Saturday, September 1, 2012

Home Alone and Inspired by Julie and Julia

Tonight I find myself home alone. While the hubby has gone with his brother to see Motley Crue and Kiss at the former Deer Creek pavilion, I am celebrating the completion of the first edit of Rebel Obsession. The manuscript is now in the hands of my beta readers.

I could have begun work on the next book tonight, but I wanted to take time to relish this moment first. Believe me, though, I might not be typing, but my mind is definitely working over how the next book will come together. And ideas are flowing for three other story ideas, too, not related to my AKM series. In fact, with four series novels also talking to me, my mind is a very busy place right now, which is why it's important for me to begin work immediately on Return of the Assassin, book four of AKM.

But not tonight. No, no, no. I refuse. Tonight is for celebrating and me.

So, what did I do after I finished the first edit of Rebel Obsession? I watched Julie and Julia.

I think we all have things, whether they are movies, songs, pictures, or what have you, that inspire us. Julie and Julia happens to be one of those inspirational movies for me. So is Under the Tuscan Sun. Hmm, I'm seeing a theme here. Both movies are about writers.

I don't know why, but I walk away from these two movies feeling ready to do great things. Perhaps it's in seeing the struggles the characters go through, when they feel hopeless, that pulls me in, because no matter how hard life gets for them, or how many meltdowns they have, in the end, it all works out. Oh, I know it's Hollywood, but in real life we can have happy endings, too, and that's what I take away from the experience.  In life, when you're in the middle of the hellish meltdown, you can't see the future getting any better. But when you look back a year later, you see how all the hell got you to where you are that day, and it doesn't look so bad from that perspective.

So now I am going to listen to some relaxing music, maybe do a little cleaning, perhaps play a game, then read and go to bed. Because tomorrow, the celebration is over and the next book begins.

So tell me, what inspires you?



  1. Hi Donya,

    I love those two movies, and like you I find them an inspiration. Yes, it's Hollywood, but they don't have a monopoly on happiness and creating something beautiful from an idea, or less-than-happy circumstances.
    What else inspires me? The enthusiasm of fellow writers like yourself.

    1. Awe, thank you, Tima. I'm glad you stopped by my blog today. :) Btw, today I'm finding inspiration in music. Just the right song helps capture the mood perfectly. Have a great holiday.