Who am I?

Where I’m at Wednesday

I am going out of town this week, and hopefully I will finish The Omphalos of Delphi. I won’t promise anything because I will, most likely, get distracted by the beckoning wilderness that needs exploring. Sometimes the change in scenery helps me to clear my head. Let’s hope that is the case. 🙂

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Recently, a friend suggested that I should connect with my readers on a more personal level. She said: “Giving advice is great, but you need to let people know who YOU really are.”
I know she’s right, but talking about “me” isn’t one of my strongest abilities.

 

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the age of 10, my mother got a job transfer to Phoenix, Arizona. I left my friends and grandparents behind, and thought our move would be an adventure. Little did I know, I would be saying goodbye to more than just family. I would be saying goodbye to changing of seasons, more specifically, snow. Ahhh—-snow. . . Wait, that’s the white stuff, right?

 

Adjusting to new people and surroundings is difficult for adults, but (I believe) it is 100 times worse for children. Let’s face it, kids can be cruel, especially if you don’t fit in.
I wasn’t welcomed with the warmest of receptions. The following year, I made my first friend, but it didn’t stop the ridicule. I gave up on school, stopped doing homework assignments, and eventually was held back a year.
It’s okay. I look back on it now as a blessing more than a curse.

 

The following year, I had new friends, and did better in school. I started to care again. Then I got a puppy, and set to training her. In 1984, I was in the local newspaper, riding a bicycle with my dog. Check it out:

Newspaper article

 

Funny, huh?

 

I went on to high school feeling more confident.

 

At the end of my sophomore year, I met my future husband. I tell people:  “I had a crush on him at 15, dated him at 16, and married him at 19”.

 

For 27 years, we’ve been through trial-some journeys together, but also the funniest moments. Eventually, I will write the story of our honeymoon, or what we laughingly refer to as: “The Honeymoon from Hell”.  It is the symbol of humor that followed us throughout our lives together.

 

We were married for five years before we had our first daughter. Honestly, I had NO experience with children let alone a baby. My husband and mother helped the first week after she was born, but on the second week they had to go back to work, leaving me alone with THE BABY. I was terrified!

 

Eighteen months later, we welcomed our second daughter. I got the hang of this kid thing, but that doesn’t mean I want people to randomly hand me their babies because they still scare me. The two girls were so close in age and appearance, we were constantly asked if they were twins.
Today, I am proud to report we survived! My husband and I are closer now, and look forward to whatever may come our way.

 

I am a wife, mother, writer, homeschooling parent, homemaker, and blogger.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

 

Take care, my friends.
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Big Words

Where I’m at Wednesday June 11, 2014

I have been so busy this week! You wouldn’t believe half the stuff that I’ve researched. Poland is an amazing country–rich with culture, architecture, and history. I am in love.
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Wawel Hill Krakow, Poland

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Warsaw University Library (Warsaw, Poland)

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Bear Cave Kletno, Poland

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Bear Cave Kletno, Poland

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Dragon’s Den Krakow, Poland

 

 

I am also glad to report that the end to The Omphalos of Delphi is within my grasp. I still have a ways to go, but most of the main issues have been resolved. I’ll admit that alternating between the three separate stories got too cumbersome. Now, I’m focusing on each one individually without interference. After they are finished,  I will then interweave them together. This process has helped immensely.
Currently, I am writing chapters 24, 25, and 27, but things are moving faster even with the amount of research I did.

 

 

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Big words may sound nice, but don’t get so carried away that you lose people’s interest. Years ago, I knew someone who felt big words would reflect on their education. To them, being known as an intellectual was more important than getting a point across. I try to lean in the opposite direction.
Educating the reader gently is more effective than to make them stop reading just to focus on a specific word. Your story should have a sound backbone, and not waste the reader’s time with arrogant fluff.

 

 

 

 

Balancing too many ideas at once

Where I’m at Wednesday May 21, 2014

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I am nimbly, frantically, drudgingly working. Day by day, I add a little more to the story. Researching for the next location, I think Jaskinia Raj, Poland might be the next venue. I haven’t settled on it though; it’s in the raw stage of research. As for now, my characters are headed to London, and then on to Ireland. I’m hoping to wrap up the conflicts and climax soon. As things are coming to me, I think it’ll be a faster pace from here on out.
On a different note, I was delighted to finally share some of my research of Roman Emperors. Tracing the Omphalos down throughout history has been challenging, but very worth it. So far, I’ve researched a sphere to King Darius I in Babylon, but other connections have brought it to the Sumerians. Like I said, this book will be the death of me in research alone.

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Balancing too many ideas at once

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Have you ever been in the middle of one project, and then get a brilliant idea for another? I have done that on several occasions.
In the middle of writing my first novel, I got an idea for the second. The same thing happened again while writing the second novel. My best advice is not to give up on your current project to write the next, but take as many detailed notes as you can. Write an outline, draw a time line, or scribble down the facts in a notebook. That way, after you’ve finished one project, you’ll have the backbone for the next. If you drop your current task to start another, then most likely you will never finish. Sometimes our creativity can be overwhelming. An over abundance of ideas can produce stumbling blocks. Remain focused on the one you’re working on, and DON’T stop.
Take care my friends. 🙂
Have questions or ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to contact me via email: hsquires9597@yahoo.com

Creativity

Where I’m at Wednesday May 14, 2014

I am well into chapter 23, and trying to hurry along. I NEED to finish this book by August; that will give me enough time for edits and corrections before sending it off to the publisher.
J.D. Scott & I will launch our books together again this year. I am also happy to announce that Benjamin Phillips will be launching his first novel with us. Welcome Benjamin to “published author” status. Yay!!!
We decided that the launch will take place in October, but the date is still being negotiated–I don’t want to mention specifics until we know for sure.

 

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CREATIVITY

-is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created such as an idea, a joke, an artistic or literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.

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Our creativity flows best from the world around us. Understanding  places or people brings the story closer to life. You can use nature as a prime example. Have you ever stepped outside and your eyes become transfixed on the scenery? In my head, I try describing the panorama using words to illustrate the images. It helps my mind to absorb the magnificence.
Take clouds for example:

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Words like: wispy, breezy, scattered, thin, dotted, stretched. . .

 

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Billowy, amazing, wondrous, dark, puffy, thunderous, mysterious. . .

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Heavenly, happy, beautiful, glorious, peaceful, solemn. . .

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Frightful, ominous, oppressive, dread, catastrophic, looming, terrifying, horrendous, grim. . .

 

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A good friend and author asked me the other day if our creativity can end. I don’t think so. For as long as we dream dreams, and enjoy the splendor around us, our creativity will never cease. Artists, writers , and inventors have profound imaginations. Don’t listen to the negativity in your head to discourage your brilliance to craft ideas or images.
Take care my friends

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Deadlines

Where I’m at Wednesday March 19, 2014

Getting back into the swing of things

I am officially writing The Omphalos of Delphi again. It has not been easy going from the anxiety of editing to calm, creative story building. But now, I have a fresh mind. Sometimes it helps to step away for a short while. I can clear my head, or come up with different scenarios during intermission. Hopefully, it won’t take long completing The Omphalos. Then I’ll have to reread and edit it before the manuscript goes to the editor. It is suppose to be released sometime this fall.

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DEADLINES

Deadlines SUCK [period] There is nothing that gets your blood flowing more than closing-in on a deadline, and you’re no where near completion. I hate the long hours, the mind-boggling stress, and amount of concentration a project entails; however, I do enjoy having a deadline. When I have an exact timeframe, it persuades me to work harder and faster. I’ll admit that I procrastinate a lot, but it ignites a fire under my seat. So, try not to look at deadlines as a dreadful task. Let the deadline bring out the best in you.
Take care

It’s “Where I’m at” Wednesday!

So, I finished chapter 14 of The Omphalos of Delphi!
Now, onto chapter 15, but I’ve got to do MORE research. This book will be the death of me from the research alone! Since the beginning, I’ve had to study:  Greek & Roman history, the Arctic, breeds of sled dogs, gear, and geography. These are brief examples of my studies; I will spare you the details! But believe me, there’s a much longer description to each one. UGH! Although, I will not deny that we’re coming to the exciting parts. Oh don’t fret, the book is definitely a page-turner, but it gets downright electrifying!!

WHERE I’M AT:

     Currently, I’m writing chapter 14: The Omphalos of Delphi. This book is going to be more exciting than the first –mostly due to not having to introduce the main characters.
     The last book left everyone hanging, (I know–I did that on purpose) but rest assuredly it’ll be worth the journey.  You will be introduced to a couple nasty characters, and not just from the Diadem.
     I must admit that I’m having difficulty with the humor. Even though Oliver maintains his cuteness, he has several death-defying adventures that have no room for “funny”. Overall, I think you’ll be pleased.  I will keep you posted each week on my progress.
Stay tuned!