The floodgates have opened…

A month ago, I was awaiting the perfect writing idea to hit me and to start work on it. Something interesting, something new. It had hit me. I started outlining it and all that jazz. But the last couple of weeks, ideas have just been pouring and pouring. Which normally, would be a good idea. But right now, not so much. I am already working on several projects, but as some of these new ideas come, I want to work on them. Well, I cannot possibly work on all of them. Normally the idea flow wouldn’t be a bad thing, but I simply cannot keeping up.

I used to just write an idea down in a notebook. Then eventually it would end up getting “lost” in the mix. I decided to now put the idea (even if it is just a title that popped into my head) down on paper, and then put it in a file folder. I am hoping this system will work a little better for me, than just putting it down in a notebook and coming across it several years later.

As to an update on the writing front (since this blog was to help me keep motivated and to keep me accountable), I have been working on typing up some earlier poetry that I had written in a book (over 100) and will them gather some of them into collections, and hopefully send them off for copyright (I know I own copyright already, but would like it to be “official”) then hopefully creating some poetry books. My poetry is very personal, so the thought of having it out there is very very scary. I always read my poems and think they are ok, while I read others and think they are amazing. I’ve had a friend tell me my work should be published, so we will see. Not sure how well poetry sells, but that really doesn’t matter that much to me. I would like to hold a “real” book in my hands of my own poetry. So that’s my main goal. If others purchase it, and even like it, all the better. Poetry to me is putting my heart and soul down on paper, while most poems come naturally and quickly, others take awhile to develop. The best thing I love about poetry is how it can have so many different meanings to people. While the author wrote it about a specific thing or for a specific reason, it can be interpreted differently to another. And poetry has NO rules. I love that.

Well, today is the last day of March. Bring on April and bring on Spring.

As always, I welcome any feedback.


Mission for Vince Flynn Day

We lost Vince Flynn last June. I declared April 6th (his birthday) as Vince Flynn Day. In preparation of Vince Flynn Day coming up, I have a mission: To make a Vince Flynn book purchase. What better way to honor the late ‪‎Vince Flynn ‬than by purchasing a Vince Flynn book on that day (April 6th).

Missing a book in your collection? A friend or relative missing a book in their collection? This would be the perfect day to make a purchase.

How about purchasing a book for a friend or relative, to donate to your local library, donate to a charity or an event, give to a stranger on the bus or in the mall. Maybe someone’s birthday or an anniversary is coming up.

Let’s make ‪‎The Rapp Pack‬ larger than ever.

I will be personally purchasing some books on April 6th for some fun giveaways over at @VinceFlynnFans this year. I will also be purchasing books to donate to The Harvath Directive. I encourage you to please make a purchase, whether it be paperback, audio, or an ebook, the format doesn’t matter.

Keep your calendars marked for Vince Flynn Day on April 6th!!!

I haven’t blogged in days…

So, I had this unrealistic goal to blog every day, but I knew from the get go I wouldn’t. I would end up boring anyone who does read this to death. I want to make my blogs count, not just blog to blog. Ya know?

I’ve had so many new ideas as of late pop into my head. It’s crazy. But it is frustrating because I don’t know which one to start with?!?! Do I dare to try to work on more than one project at a time? I’ve never really tried that before. I can read more than one book at a time, as long as it isn’t in the same genre. But it does get difficult to do that sometimes, especially when a book captivates you, grabs you, and doesn’t let you go until the end.

So my question for you writers out there, do and can you work on more than one project at a time?

By stacyreller Posted in Writing

Scheduling a Time to Write

The biggest problem that I seem to face, is making the time to write. I really need to schedule a time in the day to use strictly for writing, and abide by it. When I’m at work, all I can think about is writing. When I get home and eat dinner, and get settled in for the night, I get distracted by either watching a favorite show on tv, maybe watching a movie, lost in the world of a current book I am reading, a cleaning project, or it’s puppy play time. And then when I am working on a writing project, other ideas start flooding my brain. All it takes is a word, and it can ignite a lightning storm in my brain.

So, in my case, I think it would be extremely usefully to schedule a time to write, probably at night, and use that time, or just sit in the dark.

How do you write? In any free moment? Do you schedule time in your day?

By stacyreller Posted in Writing

Spring Ahead

We are now on Daylight Savings Time. I really hate it. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy in the summer when it is light out until after 9 pm, but I enjoy being on real time more. The Spring time change is the hardest because we lose the hour, and the Fall is the best because we gain it back.

Growing up, I always thought Daylight Savings was so cool. The older I get, the harder the hour change affects me (not so much last couple years), but it used to throw me off for like a whole week.

Well, it’s a sign that Spring is here! And hopefully here to stay!!

*which reminds me, I have to change the time on the blog because it doesn’t automatically change it for Daylight Savings.

Book List

So, I have to decided to create a tab on top: to keep track of all the books I read within a year.

I am challenging myself, first: to read 50 books a year; and second: to read 100 books a year.

I would also like to read books that I may normally not read (more history, nonfiction, maybe some learning type books, etc).

They always say, to be a better writer, is to read read read.

By stacyreller Posted in Reading

Moving furniture around

Growing up, I would always rearrange my bedroom several times a year. When I moved into our new house, I always wanted a bed with a footboard, so that is what I ordered. After my folks had set it up, it was huge, adding a good 5 inches all around to the queen sized mattresses. Plus I had our old huge entertainment center that used to be in the basement. So moving my furniture around became near impossible.

After about 3 years, the EC got moved to the other wall, and the bed which crossed a corner got moved to the other side as well. It was a nice and welcomed change, because I was going a little stir crazy in not being able to move anything.

That lasted about another 3 to 4 years, and I recently (last Nov) turned my bed ninety degrees, since it had to be moved to work on an electrical plug which was behind it. I had figured one plan out. But slightly changed it last minute. It works. But, the floor near the wall that butts with the hallway, and the hallway, creaks so damn bad, and seems to get worse year after year. So I thought moving the bed, would keep me from walking on the floor there, thus stop the creaking. Umm, yeah, not so much.

So I got the bug, to move the bed how I was going to do it before the change last minute. I did all my measuring, and it will work perfectly. Yay! Once it hits to move things around, it takes over my mind. Just like cutting my hair. It drives me nuts.

My room is pretty large. I have and still do practically live in my bedroom. It’s like my own little house. Maybe that is why I like to change it up all the time. Keep it fresh. Find out what I like where. If I would have planned things out, I would have gotten a bed without a footboard (but I really really wanted one) or maybe even just went with a full (which in reality wouldn’t work because with my queen, I am still always on the edge of the bed due to my little 12 pound dog who is a HUGE bed hogger). And I am constantly running out of room for all of my dvds. I have 4 big 5-shelf stands, and am now using some bookcases. I just need a wall with all built in shelves, that would be awesome.

Anywho, who out there is also like this, wanting to rearrange furniture once or twice (or more) times a year?


I love Sundays, yet I hate them at the same time.

Sunday is my only day off. I always plan to get things done (cleaning/organizing/writing) and always end up doing none of the above, and just chilling (laying in bed, watching movies, maybe some reading, or just constantly checking FB, twitter, instagram, and vine; and now with NASCAR back, watching the races). It’s so damn frustrating. I should just never plan on doing anything on Sundays, then I wouldn’t feel so unaccomplished.

Well, it is only 10:15 am, let’s see what I can accomplish today…

Have a great day folks!