
Most importantly, blogging gave me a voice. An opportunity to be a thought leader. A chance to become a part of and grow a community, while encouraging others to join in, too.
It’s also what has helped me find the courage to take on my next big challenge.
I’ve decided to pour my nighttime, post-working-hours soul into TheNextBigAuthor.com this May.
There is a story that I want to tell and I have yet to find a more social way to tell it than this.
Now I just need you, my blog friends (“blends”) and family, to keep me accountable. When May begins, I will be giving my all to this project – and I intend to blog about my progress. I look forward to keeping you in the loop and hearing your feedback once my story is revealed!
I am both excited and terrified about this contest. On the one hand, I feel as though I’ve been wanting to write this story for more than a year. On the other, it scares me to finally do something so public, subject to scrutiny outside my own.
As a result, I finally allowed Bobby to take a look at the notes, ideas and excerpts I’ve compiled to date. I was so nervous that I couldn’t even be in the same room with him while he was reading.
Then I heard him laugh. Of course that drove me crazy, so I ran in to see what was so funny.
Turns out, he had read something that was supposed to be funny. A written thought that resonated with him and had him nodding his head as if to say, “yes, I know exactly what you are talking about.”
This simple action boosted my confidence and motivation more than he knows. It is one of the things I love most about reading — the moment when I connect with the author’s words on a personal level, as if she is putting words to something that I have always believed, but never knew how to express.
I feel more prepared than ever for May 1 to arrive and I intend to share my progress with all of you. It has been my dream to become an author since I was very young. My goal for this year is to take every step possible toward making it a reality. I am not naïve enough to think it’s going to be an easy road — and I know that there will be plenty of criticism and rejection along the way. But this comes with the territory and anything you want badly enough is worth fighting for.