7 Butter-Flyday – Au Revoir August

August Recap: This month has been full of creative endeavors. I’ve added a new daily kaleidoscope post that is finding interest and appreciation. Thank you to everyone who has liked my digital kaleidoscope posts and my new followers!
On the writing side, I’ve completed my novel’s outline and have started writing new pages. I’m meeting with new critique partners this Thursday and am very excited to move forward on my novel again. I finished my first draft in May 2016, but it’s taken me this long to rework my plot and define my heroine. I’m more of a panting-plotter, only taking time to work out a plan when I got stuck. I have to say, the knowledge that I know where my story is going before I start writing is very reassuring. Second draft, here I come!

What I’m reading this week: The Never Ending Story was and still is one of my favorite childhood movies. I love the idea of magical worlds that rise from within us, fueled by our wishes and dreams. The concept of a story within a story mesmerizes me. It reflects how as we live our lives we are also observing ourselves and are being observed by others.  So, when I saw the audio version come up in my Audible recommendations, I couldn’t resist. What surprised me most is that the movie only covers the first third of the book. Hollywood took some creative license (especially with Falkor, changing him from lion-like to dog-like) but overall the movie didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book or vice-versa. Michael Ende does a lovely job with the world-building too, not overdoing it which can often happen in fantasy. I also enjoyed the running catch-phrase. At the end of any unfinished side-story Ende teases us with “that is another story and shall be told another time,” which had the writer inside me yearning for a notebook to jot down my ideas on what that story could be.

My favorite dream interpretation this week:
Maze/Labyrinth
1. A portent of uncertain times ahead, when you literally won’t know if you’re coming or going.
2. If the dreamer found his or her way out and wasn’t particularly concerned about it, then whatever problems you face will be set right and you can get on with your life.
3. But if the dreamer was frightened, panicked, and kept running into dead ends, then the dream is telling him or her that it’s vital to calm down, try to relax, and face whatever appears to be stopping him from doing what he wants.
4. A change of direction is likely to be necessary.

My favorite Abraham quote this week:
“People often believe that because something happened, and because it is a fact or true, that it should be focused upon, and therefore kept vibrationally active. And so, many people keep many things active that do not serve them.
If we were standing in your physical shoes we would not keep something active in our vibration just because it had happened. We would only keep things active that we want to repeat in our life experience.” —Abraham
To learn more about Abraham (channeled by Esther Hicks), the Law of Attraction, or to sign up for Abraham’s daily quote visit: http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php

My favorite writing prompt this week:
“You have a special backpack that supplies you with everything you may need for the day. One morning, while preparing for your day, you take a peek in the backpack and think, ‘Huh, well this should be an interesting day.'”

My favorite writing quote this week:
“When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint, Don’t state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint, And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.” –Lewis Carroll

My favorite from the inter-webs: Along the lines of writing blogs, another of my favorites is Creative Writing Now. The offerings include story starters and prompts, writing tips on everything from story and poetry basics to in-depth posts on character development and dialogue help. They even offer some interesting e-courses. Good information presented in a friendly and easy to understand manner. Who could ask for more?
Find it at: http://www.creative-writing-now.com

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