Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Message From Charlee

Who's Charlee, you may be wondering? Charlee is a main character from one of the YA novels I'm working on. I was organizing my office yesterday, decluttering, and found a note from her.

No, I'm not crazy. It didn't manifest from the ether. It's a note I wrote after a short meditation session I did a while back. My writing coach, the wonderful and amazing Lauren Sapala, suggested it as a way to connect more deeply with my characters.

I visualized myself with Charlee and Quinn (who is the other MC). We were sitting on the floor, each of them on either side of me. Suddenly, Charlee took my hand and this is what I heard her say:

If you're a writer, you probably understand how real characters can become, and Charlee is very real to me. I've never felt like I created her (or any of my characters for that matter). It's more like she revealed herself and keeps revealing herself the more I write -- the more the trust between us grows. I don't think that's something that can be forced, either. It just happens with some characters more than others.

So yeah, I truly feel like that message came from her (or some higher power) -- I didn't just make it up. And when I found it yesterday and read it, goosebumps rushed over me from head to toe, and again when I typed it out. I always take that as a message from my divine guides to pay attention.

The truth is that I've let my writing fall away and have been feeling a HUGE amount of resistance over the last few months. And I'm mad at myself for not being able to get back to it. I have no excuses anymore. We're all settled-in to the new place, there are no distractions, yet I still can't seem to sit down and write. Can't seem to get in the right head space. I don't understand why it's so hard.

But I guess I don't need to wonder what the problem is. Charlee just told me.

I need to trust myself and my writing (something I've been working on). I need to trust these stories and characters, which I honestly believe exist out there, either in some other dimensional reality or as a manifestation of global consciousness.

I need to also remember that this is not MY story, it's just coming through me. So, thank you Charlee for not giving up on me. Thank you for reminding me that this story needs to be told. I promise not to let you or Quinn down. I'm in this for the long haul.


What about you? If you're a writer, have you ever felt that your characters were reaching out to you?

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Monday, November 28, 2016

My November Newsletter is Up!

I've shared a few haiku and other tidbits. Here is a link to where this instalment can be viewed:

Publication News and Something Cool - November 2016

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season filled with warmth, love, and joy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Status: Currently Homeless! An update

Well, we are all moved out of our home and temporarily settled in at the in-laws. Today, I can finally just relax and breathe. The move went well, but oh my word, we still had so much stuff. It took four hours to load the truck!

This is just a small sampling. For a while, it felt like the packing would never end.

And here is my poor dog. We had to coral her so she wouldn't be in the way. I also don't trust her to go down the stairs by herself. She keeps slipping and has taken a few tumbles over the last few weeks. It is just by some miracle she hasn't injured herself. 

Luckily, the stairs are carpeted at my in-laws, so she has had no issues since we're here. Of course, something will have to be done once we're in the new place. I'm looking into different options.

Anyhow, I was convinced there was no way in heck that all our stuff would fit in the garage at the new place -- this is where everything is being stored until our townhouse unit is ready. Even the movers were skeptical when they got there. 

Thankfully, one of the movers was really good at knowing how to stack boxes without wasting space and they were able to fit it all in. Basically, the garage is stuffed to the ceiling and up to the door. 

Here they were only about halfway done. 

Things are progressing well with our unit. Floors should be all in by the end of the week and cupboards are coming in on the 28th. The project manager said they might even be done a little ahead of schedule. Fingers crossed! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Finally! Finally! Finally!

This FINALLY happened last night!!!!

Oh my gosh! I thought it never would! The deal had been going on for a couple weeks now. We were in a domino chain situation with three properties involved. After major issues came up with the first property on the chain the sale almost fell through, but thankfully, the buyers and sellers finally settled on a deal at the last minute. Phew!

Our closing is on November 22nd, but our townhouse unit will only be ready on December 8th. Luckily, we have a place to stay in the meantime.

So now, the packing begins!

I think it should go pretty well though. We've gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the last few months, and there is more to go. It feels really good to declutter and pare down.

Anyhow, it's so exciting! Just one month to go and we'll be in our new place! Yay! :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ready for Fall! Bring it On!

A peek into my backyard
I'm not quite sure where the last month went, but I'm glad fall is settling in. I'm anxious to get back to regular routines and less running around. And, I still can't wrap my mind around it, but my son is starting college next week! Feeling like a very proud mama! :)

And, amen for cooler temperatures and less humidity!  So yes, bring on autumn! I am so ready.

There has been no movement on our house -- we've had two or three showings during the entire summer. One couple is really interested, but they just put their house on the market, so it will most likely be weeks before they sell theirs.

On the writing front it's been quiet. I did manage to revise a chapter book I had sitting in my files and am waiting for feedback from my writing coach. I was planning on self-publishing it, but was surprised to receive a message from a publisher that is interested in seeing it.

This happened as a result of me posting about it on the Writer's Cafe forum on the kboards.

Of course, it doesn't mean that anything will come of it, but it's still really cool that they reached out to me. I will be sending them the first three chapters, but if they pass on it, I'm not submitting it elsewhere. I'll be self-publishing it.

As far as haiku go, I have one that will be appearing in the fall issue of Modern Haiku, and yesterday I sent a submission to The Heron's Nest. It's the only submission I have out at the moment. Fall always seems to inspire haiku though, so hopefully I'll have more poetry to submit soon.

I also have a YA Fantasy short story that I will be sending out for critique. I think I'm going to try putting it in Kindle Unlimited once it's ready. I know shorts don't bring in a lot of money, but even just a dollar here and there will be exciting. And, I have to start somewhere, right?

I just want to get my stuff out there!

Oh, I finally sent out my application for The Haiku Foundation registry. My poet profile is already up, so that's fun! You can check it out here: G.R. LeBlanc Poet Profile.

Well, that's about it for now. Happy September everyone and I leave you with a haiku!

evening lull
a spider web pulses
with the breeze


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Paper Wasp, summer 2012

Originally published (in text form only) in Paper Wasp, summer 2012.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The First Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Memorial Contest

The first Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Memorial Contest, 2016 - Honorable mention. Published in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, and Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, and Haiga.

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